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December 08, 2016
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Good things come in small packages

Sculptor Janet Rutkowski is captured in one of her pieces hanging at the BrookHouse Gallery.

Since I could not say it better, I’ll let the gallery’s words state the obvious, while adding that gallery director Rocky Pinciotti went above and beyond while hanging this exhibit, since I found it stunning to look at from any angle. Undoubtedly, Pinciotti had plenty of assistance and I tip my hat to all. The Lilliputian display runs through December and while I give it a (big) thumbs-up, don’t take my word for it, but go see for yourself. Since all of the work is also for sale, it could be a perfect opportunity for holiday shopping.

If it’s true that bigger is indeed better, then the BrookHouse Gallery ( in Barryville should be another artful destination, since one of the goals of the gallery is to make art accessible (and affordable) to everyone, according to artist-in-residence David Bush, who strolled through the gorgeous space with me, pointing out works by various artists, including pottery by Carolyn Duke, who is featured in “The Autumn Show,” on exhibit through December 10.

As I commented that the variety of artistic expression was stimulating and well priced, Bush stated that “by showcasing local artists whose work is outstanding, if folks couldn’t afford to take it home, the gallery would be a museum, rather than a destination to discover pieces that can be taken home and enjoyed by anyone.” Along with Duke’s unique pots, BrookHouse is currently showing the paintings of Bush, James Hawley’s jewelry, the “Felt Artistry” of Laurie Stuart, Ellany Gable’s ceramics and the sculptures (both large and small) of Janet Rutkowski, Walter Kenul and Tom Holmes.

Observing sales taking place at the opening reception, Bush’s motivation seems to be playing out and the admirable concept of “shop local” appears to be in full swing everywhere I travel through the various counties that I haunt on a regular basis. While art is subjective, it’s clear that it comes in all sizes and is all around us, in joyous abundance!