Today Russell will be part of a new show opening up in Catskill, New York. Catskill is a scenic town located along the Hudson River, north of Poughkeepsie.
The show is part of an effort by the Catskill Arts Initiative to fill the empty storefronts along Catskill’s quaint Main Street with art. The project is called “Masters On Main Street” and will feature participants from Vassar College, The Art Institute of Chicago, Bard College, the School of Visual Arts, and SUNY New Paltz. Their work will appear in space donated by owners of the Main Street buildings. According to the Catskill Storefront Arts Project website, Russell will be heading up a group show of 20 Vassar College artists, whose pieces will be displayed at 396 Main Street. A piece in the Vassar Miscellany News, which features some quotes from Russell, is here.
Filling vacant storefronts with art sounds like a good way to increase interest in a struggling downtown area. Congratulations to Russell for his hard work on the project, and good luck to the Catskill Arts Initiative as it works to revitalize a charming area that has been hard hit by our struggling economy.
Phase One of the project, including the collective Vassar College show, will run until May 31, 2011.