The Long View - Creativity Over Time
Blue Mountain Gallery Artists
at Green Kill Gallery
229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, New York
July 1 - August 26, 2023
Closing Party 4-6 pm Saturday Aug 26
Recorded Panel Discussion
Words Carry us with Betty MacDonald
with gallery artists Elizabeth Bisbing, Marcia Clark and Kim Do
The exhibition includes artwork by Gulgun Aliriza, Doug Anderson, Theresa Bartol, Nancy Sandler Bass, Nancy Beal, Jane Beckwith, Pamela Berkeley, Elizabeth Bisbing, Richard Castellana, Michael Chelminski, Marcia Clark, Anne Diggory, Kim van Do, Ken Ecker, Owen Gray, Carol Heft, Marilyn Honigman, Sam Jungkurth, Charles Kaiman, Joan Marie Kelly, Marjorie Kramer, Suzanne Lacke, John Leavey, Margaret Leveson, Helene Manzo, Richard K. Mills, Alakananda Mukerji, Nancy Prusinowski, Alexander Purves, Timothy Ross, Victoria Salzman, Gina Sawin, Janet Sawyer, Linda Smith, Clifford Thompson, Sam Thurston, Jenny Toth, Pamela Tucker, Marie van Elder, Jim Weidle and Jeanie Wing.
“Time is the greatest innovator.” Francis Bacon, Of Innovations (1625)
Each artist in the exhibition has selected two works that demonstrate the development of their ideas over time. An illustrated catalogue includes statements by the artists about the juxtapositions of works from different stages in their career, looking back over many decades or many years. Forty one current members and associates of Blue Mountain Gallery are represented.
Charting one's own development can be an adventure. It not only involves the perception of changes and continuities in style, aesthetics and content over a lifetime, but also gives us a chance to ask the important qualitative questions of existence that will always lead us back to the metaphysical question, what is it to be a person? How does that affect an artist’s work? Am I the same person I was forty years ago, ten years ago? What kinds of changes do artists experience, and why? How does a perceived "breakthrough" in our work compare with a slow and steady metamorphosis? What are the threads that have remained constant? What changes in the outside world have had an impact?
“The Long View” celebrates past and current work and the varied ways the artists understand the continuities and transformations in their work over time.
Hosting Kim Van Do, Elizabeth Bisbing, and Marcia Clark
Words Carry Us with Betty MacDonald hosts three artists from the July/August exhibition at Green Kill
Kim Van Do
Kim Van Do is a NY based artist/educator, focused on an observational, painterly connection to the earth, water, and sky. Education: MFA, University of Pennsylvania 1979 BFA, Purchase College 1976 NY His studios, in New York City and the Catskill Mountains, are but home bases for his forays outdoors, eastward to the Greek Islands, west to California, North to Maine, South to the Caribean.“When working outdoors I enter into an altered awareness, circumventing the second-guessing of the conscious mind. One enters into a flow state, watching oneself paint a painting. Despite the physical challenge, the exigent race against time, there is an effortless quality to the making. When done painting, it takes time to return.” - Kim Do
Notable collections: Corporate Headquarters for Citibank, Cargill International, Japan Long Term Loan, American Express, Reader's Digest, Brown-Forman, Johnson & Johnson, Triangle Industries, Strook, Strook and Lavan, etc.
Elizabeth Bisbing exhibits paintings, drawings, collages, animations and videos. In 2020 she participated in Art Virus 2020 in South Korea as well as a The Garzoni Challenge a virtual exhibition in conjunction with 'The Greatness of the Universe in the Art of Giovanna Garzoni' at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. In the spring of 2014 she showed “The Metamorphosis” (an animation) in the Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art Cultural Exchange and Exhibition in Shenyang, China. She participated in The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces, an exhibition, which traveled across the country from 2008 through 2013. She has been a member of the Soho20 Gallery New York City since 2002 and has recently joined the Blue Mountain Gallery also in NYC. She is also affiliated with the Projects Gallery of Philadelphia where she has been in group shows and one solo exhibition. Her work has been written about in the New York Sun, Distinction Magazine, and New York Magazine as well as the Lincoln County News of Damariscotta, Maine and The Garland News of Dallas, Texas. She earned her BFA in painting from Moore College of Art & Design and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. Her work is in many private collections as well as Rowan University’s Art Gallery and the Fremantle Foundation in Florence Italy. She lives and works in New York City.
Marcia Clark lives in the Hudson Valley and in New York City where she is artist / director of Blue Mountain Gallery, exhibiting there and at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY. For many years painting projects have taken her to the Arctic and to the Mediterranean, returning most often to Greenland and Greece. She is known for her experimental paintings using portable gessoed aluminum, Denril and sheets of frosted Mylar pieced together and extending irregularly in many directions, capturing panoramic expanses in these places. Her paintings are in collections that include the Hudson River Museum, Museum of the City of New York, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. In the past she has been a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Childe Hassam Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Artist in Residence grant, and has written for Smithsonian Magazine retracing travels of Thomas Cole, first of the Hudson River School painters. Her involvement with expanded formats led her to organize a travelling exhibition of contemporary panoramas for the Hudson River Museum. Clark has a BFA degree from Yale University and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz.
Writer/actor Betty MacDonald contributed to the writing of and performed in TMI’s What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting. Her essay “Before Roe v. Wade” appears in the anthology Get Out of My Crotch! Her work is included in the anthologies 80 Things To Do When You Turn 80, Open House, Better With Age. and Lightwood, an online magazine. Betty presented her essay “First Love” for 650Read at the Cell Theatre in New York City, and at Vassar College. Her essay "Daughter of Twins" is on video for 650Read's Mother's Day presentation. Her essay "Not Jewish Enough" is on video for 650Read's Jew-ish. Betty presented her essay, "I'm Not a Woman of My Age!" at City Winery in New York City for Read650's "Coming of Age" event. Betty hosts Words Carry Us, a livestream show of readings and interviews from Green Kill in Kingston, NY. 650Read is now known as WritersREAD writersread.org
Following her early career as a continuity writer and radio personality Tiny Lee, Betty became a travel industry correspondent. Unfortunately, she’s a homebody and finds travel uncomfortable and exhausting. For over 30 years, storytelling has influenced her work as a performer with Community Playback Theatre in the Hudson Valley.
All My Monsters are Dead or Why I Love Being Old, Betty’s first book of poems and essays published by Codhill Press will be available in the later part of 2023.