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Woodstock Historical Society ‘Bolt’ exhibit opens in July – Daily Freeman

WOODSTOCK, NY – The Woodstock Historical Society’s summer exhibit, “Bolt – The Art and Times of Clarence W. Bolton,” opens Saturday, July 2 and runs through Sunday, August 28.

It will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 20, promenade Comeau. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

A young Clarence Bolton arrived in Woodstock in 1917 for a brief visit and remained there for the next 45 years. Once in Woodstock he began to study painting with John Carlson.

Later he continued to explore printmaking and became an accomplished lithographer, exhibiting his work across the country. Bolton’s love of Overlook Mountain and the surrounding fields and streams became the inspiration for his work.

Along the way, “Bolt” has become an integral part of the Woodstock community. He ran a commercial printing business, created and ran The Nook (which later became Café Espresso), and wrote and published The Clatter.

The exhibition presents a selection of his paintings and lithographs from the archives of the Historical Society, as well as many photographs of the artist and his life in Woodstock.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Masks are recommended.

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