Founded by curator Helen Toomer, co-founder of Marbletown’s Leafstone Retreat artist residency, the Upstate Art Weekend was launched in 2020 with a roster of 23 venues primarily hosting outdoor exhibitions and installations. Returning for its third visit, this year’s three-day self-guided event will include 145 museums, art institutions, galleries, local businesses and artists. From Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24, there will be over 100 exhibits and special projects as well as 50 open studios to choose from. With so much to see and so little time to see it, here are our top picks for shows to visit during Upstate Art Weekend 2022.
Women’s Workshop Book Fair
Rosendale Multidisciplinary Arts Organization Women’s Workshop Workshop will host its first-ever annual book fair on July 23. The event will feature art books from over 30 independent artists, writers and publishers, and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can purchase zines, artist books and other printed matter, both inside the studio and outside on the WSW patio. A free vernissage and a dance party will follow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Women’s Workshop Workshop: Upstate Art Book Fair: Art exhibition and book fair held in Rosendale on July 23
Women’s Workshop Workshop: Upstate Art Book Fair
Art exhibition and book fair held in Rosendale on July 23
As part of Upstate Art Weekend, Women’s Studio Workshop is hosting a book fair on July 23.
By Micaela Warren
General arts and culture
“Urgent Beings” at the Headstone Gallery
Painter’s works Ashley Eliza Williams who were inspired by the life of environmentalist Rachel Carson will be featured in “Urgent Beings,” an exhibit at the new Gravestone Gallery in Kingston, from July 2 to 31. The 1,200 square foot gallery space was created by artists Lauren Aitken and Chase Folsom and features strictly two-person and solo exhibitions of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists from across America. North. In graphic novel style, Williams’ new work reflects isolation from the pandemic as well as inspiration from nature.
Ashley Williams Paintings: A vocabulary for communicating with nature
Ashley Williams paintings
A vocabulary for communicating with nature
In a graphic novel style, painter Ashley Williams’ new work reflects the isolation of the pandemic as well as inspiration from nature and is on view July 2-31 at the Headstone Gallery.
By Michael Cobb
Upstate Art Weekend lineup at Catskill’s three galleries foreland The multi-arts complex for the weekend of July 22-24 will feature four concurrent exhibitions by some of the most prolific programs in contemporary art: DOCUMENT, New discretions, SITUATIONSand JAG projects. Food will be served by Ku-ki workshop in the complex’s Water Street parking lot; Also promised are performances by two artists that have yet to be announced and “a very sweaty event.”
Amelia Biewald Open Studio
Artist Amelie Biewald has been active in Brooklyn and works with a wide variety of materials to create painterly designs and sculptural works, which often result in large, multi-textural installations. She has received various artist awards, residencies, and grants for her work, including the Skowhegan Residency, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, and a Jerome Fellowship. In collaboration with Upstate Art Weekend, she will welcome viewers to her studio in New Paltz.
by Liz Nielson Force field
Presented by the Vault arts organization in Newburgh, Liz Nielsen’s Force field is a large-scale, site-specific installation of the city’s historic Dutch Reformed Church. The work will be visible from 8 p.m. to midnight every evening until September. For the piece, Nielsen “enclosed” the 1835 Greek Revival church in a 60-foot-tall glowing “force field” of lights that react to the sound of the community’s heartbeats.
Visitors from Space “T” The Rhinebeck Art and Architecture Preserve can take tours of the 30-acre site, which includes an installation trail with permanent outdoor installations by Richard Nonas, Oscar Tuazon and others. July 22 at 11 a.m. and July 24 at 12 p.m., guided tours of the experiment Ex of In House by Steven Holl will take place (reservations recommended); July 23 from 1 to 4 pm, artist Arlene Shechet will be at the “T” Space Gallery to talk about her installation.
“Birds of a Feather” at the Ethan Cohen Gallery
Simultaneous with Upstate Art Weekend at the Kube Art Center Ethan Cohen Gallery in Beacon is “Birds of a Feather”, a group exhibition of over 80 artists on view through July 31. The exhibit features works by artists living and working in and around the Beacon area as well as works by artists from around the world who are part of the gallery’s global program.
Pamela Salisbury Gallery
Conclusion to Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson on July 24, just in time for Upstate Art Weekend, five solo exhibitions of multiple works: “Wander” by Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith, “Greetings and Offerings” by Shari Mendelson, “Memento Mori” by Portia Munson, ” Para Pastoral” by Jennifer Coates and “Sessions” by Phoebe Helander. Visit the website for gallery hours and more information.
“Mistakes were made” at the mother-in-law
At mother-in-law’s Front room gallery in Germantown until August 21 is “Mistakes Have Been Made”, an exhibition of works by Jennifer Dalton and other sympathetic artists that deals with the subject of “apology”. “In the exhibit,” reads the gallery’s statement, “Dalton renders excerpts of public apology texts in a handcrafted vernacular inspired by Etsy and the Airbnbs seaside town.”
“Metatem” in the hinterland
All-female artists/craftsmen cooperative Countryside was launched at Shokan in 2017 by transplanted New York designer Jennifer Salvemini. In addition to Salvemini herself, Hinterland’s roster includes 10 visual artists Katie Westmoreland and Marcie Paper, ceramicist Erica Recto, metalworker Alison Zavracky, textile artisan Nancy Geany, wild skincare maven Babs Mansfield of Phenicia Soap Co., stained glass artist Brenna Chase of Willow Deep Studio, event planner Sophie Grant and singer-songwriter and clothing designer Nyamka Ayinde. The cooperative will participate in the UAW with “Metatem,” an immersive, multi-sensory concept designed to highlight art as a dialectic between the external world and internal processes – a dance between art and experiencer.