The End of a Celebration

All good things must come to an end, and so Saturday, January 7, 2012 will mark the official conclusion of the Hudson Valley Art & Wine celebration, our program that paired 18 juried artists with 11 local wineries over the course of the past year-and-a-half. We’re proud to say the resulting traveling exhibit of 35 original works was a “first” for the Hudson Valley, and one that won’t be soon forgotten.

For those who haven’t been following, here’s a brief recap . . . back in May of 2010 we began our jury selection of artists, who we then teamed up with a winery where each artist was “inspired” to create their work. In December 2010 we celebrated with a sneak peek of the artists preliminary sketches at an event at Locust Grove Historic Site, where we sampled the wineries’ latest releases. Final pieces of art were completed in May 2011, and the exhibition premiered with much fanfare at a Grand Celebration event at the Lyndhurst National Historic site.

The program – and the exhibition – gained momentum in the months following the premier, and word of it made its way from county to county, opening up a new dialogue in each community. One reflected on “art” and “artisanal” – both having deep-rooted meanings here in the Hudson Valley. (After all, we not only have the distinction of being the birthplace of America’s first Art Movement, but also America’s oldest winery.) The program fostered a renewed appreciation of local artists and local winemakers, and celebrated the multitude of talents that this region inspires.

So the time has come to once again thank all of you who came out to view the exhibition as it made its way through the region – from Locust Grove to Lyndhurst, followed by the other gallery openings in Catskill, Cornwall and Albany through to today.

We’d also like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and all those who have lent their support over this program’s long course. We have enjoyed working closely with all of the artists and winemakers, and we have enjoyed sharing a glass of handcrafted wine with many of you at the exhibit openings.

Hudson Valley Art & Wine may be concluding, but the discussion about art and wine here in the Hudson Valley is just beginning. Let’s keep it going!

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