My paintings are the first thing to strike your eyes when you enter the current exhibition at the Bethel Woods Museum: three enormous canvases in blazing colors. I showed two of them at the Woodstock Festival of Music and Art in 1969, and I completed the third that September, collaging in the three-day ticket, marked “A” for artist, that no one was around to collect when I unloaded the works from a fellow artist’s van the first day of the festival.
The people at the museum have titled the exhibit “& Art: Art and Design at Woodstock,” highlighting the fact that there was actually an art exhibit, although few people braved the crowd to see it. I was there for the members’ preview at the beginning of April, and a talk with the curator Julia Fell at a “Happy Hour with Julie and Julia” at the end of the month. But this Sunday I’ll be driving down with my daughter to hear Carlos Santana and Earth Wind & Fire. It’ll be my first concert there since the festival in 1969.
I plan to take the opportunity to drop off some giclee prints for the festival store. I’ll have copies of the three paintings shown here, and they’re finally available for individual purchase as well. They’re on archival museum-quality paper, and I’ll sign each individually, even inscribe it personally to you or your significant others. I’ll post specific prices and sizes soon, but in the meantime, please send me your queries in the comments on this blog. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition will run through December, so you’ve got plenty of time to get there.
The town of Bethel is deep in the heart of the old Catskills, a bit out of the way but worth the trip if you enjoy exploring back roads of New York State. With the approach of autumn, the scenery should be even more spectacular.
If you’d like to read more about my experiences at the 1969 festival, I wrote several blog posts about it. They’re archived in the table of contents at the right.