On Exhibit: Imagination vital for Blagden

47 works on display
Allen Blagden's "Needlepoint Chair."
Allen Blagden's "Needlepoint Chair."

Allen Blagden, a naturalist and celebrated American watercolorist, is currently showing 47 works at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

The Connecticut artist, who paints wildlife, landscapes and portraits in the tradition of American Realists like Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, opened the solo exhibit “Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden” last week in the Charles R. Wood Gallery.

“He combines a naturalist’s love and respect for his subjects with a mastery of watercolor,” Hyde director Erin Coe said in a press release.

Born in 1938, Blagden began his art training at age 10 at Hotchkiss School in Northwest Connecticut. He later studied at Cornell University, had a painting fellowship at Yale University Summer School and took figure drawing at the National Academy of Design.

In the 1960s, Blagden illustrated birds and animals for Serengeti National Park in Kenya.

He worked in the Department of Ornithology at the Smithsonian Institution and spent summers observing nature in the Adirondacks and on the coast of Maine.

“My work is always enhanced by my imagination,” Blagden says in his artist’s statement. “I want the freedom to build on what I see in nature, rather than just record it.”

His work can be found in the collections of many museums, including the Adirondack Museum, Berkshire Museum, Shelburne Museum and The Butler Institute of American Art, and in the private collections of Billy Joel and David Rockefeller.

In recent years, he has had solo exhibits at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and shown his work in the juried group exhibit “Art of the Animal Kingdom” at the Bennington Center for the Arts.

The Hyde’s Blagden exhibit runs through April 16, and two events are planned.

On March 30, Hyde curator Caroline Welsh will give a gallery talk.

On April 6, there’s a day trip to meet the artist in his studio followed by a tour of the Norman Rockwell Museum.

For more information, call the Hyde at 792-1761 or visit www.hydecollection.org.


On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is inviting the public to Upstate Collage Night, an art party in celebration of ephemera, vintage magazines and the art of the remix.

The event is free and scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hosts for the party are Ira Marcks, a Troy-based cartoonist and author, and Caroline Corrigan, a graphic designer and illustrator.

All materials will be provided.

Reach Gazette Reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or on Twitter @bjorngazette.

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