Saugerties Artists Studio Tour, August 9-11, 2019
Art: An Uplifting Experience
Experiencing art in all its forms is an uplifting experience. A quote by Pablo Picasso rings true: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
For the 17th consecutive year, the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour will scrub, scour, and swab away that encrustation of dust, as 37 artists open their private studios for two days, August 10 and 11th, to an enthusiastic public. If you love a leisurely spin around the countryside, you’ll have a grand time discovering studios that are tucked away in some of the most bucolic places in Ulster County, and housed in reconverted churches, old farmhouses, and historic buildings dating from the 1800s.
Those who take this self-guided tour will meet artists and artisans skilled in at least 14 creative disciplines, all with very personal styles—painters working in oils and acrylics as well as with digital tools; collage makers and printmakers; photographers and videographers; sculptors working in upscale polished steel or industrial debris; and ceramic artists whose work ranges from figurative to funky-fun ceramic sculpture.
Also on this year’s tour are artists who choose to work with nature to make earth art, such as a bluestone creation to be enjoyed in the open air, as well as devotees of old world craftsmanship, making bows, arrows and quivers using traditional tools and locally harvested materials. The ceramic artists and potters on the tour feature everything from sculptural tiles to everyday functional ware, and several furniture makers offer finely crafted tables and furnishings made from the finest hardwoods to vintage barn wood. And who can resist handmade fused-glass wearables that sparkle with every turn of the head?
According to Cornelia Seckel, editor of Art Times, “The Saugerties open studio tour is an opportunity to visit artists in their studios and to view the breadth of their work in a relaxed and informal setting. Meeting the artist whose work interests you adds yet another level of appreciation for the art you admire and may purchase. This is a well-organized and publicized tour with benefits to the artists, the town, and lovers of art.”
Robert Langdon, director of Emerge Gallery, puts it this way: “I have found the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour to be one of the best in the Hudson Valley. It’s a wonderful representation of the talent right in my own backyard. I always look forward to seeing full collections by the artists on the tour and for the chance to engage one on one.”
This summer’s tour kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, August 9, at the Gallery at Opus 40, 50 Fite Road, Saugerties, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is followed by two days of open studios on Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These are free, open to the public events. Please check the website for more information about the Tour and its artists: www.saugertiesarttour.org .