Curator's Choice show opens at Chace; artists' reception planned for Saturday

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Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents “Curator’s Choice,” a group exhibition by the gallery’s permanently exhibiting artists opening Friday and hanging until Dec. 31. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
A strong believer in the work of each and every one of her artists, gallery owner and director Zoe Randall admits that not every painting, photograph, sculpture or unique work on paper in the gallery strikes a cord within her as deep as another does. Yet, she is always reticent to point out her favorites. “Although the gallery is very much about my personal aesthetic, I don’t love every piece in which I do find merit. Relevance may not be subjective, but taste is,” says Randall. “It’s my job to present the finest works I can, but never to intrude upon one’s personal taste,” she says.
Still, Randall finds that her customers, more often than not, want to know which pieces she prefers over others—which pieces she would chose for her own home. ‘Curator’s Choice’ is the opportunity to find out.
Participating artists are Mark Beard, Mariella Bisson, Rimer Cardillo, Keith Cardwell, Grant Collier, Michael Fauerbach, Judith Lamb, Inverna Lockpez, Patrick McCay, E. Ira McCrudden, Jenny Nelson, Lisa Pressman, Alberto Rey, Christine Rodin, Meredith Rosier, Christie Scheele, Sharon Wandel and Marie Vickerilla.
Granted, many of Zoe Randall’s “favorites” have slipped away over the years, sold to a good home or placed in institutional collections. These “favorites” are part of Chace-Randall’s current inventory. And there will be no “red-dotting” in this exhibition. Works will be wrapped from the wall, another piece replacing it. “I want people to have the opportunity to buy art for their holiday pleasure, whether a gift for themselves or another,” says Randall.
No sneak previews, as it cannot be determined what will sell when. The only assurance is a fine exhibition of the finest artists showing in the Western Catskills. There will be new large format photographs by Christine Rodin on display, as well as works by the gallery’s newest artist, Lisa Pressman. The exhibition, however rotating, will remain for viewing pleasure all winter.
A surprise: a new photographer, just for winter . Come see the work of Lisa Candela, a California, Mexico, and New York City artist who just moved to Andes.
Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street, Andes. Season gallery hours: Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Fridays and Mondays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. Winter hours will be by appointment only. For more information, call 845 676-4901 or visit www.chacerandall gallery.com.