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Upcoming Events

  • Opening Reception for Stephen Zaima
    Fri, May 27
    the Stone Gallery at Merge
    May 27, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    the Stone Gallery at Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
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  • Zaima | FEAR NOT
    Sat, May 28
    Merge
    May 28, 2022, 11:00 AM – Jun 06, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Merge , 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
    Selected works from 1984-2021
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  • Dinner with the Artist & Book Launch
    Sat, May 28
    the Biergarten at Merge
    May 28, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
    the Biergarten at Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
    Artist Book on Zaima with essayist & art critic Saul Ostrow
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  • Opening Reception for John McDevitt King
    Fri, Aug 26
    the Stone Gallery at Merge
    Aug 26, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    the Stone Gallery at Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
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  • John McDevitt King
    Sat, Aug 27
    Merge
    Aug 27, 2022, 11:00 AM EDT – Sep 05, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT
    Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
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  • Dinner & Talk with John McDevitt King
    Sat, Aug 27
    the Biergarten at Merge
    Aug 27, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    the Biergarten at Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
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  • Vacqueros - Opening Reception
    Fri, Oct 07
    the Stone Gallery at Merge
    Oct 07, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    the Stone Gallery at Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
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  • Cowboys
    Sat, Oct 08
    Merge
    Oct 08, 2022, 11:00 AM – Oct 16, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
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  • Dinner with the Photographer
    Sat, Oct 08
    the Biergarten at Merge
    Oct 08, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    the Biergarten at Merge, 178 Schoonmaker Ln, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, USA
    Vacqueros!
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Past Events

Andy Freeberg Photographs
Guardians - Art Fare

Curated by Reinhold Spiegler & Lisette Wong with Andy Freeberg

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Feast at Stone Ridge
Convergence

Curated by Marina Sartori a participatory performance dinner created from collaboration of artists, inspired and based on the sense of place and inspired by the harvest and the four seasons. In collaboration with Lisette Wong and Reinhold Spiegler.  Integration of food, its participants, hand-crafted ceramics, art, video and sound design.

Past Events

Andy Freeberg Photographs
Guardians - Art Fare

Curated by Reinhold Spiegler & Lisette Wong with Andy Freeberg

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Feast at Stone Ridge
Convergence

Curated by Marina Sartori a participatory performance dinner created from collaboration of artists, inspired and based on the sense of place and inspired by the harvest and the four seasons. In collaboration with Lisette Wong and Reinhold Spiegler.  Integration of food, its participants, hand-crafted ceramics, art, video and sound design.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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FEAR NOT
Stephen Zaima
Works from 1984 - 2021
Exhibition Dates:
May 27, 2022 - June 5, 2022

This spring, Merge will present an exhibition of selected artworks by Stephen Zaima curated by Reinhold Spiegler and Lisette Wong.

Merge is very proud to present a local artist, indeed, from our very own hamlet of Stone Ridge. Stephen Zaima has lived in the Hudson Valley for the past three decades and we are fortunate to have him as part of our cultural landscape. We look forward to the opportunity to enrich the community through presenting his artworks at Merge in a forum where people can learn about his work and engage in discussion with him.

Zaima was born and raised in California and received his BA from California State University at San Jose and his MFA from the University of California at Davis. He also studied at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt. Zaima’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows in the US and abroad. He has been an educator at several art schools across the United States and since 1980 at Syracuse University where he was head of painting and also served as associate dean for global programs and initiatives.

As a graduate student in art at UC Davis from 1969 to 1971, Zaima was taught by an eclectic faculty of influential working artists such as William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Manuel Neri, and Wayne Thiebaud, along with semester composer-in-residence John Cage. Significantly, there were no set disciplines, allowing students to explore different art forms and methods, and instilling in Zaima a flexibility that allowed him to avoid being wedded to any particular style, method or approach to making art. As Zaima has recalled, it was a heady time that he likes to think of as a “Black Mountain College moment”, best exemplified by one of his favorite quotes, from Francis Picabia: “Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.”


Through these grounding influences in art, Zaima has never been confined to a box, either in his medium or his ideas. He works in a wide a variety of mediums from oil on linen, paper, wood, and jute to encaustic painting, mixed media, collages, installation works on scrim, photo composites on translucent fabric, and dye-sublimation photos on aluminum.

Recent Past Events

Center Street Studio
35 Years of Printmaking

Merge was delighted to host Center Street Studio, New England's premier printer and publisher of original contemporary prints. Recent Works and curated works from the studio's  35 years of printmaking were presented in the Stone gallery.

Artist and Master Printer James Stroud established Center Street Studio after working with printmaker Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris in 1980-81, then completing his MFA in painting and printmaking at the Yale School of Art in 1984. Since then Center Street Studio has produced hundreds of print projects with artists of national and international reputation. Stroud is particularly respected for actively seeking out emerging talent and pursuing projects with young artists. The studio specializes in all kinds of intaglio techniques but produces woodcut and monotype projects as well.

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We were thrilled at the enthusiastic turn-out for our event!

Thank you to all those who participated.

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A brief ode 

Featurette
For Font Aficionados, a selection from Center Street Studio
a short video ode to Mathew Carter's work produced in collaboration with Center Street Studio 

a-z (2017) Mathew Carter

Past Highlights

Andy Freeberg Photographs
Guardians | Art Fare

Curated by Reinhold Spiegler & Lisette Wong with Andy Freeberg

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Performance Dinner
Feast at Stone Ridge
Convergence

convergence is a site specific collaborative concept developed by Marina Sartori of which the Feast at Stone Ridge was the third happening in a series.

Curated by Marina Sartori with co-curators Lisette Wong and Reinhold Spiegler, the happening is an immersive participatory performance dinner created by a collaboration of artists. The dinner and the guests are integral to the performance and the art. The point of departure is the specificity of the space and its sense of place; the compound of barns and its agrarian setting. Themes explored are inspired by the traditional harvest and the seasonal cycle of four seasons through food and gathering, hand-crafted ceramics, art, video, poetry readings, and sound design.

Barns as stages for shelters of art & gathering

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