Posted on Jun 25, 1999

Torn Sky by Alex Martin, oil on canvas, 46″ by 64″

Show at Union's Nott Memorial runs through Aug. 15

The tradition of painting in the Hudson River Valley is unparalleled in American art. Since the early 1800s, artists have traveled up the Hudson River, inspired by its pristine beauty, in search of the “divine spirit” inherent in the land. Between 1826 and 1870, Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School of painters embodied this paradigm, gaining deep religious feelings from the landscape. Today, a new generation of painters is drawing on the tradition, at the same time juxtaposing contemporary elements with the timeless beauty that inspired the first generation of artists.

Dietz's Farm by George Wexler, oil on linen, 36″ by 48″

“Enduring Vision: Contemporary Painters of the Hudson River School,” an exhibit that features the works of 18 contemporary artists, is on display through August 15 in the Mandeville Gallery in Union College's Nott Memorial. It is curated by Doug Alderfer-Abbott and Judy Alderfer-Abbott.

Admission is free.

Opening reception is Friday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (518) 388-6004