The Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour will be held this weekend, Aug. 9–10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. This annual, self-guided tour is free and open to the public. The artists and artisans on the tour represent a wide range of styles and techniques. See completed works, works-in-progress and talk to the artists for a glimpse into their creative lifestyles. Visit www.saugertiesarttour.com for a list of map pickup locations.
An exhibit and reception will be held Friday, Aug. 8 from 5–7 p.m. at Opus 40 on Fite Rd.
463 Fishcreek Rd.
“I drink a cup with William Blake. I have very vivid dreams, dreams in color, touch, taste, sound and flight. I travel in these dreams, more than ever. As I get older, I come closer to the infinite in more ways than one.”
2196 Rt. 32
Noelle has been an artist all of her life. Her fascination with clay began 20 years ago when she apprenticed for a potter in Texas on a whim. She was immediately enthralled. After traveling the country she has settled in the Hudson Valley and works from her home studio. She has always had an affinity for functional items and loves the fact that working with the elements of the earth she can create something beautiful and practical that can be used every day. Her work consists of cups, bowls, plates, pitchers and other functional pieces as well as more whimsical items such as miniature tea sets, tiles, etc.
5 Fishcreek Rd.
Watercolors and oil paintings; white-line wood block prints and leaf collagraphs; original origami, calligraphy and paper dolls.
4 Boxwood Court
Mixed media art, drawing, painting, photography and collage in a variety of styles.
327 Lotus Ln.
“My collections open to the beauty of the feminine shapes. Her strength shines and as she stands in the fullness of the sun her vulnerability and longing unfolds in black and white. The compositions play with light and shadow, then reveal and vibrate through the illusive female form. I invite the viewer to move with the subject and follow her lead to the inner space to see and feel the spirit that lives in her and in all of us.”
147 Market St.
“My goal as an artist is to serve mankind at the deepest level of my spiritual development through the expression of painting, writing and public speaking.”
Kristy Bishop, winner of a gold medal of honor for pastels in national competitions and many regional awards, is the founder of “Kristy’s Kreative Kids” art school and newspaper column. She has taught over a thousand children and adults privately since 1977 at her studio. Her painting subjects in several media include local landscapes, portraits, cars, animals in realism and imaginative interpretation.
302 Old Rt. 32
A production potter and ceramic artist since 1971, Bravo has sold her signature designs nationwide for the past 30 years in craft galleries and museum shops and has exhibited locally with members of the Artist Tour. Always drawn to adding sculptural elements to her work, her focus has shifted from traditional wares to sculpted landscape-themed tiles and botanicals. Porcelain teapots, a particularly favorite form because of their complexity, will always have a place in her work. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and is mostly self-taught.
469 Glasco Tpke.
“Driven by form, I incorporate steel and sometimes mixed media, such as stone or wood, in a unified shape. I include raw stock and odd pieces of farm machinery. I enjoy the challenge of maintaining an object’s original integrity, which sometimes seems impossible while composing a sophisticated and/or playful composition. I factor in different components such as size and weight, sometimes using asymmetry and abstract methods, to convey a shape that would otherwise be awkward to view or experience.”
9 Lois Ln.
Erika deVries is a mother, artist, lady in love, professor, fairy tale teller/reader/believer, thread thief, and mundanity expert. Her works are cross media including photography, neon, embroidery, web-based and performance. Summer 2014, concurrent with the Saugerties Artist’s open studios, Erika has a lighthouse sculpture on view in downtown Saugerties, and a solo exhibition at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson.
251 Patterson Ln.
“After extensive involvement in ceramics and horticulture, I am exploring fresh forms to integrate the two. “Beyond the Pot” — these forms engage with plants in ceremonial and playful ways. My sculptural pieces similarly relate to the garden and landscape. My work also includes some tableware, primarily presentation pieces such as pedestaled bowls, tureens, and ewers. Visitors to the studio are welcome to stroll through the gardens and greenhouse.”