I’m thrilled to announce that the paintings I showed at the Woodstock Festival of Music and Art in 1969 will be featured in an exhibition at the Museum at Bethel Woods, the site of the original festival, next year from April through December. They’re mounting an exhibition entitled “& Art Fair: Art and Design at Woodstock,” highlighting these forgotten aspects of the festival, and they’ve invited me to show my paintings as a prominent part of the exhibit.
In 2019, the fiftieth anniversary of the festival, there was considerable attention in the media and in live events commemorating the occasion. Paul Grondahl did a wonderful feature about me and my paintings for the Times Union. I spoke at the screening of a new film about Woodstock in Prospect Park, and at a panel discussion at the New York State Museum. There I met Julia Fell, the assistant curator of The Museum at Bethel Woods. She invited me down for a tour of Bethel Woods and recorded a video interview with me for their archives.
But the news cycle moved on, and my paintings seemed destined to fade into oblivion once more, so I was delighted to hear from Julia recently with the invitation to exhibit my paintings.
During the pandemic, with the help of my husband Robb Smith, I rented a van to truck the paintings over to McGreevy’s in Albany to have them photographed for museum-quality giclee prints on archival paper. They’re enormous, five to seven feet on a side, so they required U Haul for transport. (Incidentally, this printing process was pioneered by Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, who is also a gifted photographer and high-tech pioneer.)
I’m currently involved in uploading the images so that I can sell them on online retail sites and to friends and family. They’ll be available in time for holiday giving, but people will need to act fast! I don’t have full details and pricing information yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
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Once the exhibit at Bethel Woods opens next April, I believe the prices for my work will escalate dramatically, so why not become a collector now, while my art still comes at bargain prices? I’ll be eternally grateful.