Mountain Jam takes pride in introducing amazingly talented visual artists who exhibit their work through the festival grounds. This year, visual art at Mountain Jam has been curated by our friends at the O+ Festival!
The non-profit O+ Festival (pronounced “o-positive”) connects musicians, artists, and health & wellness providers for weekend-long celebrations featuring concerts and performances, art making, and wellness offerings for the entire community.
The following are a few examples of artists and artwork you can expect to see as you walk around the festival!
Giselle Potter is the illustrator of over twenty-five children’s books including, The Year I Didn’t Go to School, which she wrote and illustrated about her experiences of traveling with her parent’s puppet troupe in Italy when she was eight.
Anna is an interdisciplinary artist, amateur performer and professional party crasher. She draws her primary influence from the natural force of chaos, fairytales/myths, and the visual aesthetics of her homeland.
Her Mountain Jam puppet performance will meld Southeast Asian folklore and imagery with wild Catskill forest punk aesthetic and green politics – nagas traditionally appear when humans have polluted or abused their waterways, which is something that is currently happening on a number of levels here in the Catskill Mountains and greater Hudson Valley, not to mention the the entire world! This naga puppet will speak about our abused and polluted waterways by being hand-crafted of 100% recycled materials, including cardboard, old clothes, plastic and household trash, and found pollution washed up from local rivers.
Michael Hunt was conceived at the original Woodstock Festival and born in Honesdale, PA - the birthplace of the American railroad. He currently lives and works in Woodstock, New York.
An outsider hybrid of Pop & Folk art, Hunt's "Cosmic American" work was informed from his sign making days at the family business. Michael has shown in over fifty group shows in North America.
Michael will be presenting a series of "here today, gone tomorrow" projects throughout the Mountain Jam XI festival grounds, including a wishing tree and "Lyrical Signage" posters which overlay performers' lyrics on original images.
Gurdy Metal Works, combining water & stainless steel to make music. From the gentle ping of drops to the rush of a waterfall. Custom work available online.
Scott Michael Ackerman is considered a self-taught "outsider" artist. His paintings are celebrated for being honest and relatable as well as colorful and aesthetically pleasing. Although he continues to develop as an artist, he still delivers the spiritual and emotional impact that his work is known and loved for. Mostly painting on found objects, he uses acrylics, house paint, spray paint, oil sticks and ink. Scott has been showing artwork since 2000 and continues to show as much as possible.Scott has shown in Holland, Germany, California, Miami, Hawaii, Virginia, NYC, and throughout the Hudson valley. His work has been seen on HBO show, How To Make It In America, artwork for musician Sean Rowe’s last two albums, and has taken part in Sing For Hope's pop up pianos in NYC for the past two years.
Catch Scott "live painting" at the O+ tent in the main vendor area from 12-4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
Tyler Borchert is a locally known artist here in the Mid-Hudson Valley. His live-changing art work has been his creation of the past 5 years, and can be seen periodically on Dock St. in Kingston and many other scenic locations in the surrounding counties. Tyler draws on picturesque vistas for his inspiration often hiking to remote locations and creating his sculptures in the location he was moved by. He then photographs his work and removes it to his display room at the Trestle Gallery in Kingston, NY.