Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

It is very hard to believe that Russell will be graduating from Vassar College in less than two weeks.  Lately, he has been working hard on his senior art show, which is part of the graduation process for a Vassar studio arts major.  Russell’s senior art show will be displayed at a gallery in Poughkeepsie.

In the meantime, the Masters on Main Street exhibition in Catskill, New York, where some of Russell’s artwork is featured along with that of other Vassar students, will be continuing until the end of May.  Kish and I are looking forward to seeing that exhibition, as well as Russell’s senior art show, when we visit for graduation festivities.

Recently the Greene County Council On The Arts website posted some audio interviews with various artists who have pieces on display in the Masters on Main Street exhibition.  One of the artists is Russell, whose brief interview — complete with background hammering and a trademark Russell chuckle — appears about halfway through the audio file.  Unfortunately, we don’t know precisely which piece Russell is discussing, but we do know the interviewer liked it.

Russell And The Masters On Main Street

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

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Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

One of Russell's pieces at the exhibition, called "Resume"

The Masters on Main Street exhibition in Catskill, New York has been up and running for about a month now, and it appears to be doing pretty well.  I know that Russell has been spending a fair amount of time there at the Vassar College storefront gallery space.  artdaily.org has a review of sorts of the show and its various participants, and a local article on the effort includes a brief video interview with the principal organizer.

Let’s hope that, as spring arrives and the weather warms up, more and more people stop by Catskill to take a look at the artwork. Kish and I are looking forward to touring all of the Masters on Main spaces when we visit in May.

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

A web album of photos of the pieces of Vassar students who are participating in the Masters on Main Street exhibition in Catskill, New York is now available on-line.  It is a diverse mix of paintings, photography, sculpture and drawings and can be seen here.  The web album includes five pieces by Russell from the show, including the one pictured above.

Fortunately, the Masters on Main Street exhibition runs until the end of May, so Kish and I will be able to see all of the pieces when we go to Vassar for Russell’s graduation.

Russell And The Masters On Main Street

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.