FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2015
Gina Hyams, PR Consultant
Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents “Fur. Fin. Feathers.” Juried Regional Art Exhibition
Spencertown, New York–Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents its 2nd annual juried regional art exhibition titled “Fur. Fin. Feathers.” Carrie Haddad of Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson served as judge, selecting 56 oil paintings, watercolors, engravings, monoprints, mixed media assemblages, and photographs created by 27 local artists. On Saturday, October 31, there will be a festive opening reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the artists and the show will remain on display through November 22. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale, with prices ranging from $50 to $2,500.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Barbara Willner and the Spencertown Academy for asking me to jury this group exhibit. I don’t think I have ever seen a collection of artwork so filled with a love of nature,” said Haddad. “With subjects from the comical to the divine, and artists ranging from amateur to expert, this multimedia assortment of artwork was a delight to view.”
“I don’t envy the difficult job Carrie had in winnowing down the finalists,” said Barbara Willner, co-chair of the Academy Gallery Committee. “Over 250 works by 87 regional artists were submitted for consideration to be included this show. As the size of Academy galleries limits the number of works that can be exhibited, her job was very difficult with such a large offering of fine works. Our region is truly rich with artistic talent!”
The artists to be featured in “Fur. Fin. Feathers.” include Scott Balfe (Earlton, NY), Marty Bannan (Albany, NY), Stephanie Blumenthal (Sheffield, MA), Jim Brearton (Troy, NY), Jennifer Clark (Great Barrington, MA), Phyllis Considine (Hollowville, NY), Margot Curran (Valatie, NY), Thomas Curran (Chatham, NY), Page Curry Ginns (Valatie, NY), B. Docktor (Ancram, NY), Jerry Freedner (Valatie, NY), Michelle Gillett (Stockbridge, MA), Denise Hackert-Stoner (Albany, NY), Tina Johnston (Altamont, NY), Cat Jones (Albany, NY), Ellen Lynch (Stuyvesant, NY), Claudia McNulty (Climax, NY), Jane McWhorter (Great Barrington, MA), Dez Ryan Odegaard (Southfield, MA), Rick Patterson (Old Chatham, NY), Elaine Radiss (Great Barrington, MA), Valerie Richmond (Hillsdale, NY), Susan Sabino (Richmond, MA), Sarah Sterling (Hudson, NY), Scott Stoner (Albany, NY), Rose Tannenbaum (Great Barrington, MA), and Steve Wildermuth (Ghent, NY).
In keeping with the exhibition’s animal theme, the Academy will donate 10% of its 35% commission received from any art sales to Out of the Pits, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that focuses on the plight of the American pit bull terrier. Raffle tickets will also be for sale for a chance to win an original photograph by legendary rock and roller, Lou Reed, of his beloved dog, Lolabelle. He donated the print to Out of the Pits prior to his death in 2013. Reed and his wife, Laurie Anderson, shared a great love for dogs—especially rescue dogs. As a special treat at the “Fur. Fin. Feathers.” opening reception, Out of the Pits will present a housebroken, affectionate, and very well mannered registered therapy dog named Aurora, who is available for adoption.
Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.