Pakatakan Paintings of Spirit and Place featured at Erpf showing opening Aug. 14

Arkville — “Pakatakan, Paintings of Spirit and Place “ by Judy Abbott, will be on exhibit in The Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery in Arkville from August 14-October 31.

The exhibit, presented in partnership with The Roxbury Arts Group, will open with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Immediately following the reception there will be a social drum celebration with members of the Red Feather Singers and the Cloudbreaker drummers.

Judy Abbott received a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, where she classically trained in the tradition of the old masters, as well as made aware of the new “Pop Art” movement beginning to emerge in the late 1960s.

In 1970 she moved to her ancestral home in the Catskill Mountains where a deep love of nature was heightened by her growing awareness of the Hudson Valley School of painters and the teachings and art of Native Americans. Alf Evers, author of The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock, states that “Among the contemporary painters who carry on the tradition of the Hudson River School of Landscape painting, Judy Abbott is creating an original and haunting body of work with a quality of their own.”

Abbott says, “As in primary cultures, my art is an integral part of my life. Abandoning the traditional precepts and techniques in which I was trained, I seek to perceive and convey a sense of the unique spirit of a place. Working on location, or from studies done on location, allows me the sublime experience of being part of a sacred place in which I belong.” Judy AbbottJudy Abbott

Abbott has been associated with such galleries as Marian Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Staempfli Gallery in New York City and the Albany Institute of History and Art. She co-founded and directed the Gallery at Park West in Kingston and co-curated the exhibition “Rive Sounding Project” with Alan Gussow at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, as well as “A Continuum: Contemporary Painters in the Tradition of the Hudson River School.” In 2004 she organized and curated “Art and Environmentalism: An Ethic of 24 Artists of the Hudson River Valley,” hosted by the Coffey Gallery in Kingston.

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