Shows coming up! More later.
It’s been a busy Spring.
I finished a new series, Red Out Loud:
I completed three other new pieces:
And I finally got around to finishing a piece I had started about 50 years ago:
I’m spending the summer getting ready for a show at RA in September. Hope to see you there!
Eighteen pieces are in a new show:
Mark Olshansky: “Tapestries”
August 5-28, 2022
510 Warren Street Gallery
510 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534
From the Press Release: 510 Warren Street Gallery is pleased to present a show of needlepoint tapestries by Mark Olshansky beginning on Friday, August 5th and ending on Sunday, August 28th 2022.
Mark Olshansky, born 1929, first picked up a piece of Persian wool around his fortieth year at a party. As Mark recalls, “It was meant to be a light-hearted accompaniment to a more serious activity of downing martinis with stylish canapes.” Since then he has created many pieces and exhibited in over 100 shows. After retiring from a twenty-year adventure in the wine importing business, needlepoint became his work and has remained his passion while veering in new directions within his process.
Once “MO” is stitched in the lower right corner of each scrim, Olshansky is off to the races. Every line, shape, color, connection, separation, relationship, extension, density, stitch is a new decision and, once made, there’s no going back. There is little general planning. The image may be inspired by a piece of music or, often, an idea for a series. The strands of Persian wool are sometimes blended to create color combinations to suit the design. The textural rhythms of stitches are changeable, forming visual direction and pattern.
Mark Olshansky is a contemporary artist who has reintroduced us to an art form that many associate with craft and home décor. His unique approach has raised needlepoint to a new level in the fine arts.
To contact the Gallery:
Please visit my one-man show, Foxy Wool, at the Knox Gallery, Monterey Library.