SARANAC LAKE, NEW YORK–BluSeed Studios announces the opening reception for the exhibit “Point/Counterpoint: Differing Artistic Styles.” The show will feature paintings and prints by John Cullen, Matt Hudson, and Larry Poole. The Meet-the-Artist Reception will be on Friday, July 12 beginning at 5 PM with a Gallery Talk at 6 PM.

Artist Larry Poole has been a familiar face at BluSeed Studios for many years, having served as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2014. Larry works in the area of non-toxic intaglio printmaking. His involvement in printmaking began since his retirement when he found himself with an opportunity to reengage in art and design. In recent years the relatively new advances in non-toxic etching processes made the area of intaglio printmaking more widely accessible and something that Larry enjoyed pursuing . This interest in printmaking, along with the changes in photography to digital imaging and the “computer darkroom,” has allowed him to delve into art in a way he never thought possible.

Poole’s first explorations in intaglio printmaking gave rise to a style that was very much grounded in the photographic traditional. Poole’s work has been shown in some 40 local and regional juried art exhibitions. His prints have been selected for publication three times in “Stone Canoe,” a central NY based arts journal.

Further, he was twice selected as one of a small number of artists affiliated with BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, to travel to Mazatlan, Mexico to participate in an artists’ exchange. “Intercambio Gráfica Printmaking Exchange” and “Paper Migration” were both designed to be a sharing of art and ideas not only among the artists but the communities where they reside. In each exchange the visiting artists had their work featured in an exhibition in the host city. Poole has also been selected to participate in artists’ exchanges in Monterey, CA and in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Matt Hudson hails from Hudson’s Fine Art and enjoys creating artwork that speaks to people. Ever since childhood, Matt has had a passion for paint and experimenting with colors and techniques that carried into his adult life.

Hudson’s art ranges from stencil work to abstract painting. He enjoys experimenting with different textures and reusing everyday objects as tools to create unique pieces. His work has been showcased at the Brewhouse Gallery in Lake Park, FL.

John Cullen is a professional fine artist and educator. In 1952 John spent the summer on scholarship at the Wayman Adams Old Mill Art School in Elizabethtown helping to define his artistic path. John’s art school credits include the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, a B.S. in Art Education from NYU, and M.S. from Pratt Institute. While at Pratt Cullen studied with Ralph Wickiser, Joachem Seidl and George Peters and he also served as an intern teacher in Life Drawing. After many years of teaching art in various classroom environments, Cullen is now showing his work regionally and winning awards of distinction throughout the North Country. He is a past vice president of the Adirondack Art Association where his work has been exhibited for more than 10 years

The Point/Counterpoint exhibit will run through August 10.

BuSeed will be offering varied classes over the summer months for children and adults as well as a July Open-Minded Mic Night that corresponds with the Saranac Lake Third Thursday Art Walk.

BluSeed Studios is multi-disciplinary arts center whose mission is to provide a space and promote a shared environment where artists, educators and community members have the opportunity to learn and participate, experiment and diverge, exhibit and perform, move ideas and aesthetics forward, and to share this diversity as an all-inclusive gateway to artistic experience.

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