|MILLERTON, NY—The Moviehouse Studio Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its winter exhibition THE HUDSON: City River – Rural Valley. The show will open on Saturday, February 25 with an artist reception from 5-7pm. The exhibition features a selection of abstract works by artists Basia Goldsmith, and Ginny Howsam Friedman, chosen for their depictions of the Hudson from both an urban and rural perspective.
Basia Goldsmith’s work provides the urban perspective. In addition to their country home in Millerton, Basia and her husband Chris live on Riverside Drive in New York City where they enjoy a splendid view of the Hudson River. The paintings Basia has chosen for this exhibition speak to her relationship with the river and reflect it’s ever-changing urban persona.
“I look out of the window at the Hudson from our apartment. Some of this work reflects upon the juxtaposition of nature and city – the park, the river, the sky — the highway, the skyline, in all seasons. In contrast to the harmony and beauty of this, there are also other river paintings – embedded with images of women and children from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and America, struggling for freedom lives full of danger, now more than ever.”—Basia Goldsmith
Ginny Howsam Friedman’s work is inspired by the rural Hudson Valley in all its natural glory: “I work to create a feeling on canvas and on paper that is a visceral reaction to nature. My eyes crave texture and energy. My soul wants color. I want the imprint of my hand on the surface. It adds up to an image with something to hang onto.” she says.
Although inspired by nature and the real world, Friedman sees herself as interpreter:
“I take off from a memory and try to paint the sensation the image has on me. I make paintings with brushwork, oil sticks, dripping, scrapping, wiping and drawing on canvas. On paper I make prints then I paint, draw, scrape and sometimes cut them and put them together in a new order. Often messing up an image is an important part of the final result. A jumping-off point is the road I live on in upstate New York. The natural surroundings of trees, ponds, the Hudson River, mountain views, pastures and wild and cultivated flowers are a constant inspiration.”—Ginny Howsam Friedman
Additional images available on request.
Basia Goldsmith was born in Poznan, Poland. As a child, she, her mother and siblings were sent to an internment camp in North Africa before being relocated to Scotland. At the age of 16, Basia attended London’s Central School of Art. After graduating, she became a textile designer in Paris, before moving to to New York in her 20’s. Goldsmith now devotes her time exclusively to painting.
Ginny Howsam Friedman
Ginny Howsam Friedman grew up in up-Upstate New York–outside of Buffalo. She graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and worked in advertising in NYC for many years. She lives and works in the Bronx and Millerton and divides her time between painting and printmaking.