Riverside Galleries, Garrison Art Center, 2 Opening Exhibitions: "Some Stories" Melinda Stickney & "BassWood Bodies" Victoria Thorson

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, announces Two Exhibition Openings, August 11 - September 9, 2018 with a public reception for the artists on Saturday, August 11 from 5 -7pm.

The artists include Melinda Stickney-Gibson and Victoria Thorson.

Melinda Stickney-Gibson,  Smooch ,  60 x 80 inches

Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Smooch,  60 x 80 inches

Melinda Stickney-Gibson's paintings and painted “tapestries”  involve a diaristic, personal and often graphic approach. Her paintings and sculptural pieces literally incorporate tiny bits of writing from her own journals, favorite fragments of writing by others and universal words such as “yes," “maybe," “no?," “her,” “ummm….,” etc. This aspect of the work is absolutely in relationship to her longtime love of the physical act of painting and her visceral love of the paint itself.

One work that will be featured in the exhibition is LOSING LARSEN C, a painting that is a personal commentary on a gigantic ancient ice cap, named Larsen C, which is rapidly losing mass.

Stickney-Gibson has been living and working as an artist in New York for over 25 years. In addition to painting, she creates sculptural work incorporating steel, glass, concrete and wire often resting on steel wall-mounted ledges or installed on the floor itself.

Melinda Stickney-Gibson,  Losing Larsen C

Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Losing Larsen C

Victoria Thorson’s sculptures tread a line between recognizable form and pure abstraction. She has been seduced by basswood. Its softness of touch when smooth, evokes the human body. Starting with lumber or recycled wood, Thorson sees potential shapes and feels her way along the cracks, knots and grain, following the lines of energy. She carves and refines to create slits of light between masses and discovers abstract forms to express life’s silences and vibrations.

Her work is often anchored by a re-purposed metal industrial find that is the right weight, proportion and aesthetic to be part of the piece, not a separate base. Most pieces can rotate 360 degrees or swing out to recompose, while the initial core and plumb line stay intact. This exhibition will also feature several ceramics Thorson created in the 90s working with sculptor Peter Gourfain, who taught her to sharpen a wood tool and cut clear planes when the clay was right to the touch. Gallery visitors will see the evolution as Thorson brought her fluid form-language from clay to wood.

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Victoria Thorson, 05 Red Surge

Victoria Thorson,  08 Bosnia Wood 1

Victoria Thorson, 08 Bosnia Wood 1

Two Exhibition Openings:
Some Stories, Melinda Stickney-Gibson and BassWood Bodies, Victoria Thorson

August 11 – September 9, 2018
Public reception for the artists: Saturday, August 11, 5-7pm

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing
Garrison, NY 10524
845-424-3960
www.garrisonartcenter.org

Riverside Galleries, Garrison Art Center Opening Exhibition: The Other Side of Things: Women in Abstraction

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, announces a Group Exhibition curated by Petra Nimtz, August 12 – September 3, 2017, with a public reception for the artists on Saturday, August 12, 5-7pm.

Curator Petra Nimtz presents 6 internationally and nationally known female artists representing a cross section of contemporary abstract art. The artists include: Diane Dwyer, Meg Lipke, Fran O’Neill, Christina Tenaglia, Julie Torres and Sabine Tress.

Sabine Tress,  Echantillon Deus

Sabine Tress, Echantillon Deus

Each artist has developed her own individual, yet related style of working. Color, gestural mark making and bold shapes are combined by each artist across different mediums, materials and tools.

Fran O'Neill,  Moving Beneath

Fran O'Neill, Moving Beneath

The exhibition includes painting, drawing and sculpture that incorporate shape, form, color and line—the visual language of true abstraction.

Christina Tenaglia,  Untitled

Christina Tenaglia, Untitled

Julie Torres,  Untitled

Julie Torres, Untitled

Diane Dwyer,  A Handful of Earth. 

Diane Dwyer, A Handful of Earth. 

Meg Lipke,  Speed Spirit

Meg Lipke, Speed Spirit

Petra Nimtz is a painter and curator living and working in Woodstock, New York. Her work has been exhibited extensively in North America and Europe and can be found in several collections in the United States, Canada and Germany. Nimtz studied at the Art Students League in New York.

The Other Side of Things: Women in Abstraction
August 12 – September 3, 2017
Public reception for the artist: Sunday, August 12, 5-7pm
 

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing
Garrison, NY 10524
845-424-3960
www.garrisonartcenter.org

Sean Scully: BOOK, an Exhibition of Photos, Drawings and Writings at Riverside Galleries, Garrison Art Center

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, announces an exhibition of work by painter Sean Scully, September 17 through November 6, 2016, with a public reception for the artist on Sunday, September 18, 4 - 6pm.

Sean Scully,  Doric 11.12.15,  Pastel on paper, 40" x 60”

Sean Scully, Doric 11.12.15, Pastel on paper, 40" x 60”

The exhibition, Sean Scully: BOOK, is personal and unique, a rarely-shown version of the bigger-than-life artist. It is an assemblage of photos, drawings and writings that lie behind Scully's work. The artist will give a gallery talk on October 8 at 4pm.

Scully exhibits widely in the United States and Europe and his works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Australia, the Tate Gallery, London, and many other private and public collections worldwide.

Sean Scully: Book
September 17 through November 6, 2016
Public reception for the artist: Sunday, September 18, 4 - 6pm
Artist talk: Saturday, October 8, 4pm

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing
Garrison, NY 10524
845-424-3960
www.garrisonartcenter.org