2012-10-10 / Arts and Entertainment

Revitalizing the Cold Spring Art Scene

Gallery 66 Opens Friday on Main Street
By Annie Chesnut

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Photo Provided Donald Alter: Airplane-Landscape Photo Provided There’s a new gallery on Main Street, and given the experience and talent behind it, the odds are good that it will be a success.

Gallery 66 will open its doors to visitors and patrons of Cold Spring-on-Hudson on Oct. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Director and artist Barbara Galazzo has a strong track record in the arts, having founded Cold Spring Arts, The ArtFull Living Designer Show House, and the Brooklyn Artisans Gallery.

Galazzo told the PCN&R that in her 17 years in Philipstown, her motivation has always been to shine a spotlight on the prodigious talents that Cold Spring and Garrison boast: “I personally have made it my mission to bring the arts to Cold Spring.”

With established projects such as Collaborative Concepts and Cold Spring Open Studios, the Cold Spring Arts Group has already made significant strides in that direction.

Unlike up-and-coming art communities like Beacon, Galazzo said, where young artists are the norm, Cold Spring features “seasoned” talents, artists who not only have significant resumes and portfolios, but have also been around both the national and international art worlds.

While the historic and noteworthy Garrison Art Center is arguably the artistic hub of Western Putnam County, Cold Spring’s Main Street galleries are limited at the moment, with just a handful of spaces offering regular exhibitions. Galazzo hopes to change all that.

“A lot of people wanted me to open this gallery up,” she explained. “We [Cold Spring] used to be a real antique town, but we don’t have that many antiques anymore.” Another active and high-visibility art space on Main Street can change the dynamics, Galazzo added: “Now, we may also be an arts destination as well as an antiques destination….”

Gallery 66 has several exhibit rooms and a sculpture garden. The opening event will feature an introduction and sampling of works by artists showing in 2012 and 2013, as well as “Traces,” a special exhibit of Ukrainian and Russian art that will begin its U.S. tour at Gallery 66.

For more information you may contact 845-809-5838 or go to www.gallery66ny.com. Gallery 66 is located at 66 Main St. Cold Spring.

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