Annual Art Studio Views Tour Organizers Hopeful that Event Promotes Economic Development for the Hudson Valley Region
Private Studios of Thirty-One Artists Bridge Dutchess and Columbia Counties for the 8th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Studio Views, a Self-Directed Tour to Promote Tourism
Rhinebeck, New York…..The 8th annual Art Studio Views tour, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, has expanded this year beyond the border of Northern Dutchess County to include talented artists from Southern Columbia County, linking communities that will no doubt be bustling with people who come from near and far, ready to patronize local businesses as part of the visit. This free, self-guided event will be open to the public on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 from 11am-5pm each day, and organizers report that tourists travel from all over the tri-state area to attend.
“This event has become such a success over the past eight years – not only with locals, but also an increasing number of out-of-towners who want the experience of visiting private studios of artists. The inquiries we are getting come from all over the northeast, and these art enthusiasts tend to purchase artwork from our artists, and in addition, end up supporting the community in a broader way by dining, shopping, and antiquing during their stay,” stated Joanna Hess, director of Art Studio Views 2015.
Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, says, “events like Art Studio Views help promote our region as a center for art and culture; visitor spending for 2014 was $550 million dollars so we are very grateful to the artists for sharing themselves, and their private spaces, in this way – it allows us to showcase the amazing people and character of our local community to our visitors and residents; it is truly wonderful for everyone who gets a chance to experience it.”
Sponsor Vicki L. Haak, CFP®, also noted the economic impact of the event by saying, “As a long-time supporter of the Art Studio Views Tour, I have had the opportunity to witness its evolution not only as a cultural experience but
as a driver of economic development. The Art Studio Views Tour brings visitors into our communities to enjoy our wealth of talented artists, and to dine and shop in our locally owned businesses. As a local business owner, I
am grateful for the commitment that ASV Tour brings in supporting our community and providing artists with an opportunity to showcase their art.”
Over the two days, studio doors swing open, inviting visitors into the inner workings of active and creative environments. Seeing new works in progress and items for sale is just part of the experience. Tour guests also gain the extraordinary opportunity of speaking directly with the artists about their work, experiencing the studio setting, and observing the innovative processes needed to produce these high-quality artworks.
“We all love visiting museums and art galleries, but this event gives guests real insight into the creative process, and first-hand stories from the artists themselves – something that typically cannot be experienced when viewing an exhibit elsewhere,” shared Hess.
The communities on the 2015 tour include 31 artists in Germantown, Tivoli, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Hyde Park. This years participating artists include:
In Germantown: Marie Cole, Trevor Hunter, Dana Matthews Helen Sacco, and Valerie Shaff; Tivoli: Louise Kalin, Kate Kennedy, Kevin Palfreyman, and Linda Palfreyman; Red Hook: Barbara Eichin, Dan Goldman, and Michael Scudder; Rhinebeck: Melissa Katzman Braggins, Ted Braggins, Undine Brod, Thomas Cale, Richard Chianella, China Jorrin, Christine Livesey Sally Lyon, Lisa Masciadrelli, Ann Moring, Franc Palaia, Jeff Romano, Bianca Terranova, Lucas Terranova, and Dean Vallas, and in Hyde Park: Tarryl Gabel, Eric Garrison, Carl Grieco, and Marilyn Grieco.
A sampling of all the artists work will be on display at The Atrium at Rhinebeck Bank in Rhinebeck beginning in August, offering a wonderful chance to get a sneak peek at the talent on the tour.
Tours are self-guided, and visitors can pick up maps at one of the three Art Studio Views Headquarter locations: Tivoli Artist Gallery, Tivoli; Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck; or the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. Brochures are also available at the Rhinebeck Bank branches in Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park.
In addition to the presenting sponsor Rhinebeck Bank, other major sponsors
include The Gardens at Rhinebeck, Vicki L. Haak, CFP, Ameriprise Financial
Services, Cale Communications, The Gardents at Rhinebeck, Grand Cru, Timely Signs, and Radio Woodstock 1001.1.