The Art School of Columbia County reflects on the theme of home and homesite, as encountered in personal experience, travels, and memory in the upcoming exhibit “Home.” Featuring the work of ASCC faculty members Karen Arp-Sandel and Sara Pruiksma, the exhibit is on view in our gallery from August 4 – September 13, 2018. The opening reception to meet the artists is Saturday August 4 from 5- 7 pm, and is free, open to the public and refreshments are served.
ASCC faculty member Karen Arp-Sandel shares her series “Spirit Houses, Shrines and Altars” The diminutively-scaled mixed media assemblage works are inspired by her travels and collecting in India, Mexico, and Italy, and homes are considered as a sacred space. Her artwork can be viewed in local galleries, in private collections and internationally. In addition, she is the Co-founder of FeMail, and engages in a worldwide network with mail artists. More information is on her website: www.karenarpsandel.com
Also exhibiting is ASCC faculty member Sara Puiksma. She shares: “The places I paint are homes of special meaning or landmarks of significance. Directed by autobiography and allegory, my work stems from sentimentality, capturing snapshots both observed and imagined.” Largely influenced by her rural upbringing in upstate New York, Sara Pruiksma continues to be inspired by her immediate surroundings. Pruiksma lives along the Hudson River, in a late 1800’s Italianate style fixer-upper. Pruiksma received her MFA from the State University of New York. She is the Curatorial Assistant at the Albany International Airport. More information is on her website: www.sarapruiksma.com.
Having a home is very much on our minds at the Art School. This exhibit reception will also start ASCC’s 2018 Capital Campaign, to raise $20,000 to secure the gift of this historic 1800 structure and surrounding land they currently occupy as a gift. We are excited to report we have already raised 32% of our goal! The Capital Fund will be used to ensure the structure has funding for future maintenance needs. Having a permanent home will allow ASCC to develop a permanent exhibit and teaching space, conserve a historic landscape and structure for future generations, and provide new program capabilities, including more on-site children’s programs.