The exhibition entitled Thomas Cole’s Honey with new artworks by the beloved artist Stanley Maltzman will open July 26 with a reception that is free and open to the public from 4:30 to 6 pm. The exhibition will run through October 2, 2014.
A special selection of approximately ten new artworks by Stanley Maltzman will be on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site from July 26 – October 2, 2014. All made between 2013 and present, Maltzman’s watercolors, pastels, and drawings pay homage to the towering, 200 year old Honey Locust tree that stands across from Thomas Cole’s front door.
Maltzman, a resident of Freehold, NY, has work in major museum collections around the country and has taught drawing for more than twenty years. He has always been deeply attracted to nature and art, and was especially captivated by the Honey Locust. He notes: “trees are like human bodies – with curves, strength, and beauty .. they all have an individual character.”
Maltzman, who will celebrate his 93rd birthday this summer said this tree, now in its 200th year, “feels like a distant cousin… It has lived so long, and has such unique qualities – from its holes and thorns to the bumps and knots of the bark.“ Visitors will have a chance to see Maltzman’s close-up detailed persepctives of the grand locust, as well as full views of the tree as it continues to stand at the historic property also known as Cedar Grove. Stanely writes of his own work: “…the secret is not the pencil… it is the work, the devotion and the love of drawing. Art starts with the business of seeing. Nature inspires you with her beauty.”
An opening party will be held at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site at 218 Spring Street, on July 26 from 4:30 to 6 pm. Birthday cake in honor of the Honey Locust and other refeshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit: www.thomascole.org
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Stanley Maltzman is an award-winning landscape artist, author, and educator. He works in a variety of media including pastel, watercolor, and charcoal. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and has taught art for over twenty years. His work has been exhibited in musuems and galleries throughout the country at venues including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the National Academy Museum, the Bruce Museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Berkshire Museum. His work resides in collections at the Hudson River Musuem and The Metorpolitan Musuem of Art, among others. He has published numerous books including Drawing Trees and Drawing Nature. This will be Maltzman’s first solo show at the The Thomas Cole National Historic Site.
Illustration: Maltzman’s Thomas Cole House (2014).