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.
May 20 - August 7, 2022Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 8, 5-7pm
Troutbeck is pleased to present Homebird, a solo exhibition by Polly Shindler curated by Will Hutnick. Homebird presents a selection of Shindler’s paintings from 2018 to the present that explore ideas surrounding place, solitude, domesticity, care and comfort, and what it means to call a place a “home.”
Shindler creates situations on canvas by using paint to convey the idea or “symbol” of a room, scene, and/or landscape. Her attention is focused on the design of both the physical space that is depicted in her paintings as well as the actual space via the painting’s surface. The scenes Shindler depicts are largely imagined and sourced from images found both in the real and digital world. Her interest in creating these environments stemmed from prior investigations around solitude and retreat. Shindler considers color, pattern and texture in an architectural and art historical context when creating each work. Her investment in both classical styles and modern designs create a scaffold for the spaces she wants to construct. These decisions dictate the feeling and atmosphere of the space, and skirt the fine line between realism and design.
Shindler’s varied interests in materials, techniques and subject matters has led to experimentations and shifts in processes, form and media. In the past few years, the artist has learned to quilt, paper mache, garden, and rug-tuft. Whether concepts or formal considerations are carried over from one medium or process to the next, each new activity Shindler dives into informs her paintings, drawings and sculptures. Shindler’s newly found interest in traveling for art's sake - via day trips, participation in artist residency programs, vacations by painting en plein air, and by taking reference photos for her work - has led her to discover a deep fascination in location and the idiosyncrasies of a place, much in the way she explores concepts of interior and personal space.
For more information and to schedule a visit, please contact Will Hutnick:
An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 5-7pm. Please R.S.V.P. if you'd like to attend.