Two art exhibits open in the village of Saugerties

Fox in Flower Garden by Elin Menzies

Fox in Flower Garden by Elin Menzies

Grist Mill Gallery

Saugerties-based artists Elin Menzies and Prue See are exhibiting their work at the Grist Mill Gallery, located at Grist Mill Real Estate at 265 Main St. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m. The show will remain on view through May 15 and can be viewed during regular business hours.

Menzies will show her paintings of foxes, which are inspired by the mythology of many cultures. “My fox paintings are influenced by those stories and also by some magical experiences I’ve had with foxes,” she says. “I strive to put that magic into my paintings of them.”

See paints places with deep historic roots, finding ways to connect with her childhood in England growing up in a family whose every move was referenced historically. Her paintings of buildings enshrine memories and suggest story, she says. Her paintings of buildings in Saugerties will be featured in the exhibit. See has painted buildings in Cornwall and Oxfordshire, England, Wales and Vermont.



Ship Spiral by Garry Nichols

Ship Spiral by Garry Nichols

“Water Witch” art exhibit at Cross Contemporary Art

Cross Contemporary Art at 81 Partition St. in the village will host an opening reception on Saturday, March 7 from 6-8 p.m. for the new exhibition of work by Garry Nichols, “Water Witch.” The exhibit will remain on view through April 5.

Garry Nichols solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture will transform the gallery into an environment of nautical and botanical fantasy, reflecting his far-ranging fascination with water divining, sailing ships, tropical plant life and Aboriginal art. Nichols is a prolific artist who plays with the paradox of scale: what should be big is very small and what should be small is enormous, creating a fantastic distortion that torques pictorial space. The feeling of far-off lands — maybe even the most far-off land of Nichol’s native Tasmania — lends his art a sense of adventure and discovery of a new state of nature.

“Mr. Nichols is a wordless storyteller whose art follows the flow of form much as the divining rod discovers the unseen stream of subterranean water,” says gallery director Jen Dragon. “It’s exciting to surrender the gallery for an installation of such breadth and ambition.”