ARTFUL VAGABOND PROJECTS:
Slate as Muse National Art Exhibition
Serena Kovalosky created, curated and produced the five-month Slate as Muse National Art Exhibition at the Slate Valley Museum offering an innovative reflection on slate, not only as a material but as a creative muse while pushing the boundaries of how slate is perceived today. Nineteen artists from throughout the U.S., including famed stonecarver Nick Benson, presented their unique vision in the form of painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media work.
Kovalosky was later invited to speak at the Museum Association of New York’s 2014 MANY conference about the exhibition’s success using contemporary visual arts and a focused marketing campaign to increase rural tourism to “off the beaten path” destinations by developing a local and regional “sense of place.”
Open Studios of Washington County
Serena Kovalosky is the original co-founder and former Executive Director and Curator of the Open Studios of Washington County, a juried biennial featuring the finest professional artists in Washington County, NY which to date has brought over $250,000 in art revenue as well as increased tourism to this rural New York community.
The event has been the subject of numerous articles and was featured in Professional Artist Magazine as an excellent example of art marketing.
Landscapes for Landsake
Landscapes for Landsake is the largest art exhibition in the region of Southern Washington County, New York, drawing over 2,000 visitors from New York and Vermont in support of this annual fundraiser for the Agricultural Stewardship Association.
Serena Kovalosky was the 2012 guest curator who juried in over 300 works of art to be sold during the two-week event.
Vastly contrasting styles kept the eye fresh throughout the visit and the “Landscapes” theme was stretched in imaginative ways. Long-time visitors to the show were treated to a few surprises as returning artists agreed to dig into their archives for fascinating work that was a departure from their well-known style. A special “Tribute to Barns” was featured in the downstairs gallery.
On the eve of 2012, Serena Kovalosky made what she calls A Juicy New Year’s Resolution to write a year-long series of daily posts to celebrate artists and the creative mind and publish them on her Artful Vagabond blog as The 365 Days Project. At first, the posts explored her own thoughts on life as an artist, but the posts eventually evolved into interviews with visual artists around the world. Three-hundred and sixty-five posts later, Artful Vagabond continues to evolve and celebrate the creativity and inspiration that artists bring to this world and to promote the arts as a viable and valuable commodity in today’s society.
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