It’s a one-night exhibit and sale of fine art and artisanship. It’s also a meet-and-greet with 26 Hudson Valley-based artists, a cocktail reception with food and wine, a fundraiser to benefit community nonprofits, a shop-local opportunity to plan ahead for holiday gift-giving and — if that’s not enough for one evening — Fall for Art is also a chance to participate in a little “Tikkun Olam,” to borrow the Hebrew phrase that translates roughly as “repair and heal the world.”
The 19th annual Fall for Art fundraiser will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. Tickets cost $45 in advance online or $50 at the door.
The event is put together every year by the nonprofit Jewish Federation of Ulster County. Proceeds raised at Fall for Art — through ticket sales, a revenue-sharing arrangement with participating artists and sponsorship by local businesses — support the local programs of the Federation, who in turn donate $1000 to another local nonprofit (that’s where the “Tikkun Olam” comes in: share what you have to fix what is broken in society and heal the world). Past recipients have included the Saugerties Boys & Girls Club, Benedictine Cancer Center and the Rosendale Theatre Collective. This year, the Mental Health Services of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley has been invited to select $1000 worth of artwork from the show to enhance its Kingston facility.
The artists who participate in the event are guaranteed to be in attendance at Fall for Art to discuss their work. The Federation committee made up of Barbara Cohen, Arlene Gould, Linda Hutchinson, Sloane Grubard, Sara Beames, Darlene Levit, Randy Mundi and Sue Worthman found the artists for the juried show through gallery visits and previous experience with specific artists as well as through an annual open call for entries.
The 26 artists participating this year work in oils, watercolors, mixed media and acrylics (Tatiana Rhinevault, Mitchell Saler, Doreen Stopczynski, Mira Fink, Pam Krimsky, Hillary Korn Fontana, Louise Lefkovits, Glenn Grubard); wood (Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington, John Franklin); fused glass (Sara Beames); ceramics (Barbara Bravo, Brinton Baker, Barbara Tepper Levy, Leslie Reich); photography (Michael Citron, Robert Gartner, Cathie King, Jim Smith); fiber (Basia Kaminski, Fran Raia); silver (Raychel Wengenroth); and handmade jewelry (Susan Basch, Janet Baskerville, Ann Egan and Carli Bruno).
Visit www.fallforart.org for representative images of each artist’s work.
Fall for Art, Thursday, Sept. 10, 6–9 p.m., $45 adv. purchase/$50 at door, Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston; (845) 338-8131, www.fallforart.org.