Join us in celebrating the arts!  Members show featuring 150 works
in all media by our local and regional artists.  Come meet the artists and enjoy
entertainment by local performers and toast to the arts in Columbia County.


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Fine Art in the Summertime by Claire Lambe

Going north to the picturesque town of Athens you will find a particularly relevant exhibition with the environment at its center. In this era of melting glaciers and looming extinctions, the Athens Cultural Center presents a multi-​​media exploration of the many meanings of ice in history, popular culture and the artists’ imagination. Curated by Carrie Feder, the show is a visual examination of diverse artifacts and imagery relating to ice in all its forms: polar exploration, the ice industry, sports, utilitarian products, advertising, literature, decorative objects, the environment and art. View Ice  >>

Claudia McNulty, Blues Haarp at the ICE exhibition, in Athens NY



Claudia McNulty — Blues Haarp

Thirteen artists, all with Hudson Valley and many with NYC connections, present their own interpretations of ice. Diverse mediums and styles include figurative and abstract paintings, sculpture, photography and video. Claudia McNulty’s painterly depiction of an iceberg inspired by a Frederic Church painting is overlaid by the ominous charting of HAARP, a weather controlling technology currently being researched. Also don’t miss Christy Rupp’s Walrus and Narwhal Tusks from her “Fake Ivory Series.” Decorated with hydrocarbon chains and greenhouse gases rather than the traditional scenes on scrimshaw, a pointed reference is made to the loss of habitat due to pollution and oil drilling. Both McNulty and Rupp were among those chosen for last year’s popular Hudson Valley Artists Dear Mother Nature exhibition at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. This exhibition runs through August 11.  Read entire article>>

Claire LambeClaire Lambe is an Irish born painter whose works have been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic; she is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and holds an MFA in painting from the City University of New York. In addition to her art-​​making, she is also the company manager and designer for The Woodstock Players Theater Company  —as the company designer she is responsible for everything from the website to the set design. Writing credits include contributing author to Teen Life in Europe (part of the Teen Life Around The World series), and articles and reviews for this publication. Claire Lambe Art Journal

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Mural at the Crown Grill Cafe – Saratoga Springs

Mural at the Crown Grill Cafe – Saratoga Springs

mural-CrownGrill  25' x 11'H


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GCCA Individual Artist Grant Awards Announced

Individual Artist Grant Awards Announced

Reposted : Published on February 7, 2013

Greene County Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the Columbia, Greene & Schoharie County recipients of Individual Artist regrant awards through the Community Arts Grants Fund Decentralization Program. The grants are competitive and represent the presentation of three $2,500 awards annually.   

The Decentralization – Individual Artist Tier is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support for artists in the construction of new, original work. The awards are intended to engage the community through the artist’s creative process and promote personal artistic growth. This year’s proposals included choreography, literary, video, playwriting, and visual arts projects. There were several excellent candidates with imaginative ideas and high quality support materials, making the 2013 review a difficult process. After much deliberation, a panel of artists from Greene and Columbia County recommended Claudia McNulty of Climax in Greene County, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio of Hudson in Columbia County, and Michael Breitbach of Richmondville in Schoharie County as this year’s Individual Artist Grant recipients.


"Porn Corn" by IA Recipient Claudia McNulty

Claudia McNulty primarily works in paint and mixed media and has been represented in the Hudson Valley (Carrie Haddad Gallery; BRIK Gallery; SamuelDorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz; Athens Cultural Center) as well in juried shows in New York City, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC.  The $2,500 Individual Artist award will enable her to develop a project entitled “Corn Porn” which will address what the artist describes as “the pervasive presence of genetically modified foods” through an interactive 3-dimensional installation. Public participation is critical to the project. Viewers will be encouraged to physically enter McNulty’s audio-enhanced sculptural space becoming, and recorded, as a temporary visual component of the work. “Corn Porn” will be portable and will travel to a number of local venues initiating questions and dialogue about the GMO controversy. Well within the genre of politically and environmentally motivated expression long embraced by this artist, this project also represents a fresh set of challenges. “Both sound and lighting would be major components in these environs . . . and would be my initial venture into creating a “space.” It is a simple beginning, but large for me,” McNulty said.     

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site – “Postcards from the Trail” exhibition

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

"Postcards from the Trail" exhibition will be on view during this year's Garden Party to benefit the Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA)


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Apologies, Offerings and Celebrations; Dear Mother Nature at the Dorsky Museum

Apologies, Offerings and Celebrations; Dear Mother Nature at the Dorsky Museum

by Donatella de Rosa

(re-posted: http://www.rollmagazine.com/apologies-offerings-and-celebrations-dear-mother-nature-at-the-dorsky-museum/)


A remarkable exhibit opened at the Dorsky Museum on June 23. I was there for the opening, I’ve returned several times… and I will certainly go back before the show closes on Nov. 4.

Dear Mother Nature—curated by Linda Weintraub— is a stunning indictment, an apology, an offering of gratitude, and a cry for change, expressed through the distinct vision of forty-​​two Hudson Valley artists.

I knew as soon as I stepped through the doors to the main gallery space, that I would be back to revisit these works. I was immediately entranced. A mere walk through— amid the chatter of a large enveloping crowd — wouldn’t do. Why? Because, this is that rare exhibit that requires the viewer to truly spend time with the art, to engage, to consider what the artist is saying, to participate.  Read blog >>

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Hudson Opera House Gallery February 2012 juried and curated by Carrie Haddad of Carrie Haddad Gallery and Carrie Haddad Photographs.  Award receipients were selected by Carrie Haddad: Best in Show Award, sponsored by Jan Hanvik,  presented to Claudia McNulty



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My Grandmother’s Dog


“The universe is always putting new wine into old bottles.”   Five elements; earth, water, fire, air and space constitutes the world as we know it.  These elements form everything in existence. This combination is in a constant state of transformation. What we experience: people, houses, trees, galaxies; is just an expression of consciousness of these elements and its particular frequency.   Every frequency in nature exists simultaneously, yet only what we see is what we experience.  Our prejudice against the invisible causes us to discount and fear the unseen.  The world of physical matter is just one expression of a particular frequency.  Matter and energy can not be created or destroyed. All matter shares&a state of consciousness.

The question is, is the brain the receiver of the mind or the creator?

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