Press Release: The River Art Project at Stockbridge Station

Artist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer to honor the river.

 Scott Prior,  Moonrise on the River , 2012, Oil on panel, 24 x 36"

Scott Prior, Moonrise on the River, 2012, Oil on panel, 24 x 36"

We face a time when our efforts to protect the environment and our rivers is more important than ever, and water and air are of prime concern.  Artist and gallerist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer that will honor the river.   The River Art Project is an exhibition that features five nationally recognized painters who work with the river as their subject matter, including Bart Elsbach, Stephen Hannock, Scott Prior, Mary Sipp Green, and Jim Schantz .

 Bart Elsbach,  Breaking Before the Bend,  Oil, 12 x 16"

Bart Elsbach, Breaking Before the Bend, Oil, 12 x 16"

The three month exhibition opening on June 9, will include an educational component to present programs with environmentalists who can speak about protecting our water and air, and offer ways to be proactive in this regard. Additionally, half of the net proceeds of each sale will be donated equally to the Housatonic Valley Association and Riverkeeper. These organizations are actively working to protect and preserve the Housatonic and Hudson Rivers. There will be an opening event to Celebrate the River and the Art on Friday June 9t

 Mary Sipp Green,  Evening , 2017, Oil, 12 x 14"

Mary Sipp Green, Evening, 2017, Oil, 12 x 14"

The exhibition will take place June 9-September 4, 2017 at the Stockbridge Station gallery space. Built in 1893, the historic station was designed by architect Frank Waller and last served as an operating railroad station in 1960. Recently, the station had been in use by the Berkshire Scenic Railway until they moved to North Adams. The interior of the station has been slightly renovated to present the works with proper lighting and additional wall space. 

 Stephen Hannock,  Flooded River at Dawn (Mass MoCA #24) , 2016-17, Polished oil on canvas,  36 x 60"

Stephen Hannock, Flooded River at Dawn (Mass MoCA #24), 2016-17, Polished oil on canvas,  36 x 60"

IF YOU GO:   The River Art Project, June 9 - September 4, 2017

Celebrate the River and the Art, Reception Friday, June 9, 6-8:30pm

Gallery Hours: Open Thursday - Sunday 10:30 - 5pm or by appointment. 

 Jim Schantz,  Winter Housatonic Sunset , 2016, Oil on canvas, 14 x 18"

Jim Schantz, Winter Housatonic Sunset, 2016, Oil on canvas, 14 x 18"