Currently located in a historic 1850's building centered in the Village of Rhinebeck, New York, Albert Shahinian Fine Art (ASFA) is celebrating its 18th Year as one of the region's premier fine art venues. It has established a respected and distinguished reputation as a full-service gallery with its focus on quality original contemporary, regional, 20th Century, and Hudson River art. The gallery represents primarily living mid-and late-career artists, and shows both representational and non-objective work. It offers, also, curatorial, installation, delivery and art consultation services. While a majority of exhibiting artists are drawn from the greater Hudson River Valley region and New England, a significant minority of works on hand (and shown) come from outside the area. The gallery's diverse exhibitions, curated by Director Albert Shahinian, continue to receive praise and recognition for their diversity, thoughtful presentation and consistently high caliber of artistic expression.
Changing exhibitions - primarily solo or duo - range from 5 to 8 weeks each. Media shown include works on canvas (primarily oils), pastels, and hand-pulled artist prints. A smaller percentage of work draws from mixed-media assemblages, photography, sculpture and ceramic art. The holdings gallery features an ongoing selection of Hudson River regional artists - new work done in traditional representational styles and often influenced - directly or indirectly - by the historic Hudson River School; a cross-section of contemporary and modernist works; and a growing selection of historical work drawn from several estates and private collections. To compliment its visual arts program, the gallery organizes and hosts a Meet-The-Artist series and other arts-related symposia. (Past programming has included a Performance and Spoken Word series, which will be reinstated in the Rhinebeck location as logistic issues are worked out.)
The Luminous Landscape is an annual national invitational created, curated and mounted by Albert Shahinian to promote a broader and deeper understanding of - and appreciation for - contemporary realism (and its historical precedents) in landscape painting. Now in its 19th year, The Luminous Landscape aims to showcase original, non-commercial, thoughtful, and well-crafted work. It seeks to expand the definition of what landscape painting is and to help free it from more literalist notions and historical constraints or stereotypes that may keep artists shackled to staid and tired aesthetics or expected stylistic approaches. It honors past traditions but encourages a broader, changing definition to unfold. To date, more than 40 painters from across the United States have participated in this major event.
Since its founding in 1998, the gallery has had a number of New York locations and satellites, including: Poughkeepsie (10 years), Hudson (2.5 years), New Paltz (1 year), and - currently - Rhinebeck (5.5 years). Albert Shahinian founded and directed Poughkeepsie Art Museum from 2004-2005 as a separate exhibition-based venue. The gallery has organized and installed traveling versions of several exhibits in additional off-site venues including The Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY; The Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; Columbia-Greene Community College (NY) galleries; Yale Institute of Sacred Music Gallery, Yale University, CT, (for a major exhibition honoring Frederick Franck). Shahinian also organized, curated and installed Frederick Franck's memorial exhibition for its tour in England and Holland in 2006.
The Gallery's primary represented artists are listed in the vertical area at left (you can 'click' names to enter their artist pages). For the many additional artists whose work is included in our current offerings/holdings, as well as sales and specials on special gallery items, please see our "For Purchase" section, the link to which is available in the naviagation bar at the top of this page. Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the galleries! _________________________________________________________________
Gallery Location and Viewing Hours...
We have consolidated our several former exhibition spaces into our lovely, intimate Upstairs Galleries. The third floor space includes three rooms (galleries) - two for our changing exhibit program, and one for our holdings.
Rhinebeck Upstairs Galleries
Albert Shahinian Fine Art
22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck , NY 12572
Phone: (845) 876-7578
Current Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11-6 p.m., Sunday, 12-5 p.m. & by appointment and chance. (Extended hours to 7 or 8 p.m. every third Saturday of the month for Rhinebeck ArtsWalk.) Open all year (except as noted).
(Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs; we are a third floor walk-up. If access is an issue for our visitors, please call ahead to work out any possible viewing alternatives. Thank-you for your understanding!)
(We recently launced this web site and will be adding detailed directions shortly. Please refer to any number of on-line mapping resources - like Google Maps - for directions or call the gallery directly.)
Albert Shahinian Fine Art is located in the heart of Rhinebeck, just east of the Village's main crossroads. Quaint period architecture, over 15 exceptional restaurants, numerous and diverse shops and boutiques, weekly farmers' market, home of the historic Beekman Arms Inn and home of Upstate Films, a premier independent art theater, define this historic village, a Dutch settlement incorporated in 1688. Besides easy access from the New York Thruway, the Taconic State Parkway and Route 9, the Village is serviced by Amtrak train via the Rhinecliff station. Taxis are available for the two-mile trip into town.
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A BIOGRAPHY OF ALBERT SHAHINIAN:
A former educator, music conductor, and sailor, Shahinian sees his current venture as part of a personal mission - not only to make a positive qualitative difference in the immediate community but also to provide vital links to a richer inner life. He strives to engage his audience by providing them with the personal tools needed to access, apprehend, and appreciate the visual arts and the artists who create those works. To cross-pollinate among the other arts, Albert produces performance and arts-educational events at the gallery. This activity is part of a vital and continually growing arts scene in the Hudson River Valley. Since 2001 he has been part-time staff in the Preparator's department at the Hessel Museum/Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College doing exhibition installation/deinstallaion and collection management work for the center's extensive contemporary art program.