SEAN-PAUL PLUGUEZ allows us into a creative compartment where even seemingly mundane objects have an aura of value. What more appropriate way to propel any object or surface to prominence than bathing it in a golden light.

Vault "a room or compartment for safekeeping of valuables".
Vault "to do or achieve as if by a leap, vaulted to sudden prominence".


With the three-year culmination of what Pluguez refers to as the "gold project" ordinary objects are awarded fine art status through the perceived value of precious metal. Canvases are embellished with texture and jewel-like bits to refract light and enhance reflection and shadow on what might have been a flat surface.

An embellished mannequin evokes an archeological find, a discarded paintbrush and can shimmer, a storage trunk turns treasure chest, while an alignment of vertical branches takes you to a gilded forest. With a flawless veneer of gold the vast number of items exhibited appear cast or dipped rather than painted.

Pluguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and spent most of his childhood in Arizona after a brief time in New York. Sean-Paul became fascinated with making art at an early age which ultimately led him back to New York City where he acquired a degree in Graphic Design from F.I.T.

Moving on from his Graphic Design background he began exploring new areas to express his inner vision. He worked with paint, observing how light affected color and texture on paper, fabric and various surfaces. From there he experimented with metallic colors, finding gold revealed a potential on canvas and in otherwise overlooked objects like no other medium. Even accidentally spilling gold paint over his much used work table proved to yield surprisingly beautiful results.

Pluguez became enthralled with the material not for the appeal of its monetary value but rather for the "value of honoring the surface". The artist describes his medium as "a light thief grabbing light from every direction" projecting it off varied planes and textures of the objects as if illuminated from within. Vault-2 Pluguez studied Fine Art, Communications Design, and Graphic Design at F.I.T in New York. He has exhibited at the Process Museum and the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, AZ and the 411 Gallery and the Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York. In 2014, Pluguez was featured in a solo exhibition, entitled AU 79: The Gold Show, at the Steinfeld Warehouse in Tucson, AZ.

VAULT - on view through Summer 2015.

Image 1: Regina, 2013, gold paint, mixed media on canvas, 96 in x 144 in x 4 in
Image 2: Evita, 2013, gold paint, mixed media on resin, 30 in x 13 in
Image 3: Rhus Lancea, 2014, gold paint on wood & Baltic Birch, (4 elements) 60 in x 240 in x 84 in constructed

Rick Gillette
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Tel: 646.483.9109

217 Warren Street, 2nd Floor
Hudson, New York 12534

Thursday - Monday 12-6pm
and by appointment

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New at LOOK Apparel and Accessories


Rare and Collectible Katherine Hamnett, UK "Thatcher Out" cotton jersey, 1985. Part of the Victoria and Albert's Punk Exhibit, and currently in their permanent collection.

Find it at LOOK Apparel and Accessories, 608 Warren Street, Hudson NY. For more info visit: www.lookhudson.com.

Spring Exhibit at Caldwell Gallery Hudson


To celebrate the arrival of spring, Caldwell Gallery Hudson has put together a selection of works that welcome this new season. Our show features landscape paintings by Paul Sample, Ogden Pleissner, and Allen Tucker as well as several abstract pieces which draw on a springtime palette from Lazzaro Donati, Jimmy Ernst, Rudolf Baranik, Paul Burlin, and others.

Starting this Friday our new spring hours will be Thursday – Saturday 11–6, Sunday 12–5 and Monday – Wednesday by chance or appointment. The gallery is located at 355 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Click here to see more of Spring – The Return of Color exhibition.


Paul Burlin, Composition


Allen Tucker, Cabin by the Lake

Top Image: Paul Sample, Spring Work Begins



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Galerie Gris is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Vel Riberto, Joy Taylor and Marina Adams.

In FLORA & FAUNA II they each explore themes of nature, whether real or artificial. In the ‘Memory Garden’ series, Vel Riberto’s images are conceived as a process of bringing together what is seen and what is remembered. Color, shape and patterns familiar from nature connect with intimate memories, dissolving the boundaries between viewer and image. Black Flower #2.80 Joy Taylor creates still lifes using shapes that are suggested but not actual. In the ‘Hannaford Daisy’ series, she follows the urge to simplify and abstract these shapes which requires us to draw from our own visual associations. ROMAII60X40 Marina Adams 1993 ‘Roma’ paintings (shown above: Roma II) are exuberant in their mark making. There is an immediacy and gestural simplicity in the brushwork that creates recognizable imagery that once again seduces and invites the viewer to experience them both mentally and emotionally.

GALERIE GRIS is located at 621 Warren Street, Hudson NY. For more info call 518.828.16177.


Mirrors and More at Theron Ware Antiques

From Antique Gold Gilt to Mid Century Modern, you will find mirrors and more at Theron Ware Antiques, 548 Warren Street, in Hudson NY. For more info visit: www.theronwarehudson.com. Round convex rope twist3 A very nice early 19th c. Regency convex gilt mirror with rope twist outer molding and egg and dart inner molding. 24'’ diameter. AP1030837 Great Modern mahogany round mirror with beveled mirror in a great scale of 34’’ diameter. BP1030843 Wonderful Mid Century Modern mirror with chrome corners and beveled mirror edged frame in a great scale of 60’’ x 40’’ DP1030308 A wonderful Modern Mirror with 2 color black and mirror frame in a great scale of 59’’ x 41’’ P1000066 Mid Century Mirror framed mirror with Beveled mirror edge and brass brads holding the framed mirror . In mint condition and of nice size. 60'' x 40''


The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train in Hudson


On April 25 the train carrying President Lincoln's remains to Springfield stopped briefly in Hudson, NY for the citizens to pay their respects. According to a passage from the journal of Assistant Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend, commander of the train that carried the remains of President Abraham Lincoln from Washington to Springfield:

"At Hudson . . . elaborate preparations had been made. Beneath an arch hung with black and white drapery and... evergreen wreaths, was a tableau representing a coffin resting upon a dais; a female figure in which, mourning over the coffin; a soldier standing at one end and a sailor at the other. While a band of young women dressed in white sang a dirge, two others in black entered the funeral-car, placed a floral device on the President’s coffin, then knelt for a moment of silence, and quietly withdrew. This whole scene was one of the most weird ever witnessed, its solemnity being intensified by the somber light of the torches at that dead hour of night."

To honor the occasion, a reenactment of the events of that night will be held this coming Saturday evening in Hudson. The reenactment will take place at 8:45 in the evening starting at the Basilica on South Front Street in Hudson NY.

Please join us for this historic event, If you choose feel free to wear period or mourning attire. Cof3 Photo: Coffin for the tableau being constructed at Stair Restoration - Johnnie, Spencer and James putting the finishing touches on the coffin.

April 24th & 25th Auctions at Stair Galleries


The 19th Century;
The Estate of Joseph T. Butler, Tarrytown, New York

In our Friday, April 24th evening auction, we will be offering a collection of 159 lots, comprising furniture, decorations, metalwork and art from the 19th Century, including English Aesthetic Movement pieces.

In our April 25th auction at Stair Galleries, we will be offering property from the Estate of Joseph T. Butler, Tarrytown, New York. Mr. Butler was a curator, connoisseur and recognized scholar in the world of antiques, as well as the author of several books on American antiques and collecting. The collection we have on offer provides insight into Mr. Butler’s diverse interests and also to the breadth of his knowledge in different fields of study. The collection comprises, but is not limited to, American decorative arts, neoclassical furniture, and American paintings, including works by both Charles and Maurice Prendergast; and an eclectic mix of European, Asian and Ethnographic artifacts and sculpture.

6pm April 24th; 11am April 25th

549 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Thursday, April 23rd, 10-5pm
Friday, April 24th, 10- 19th Century Auction at 6pm
Saturday, April 25th, 9– Auction begins at 11am

Learn more and take a look at the full auction catalog
at www.stairgalleries.com



Exhibition Opening at McDaris Fine Art


Save the Date!
New Paintings by Keith Batten & Trevor Hunter

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18 from 6 to 8pm
Exhibit runs from April 16 through May 17, 2015

McDaris Fine Art is located at 623 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Gallery hours are 11:30 am to 5:30 pm Wednesday through Monday, and by appointment. For more information, visit mcdarisfineart.com


Top Image: Keith Batten, Dusk (Thicket Series), 2015, enamel and oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Bottom Image: Trevor Hunter, Untitled I (Joyous series), 2014, 40 x 40 inches, acrylic on canvas


This month at Renata Fine Arts



Exhibit runs from APRIL 2 - MAY 2, 2015 Sander-1 Renata Fine Arts is located at 428 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.
For more info, please visit www.renatafinearts.com

Top Image: Mother's Day
Bottom Image: Pampa

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Savor the Taste


Savor the Taste invites you to attend our official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 10th at 12:30 PM at 527 Warren Street in Hudson. Savor the Taste will also have special hours for the event and will be open until 7pm.

“Try It Before You Buy It” -- FREE SAMPLING is highly recommended and encouraged throughout the shop!

In addition, take 40% off all unflavored Extra Virgin Olive Oils during our Grand Opening! TAKE 15% OFF of EVERYTHING ELSE in honor of RIBBON CUTTING DAY! Original At Savor the Taste our goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere where people can experience some of the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegar the world has to offer. Please accept our invitation to create and sample by combining the diverse flavors of oils, vinegar, salts and spices to produce a unique taste you can truly savor. Sampling is highly recommended and encouraged throughout Savor the Taste. 

We provide over a dozen varieties of extra virgin olive oil certified as “ultra-premium”, the highest standard in the industry. To ensure ultimate freshness to you, our oils are imported seasonally from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Italy, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Chile, Peru, California, and Australia are among our providers, as supply and the growing seasons allow. Savor-the-Taste-HudsonNY-Interior Savor the Taste stocks over a dozen fused and infused flavored olive oils, such as Blood Orange, Green Chili and Tuscan Herb. Experiment with the thirty five exciting flavors of balsamic vinegar we carry, like Dark Chocolate, Cranberry Pear and Sicilian Lemon, all are imported from Modena, Italy.

Our Premium Specialty oils include White and Black truffle, Butternut Squash seed, Japanese Roasted sesame, Pumpkin seed and Roasted Almond oil. Additionally we offer over two hundred different spices, flavored sea salts and blends. These are complemented with our hand selected lines of local honey, jams/jellies, pastas, and chocolates.

We hope you enjoy your visit here as much as we have enjoyed designing and fashioning this shop. We created the store we always wanted to shop in, a place which promotes fun and pleasurable experiences, a place to savor, both in our store and of course, at your table.

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