What an amazing day. I got to view, learn and photograph some of the most majestic birds of prey who reside in New York State. Unfortunately, so much of their habitat is being destroyed by us.
In April, I will begin hospice volunteer training at the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties Inc., I will write about my experience. My artwork and life's work are merging. Gratitude.
I am still running. I've been running every day since Thanksgiving 2015. It is now, January 6, 2016. I've also been taking nature photographs during my runs here in Upstate NY. I'm in the midst of a creative cleanse. I am distilling.
The only game changer in this equation is me.
BARRETT ART CENTER:
"Shelita Birchett Benash, your work was one of nine from Hudson Valley artists selected for New Directions ’15, Barrett Art Center’s 31st Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition. Juror Janet Bishop selected your work from upwards of 600 entries from across the country. In her Juror’s Statement, Bishop recognizes your work and the other selections as “works that reflect a strength of conviction—art that seem[s] to hit a high note in fresh, interesting ways no matter what the subject, style, or medium.” Congratulations!"
Thank you, Juror Janet Bishop and Barrett Art Center. I am tremendously honored and elated to have my sculptural work chosen as part of the distinct group of artworks for the New Directions 2015 Contemporary Art Exhibition.
NEW DIRECTIONS 2015 NATIONAL JURIED CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
SEPTEMBER 26 THRU OCTOBER 31, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 26, SATURDAY, 4PM-7PM
INSIDE THE ARTISTS' STUDIO: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 4PM-6PM
BARRETT ART CENTER/DCAA
55 NOX STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601
ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER: New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres. The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830's Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.
ABOUT OUR JUROR:
Janet Bishop currently serves as the Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Over the course of her tenure at SFMOMA, Janet has organized dozens of special exhibitions and presentations of the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art, and published and lectured widely. She was one of the lead curators for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde — an award-winning exhibition that premiered at SFMOMA before traveling to the Grand Palais in Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Other exhibitions of special note include 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective.
While SFMOMA is undergoing expansion construction, Janet is overseeing its off-site exhibition program—“SFMOMA on the Go”—which presents exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Janet is currently at work on two special exhibitions slated for SFMOMA’s newly expanded facility: Matisse/Diebenkorn, an exhibition co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art that will explore the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, and a retrospective of the work of David Park.
Janet was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University in 1985 and her M.A. in art history from Columbia University in 1988. Her first museum job was at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. She currently serves on the Johnson’s Advisory Council.
Richard and I will have sculptures featured in the outdoor sculpture exhibition on the 149 acre Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY. We are so very honored and excited to be participating in the 10th Year Anniversary of the Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm Project. It's a beautiful show that celebrates art, community and nature. Opening Saturday, September 5, 2-6PM (Rain dates: Sunday, September 6, or Monday, September 7.) Mid-Run Reception, October, 3, 2-6PM (Rain date: October 4. Last Day Exhibition is open to the public until dusk. October 31, 2015. Horses and cows roam the farm freely. Plan a God's Country picnic for day tripping the Hudson Valley. Hope you can make it!
The Farm Project 2015, Collaborative Concepts
Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm
We're celebrating our 10th ANNIVERSARY
this fall at Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY!
Saunders Farm is located on Old Albany Post Road, the historic earthen highway of the original route between New York City and Albany. The property begins with rolling pastures and culminates on a majestic ridge with 360-degree views of the Hudson Highlands. Black Angus cattle roam free. Sites for art range from intimate woody glens to open fields and dramatic vast expanses defined by stone walls.
This creative process is confounding and exhilarating. I've spent the last several months making the sculptural tiles and building the piece in my mind. This sculpture takes me back in time. Still, I push forward...
Instagram post from April 2015.
I had made enough work for a kiln load.
My mind is gestating a new project. I'm in the beginner's mind; about to submerge into the chaos of unknowing. Heart beats faster...
Took a walk in the back woods. The ice was a foot deep in places; it creaked but did not give way. Frozen. The snow came later. Spring 2015 made her entrance in a snow white ball gown. Glistening icicles swung from her ears.
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Congratulations, Noel Donaldson on having your work featured in the first episode of the Artist Next Door Series!!! The Arts Council of Greater New Haven visits the home of collector and gallery owner, Beverly Kaye in Woodbridge, CT. Noel's Donald's "Children of a Lesser God" hand-painted doll is shown and discussed as a part of Kaye's collection.
I am honored to have connected with Noel Donaldson's extraordinary works. I found Noel via Sue Kreitzman, another avid outsider artist and collector. There is so much beauty in these connections. I have always loved and collected outsider art myself. Having the opportunity to share my appreciation for the aesthetics put forth by the artists in the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression exhibition is very exciting.
Opening day is finally here. I am overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from family and friends and the OOB artists during the long journey toward creating this exhibition. With deep gratitude, I am happy to share the Out of Bounds exhibition catalogue with you!
You can download the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition catalogue for free at organicartfarm.com