This Saturday will be a busy day indeed for director/curator Sevan Melikyan of the Wired Gallery in High Falls. The Gallery kicks off its 2016/17 season on April 9 with three openings of new shows: one on-site at 11 Mohonk Road, one in Stone Ridge and one in Accord.
The centerpiece of the triple threat will be a highly anticipated group show featuring 22 artists from Kingston’s Shirt Factory. An opening reception for the exhibition will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery itself.
Curated by Melikyan, “The Shirt Factory Artists” focuses on works by two dozen of those creative types who live and work in Kingston’s pioneer art hub. They include Leslie Bender, Stephen Blauweiss, Amy Coté, Ray Curran, Norman Darvie, Joan Ellis, Kathy Erteman, Chad Gallion, Ann Haaland, Lynn Herring, Robert Hessler, Jennifer Hicks, Nina Isabelle, Robert Kressler, Henry Lautz, Carol Lloyd-McCarthy, Deneane Niebergall, Mike Piazza, Suzanne Rees, Mau Schoettle, Marc Valle and Frank Young.
Also opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday will be a solo show of folklore-inspired oil paintings by SUNY-Ulster faculty member Pablo Shine at Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty, located at 3656 Main Street (Route 209) in Stone Ridge. And from 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception to open William Noonan’s solo show of still lifes and landscapes, curated by Theresa Landi Daniel, at Friends and Family 2 Hillside Restaurant, located at 4802 Route 209 in Accord.
“The Shirt Factory Artists” runs through May 15, with a panel discussion on “The Shirt Factory and the Proposed Kingston Midtown Arts District” scheduled for Sunday, May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Wired Gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment at (682) 564-5613. For more information about all three shows, visit www.thewiredgallery.com or www.facebook.com/wiredgallery.