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Masterson’s paintings highlight ‘people of the fields,’ now on view in Kingston

Masterson’s paintings highlight ‘people of the fields,’ now on view in Kingston

Barbara Masterson, who lives on a farm at the top of a small mountain in the southern Ulster hamlet of Milton, had always painted landscapes. But one day in May 2015, when she was out painting on a neighboring farm in Marlborough, some migrant workers wandered into the scene and her subject began to change. “I just painted them in quickly,” she said. “It was kismet. I was just innocently painting and they just kind of appeared.”

Eclectic and welcoming: How Virginia Walsh and Ann Street Gallery brought first-rate art to a tough neighborhood

Eclectic and welcoming: How Virginia Walsh and Ann Street Gallery brought first-rate art to a tough neighborhood

One of this season’s most exciting art exhibitions is “Power and Politics” at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh. It includes paintings, assemblages, sculpture and prints. The strength of the exhibit is a testament to the curatorial talents and vision of Virginia Walsh, who has served as the gallery’s director and curator since its inception in 2006.