Gallery at Hammertown Rhinebeck Hosts Five Artists:
Saul Lambert, Karen LeSage, Suzanne C. Ouellette, Dana Brandwein Oates and Valerie Shaff
June 29th – Opening Reception
The Gallery at Hammertown Rhinebeck will be presenting a summer series of paintings, pottery, and photographs. Paintings by Saul Lambert, Karen LeSage, and Suzanne C. Ouellette; pottery by Dana Brandwein Oates; and photographs by Valerie Shaff will be on view from Saturday June 29th. An opening reception will be held on that day, June 29th, from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm. Suzanne C. Ouellette curates this show. Suzanne, a Pine Plains and New York City resident, enjoyed successful shows at Hammertown during the past two summers.
It is wonderful to look at different kinds of art together in beautifully designed spaces. This show goes one step further. It offers the art in beautiful spaces arranged for actual living. The paintings and photographs hang above dining and living room furniture, we see them and pottery over tables and a fireplace mantel, and we enjoy the view while we sit in a very comfortable chair or couch. The art pieces are not simply grouped together by individual artist. What goes where has to do with what speaks best to what, art to art, and art to furniture and décor. The art enhances the Hammertown visitor’s experience of the store and the lifestyle furnishings enhance the experience of the art.
Saul Lambert’s (d. 2009) stirring and mysterious work has been shown in Israel, France, and many parts of the United States including the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. His paintings are in many corporate and individual collections. At Brooklyn College, he studied with Ad Rhinehardt, Burgoyne Diller, and Robert Wolfe. He taught at Trenton State College and Parsons School of Design. Mr. Lambert was a painter all of his life and was also one of the most celebrated American illustrators. His award winning illustrations appeared on hundreds of book covers for top publishing houses like the New American Library, leading national magazines like The New York Times and Newsweek.
Karen LeSage’s ethereal and vivid landscapes have appeared in several galleries in New England and New York. She sells out at her shows, and her work is enjoyed in many collections. Ms. LeSage received her B.F.A. at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where she studied fine art and couture. She moved to New York, where, in addition to her painting, she designed clothing for the entertainment industry. After the birth of her son in 2002, she moved to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. She reconceived her professional life to focus on her painting and become a noted artist.
Dana Brandwein Oates offers unique handcrafted housewares that put luxury into everyday life. She and the company dbO Home that she runs with her furniture designer/maker husband are featured in national food and décor magazines like Food & Wine and Martha Stewart Living, and in stores like ABC Home & Carpet and Bergdorf Goodman. Ms. Brandwein Oates spent twenty years as an executive in the music industry. Life changed with classes in hand building in New York City and work on throwing with local Connecticut potter Susan Fox. Lots of experimentation led to a collection that mixes earthy colors, sustainable natural materials, and textiles and objects that call out to be touched.
Suzanne C. Ouellette’s still life paintings, portraits, and landscapes have been in shows in New York and New England and are in several private collections. With primary training at the National Academy Museum and School, she also studied at Koho-School of Sumi-E, Parsons The New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the atelier of the painter, Sam Adoquei. Her painting also draws upon her twenty-five years plus career as a university professor of psychology and liberal studies. Whether she is painting a beautiful silver bowl, a handsome face, or a lovely flower, Ms. Ouellette’s intention is to draw viewers into a story and into asking what it means really to see whom and what is around us.
Valerie Shaff ‘s photographs record the awe and fascination she experiences in the presence of animals. Her solo and group shows have been in New York, New England, the Midwest, and England. Her work is in private and corporate collections. Ms. Shaff studied photography at Bard College and did advanced studies at the International Center for Photography in New York City. After Bard, she traveled the world while supporting herself as a photographer, doing various kinds of jobs from photographing marching bands across the country to shooting the club scene of New York City. She finds her calling now in what she calls “portraits of the readily available and exquisite other species.”
All of the artists have worked locally in the Hudson Valley and Northwestern Connecticut. They also share a commitment to a particular kind of art, an art that speaks optimistically about the human spirit, involves a direct engagement with materials, and emphasizes connectedness in the world.
The Gallery at Hammertown Rhinebeck is located at 6420 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck New York 12572. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:30 to 6:00, and Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00. For more information, call 845-876-1450.