A rainy night in the forest

WAG’s current issue includes a story on Kaya Deckelbaum, the Hastings-on-Hudson sculptor whose preferred medium is wire mesh.

It was exciting to share the story of how she creates her stunning work, which comes fully alive as it plays with light and shadow for an added dimension.

The effect is vividly on display this month, as “Spirits and Shadows” features her work, along with the sacred poem paper sculptures of Carole Kunstadt, as part of the gallery-wide “Spirits” show at Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring.

As gallery owner and curator Barbara Galazzo said in comments advancing the show, “Unifying the works of five stylistically disparate artists, this exhibition’s common thread is tied together by the universal concept of ‘Spirit’ be it through mood, memory, materials or its connection to the passage of time… Spirits can be many things and take form in expected and unexpected ways. The Spirits come alive in the ghostly shadows of Kaya Deckelbaum’s wire sculptures, in the layers of Carole Kunstadt’s paper sculptures, in Marisa G. Silverstein’s sculptures remembering the victims of gun violence, in Eric Camiel’s metal remnants of the Manhattan skyline, and in the spirits that live in the materials used in Vida Sabbaghi’s portraits.”

And despite the rainy night of the May 6 opening, those on hand at Gallery 66 NY surely felt those spirits, especially in “The Forest,” Deckelbaum’s showstopping installation.

It was lovely catching up with her, meeting some of the other artists, seeing the way it all came together in Gallery 66 NY – and also meeting Dobbs Ferry photographer Ellen Crane. That last introduction proved a timely coincidence, as we have been hoping to feature Crane’s own work in a future issue. (And we thank Crane, who graciously shared some of her images from the evening’s reception, seen above).

The “Spirits” show continues through May 29. The gallery is at 66 Main St.

For more, visit gallery66ny.com or kayadeckelbaum.com. – Mary Shustack

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