12th Annual Art Studio Views
Tour the creative spaces of 33 Hudson Valley artists this weekend during the 12th Annual Art Studio Views (ASV), a self-guided tour of artist studios throughout northern Dutchess County this Labor Day.
HVNY Q+A with Joanna Hess, ASV Director:
How did the studio tours begin? How did you get involved?
Joanna Hess: Art Studio Views began in 2008 when three Rhinebeck artists wanted to promote themselves and their artist friends. I have been involved with community art projects for a long time (beginning with creating the Waryas Park mosaic mural playground in 1978 and Sinterklaas Rhinebeck since its inception in the mid-1980s). At the time, I was co-chair of Art Along the Hudson promoting art galleries in towns along the River, when asked to direct ASV during the 4th year … ASV has continued to grow showcasing more than 150 artists, in numerous disciplines and a myriad of styles.
What is the process for selecting the artists/studios?
JH: Interested artists with studios from Hyde Park north to Germantown can contact us, or we may “discover” someone during the year. We have an application process and members of our steering committee visits the artist’s studio to assess the space and the artwork.
What are some highlights of this year’s tour?
JH: This year we have several new artists, some returning from a hiatus, and many long-time favorites. In particular we are showcasing our first teen-artist, Tess Miller (16 year old high school student) in Rhinebeck, as well as the estate of Martha Lloyd (91 at the time of her passing) in Germantown – recognizing that the Arts are Ageless.
Many artists are using their art to educate people about environmental issues: climate change, fresh water, green energy. For instance, Richard Marr (Red Hook) is focusing on sea rise in his paintings & prints, while painter Alix Travis (Rhinebeck) studies the environment through her plein-air observations. Josh Brehse (Germantown) began raising bees to make his own wax for his encaustic cut-aways. Printmaker Louise Kalin (Tivoli) is inspired by the imagery of her surroundings with deeply personal memories from her rural childhood. Juliet Harrison (Red Hook) repurposes bones & skulls, shifting our association with death to give new life in a new form.
Any tips for the weekend?
JH: I strongly recommend that visitors pre-plan their personalized tour. Realistically, it will be challenging to visit all 33 artists, so either visit our website to download the map, pick up a brochure at one of our headquarters, or visit our “Sampler Exhibit” at the Betsy Jacaruso Gallery (in The Courtyard in Rhinebeck) to view artwork by each artist.
For more information and updates throughout the weekend, visit: www.artstudioviews.com
12th Annual Art Studio Views
Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st
Studios in Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Germantown
Brochures are available at ASV Headquarters: The Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park; Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck; Equis Art Gallery, Red Hook; and Tivoli Artist Gallery, Tivoli.
ASV TOUR-RELATED EVENTS
Through August 23rd : Ulster Savings Bank (ASV Sponsor) hosts “Twelve” celebrating our 12th anniversary featuring 12”x12” paintings by ASV2019 artists & invited guests. Open during bank hours. 7296 South Broadway, Red Hook / 845-758-4020. www.ulstersavings.com
Through August 25th: Albert Shahinian Fine Art (ASV Sponsor) presents “Prints: One-of-a-Kind” featuring monotypes, etchings & ceramics by ASV artists Melissa Katzman Braggins, Ted Braggins, Louise Kalin, and monotypes created at Pondside Press (ASV Sponsor). 22 East Market St, 3rd floor, Rhinebeck / 845-876-7578. www.shahinianfineart.com.
Through Sept 1st: Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery (ASV Headquarter) presents a sampler exhibit of the 33 participating ASV2019 artists. Visit to help pre-plan your personal tour. Open during gallery hours. 43-2 E. Market St -The Courtyard, Rhinebeck / 845-516-4435. www.betsyjacarusostudio.com.
Through Sept 29th: Artist’s Collective of Hyde Park (ASV Headquarter) presents a Late Summer exhibit featuring Barbara Todd’s photographs “Crossing the Line”. 4338 Albany Post Rd (Rt 9), Hyde Park / 845-229-9029. www.achpny.com. Talk with the Artist: Saturday, August 24th, 5:30pm.
August 30th - September 22nd: Tivoli Artists Gallery (ASV Headquarter) presents “Dana Matthews & Gilbert Rios: Road to River” in conjunction with ASV2019. 60 Broadway, Tivoli / 845-757-2667. www.tivoliartistgallery.com. Opening Reception: Saturday, August 31st, 6-8pm.