Wilton artist builds 10-foot Henry Hudson
June 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm
by Leigh Hornbeck
Wilton sculptor miChelle Vara has finished her interpretation of explorer Henry Hudson. Vara’s studio and lawn full of quirky sculpture, is on Ballard Road. She uses recycled metal. She “chooses parts for their past life’s function, tying the Hudson history together with connotations of things left behind and new beginnings.”
The sculpture is on display now at Vara’s studio. Friday it will be shipped to Kingston for a year-long exhibit.
We enjoyed good conversation and they purchased apiece of miChelle’s
called “Hello Dollie”.
The husband a writer (amongst many other things) and the wife is a glass artist.
Diane made nice thick-layered glass plates with excellent color. She was on the way to show many pieces that were all buildings in the town of Dolgeville NY for a flower fest.
I purchased the Riverside Cafe (Blues Brothers). The plate has 2 figures sitting in front of a brick building at a table. The actual site is supposed to be in the town.
I hope to get there and check it out.So we both got a new piece of art and enjoyed unique time together. I hope we see them again! A Big Thank You and travel safe to them!
The Kingston Sculpture Biennial Debuts July 4th
ASK Arts Center97 BroadwayKingston, NY 12401
JULY 4TH 1-4PM
The KSB opening reception will be held July 4th, from 1 – 4 pm at Hasbrouck & Rotary Parks and will be a family friendly event. Students from the Art Education Program at Pratt Art Institute will host children’s activities, with supplies being donated by the Queens Museum of Art. Guided tours will be given throughout the three park locations. Live music will be performed and hors d’ouvres will be served. At 4pm you can witness Itty Neuhas’ iceboats being launched. Then move to the Arts Society of Kingston, ASK, at 97 Broadway, for the monthly First Saturday art opening reception, 5 – 8 pm, for the exhibits “Regarding the View, Paintings and Prints by E S DeSanna” and “Heads Up, Portraiture.”
The 9th Kingston Sculpture Biennial will be on display throughout three city parks which overlook the Hudson River: Hasbrouck, Kingston Point and the Rotary Parks, from Saturday, July 4th thru the month of October 2009.
While this year’s Biennial revolves around the theme of using both natural and recycled materials, it pays great homage to the Hudson River’s impact and influence on the region. There is a whimsical figure made out of found metal objects in the likeness of Henry Hudson by mi Chelle Vara, Melita Greenleaf has created the “Thee Sisters” which is figurative of three large bean, corn and squash seeds. The Northeast Center for Special care is organizing the painting of bluestones from our region and Vindora Wixom’s “Tear of the Clouds” represents the origin of the Hudson River. Many others will delight and entertain you as you walk through the parks.
This highly anticipated outdoor exhibition is expected to feature the following artists: Bill Brovold, Pieter & Abby Heijnen, Karl Saliter, Melita Greenleaf, Bennett Wine, Terry Slade, Scarlett Colsen, Dave Channon, Willy Neumann, Ezra Silverman, James Hixson, Michael Ciccone, Itty Neuhaus, Mark Bernard, Anne Dobek, Kelly McGrath, Naz Shahrokh, Robin Glasman, Karen Pignataro & Gary Pluschau, Randy Polumbo, Sandra Schaller, Stephen Reynolds & Pamela Wallace, SUNY New Paltz Art Alliance, Kathy Bruce, Mathew Zappala, Casey Schwartz, Susan Togut, Northeast Center for Special Care, Anne Stanner, Robert Giordano, and Cristina Ungureanu.
Meagan Gallagher is curating the 2009 Kingston Sculpture Biennial. Meagan, age 25, moved to Kingston two years ago. She holds a BFA in Art History & Arts Management from C.W. Post College, LIU. When not busy curating & managing the biennial, she is a fulltime Design Consultant.
I have been on a wonderfully fun 2.5 weeks of summer- enjoying family and friends.
I will in the next week post new pictures of-
Dates for upcoming events,
Newly created art,
Places visited and more………………….
So check back soon.