Spacious Skies, Amber Waves of Grain, and Blue Mountains Majesty: The Lure of the Western Hudson Valley for Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Winslow Homer
Lecture, sponsored by the Hurley Heritage Society,Thursday, June 27, at 7pm, at the Hurley Library, 48 Main St., Hurley. Free admission. Refreshments served. No reservations needed. For information: please call 845-336-5267
This lecture will place Winslow Homer’s time spent in the Hudson Valley in the context of other 19th-century painter colleagues such as Frederic Church and Thomas Cole and others, all of whom were equally inspired by the riches of the Hudson River Valley. Attendees will learn about the similarities as well as the differences in approach, subject matter, and inspiration for each artist’s evocative works of the region - many of which continue to inform our ideas of national identity and culture.
Valerie Balint is the Program Manager for Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is administered at Chesterwood (a founding member of HAHS). HAHS is a nation-wide consortium of 43-member sites, that were the home and working studios of American artists. Prior to heading HAHS in beginning in spring 2017, Ms. Balint served for seventeen years on the curatorial staff at Frederic Church’s Olana (also a HAHS site), most recently as Interim Director of Collections and Research. She was co-organizer and co-curator of Olana’s annual exhibitions and accompanying publications. She is a frequent lecturer and writer on preserved artists’ spaces, Frederic Church, the Hudson River School, and American social history of the mid-19th and early 20th century. She is co-author of Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Church’s Views from Olana (Cornell Press, 2009). Her previous work also includes curatorial positions at Chesterwood and the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio (also a HAHS site). She served as the New York State Coordinator of “Save Outdoor Sculpture,” a program of the Smithsonian American Art Museum to document all public sculpture in the United States. Balint is a longtime advocate for recognizing and valuing the important place artists’ homes and public art hold within the greater context of cultural history in America. www.artistshomes.org
Valerie A. Balint I Program Manager I Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood | 4 Williamsville Rd, PO Box 827, Stockbridge, MA 01262-0827
Phone: 413.298.3579 x2033 | Fax: 413.298.1065 | Email: [email protected]
Photo: Winslow Homer's Girl Reading on a Stone Porch