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‘A River Runs through It’ Riverscapes and piscine portraits

Peter Kolesar’s “King Salmon”
Photo by Peter Kolesar


October 9, 2013

BETHEL, NY — Rivers and their piscine inhabitants—especially in the Upper Delaware region—form the theme of the Stray Cat Gallery’s show “A River Runs through It,” opening on Friday, October 11, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Peter Kolesar, better known to many as an architect of, and advocate for, improved water flow management for the Upper Delaware (see page 4), was drawn into fly fishing a couple of decades ago in large part by the beauty of the fish. Photography is also a long-time fascination of his, and his camera is as common an accompaniment on his trips as his rod. The result is a series of highly stylized photographs that bring out the iconic design elements in his fish subjects, sometimes verging on the abstract in their use of composition and color, and always boldly decorative.

Jamie Williams Grossman specializes in landscapes in the Greater Hudson Valley region, including the Catskills, and waterways and waterfalls comprise one of her favorite subject matters. She writes of her work, “I am a self-proclaimed color junkie with an addiction to painting outdoors. Standing in the midst of nature’s sights and sounds, and attempting to capture the experience in paint, is food for my soul… I hope those who view my work can feel some of the wonder that inspires me as my brushes drag across the surface laden with color.” She is a signature member and former chairman of New York Plein Air Painters and current leader of their Lower Hudson Valley Chapter.

Kathe Frantz lives and works in the Upper Delaware Valley region, which provides her with constant inspiration. Less figurative than Grossman, she paints in oil and uses a colorful palette, conveying visual layers referencing complex systems of nature. Frantz has showed her work in solo and group exhibits throughout the region in venues including 80th Street Gallery (New York City), Chamot Gallery (Jersey City, NJ) and AFA Gallery (Scranton, PA).

The show runs through October 23. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 to 5 p.m. Visit www.straycatgallery.com or call 845/423-8850.