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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

MIKA GALLERY

In case you didn’t know, I am represented with the MIKA Gallery, Tel Aviv. Check out my work on their site MIKA-Gallery. Here are two of my newest paintings up on the gallery wall.

Image Credit: MIKA Contemporary

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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

Serendipity Magazine

Serendipity Magazine

Seredipity Magazine Article Shilo Ratner May2019
Seredipity Magazine Article Shilo Ratner May2019

Look at the art, not at me! I had a really fun morning yesterday with Serendipity Magazine, Lindsay Madden @lmaddenphoto shooting photos for an article in the magazines May/June edition. Excited to see what the interview looks like. 🙂

This painting “Open Spaces” will be available to view and purchase at the beautifully designed Putnam and Mason in May 2019!

This event is in conjunction with the Greenwich Arts Council and the Arts to the Avenue Event.

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

The Bendheim Gallery / Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich CT
March 8 – April 4, 2019
Viewing hours: Weekdays 10-5, Thursdays until 7, Weekends 12-4

Public Reception: Friday, March 15, 6:30pm-8pm

Excited to have work in this exhibit.

JUROR: Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Megan has curated or co-organized nearly thirty exhibitions for the Guggenheim’s extended constellation of museums in Berlin, Bilbao, New York, & Venice. Megan’s collection-based exhibitions have included Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim (2017); Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 (2012); and The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918 (2011), among others. She also curated Visions of Modernity (2012-13), the final presentation of the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. More recently, Megan co-curated Giacometti (2018) and supported Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (2015-16), as well as Robert Motherwell: Early Collages (2013). Her current project is Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy (2018-20), an exhibition that will travel to Spain, France, and Italy. Megan likewise maintains the Guggenheim’s Thannhauser Gallery, a permanent display of 19th- and early 20th-century art. Apart from her exhibitions activities, Megan conducts provenance research for the Guggenheim & collaborates on cross-departmental initiatives related to collections stewardship. Megan received her B.A. in Art History modified with History from Dartmouth College & went on to receive her M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she specialized in late 19th-century French art.