A Magical World at The Hyde
Nothing seemed extraordinary about the conversations Jacob Houston had with three separate bicyclists who visited his studio during a Washington County studio tour a few summers ago. So when he received a letter a year later from a man who introduced himself as curator of The Hyde Collection – an avid bicyclist who had stopped and chatted with Houston and his parents on that lovely summer day – and asked if Houston might be interested in an exhibition at the Museum, the 26-year-old artist was in disbelief. “It was almost unreal,” he said. “It didn’t make sense; I didn’t expect my stuff to be in The Hyde!”
But beginning on Sunday, April 7, 23 of Houston’s paintings will be exhibited in the Museum’s Hoopes Gallery. ‘A Magical World: The Art of Jacob Houston’ runs through June 23.
Jacob might be the only one surprised to see his acrylic works at the Museum. Since early elementary school, he has been awing the region with his bright, detailed art. When he was 12 years old, he entered one of his paintings into the Washington County Fair Farm exhibition and won first prize, an honor he took home every year until he aged out of the competition. In the years since, he has exhibited his art at venues throughout New York, as well as at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, and the Milne Library in Williamstown, Mass.
Houston is mostly self-taught and paints the beauty he finds in the world around him, what he encounters in his travels, and places he can only dream about. “I paint something I find interesting,” he said. “Jacob’s open-hearted, joyful view of the world captivated me immediately,” said Jonathan Canning of The Hyde Collection, remembering the 2017 studio tour. “I looked at his portrayal of New York City and I felt the wonder of my first trip there.”
An opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, for members of the Museum. Not a member? You may attend by paying a $5 activity fee, plus Museum admission, both of which is taken off the price of membership should you choose to register RSVP by contacting 518-792-1761, extension 310, or [email protected]
The Hyde Collection is located at 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. T learn more, visit