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Date: January 17 through February 22, 2009
Opening Reception: January 17, 4-6pm
Location: Kaaterskill Fine Arts, Route 23A, Main Street, Hunter, NY
Hours: Friday through Monday 10am-5pm or by appointment.
Information: 518 263 2060

Heat Wave!

Winter in the Catskills brings lots of wonderful sensations to the inhabitants of the mountains - the bite in the air, the chill in the wind and the heat in the gallery. Yes, we're having a Heat Wave! at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery on Main Street in Hunter.

The gallery will exhibit an eclectic mix of recent works by artists who really know how to turn the heat up, including John Friedman and Norma Zotos, Fawn Potash, Rita Schwab and Salvatore Scalisi, Helen Schofield, Robert Selkowitz, Julia Santos Solomon and more. Entitled Heat Wave!, the show explores each artist's interpretation of warmth, whether it be the soft tropical breezes of a Caribbean beach or the more intimate feeling of the fire within.

Fawn Potash is an accomplished working artist, arts administrator and teacher. Her current work includes a series of one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces using photography as the ground, with a layer of encaustic wax, treated like a printing plate. Drawings are inscribed into the wax and oil color rubbed into the scratches.

Rita Schwab lives and works in both New York and Florida, where she is most widely known for her weavings that take advantage of her expertise with natural dyes. In collaboration with contemporary painter Salvatore Scalisi, she has produced a series of frescos concerned with planetary expressions, spacescapes, lunar cycles and earth forms. Her colors are bright, refreshing and uplifting, highly textured and include natural materials such as shells, rocks and fibers.

For Helen Schofield, art is a way of sharing values as well as a tool for education, communication and personal growth. Her work explores the fundamental laws of contrast, creating balance within the give-and-take of opposites in mood, form or color. In 2003 she started working with background prepared with molding paste for texture to combine the strength of relief with the power of fiery dominant colors.

Robert Selkowitz is an artist and author whose original oil and pastel paintings are widely collected and published. He is well known for his relaxing paintings of porches and verandas overlooking sea and lake, gardens and landscape. Dividing his time between the Catskill region and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the images Robert creates in oil and pastel bring to the viewer a sense of spiritual renewal and healing. The paintings depict real places where nature offers recreation to the human spirit, easing stress and strengthening life force.

Julia Santos Solomon was born in the Dominican Republic and educated in the United States and Europe. She teaches at Parsons School of Design and exhibits widely both here and in the Caribbean. She is fluent in several different disciplines but finds her work has a common thread that runs through them all. A resident of Woodstock since 1996, Julia finds that living in a community of artists has given her the freedom to focus on her art in a totally new way.

Heat Wave! opens on Saturday, January 17th with an Artists' Reception from 4-6 p.m. Join us at 1:30 that day for an informal discussion with Robert Selkowitz, a leader in the Arts in Healthcare movement, which recognizes the healing power of art. The show runs through February 22nd.

Sunburst by Rita Schwab



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