Located in Amenia, New York, within the vibrant Hudson Valley, Troutbeck is situated on acres of bucolic landscape, bisected by the Webutuck River and Dunham Creek. The gateway to the upstate cultural and creative corridor, Troutbeck - re-envisioned and carefully updated – is again what it was to so many before us: inspiration, respite, restoration, folly, community, nature and nurture – carrying forward its 250-year legacy of hospitality.
And when you’re ready, enjoy breakfast in your spacious king-sized bed nestled in luxurious Frette linens. Devour a new book by the fireplace, the peace and abundance beyond your windows, or perhaps opened to the country air - the sounds of the Webatuck river and Dunham creek as they roll beneath. However you wish to spend your time away, each of our unique rooms will provide the escape you need.
We’re situated amongst the vibrant and engaging communities of the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Visit Millerton, Amenia or Wassaic, NY and Sharon, CT by complimentary bicycle. Zipline Catamount in summer or ski it in winter. Hike, fly fish, ride horseback, gravel or mountain bike, take a farm tour, visit a distillery, a bookstore or any number of beautiful shops nearby. Truly, there is something for everyone. Troutbeck is active with arts and cultural programming, with curated events on property and off all year.
Art Show: Flowers from Canada by Eric Hibit Lead Image
Art Show: Flowers from Canada by Eric Hibit
November 18, 2022 - February 12, 2023Opening Reception - Friday, November 18th, 5-7pm
Troutbeck is pleased to present in partnership with the Wassaic Project: Eric Hibit: Flowers from Canada, a solo exhibition curated by Will Hutnick.
“In August 2019 I participated in an artists residency in New Brunswick, Canada at Kingsbrae Gardens: a 27-acre garden that includes thousands of species of flowers, shrubs, roses, and trees. As artist-in-residence, I had early-morning access to the gardens before the general public could enter at 9am. In the chilly Maritime air (the temp at sunrise was often around 55 F) I painted watercolors of flowers from direct observation. It was magical to have the flowers all to myself; to study them at close range for an extended period of time. The act of painting slowed me down and made me connect with the flowers in a new way. I literally got down to the flower’s level, often working cross-legged sitting on the ground. Watercolor was a new medium for me at that time, and there was much to learn. Looking back at this body of work, I see a rawness in the early watercolors that I was unable to achieve as I learned more. The early works (Conversation with Dahlia, Nasturtiums at Dawn), are some of my personal favorites.
The medium of watercolor has a long history as the artist’s favored medium for travel. Compact, easy to set-up, and easy to clean-up, it’s a convenient way to take art materials out into the world. The recent retrospective of paintings by Winslow Homer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York includes numerous masterful watercolors, showing the artist’s engagement with the places he visited (such as the Maine coast and Bermuda). For Homer, photography (still then a cumbersome and expensive medium) was not an option. Watercolor served a journalistic function: a way to record observations quickly, on-the-go.
Armed with an iphone, I captured images of flowers for future reference. Still, I felt compelled to use watercolor to record my observations and explore a looser painting style. And, to make the process of transporting paper into the gardens easier, I stretched watercolor paper over wooden stretcher bars. That is why the works are able to be presented unframed for this show (although they can be framed, as well).
After the residency and back in my studio in Queens, I used some of my observations to make acrylic paintings of flowers. The tiger lily became an important theme, and I returned to it with several acrylic works (Yellow Tiger Lily; Bee on a Flower) that are included here.
As a design enthusiast, I admire the beautiful and historic decor of Troutbeck. So I’m thrilled to share this special body of work here.”
Eric Hibit, 2022
Eric Hibit (born Rochester, NY) is a visual artist based in New York City. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Morgan Lehman Gallery, Dinner Gallery, Deanna Evans Projects, My Pet Ram, One River School of Art + Design, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Underdonk Gallery, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Zurcher Studio, C24 Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, Max Protetch Gallery, and elsewhere. He has exhibited nationally at Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, Adds Donna in Chicago, Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Satellite Contemporary in Las Vegas, NV, The University of Vermont, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA and internationally in Sweden, France and Norway. His work has been covered by the Washington Post, The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, Newsweek, New York Times and New York Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Drexel University, The Cooper Union, Suffolk County Community College, 92NY, Tyler School of Art, NYU and Hunter College. Artist residencies include Terra Foundation in Giverny, France (2003), UNILEVER Residency in New York (2015), and Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts (2019) and Green Olives Arts in Tetouan, Morocco (2019). Publications include Dear Hollywood Writers, with poet Geoffrey Young (Suzy Solidor Editions, 2017) and Paintings and Fables with Wayne Koestenbaum, a limited edition artist’s book (2017), and Color Theory for Dummies, published by Wiley (2022). He is currently Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery based in Brooklyn, where he has curated exhibitions since 2014.
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Lead Image: Eric Hibit, Blanket Flowers on Green, 2019, Watercolor on Fabriano paper streched over canvas, 16 in x 13 in