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  Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother) by James McNeill Whistler is one of the most renowned works of art by an American artist. It is considered by many to be the most important American painting not on American soil.

Better known as Whistler’s Mother, the painting has been owned by the French state since 1891 and is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, presents the painting as the centerpiece of an exhibition on view at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill through September 27th.

Jay Clark, The Clark’s Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs takes us on a tour of the exhibition.

  The 17th Annual Kateri Peace Conference will take place this coming Friday and Saturday, August 14th and 15th at The Kateri Shrine in Fonda, NY. The theme of this year’s conference is “Truth Tellers: Radical Honesty in the Age of Deception.”

One of this year’s speakers is Robert Shetterly. For the past 13 years Robert has been painting the series of portraits (numbering now over 200) called Americans Who Tell the Truth. The show has been traveling around the country for eleven years and is scheduled for the next two.

Robert Shetterly joins us along with Maureen Aumand, a retired public school educator and member of Women Against War.

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  World renowned, New York-based painter and sculptor, Zigi Ben-Haim's exhibit Made in the USA is now up at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Made in the USA exhibits a cross section of works: paintings, sculptures and drawings. It also includes a new series of paintings on burlap, created in 2015.  Ben-Haim has stated that his paintings on aluminum address the current state of environmental affairs, which concerns humanity's place in the universe. The large-scale, multi-layered works present nature as simultaneously fragmented and grand.

  Open Studio of Washington County's fifth biennial, self-guided tour of 16 of the county’s most exceptional artists’ studios will be held this Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th.

From 10-6 on both days, professional artists scattered throughout the county invite the public into their studios, display their works and chat with their visitors. Participants drive from studio to studio, enjoying the scenery and the unique opportunity to meet working artists in their studios.

Sue Sanderson is the Open Studio's Executive Director and she joins us this morning as does artist Leslie Parke.

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  There is a new Constellation in the night sky over the Hudson Highlands State Park.

On Pollepel Island about 1,000 feet off the shores of Beacon, NY and across the Hudson River from Storm King Mountain, the Bannerman Castle ruin - a property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - has inspired Beacon-based artist, Melissa McGill, to create and install "Constellation" - a sculpture and light creation made up of 17 40-80 foot poles with a solar-powered LED light globe at the top of each. As the sun sets each night for the next two years, McGill's Constellation will fade-in over Bannerman - joining the sky's more conventional stars

Earlier this week we met Melissa McGill and Bannerman Castle Trust member Tom Johnson at The Cornwall Yacht Club and we visited the island where we spoke with Melissa about this special celestial sculpture.

Art Omi Weekend 2015

Jul 8, 2015

  The Art Omi Weekend is a celebration with 30 artists who hail from 24 diverse countries. It is an annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends.

On Saturday, they will lead private tours of selected artist studios. At night, you can kick off your shoes and grab a glass of wine to celebrate the culmination of this years' artist’s residency.

On Sunday, a buffet Country Brunch takes place in an outdoor tent overlooking The Fields Sculpture Park. The brunch is followed by a short walk down the road for the Open Studio Tours, where visitors will see the work the artists have been making for the last four weeks.

To tell us more we welcome Ruth Adams, Omi's Administrative Director, and two artists in the Art Omi residency program. The artists are Tirzo Martha from Curacao - the first resident they've had from there and Anna Kubelik from Switzerland/Germany.

Sleeping Giant

May 14, 2015

  The Dogs of Desire are Albany Symphony’s new music chamber ensemble. They are playing a concert tomorrow night at 7:30pm that features Theo Bleckmann; created by the orchestra’s resident composer’s collective, “Sleeping Giant,” featuring arrangements of songs by composers from Charles Ives to Kate Bush, plus new works by the six members of “Sleeping Giant.”

Through New Music USA’s “Music Alive,” the Albany Symphony has teamed up with Sleeping Giant. The composers have been in residence for nine cumulative weeks of activity during the 2014-2015 season in Albany. In the last few years, Sleeping Giant has experimented with modern-day re-workings of historical musical narratives and languages, and in the first stage of their residency with Albany they shared a multi-faceted retelling of Mozart’s Requiem as part of Albany Symphony’s subscription concert series.

We are joined by two composers from Sleeping Giant - Robert Honstein and Timo Andres.

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  The home, studio, and woodland garden - collectively called Manitoga - of modernist designer Russel Wright is located in Garrison, NY. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site.

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center’s 2015 resident artist is Stephen Talasnik. After spending much of a prestigious artistic career in drawing - his first major sculptural installation was a commission from the Japan Society in NYC. His first large scale, outdoor commission was from the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY where he designed and built "Stream", a temporary site specific bamboo structure covering three acres. In recent years, his work has been added to the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art, the Pompidou, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

For Manitoga he’s created “Sanctuary” a large-scale installation comprised of woven reed structures that floats in Manitoga's Quarry Pool - it will be on view through November 9th.

Ellie Ga At EMPAC

May 5, 2015
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  Ellie Ga is closing out the Spring EMPAC season on May 7 and 8. Ellie Ga's multimedia essays are part field dispatch, part artist’s notebook, part home-movie, part poem.

On Thursday, May 7, at 8PM, Ga will perform The Fortunetellers, a narrative performance inspired by her six-month residency on the Tara, a research boat drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data.

On Friday, May 8, at 8PM, she will perform Eureka, a lighthouse play - Commissioned by EMPAC, Eureka centers on the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria and recounts Ga’s journey, beginning in 2012 when she joined a marine archaeology program at Alexandria University in pursuit of the lighthouse.

Ellie Ga joins us now along with Victoria Brooks, a Curator at EMPAC.

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  This month, the Toledo Museum of Art debuts the first exhibition that focuses solely on the wondrous artist books and works on paper by renowned German-born artist Werner Pfeiffer. Nearly 200 one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist books, dimensional prints, collages and experimental works will be shown in Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Some of the works will be seen publicly for the first time.

  Why are we mentioning an exhibition at a museum in Ohio, you ask? Because Werner Pfeiffer is a resident of Red Hook and we couldn’t let those Toledo-ans have all the fun.

Pfeiffer's interest in paper and books was born of his early years in Germany during and after World War II, when paper was limited and books were censored. The artist joins us to talk about his work and career.

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