Kingston Gallery Guide: 6 Must-See Art Galleries in New York’s First Capital | Visual Arts | Hudson Valley

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  • “Pronskstilleven”, a mural painted in 2015 by Gaia

A helicopter tour of Kingston would reveal huge splotches of color, two to three stories high, blooming on the sides of the city’s historic buildings. Hovering closer, these color fields would become the city’s creative signature: the murals, the lasting memories of the annual Festival O+. Kingston’s murals are a visual sign of the city’s thriving art community. Midtown buzzes like a low-key art-making hub, with big players like Neon Lite Brite, R&F Craft Paints, Bailey Pottery, Workshopand American monster studio. Nearby, the lace mill offers affordable artist housing. Every September during Kingston Art Walk, the dozens of artists in the city open the doors of their studios in a corridor of creativity that stretches from the Stockade district to the Rondout seafront. But the rest of the year, these artists mostly work behind closed doors. So we’ve rounded up six of Kingston’s top galleries where you can see the work of local artists on display.

Port of art

108 East Strand, Kingston

ArtPort is an exhibit space located in the historic Cornell Steamboat building, offering direct access to the Rondout Creek waterfront. Built in 1906, the cavernous brick building is a remnant of the heyday of shipping, when ports at Kingston connected the D&H Canal and New York. With a soaring ceiling, industrial light fixtures, oversized windows and exposed brickwork, the Cornell Building is an impressive and adaptable setting for art exhibitions, installations and programming. The artists represented cover mediums and materials, from fiber to neon, from sculpture to collage. ArtBuoy, a pop-up event space on the Strand, and Artstream, the grounds of the Cornell Building and outdoor space along the Rondout Creek Riverwalk, provide additional environments to display artworks, installations, sculptures and site-specific performance. While Artstream is dedicated to the work of regional artists, ArtBuoy accepts submissions from individuals and galleries outside the region.

The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK)

97 Broadway, Kingston

Located on Broadway, the Kingston Arts Society is both at the literal and metaphorical center of Kingston’s art scene. This non-profit organization organizes a range of visual art exhibits, performances, workshops, classes and other arts-related events at its Midtown facility, which includes two galleries and a performance theatre. 99 people. Founded in 1995 by local artists, the organization has over 300 members, ranging from professional artists to emerging talent to arts supporters. In addition to two gallery shows per month, ASK’s performance hall hosts a myriad of plays, musicals, dance, acoustic open mics, music performances and poetry readings and much more. . Members and non-members can perform at this venue.

Green Kill Gallery

229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston

Founded by artist David Schell and his partner Yuriko Sasamoto, green kill is pioneering a new artist-driven, inclusive gallery model. The peer-to-peer approach relies on artists referring and recommending other artists to participate in Green Kill, catalyzing a chain reaction. Beyond the visual arts, Green Kill also invites performers and writers; student, foreign and established artists. In addition to monthly art exhibitions, Green Kill also hosts a wide range of live, in-person and online streaming events.

Pinkwater Gallery

56 North Front Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Since 2019, pink water owner Anne Sanger curated exhibitions of artists living and working in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, representing just over a dozen artists. The gallery on North Front Street features high tin ceilings, warm white walls and hardwood floors with abundant natural light. In a savvy pandemic-era pivot, Sanger launched the collection at the Maison. Embracing the influx of new residents to the area, Sanger chooses paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures with the aim of beautifying the living spaces. Using rugs, furniture, table tops and plants to stage visual vignettes, she displays the works in a way that makes it easy for visitors to imagine the rooms in their own home. “Nothing cutting edge happens here,” Sanger says — and once the pieces are bought, they go home with the buyer and another piece goes up.

One Mile Gallery

475 Abeel Street, Kingston

One Mile Gallery is under the able leadership of curator Janet Hicks, who represents Mark Hogancamp as well as being the vice-president of the international non-profit organization Artists’ Rights Society and the founder of the nascent OMG Art Fair. Through his work with the Artists Rights Society, which is dedicated to protecting and promoting the intellectual property of artists, Hicks connects with creatives around the world. Consequently, his gallery, located in one of the few remaining 18th-century buildings in the Rondout district, represents both local and international artists, some well-established, others emerging.

West Strand Gallery

29 W Strand Street, Kingston

Located on the Kingston waterfront, West Strand Gallery, founded by artists and spouses Isabel Alvarez and Julio Nazario, presents group and individual exhibitions curated by various guest curators. Exhibitions span media including painting, photography, installation and video. Alvarez and Nazario hope to amplify the community’s exposure to unknown and emerging artists in the city by creating an inclusive space that represents diverse identities in the art world. With backgrounds in academia and the visual arts, the couple have shared a vision for years to open an art gallery in Kingston.

Mildred D. Field