Locust Grove Estate Historic Museum

Locust Grove Estate Historic Museum

Last week, I received a letter of invitation to exhibit at the Locust Grove Historic Estate and Museum. I usually don’t check my email while working in the studio and tend check it at the end of the day. However, last week I was taking a water break and decided to just check my phone and the email was in my inbox. Feeling so much appreciation for my craft. This solo exhibition will be in the Transverse Gallery, Exhibition Date: 27 April – 26 July

Text from the Locust Grove Website:

The main house at Locust Grove is a villa in the Italianate style designed in 1850 for artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse by architect Alexander Jackson Davis. Fifty years later the house was renovated and expanded for new owners William and Martha Young. Their daughter, Annette Innis Young, eventually created the not-for-profit educational foundation that preserves the estate as a museum today.

Morse had very clear ideas about what he wanted in what was to be his summer home (he and his family spent winters in New York City, in a townhouse on 22nd Street near Fifth Avenue). For inspiration, Morse recalled the elegant villas that he had visited years earlier in the Italian countryside and he sketched towers, windows and floor plans on scraps of paper to give to his architect. Construction on the villa, sited on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Hudson River, began in 1851 and was completed the following year.

Locust Grove required a large and expensive staff to maintain, however, so after Samuel Morse’s death in 1872 his family spent little time at the estate and eventually rented it to William and Martha Young, a wealthy couple from Poughkeepsie.

Hopeful that the property would be available for sale, the Youngs began to furnish the empty house with family heirlooms in 1895. In 1901 they finally purchased the property and immediately began to expand and modernize the house as a year-round residence for their daughter, Annette, and their son, Innis. Mr. and Mrs. Young added a new, larger dining room wing, guest bedrooms, and practical conveniences like central heat, hot and cold running water, and electric lighting.

After the death of her brother Innis in 1953 Annette Young became the sole owner of the Locust Grove Estate as well as family properties in New Haven, New York City, and Ulster County. Conscious of her family’s importance in the Hudson Valley, Miss Young began donating to museums the art, land, and historic houses she inherited so that they would be protected in perpetuity. She spent twenty years at this project and, upon her death in 1975, established a not-for-profit foundation to ensure that Locust Grove, her home for eighty years, together with its collections and the Young family archives would be protected as a museum and nature preserve.

The estate opened to the public in 1979 and today features the Young family’s 15,000 piece collection of furniture, paintings and decorative arts just as they were used in the early years of the 20th century. Location:2683 South Road – Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Hidden Depth Solo Exhibition @ Bryant Street Gallery

New Beginning & Submerged
Artist Shilo Ratner, Bryant Street Gallery Exhibition “Hidden Depth”, Painting: New Day New Beginning & Submerged, available and on view, May 2019.

Getting very excited for my upcoming Solo Exhibition “Hidden Depth” on exhibit from May 1st– 31st, 2019 at Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA.

Opening reception will be held Friday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm

Get to Know the Artist: Shilo Ratner

“Brant Rock” Heading to NY

Artist Shilo Ratner_Brant Rock_20 x 20in_Acrylic on Canvas
Brant Rock, 20 x 20″, Acrylic on Canvas

I feel so blessed to have my painting “Brant Rock” chosen to be exhibited in the National Juried Art Show “Color” at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. The juror for this exhibition is Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

“In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is—as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually. Color is “passive,” “deceptive,” and “unstable,” color behaves, color  is magic.”   – Joseph Albers, Interaction of Color

BWAC Show Curators: Katrina D. Jeffries and Alicia Degener

Gallery Exhibition Dates: July 28 – August 19, 2018 weekends 1-6PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1-6PM