Catskill Arts Society Hosts ‘Arboreta’

LIVINGSTON MANOR– The Catskill Art Society presents “Arboreta” featuring the work of Teresa Audet, Frid Branham, Allan Rubin and Walter Stevens at the CAS Art Center at 48 Main St. Livingston Manor from August 5 through September 3.

Each artist diversely interprets and utilizes wood as their medium.

The work of Teresa Audet imparts skills gained from furniture and woodworking. Deeply inspired by Japanese and Korean crafts, Audet uses kozo, a traditional Japanese fiber used in papermaking, wood and metal to create wall-hanging sculptures. Audet’s work draws juxtapositions between geometric and fluid lines, the use of non-essential and functional in her inventive use of material tone and texture.

Frid Branham’s work is born out of her perspective as an architect reflecting on the conventions and history of everyday and home. Branham is interested in the subtle differences of daily action and accumulation: the imprint they leave, creating unique interpretations and physical spaces.

Allan Rubin creates painted sculptures made from oil on canvas that is stretched over wood constructions and found branches. Some are abstract interpretations of human emotions, others are “fetish figures” capturing their subjects individual essence. His inspiration comes from tribal art and is intended to evoke the primitive expressiveness of magical thinking in a 21st century of rational reason.

Walter Stevens developed a furniture making technique he calls “twig marquetry” in which he slices actual twig branches into veneers and inlays them using marquetry techniques. The effect is at once, rustic and refined. Stevens’ intention is to make branch patterns an integral part of the furniture, not merely a decorative addition.

Gallery hours at the CAS Arts Center are Thursdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Mondays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.

CAS will host an Artist Talk on Saturday, August 5 at 3 p.m., followed immediately by a free Opening Reception from 4 – 6 p.m.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Catskill Art Society at