GLENS FALLS—For the third year in a row, The Hyde Collection will stay open late Thursday evenings in August to present special programming in the Hyde Night Out series.
This year’s Hyde Night Out kicked off at last week’s Art Battle, which challenged seven teams to create works of art from JUST Water recyclables. The series continues August 2 with Clue at The Hyde, a special mystery tour; August 9 with a lecture, Plein Air: Perception and Passion; and wraps up August 16 with Beyond the Practice, a yoga event.
Thursday, August 2: Characters from artwork in historic Hyde House are brought to life in a whodunit murder mystery created in partnership with Art in the Public Eye (APE). Try to solve the mystery, learn a little art history, and experience a lot of dramatic flair in Clue at The Hyde, an evening of thrills, laughs, and gorgeous art. The script is written by Tim Gonyea and directed by APE board member Aaron Lambert. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are first-come, first-served; this one will fill up quickly!
Thursday, August 9: In more than twenty years painting en plein air, Ann Larsen has logged a lot of miles, traveling from Maine to California for inspiration. In Plein Air: Perception and Passion, the Oil Painters of America signature member will share stories about her work, her travels, and how the art world has changed throughout more than three decades as a working artist.
The lecture is the opening event of The Hyde Collection’s inaugural Plein Air Festival, which runs through Sunday, August 12. Sixteen exceptional artists selected by Larsen, guest juror of the festival, will paint throughout Glens Falls, competing for Best of Show and honors in nocturne, waterway, streetscape, historic buildings, and outdoor still life categories.
The festival — inspired by complementary exhibitions opening August 5 at The Hyde, Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad and Changing the Landscape: Women Impressionists from the Thomas Clark Collection — culminates at the Museum’s annual free Community Day celebration Sunday, August 12. The artists’ completed artwork will be displayed throughout the day and at 3 pm, awards will be given in each category. Artists from the community are also encouraged to create their own plein air works; to participate, register with collaborative partner Plein Air Adirondack.
Larsen is a prominent plein air artist who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked professionally for more than thirty-five years. She has earned numerous awards from national organizations, including the Award of Excellence at Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional 2016; the Masters Signature Silver Medal at the American Women Artists National Competition in 2016; Best Landscape, American Women Artists National Competition in 2017; and the Award of Excellence given by Quang Ho at the Paso Robles Invitational in 2014; among many others.
She was invited to participate in the Artists for the New Century Exhibition at Bennington Center for the Arts; Sedona Plein Air Festival; Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim; Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ Plein Air for the Park; Grand Teton Paint Out and Exhibit; and the Paso Robles, California, Signature Invitational. She has juried several shows online and in person.
Plein Air: Perception and Passion is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.
Thursday, August 16: Art and Yoga is going Beyond the Practice. Get a closer look at the newly opened Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad exhibition — an examination of the artist’s journeys around the world, through experimentation in art movements, and facing the challenges of female artists in the early twentieth century — with a gallery talk by Museum Educator Jenny Hutchinson, also a painter. Then, find your Zen among Impressionist artworks under the guidance of yoga instructor and artist Kate Patterson.
Art and Yoga at The Hyde all started with Hyde Night Out. The series has informed programming at the Museum: When one program experiences incredible success, it inspires other events like it. Art and yoga sessions have been offered regularly since being introduced the first year of Hyde Night Out.
Admission to Beyond the Practice is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended.
Hyde Night Out programs start at 6 pm and provide new ways for the community to interact with the Museum and its collection. To register for any of the Hyde Night Out programs, contact Kayla at 518-792-1761, ext. 310, or firstname.lastname@example.org.