Stephen L. Crohn Gallery Exhibit: Barbara Bravo

 March 2018 – April 2018

ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, March 10, at 2pm
In 1985 Barbara Bravo relocated with her husband, Michael Harkavy, to the Hudson Valley region from Brooklyn, NY. It was her dream to live in a rural environment surrounded by nature with plenty of space for a pottery studio.   A veteran of craft shows with a varied background that includes teaching, gallery management and as a buyer of American crafts, Bravo decided to focus on decorative and functional pottery that is influenced by her surroundings, especially her gardens.
Bravo’s training as a potter began in 1971 when she attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School.  First trying her hand at painting, life drawing and sculpture, she then enrolled in pottery classes.  She said; “It was magical.  It became the only thing I really wanted to do.  It was inevitable that I would make it my career choice.”
Her choice of clay as a form of expression led her to develop a signature design featuring a hand-sculpted Calla Lily motif.  Moving beyond this classic design and returning to her roots as a student in the 1970’s, she has developed a series of teapots and tea sets.   The ceramics of that time period were heavily influenced by an Asian aesthetic.  This influence is reflected by the simplicity of form, handle design and choice of glazes.
Currently, Bravo’s focus is on handmade tiles as well as paper collage.  “Working with a tile format is the perfect canvas to receive simple as well as multi-layered designs”, she said.
“Each new piece that I create is a discovery of new techniques that I can apply to landscapes, animal and botanical studies. Also, I chose to try my hand at something new and a year ago enrolled in a collage class at the Woodstock School of Art. The use of paint on paper has totally captivated me and I’m enjoying that sense of discovery that I enjoy so much.”
When not working in the studio, Bravo can be found working in her many gardens.  She is also a Master Gardener Volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County.  In addition, she coordinates the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour, an annual event that celebrates the unique creativity of Saugerties artists and their value in the community. 
Awards & Nominations:
2017 Ulster County Executive’s Arts Award for Volunteer
2012 Art Society of Kingston 2nd Place People’s Choice Award
Fall For Art 2010 “Best In Show” Award
Niche Award Nominee for cast ceramics 2002
Emerge Gallery 2016 and 2017
Saugerties Artists Studio Tour 2002 – 2017
Gallery at Opus 40 Sculpture Park 2006-2017
The Dutch Barn Art and Cultural Heritage Gallery at the Saugerties Historical Society 2010-2017
Saugerties Public Library group show 2015
Saugerties Public Art projects 2013 and 2014






Gallery News


 In this photo, Saugerties artist Brian Lynch is seen installing a mural [5 x 21 feet] made specifically for our ground floor hallway between the Children’s Section and the Saugerties Public Library Art Gallery.  It was created in connection with his show:  Images from Everyday Life.  The mural is collaged from various Lynch works. You can see many scenes and people depicted in Lynch’s unique style—a style that generates empathy for the human condition.  This unique work is the first site-specific work done for the Library.

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Upcoming Exhibits

January – February 2018 Grey Ivor Morris
March – April 2018 Barbara Bravo
May – June 2018 Saugerties High School

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