Lyla Arenfeld and Sarah Heitmeyer
February 13 – March 23, 2018
Surrounding Delight presents two artists’ exploration of clay’s potential to build contemplative compositions, using the tile’s modular nature. Transforming space through ornate patterns and textures, Surrounding Delight addresses the bridges between history and craft, traditional and contemporary clay practices, and installation and object.
Erin Zona, WSW Artistic Director
She Was Right: A Museum of Strange Archaeology
December 12, 2017 – January 19, 2018
She Was Right centers around a stone and sixteen drawings of “historical fiction” that document the stone’s passage through time. The stone is depicted in each drawing, beginning with an abstract representation of Earth’s explosive creation. The viewer is invited to follow the stone through this fabricated history and to question the authorship of historical record. Through these imagined visual records, She Was Right exposes the artificial value systems imposed on art and historical objects.
Fall Intern Exhibition
November 14 – 28, 2017
We were proud to present our fall intern exhibition, ex/changes: A show of windows, paper, and products by Serena Hocharoen, Morgan Allen, and El Horsfall. For six months, emerging artists Serena, Morgan, and El worked in the studios, assisted artists-in-residence, and helped with educational programs. Working collaboratively and independently, they created exchanges—a collection of prints, objects, and artwork made during their time in the Hudson Valley.
October 10 – November 3, 2017
Tona Wilson is a Hudson Valley-based artist whose practice spans drawing, artists’ books, and video. In the late 1990s she worked as a Spanish interpreter in New York State’s courts, prisons and jails. These paths converged when she came to WSW to produce Stories Behind Bars, a quartet of books telling the stories of immigrants in prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers. Tona has since returned to WSW to teach silkscreen in the Hands-on Art program and produce a new artist’s book, Dress Code Strictly Enforced.
Breakup: Etchings, mezzotints, and books from Fairbanks
September 12 – September 30, 2017
Karinna Gomez is a visual artist residing in Fairbanks, AK. Her etchings, mezzotints and collages capture peculiarities of place, time and life in Fairbanks. Karinna earned her MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014 and has since participated in residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and at Galleri Christensen in Kjøllefjord, Norway. She has received several awards including a Fulbright Grant to Iceland and a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award.
September 12 – September 30, 2017
Sheila Nakitende is WSW’s newest Parent Grant resident. Her practice focuses on projects that contribute to the well-being of urban communities especially women in Uganda. She explores mixed media along with waste paper with which she draws, glues, twists and weaves. This experimenting is a portrayal of her surroundings and reaction to her experiences. She is also interested in how the creative industry can address challenges of protecting the environment and harness nature for materials to make art.
Seeing in the Dark: handmade paper and hand-dyed indigo
Vessels and Collages: found objects and papers
July 7 – August 27, 2017
Louise Strawbridge uses a wide range of materials and textures to explore the possibilities of disturbing qualities in the commonplace. In her work, mystery is not to be solved but valued and explored. She received a M.A. in Literature from The University of Chicago in 1971 and taught English for many years. Making art became her full time occupation when she moved to London in 1998. She has lived in Philadelphia since 2003.
Please exit, the doors are closing
July – August, 2017
Tatana Kellner uses installation, photography, drawing and artist’s books to comment on contemporary culture. Her work has been featured in over 25 solo exhibitions, most recently at the CEPA Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, the Everson Museum, and SUNY Art Museum in Albany. She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Fundación Valparaiso, Hessisches Landes Museum in Darmstadt, Germany, and The Ragdale Foundation.