We’ve been keeping up on the goings-on of Barbara Galazzo, a Cold Spring-based glass artist we featured last year when she was the driving force behind the ArtFull Living Designer Show House. The show house was a stylish collaboration that teamed up many of the region’s leading interior designers with artists to show just how easy – and important – it is to live in art-filled surroundings.
Since that success, Galazzo has opened Gallery 66 NY in the heart of Cold Spring, and she was in touch recently to alert us to her newest show, “Figuratively Speaking,” which will be devoted to the works of Donald Alter of Newburgh and his “creative vision of the human form.”
Galazzo shares that Alter, a Bronx-born artist who’s soon to turn 83, is the last remaining graduate of the experimental Black Mountain College. The rural North Carolina school followed in the footsteps of the Bauhaus School in Germany and boasted an incredible roster of faculty and alumni that included Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Ben Shahn, Cy Twombly, Merce Cunningham, Robert Motherwell, Arthur Penn, John Cage and Kenneth Noland.
Alter, who started at Black Mountain in 1948, studied under German artist Josef Albers and went on to work for some 40 years as a textile designer in New York City before returning to full-time painting when he turned 65.
The show will include Alter’s unframed nudes and figures, including a number being shown for the first time. The gallery will also be showing work in Gallery 2, spotlighting sculptor Sarah Haviland and Giselle Behrens, a fine-arts photographer.
The exhibition will run from March 1 through 31, with an opening reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 1. The gallery is at 66 Main St.
For more details, visit gallery66ny.com or call (845) 809-5838.
– Mary Shustack