A Selection of Articles
Adirondack Life Magazine - March/April 2011
Gourdgeous by Ed Czyewski, photos by Jim McLaughlin
Serena Kovalosky walks the Whitehall woods snapping photographs and picking up stones, bark and the occasional feather to inspire her back in her studio. With the natural world fresh in her mind she sits upstairs in the space where her photographer father once worked….. (Click to read more)
Art Calendar Magazine - Nov. 2010 – www.ArtCalendar.com
Studio tour in NY brings bucks, not just bodies by Ligaya Figueras
Sculptor Serena Kovalosky founded Open Studios of Washington County, NY with the vision of creating a studio tour specifically for professional visual artist…..Kovalosky aimed at attracting buying visitors, rather than people who “wander around and say, ‘Isn’t that nice”?”
“Our marketing plan, PR and operations have always been geared toward the sales of artwork,” says Kovalosky, “so our artists do quite well, and visitors come ready to buy……” (Click to read more)
Hill Country Observer – July 2009
Finding artists amid the farms and fields by Tracy Frisch, photo by Rob Barendse
When Serena Kovalosky left Whitehall, NY in the late 1970′s, she says she was searching for “a culture community” that didn’t exist in rural Washington County. At the time, becoming an artist wasn’t part of her plan. Neither was returning to Whitehall. But five years ago, she left behind a “fabulous” studio in Montreal and a stimulating network of artistic friends and came back to her roots….. (Click to read more)
The Post Star, Glens Falls, NY – October 21, 2008
Organic Evolutions by Doug Gruse, photos by Erin Reid Coker
Strips of crackled bark, weed pods, dried pomegranates, and abandoned bird nests inspire Serena Kovalosky. The artist uses bits from nature to guide her as she turns dried gourds into intricate, modern works of sculpture. Cubbyhole shelves in the upstairs studio in Kovalosky’s family home in Whitehall hold natural treasures – from pine cones to a fragment of bone – she has collected during hikes through the woods. Kovalosky describes the studio as more of a warehouse – a place to hold her stash of gourds, tools and organic curios…. (Click to read more)
The Manchester Journal, Manchester, VT – October 12, 2007
Creative Warriors coming to Manchester by Anita Sandler
The Creative Warriors are coming to town! This dynamic group of artists and writers will be sharing their art and their journey as the feature event of the Greater Manchester Arts Council’s “Life after Dark” program, hosted at the Inn at Manchester…..
The Creative Warriors is the creation of sculptural gourd artist Serena Kovalosky who, in 1997, decided to leave the “corporate world” to dedicate herself to becoming a full-time artist. It was a choice worthy of needing to become a “warrior to accomplish….Kovalosky rented a loft in Montreal’s “SoHo” district and began fulfilling her dream…..
Hill Country Observer – July 2007
Art amid the Farms: Studio tour highlights county’s creative side by Stacey Morris
Most people around the region know Washington County, N.Y., is a big center for dairy farming, but far fewer associate it with the visual arts.
That may change after the weekend of July 21-22, when 12 professional artists in southern Washington County will open their studios to the public as part of a self-guided tour.
The tour will take participants along a network of rural roads between the Hudson River and the Vermont border, with stops at the farmhouses, renovated barns and old factories where artists have set up studios in recent years and quietly found their inspiration….
The tour is the brainchild of two artists, Brenda McMahon and Serena Kovalosky, who said they realized that few people were aware of the range and professionalism of the county’s artists……
Ocean County Observer/Asbury Park Press, NJ – June 11, 2002
Molding Cultural Life from Plaster by Jacqueline Durrett, photos by Tom Spader Photos
Students, teachers and even the principal at Brick Township High School were confined to plaster casts yesterday, but none of them had incurred an injury. The wraps and plaster were all for art’s sake.
The project was part of Montreal artist Serena Kovalosky’s effort to represent the world through totem poles made of plaster casts of the human form. Kovalosky came to Brick Township High School to add a New Jersey representation to what eventually will be a collection of casting molds from all 50 states and several countries. She calls the project “Totems for Humanity.”……
The Post Star, Glens Falls, NY – April 6, 2002
Casting Peace / Artist jumps out of rat race by Stacey Morris, photos by Ed Sharp
It was mid-morning at Annette Parrot’s second-grade class at Whitehall Elementary School and the 15 students couldn’t keep their eyes off a mass of white plaster on the reading table as it air-dried. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that the white plaster mass was the configuration of tiny hands, the result of the 7-year-olds each splaying a hand over the newspaper-surfaced table and allowing wet plaster sheets to be draped over individual curvatures of fingers, knuckles and wrists.
At the project’s helm was Montreal based artist Serena Kovalosky….The early-morning plastering session was far more to Kovalosky than a demonstration – it was the beginning of a project for peace….
International Festival for Humanity, Montreal, Canada – March 25, 2002
Art for Humanity
Since 1999, sculptural artist Serena Kovalosky has been “casting” people from all walks of life that she would meet in her travels. These people shared a part of their soul while the casting process recorded a physical reminder of the encounter. These incredible “out of studio” experiences eventually evolved into Totems for Humanity, a worldwide Bodycast project that will incorporate these casts into a series of totemic sculptures……..
Journal du Vieux Montreal, Canada – March 1999
The Wild Soul by Bernard Dubreuil
I enter the gallery out of curiosity. From the entrance, I am struck by a white and gold bust hanging on an old stone wall. A body revealing its innermost self….
Several people wander slowly from one piece to the next in an atmosphere with wooden beams, stone walls, and candles burning warmly.
The artist, Serena Kovalosky, is there. A tall, 30-something brunette with a big smile and a charming accent. How did this American learn to speak French so well?
I start up a conversation which eventually turns into an interview. A pleasant surprise. I came in for the artwork and soon fell under the charm of the artist……..
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