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The Art Scene

One Century to the Next

Jane Eckert’s gallery in Millerton, NY, has two exhibits together: One from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the other from the second half of the 20th century. And it works, probably because the pieces are so good.

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Fascinating Art at Sharon Library

David James Valyou’s show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library comes into focus with extended viewing. His work is varied in medium, style and subject, and much of it requires looking until a click of recognition occurs. Suddenly you understand.
Valyou is a fascinating artist, both serious and whimsical in various pieces, and much of his best work is traditional, even if it is painted on found wood and includes objects that inform both subject and shape.

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A Digital Look at History

Or how we got where we are

Leigh Merrill’s unpopulated images of North Texas buildings and sites in her current exhibition, “Manifest Destiny,” at the Hotchkiss Tremaine Gallery, are about the frontier as it pushed west through the vast expanse of the Plains. This movement into new territory freed settlers from European customs and prior mindsets, and from older notions of art and architecture. These pioneers were innovative, individualistic, democratic yet lawless. And in Texas they combined with Spanish and Mexican influences.

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Intriguing Shapes In Show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library

I imagine that Janet Block paints quickly: brushing, scraping, altering until she is satisfied. And I suspect she is a tough judge of her own art, one who discards work that does not meet her standards, the same rigorous standards she brought to positions on Wall Street and as a management consultant.
Most often she succeeds, at least in work now on exhibit at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library.

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