Art: Oil & Martinis

Woodstock, N.Y. is one of the nation's prettiest, homiest and most distinguished art colonies. Its steep hillsides, near where Rip Van Winkle boozed with wilderness ghosts, are patched now with fallow fields. Each "farm" has its barn, and almost every barn conceals an artist's studio. Last week a little of the harvest from those barns was on exhibition at the Woodstock Artists Association Gallery. It made a conservative but sunny display. Most Woodstock painters seem to like picturing pleasant things in more or less understandable fashion. (Advance-guardists go elsewhere, chiefly to East Hampton, L.I. and Provincetown, Mass.)

The show—organized to benefit the...

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