The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is opening its Handmade In The 20th Century: An Ode To Nature & Place exhibition with an opening reception, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, August 20 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock. The reception will be preceded by an informal discussion with collectors and lenders to the exhibition at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 20 at the Kleinert.
The exhibit takes the nature-inspired work done at the early Byrdcliffe Art Colony and relates its influence to the twentieth century. Curated by Sylvia Leonard Wolf, Tina Bromberg, and Karen Walker, it will showcase work by the original denizens of the Byrdcliffe Colony as well as artists and artisans who lived in the Hudson Valley between 1900-1999 including George Ault, George Bellows, Robert Chanler, William Hunt Diederich, Robert Ebendorf, Mary Frank, Milton Glaser, Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Doris Lee, Judy Pfaff, and Carl Walters. There are approximately 200 pieces in the show, including important furniture and ceramics from Byrdcliffe’s permanent collection. Whether functional objects or unique art pieces, the works in the exhibition illustrate a spectrum of accomplishments in both fine art and design from the artist’s colony founded in 1902 by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead, Bolton Brown, and Hervey White. Artworks created at the colony during its first decade are held in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The exhibition will run until October 9. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6 p.m. or by appointment on Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The opening reception is open to the public.
For more information, see woodstockguild.org or call 845-679-2079.