Hudson Valley Arts Festival

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, I had the opportunity to attend the First Hudson Valley Arts Festival held at the Dutchess County Fair Grounds in Rhinebeck.

Spent the first half of the day as a volunteer for the Dutchess County Tourism, remainder of the day was spent admiring the creative works on display and, what a display of talents! There were over 200 outstanding artists and craftspeople from 21 states participating.

One of the artists was Cliff Lee (had to check out him out as his last name is the same as my maiden name).

Cliff Lee - Pond Study (5832)

Pond Study
by Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee - Lava Glaze (5833)

Cliff Lee - Lava Glaze (5835)

Lava Glaze
by Cliff Lee

A former neurosurgeon, Cliff Lee, uses his keen eye and precise technique to create porcelain sculptures that can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and private collections around the world. He was featured with his wife, jeweler Holly Lee, (who is also participating in the festival), in the PBS mini-series Craft in America.

Holly Lee - Earth & Sky (5836)

Earth & Sky
by Holly Lee
Sun Stone (the oval stone)
The Picture Jasper is natural stone
Chain is 18k gold and sterling
Holly Lee - Necklace (5837)Necklace
 by Holly Lee
Amulet is Pre-Columbian from the Tariona Culture
Beads are 4 thousands years old, acid etched Carnelian
Chain is 18K gold
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Aren’t these the neatest bird house and bird feeder

Stephen Fabrico-birdhouse (5829)

by Stephen F Fabrico

Stephen Fabrico-bird feeder (5830)

Bird Feeder
by Stephen F. Fabrico
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How would you like to sip tea brewed in one of these teapots?

Takashi & Theresa Ichihara-teapot (5849)

 by Takashi & Theresa Ichihara –

Donna McGee - Teapot Lady (5842)

Teapot Lady
 by Donna McGee –

Laura Wilensky - Past &  Present (5845)

Laura Wilensky - Past &  Present (5846)
Past &  Present
By Laura Wilensky –
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Jerilynn Babroff - cookie jars

Handmade One of a Kind Cookie Jars
By Jerilynn Babroff
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“Discards” repurposed

Hilary Greif (5848)

By Hilary Greif –
Head is a late 1800 German doll’s head
Arm & legs are silverware handles
Body is English China (chintz summertime)

William & Marcia Finks - dolls (5851)

Found Objects Dolls
by William & Marcia Finks

The dolls are made from salvaged metal, old tins, antique doll parts and vintage findings.

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Creative use of recycled wood products.

Richard Borden - root basket

Hand Carved Root Basket
by Richard Borden

Here is a link to learn about Richard Borden and his hand carved root baskets:

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Infinity Art-Tree of Life Menorah (5838)

Tree of Life Menorah
by George & Gloria –

Ship of fools (5840)

Ship of Fools
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John Finnan - Adirondack chairs (5854)
Custom sized Cedar Adirondack Chairs
 by John Finnan, woodworker

The above chairs are made from white cedar. They stay smooth and soft with no finish, no chemical and requires no maintenance. Lives outdoor year round and cleans up with simple soap and water.

John Finnan - cedar planter (5853)

Cedar Planter
By John Finnan, woodworker

Inside the cedar planter is the plastic pot that the chrysanthemum plant came in. A clever way to add a decorative touch without any effort.

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Would have loved to spend time with the artists to learn about their work and how they found their inspirations ….. but their customers come first and I did not want to be in the way.

This was a very successful art festival that is destined to become a major annual cultural event in the region.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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20 Responses to Hudson Valley Arts Festival

  1. Wow, that’s a pretty good arts festival! Our local ones are a bit more primitive than that. What a great day out.

  2. Eva Taylor says:

    What a great way to spend an afternoon. So generous of you to volunteer. I’d love to hear the story of why Mr. Lee stopped being a neurosurgeon! All of the art is beautiful. So glad it was such a success.

  3. wok with ray says:

    Nice pieces of arts there. That must have been a great and relaxing day out, Norma 🙂

  4. Sophie33 says:

    Some of the art pieces are pretty cool! Thanks so much for sharing, dear Norma. 😀😀

  5. Eha says:

    An absolutely priceless blog! I have scrolled thru’ this at least 6-7 times! Firm favourites:

    Holly Lee’ ‘ ‘Earth and sky’: surely a piece of adornment you would bequeath to the most of your beloved! and

    the glorious teapot: oh the absolute pride to be able to look at that very specai piece every day!!

    Norma: thank you, thank you, thank you : I never expected such wealth of imagination or design when I clicked on your post . . . be ever well, Eha

  6. hotlyspiced says:

    I love those custom-made chairs. They would be perfect on my terrace. What an interesting exhibition! So much beautiful and creative art. I definitely would like one of those blue bird houses xx

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    What a great festival, Norma! Those porcelain pieces were really beautiful. I wold never use one of those teapots to make tea. They’re far too beautiful to be used. I wouldn’t even use the bird feeders to feed the birds — unless the birds ever figured out a way to get into my kitchen. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      Each piece on display is unique and just gorgeous. Birds are very clever creature, if you have one of those feeders in your kitchen they will figure out a way to get to it.

  8. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness! Lovely works!
    Out of the imagination of creative minds :0)
    Thanks for the mini art show Norma

  9. Norma, what wonderful pieces! I love the thought that Dr Lee and his wife can follow their passions!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celia,
      Isn’t it great to be able to follow one’s passion! The pieces are just exquisite, wonder how many hours go into each piece and where does the inspiration come from?

  10. cquek says:

    wow! so many cute stuffs i love to have the Bird Feeder in my garden.

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