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The Garden of Earth Gallery Exhibit
Saturday, June 24, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
This show runs Saturdays and Sundays, May 27-June 25, 1:00-5:00pm
“The Garden of Earth” exhibition curated by Kelly Kynion, guest curator, focuses on the natural environment as a source of beauty and imagination. The show features works on paper by Hudson Valley-based artists Bruce Bundock, Mary Flinn, Lynn Palumbo, Lydia Rubio, Susan M. Story, and Carrie Waldman.
Guest Curator Kelly Kynion teaches watercolor and mixed media and is a graduate of the Cooper Union. A resident of Columbia County since 1987, she delights in the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, which she finds to be an environment that inspires looking and seeing.
Bruce Bundock received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and his MA from SUNY Empire State College. Selected exhibitions include the Arnot Art Museum, Schenectady Museum, Albany Institute of History and Art, The Hyde Collection, Vassar College, and College of William and Mary. “That I happen to live and work in a region that gave birth to America’s landscape tradition is never far from my mind,” he says. “My painting is a form of investigative reporting that addresses time, place, light, form, content, and response.”
Mary Flinn earned her BFA at Swain School of Design and her MFA at Queens College. She has had three solo exhibitions at Prince Street Gallery in NYC, and participated in numerous group shows there and at other east coast venues. Her paintings have been influenced by the many years she studied Mysore-style painting in India and calligraphy in Japan. “My paintings have always been an invented visual story that brings sometimes joy, sometimes mystery or hope,” she says. “I use archetypal imagery and tap into the unconscious in order to access the resources abundant there.”
Lynn Palumbo holds a BFA in painting/printmaking from Ohio State University and an MFA in painting from SUNY New Paltz. She has exhibited widely in the region, including two solo exhibits at the Mildred Washington Gallery at Dutchess Community College and a recent solo exhibit of plant drawings at Starr Library in Rhinebeck. She says, “My aim is to enfold daily experience in a fragmented, layered representation, analogous to visual memory.”
Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, Lydia Rubio holds an M.Arch from Harvard University. Her numerous credits include exhibitions at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Snite Museum of Art, and Pratt Manhattan Gallery. “Nature is the main protagonist in my work,” she says. “In these drawings, I have woven narratives related to a trip to Patagonia in the larger drawings, and to a feeling of spring and growth in the smaller ones.”
Landscape painter Susan M. Story works in an upstate New York studio surrounded by the environment that inspired the Hudson Valley School. She says, “I am drawn to the landscape, and intrigued by complex interweaving of lines, textures, and shapes: the chaos, as well as the order of nature.” A graduate of Parsons School of Design, she is a master pastelist member of the Pastel Society of America and serves on the organization’s Board of Governors, as well as a juried member of the Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists, and other prestigious art organizations.
Marianne Van Lent holds a BFA from Temple University and an MFA from Cornell University. Recently, she has participated in numerous exhibitions at Tivoli Artists Gallery (Tivoli, NY). Selected public and corporate collections include American Express Corporation, British Airways, Donna Karan New York, and Saatchi & Saatchi Collection. She says, “Filtered through memory, my work examines the mysterious forces of the physical world and investigates our fragile position in the universe through the intersection of natural and technological modalities.”
Carrie Waldman earned her BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. Recent exhibits include shows at Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY) and at The Landing Gallery (Hudson, NY). “Although the things in our gardens might be seasonal and ephemeral, the stream of life on earth is continual,” she says. “Feeling alienated, I attempt to connect with this mystery through investigation, observation, and depiction—both the small world of my back yard, and the wider world of nature.”