Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Garrison Art Center / Call For Entry

Call for Artists and All: THINK SMALL!
Find that shoebox, clear out the Altoid tin, or build your own little container, and create a tiny world to be part of our Collaborative Immersive Art Experience in June. Deadline to apply is midnight, May 1st.
Please read the details in the prospectus below and click to apply. Family collaborations are welcomed. We look forward to looking into your little world!

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing, P.O. Box 4
Garrison, NY 10524

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Garrison Art Center / Frida Kahlo

Time to plan your weekend - the weekend of April 27, that is.
You may have heard rave reviews of the current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum -
FRIDA KAHLO: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Become one of the lucky ones to see this amazing show on a trip to the museum with the Garrison Art Center!  Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition, and ride to and from Brooklyn in comfort with food, drink, and community companionship!

Seats are limited. Click here for tickets 
The exhibition includes a collection of Kahlo's clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since her death, in 1954. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To highlight the collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from the Museum's extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included.
Kahlo’s personal artifacts—which range from noteworthy examples of Kahlo’s Tehuana clothing, contemporary and pre-Colonial jewelry, and some of the many hand-painted corsets and prosthetics used by the artist during her lifetime—had been stored in the Casa Azul (Blue House), the longtime Mexico City home of Kahlo and Rivera, who had stipulated that their possessions not be disclosed until 15 years after Rivera’s death. The objects shed new light on how Kahlo crafted her appearance and shaped her personal and public identity to reflect her cultural heritage and political beliefs, while also addressing and incorporating her physical disabilities. 
There will be additional time before and after the tour to see other highlights of the museum's collection and special exhibits or to walk next door and enjoy the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (Details in ticket link above.)
We hope you will join us on this wonderful outing, which is also a fundraiser for
Garrison Art Center!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


The Spring 2019 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#154) is on its way to newsstands and subscriber mailboxes. Subscribe today so you don't miss a single issue! Print and digital subscriptions available! 
Included in this issue: 
  • Nancy Callan boldly pushes Muranese glassblowing technique into new aesthetic territory 
  • Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg's cathedral intervention comments on the refugee crisis
  • Cobi Cockburn's lush panels are anything but flat white
  • The ravishing Blaschka Flowers at Harvard enthrall  
  • On the cover: A significant shift toward more introspective work by Dale Chihuly
All this plus three reviews, an essay on how glass studios are struggling with the absence of Spectrum's cullet, and the latest news from the field.

Friday, March 15, 2019


The coveted Crystal Tumblers by Vitreluxe Glass Works are back in stock! These hand blown glass cups are available in 10 playful colors, featured here are lilac and citrine.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Garrison Art Center / Don Nice 1932-2019

Photo by John Jonas Gruen
Our week was made a little more grey upon learning of the passing of renowned American artist and friend of the Art Center, Don Nice. A resident of Garrison and Cold Spring, Don burst upon the scene in the early 1960’s when the Whitney Museum of American Art acquired his “American Series #5”. He was recognized as one of the innovative group of “new perceptual realists” who wanted to put content back into painting. Nice integrated a gestured technique gleaned from earlier expressionist and Abstract Expressionist painters with a realist focus and energy derived from Pop Art. Combining a naturalist’s interest in observation with an artist’s compulsion for artistic vision, Nice embraced aspects of popular culture and certain critical issues of our time. He painted classic American products like sneakers, candy wrappers and soda bottles with the same intensity he lavished on quintessential site-specific landscapes from the Hudson River Valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In doing so Don created a distinctive vision of civilization’s detritus in league with cultural concerns for the environment. Nice studied art in Europe and earned an MFA at Yale, and then established himself in New York City before acquiring a house and studio overlooking the Hudson River. We were so fortunate to exhibit a solo show of Don's work back in August 2016. Don Nice ICON: 40 Years of Posters was curated by his manager and daughter, Leslie Nice-Heanue and featured a number of originals along with signed and unsigned fine art posters. Don's wife Sandra passed in 2017. We are so grateful for Don, Sandra, Leslie and Brian for their involvement in and artistic contributions to Garrison Art Center. Our thoughts are with Leslie and Brian during this difficult time.

American products and everyday objects.
Don Nice Art