Monday, June 30, 2008


This summer the City of Hudson hosts its first ever public art exhibition. Sponsored by the Columbia County Council on the Arts and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Best in Show 2008 features over 60 artist decorated fiberglass dogs displayed on steel pedestals throughout the Hudson Business District. The Best in Show exhibition opens during the “dog days” of summer, July 4th weekend and runs until October 8th, 2008.

Margaret Crenson is a resident of Pleasant Valley, just adjacent to Poughkeepsie. She and her husband Dick enjoy driving up and down the Hudson Valley admiring the architecture and candor of the small towns. Her paintings are like endearing postcards of the places she has visited, says Kathi Norklun, "They have that instant-recognition factor… because Crenson sees just what we see, stops at just the visual incident that would have stopped us." Crenson paints with a palette knife, wedging shapes of facades and rooflines into smaller canvasses, applying thick slabs of paint across the skies and sides of buildings to create a picture where even the "…mundane can be lifted to the level of the aesthetic," notes Mary Cassal. Margaret Crenson is currently working on a series of cityscapes, still lifes, and landscapes based in and around her Pleasant Valley home.

Recent Exhibitions: Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY; Albert Shahinian Fine Arts; "Food for Thought" Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park; Tivoli Artists CO-OP invitational, Tivoli; Mid Hudson Arts & Science Center, Poughkeepsie, NY; Donskoj & Co., Kingston; Star Gallery, Orleans, MA; Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Education: Cooper Union, New York City; Art Students League, New York City

If you'd like to see more of Ms. Crenson's work, please go to:

You should also make a point of going to Catskill and seeing Cat-n'-Around Catskill. Their url is at:

A nicer photo of THE ARTFUL DOG can be found at:
The Hudson Best In Show website is at:

Come on down to Warren Street on any Saturday this summer and walk Warren and then end your morning at the Hudson Farmers Market, and do a wine tasting at our tent!

The Artful Dog can be found at 314 Hudson Street, 1/2 a block north of the intersection of 3rd Street and Warren Street.

This is an incredibly fun piece of art. They all are. Come on down and see them. And we'll see you at the Farmers Market or at the winery!

And congrats to Margaret Crenson


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