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Opening July 3: Abstractions in Space & Time

Updated: Jul 2, 2021


Opening, Saturday, July 3, -- Saturday, August 14, 2021

Opening, July 3, 1:00 – 6:00 PM

Contact: Ashleigh Arrington, Gallery Assistant

Tel: 845 853 8689


Kingston, New York, July 3, 2021 ---West Strand Art Gallery, a new exhibition space on the waterfront in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood is pleased to announce the opening of its second exhibition, Abstractions in Space & Time.

The exhibition brings together five artists, all women-- Neville Bean, Isabel Cotarelo, Marsha Goldberg, Janet Henry and Karen Shaw whose work appear distinctive but are united in their common desire to undertake abstract ideas that go beyond familiar and representational images. Their accomplished works address issues such as the passage of time, African fertility beliefs, and disintegration of technology.

Karen Shaw is a multi-media artist residing in Dutchess County and New York City. The works featured in the current exhibition are from her series, Scaffolds, in which she explores the disintegration of technology. She photographs the destruction of random television images beset by technical problems, photographs them and adds structure using collage and paint. Karen Shaw’s works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum and Princeton University’s Firestone Library. She has exhibited work in more than twenty galleries in New York State and in multiple countries in Europe and Latin America.

Janet Henry is a multi-media artist raised in East Harlem and Jamaica, Queens, where she currently resides. Over the years, Henry has become known for her complex beaded works and miniaturized interiors and urban landscapes. At West Strand, Henry will be showing oil pastel rubbings that are part of a larger series exploring an African symbol for fertility. Janet Henry’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows at, among other places, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the New Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, and Just Above Midtown Gallery. Her work was featured in a national traveling museum exhibition entitled “We Wanted a Revolution: Radical Black Women, 1965-85”.

Marsha Goldberg is a visual artist from Boston MA, who lives and works in Highland Park, New Jersey. On view in the exhibition Abstractions in Space & Time are works on paper that employ small, repetitive shapes with contrasting hues. The work reveals Goldberg’s distinctive means for creating thoughtful and intricate abstract compositions. The works Fort, and Keep, were begun in Marseille, France, in early 2020, as the pandemic reached Europe. Her paintings reference the passing of time in quarantine and the permanence of structures such as the inspiration for this work, Fort St. Jean in Marseille, survivor of wars, storms, and disease. Goldberg has works in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Art Complex Museum, Wheaton College, and the Boston Public Library. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries nationally, including, Douglass College in New Jersey, and internationally in 2019 in Art Busan, South Korea.

Isabel Cotarelo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received her art education there before moving to New York City and then to Kingston. West Strand is featuring several of Cotarelo’s vibrant paintings whose colors mirror a light reminiscent of Mar del Plata, a beach resort in Buenos Aires that she frequented in her youth. The larger plastic sculptural reliefs reference three thematic series that she has been working on over the last year, Mind’s Landscapes, and Crisalidas (chrysalis-,a sheltered state). The relief sculptures are made of recycled plastic and the forms evoke organisms, cells, synapses or viruses. Cotarelo’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. In the Hudson Valley, she has participated in group shows at Gallery 40, the Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, Art Society of Kingston, ArtBar Gallery and the Warwick Center for the Arts.

Neville Bean is based in Kingston and is the founding director of Neville Bean Design. On view are Bean’s carved, oil-painted brick and white stoneware ceramic panels designed with inlaid glazes that modulate geometric shapes of either a square, circle or a rectangle. The gallery is also featuring a selection of Neville Bean’s hand built and wheel-thrown vessels composed as ‘minimalist’ designs that complement the panels. The white stoneware pieces capture the refined beauty of the material and black brush stroke designs on the stoneware have become Neville’s signature style. Neville’s work has been exhibited in Kingston during Fall for Art, in the Kingston Annual, Kingston City Hall and “Made in Kingston.”

West Strand Art Gallery was co-founded by Isabel and Julio Nazario in May 2021.

Its mission is to exhibit artwork by mid-career and emerging artists from diverse backgrounds and increase awareness of their art-making practices. Located on the waterfront at 29 West Strand in Rondout, Kingston. The gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. By appointment all other days.

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