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Calendar - Friday, April 25

February 22 - June 1, 2014
The Whimsical World of Ruth Sachs

April 5 - June 1, 2014
Nancy Winternight: A Play Between Inspiration and Spirit

April 25, 2014
ZviDance Residency: FREE Informal Showing of Surveillance


The Whimsical World of Ruth Sachs

Artful New Works by a Raku Master

Dates: Through June 1, 2014
Location: Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter Village Square, 7950 Main Street, Village of Hunter
Gallery Hours: Friday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 10 am-3:30 pm
More Information: 518 263 2060

The Whimsical World of Ruth Sachs

Ruth Sachs has been a ceramic artist for three decades. Her work has been shown at the Kaaterskill Gallery since its inception. She works locally in her studio in Jewett and on Long Island where she is an instructor and the Coordinator of the Ceramics Department at the Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY.

Her work is made to be touched and enjoyed and her hope is that her pots can inspire appreciation of objects which are made by hand. They offer an experience with her passion of working with clay.

She has exhibited nationally and her work is collected internationally. She has also curated ceramic exhibits in Greene County and Suffolk County.  The functional work that Ruth makes is made to be used on a daily basis.

Artist Statement
For the past three decades I have been a successful ceramic artist. It is my passion to work in clay and create forms to express myself. I love being a creative, artistic person.

I am inspired by my family, my life on Long Island and the Catskill Mountains. I am truly grateful to those who purchase my functional work and my more artistic, sculptural and Raku work purely for their pleasure.

I have worked with stoneware to create functional ware in addition to my expertise with the process of Raku. I make my own glazes and fire my work in my studio on Long Island and in Jewett, NY.

Originally “Raku” was made during the 16th Century in Japan for the tea ceremony. It has evolved to what is now called “American Raku”. I love this process because it is so unpredictable. I strive to express myself with the extraordinary method. It is exciting to decorate and use special glazes. I heat up my Raku work to about 1900’ F. I then take each individual piece from the red hot kiln with long tongs. I subject each piece to a post-firing reduction with combustible materials which cause the special effects on the surfaces and glazes. Raku pottery is inherently unsafe to use as domestic ware which is why I choose to make forms for their beauty and not function.

I have been an instructor of ceramics for eighteen years at the Art League of LI in Dix Hills, NY. I have exhibited my work nationally and it has been in collections internationally. I have taken courses at Alfred University and have attended many workshops in ceramics but am mostly self taught.

My work appears in Daryl E. Baird’s book From a Slab of Clay.

I have exhibited and curated  many gallery shows on Long Island and upstate New York and am a member of National Council on Education and Ceramic Art, Greene County Council on the Arts (Board Member), Long Island Craft Guild, The Art League of LI.



Nancy Winternight: A Play Between Inspiration and Spirit

Dates: Through June 1, 2014
Location: Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter Village Square, 7950 Main Street, Village of Hunter
Gallery Hours: Friday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 10 am-3:30 pm
More Information: 518 263 2060

Nancy Winternight: A Play Between Inspiration and Spirit

Image: "May Flowers," painted quilt by Nancy Winternight

The Kaaterskill Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery is now presenting an exhibit of painted quilts by featured artist, Nancy Winternight. The exhibit will run through June 1, 2014.

Nancy Winternight’s paintings express her experience as a woman, and a spiritual being. Her figures are often flying—above the sea and pilot whales, or the mountains and hills, perhaps covered in wild roses. “There is a play between inspiration and expression of spirit—as I feel inspired, I express that feeling: putting the feelings into form seems imperative, sometimes as a way to transcendence, sometimes simply to express the joy of being in a very beautiful place,” according to the artist.

Winternight’s art can be seen as alchemical: The artist transmutes her experience by painting, thereby releasing her spirit from whatever binds it to the earth, making the act of painting personally and spiritually transformative.

People who see Winternight’s paintings often have two responses: “Why are the figures flying?” and “Chagall!” To the first she says, it is that expression of spirit. “I don’t fly in my dreams—it’s more the way I feel in my waking state.” To the second I say, “I believe Chagall was also depicting spirit in his work. Interestingly, he came from a little village in Russia very near to where my own grandparents did. I don’t know if there is a cultural connection, or we are simply kindred spirits.”

Director of the Museum of American Folk Art Gerard Wertkin has said that Nancy Winternight’s work possesses “a mystic sense of the transcendent spirit (and power!) of women. There is also an uplifting quality to the work, which is quite engaging.”

Nancy Winternight received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Cornell University and Master’s degree in Humanistic Education from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz.

An artist and practitioner of Siddha Yoga meditation for 30 years, she has studied expressive arts with Natalie Rogers, daughter of Humanistic Psychologist Carl Rogers, and was a leader in the international network of No Limits for Women Artists, based on Re-evaluation Counseling. In 1993 she began channeling, and now uses this ability to draw upon healing energies of higher consciousness for those participating in her transformational workshops and individual counseling sessions.



ZviDance Residency: FREE Informal Showing of Surveillance

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville (CLICK HERE for directions)

This new work, which began development in the fall of 2013, explores our lives in the new world of the surveillance camera.



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