“Rising Artists” is Roost Studio’s current show, and it’s curated by Jasmin Mitchell, a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University. With a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Mitchell has brought together 19 artists who work in an array of media ranging from fine art to tintype photos, street-art samplings and more. The exhibit, focusing on Hudson Valley and SUNY-New Paltz artists, epitomizes Roost’s ongoing mission to uncover new talent and inspire new audiences. It “embodies the creative innovation of a new generation of artists and the marks they are making to define today’s contemporary art scene.”
It includes the works of Alyssa McBeth, Anna Corso, Cheyenne Mitchell, Holly Relyea, Jared Peer, Jon Wittmann, Jorge Weisson, José E. Gonzalez-Soto, Julianne Farella, Justin DeVoursney, Kara M. Cerilli, Kyle Chapman, Zachary Delfavero, Melvin Brinson, Nicholas Ruiz, Nico Tolinski, Ryan March, Tara Platania and Tom Delooza.
Before getting her Master’s, Mitchell worked as graphic artist and illustrator, and enjoyed doing volunteer work and teaching. “I passed up Harvard to go to John Hopkins to participate in their more community-oriented program.” She’d worked around the Kingston arts community, but wanted to expand her connections into New Paltz. “So I went into Roost one day and really liked the gallery. I talked with Marcy Bernstein, who asked me to curate this show. I was still in ‘school mode,’ so I managed to put it together in very little time, assisted by Michelle Michalko, who put the word out at SUNY for me. Art came pouring in at the last minute. I started putting it all together in my head, grouping by color and genre. It’s eclectic and really exciting.”
A Gallery Opening & Party will be held this Saturday. Check out the work and enjoy the live music of For No One, Emre Arapkirli and others. Refreshments will be served. Regular gallery hours are Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. “Rising Artists” will be on exhibit until April 2. A complete exhibition and events schedule can be found on Roost’s website at www.roostcoop.org.
“Rising Artists” gallery opening/reception, Saturday, March 18, 7-10 p.m., Roost Studios, 69 Main Street, New Paltz; (845) 255-5532, www.roostcoop.org.