Announcing ARTalks 2017: Art as Instersection, starting March 26

Art as Intersection: Geography, Medium & Time

In 1842, ASCC’s historic schoolhouse was situated at a 3-way intersection to bring the community together for education.  We continue this commitment to education connecting our community, creating intersections of creators with observers, artists with students.  Accordingly, the theme for 2017’s ARTalks series is “art as intersection.”   Join us as noted artists discuss their process and their inspirations in panel discussions and special exhibits.  Learn how art intersects with our world and can bring us together.

Held Sunday afternoons at the Art School (1198 Rt 21 C Ghent NY) from 2-4 pm, each ARTalk features two nationally-exhibiting artists from our region exploring a given theme in a guided panel discussion along with a special exhibit of their work.  The talks will be presented March 26, April 9, and April 23.  A reception with refreshments follows each ARTalk.  Suggested donation: $5   (under 24 free).

March 26, 2017      2-4 pm     Art as Intersection: Geography

sponsored by ProPrinters (Hudson NY)

This panel discussion and exhibit focuses on what is the relationship between place and art?  East and west?  Coast to coast?  Or the smaller-scale (but also significant) issues of making art in small town and rural communities?  The panel features Laura Cannamela (Kinderhook NY) and ASCC faculty member Kari Feuer (Red Hook NY).

"The Floating Bridge of Dreams" by Laura Cannamela. Image courtesy of the artist.

“The Floating Bridge of Dreams” by Laura Cannamela. Image courtesy of the artist.

Laura Cannamela holds a MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York, and has had her work featured in juried exhibits such as Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region and  the Fence Select of the Arts Center of the Capital Region.  She has received a NYFA Strategic Opportunity Stipend and a grant to participate in a Japan Study Tour from the Freeman Foundation and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.  She has taught extensively, including the Collage of St Rose (Albany) and in the Kinderhook School District.   Considerations and conceptualizations of geography shape her work.  She shares “The works in the Waterfalls series are sculptural forms that suggest the detailed topography of waterfalls. While originally inspired by Japanese sources, in the process of creation the works have evolved into individualized and unique forms unrelated to a specific place.  Waterfalls are located about two hundred and fifty feet from my home in the village of Valatie (which was named from Dutch word for ‘Little Falls’). While observing various aspects of these falls and their environs every day, I have perceived many similarities between the erosion created through natural forces and the sculpture created through cutting away layers of paper or clay. In both, there is a fusion of process and form that is crucial to the image perceived. In both, the positive space and the negative space are connected through the process of formation. In both, the form created suggests a relationship of past actions to the present, reflecting the passage of time.”  More information is on her website:

"Spreading Light" by Kari Feuer. Image courtesy of the artist.

“Spreading Light” by Kari Feuer. Image courtesy of the artist.

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, ASCC Faculty member Kari Feuer will speak about her “bi-coastal” work, and the difficulty and stimulation of painting landscapes in changing locations.  She shares “My abstract landscapes are often map-like in composition, and I would like to illustrate how these geographic shapes have become a subject for me.”   She now lives in Red Hook and has been painting the Hudson Valley landscape for the past twenty years.  All her oil paintings are done with a palette knife in order to let the paint texture and color provide some surprises, while suggesting both a mood in the landscape and an abstract design.  Known for her contemporary landscapes in oils, in recent years she has been working on a parallel body of abstract paintings based in nature.  Her work has been shown in many galleries in the Northeast, collected on three continents and received national recognition, and will be featured in Abstract Painting: A Celebration of Contemporary Art (North Light Books, 2017).  She holds a BA in design from the University of Washington, and has had additional studies at the Parsons School of Design,  Art Students League, and National Academy of Design.  She recently completed a residency in Washington state.  More information is on her website:


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