Paulette Esrig is a second-generation artist. Her mother, Lily Ente, was a fiery sculptor who was one of the top new women artist pioneers of the last century. Esrig has spent as much time championing her mother’s legacy and restored studio and gallery space on the western fringes of Tinker Street here in Woodstock as she’s concentrated on her own art. Her work in clay combines motion, rhythm and dynamics of both music and dance to produce pureley sculptural forms. References to nature are implied and abstracted.
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in photography, Juliet Lofaro dove into NY’s downtown art scene, shooting portraits and parties and even headshots for punk bands. Her working style developed in clubs and on film sets, where she developed a necessary efficiency for finding the moments where she could connect with her subjects. Today, she’s traded Limelight for upstate and motherhood and where she now brings her expertise to weddings, family albums, cover shoots, birthdays, and other events. The one constant is her enduring talent for making the connection that makes the shot.
Katherine McKenna uses the term “Color, Light and Spirit” to depict her style of painting. Her goal is to create the illusion of light with color and to capture the spirit of place. Her inspiration for western scenes comes from childhood summers spent in Wyoming and Colorado with her paleontologist father prospecting for fossils and dinosaurs.
Roger Ricco is co-owner of Ricco/Maresca gallery in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district. Ricco studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and won the prestigious Rome Prize in painting. Ricco presents photographs which are heavily influenced by his background in painting, and are an ephemeral selection from several bodies. All photographs are created within the confines of a tabletop set, involving simple, often mundane objects, but Ricco’s use of light itself becomes the subject.
ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Elena Zang Gallery, founded in 1989 by Alan Hoffman and Elena Zang, represents contemporary fine art by internationally known and regional artists living in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The gallery exhibits paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics from over twenty artists including 3 MacArthur fellows.
The Lily Ente Studio exhibits Ente’s unique sculptures, unusual monoprints, uncommon wood wall pieces, and a variety of sketches, journals and reading material that chronicle her works and career.
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a multi-arts membership organization. Its Kleinert/James Arts Center hosts local and national performing, visual and literary artists. The WBG offers a variety of classes in the arts and is a steward of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. Founded in 1903, Byrdcliffe is one of the older artists colonies in the country, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its historical and architectural significance. It is home to a national Artist-in-Residence program. Since its beginnings in 1920, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, WAAM has been committed to exhibiting and collecting work in all media by area artists and supporting the tradition of Woodstock as the “Colony of the Arts”. Located in the center of the village, the WAAM functions as a cultural center as well as an archive for the work of esteemed artists who have lived and worked in the vicinity.
ART SCHOOLS AND CLASSES
Byrdcliffe Art Schools and Classes – The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (WBG) is steward of Byrdcliffe, possibly the oldest continuously-operating arts and crafts colony in the nation. Established in 1903, Byrdcliffe was willed to the WBG in 1976 by Peter Whitehead, the surviving son of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph Radcliffe and Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead. Today the Byrdcliffe Colony supports today’s working artists while simultaneously undertaking a vigorous historic preservation program.
The man behind the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the musician who launched the School of Rock are teaming up to open the Woodstock Music Lab, an educational center designed to train musicians and help them navigate the music industry. The Woodstock Music Lab will occupy the former Zena School in Woodstock, which had been operated by the Kingston School District. The 50,000 square-foot-building sits on 23 acres and will be outfitted with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, broadcast and streaming facilities for live events and more.
The Woodstock School of Art, Inc. offers year-round classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more in spacious, renovated, climate-controlled north light studios. The campus buildings, listed on both NYS and National Registers of Historic Places, are located just east of Woodstock at 2470 Route 212. Students with all skill levels from beginner to advanced, are welcome. Gallery, open year round, features exhibits of historically significant regional artists as well as work by instructors and students.
The Woodstock Bookfest , formerly known as the Woodstock Writers Festival, is an annual celebration of both writers and readers, gathering Pulitzer Prize winners as well as up-and-coming authors to the town. Much of the festival’s success can be attributed to long-time Woodstock resident, local radio host, and well-known author, Martha Frankel.
Woodstock Arts is dedicated to the experience that is Woodstock, its artists, writers and performers.