Opening Reception: Shona McAndrew: Just the three of us & Jean Shin: Allée Gathering
Opening reception for Shona McAndrew: Just the three of us and Jean Shin, whose Allée Gathering is now on view in the Sculpture & Architecture Park. To attend, click here to register during the 1 - 3 pm time slot on Saturday, May 29, under "Visitor Registration."
Just the three of us is on view in the Newmark Gallery from May 29 until August 29, 2021. This sculptural installation portrays a group of friends sharing time together in a living room consisting of over 170 individual papier mache objects, all handmade by the artist. For this exhibition, McAndrew draws from recollections of time spent among her high school best friends. The artist renders her friends as she remembers them at that time: casual, intimate, and out of view of the male gaze. Rather than portraying women and girls in their rooms as preparing themselves to exist for men or in the public sphere, McAndrew seeks instead to illuminate the messy yet harmonious space created by women left entirely to themselves. This tableau draws from the artist’s life and personal objects and includes renderings of snacks, spare change, melting ice cream, books, and magazines.
Jean Shin is recognized for her large-scale installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. Using salvaged wood to create a monumental picnic table, Allée Gathering serves as a communal place to rest and gather together in conversation, observation, and reflection. Timbers cut from several felled tree trunks are connected, creating one continuous, horizontal tabletop lined with benches. The specific wood was sourced from ailing maple trees at Storm King Art Center's historic allée, a tree lined pathway. The vertical bisections make visible the trees’ inner cores while also revealing hidden signs of their illness and ultimate demise. The benches’ raw edge and outer bark gives the visitor a sense of the once-standing maples, almost as if one is within the tree itself. Relocated among Art Omi's community of young maple trees, the work continues ongoing dialogue on tree health and its impact on our ecosystem.
Join us for one or more weeks of Columbia County's most popular arts camp for preschoolers! This program is limited to eight children and two adult teachers. Artgarten occurs under a large, open-air tent with excursions throughout the Sculpture & Architecture park. Daily activities include two art projects using a variety of media, nature exploration in the sculpture and architecture park, open play, story time, and swimming as well as snack and lunch times, and morning/afternoon circle meetings. With contemporary art and architecture and the expansive natural landscape as a backdrop, sky's the limit for what we can dream up and create together!
Join us for one or more weeks of Columbia County's most popular arts camp! This program engages kids ages 6-12 in a variety of creative adventures that include drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, music, nature art, and more. Through self and guided exploration, hands-on learning and making experiences, collaboration, and critical thinking, children gain new skills and confidence in the power of their own ideas. With contemporary art and architecture and the expansive natural landscape as a backdrop, sky's the limit for what we can dream up and create together!
All weeks are now full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
- July 6 - 9 (no camp on July 5th)
- July 12 - 16
In this course we will build expressive drawing skills using the landscape and sculpture at Art Omi as reference and inspiration. Using a range of media including charcoal, pencil, ink, and pastel we will explore fundamental 2 dimensional art principles such as perspective, value, form and texture. Expanding our understanding of observational drawing, we will experiment with scale, format, and subject matter in order to find unique modes of personal expression. Our studio time will consist of quick sketches and drawing games, viewing work by contemporary and historical artists, and extended individual projects throughout the sculpture park. Materials included in tuition fee. No experience necessary! For teens age 12 - 16.