Artist: Stu Eichel
Located in historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and amidst the rolling hills of Washington County in upstate New York, Valley Artisans Market is one of the oldest arts cooperatives in the country. Local fine artists and craftsmen work in a variety of hand-crafted media including glass, paper, cloth, photography, oil paintings, pastels, wood, mosaic, sculpture, metal, jewelry, ceramics and more. The Small Gallery features rotating shows by members and guest artists, and the market is always staffed by one of its artisan members.
August 3, 2018 - August 28, 2018
Artist’s Statement of Nancy Powhida
My art comes from life, from the repository of human action, and from interaction. I make freeze framed dramatic tableaux. Figurative narrative is my game. I like to work in series that converse with history and art. Currently sculpture is my primary medium.
In this exhibit carved, pink, foamboard sculptures portray local dramatic moments during our French and Indian and Revolutionary wartime (1750s -1780’s). In each work three to five, interactive figures roughly 10”x 7”x 6”, inhabit a flat 15”x15” space. Each piece revolves around a renown hero or heroine such as Jane McCrae and it depicts an historical event. (Jane was celebrated in song and verse throughout the 19th century as a martyr to the patriotic cause.) I was delighted to find at the Chapman Museum the colonial period paintings of F. C. Yohn; they became the springboard for this exhibit.
I work primarily in nontraditional materials such as insulation board, Great Stuff foam and resins. I use a subtractive and additive carving, cutting process. I use clear, quick drying, paperglue and insulation foam. I use acrylic varnish to toughen and protect each work. I make small and life size sculptures I am a trained painter, printmaker and sculptor.
“Sculpted Moments in Local History”
By Nancy Remsen Powhida
Saturday August 4 3:00 to 5:00 pm
The Exhibit will be on view
August 3 to August 28, 2018 at
Valley Artisans Market Small Gallery
25 East Main Street, Cambridge NY
Arleen Targan, of Greenwich, was a long-time member of Valley Artisans. She had to resign several years ago when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. We are so sad to announce she died on Monday, July 2, 2018. Our condolences go to her family, especially her husband, member Barry Targan.
Born Arleen Caplan on July 12, 1934 in Abington, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, her surname was later changed to Shanken when she was adopted by her grandparents. Arleen graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art and began her long and successful career as an artist, drawing portraits on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. It was there that she met the love of her life, Barry, to whom she would be married for sixty years. They would go on to live, work, travel, camp, and sail in many places in the United States and Europe, spending much of their lives in upstate New York.
Arleen was a brilliant, gifted artist, excelling at many different art forms. She was especially known for her paintings of local landscapes and her portraiture at county fairs. Her granddaughters fondly remember numerous art projects with Grandma, who “made art fun.” Arleen’s creativity extended beyond the easel and into the kitchen. Always the gracious hostess, she delighted in preparing memorable meals for family and friends. Her love of the natural world was evident in the time she devoted to gardening, hiking, and swimming. A gentle, kind-hearted, and talented woman, Arleen will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends, including her fellow artists at the Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, New York, as well as residents and staff at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center.
Arleen was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Ruth Caplan, and her sister Joan Shanken. She is survived by her husband, Barry, of Greenwich; son Anthony Targan (Holli Hart) of West Bloomfield, Michigan; son Eric Targan (Dollene Coolidge) of Belchertown, Massachusetts; and granddaughters Rebecca (Tomer) Dorfan, Alexandra Targan, and Hannah Targan. Those who wish to make a contribution in Arleen’s memory may make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of your own choosing. To leave an online message for the family, please visit www.flynnbrosinc.com.
- Ann Larsen: ““Painting My Way from Maine to California”
August 31, 2018 - September 25, 2018
- Seline Skoug Photography-Images from the Valley
September 28, 2018 - October 23, 2018
- Judith Plotner: Metropolitan Jazz an exhibition of mixed media work
October 26, 2018 - November 18, 2018
- Holiday Show
November 20, 2018 - December 31, 2018
See past shows →
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