George Van Hook’s Early Works Exhibit and Reception
Amid the boxes and family memorabilia at the top of the narrow back stairs of his Cambridge, N.Y. home, gallery owner Sue Clary was delighted to discover a treasure trove in the attic of her friend, highly respected artist George Van Hook. Known mostly for his plein air oil paintings, Van Hook’s early works reveal places, subjects and techniques that preceded his present immersion in the rural landscape. ‘The Attic Collection’ is now on display at McCartee’s Barn Fine Arts Gallery in Salem, N.Y. An artist’s reception is planned for Friday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.
As a young man, Van Hook’s desire to paint led him to Paris. He and his wife would later move to California, and the paintings capturing local California scenes include one found in the attic, an early award-winner.
“It’s impossible to think that these stunning paintings were stashed up in an attic!” marvels Clary as she contemplates the artist’s evolution and the beauty of the work. “I am so pleased that we are bringing them into the light of day once again!”