Welcome to Artful Vagabond, a celebration of art, artists and the creative mind.
As a professional sculptor, curator and cultural project developer, Serena Kovalosky experienced the art world from a variety of perspectives, following an adventure-filled former career in the travel industry.
Combining her passion for art and travel, (hence the name, Artful Vagabond) Serena has been exploring the inner workings of the Artist Mind and celebrating the creative fire with artists from around the world here on Artful Vagabond, challenging the myths and stereotypes and presenting a healthy, vibrant and inspiring creative community, featuring stunning artwork and fascinating stories on the lifestyles of working artists.
“I’ve met, worked with and interviewed hundreds of artists throughout my career and am honored to be part of a creative tribe of some of the friendliest, hardest-working professionals I’ve ever known. I believe in the value of art appreciation in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Art is for everyone and part of the artist’s gift to the world is to inspire creativity in others.” – SerenaK
Welcome to the artful world of a curious vagabond!
Serena Kovalosky spent 18 years in the travel & tourism industry, managing group vacation travel and large-scale events for major corporate clients with travel management companies such as Thomas Cook and Kuehne & Nagel International. In the middle of a successful career, Kovalosky traded her well-worn suitcases for an artist’s loft in Montreal to achieve a long-time dream of becoming a professional artist, learning the ropes from the ground up and building a successful career, one sculpture at a time.
Kovalosky soon began transferring her project management talents and skills to the art world and co-founded the juried biennial Open Studios of Washington County, NY, which to date has brought over $250,000 in art revenue and tourism to a small rural community and developing the region’s visual arts as a cultural cornerstone for the area. The biennial features the finest artists in the county, including Grandma Moses’ great-grandson, Will Moses who lives and creates where his famous great-grandmother began her career. Kovalosky soon began curating other shows and was contracted to produce, curate and manage a national art exhibition at the Slate Valley Museum that included famed stonecarver Nicholas Benson who carved the memorial inscriptions for the Martin Luther King Monument and Maya Lin’s “The Meeting Room.”
Serena Kovalosky has been the guest co-host of the Vermont News Guide – Greater Northshire Access Television production, “Community Calendar.” During her travel industry career, Kovalosky was selected as a tour host on an episode of the British BBC television travel program “Holiday”. As an artist, Kovalosky’s artwork and creative process were featured on Canada’s Life Channel and Quebec’s Canal Vie and she has appeared on New York’s Look TV as an exhibition curator. Her artwork has been featured in “Adirondack Life” magazine and is exhibited regularly in museums and fine art galleries in the U.S. and Canada. As the co-founder, curator and former executive director of the Open Studios of Washington County juried biennial, her work on the project was featured in “Professional Artist Magazine” (formerly “Art Calendar Magazine”) and on Joe Donahue’s Roundtable on Northeast Public Radio.
Serena Kovalosky continues to create out of her studio in the foothills of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. As an independent curator and cultural project developer, she creates, manages and produces art exhibitions and events that celebrate artists and their deep connection to the world around them.
A portfolio of Serena Kovalosky’s sculptural artwork can be viewed at: www.kovalosky.com
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