Celebration of the arts continues

PLATTSBURGH The Downtown Plattsburgh Summer Art Walk coincided with two other area events Aug. 9. The Best Western Inn & Suites at Smithfield officially opened its new art space. THEart@SMITHFIELD series opened with an exhibition of selected paintings by local artist Bill Crosby. Noted for his abstract yet familiar landscape paintings, Crosby has been a major figure in the artistic community in the North Country. Crosby was professor at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh from 1963-1998, teaching painting and photography. The Adirondacks of New York, the coast of Maine, the mountains of New England, and the tundra of Alaska are primary inspirations for Crosbys painting. As a student I built a foundation studying the paintings of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Andrew Wyeth, stated Crosby, who added the abstract qualities of Hans Hofmann and Franz Kline in painting have also influenced his work. Several of the Crosbys paintings are now on display at the hotel through September. His works have been made available through collaboration with Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts in Rouses Point. For more information, contact director Jason Andrew at 1-646-361-8512 or visit www.nortemaar.org. The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts also hosted an opening reception for the NCCCA Members Summer Exhibition Aug. 9. Approximately 40 artists showcased their work, which will be on display through the rest of the summer. For more information, call Daul at 563-5310 or visit www.plattsburgharts.org.

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