ART SCENE TV
Each month, filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss produces "ArtScene," a monthly video web series with short segments on artists, galleries, and museums in the Hudson Valley. Check it out at Chronogram.com/TV. As told to Kelly Seiz.
The Historical Society of Woodstock is celebrating the Maverick Festival's centennial with an exhibition focusing on two influential Woodstock women who helped sculpt the local art scene in the early 20th Century. Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, a same-sex couple who met in the early `20s were deeply involved in the local artistic community. Seven years after the festival was forced out of commission by the police for public intoxication and explicit nudity, Nan and Wilna picked up the reigns, renaming it the Full Moon Costume Picnic. They kept the festival alive from 1938 to 1962, paving the way for the Woodstock Festival of 1969.
The Maverick Festival
An exhibition of images corresponding to the Maverick Festival Concert Series is on display at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum and the Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Guild through August. Instead of focusing on the music, curator Susana Torruella Leval compiled assorted memorabilia that focus on the musicians and composers that participated and contextualized the historic importance of the Maverick Art Colony founded by Hervey White. The centerpiece and namesake of the festival, John B. Flannagan's sculpture of the Maverick Horse, is prominently featured in the exhibition.
Women's Studio Workshop
Women's Studio Workshop, currently celebrating its 40th year, is a wonderful art institution specializing in handmade books. Each year, they bring in about 30 to 35 artists from around the world to put their own creative spin on the publishing process during 4-to-10-week residencies. The books can be made out of ceramic, have hand-cut pages—they can make them out of any material imaginable. They produce 50 highly exclusive, limited edition books during the artists' residencies. While WSW is the largest publisher of handmade books in the country, it also offers a variety of other art classes to students of all ages in a plethora of media.
On the Cover: Margeaux Walter
Margeaux Walter manipulates patterns and images to comment on how society exploits the environment through commercialism. She often uses a lenticular technique, in which one image morphs into another as you walk past it, to enhance that concept. She starts with something innocuous that you wouldn't pay attention to, and suddenly, she takes that scene and turns it on its head. Margeaux will be performing on the Rail Trail as part of the Women's Studio Workshop august art festival from August 7 to August 29.