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Custom Art Gallery with Featured Artists Every Season

The Lodge at Woodloch is intimately aware of the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Mother Nature provides an ever-changing muse for art and inspiration. Together with Kiesendahl + Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd., comes a custom-curated art gallery hall featuring local, regional, and international artists that help magnify our philosophy of personal awakening.

Anne Crowley

We are excited to have Anne Crowley’s lush paintings here with us again at the Lodge for the third time. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Crowley’s love of art was ignited by her grandfather, Liam O’Rinn, a painter renowned in Ireland and Europe. Crowley earned a BA at the National College of Art and Design in Ireland, and after coming to New York City, received a Masters in Fine Art from Hunter College. The artist has exhibited in Dublin, Ireland, San Francisco, in various New York City galleries, at the WFG gallery in Woodstock, in Kingston and here with Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art. She has received numerous awards and scholarships and has been reviewed in the Woodstock Times, the Irish Arts Review and the Irish Times.

In 2000 Crowley moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley where the Ashokan Reservoir, Catskill Mountains, deer, birds and flora serve as her ongoing muse. The artist’s painterly landscapes are an exploration of her surroundings, of a landscape and wildlife she has grown to cherish. Rich layers of colorful compositions carry us into her expressive world. 

“After painting landscape for twenty years I came to a point where I was pulled beyond making a beautiful picture and began to see the trees, the movement of animals, all the nuances and rich confusion of nature as metaphors for my own feelings, for the chaos of my life and what’s going on in the world. It was then that I climbed into the natural world that surrounds me, merged with it and began to let the brush strokes and the paint speak. I use the structures I have learned as a painter and then open to let things flow. When painting I often come to a crossroads, that difficult point where the work could be ruined or it could be glorious. I’ve learned to let nature and the work itself be my guides.”
 Hurley Mt. Rd, 8 x 16, oil on canvas

Robert Stark

We are thrilled and honored to exhibit the work of nationally renowned abstract expressionist artist Robert Stark, who has had solo exhibits in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philips Collection, and in museums in Nashville, Augusta Georgia and Dallas Pennsylvania, among others. His work has traveled with the U.S. State Department to 140 world capitals. Stark’s connection to art was sparked as a child by his grandmother, a decorative painter. His formal training was in high school. Always renewing his visual perception, Stark looks at art every day. Early on he was influenced by the work of Hans Hofmann. Like Picasso, he has re-invented himself many times, from photography to landscape painting, an example which we show here at the Lodge. After returning from a visit to Hong Kong in 1985, Stark began to focus on abstract art that is, however, still rooted in landscape painting. Within that genre the artist continued to explore form, line and color, creating an astonishing body of diverse work. His work draws us in and out with infinite complexity. While recent work reveals horizons with elements of sky, rivers, earth, his latest work is a joyful dynamic of vibrant squares and rectangles, (as the above example) a series that seem to defy space, reverberating beyond the canvas.

Stark says: “Daily life relies on intuition, conflict, courage, mistakes, surprises, a letting go of beauty, a surrender to chaos, silence, solitude. Failures inform more than success.” 

The artist, born in 1939, lives and works in his Susquehanna Studio, in Union Dale, Pennsylvania. He and his artist wife spend winters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
 March 18th, 18 x 24, oil on panel

Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
www.kiesendahlcalhounart.com
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun