Gallery 66NY hosts final exhibition

We at WAG are happy – and a bit sad, truth be told – to share news about the exhibition “Past, Present, Future” that opens Sept. 1 at Gallery 66NY in Cold Spring.

It sounds like quite the show, with Galelyn Williams, Lisa Zukowski and Anna Bergin presenting “interpretations of paintings giving alternative views of the past, present and future,” as the advance materials share.

But, we must note, it’s also the final exhibition of Gallery 66NY, which closes its doors Sept. 24.

Gallery founder and curator Barbara Galazzo tells us the building is to be sold, so this will be the final show “at this location.”

Here’s how she’s describing the finale:

“Galelyn Williams examines the past through unrelated objects and images, fitting them together like a puzzle. Like joining words together to form a poem, her pieces reveal themselves to her as she forms new associations with elements that already have separate histories. Humor is an important component in her work, providing a universal means of communication. Favorite childhood stories, old photographs and found trinkets play a fundamental role in her work, which she combines with painting and collage. By placing these items in themes of social and political context she hopes to provide an alternative view of the past.

“Lisa Zukowski chooses her subjects by realizing what she is focusing on most at that moment. Something catches her attention, she notices a pattern, and that becomes a theme. It could be a shape, a number, a color, or an object. Patterns and wear speak volumes about events, people and place. They tell stories. Zukowski is drawn to patterns – visual patterns, thought patterns and geometry. Her choices are also influenced by where she is in any given moment, sometimes physically, often emotionally. Themes and imagery reoccur and overlap. Sometimes a shape or a color will fascinate her for years, disappear for a time, only to reappear in a new series.

“Anna Bergin’s most recent series of paintings was a personal challenge – to take piles of wood ash and turn them into something beautiful. Bergin usually lets her paintings develop organically, but with this series, she decided to intentionally create botanical imagery because of its vast symbolism across cultures. The idea of depicting flowers growing from ash with masses of layers not only appealed to her, but may surprise viewers and entice them to take a closer look. Beauty is fleeting and creates its own challenges. Within each layer of these paintings, viewers can feel the heaviness, visualize the expansion, float with the grace and experience the temptation that can all come with the weight of existence, even for beautiful things.”

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1, with the show continuing through Sept. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays (or by appointment).

Galazzo shares that she hasn’t yet decided what her “next adventure” will be – but wherever the road takes her, we at WAG wish her well.

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— Mary Shustack

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