Today, this well known Arts Cooperative remains an important part of the visual arts in the Hudson Valley Region. In addition to achieving recognition as a group, individual members’ works are well known in the valley and beyond. They are represented in both public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Israel.
In 2007, to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Group decided to change its name. Proud of its location near the Hudson River, and knowing that it has, from West Point northward, what sailors call a “long reach,” a great length of river that can be sailed without having to tack, and to also celebrate the Group’s outreach welcoming a number of the finest artists in the Valley as members of the Cooperative, it adopted the name LongReach Arts. The Group looks back with pride on its many years of achievement, and looks forward with hope to many more years of its art reaching out into the community.
In the spring of 1982, a group of professional visual artists working in a variety of mediums and styles met to explore the idea of forming a cooperative gallery. Mutual respect for each other's works and recognition of the benefits in sharing ideas and experience brought them together.
When plans were being discussed for the future, the Mid-Hudson Arts and Science Center (MASC) housed in the old City Hall, (now the headquarters of the Dutchess Commissioner of Jurors,) invited the newly formed cooperative to present its first exhibit in MASC's large gallery for the duration of the summer. Inspired by the idea of beginning with a "group exhibit in the summer" the name "Summergroup" was unanimously adopted.
The quality of the work and the enthusiastic response from the public prompted MASC to offer its smaller main floor gallery to Summergroup as its home. Summergroup remained at the MASC facility until June, 1991, mounting new exhibits every six weeks and welcoming large numbers of the public to its openings and programs.
Since 1991, with the exception of rented gallery space at the Cunneen-Hackett Cultural Center from May, 1995 through July, 1996, Summergroup's exhibits have been primarily featured in venues throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley and in New York City, including commercial, non-profit organizations, and college galleries on both sides of the Hudson River, on the east bank from Cold Spring to the city of Hudson, and as far west as Middletown and Ellenville to Windham.
2014, Long reach Arts at the Center
2014, 18 Ways of Looking at a Tree, Palmer Gallery at Vassar College
2013, 18 Ways of Looking at a Tree, Orange County Community College
2012, SYNCOPATION, Mill Street Loft, september, Poughkeepsie
2012, 3x3, Mid Hudson Heritage Center, April, Poughkeepsie
2011, Palmer Gallery, Vassar, September, Poughkeepsie
2010, Barrett House Christmas Exhibit, Longreach Unwrapped, Poughkeepsie
2010, Pritzker Gallery, Longreach Arts, Summer Break, Highland
2010, Longreach Arts at ASK, KIngston
2009, Longreach Arts at The Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008, Gassed Up/Long Reach Arts,G.A.S. Gallery and Studio, Poughkeepsie
2008, An Exhibit of Distinctive Work, Barrett Art rCente
2007, The Long Reach of Summergroup, at the Donskoj Gallery,Kingston
2007, Elisa Pritzker Gallery, Highland, NY
2006, Mildred Washington Gallery, Dutchess Community College
2005, Speaking of Summergroup, James W. Palmer Gallery/VassarCollege
2005, Elisa Pritzker Gallery, Highland, NY
2004, Artists Gallery, Kingston, NY
2003, NWCA, Mt. Kisco, NY; The Artists Gallery, Kingston, NY; Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls, NY
2002, The Mill Street Loft, Our 20th Anniversary Show, Poughkeepsie, NY
2001, The James Palmer Gallery at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; OIA at New York Law Center Gallery, New York, NY; SUNY at Orange County, Middletown, NY; The Gallery, Ellenville, NY
2000, Highland Cultural Center, Highland, NY
Long Reach Arts members live and work on the
banks of the fabled Hudson River. As part of the
celebration marking the 400th anniversary of the river’s
exploration by the English navigator whose name it
bears, the artist cooperative was invited to mount an
exhibition. Artists have always been inspired to create
works that reflect the river’s power, beauty, and the
qualities that make it unique, but for this
Quadricentennial event, the artists of Long Reach Arts
were moved to do something unusual. They collaborated
on a single large painting that interprets what they, as
group, perceive to be the river’s essence. The fact that
people who have spent their professional lives working
alone were willing to come together to create a major
painting by working side-by-side with other artists is
testimony to the allure of the Hudson and the fascination
it exerts. This catalogue introduces viewers to all the
individual members of the Long Reach Arts cooperative
and their work, and documents the making of “River".
Elayne Seaman LRA President, Emeritus