Open Studio Tour to Take Connoisseurs on Rural Sojourn to Dutchess County Art
DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. – If you are an art lover and a leaf peeper, the month of October will provide the opportunity to combine both passions by taking an open studio tour along some of Dutchess County’s country roads.
Held on two weekends this month, ArtEast’s seventh annual Open Studio Tour features art studios along New York’s Route 22 corridor, stretching as far west as Hopewell Junction and Stanfordville, as far east as Wingdale, and north to Amenia.
The show opens this weekend, with a number of artists also opening the following weekend of Oct. 26-27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For some artists, the studio is their whole house, with works in progress spread throughout. Others have workspace in the garage or a room or two dedicated to art production. Still other artists are fortunate enough to have freestanding studios. The work includes traditional to contemporary, and watercolor to stone sculpture.
At a few stops travelers be able to see more than one artist such as the Front Street Gallery (two artist show), Fountains at Millbrook (group show), and the Harlem Valley Arts (group show).
The artists are a mixed group and include those at an early stage in their careers, to accomplished artists with pieces in private collections and regular gallery shows. Prices also run the gamut, with specially priced works for the open studio tour such as cards and small pieces, to more expensive, larger pieces with a value from the low hundreds and up.
Each painter brings a different esthetic to their work. and both are guided by their emotions yet their results are worlds apart. For example, Liliana Washburn’s work on Yupo paper is mainly light in color and free flowing, while John Colantuono’s recent black and white series is stark and dramatic and lends itself to a great deal of viewer interpretation.
Photographers are mixing things up with some hand-pulled black and white and color digital work. The tour will feature Lori Adams (contemporary photographer), Terry Ariano (black/white silver gelatin and color), Lonna Kelly (night time and street scenes, video), Karen Presser (photo collage), Bill Prickett (photography, video), and Rebecca Tocci (nature, cityscapes).
As with all the photographers, nature studies abound, but they’re tempered by contemporary interpretations and street photography.Kelly and Adams draw inspiration from and show photographs of the night sky.
Potters are creating a range of work from functional to decorative wall hangings to the whimsical. Art tourists can stop at the studios of Amy Brenner (art and functional potter), Kathleen Heidemann (art pottery), and Drew Montgomery (functional potter).
In their own categories along the tour are Rick Gilstad (folk artist, assemblage), Bob Madden (stone sculptor), and Karen Madden (fiber artist).
Art aficionados can plan their trips by going to www.arteastdutchess.com. Pages for each artist are available, along with map locations. Full-colored brochures are available from local stores or can be printed from the website. Black and yellow signs and arrows and place along the way to direct attendees toward an open studio.