Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Barbara Mink & Tracy Helgeson

Reception: Saturday November 4 from 6 to 8pm

November 2, 2006 through December 10, 2006

Carrie Haddad Gallery is proud to announce its premier Fall Landscapes exhibit. This exhibit features three women all from upstate New York, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Tracy Helgeson, and Barbara Mink. The show will also feature sculpture by Gregory Smith. Landscapes will run from November 2 to December 10. The opening reception is on Saturday, November 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams has been showing with the gallery for almost 15 years. She is represented by several galleries in upstate NY as well as in Manhattan. Over the years Ms. Bloodgood- Abrams has developed into a preeminent “new” Hudson River school artist. She is greatly inspired by the work of George Inness and models her work after his, frequenting many of the same sites where Inness and the original Hudson River School painters created their inspiring landscapes. In her landscapes, Ms. Bloodgood-Abrams presents a sense of heaven on earth. Themes of hope and rebirth are represented by the dramatic light in her paintings.
She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1988 and a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 1985. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and is listed in "Who's Who in American Art." In 2002 Jane Bloodgood-Abrams was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists.
She currently lives in Kingston, N.Y. with her two daughters and her husband, who is also a painter.

Barbara Mink is showing with the gallery for the first time. She attended S.U.N.Y. Buffalo where she earned a BA in English and Cornell University where she earned a MA in History. She has studied with Thomas Buechner, Stan Taft, Frank Webb, William Benson, Camille Doucet, Bente King and Harry Orlyck, who has been showing at the gallery for years. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Light in Winter Festival and has taught oral and written communication at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986. Barbara’s landscape portraits are contemporary in contrast with Jane’s work. She explores greatly the use of color and form, forces of potential energy and dissipating light. Barbara currently lives in Ithaca, N.Y.

Tracy Helgeson has been showing with the gallery for several years. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majoring in graphic design and also attended the Philadelphia College of Art where she studied illustration. Philadelphia was a great influence on Tracy and it was there that her work began to take on a unique style. Tracy began painting landscapes after she moved to upstate New York with her family. She is greatly inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the farmhouse that she lives and works in. Her contemporary landscapes are reminiscent of the work of Wolf Kahn.

Gregory Smith attended the University of Vermont where he earned a BA degree. He has shown at countless locations in Vermont, New York and Connecticut. Gregory has worked in wood, clay and bronze, but his media of choice lately has been welded steel and, most recently, copper. His multi-award winning sculptures are at once whimsical and entirely serious, reserved yet resonant. He currently lives in North Pownal, Vermont.

Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, New York. Gallery hours are Thursday through Tuesday from 11pm to 5pm. For more information please call 518.828.1915.

Gregory Smith

Tracy Helgeson