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If you happen to be local and have extra packing peanuts around that you want to recycle, think of us. Any day of the week, drop off your unwanted clean packing peanuts to us at 162 Main St. We are open 7 days, Monday through Saturday from 10AM – 6PM, and Sundays 11AM – 6PM.

Peter Gourfain Opening

Second Saturday, April 11, 2015 Reception from 6 to 9PM

Hudson Beach Glass Beacon, 162 Main St., Beacon, NY

Sculptures, Wood Carvings and Works on Paper by Iconoclast Artist in 2nd Floor Gallery;
Also at Dogwood Bar & Restaurant

Peter Gourfain art

A New York artist Peter Gourfain’s departure in the 1970s from the fashionable minimalist approach toward something more figural and narrative has been admired and appreciated in his sculptures, cast bronzes, woodcarvings and prints ever since. By 1990, his idiosyncratic, deeply expressive work had already been exhibited in major art institutions including MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, and the Jewish Museum.

Gourfain’s opus, “Roundabout” (1974-1981), a towering wheel-like sculpture of yellow pine and terracotta, was the centerpiece of his first solo show in 1987 at the Brooklyn Museum. His influences are mostly literary and range from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, from Jonathan Swift to James Joyce. His intricate carvings and multi-panel prints are both classic and politically of the moment – often supported by existing texts, the ASL lexicon, or a secret alphabet invented from the artist’s own imagination.

Beginning on Saturday, April 11, with an opening reception from 6 – 9pm, approximately 30 different pieces curated from Gourfain’s studio in Bedford Stuyvesant will be on exhibit in the 2nd Floor Gallery at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, NY. The show runs through June 7, 2015

The gallery show was initially Beacon city councilman-at-large George Mansfield’s idea and, after one studio visit, John Gilvey (Hudson Beach Glass) was a fan. Mansfield first met Gourfain in 1991 at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and later curated a show of the artist’s work in his Williamsburg gallery, 4 1/2 Projects. He will be simultaneously exhibiting one of Gourfain’s over-sized linoleum cut prints, “Finnegan’s Wake, The Song,” at his Dogwood Bar & Restaurant across town.

“His work is inspiring and politically and socially relevant. It doesn’t scream out ‘art,’” Mansfield said of his friend. “He is refreshing in an old-fashioned way.”

In 2002, the Elvehjem Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison curated a comprehensive solo exhibition of Peter Gourfain’s work. The renowned art critic Lucy R. Lippard authored an article titled “Silence Would be a Compromise” for the companion book, in which she writes: “Gourfain counters a fantastic and even humorous imagery with a lyrical, almost elegant beauty. Belief and all its horrors and blessings are confronted by nature and its horrors and blessings. An outraged empathy with the poor and oppressed is combined with a highly literate and refined aesthetic sense… there is a very contemporary tension between current events and a style originally derived from the Middle Ages.”

Peter Gourfain art

Second Saturday

May 9, 2015

One of the most talked about new destinations in the State of New York, Beacon has established itself as one of the great arts communities of the Hudson Valley. 60 miles north of Manhattan, Beacon has been described by The New York Times as The Hudson Valley's most promising hot spot for contemporary art.

Second Saturday Beacon is a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month when galleries and shops stay open until 9pm. Gallery openings, music are just some of the ongoing events.

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