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Brush Art Gallery to Feature Adirondack-Themed Exhibitions

CANTON — The St. Lawrence University Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will present three Adirondack-based exhibitions that examine and explore the region from a variety of perspectives.

The art exhibitions will open Aug. 21 and run through Oct. 11.

The first exhibition, curated by Caroline Welsh, former director of the Adirondack Museum, is titled “Harold Weston and the Adirondack Wilderness: The Solitude of Nature” and features paintings from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, and private lenders. 

According to Welsh, Weston shunned formal training and preferred to retreat alone to the mountains and woods, spending three years living in a wood cabin near St. Huberts. Weston later became one of the founders of what is now the National Endowment for the Arts.

Welsh also curated “Adirondack Wilderness: Works on Paper 1860-1960,” which includes prints, drawings, photographs, and watercolors by such artists as Verplanck Colvin, Winslow Homer, Henry Devalcourt Kip, Frederic Remington, Seneca Ray Stoddard, and A.F. Tait. Works in the exhibition come from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection and the Adirondack Museum.

“Art has played a key role in promoting and preserving the region,” according to Welsh. “Artists of national and regional renown tramped trails and mountains to capture nature’s dramatic vistas and rare moments. In doing so, artists helped define a national landscape vision and, in the process, provoked awareness of nature’s vulnerability and the need to preserve the natural world.” 

Catherine Tedford, director of the Brush Art Gallery, curated “The Adirondacks: One Dish, One Spoon,” using the wampum belt, traditional Native American beadwork, as the conceptual basis for the exhibition. Works in the exhibition range from late 19th-century artotypes by Edward Bierstadt to color photographs by Eliot Porter from the 1960s as well as recent photographs by Kyle Ford.

Guided tours of the exhibitions will be available for individuals and for classes.

For more information on the Brush Art Gallery and these exhibits, visit www.stlawu.edu/gallery.