William Arlt's Painting, "Flowers," to be Conserved
The Historical Society of Woodstock's goal of conserving its extensive fine art collection received a boost this month when the Historical Society was awarded a grant of $2,750 to conserve works on paper. The grant, from New York State Council on the Arts and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network's Conservation Grant Program, will be used to restore the still life in gouache, Flowers, by William H. Arlt (1868-1952). The conservator will be Sarah Dove Conservation.
Arlt was the subject of the 2022 Historical Society exhibit, “Making Woodstock Home, artist William Arlt” which featured the life and work of this early 20th century Woodstock artist whose descendants reside in the village to this day. Arriving in America in 1882 at age 14, with his parents and brother, William Arlt knew he was an artist early, and quickly strove to make it a reality. His career was launched in textile designing, and at this he excelled. But his passion was in landscape, portrait and especially floral works. Like many arrivals in the early 20th century, he found beauty all around him in the Catskill Mountains, and endeavored to portray it. Woodstock became the ideal setting for his art, and it soon became his home. The exhibit displayed the wide variety of Arlt's artistic palette, and tracked his life in Woodstock with his family, including grandson Lewis Arlt, Vice-President of the Historical Society's Board of Directors.