2020 Artist Spotlights

All the artists who appear in the 2020 spotlight were scheduled for gallery exhibitions  this year. Instead, we are introducing them and their work to you individually, online (and for sale), over the next few months.  AND, for those of you who find yourself on Warren Street, Hudson NY, we are presenting the Spotlight Artist’s work on a LARGE banner in front of our gallery at 114. Thinking positively towards the future, we have invited these artists to exhibit old and new work IN the gallery next year, 2021.

For more info and purchase of prints and books, contact Karen at Gallery.


Artist Spotlight 4

Linda Cassidy

The Sushumna Series

Artist Statement: (see images and bio below)

This ongoing body of work is an invitation.

The Sushumna is said by yogis to be the central channel through which prana (life-force) flows. Ineffable and difficult to perceive, the Sushumna can only be approached tenderly and with infinite curiosity. It retreats in the face of aggression.

Like the Sushumna, these works are as much there as not there. Arising directly from my long-standing yogic practice, they speak to me of breath and breathing.

Printed on glass, they float from the wall and probe the territories between color and light, form and formlessness, being and non-being.

The Sushumna pieces invite the viewer to enter a state of concentrated quietude and dwell for a moment in that magically lit zone, free from ideas of form, edges, assertions or sides; free from the strictures of thought itself.

 
Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 1

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 1, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 3

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 3, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 385

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 385, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 386

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 386, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 387

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 387, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 513

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 513, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 526

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 526, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 542

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 542, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 543

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 543, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 544

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 544, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 2827

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 2827, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 2954

Linda Cassidy, Sushumna 2954, 20”x15” pigment print, offered printed on glass or paper, limited editions, $500.

Other sizes available.

Artist Bio

Linda Cassidy is a mixed media artist. A past recipient of the Grumbacher Award, Cassidy’s work has been featured at the Davis Orton Gallery, Averam Gallery, Long Island University; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton NY; Gallery North, Stony Brook NY and The Atelier, Blue Point NY. Her work is represented in collections in Europe and the US.

She began her lifelong art inquiry at Bard College in the 1970’s were she was strongly influenced by painter Elizabeth Murray, poets George Quasha and Robert Kelly, and composer Ben Boretz. She continued her formal education at Stony Brook University in the early 1980’s, studying and working extensively with sculptor Robert White. During the 1990’s she was a resident artist at the Master’s Workshop at Long Island University in Southampton, NY, allowing her to dialogue with Jack Youngerman, Robert Dash, April Gornick and Ross Bleckner, among many others.

Cassidy currently resides in the Hudson Valley where she continues to work in photo-based mixed media, paint, practice yoga and play with her dogs.


Artist Spotlight 3

Jessica Ann Willis

Quarantine Work

Artist Statement: (see images and bio below)

When self-quarantining began during New York State’s Covid-19 shutdown, I started taking selfies of myself wearing the various masks I put on to venture into the world outside. Quarantine Work​ is series of photomontages, each with a self-portrait as its base. I build upon the selfie with imagery from a variety of sources including: photos captured on solitary or socially-distanced walks; found images and layered fragments from my substantial digital art folder and images of my laptop which has served, for these recent months, as my primary doorway to human connection and the world beyond my home and studio.

Quarantine Work is about seeing, finding and connecting – activities that take me well beyond form and color. As I pair images of my masked self with collected imagery or mask myself with that imagery, the process becomes one of binding the outside world to me and myself to that outside world. Suggesting their power, I title each work with names of goddesses, female warriors, supernatural figures and water creatures.  The resulting images also act as reminders of narratives that I explored through my imagination and play in the isolation of my only-child childhood.  The Covid-19-imposed isolation has brought me back to that place in a welcome way.

Jessica Ann Willis, Emergence, Aloja, 2020, Pigment Print, 15"x15”, From Catalan mythology, an aloja , also known as dona d'aigua, goja or paitida, is a feminine being that lives in places with fresh water. These "water-women" are said to be able to turn into water blackbirds.

Jessica Ann Willis, Emergence, Aloja, 2020, Pigment Print, 15″x15”, Edition of 5, $650–From Catalan mythology, an aloja , also known as dona d’aigua, goja or paitida, is a feminine being that lives in places with fresh water. These “water-women” are said to be able to turn into water blackbirds.

 

Jessica Ann Willis, Masked Penthesilea, 2020, Pigment Print, 15”x15" Penthesilea is a Thracian woman warrior. She was an Amazon and daughter of Ares, who comes to help the Trojans. She arrived with twelve other Amazon warriors. After a day of distinguishing herself on the battle-field, Penthesilea confronts Achilles. Achilles kills her, but after taking off her helmet, he falls in love with her.

Jessica Ann Willis, Masked Penthesilea, 2020, Pigment Print, 15”x15″, Edition of 5, $650
Penthesilea is a Thracian woman warrior. She was an Amazon and daughter of Ares, who comes to help the Trojans. She arrived with twelve other Amazon warriors. After a day of distinguishing herself on the battle-field, Penthesilea confronts Achilles. Achilles kills her, but after taking off her helmet, he falls in love with her.

Jessica Ann Willis, Masked, Moura Ecantada, 2020, Pigment Print, 13”x13", In Catalan mythology an aloja, also known as dona d'aigua, goja or paitida, is a feminine being that lives in places with fresh water. These "water-women" are said to be able to turn into water blackbirds

Jessica Ann Willis, Masked, Moura Ecantada, 2020, Pigment Print, 13”x13″,Edition of 5, $450 — In Catalan mythology an aloja, also known as dona d’aigua, goja or paitida, is a feminine being that lives in places with fresh water. These “water-women” are said to be able to turn into water blackbirds.

Jessica Ann Willis, River Coronation, Pallas, 2020 , Pigment Print, 15”x15", Pallas was the daughter of Triton accidentally killed by Athena her friend while distracted by Zeus.

Jessica Ann Willis, River Coronation, Pallas, 2020 , Pigment Print, 15”x15″, Edition of 5, $650 –Pallas was the daughter of Triton accidentally killed by Athena her friend while distracted by Zeus.

Jessica Ann Willis, Emergence, Chondrichthyes, 2020, Pigment print, 15”x15"

Jessica Ann Willis, Emergence, Chondrichthyes, 2020, Pigment print, 15”x15″, Edition of 5, $650

From Romanian mythology, the Iele are said to live in the sky, in forests, caves, isolated mountain cliffs and in marshes. They are seen bathing in the springs or at crossroads. They mostly appear at night by moonlight and dance Horas in secluded areas such as glades, on top fo certain trees (maples and walnut trees specifically), ponds, riversides and even abandoned fireplaces. They carry candles, and dance naked with their desheviled hair partially covering their breasts and bells on their ankles. It is said that after they dance the ground is charred from their dancing.

Jessica Ann Willis, The World is UPside Down/Iele have Danced, 2020, Pigment Print, 15×15″, Edition of 5, $650
From Romanian mythology, the Iele are said to live in the sky, in forests, caves, isolated mountain cliffs and in marshes. They are seen bathing in the springs or at crossroads. They mostly appear at night by moonlight and dance Horas in secluded areas such as glades, on top fo certain trees (maples and walnut trees specifically), ponds, riversides and even abandoned fireplaces. They carry candles, and dance naked with their desheviled hair partially covering their breasts and bells on their ankles. It is said that after they dance the ground is charred from their dancing.

Jessica Ann Willis, 12.Meditation on my Inner Astronaut, 2020, Pigment Print, 15”x15", Self portrait with photo of streamed arrival of SpaceX Dragon crew on the ISS.

Jessica Ann Willis, 12. Meditation on my Inner Astronaut, 2020, Pigment Print, 15”x15″, Edition of 5, $650 –Self portrait with photo of streamed arrival of SpaceX Dragon crew on the ISS.

Jessica Ann Willis, Anunit, 2020, Pigment print, 15” x 15”, Anunit was a minor Babylonian goddess who was believed to aid women in childbirth. She was later considered to be merely an aspect of Inanna Eventually, this aspect of Inanna became associated with the constellation Pisces.

Jessica Ann Willis, Anunit, 2020, Pigment print, 15” x 15”, Edition of 5, $650 — Anunit was a minor Babylonian goddess who was believed to aid women in childbirth. She was later considered to be merely an aspect of Inanna Eventually, this aspect of Inanna became associated with the constellation Pisces.

Jessica Ann Willis, 6.Freyja/Fólkvangr, 2020, Pigment Print, 13”x13", From Norse mythology, Freyja is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, and seiðr. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, is accompanied by the boar Hildisvíni, and possesses a cloak of falcon feathers. She has a dwelling in the heavens called Fólkvangr where half of those who die in battle go and will find a place at her table in the hall of Sessrumnir. Freyja is sometimes depicted as a valkyrie.

Jessica Ann Willis, 6. Freyja/Fólkvangr, 2020, Pigment Print, 13”x13″, Edition of 5, $450 –From Norse mythology, Freyja is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, and seiðr. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, is accompanied by the boar Hildisvíni, and possesses a cloak of falcon feathers. She has a dwelling in the heavens called Fólkvangr where half of those who die in battle go and will find a place at her table in the hall of Sessrumnir. Freyja is sometimes depicted as a valkyrie.

Jessica Ann Willis, 20.Tanit, 2020, Pigment print, 13"x13”, Tanit is the great goddess of Carthage and was worshipped there as chief deity. She was a sky goddess who ruled over the sun, stars and moon.

Jessica Ann Willis, Tanit, 2020, Pigment print, 13″x13”, Edition of 5, $450 — Tanit is the great goddess of Carthage and was worshipped there as chief deity. She was a sky goddess who ruled over the sun, stars and moon.

Jessica Ann Willis, Vesna, 2020, Pigment print, 15”X24.75”, Vesna was an early Slavic mythological character embodying youth and springtime (her name is the word for spring in many slavic languages). Related, in Slovene mythology, “vesnas” lived in places atop mountains where they discussed the fate of crops and humans. There was a magical circle around their palaces that kept them from leaving the mountain gop except during February when they would travel in wooden carts down to the valley below. Only certain people could hear them singing.

Jessica Ann Willis, Vesna, 2020, Pigment print, 15”X24.75”, Edition of 3, $1000 — Vesna was an early Slavic mythological character embodying youth and springtime (her name is the word for spring in many slavic languages). Related, in Slovene mythology, “vesnas” lived in places atop mountains where they discussed the fate of crops and humans. There was a magical circle around their palaces that kept them from leaving the mountain gop except during February when they would travel in wooden carts down to the valley below. Only certain people could hear them singing.

Jessica Ann Willis, Simurgh, 2020, Pigment Print, 15”x15", Simurgh is a benevolent, mythical bird in Iranian mythology and literature. There is a story where she comes to the aid of Zai, an orphan child she raised as her own. He summons her because he fears his wife will die in childbirth and she shows him how to perform a caesarian section which saves both his wife Rudabah and their son. She is normally depicted as being coppery in color (but I preferred a more raspberry color.)

Jessica Ann Willis, Simurgh, 2020, Pigment Print, 15”x15″, Edition of 5, $650 –Simurgh is a benevolent, mythical bird in Iranian mythology and literature. There is a story where she comes to the aid of Zai, an orphan child she raised as her own. He summons her because he fears his wife will die in childbirth and she shows him how to perform a caesarian section which saves both his wife Rudabah and their son. She is normally depicted as being coppery in color (but I preferred a more raspberry color.)

Artist Bio

Jessica Ann Willis is a mixed, multimedia and installation artist and curator living and working in Hudson, New York.  Her work across all media explores the integrated reality of surface, depth, void and apparently inconsistent and incompatible elements. From representational work to distortion or the purely abstract, she plumbs relationships between herself (the artist,) the subject and the viewer.

She has exhibited her work in three solo shows at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham NY, over the past decade, most recently, with her project, “Complicities”, 2018.  Selected group shows include “Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region,” University Art Museum, SUNY University at Albany; “Monsters in America,” at both International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland ME, and One Mile Gallery, Kingston NY.  Curatorial Projects include two exhibitions, “ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine” I and II, Omi International Art Center, Ghent NY.


Artist Spotlight 2

Deena Feinberg

Morning Becomes Us
Walking the Hudson River Valley

Artist Statement: (see images and bio below)
I photograph landscapes in the Hudson River Valley that I walk repeatedly in all seasons; I have become intimate with these landscapes—emotionally, psychologically and physically. In my early morning visits, I am particularly drawn to nuances of light including the changing colors and shapes that appear at this time. Shifting my perspective in places I am so familiar with reinforces my appreciation of and connection to this land. As an element of my daily meditation practice, making these images provides a quietness and calm that counterbalances the stories in my mind.

Photograph-753am_Oct202019, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

753am_Oct202019, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-731am_May62019, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

731am_May62019, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-637am_July22018, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

637am_July22018, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-637am_June12019, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

637am_June12019, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-716am_May72018, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

716am_May72018, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-726am_June122017, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

726am_June122017, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-717am_Sept42018, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

717am_Sept42018, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-637am_May102020, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

637am_May102020, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-636am_July162019, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

636am_July162019, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-630am_July32019, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

630am_July32019, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

photograph-740am_Apr92019, pigment print, 16x20", edition of 5, $350

740am_Apr92019, pigment print, 16×20″, edition of 5, $350

Artist Bio

Deena Feinberg is a photographer living in Rhinebeck, NY. She approaches photography as a medium for her imagination that can stir emotion through an ethereal depiction of the ordinary.

Deena has been a working photographer for the last 25 years in interior design, portraiture, editorial and fine art. She has exhibited her work nationally, including group exhibitions at Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), The Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, TX), Wired Gallery (High Falls, NY) Texas Photographic Society Coppell, (TX). Publications include The Wall Street Journal, Hamptons Magazine, Lenscratch, Edible Hudson Valley and Robb Report.

Deena received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Photography from Southampton College, Long Island University. She is certified as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and currently teaches children and adults with disabilities in Esopus, NY.

For more info and purchase of prints and books, contact Karen at Gallery.


Artist Spotlight 1

Ken Dreyfack

Silent Stages
Hudson River Towns

Artist Statement: Silent Stages  (see images and bio below)
     I search the streets of towns and cities for dramatic settings. Akin to movie sets and theatrical stages – they become platforms built for narratives. In this selection of images, from Silent Stages, I present Hudson Valley towns.

     It was years after I started this project that I realized that the choices I make in my photographs reflect the particularities of my life and sensibility. That’s why I shoot at night; why I make the lighting dramatic; why I print in black and white and why some elements may be so dark or so blurry, they resist resolution. My images give voice to memories of times, places, experiences and feelings I hardly knew remain within me. In this sense, my photographs are relics from a personal archeological dig, my visual memoir. In Silent Stages, I also aim to spark viewers’ imagination, to spur them to conjure up a story, a narrative laced with mystery. 

Tanzy's, Hudson NY, 2019

Tanzy’s, Hudson NY, 2019, pigment print, 22″x17″, edition of 8, $650, framed 26″x20″, $850

Finest, Hudson NY, 2019, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, $650, framed 20″x26″, $850

Path to Glory, Kingston NY, 2018, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, $650, framed 20″x26″, $850

Outside In, Woodstock NY, 2016, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, 22″x17″, $750, framed 26″x20″, $950

Smoker & Bridge, Kingston NY, 2018, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, 22″x17″, $650, framed 26″x20″, $850

Governors Tavern, Hudson NY, 2019, pigment print, 22×17″, edition of 8, $650, framed 26″x20″, $850

Rear Entrance, Catskill NY, 2015, pigment print, 17×17″, edition of 8, $750, framed 26″x20″, $950

Sunshine at Night, Kingston NY, 2018

Sunshine at Night, Kingston NY, 2018, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, $650, framed 20″x26″, $850

Streetlights on Jane Street, Saugerties NY, 2018

Street Lights on Jane Street, Saugerties NY, 2018, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, $650, framed 20″x26″, $850

Tobacco Lane, Red Hook NY, 2019, pigment print, 17×22″, edition of 8, $650, framed 20″x26″, $850

Silent Stages, a Photobook by Ken Dreyfack. Published 2020 by Daylight Books

Silent Stages by Ken Dreyfack. Daylight Books, 2020. Introduction by David A. Ross, former Director, ICA, Boston, Whitney Museum, SFMoMA. 10.5×9.5″, 107 pages, 54 photographs, $45

Artist Bio
A Hudson Valley resident, New Yorker by birth and a Frenchman by naturalization, Ken Dreyfack’s life has been divided between two countries, languages and cultures. As a journalist and commercial writer, Ken worked in the broadcast and print media in New York, Paris and Chicago. He has been engaged in fine art photography for the past decade.
     Ken’s photographs have been exhibited in a solo show at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM). Group shows include: the Site:Brooklyn and Foley Gallery in NYC; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins CO;  Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW); Griffin Museum, Boston; Greg Moon Gallery, Taos NM, and Sohn Gallery in Lenox, MA. Special recognition includes awards from The Photo Review, San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition and Texas Photographic Society.
     Ken serves as co-moderator of the ongoing Photographers’ Salon at CPW. Silent Stages, the first monograph of his work, has just been published by publication by Daylight Books.

For more info and purchase of prints and books, contact Karen at Gallery.

To Photographers: Call for Entries  Our 6th Annual Group Show, juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography will be an ONLINE exhibition and will include a full pdf catalog. Deadline June 22.

2020 Portfolio Showcases: We have postponed our calls for Portfolio Showcases til 2021. Further decisions re calls for entries will be made late summer.

To All: To learn more about the artists we’ve presented over the past ten years, visit our Previous page and select a year! Select all of them; we are very proud to have been able to present such outstanding work since 2009. 

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