Eames House - 20 Comeau Drive, PO Box 841
Woodstock, NY 12498
The Historical Society of Woodstock was founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics, and local citizens. In addition to the exhibition space, which is located at the historic Eames House on Comeau Drive in the center of Woodstock, the Historical Society has an extensive archive consisting of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, textiles, photographs, books, manuscripts, correspondence, documents, film/sound recordings, and antique tools. The archive serves as a resource for a wide range of exhibitions, public programming, and research.
The Gallery is closed until February 25.
The Archive is open by appointment.
Contemporary Woodstock Ceramic Arts
Feb. 25 – April 9, 2017
at both the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
and the Historical Society of Woodstock.
Opening reception: Saturday, February 25, 12-4 pm
Robert Hessler, "3 vases", 2014-2017 (porcelain)
Brad Lai & Jennifer Bowskill, "Stacked Cups", 2017
Contemporary Woodstock Ceramic Arts
February 25 - April 9, 2017at both the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and the Historical Society of Woodstock.
This exhibition pays tribute to the culture of ceramic arts that is flourishing in the Woodstock area today, and by extension, to the tradition of ceramics that flourished here since the founding of the Byrdcliffe arts and crafts colony in 1902.
The most prominent ceramic artist in the generation following the original Byrdcliffe artists was Carl Walters. He worked at the Maverick colony and secured a reputation as one of the most important ceramic artists in the United States in the years between the two world wars. He is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY, New Paltz, and the current Woodstock exhibitions pay tribute to his accomplishment.
Walters was renowned for his ceramic sculptures of animals, but he also made functional objects that were popular in his day as well as now. The contemporary artists in the Woodstock shows tend to divide into those who make functional pottery and those who define themselves as sculptors, though some follow Walters’ example and do both.
Arlene Schechet, "Parallel Play: Anymore", 2012, cast pigmented cotton, (approx 40 x 30 inches)
While this exhibition has “Contemporary” in its title, it actually encompasses three generations of Woodstock artists who use clay as a medium to express their artistic visions. The word “Selections” in the title indicates that the artists here are only some of the many artists active with the medium in the Woodstock region.
The works in the show range from simple functional ware with exotic glazes or earthy, Japanese inspired colors, to sculptures of expressive human figures, to abstract sculptures that use clay as one of several materials in dramatic juxtapositions.
The artists in the exhibition are: Rich Conti, Eric Ehrnschwender, Sophie Fenton, Mary Frank, Robert Hessler, Jolyon Hofsted, Brad Lail, Young mi Kim, Joyce Robins, Arlene Shechet, Grace Wapner, Elena Zang & Alan Hoffman. The exhibition is curated by Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, and students in his class “History of Art in Woodstock”
Young mi Kim, "Orenda II", 2017 (porcelain, black glaze, oxidation fired).
The Historical Society of Woodstock will also screen two short films:
“Robert Hessler – Ceramicist”, courtesy of independent filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss. Blauweiss Films specializes in films about Hudson Valley artists and appears regularly on PBS.
“Arlene Shechet: Pentimento in Paper”, courtesy of Art21, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and educating audiences about contemporary visual art and artists.
In a spirit of collaboration, the Selections exhibition is shared by two historic Woodstock organizations:
The Historical Society of Woodstock, founded in 1929, is located at 20 Comeau Drive in Woodstock and maintains an extensive archive, which serves as a resource for exhibitions, public programming, and research. The Historical Society will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 12–4 pm, February 25 – April 9, 2017.
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, located at 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, is regionally renowned for its recently
expanded ceramics program, which dates back to the early days of the colony founded in 1902. Gallery hours are
Thursday–Sunday, 12-6 pm. For more information, visit woodstockguild.org
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25
12-4 pm at the Historical Society of Woodstock
2-4 pm at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public - in case of snow, please check website for closing.
This exhibition is supported by Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, Bard Art History Department, Art 21, and Blauweiss Films.