Dutch Barn opens as gallery for Saugerties Artists’ Tour

Josepha Gutelius: “Info Wars,” acrylic on canvas. (Photos by David Gordon)

Celebrating its 19th year, the 2021 Saugerties Artists’ Tour hosts 31 artists skilled in at least 14 creative disciplines who will open their studios; five virtual artists will also participate with personal, in-depth videos on the tour’s website. The opening exhibition was held at the Dutch Barn at the Kiersted House on July 23. The barn was crowded and hung with the works of the participating artists. The works included paintings in various media, sculpture, photography, pottery and mixtures of the various art forms.

Tour coordinator Barbara Bravo said that planning for next year will begin shortly after this year’s tour is over, and next year is special; it will be the 20th anniversary of the tour.

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Art tour coordinator Barbara Bravo, at right, chats with Kayleigh Zaloga and Kevin Freeman.

Gus Pedersen, whose sculpture at last Saturday’s show consisted of ten blocks of different types of wood, said he will probably have to come up with 20 varieties next year, in honor of the anniversary.

The Dutch Barn will be open as a gallery, displaying the art that is part of this year’s tour, on the following dates/times: Saturday, August 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The actual tour of open studios takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at artists’ studios throughout the Town of Saugerties. Pick up a map for this free self-guided tour at many Saugerties businesses, including the Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center, 138 Partition Street; Smith Hardware, 227 Main Street; and Town & Country Liquors, 303 Route 212 at CVS Plaza. Or connect online at https://saugertiesarttour.org/ and scroll down to the lower half of the page.

Lorrie and Michael Wardell: “The Same Boat 1” clay.

Tara Bach with her acrylic and mixed media piece, “untitled.”

Live open studio artists are: Charley Micherson, photography; Michael Ciccone, abstract sculpture and paintings; Josepha Gutelius, painting; Ulf Loven, abstract and figurative painting; Jennifer Hicks, mixed media, painting and photography; Barbara Bravo, sculptural and clay tiles, collage, pottery;  Ellen Perantoni, realistic oil landscape painting; Lucretia Moroni, fabric design and photography; Robert Sherman, handmade furniture from barn wood.; Mikhail Horowitz, collage, linocuts, assemblages; Carol Zaloom, linocut prints; Tara Bach, abstract painting; Marjorie Magid, paintings and prints; Robert Troxell, ceramic sculpture, paintings and etchings; Meredith Morabito, figurative clay sculpture and photography; Ruth Edwy, landscape paintings; Alex Kveton, metal sculptures and collagraph prints; Kay Kenny, night photography; Michael Sullivan Smith, land art; Istar Schwager, collages, paintings, drawings, prints; David Sarlin, street photography; Ben Suga, pottery and ceramic sculpture; Raymond J. Steiner (1933-2019) plein air oil landscapes; Tad Richards, digital painting and fiber arts; Marsha Kaufman-Rubinstein, porcelain pottery; Viorica Stan, paintings, photography and mixed media; Hugh Morris, paintings and prints; Yvette Lewis, abstract paintings; Isaac Abrams, painting; and Ana Bergen, digital photography, mixed media, painting.

Virtual artists are: Lorrie and Michael Wardell, functional pottery and enameled copper; Gustav Pedersen, studio furniture, marquetry, sculptures; David Brown, welded steel sculpture; Iain Machell, drawings; and Kristin Barton, paintings.

The Dutch Barn is located at 119 Main Street (behind the Kiersted House) in Saugerties. For additional information, visit https://saugertiesarttour.org.