In our Front Room Gallery, ASK has invited Celebrate845 for a 10-month residency titled Celebrate845: a retrospective. Celebrate845 is an arts organization whose mission is to organize, recognize, & celebrate(!) marginalized creatives via pop-up events throughout New York’s Hudson Valley.
Every month ASK provides a prompt for our members to respond to and this April, the theme is The Changing Climate: Coming to Terms and Finding Hope: "Our climate has changing temperatures, precipitation, and storm frequency and duration. What are we seeing and feeling? What are hopeful visions of our future?"
In our Front Room Gallery, ASK has invited Celebrate845 for a 10-month residency. For April, Celebrate845's exhibition is titled Make. Leave. Take.
"Is making art all about the end product? We don't think so, but totally acknowledge that the world we live in wants us to. Join us in challenging that mindset by being a part of this practice in creative catharsis, impermanence, & abundance."
Threads of Memory and the monotype prints in this ongoing series unexpectedly seem to be timely. With COVID, illness, war and death, families have had the unfortunate need to put closure to loved ones’ lives. Removing clothing and items from draws, closets, trunks and boxes opens up the lives of those who have passed with unanswered questions about the garments that were worn and kept. What were the personal reasons for keeping a table cloth, curtain, scarf or other items perhaps having a personal memory never shared.
Our Spotlight Solo Artist for the month of July is Todd Samara, with the Spotlight Exhibition titled Todd Samara: A Lifetime of Art. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Todd Samara (1944-2020) lived and painted in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood for many years. He captured the life of the neighborhood in vividly colored landscapes, streetscapes, interior scenes and portraits of area residents. This exhibit consists of over 40 paintings, most consisting of landscapes of Rondout, although there are also inventive studio views and a few figure studies. Several large panoramas of the creek are also on display. All works are for sale. You can learn more about Todd Samara and the Todd Samara Art Fund Project at toddsamara.com/
Every month ASK provides a prompt for our members to respond to and this July the theme is Contrasts: contrasts relates to color, proportion, texture and also, things unrelated to elements of art, but rather, ideas. Members are allowed to display up to three pieces each month, with no charge for the first piece.
Celebrate845's 2022 residency at Arts Society of Kingston continues with "EPHEMERA". We invite our community to literally come and draw on the walls. No joke. We'll photograph its progress from time to time and at the end of its 2 month run we'll make a limited edition print zine with a digital version available. You've got 2 months to come leave your mark on this fleeting project. Enjoy 👀