The big shift Uptown this past winter was the changeover from Surprenant to Oo Gallery at 324 Wall Street, where the sparkling space’s inaugural show, “Soot,” opened a few weeks back with flow-out-the-door crowds of well-wishers, local collectors and most of the 30-plus emerging artists from up and down the East Coast actually in the show. Founded by Kevin Paulsen, an antiques dealer, artist and one of last summer’s O Festival organizers, Oo is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. The “Soot” show, of works on paper, will be up through the end of this month. For further information visit http://ooart.co or visit them on Facebook. They’re showing young, passionate, smart art.
Meanwhile, down in the Rondout, the newest new art venue, the Storefront Gallery at 93 Broadway, takes up where Donskoj & Company left off with its second show of paintings by the supremely talented Anne Crowley, opening this Saturday, March 5 and continuing through March 26. Crowley works with elements of repetition, deep observation and pure painterliness to capture intimate visions of the nature that surrounds us, as well as the seasons that pull our moods. A recent show of her works in Woodstock turned out to be one of the best things that I saw last year.
The opening this Saturday will be from 5 to 7 p.m.; gallery hours are by appointment, but exhibits can be viewed 24/7 online at www.TheStorefrontGallery.com and through the gallery storefront windows.
And thank you, Nancy, for continuing the tradition there at 93 Broadway, just up from the Arts Society of Kingston (at 97 Broadway), which is also holding one of its fun openings the same Saturday night. Visit www.askforarts.org for further information.