Laura Loving’s Solo Show “Escape from New York” Depicts Weekends in the Hudson Valley
Concurrent with GCCA’s upcoming group exhibition “Faces and Facades”, GCCA is proud to present Laura Loving’s solo show “Escape from New York: Weekends in the Hudson Valley” in the upstairs gallery from June 11 to July 23, 2016. Meet Laura Loving at the opening reception on Saturday, June 11 from 5-7 pm. Greene County Council on the Arts is located at 398 Main Street, Catskill NY.
New Yorkers have a long history of escaping to the Hudson Valley for a little R&R, and artist Laura Loving (also known as “the artist of happy”) is no exception. Born in Charlotte, N.C. and a New Yorker for over 16 years, Laura was a frequent visitor to the Hudson Valley before becoming a part-time resident of Hudson, NY in 2014.
“Escape From New York” features Laura’s favorite landmarks and experiences as seen through the “rose-tinted view of a weekender.” Painted in acrylic on canvas in her traditional vibrant style, the work captures both the frenetic energy of the city and the idyllic beauty of the Hudson Valley.
“Fleeing my tiny apartment and chaotic life in the city gives me a heightened sense of appreciation,” Laura says. “I romanticize the wide-open spaces, picturesque landscapes and my experiences here in general.”
In addition to Laura’s art, “Escape From New York” will feature the artist reading a few of her popular humorous essays including “The Happiness Manifesto,” in which she explains how she came to make a living with “happy art” in very serious New York City.
Laura Loving’s work has shown at Lincoln Center’s Cork Gallery, Pratt Institute, LALIQUE, J.M. Weston, New York Mercantile Exchange, Trunkt Gallery, the Wonderwall Gallery in Cirencester, England, and Chaleurs du Sud in Nice, France. She has received commissions to create artwork for the Fall Cabaret Convention of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in Greenwich Village, Saks Fifth Avenue, Microsoft, the Global Citizen Music Festivals in New York and Washington. Her work hangs in homes and businesses around the world, including Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, The New York Stock Exchange, International Trademark Association, The Dow Chemical Company, Amazon, the office of actress Brooke Shields and Ash Hollow Winery. Most recently Laura was one of 15 designers chosen by CNN to illustrate quotes by powerful women for their 2015 International Women’s Day Project.
Join Laura Loving and the Faces and Facades artists at the opening reception on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 5-7pm at Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY. For more information on GCCA Visual Arts Program and this exhibit visit www.greenearts.org.
GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, INC. (GCCA) is a tax exempt, not-for-profit, tri-county decentralization (“DEC”) site and arts service organization whose purpose is to broaden and enrich the quality of life in Greene, Columbia and Schoharie Counties through the development and strengthening of the arts. Since 1975, the GCCA has provided information and essential services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public.