Sculpture Expo 13 to open in Red Hook

Showcase of large outdoor works will blanket the village

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An ambitious series of eight large, mixed-media sculptures by noted regional and international artists promises to transform Red Hook’s normally quiet streetscape into a palette of color, shape and form.

Sculpture Expo 13, which opens June 15, will stretch from the Red Hook Emporium at the southern gateway of the village to the Red Hook Memorial Park, in the north. It is being organized by the Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCAN), with major support from Ulster Savings Bank, and runs until November 20.

“SE13 is a celebration of art and community in Red Hook,” curator Rita Gentile said in a news release from the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce. “There is certain to be something of interest for everyone.”

That will include: Ursula Clark’s monumental, eight-foot tall “Bird Goddess,” made of chicken wire, vines, birch sticks and pods; David Borenstein’s welded steel sculptures. Also Conrad Levenson will exhibit “Screw Totem” and “Dynamic Angles.” And self-taught, Israeli born Ze’ev Willy Neumann, who owns Double Take Gallery in Saugerties, will display pieces that reflect his personal journey of “intensity, fury, contemplation and mirth.”

To help celebrate the outdoor show, RHCAN also will present “Exploring the Third Dimension,” an exhibit of 3-D media art, including sculpture and wall pieces such as Cornell boxes, fiber art, masks and bas-reliefs. This show will be at the RHCAN/Artists Collective gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, from June 14 through July 21.

An artists’ reception celebrating both exhibits will be held at the Elmendorph Inn, 7562 N. Broadway, on Sat., June 15, from 6pm to 8pm.

To learn more about SE13, Exploring the Third Dimension, and/or RHCAN, visit www.rhcan.com or contact redhookCAN@gmail.com.

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