114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534  518-697-0266   Fri thru Sun noon to 6pm & by appointment

June 27 to July 27, 2014

Opening Reception, Saturday June 28, 6-8pm
also DINE/ART BeLo3rd

Mary Kocol

Linda Stillman

Portfolio Showcase 
Patricia Barry Levy & Linda Morrow

Mary Kocol, photography
Ice Gardens

OrangeRosesFloating_MaryKocolOrange Roses Floating by Mary Kocol 

Linda Stillman, flower stain drawings

Color Study 1 by Linda Stillman

Color Study 1: flower petal stain on paper, 10″ x 7″  by Linda Stillman

Portfolio Showcase

Patricia Barry Levy, Adaptations

Savvy Crane by Patricia Barry Levy
Patricia Barry Levy, SavvyCrane

Linda Morrow, Luminous Bloom

Calla 3 by Linda Morrow
Calla 3 by Linda Morrow 

Mary Kocol, Ice Garden

Morning Glory with Bubble, by Mary Kocol

Drawing upon themes of the garden, landscape, and the ephemeral, Mary Kocol creates botanical ice tablets from gardens of friends, family, and her own. The blossoms are frozen into ice and photographed in sunlight to become fanciful and ethereal constructions. Blooms and ice are temporary; the photograph becomes the permanent art object – the record that they once briefly existed.

The need for hands-on creating inspired Kocol to build this series of ice sculptures. While the water turns into ice, the plants inside drift and float before freezing into place. She doesn’t know what the final result will look like until the sculpture is held up to sunlight. Then the unexpected details are revealed. Sunlight brings radiance to the photograph, lighting up the ice and frozen blooms like shimmering jewels. Ice is depicted in a way that we’re not used to seeing it: with sunlight beaming through, showing off its intricate details of fissures and effervescence. (above: Morning Glory Bubble by Mary Kocol)

 Bio  Mary Kocol is a fine art and editorial photographer based in Boston. Recent one person shows include: Gallery Naga, Boston and Julia Margaret Cameron Museum, Isle of Wight, England UK.  Kocol’s work is in the collection of  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York City; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fidelity Investments.  She’s a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Council grants. Editorial clients include The New York Times MagazineBoston Magazine, and Doubleday.

Linda Stillman, Floribunda

Hillsdale Garden by Linda Stillman

Linda Stillman’s flower stain drawings, Floribunda invoke the bittersweet idea of the passage of time, change and decay in nature: how plants grow and die and how we try to preserve the memory of their fleeting moments of beauty. Her drawings are made from flower petals, rubbed onto paper, creating traces of their ephemeral color while also containing small remnants of the flowers. Many record what is flowering in her gardens in Hillsdale NY and become a kind of diary or scrapbook. (above: Hillsdale Garden by Linda Stillman)

She is inspired by art forms like color charts, minimal art and folk art and by other artists who have done work with plants. “I like to find relationships between the practice of gardening, flower arranging and landscape design and the practice of drawing.” Sometimes she adds a small area of paint or color pencil to give a benchmark of the color for comparison as the plant pigment inevitably fades.

Bio: Linda Stillman,  of Hillsdale NY and New York City, has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the country, including Hunter College Art Galleries, the Danforth Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. This summer an installation of her plant stain drawings will be on view in the Dorsky Museum’s exhibition “Worlds of Wonder.”  She has been awarded fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Mark Program and the Wave Hill Winter Workshop. Stillman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the School of Visual Arts and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA).

Portfolio Showcase - Flowers, Floral, Flowery
From plant life to life with flowers:
grown, cut, drawn, imprinted, manufactured. 

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring outstanding portfolios by Patricia Barry Levy and Linda Morrow

Patricia Barry Levy, Adaptations

Savvy Fox by Patricia Barry Levy

The American Great Plains grasslands now rank as one of the most extensively altered ecosystems on Earth. However diminished, the Great Plains are alive with wildlife. The durable presence of so many animals is a tribute to their ability to adapt to our cultivated fields and gardens, fences, roads, and buildings.

Levy creates her photomontages for Adaptations using vintage wallpaper and other found objects, combined with researched and original photographs taken on visits to the Midwest. The clever animal survivors featured are shown incognito in the changed environments they have learned to make their own. Owls, foxes, deer, wild turkey, sandhill cranes, rabbits and robins represent the creatures that return season after season. (left: SavvyFox by Patricia Barry Levy)

bio:   Coloradan Patricia Barry Levy has exhibited her images in galleries, art centers and museums including: Garden City Arts KS, Strecker-Nelson Gallery KS, John Jellico Gallery CO,  and Joslyn Art Museum NE.  Her work is in public and corporate collections including: Children’s Hospital, Denver CO; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha NE; Denver Art Museum, Denver CO and in Vienna, Austria through the Art in Embassies program. Levy has operated a commercial studio in Denver CO since 1985 where she specializes in people/portraiture for major magazines and corporate publications.

Linda Morrow, Luminous Bloom

Poppy 222 by Linda Morrow

Linda Morrow’s Luminous Bloom represents three series: Poppy, Calla and Angel Trumpet, all the result of floral studies she has conducted over the past ten years.  Each series is a foray into multiple exposure and its effect on white flowers she brings into her studio to photograph. She works in the dark: a blossom in focus against black velvet, her camera on a tripod, the shutter open for thirty seconds. Using a variety of light sources and moving her subjects around, she experiments until the shutter closes. In her final image, faint lines and shadows, not visible to the eye, appear. “ In time, I realized that the photographs were less about flowers and more about our perceptions of them.” (left: Poppy 222 by Linda Morrow.)

Bio:   Linda Morrow’s photographs and artist books can be found in numerous online gallery exhibitions, in private collections, in the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection/Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently in LensWork, issue #112, May-June, 2014.

Her interest in photography blossomed in 1994 in a darkroom workshop at Ghost Ranch down the road from Georgia O’Keefe’s former home in New Mexico. From that point on, photography has been a serious pursuit and a priority. In fact, she retired early from teaching college English in order to concentrate more fully on image-making.