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Shandaken Arts Weekend Review


The second annual Shandaken Artist Open Studio Tour this weekend was a phenomenal success, seizing on a blessedly sunny weekend in the middle of summer to bring tourists and locals alike out and about and into some of our region’s many great artists’ individual lairs.

For our part, we used the opportunity to visit the Broad Street Hollow home studios of Jim Gardner, Dave Channon and Durga Burnhard and the Phoenicia base of John Kilb. (We attended many other artists’ home studios last year.) We also stopped in at both Phoenicia’s regular Arts Upstairs opening, which was particularly strong for this month “Exploring New Worlds” theme no doubt as a result of so many established local artists’ contributions, and the Pax Americana showing at Cabane Studios, where I fell in love with Conor Durand‘s plywood paintings.

I also called in on Sunday afternoon to our neighbors at the flourishing Mount Tremper Arts where, as well as many performances over the summer, the beautiful open space is currently host to an exhibition entitled Offset, a celebration of the artistic possibilities in the format that served Jamming! so well as a print magazine for many years.

Congratulations, kudos and thanks to those who organized the event… Here are some of the visual highlights:

img_2454.jpg Clay sculptor Jim Gardner at work in his garden.

img_2460.jpg Campbell wanders through Dave Channon’s garden of welded metal sculptures.

img_2469.jpg Just one of Jesse Owen’s many wonderful paintings currently on show at the Arts Upstairs

img_2495.jpg Stream Sculptures in the Stoney Brook creek, photo taken from the bridge on Main Street in Phoenicia.

img_2499.jpg Though not entirely representative, this is my favorite of Conor Durand’s works currently on show at Cabane Studios in Phoenicia.

img_2503.jpg And this, by Michele O’Marah, was hands down my favorite of the ten original pieces on show at Mount Tremper Arts as part of a curated exhibit entitled Offset Anyone who read punk fanzines (or even bought 7″ singles) back in 1976-78 will fully understand why.

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