Given the beauty and tranquility of the landscape in the Cambridge valley, it’s not surprising that our region has become a haven for visual artists of all types. At Hubbard Hall, we are proud to be a part of that community.
Puppet Club is a loosely associated group of individuals — children, teens and adults, ages 8 to 88– who produce and perform 2 or 3 short plays per year under the direction of Carol Serotta. While some dedicated puppeteers return to participate many times, beginners are always welcomed. Type and construction of puppets is somewhat different for each play, ranging from marionettes to masks, from hand puppets to full body parade puppets. Emphasis is on innovation and individual invention using very low-cost or free materials is encouraged. We typically have one fall session and one spring session each 6-10 weeks meeting weekly.
The Small Gallery at Hubbard Hall (in partnership with the Valley Artisans Market) regularly features the work of the finest local painters, sculptors, and craftspeople. Exhibitions have included painters Joan Duff-Bohrer, Clancy King, Adriano Manocchia, Jerri McDonald, Virginia McNeice, Ruth Sauer, Arleen Targan, George Van Hook; charcoal drawings by Bruno LaVerdiere and Gabi Moore; the sculputure of Stephen LeBlanc and Gyula Varosy; musical instruments by Geoffrey Ovington and Robert McIntosh; theatre props by Carol Serotta; works by assemblage artist Karen Koziol; and many more.
Valley Artisans Market was established by local artisans and craftspeople in 1981 as a retail venue for artists and craftspeople of the Cambridge Valley and neighboring communities. The store and gallery are located on the ground floor of historic Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main Street (Rte. 372), Cambridge NY, in a space originally designed as a dry goods store. The store area retains the original chestnut shelving and hardware. The interior walls are wainscoted, made of an extinct local chestnut milled onsite during the construction of Hubbard Hall, in 1878. For information about the latest Small Gallery exhibitions, please call 518-677-2765, visit the Valley Artisans Market website, or just stop in and see what’s new.
Open Studios of Washington County: Next Tour July 2015!
Washington County, New York is home to a rich, vibrant artist community. Farmhouses, barns and old factories have been converted into studios where artists paint, sculpt, carve and create works of art that are exhibit the U.S. as well as internationally. In July 2015, professional artists will again open their doors for a juried biennial Open Studios of Washington County offering a glimpse into their creative lifestyles, and a unique opportunity to purchase great art directly from their studios. This year’s tour features a wide range of works including bronze sculpture, ceramics, mixed media constructions, folk art, paintings and pastels highlight the talents of this vibrant artist community. Guests are once again invited to a self-guided tour through the beautiful county side and into the studios of each artist to see new work and talk to each artist. Past artists have included: Joan Duff-Bohrer, Clarence King, Stephen Lack, Virginia McNeice, Will Moses, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Jim Schanz, Arleen Targan, Hannie Varosy, Gyula Varosy, and Regina Wickham, among others.