Kingston, New York: Cordts Mansion
Stunning, inspiring, stimulating and, fabulous…. there's no shortage of superlatives to describe artist Hunt Slonem or, his country house in upstate New York. Overlooking the Hudson, the second empire style Cordts Mansion sits on nine glorious acres of emerald lawn with majestic old growth trees, perfectly framing the river view.
I was surprised to find myself feeling a little nervous when I arrived at the driveway. Hunt’s bigger than life reputation precedes him. I wanted to meet the person responsible for such beautiful, colorful and captivating paintings. For the past two months I have been selling Hunt’s work in my gallery and was excited to finally meet him.
The fact that Hunt’s country house is located in Kingston, NY right next to the even smaller village of Woodstock, my beloved hometown, made this trip even more exciting.
If you know me even a little, you know I’m homesick for Woodstock every day. Even though I love living in beautiful Newport, RI -- it doesn’t change where my roots are. I had such a great time talking with him and touring his home.
As I was walking up the steps of Hunt’s front porch, I thought: “It just doesn’t get any better than this! It’s a beautiful day in the Hudson Valley, I’m here to meet Hunt and, this is my job!”
Hunt is one of the most uplifting people I’ve had the pleasure to know. How could it be any different? This man spends his days painting birds, bunnies, flowers and, butterflies. He has an unapologetic, all-out enthusiasm for life which is evident in everything he creates.
I had blast talking with him and touring his home. The three hours spent together flew by in an instant. We chose more paintings for the gallery, I could have stayed longer without seeing everything there was to see.
I left even more excited about Hunt’s work and our upcoming 2016 show at the gallery than when I arrived… and this is my job.