August 21 – September 29
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 5―8 pm
Claire Lambe is an Irish artist based in Woodstock; she is a graduate of Ireland’s premiere art school, the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She has exhibited her work locally, including at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, nationally and internationally, and was twice selected for Ireland’s National Portrait Exhibition.
The majority of Lambe’s subjects are local to the Hudson Valley – they aren’t luminaries although some faces may be familiar to local people. Among them are Woodstock artist and bicycle-repair man Michael Esposito, Woodstock Reggae-singer Phyllis Kelley, Kerhonkson ballad-singer and Pete Seeger collaborator Sarah Underhill, Olive-based Broadway actor/singer, Byron Utley, and Red Hook’s Peabody award-winning radio-documentary maker Trey Kay. The exhibition includes works from Lambe’s ongoing 12″ x 12″ project, a series concentrating on close-ups of heads. The works are in oil or acrylic and, in some cases, both. The portraits exhibit a vivid lifelikeness without being photorealistic. Lambe has developed a singular style that creates depth, shadow and brilliance as much through color as through line. Some viewers have remarked that they resembled people that they knew; others that they seemed like celebrities – a comment that the artist is perfectly happy with (although none of the subjects are ‘celebrities’ in the sense of being nationally well-known), since it does evoke the quality that she seeks to give to each of her sitters, that image of themselves that most imprints itself on the mind of someone looking at them. Lambe has an intense relationship with each of her sitters as sitters, and this shows in her work.
The Uptown Gallery, also the HQ of the Kingston Festival of the Arts, is located at 296 Wall St. Kingston, NY 12401. The gallery is open during Festival events and by appointment Call Gloria Waslyn- curator 845 331 3261 or 917 697 6916