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Simple Gifts: Art exhibit reception at ASCC February 9

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    Right, ‘Eastern Phoebe’ ink and watercolor, by Jean Mackay.
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    Above, ‘Untitled’ oil on canvas, by Bob Crimi.
February 7, 2019 04:44 pm

The Art School of Columbia County reflects on gratitude, nature, and art in its upcoming exhibit “Simple Gifts.” Featuring the work of ASCC faculty members Jean Mackay and Arlene Santana Thornton, and ASCC members Bob Crimi and Helen Enright, the exhibit is on view in ASCC’s gallery (1198 Rt 21 C, Ghent) until March 21. The opening reception to meet the artists is Saturday February 9 from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, refreshments are served (snow date February 16).

ASCC faculty member Jean Mackay of Schodack Landing shares her watercolor and mixed-media depictions of nature. She reflects “I am drawn to the extraordinary yet often overlooked gifts that nature offers. Whether it’s a nest hidden in the brambles, the intricate details on a dragonfly, or common weeds along the roadside, my work as an artist is to look carefully and share these simple treasures.” Mackay’s artwork has been published in national magazines.

ASCC faculty member Arlene Santana Thornton, a resident of Stuyvesant, exbibits her abstract oil and mixed media work, drawing inspiration from the light and natural forms of the Hudson Valley. Santana Thorton is a recipient of an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Artist Grant.

ASCC member Helen Enright of Ghent has been a photographer for over 30 years and reflects “Nature’s voice is concealed in each image.” ASCC member Bob Crimi is inspired by jazz, his family’s roots in Sicily, and the landscape of upstate New York. He has exhibited widely and was a key member of the artistic community in New Paltz; he now resides in Elizaville.

The exhibit celebrates the donation of ASCC’s historic schoolhouse building and reflects on the nature of gifts, gratitude, and the ever-present gift of inspiration in nature. ASCC thanks the community for the strong support they have shown for ASCC’s recent Capital Campaign to secure its home from donor Nicole Furnée.

Entering its seventh year of offering high-quality art classes and outreach programs to the community, ASCC, a non-profit organization with a vision of “imagining art for everyone,” serves nearly 1800 annually. For more information, see ASCC’s website: or email or call 518-672-7140.