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Hotel Henry’s Spring Corridors Gallery Sets The Stage for Resource:Art’s PLAY/GROUND 2019

Alligator, 2018 by Bethany Krull

Hotel Henry’s Corridors Gallery is receiving its spring refresh as Resouce:Art announces their second immersive PLAY/GROUND experience. A popular free seasonal art event for the community, “The Spring Show in The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry” will open Second Friday, April 12th with a public reception 5:30-7:30 pm on the second floor of the hotel. Free to the public, the Spring Show opening invites visitors in to view how contemporary art exhibits can transform historic spaces. Curated by Resource:Art, this exhibition focuses on artists whose work was included in PLAY/GROUND, last season’s exciting immersive pop-up experience, and serves to announce that the event that brought thousands of visitors to Medina, NY, will be happening again, this Fall.


Last October, visitors to PLAY/GROUND, held in a former high school building in Medina, NY explored a series of 29 immersive art installations created by artists from the U.S. and Canada. The weekend-long experience was organized and curated by the Buffalo-based fine art consultancy Resource:Art. Curating “The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry,” with work from PLAY/GROUND 2018 artists provides the perfect opportunity to officially announce the second iteration of their highly anticipated 2019 event. PLAY/GROUND 2019 is scheduled for this September 27-29 at the same location (324 Catherine St, Medina, NY).

Can you Hear Me?, 2018 by Colleen Toledano


The Corridors Gallery was established in October of 2017 on the second floor of Hotel Henry.  Since its inception, the gallery has hosted 28 solo exhibitions of artists from Western New York and beyond, all curated by Resource:Art. Treated like a commercial gallery space, in this beautiful museum-like setting, all work exhibited in the Corridors Gallery is available for purchase through Resource:Art. Details for each piece are available through the QR code attached to the label identifying the artwork (instructions at how to use the QR code with your smartphone are available at the front desk).

Visitors to the Spring Show will have the opportunity to see the studio practices of seven PLAY/GROUND 2018, artists representing Buffalo, New York City, and Canada. The work of Amanda Besl, Adam David Brown, Bethany Krull, Katherine McMahon, Ginny O’Brien, Reinhard Reitzenstein, and Colleen Toledano will be on view.  

Select pieces in the exhibition come directly from the installations of PLAY/GROUND, while a majority of the show culls pieces from the studio practice of the participants. One of the most iconic installations from PLAY/GROUND 2018 was the over 10 foot long paper mache alligator created by artist Bethany Krull (image above). This incredible piece will be reimagined and installed in the historic stairwell of Hotel Henry and other sculptural works created by Krull will be on view within one of the Hotel’s light dappled “connector” spaces. Another favorite installation from PLAY/GROUND 2018 was the large scale erasure drawing of Toronto-based artist Adam David Brown (image above). The wall drawing, which spelled out “Shhh,” was created using only the pink erasure tips of standard pencils. Brown’s derivative, smaller scale, framed erasure drawings will be on view outside of the Hotel Henry’s second floor lounge. For PLAY/GROUND 2018, artist Colleen Toledano created a massive flocked pink foam tree form which dominated one of the largest classrooms. The tree was accented by a gradient of pink paint, which covered each surrounding wall of her room (image above). Specifically for the Spring Show, Toledano created a referential piece, using a model of her installation affixed to a checkered painting. This piece is also installed outside of the Hotel Henry’s second floor lounge.

The Spring Show will remain on view through the month of July. The work is viewable during the hotel’s business hours- please check in at the second floor reception desk and then feel free to roam the spaces at your will. Extended information on each piece can be found using the handy QR code present on the accompanying labels. As in any gallery exhibition, all of the work presented is available for acquisition through Resource:Art. For more information on The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry and/or PLAY/GROUND 2019, please contact Resource:Art at info@resourceartny.com.

By Reinhard Reitzenstein


Hotel Henry, a sponsor of the inaugural edition of PLAY/GROUND, will be hosting the PLAY/GROUND Preview Party again this year, serving as a celebratory shuttle location for those riding to the Friday, September 27th opening of PLAY/GROUND 2019.

The PLAY/GROUND 2019 Call for Work and PLAY/RIDE & PLAY/RIDE/STAY ticket packages will also be released Friday, April 12th with “early bird” pricing in conjunction with the public reception on the second floor of the hotel 5:30-7:30pm. Resource:Art has partnered with Hotel Henry again this year to offer an overnight stay, drink specials, a cocktail party and shuttle ride to the Preview Party for PLAY/GROUND 2019, so mark your calendars for September 27th!

By Reinhard Reitzenstein

Amanda Besl has shown widely in both Western New York and New York City, and in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Russia. Besl holds an MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA from SUNY Oswego. Her paintings are part of several notable private and public collections including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo; Nichido Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan; the Burger Collection, Hong Kong and the Tullman Collection, Chicago. Besl works in the Arts Department at Nichols School in Buffalo as an Upper School Visual Arts teacher. Besl’s PLAY/GROUND 2018 installation involved a Narnia-like wooden wardrobe visitors were invited to enter and be transported into an environment centered around her meticulous graphite drawings. The original source drawings for the installation are on view in The Spring Show and join her larger body of work in the West Guest Room Corridor.

Adam David Brown is a multidisciplinary artist living in Toronto, Canada. His work is frequently generated by his interest in science, language and impermanence. Brown has exhibited his work in Canada, Europe, Central America and the United States and has been awarded The Canada Council of the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.  His work can be found in the collections of The Art Gallery Of Ontario, Bell Canada, TD Bank, The Bank of Montreal, Cadillac Fairview, The Ivey School of Business, The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Logitech, Ryerson University as well as numerous private collections across Canada and the U.S. For his PLAY/GROUND 2018 installation, Brown layered the original blackboard in his room with the scientific notation of Newton, Einstein, and Hawking in mass of scrawlings that collided to create a black hole and the floor of the room was entirely covered with a crumbled paper printed with the artist’s scribbles in a very calculated ombre pattern. Visitors were invited to disrupt the display and engage directly with the materials.  

Bethany Krull is a Buffalo-based sculptor whose porcelain and mixed media animal sculptures aim to illustrate the complex and often complicated relationship humans maintain with the rest of the natural world. Her work has been included in many regional, national and international exhibitions including, Eureka! at the Blue Leaf Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, The Ceramics Biennial at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, and, Hot Rookies, at the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial in Seoul, South Korea. Her most recent museum solo show, “Where are the Wild Things?” was held at the Castellani Art Museum, at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. She received her MFA from the School for American Crafts at RIT and went on to residencies at Genesee Pottery, The Armory Art Center, Goggleworks Center for the Arts and the Archie Bray Foundation. She currently lives with her husband and two children and maintains an active studio at her home in the city of Buffalo, NY. As part of PLAY/GROUND 2018, as mentioned above, Krull installed a realistic 10 foot long sculptural alligator at the bottom of a stairwell questioning the relationship between our built environment and nature.

​Katherine McMahon  is a painter, portrait photographer, and the Creative Director at ARTnews magazine. She recently completed an artist residency at the Elaine de Kooning house in East Hampton, NY. She studied Fine Arts at Towson University and F.I.T. in New York City and currently lives and works between Brooklyn and East Hampton, NY. McMahon’s PLAY/GROUND 2018 installation was an exploration of current pop culture, internet and media icons through the analog medium of oil paintings. Concurrent to this installation, McMahon’s work is included in the group show, “Here We Are,” on view at Anna Kaplan Contemporary April 11 – May 10, 2019.  

Ginny O’Brien is an accomplished artist, arts educator, author, and registered nurse. She exhibits her art in solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally. Ginny conducts workshops and seminars for teachers, artists, and healthcare professionals that include content and methods integrating art and creativity for the promotion of good health and wellness. She presents her arts and health programming at conferences nationwide. Through her teaching as well as her personal practice, she draws on the link between creativity and wellness. Monumental cloth banners featuring abstract designs that combine patterns, drawing styles, and print techniques with personal memories were including in PLAY/GROUND 2018 and O’Brien also lead art-making activities over the course of that weekend. A similar body of work is on view as part of the Spring Show in The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry at the top of the historic staircase. The abstractions are intended to showcase the primitive desire in all of us: to be remembered, to prove that “we were here.”

Reinhard Reitzenstein’s work has consistently explored ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and technology crossing several disciplines, including, installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, outdoor tree-based installations, and sound art. Currently an Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo, and Director of the Sculpture program, his work has been included in more than 100 solo exhibitions, and over 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He travels and exhibits his work extensively, often speaking about contemporary cultural issues in related lectures. In addition, Reitzenstein has completed numerous public art installations, and his work is represented in more than 50 public and corporate collections internationally. Reitzenstein’s work for PLAY/GROUND 2018 dealt with an allegorical nod to the idea of metamorphosis, changing bodies, and transformation, as the roots and disks of tree trunks shifted context into an architectural construct.

Colleen Toledano is Buffalo-based artist and Associate Professor of Art at Buffalo State College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Ohio University (2005).  She was a resident artist recipient of the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship in 2008 at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. and the 2005 Philip C. Curtis Artist-In-Residence in Ceramics at Albion College, Albion, Michigan. Her work has been exhibited in Winter Solstice IV, both at the Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, New York and The Studio: An Alternative Space for Contemporary Art in Armonk, New York. She has also exhibited at The Clay Studio and the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia; The Sculpture Center, in Cleveland, Ohio Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago, Illinois; The State Museum of Alaska, Juneau, AK; and the Millard Grand Project, St. Pancras Chambers, London.  She has had numerous residencies and given lectures at places including 26 International Symposium of Ceramics in Becyne Residency, Bechyne, CZ,Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana; Tyler School of Art, PA; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Concordia University in Montreal; University of Alaska Anchorage, AK; California State University, CA; and Chicago Institute of Art, IL. In 2016, she was nominated for a United State Artist Fellowship. For PLAY/GROUND 2018, Toledano created a space meant to reference her feelings of everyday life that can feel like a fantastical dreamscape that is hazy and unclear as much as it is serene and organized. The centerpiece was an incredible pink tree created out of mundane materials.

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