The CAS Arts Center

Mac Adams, Banana Rat

Mac Adams, Banana Rat

Light and Dark

Mac Adams / Adam Crosson / Kaytea Petro / Carolina Rubio
MacWright / Yoav Ruda

At CAS Arts Center

September 9 – October 15, 2017

Artists Talk
Saturday, September 9 from 3 to 5 pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 9 from 4 to 6 pm

Catskill Art Society will present “Light and Dark”, featuring the work of Mac Adams, Adam Crosson, Kaytea Petro, Carolina Rubio MacWright, and Yoav Ruda at the CAS Art Center at 48 Main St. Livingston Manor, NY.

Mac Adams creates figurative shadows out of mundane groupings of objects. Remarkable and unexpected, these temporal, Rorschach like images invite both speculation and meditation, evoking a presence both fearful and humorous. His art challenges our visual literacy as the presence of light among seemingly unrelated objects generates another layer to the visual message.

Adam Crosson’s studio practice is an excavation into the post-industrial relics of the Mississippi River’s deltaic and alluvial regions. Crosson manipulates commercial signs exposing its internal organs and creating photographs from sign ruins that he has converted to cameras. His relationship with industrial materials is direct, as are his referents.

The work of Kaytea Petro addresses the timely issue of police violence in the United States. Acknowledging that as an artist she is powerless to change government structures and practices that result in the untimely deaths of innocent people, through her work she seeks to spark a conversation that might enhance police crisis training and change gun policy in this country.

Carolina Rubio MacWright grew up during the Colombian conflict where violence permeated her city, and a culture of fear and hate repressed creative expression. Her work makes sense of fear and the loss of freedom so many immigrants and refugees face, offering viewers insight that will allow them to consider the injustices that continue today.

Yoav Ruda sees contemporary art as an open horizon, free of boundaries and limitations. His work mixes still photography, film, new media, written word, samples, sound art and poetry into a single, unified new art form. The work refers to the development of art as an evolutionary process, with that evolution as the key principle of the development of art, culture, science and life itself.

The Elevator Gallery

1963 International 900 Pickup Truck, 1963

1963 International 900 Pickup Truck, 1963

Lavern Kelley
Farmer / Artist

At the Elevator Gallery 

September 9 – November 19, 2017

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 5 from 4 to 6 pm



Catskill Art Society will present a cameo exhibition of farmer-artist Lavern Kelley’s work in its Elevator Gallery, a follow-up to the major retrospective CAS hosted in July. The summer show was the most comprehensive Lavern Kelley exhibition to date regarding this remarkable, unassuming farmer (1928-1998), whose works can be found in museums such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, as well as Fenimore Art Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, closer to home.

Back by popular acclaim, the Elevator Gallery Lavern Kelley exhibition will feature woodcarvings and works on paper including a concentrated visual chronology of Lavern Kelley’s truck sculptures, starting with crude yet powerful works carved in the 1950s. His last trucks in the 1990s are perfect replicas – in wood- of every detail of a particular model that caught his fancy. Proud of his successful realism, in the 1960s Kelley began to photograph the finished pieces outdoors, in a fashion deigned to make them look full scale. Sample of his composed narrative photographs will be on view. Driven by his creativity despite the demanding chores, he chronicled rural scenes on paper in the winter. Throughout his childhood and until his mid-twenties, Kelley drew seasonal farming activities with what was then the latest farm equipment. Selected drawings will be on display, as well as several of his sculpted figures: a large scale Adam and Eve, sentinels at the entrance of the Elevator Gallery, a farm boy in blue dungarees, and a tableau of a man cultivating corn with horses in the early 20th century. Each leaf of corn is carved. Most of the art will be for sale.

Special Exhibitions

Photo by Andy Ryan. 

Photo by Andy Ryan. 

Bade Stageberg Cox 

June 2016 December 2017

Open during regular hours for guided tours

Come see our upstairs in progress, model and exhibit now on display. Guided private tours are available daily during regular hours for small groups and walk-ins. 

Design in development by architects Bade Stageberg Cox. To learn more about our capital project, visit our Donations page


Upcoming Exhibitions

Elise P. Church, Low Tide
Barbara Friedman, Strange Bedfellows

October 21 – November 19
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

CAS 2017 Winter Members Show
November 25 – December 31
Annual Members Meeting 2pm / Opening Reception 3-5pm