Updated: Jun 19, 2021
I rarely plan or strategically hunt for specific hand painted, hand forged, or thought-twisting crafty wonders. I prefer to just happen upon them…discover them as they come in unexpected places…the tucked away and the just waiting to be noticed. Like during a casual let’s-see-what-we-see walk in Kingston, a lazy day slower-than-60mph road trip through Cold Spring, or a let-me-see-what’s-near-me-app check-in while strolling Woodstock…you might describe my experience with the arts as simply…just by chance! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve stood in meters-long lines at the Louvre and elbow mingled on the rooftop of the Met of absolutely divine proportions…but where I feel the most authentic vibe of the artistic kind is always in the unplanned…in the local.
Hudson Valley never ceases to amaze me how artfully connected it is. It’s full of I-think-you-are-interesting art forms I nearly always uncover during my “jojo” outings in the Valley. Some by well-knowns...the oh-so famous, others by those just getting started or in the moment types, and some well…just-don’t-care-to-let-us-know-who-they are…which makes me want to know them even more! Regardless of their status in or out of the art community, the Hudson Valley is home to the colorful, free form, painted, mosaiced, and sculpted…HV you got art!
This isn’t an art trail guide per say, but “wander”-ful notables to consider while in and around some of the area. Pieces to look for nearby, think about, snap, share, research later (always surprising and many times quite fascinating), and maybe they will even inspire your own inner creator to…well, ahhh…create!
“Love Knot” …Love? Why “knot”! It’s a sculpture, it’s a bench…it’s definitely thought provoking and intended to be interactive. Its bright true-red tone and highly polished surface caught my eye while wandering about the village square in Woodstock, NY. It’s reason for being? Spread a little love? I learned that it’s much more significant than that!