Dec 13 2019

Santa Will Save Us | 2019 Holiday Window Artist Reception

  • 6:00pm
  • 37b north front street, kingston, ny 12401


Join us from 6pm to 8pm for a meet & greet reception with the artists that contributed to this year’s holiay window.

Inspired by artist, Neal Hollinger’s, unique one-of-a-kind sculptural lamps and the traditional importance of ‘light’ in Christian mythology at Christmastime, this year’s holiday window at bluecashew Kitchen Homestead finds us peeking into a dream-like cavernous lair ruled by amorphous deities, where they and their henchman keep watch over a group of kidnapped Christmas elves. The elves, themselves imprisoned in a hanging cage, wait suspended in mid-air hoping that the only person who can save them–Santa–will come to their rescue.

The deities, as well as the flickering atmospheric formations that bejewel the lair, are played by Hollinger’s sculptural lamps, spun together in a narrative dreamt up by bluecashew owner, JT McKay. “I’d been fascinated by Neal’s new work and wanted to celebrate it in this year’s holiday window,” says McKay. “Early in the process, artist Galen Djuna (whose crocheted life-sized two-headed woman was featured in last year’s ‘Feed the Birds’ installation) reached out and offered her talents to the collaboration. I asked if she could crochet me a gaggle of hypnotized Christmas elves and from there, like a runaway train, a narrative was born.”

“It’s Naked & Afraid meets Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” says McKay, who again tapped local artist Marker Snyder, Redsharkboy Studios, to tie it all together with some compelling window graphics.

‘Santa Will Save Us’ is on display through the New Year at bluecashew in the historic Stockade District of Uptown Kingston, NY

Neal Hollinger is a Hudson Valley based artist. He graduated with a B.F.A. from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1989. Known primarily as an oil painter, he also makes sculpture and on site installations. Past shows have included paintings at KMOCA gallery in Kingston, NY, and on site sculptural works at One Mile Gallery in Kingston NY, ROCA in Nyack NY and Garner Art Center in Garnerville, NY. For the past 2 years he has been designing and making sculptural wall lamps made with plaster from one-off clay molds and then painted. Currently, he has a series of one of a kind lamps on display at D Day studio in Woodstock, NY and is showing paintings in a group show at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon NY opening on November,16th 2019. For further inquiries, please DM @lampscapes2020 on Instagram.

Galen Green grew up in High Falls in a beautiful, quirky train station turned house. As a child of artists, Galen was always drawing, painting and exploring in the woods. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, where she majored in film and animation. Galen developed a love of stop motion animation, and, in particular, delighted in making puppets and miniature sets. Galen was continuously drawn back to the Hudson Valley when looking for film locations and she decided to move back to the area. Since then her focus has increasingly been on sculpture. Galen Green’s work is sometimes crocheted, sometimes made of a combination of clay, bone and all manner of found material. Her hope is that her art always tells a story.

Redsharkboy Studio in Uptown Kingston offers a full range of design and production services, including graphic design and illustration, cut vinyl and signage production, window display, small batch printing, branded material, art installation and handling, content curation, and much, much more. Founded in 2003 by illustrator and exhibition designer, Marker Snyder, Redsharkboy Studio strives to bring imagination to life through exhibitions and installations for Museums, galleries, and local businesses. Learn more about Redsharkboy products and services at www.redsharkboy.com.