Kate Kester - Artist, Creative Director, Publicity Associate, Artist Assistant
Contemporary fauvist plant life.
::On Nature in the Hudson Valley::
Before I moved here from the Mid-Atlantic, I always associated upstate New York with intensely cold winters, flannels, and mounds of snow. When I experienced my first warm season here, in Annandale-on-Hudson, I felt as though I had been let on to a secret, that is the Hudson Valley Summer. In the warmer months, the ground explodes with plant life, and the hills are blanketed with the green tint of chlorophyll. In Rhinecliff, my view of the Hudson River is clear through the winter, but come Spring it is suddenly shrouded by overgrowth and color saturation, with fleeting spots of sunlight shining through. That type of environment, for me, elicits feelings of warmth and closeness—that is what I try to capture in my paintings. Paintings like terrariums, that even in the dead of winter, I can look at and see the bottled magic of the Hudson Valley Summer.
In addition to my art practice, I work with many artists in the area to help them organize and promote their work.
Social Media Managing + Content Production
Exhibition Promotion - event listings, mailings, printed materials, print/web ad design,
Graphics + Branding Direction
Press Release Writing
Live Streaming Assistance
Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Aobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Google Suite, Excel, Squarespace (Basic to Commerce), Wix, Accuity, Zoom, Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Business,
2013 - 2017
Bachelor of Arts
Thesis completed for Studio Art Department
Thesis completed for Art History Department
Ongoing at Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Rhinebeck NY
Rhinecliff Artist Showcase, Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff NY
12x12 Exhibit, Ulster Savings Bank, Red Hook NY
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Bard College Exhibition Center / UBS Gallery, Red Hook NY