“Madness in Vegetables” at Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

Scott Serrano, Professor Hitchcock’s Tentacled Jelly Mellon, 2018

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY-New Paltz announces the opening of the 2019 installment of its Hudson Valley Artists exhibition series, featuring work by 17 regional artists. The interestingly titled “Madness in Vegetables: Hudson Valley Artists 2019” opens with a gallery reception on Saturday, June 15 in the Dorsky’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through November 10.

The title “Madness in Vegetables” references a poem by Francis Jammes, a French writer born in 1868, who is best-known for his turn away from the Symbolist movement and toward inspiration drawn from the natural world and a rustic life far from Parisian literary circles. “Madness in Vegetables: Hudson Valley Artists 2019” shares Jammes’ interest in our otherworldly entanglements with vegetal life and the endless potential for imagination that is found in the darkness of the underbrush and lightness of the overstory. Exhibiting artists are Bob Barry, Julie Evans, Mara Held, Virginia Lavado, Elisa Lendvay, Scott Serrano, Claudia McNulty, David Nyzio, Phyllis Gay Palmer, Libby Paloma, Lauren Piperno, Jackie Shatz, Linda Stillman, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Christina Tenaglia, Scrap Wrenn and Roberta Ziemba.

“Madness in Vegetables: Hudson Valley Artists 2019,” Saturday, June 15, Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery & North Gallery, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY-New Paltz, (845) 257-3844, www.newpaltz.edu/museum