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New Galleries in the Region

  |   October 1, 2021  |  Comment

Pictured above: Studio 89, Highland

Turns out, although the pandemic was terrible for just about everyone and everything, it catalyzed a mini-renaissance in the Hudson Valley art scene. In the past 18 months, a dozen new art galleries have opened up. This has helped the wave of urban expats moving here who want to furnish their new homes with work from the region’s talented artists. It’s also been a boon for local art patrons and art-loving visitors. Galleries are thriving! Here are a handful of recent additions to the art scene not to be missed.

Fridman Gallery Beacon

In 2013, Iliya Fridman founded the Fridman Gallery on the Lower East Side, bringing together contemporary artists working across a wide range of disciplines. Feeling the space constraints of his Manhattan gallery, in May, Fridman opened a second location on Main Street, Beacon, further enriching the small city’s already-vibrant arts scene. Working in mediums from painting and sculpture to video and sound art, the gallery’s artists are diverse in both cultural background and personal style. Fridman aspires to curate shows that include emerging artists as well as established mid-career artists. 

Shakespeare’s Fulcrum Hudson

Actual Art pioneer Tery Fugate-Wilcox first opened his transient gallery space, Shakespeare’s Fulcrum, beneath the Guggenheim Museum in 1993. In April 2021, the concept reemerged on Hudson’s Warren Street. Deemed a performance, art, and culture space, the new five-year popup gallery highlights the collaborative and evolving nature of art showcasing new artists. The 2,800-square-foot gallery is curated by its participants, inviting cross-pollination and fostering an environment in which artists of various backgrounds align their aspirations. Through a collaboration with the Hudson Culture Coalition, Shakespeare’s Fulcrum will also be raising money to preserve historic Hudson and promote the importance of culture in the greater area. 

Foreland Catskill

On the bank of Catskill Creek lies a vast, 85,000-square-foot art campus known as Foreland. Throughout the Civil War, the Foreland mill buildings manufactured uniforms for Union Soldiers. Although the buildings remained lifeless for over a century following the war, they were recently transformed into spaces where contemporary artists could work and ultimately share their creations with the public. Founder Stef Halmos, who works primarily in sculpture and photography, was discouraged by New York City’s lack of affordable workspaces, inspiring her journey to find/create/revive a collaborative and accessible space where art can spring to life. The building contains artist studios, maker spaces, and galleries. 

Studio 89 Highland

With a vision to connect art and the larger community, Studio 89 triples as a gallery, shop, and artist-run workspace. Located in Highland, the setting encourages collaboration amongst creative individuals, providing a dynamic environment in which artists can socialize and present their works. The compact, intimate space seeks to provide creative community members with a place to gather and turn mere ideas to art, which appears to attract college students and recent graduates in particular. Each month features shows from emerging local artists. 

Art Sales & Research Inc. Clinton Corners

Art Sales & Research doubles as a gallery and consultancy, specializing in the research and sales of high-end, privately owned art. Located in an eccentric 200-year-old barn space in eastern Dutchess County, the Hudson Valley gallery features post-war, contemporary, and outsider artists. Shows in 2020 displayed selected works from the spectacular New York City-based artists Marilyn Gold and Manuel Pardo. The gallery at Art Sales & Research is currently open by appointment only. 

West Strand Gallery Kingston

Located on Kingston’s waterfront, West Strand Gallery, founded by artists and spouses Isabel Alvarez and Julio Nazario, features group and solo exhibitions arranged by various guest curators. Exhibits span media, including painting, photography, installation, and video. Alvarez and Nazario hope to amplify the community’s exposure to unknown and emerging artists in the city creating an inclusive space that represents diverse identities in the art world. With their backgrounds in academia and visual arts, the couple have shared a vision of opening an art gallery in Kingston for years.

Geary Millerton

Founded in 2013 on the Lower East Side, Geary displays the works of budding and mid-career artists. The Millerton location was unveiled in 2020 as an upstate extension of the Manhattan space. Recent exhibitions has featured such Hudson Valley heavy hitters as Scott Alario, Eve Biddle, Olivier Catté, Lisa Corinne Davis, Catherine Haggarty, Christopher Saunders, and Ping Zheng in the gallery’s storefront on Main Street in Millerton. 

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