TimeThe gallery will open at 2:30PM to preview the show. The talk concludes with a Closing Party 4-6PM.
Artist’s Talk: Sarah Draney
As part of its public program offered in concert with the exhibition, Post Nature: our natural world at risk, the Art Garage is hosting a free Artist’s Talk Saturday June 29 at 3PM, featuring artist Sarah Draney, Woodstock NY area. The gallery will open at 2:30PM to preview the show. Robert Seward, professor emeritus of Tokyo University, will moderate.
A First-Exhibition-of-the-Season Finale Reception will follow the talk at 4PM. Refreshments. All invited, including those unable to attend the Artist’s Talk. Parking on the gallery lawn is requested.
The renowned art critic, Lucy Lippard, described Draney’s elegant work as “objects of intimate intensity…important for their very lack of pretension to importance” and noted that they are filled with the “textures of a gypsy spirit and a more solemn, abstract splendor.”
Post Nature is a two-bay, two-person show at 689 Beaver Meadow Road. Both artists use elements collected from their local environments – bark, twigs, thorns, seedpods and more–repurposed into elegant, fragile constructions.
All welcome. Free admission. Reservations highly recommended as seating is limited. The talk concludes with a Closing Party 4-6PM.
The show and season are dedicated to the memory of arts educator, Amy Brooks Snider, Pratt Institute professor emerita and an Art Garage friend, aficionado and a guest moderator for several artist talks. Dr. Snider particularly encouraged the Art Garage to exhibit Ms Draney’s magical work.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Sarah Draney’s powerful nature-based works include narrow ladder constructions and small structures—shelters or homes? —made of plant stems, tendrils, grapevine sections and twigs. She sometimes incorporates an image of the moon or an owl. Ms Draney gathers the materials from her delightfully idiosyncratic garden of meticulously placed stones and ferrous objects, many coated with mosses and lichens. She also uses bark-like bits of thick and crusty handcast paper. The work, whether human scale or tiny, is then coated with black paint imbued with a shimmering metallic sheen. Art critic Lucy Lippard described her work as “objects of intimate intensity…important for their very lack of pretension to importance” and noted that they are filled with the “textures of a gypsy spirit and a more solemn, abstract splendor.” After Ms Draney left the art scenes of San Francisco and New York for the Hudson Valley, she created her own garden world around her rural home. She stated: “I really wanted to make a world and live in it.” She has exhibited her work nationally and beyond, at venues in Orlando, FLA, San Antonio, TX and elsewhere. She has exhibited extensively in NYC area and in the Hudson Valley, at such spaces as the A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY, Art Awareness, Lexington, NY and Byrdclyff, Woodstock, NY. Many of her early shows were in “women artists” exhibitions. Art Forum, Art News, the New York Times (H. Cotter), The Soho Weekly News (William Zimmer), the Village Voice and the Woodstock Times have reviewed her work. She studied at the Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, the New School for Social Research, Bard College and the University of CA Berkeley.
The gallery is open Saturdays 10AM-1PM and daily by appointment, simply call/text 315-941-9607, call 607-547-5327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no admission charge. Images of selected works can be seen at FB/ArtGarageCooperstown.