my sunday local artist ramble

It is Sunday...it is early in the morning...and I have the rambles. once again, in the shadows of the famous levon helm, here i am- ready to chat about another local artist who, frankly, kicks butt.
This Sunday is all about Tatana Kellner who lives and works in Rosendale, NY. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Women's Studio Workshop (which thanks to their awesome fundraiser, the Chili Bowl, I got to eat some stellar veggie chili last night and bring home a beautiful bowl!) Tatana seems to be involved in everything- artist books, prints, drawings, photography, installation and sculpture. It is so exciting for me to observe an artist with such incredible talent consistantly creating new work & on top of that, working within a non-profit arts organization that gives so much back to the arts community. Last time I was visiting WSW, she was working on a book that was printed with invisible ink. In order to reveal the ink, you had to physically iron the pages on a board. it was stunning. i cannot wait to see the finished piece. Tatana's perspective on the human condition is quite unique. Her work is full of layers and complexities, just like we all are.

Just to share a few words about WSW (off their website)-
"The Women's Studio Workshop was founded in 1974 by four women artists, Ann Kalmbach, Tatana Kellner, Anita Wetzel, and Barbara Leoff Burge. They were committed to developing an alternative space for artists to create new work and share skills. Programs were centered on the artistic process and often informed by feminist values."

WSW has some amazing things going on that I suggest checking out. For one- their artist in residence, fellowship, and internship programs are amazing. They also offer classes in papermaking, printmaking, book arts, photography, and ceramics. They have a small exhibition space as well. The property is in a stunning location in Rosendale and an ideal spot for an artist to live & work for a while.

Hats off to Tatana and WSW for contributing so much to our valley.

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