Three Sibling Artists Featured in Spencertown Academy Exhibit

The Curran siblings today

The Curran siblings today

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – “Related: Artwork by Tom, Frank and Margot Curran,” a group exhibition by three sibling artists, opens at Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, July 11, 2015, with a reception from 4 to 6pm and will remain on display through August 2.

The Curran family resided in Spencertown in the 1950s. From a family of ten creative siblings, three Currans — Tom, Frank and Margot — would emerge as accomplished visual artists. All three siblings are still Columbia County residents. In this exhibition, they offer a curated selection of their recent prints, paintings and drawings. The work on display reflects their shared interest in the novel application of classic techniques.

“The three Currans are a fine example of artists with Old World craft and aesthetic sensibility, who work within the constraints of the 21st century. They reflect meticulous technique, solid training and offer a link to the traditional arts of the past,” says Leslie Gabosh, co-chair of the Academy’s gallery programming. “These artists offer a refreshing twist of the contemporary to round out the serious tenor of their work. The range of work is impressive and delightful.”

The Curran siblings then

The Curran siblings then

“The parents of ten children are necessarily resourceful, and somehow all of us were encouraged to pursue our own interests,” says Margot, a painter living in Valatie. After working in costume design in Paris and Minneapolis, she switched careers to museum exhibit installation. She has been painting since 2000.

Tom is a professional designer and machinist, as well as the mayor of Chatham Village. “I spent my early childhood in Spencertown, which gave me a deep love of nature and an appreciation for small-town community life,” he says. “My parents were very supportive of my creativity and encouraged me with tools and books, and schooling.”

After starting his own design and woodworking business in 1982, Frank found himself spending more and more time on artwork over the years. He enjoys oil painting and printing and has exhibited regionally and locally since the 1990s.

Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, visit Spencertown Academy Arts Center or call 518-392-3693. Gallery hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale.


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