Last night in Hudson NY, belo3rd and all of Warren Street was buzzing. Six galleries and the Opera House had receptions including the reception at Davis Orton Gallery for Sylvia Plachy. Sylvia’s friends, family and fans are legion and a substantial portion filled the Gallery and continued onto the sidewalk – all there to meet her and see her show, “Apparitions.”
The Davis Orton Gallery, established in August, 2009, is located on historic Warren Street in Hudson, NY – an architecturally rich street famous for its antique shops, galleries and restaurants.
The Davis Orton Gallery exhibits photography, mixed media and trade and artist-published photobooks. The goal of the gallery is to present a wide range of contemporary artists – from emerging to mid-career to established.
Transplants from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Karen Davis and Mark Orton’s lives have revolved around photography and art for almost two decades.
Karen is a teacher, gallerist and photographer. For over 15 years she taught Photography Atelier, a portfolio development course and Marketing for Fine Art Photographers in the Boston area at Radcliffe Institute, Lesley University and, most recently at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Karen is co-owner and curator of the Davis Orton Gallery. She has been an invited reviewer of portfolios at the Griffin/CAA Portfolio Reviews, Photolucida in Portland OR, FotoFest in Houston TX and Critical Mass (online/Photolucida) and Magenta Foundation’s Fence project.
Her photographs are in the collections of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the Lishui Museum of Photography (China) and the Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University and can be seen at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).
Mark, a business coach and consultant, has developed multi-media presentations and websites for artists, helping to convert and expand their vision to an electronic platform. He and Karen present workshops for artists who wish to design and maintain their own websites.
Married for 39 years, Karen and Mark have collaborated on limited edition, self-referential photo books including “Pretension, All About Us,” which takes a satirical look at the contemporary art world.