Maykr is an ongoing archive of blog posts dating from 2005 about art and artists around....but not limited to the Beacon, NY area.


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

PBS broadcasting a night of Art & Architecture tonight

Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art

Channel 13 WNET

Wednesday, December 28, 9:00pm
Saturday, December 31, 2:00pm

"This documentary explores the work of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and other notable American artists in the context of the cultural and social transformations that helped define 20th century America. Through the work, ideas and lives of more than 50 leading artists and scholars, the program explores the qualities that make our art and culture distinctly American. (Closed Captioning) (Stereo)"
NYTimes review
Related: Edward Winkleman on Peter Goddard's review of documentary in the Toronto Star..

Tonight at 11pm, after Imagining America, Charlie Rose will be speaking with Jed Perl, Author of New Art City, and NYTimes achitecture critic,
Nicolai Ouroussoff.


Friday, December 23, 2005

Tag Sale at Spire Studios


Sat 1/28 - Sun 1/29 11 -5 pm
45 Beekman St 2nd flr.
Shop in comfort - indoors
Click here for a map & directions
Spire Studios will be hosting a two day, multi family tag sale. A percentage of the sales will go toward keeping the artists of Spire warm this winter.
This list of sales items will be added to througout the coming week.

Fiesta ware
Royal Worcester China
Glassware
Cutlery, Utensils
Misc Kitch/restaurant items
Braun Hand Mixer
Coffee maker
Electric burners
George Forman Grill
Hardwar
Tools
Artist paints - assorted colors
Clothing - mens, women's, children's
dress shoes
Children's stuff- Car seats, child carrier, toys, beanie babies

Books
VHS / DVD Movies, incl. children's movies
Handmade ceramics
Vintage suitcases (2)
Household items -
Decorative accessories - figurines, brass candle holders
Antique-style floor lamp
Antique table lamp
Rocking Chair
Linens, Blankets
1 pair of Salomon Skis
Camping mat
Misc electronic equipment, printers. Dell 720 photo printer, like new

Sunday, December 18, 2005

bau ornament drive for Vassar Hospital

Angelika Rinnhofer and Jennifer Mackewiecz hosted an ornament party and potluck at bau on Friday, Dec 16. People really came out, brought loads of unique ornaments, and gifts for patients in the Children's Ward at Vassar Hospital.







The next morning, Angelika, Jennifer, and Vivian Altman brought the ornaments, gifts, and the christmas tree provided by Adams Fair Acre Farm over to the hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Angelika said that the nurses were anxious to see the tree and decorations, and that it really was worth the wait.

Angelika and Jennifer both thank everyone that came out to enjoy the company of each other, and share some light and spirit with the children at Vassar Hospital.


Saturday, December 17, 2005

Season's Greetings from Flying Swine Theater Company



Happy Holidays!
Many thanks to all who participated in any way shape or form on THE PITCHMEN. For you that couldn't make it, not to worry! There's more where that came from! Here's to a very exciting, very THEATRICAL new year!

Donald Kimmel
Artistic Director
FLYING SWINE
flyingswine@earthlink.net

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Images from Spire Studios Art Auction, Dec 10

The total tally has yet to be made, but by all accounts, the art auction at Spire Studios was a success. Some images from the event:

Judy Lombardi, Executive Director of Grace Smith House, speaking about the mission, and activities of the organization.



Todd Spire, Event Co-Organizer and Benjamin Krevolin, Director of the Dutchess County Arts Council.



PumpkinHead Mendes speaking with Molly.


Todd Spire predicting the result of Alexis Elton's next growth spurt.

Event Co-Organizer, Kathy Feighery letting loose in the after event dance party in Jeff Caramagna's studio

Other images of the auction, photographed by Angelika Rinnhofer are at Grace Smith House's website.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Goings on and on

My last post not withstanding, this weekend has a lot going on. I have posted about a couple of them already, but to save space, I'm giving a quick run down.

It looks like there are openings at every single gallery in town this Saturday. I don't know specifics on them all, but you can visit baca's website. They have a complete listing. The event at Zahra's studio sounds like it should be a trip for sure. bau is going through the change, and the bau 12 exhibit opens featuring all 12 ongoing and outgoing members. Para/site has an opening for an exhibit that I'm anxious to see. There is a new photography gallery called Exposures that will have it's grand opening on Saturday.

Of course, Spire is having its Open Studio and Art Auction. There are nearly 100 pieces generously donated from artists from near and not so near. The offering looks good.

World's End Books will be hosting a book release party at 5 pm for Kazim Ali's second book, The Far Mosque. At 8 pm, Kazim will be hosting a fundraiser for the Hidaya Foundation at Chthonic Clash Coffee House, 418 Main St. Indian Classicla Vocalists Sheetal Karhade and Suhas Joshi will be performing.

On Sunday, Artist Curry Mendes will be hosting an open studio from 12 to 6. Info is in a previous post below. (It's late, and I'm too lazy to insert many links.)

Also on Sunday, in Peekskill, HVCCA will be hosting a Free Arts Day with free admission day featuring a video presentations by Sara Greenburer Rafferty, and Kate Gilmore. There will also be a musical performance at 4pm.

Back in Beacon at 6 pm, bau will be kicking off it's "take a bau" performance series on the 1st & 2nd Sundays with a solo performance by Marvin Bugalu Smith.

And if all that is not enough, some of us at Spire will be watching 2 episodes of Art 21 Season 3, at 7pm. Everyone is invited to hang out with us in our studio living room.

That's all.

Beacon's quiet nightlife explained?

This item came to my attention via Edward Winkleman's blog. With so many artists in Beacon, and not a whole lot to do in the evening, it's been easy to assume they've all been working late in their studios, but there could be other reasons for artists staying in.. This past Sunday, the NY Times ran a story about a recent survey, the results of which say that while the average individual reports 3 sexual partners in their past, the average artist claims 4 to 10. Be sure to check out the comments on Edward's site; they are an interesting and vital part of his blog.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Charlotte Schulz @ Para/site Opens Dec 10



ParaSite @ The Iron Fish Trading Company Presents:

Charlotte Schulz
Object Lesson: Drawings & Notebooks
Dec 10th - Jan 28th, 2006

Opening Reception Saturday December 10th, 5 - 8pm.
*Music provided by Mr. Roboto.

Please join me for the opening of "Object Lesson: Drawings & Notebooks" by Beacon based artist Charlotte Schulz. On display will be drawings, books, sketchbook pages, photographic references and notebooks the makes evident the complex vocabulary and process that lie behind Schulz beautifully rendered drawings.

Schulz drawings begin with words; seeds of ideas discovered in books and then translated into pictures. From this initial idea, a story develops that weaves these written ideas together with her own thoughts and feelings. Events, memories, transformations, and insights are all set down. Through the careful blending of charcoal and delicate erasure, Schulz knits together diverse images and spaces selected from photographic and art historical references. Evolving into a complex web of vignettes that merge into one another or dissolve into white. A world is created where a plane flies through a room, a sheep stands elevated on a platform, a book gives off vapor, a city lays on a stretched piece of cloth. We view this world as if seen through an inverted telescope-a partial version of the macrocosm on a sheet of paper.

Charlotte Schulz has exhibited her work in a number of galleries and museums including Brooklyn Fireproof gallery, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa Museum of Art, The John and Mable Ringling Art Museum, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Honors and awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists Fellowship, a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and MacDowell Colony residency programs. Charlotte Schulz has a MFA and BFA from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida.

Curry Mendes - Open Studio, Dec. 11.



Monday, December 05, 2005

Online bidding now active for Spire Studios Art Auction

Online preview and bidding for the Spire Studios Art Auction to benefit Grace Smith House is now active. Visit Spire Studios to get a sampling of artwork available, and place a bid. All bids begin at $50. This is a great opportunity to pick up a really great piece of work from some very capable artists.

Mechanics of Politics at Collaborative Concepts

opening reception: Dec 10 5-8 pm
211 Fishkill Avenue (entrance on Verplank Ave.) Beacon, NY 12508
Exhibit runs through 1.15.06

Monday, November 28, 2005

Karlos Carcamo in Miami & NYC

Karlos Carcamo will be featured in two upcoming exhibits. First....
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
from 7 to 10 PM

in conjunction with the Art in America Party at MoCA

AMBROSINO GALLERY presents:

Betty Rosado
identity series - the Miami project
in gallery two, and

The Bermuda Triangle
curated by RAUL ZAMUDIO

featuring:
Atelier Morales, Bilk Van der Pol, Karlos Carcamo, Cleverson, Stuart Croft, Andrea Frank, Erika Haarsch, Scott Lifshutz, Emma McCagg, Yasira Nun, Edgar Orlaineta, Dan Perrone, Franco Mondini Ruiz, Rikko Sakkinen and Daniel Zeller
in gallery one and the project room.

Second....
“my mother the nazi” curated by raul zamudio
december 9 – january 7, 2006
opening: friday , december 9, 2006

The:Artist:Network:New York
424 broadway 6th floor
new york, new york 10013
(212) 431 1625

Spire Benefit Auction Details

Spire Studios: Quarterly Open Studios, Auction and Fund Raiser for Grace Smith House
Saturday, December 10 - Preview begins at 12pm - Auction 7-9pm

Pre-Previews will be held on:
Saturdays & Sundays beginning Nov. 26 - 12-5pm
Tuesday Evenings at 8pm

Spire Studios - 45 Beekman Street - Beacon, NY 12508 - 845.231.3275
Spire Studios will host a silent auction on Saturday, December 10th, in conjunction with its well known quarterly open studios, to benefit the Grace Smith House of Poughkeepsie. Benjamin Krevolin, Director of the Dutchess County Arts Council, will serve as host and auctioneer to sell over 100 art works donated by local artists. 100% of the proceeds will go to Grace Smith House, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides shelter and social services for victims of domestic violence. Its Executive Director, Judy Lombardi, will be in attendance to introduce visitors to the agency’s benefits.
Bidding for the “small works,” which include both emerging and well known artists from throughout the region, will begin at $50. The works will be on view at the studio’s galleries and bidding will begin on Saturday November 26th from 12-5pm.
Spaces for artists interested in donating work to the exhibit are still open. Please contact the studio for more information.

About Grace Smith House - www.gracesmithhouse.org

The mission of Grace Smith House, Inc. is to enable women and their children to live free from domestic violence through:
- Providing shelter and apartments, advocacy, counseling and education;
- Raising the consciousness of the community regarding the extent, type and seriousness of domestic violence; and
- Initiating and taking positions on public policies in order to provide options which empower victims of domestic violence

For a list of Participating Artists, please visit www.spirestudios.org





Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Rinnhofer represented at Pulse Miami



Angelika Rinnhofer's artwork will be represented by Paul Kopeikin Gallery at Pulse Miami from December 1-4.

Monday, November 21, 2005

bau 11: Hudson Paths, featuring Kathy Feighery & Matt Kinney through Dec. 4

bau 11: Highland Paths will comprise of two artists, Kathy Feighery, a founding member of bau and Matthew S. Kinney. Both Kinney and Feighery, through their work, seek to convey a unique interpretation of the Hudson Valley landscape that surrounds them. Kinney’s work derives from the ruminations and discoveries he makes out in nature. Animal tracks and vegetation find their way into his intricate, thoughtful sculptural pieces as well as his paintings and drawings. Kinney purposefully records the ephemeral in his work, asking the viewer to take another look at something nature has wrought that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Feighery’s paintings and drawings are distillations of the dramatic landscape she has witnessed in the Hudson Valley. Her unpopulated work seeks to describe the berth of sky and vastness that can still be found in a very populated region.

Kathy Feighery




Matt Kinney

11.26.05 Dia Gallery talk: Johanna Burton on John Chamberlain



Saturday, November 26, 2005, 1pm

Johanna Burton, art historian and frequent contributor to Artforum magazine, on John Chamberlain


Dia:Beacon
Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York 12508

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries. Reservations are suggested. Please call Dia:Beacon at 845-440-0100 ext 44.

Current hours at Dia:Beacon are 11 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). The museum is easily reachable via Metro-North Railroad (the MTA's Hudson Line station in Beacon is within walking distance of the museum). Trains leave Grand Central Terminal for Beacon every hour. Full schedules are available on the MTA’s website at http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Dia's website at http://www.diaart.org/dia/visitor/index.html.

This series is made possible through the generosity of The Dyson Foundation, The Karan-Weiss Foundation, and Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.

A portion of November admissions will be donated to Museums Helping Museums: A National Relief Effort for the Gulf Region.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Happenings @ Chthonic Clash 11.19.05

At The Chthonic Clash on Saturday,
Opening Reception for Protest photographer Adrian
Eisenhower: 6:30-8pm
 Provocative and insiteful photographs on view
documenting various protests in New York and
Washington against the War in Iraq, by Cold Spring
artist and explorer Adrian Eisenhower.
www.foreversafari.smugmug.com. Enjoy refresments and
meet photographer Adrian Eisenhower and perhaps get a
chance to discuss with him his experiences being a
part of the growing anti-war movement as a protestor,
artist, and documentarian.
Music by Trevor Exter 8pm $5 Cover.
Trevor's windswept voice and unusual sidekick, a
beat-up cello, take you on a journey into the
less-traveled corners of roots and rootlessness.  From
Brooklyn to Berlin, Britain, Brazil, Buenos Aires and
back, this runaway visits us with a sexy original
sound and songs. He practically violates the cello as
he sings, whispers and screams an imaginative
repertoire of instant classics.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Flow Closing Reception Nov 20

Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm at Collaborative Concepts closes Nov 20

Closing Reception: Sunday, November 20th, 4 - 7pm
Exhibition walk-through and talk with participating artists.


Performance by Nelsons Electric Chair Cuts - http://chaircut.com

Nelsons "Electric Chair Cuts," satirizes the notion that we are all only a haircut away from possessing a sense of authenticity that distances us from the crowd. He straps a willing accomplice into a chair, and with a pair of amplified scissors attached by wires to a power-pack on his back, attacks the unruly mane of hair. By theatricalizing the "performance" of a haircut, Nelson suggests that the codes of individuality as filtered through fashion, are just that -- theater. In Nelson's knowing hands, the boundary between the external and the internal shed their dichotomous nature, becoming a single route to a reinvestigation of the self.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Call to artists (though not exclusively artists) for ornaments at bau.

Jennifer Mackiewicz and Angelika Rinnhofer invite you to a pot luck and tree decorating party at Beacon Artist Union.

Please help us decorate a Christmas tree for the children’s ward at Vassar Hospital. Create a Christmas ornament, bring it together with a dish or some "Christmas Cheer".
Friday, December 16, 2005 at
bau

161 Main Street in Beacon. The party goes from 7-9.
Make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas. Donate a toy or an ornament. Or both.



Please RSVP by December 10 to arinnhofer@yahoo.com or jmackiewicz@diaart.org
We look forward to seeing you at bau!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Stephanie Diamond at ParaSite


ParaSite @ The Iron Fish Trading Company Presents:

Stephanie Diamond
Passing the Baton
Nov 12th - Nov 27th, 2005

*Opening Reception Saturday Nov 12th, 4 - 7pm.

New York City-based photographer Stephanie Diamond's use of photography is unique, as it employs a means to an end, and not an end within itself. Her process is equally as important as her final product. Passing the Baton, opening on Saturday, November 12 from 4 - 7pm, displays Diamond's archive as a sculptural photo installation alongside her mother's massive cookbook collection/archive.
Also on display will be Diamond's on-going photographic series, Food.
A family portrait in a sense, the duel archives demonstrate the similarities between Diamond's photo archive (a personalized system that stores over 80,000 photographs that range from images of her grandparents, childhood images, college images, to Diamond's current images), her processes for creating images, and her mother's cookbook archive; which personifies a method of meticulously marking down, in her cookbooks, all the recipes she has ever used. This seemingly inherited tradition of documenting within the Diamond family was only recently discovered by Diamond when her mother began to clean out and store her cookbooks.
The endless parallels are striking between Diamond's own creative process, and her mother's obsession with recording the food that she cooked. Diamond's series Food references this direct correlation between mother and daughter. Food features a diverse range of cuisine and provisions that Diamond has consumed and documented for the past few years. Whether the images convey a half-eaten birthday dinner or a melted, unappealing piece of chocolate, this series displays an ironic reality that is both humorous and disturbing. In the gallery, Food is displayed on walls, alongside both in a large vitrine located in the center of the gallery.



Stephanie Diamond received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design 1997, and her MA at New York University, 2003. Diamond has had a solo exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery in New York City in 2005 and Galeria Sin Titulo in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2004. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania; Art in General; and Artists\' Space. Diamond has been an artist-in-residence at M + M Projects in San Juan Puerto Rico; Art Omi; The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

Directions:
Train - Metro North Hudson River line to Poughkeepsie. Get off at the Beacon stop (Dia: Beacon). Walk toward north end of platform and up the hill to Main Street. Driving - Route 9D to Beacon, I-84 West to Exit 12 (Beacon), I-84 East to Exit 11 (Beacon).

Passing the Baton will be on view at ParaSite Art Space located at The Iron Fish Trading Company 167 Main Street, Beacon, NY, from November 12th through November 27th, 2005. For further information please contact gallery director Karlos Carcamo at 347-531-6111.






Alison Moritsugu exhibiting in Boston

Reflective Landscape I, 2005 Oil on 38 sourwood sections, 35 x 37 x 2 1/4 inches


Alison Moritsugu
Natural Perspectives


JUDY ANN GOLDMAN FINE ART

14 Newbury Street Boston, Massachusetts 02116 (617) 424-8468
www.judygoldmanfineart.com
November 9 - December 3
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
Reception: Saturday, November 12, 3 - 5pm



Klienzahler reading at Dia:Beacon 11.6.05

August Kleinzahler
Sunday, November 6, 2005, 2 pm


Dia:Beacon
Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York 12508

August Kleinzahler’s books of poetry include A Calendar of Airs (1978); Storm over Hackensack (1985); Earthquake Weather (1989); Red Sauce Whiskey and Snow (1995); Green Sees Things in Waves (1998); and Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems 1975-1990 (2000). The Strange Hours Travelers Keep (2003) received the 2004 Griffin International Poetry Prize. He has written essays and criticism for The London Review of Books, Threepenny Review, Sulfur, and the San Diego Reader. Kleinzahler is the recipient of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1989), the Lila Acheson–Reader’s Digest Award for Poetry (1991), and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1996). In 2000 he was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Kleinzahler has taught creative writing courses at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, as well as to homeless veterans in the Bay Area. He lives and works in San Francisco.
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Tickets for the reading are $15; $10 for students and seniors; $3 for members. Tickets include museum admission. Reservations are suggested--please call Dia:Beacon at 845 440 0100 extension 44 to reserve tickets. Current hours at Dia:Beacon are 11 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). The museum is easily reachable via Metro-North Railroad (the MTA's Hudson Line station in Beacon is within walking distance of the museum). Trains leave Grand Central Terminal for Beacon every hour. Full schedules are available on the MTA’s website at http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Dia's website at http://www.diaart.org/dia/visitor/index.html.

The Readings in Contemporary Literature series invites writers working in a variety of literary genres to read from their recent work at Dia:Beacon and to participate in a four-day residency in the city of Beacon. As part of the residency, participants create new work by directly responding to Dia’s collection and their experience of visiting the museum. Readings in Contemporary Literature are made possible through the generosity of the Dyson Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and Louise Riggio.

A portion of November admissions will be donated to Museums Helping Museums: A National Relief Effort for the Gulf Region.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Controversy in Wappingers

This arcticle appears today in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
The press release for the exhibit is here.

I'm partial to the quote from
Maeghan MacDougall: "The painting also rips off Michelangelo's 'Pieta,'" As if this adds insult to injury, and someone should nail the artist for plagiary.....or imagery infringement.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Protesters see red on exhibit

By Erikah Haavie
Poughkeepsie Journal




Rosary beads in hand, a dozen adults gathered on the floor at Dutchess Community College Tuesday to ask for "reparation of the sin of blasphemy."
With heads bowed, they knelt before the oil painting, "Magdalene Mourning Her Lover," which depicts Mary Magdalene holding a fallen Jesus Christ.
The controversial painting by Ecuadorean-born artist Hugo Bastidas is part of an art exhibit celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the college's Mildred I. Washington Gallery.
Participants in the vigil described the painting as an insult to the Christian faith.
"You would not mock the Dalai Lama. You would not mock the God of Islam. You would not mock the God of Judaism. You will not mock my God," said Salt Point resident Helen Westover, one of the vigil organizers.
While she doesn't expect the painting to be taken down, Westover said she hopes the vigil will get people thinking.
"The time of Christian-bashing without consequence is over," she said.
'Publicity stunt'
Milan resident Maeghan MacDougall saw the piece when it was on display at a New York City art gallery.
In a phone interview prior to the vigil, she called the piece a "publicity stunt."
The artist is cashing in on the popularity of "The Da Vinci Code," a book that alleged Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. The painting also rips off Michelangelo's "Pieta," the marble statue in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, she said.
"He's made a mark because he's going to trash something that's sacred to millions of people," MacDougall said. "This degrades art."
Bastidas could not be reached for comment.
College spokeswoman Ann Winfield said he's studying in Paris.
The college has no plans to remove the artwork, Winfield said.
"We cannot censor it. To pull it would stifle academic and artistic freedom," she said.
The college invited Bastidas and two other artists to display their work for the exhibit. No college funds were spent to pay the artists, Winfield said.
She said there are many different ways to interpret the piece.
"There was great love in their relationship on many levels," said Winfield, also a Catholic. It "could just as easily refer to the platonic and spiritual love for Christ."
The exhibit continues through Nov. 15.
Erikah Haavie can be reached at ehaavie@poughkeepsiejournal.com

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Spire Studios' Halloween Party

Spire Studios hosted its 2nd annual Halloween Party on Oct 29. The party started late, unusually so, but once it got going, it kept going until the final few resident artists still there had to usher everyone out, and catch an early breakfast before hitting the sack.

Curry Mendes as Pumpkin Head

Peter Iannarelli, the jovial accident victim or a Split Pea

Projection of the film, Hannah House, provided by Monkey Angel Studios.


Angelika Rinnhofer as Clara Bow and Kathy Feighery as Angelika Rinnhofer.


Sonya Roy, and Mason

Friday, October 28, 2005

Abuse by hire at Concentric Gallery

Concentric Presents a horrifying event for Adults and Children

GASHES, BRUISES, BLACK EYES AND MORE!

Professional makeup artist, Cassandra Saulter, who specializes in
special effects makeup for the tv and movie industry, will be plying her
trade in the window of Concentric Gallery on Saturday the 29th from 12 - 6.

Simple gashes $5. - $10. Bruises $15. Black eyes $25. Full accident face $50.

First come, first serve! Concentric 174 Main St. Beacon, NY 845-838-9460

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Dia:Beacon gallery talk, Oct 29, 1pm

Please join us this weekend at Dia:Beacon for the latest in our series of free monthly Gallery Talks
Rhea Anastas, Faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, on Fred Sandback
Saturday, October 29, 2005, 1pm

Dia:Beacon
Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York 12508

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries. Reservations are suggested. Please call Dia:Beacon at 845-440-0100 ext 44.
Current hours at Dia:Beacon are 11 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). The museum is easily reachable via Metro-North Railroad (the MTA's Hudson Line station in Beacon is within walking distance of the museum). Trains leave Grand Central Terminal for Beacon every hour. Full schedules are available on the MTA’s website at http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Dia's website at http://www.diaart.org/dia/visitor/index.html.
This series is made possible through the generosity of The Dyson Foundation, The Karan-Weiss Foundation, and Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.
A portion of November admissions will be donated to Museums Helping Museums: A National Relief Effort for the Gulf Region.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Angelika Rinnhofer on Jonas' performance at Dia:Beacon

Joan Jonas

The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things

A performance based on the writings of Aby Warburg
at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries

Have you ever imagined what you could do with the fantastic space in the basement of Dia:Beacon? A lot of visitors of the museum ask themselves this question when they see the cavernous, hypostyle hall. Joan Jonas’s answer is to turn it into a performance stage with the depth of a football field, the acoustics of a concert hall, with projection screens moving between massive columns, to the sound of live piano music. Jonas’s The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things incorporates Dia:Beacon’s environment into a performance piece that introduces the viewer to German art historian Aby Warburg’s writings. Jonas, inspired by the Hopi Snake Dance, which she witnessed some 40 years ago, works with Warburg’s words about his experience with the Native American people. She fuses theater, dance, music, video, photography, costume design, and noise into a Gesamtkunstwerk that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Only two more performances are scheduled, Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct., 23 at 2PM.

Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY 12508
845.440.0100

Angelika Rinnhofer

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm Opens at Collaborative Concepts

Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm

curated by Karlos Cárcamo

October 15th - Nov 13th, 2005

Reception: Saturday, October 15th, 5 – 8pm

*Music by DJ Sleeper

Collaborative Concepts

@ Bulldog Studios

52 Fishkill Ave (Entrance to CC on Verplank Ave.)

Beacon, NY 12508

845.528.1797

Gallery Hours: Thu – Sun, 12 – 5 or by Appt.

Directions: Train – Metro North Hudson River Line to Poughkeepsie, get off at Beacon Stop. 15 minute walk along Main Street to Fishkill Ave, one block north to Verplank Ave. Driving – Route 9D to Beacon, I-84 west to exit 12 (Beacon), I-84 east to exit 11 (Beacon).

Participating Artists Include: Allison Gildersleeve, Elia Gurna, James Sheehan, Charlotte Schulz, Karen Ostrom, Hiroshi Kimura, Eva Lee, Eleanor White, Matt Harle, Deborah Davidovits, Mary Temple, Tricia McLaughlin, Gregory Slick, Mathieu Borysevicz, Susan Magnus, James Walsh, Kazumi Tanaka, Carlos Ancalmo, Quintin Rivera-Toro, Jen Bradford, Christopher Albert, Stephanie Diamond.

Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm is a multi media exhibition consisting of work by 22 contemporary artists using a broad spectrum of work including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video. Referencing the term “Super Paradigm” to describe the growing New York art world by Village Voice art critic Jerry Saltz. The exhibition will explore the vast “flow” of ideas and diverse methods contemporary artists use to navigate through this “Super Paradigm”. In the process creating work that is at times self-reflective, and personal while remaining aware o f the issues affecting the world, the nature of their artistic practice, and contemporary art today.

This exhibition is the first in Collaborative Concepts new gallery space located at Bulldog Studios in Beacon, New York. The artists in the exhibition hail from Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Connecticut, Beacon, and other areas of the Hudson Valley.

"Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm” will be on view at Collaborative Concepts from Oct 15thh through November 13th, 2005.

Poughkeepsie Journal Article

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Shirin Neshat to speak at HVCCA

October 16 at 3:30 pm, Shirin Neshat will Featured in HVCCA's Video Artists in Dialogue Series.

Following the presentation, there will be a dinner reception at 5:30. The dinner is limited to 35 guests, and require reservations. $15 per person.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is located at:
1701 Main St. Peekskill NY 10566 914.788.7166

Sunday, October 02, 2005

bau hosts exhibit of Syracuse photographers


bau 10: light work lights
Beacon Artist Union
161 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
845.591.2331
www.beaconartistunion.com
Opening reception: Saturday, October 8, 2005, 6-9pm
Exhibit dates: October 8 until November 6, 2005
Gallery hours: Sat. & Sun., 12-6pm
bau 10: light work lights is the tenth exhibit at
Beacon Artist Union. One of its founding members,
photographer Angelika Rinnhofer, curated the show with
works by three artists, Lisa Jong-Soon Goodlin, Hannah
Frieser, and John Mannion. Each photographer is based
is Syracuse, NY, and all are affiliated with Light
Work. Light Work promotes emerging and established
photographers from the Unites States and around the
world by offering residencies and opportunities to
exhibit and publish photographic art work.
Hannah Frieser was hired one year ago as Light Work’s
Associate Director. She uses photography not only in
the traditional sense of a two-dimensional image, but
often brings in other materials to create
three-dimensional art objects and artist’s books. The
black and white photographs of her series Knickknack
take a closer, slightly upsetting look at small,
decorative ornaments that fill our lives.
Lisa Jong-Soon Goodlin is Chair of the Board of
Directors at Light Work. She started as a volunteer in
1997. Lisa’s concern with society’s wasteful use of
plastic products and paper napkins lead her to recyle
them as art objects. Her scanned napkins take on
abstract shapes, which seem to float on a stark black
surface.
John Wesley Mannion works as Digital Imaging Manager
at Light Work/Community Darkrooms. His haunting images
of abandoned rooms at Pennhurst State Mental Hospital
and School show the remainders of an institution that
closed after a major class action suit. Mannion’s
photographs convey the subtle texture and beauty of
decay, while simultaneously confronting us with
Pennhurst’s horrific past.
Directions: by Train – Metro North Hudson River Line
to Poughkeepsie, get off at Beacon Stop, 10
minute walk to Main Street
by Car – I-84 to exit 11 (Beacon), Route 9D south to
Beacon, turn left onto Main Street

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Angelika Rinnhofer on the move

Beacon photographer, Angelika Rinnhofer is currently included in two group exhibitions in Woodstock NY.
On exhibit through October 23 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Inaugural Regional Triennial of Photographic Arts features three images from Rinnhofer's most recent Martyr series.

Also in Woodstock, Rinnhofer is featured in "Portrait," a group show curated by Beacon artist, Carol March. "Portrait is on exhibit until October 30 at the Kleinart/James Art Center.

Angelika is also being represented by KBP at Photo New York on Oct 6-9, at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St in Manhattan.

Angelika will be curating an exhibit of 3 photographers from Light Work in Syracuse NY at bau in Oct.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Joan Jonas performances at Dia:Beacon

The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things
Performances October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 2 pm

Image: Joan Jonas, Lines in the Sand, 2004, The Kitchen, New York City.


Dia:Beacon
Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York 12508
www.diaart.org 845 440 0100
Incorporating movement, sound, live music and projected video footage, this site-specific performance is created in part in response to the writings of German art historian Aby Warburg made during his visit to the American Southwest in 1896. Jazz composer and pianist Jason Moran, who will perform live on the piano during the performances, has composed new music for this collaborative work. Tickets are $15 general, $10 students and seniors, and $3 for Dia members. Tickets include museum admission. Reservations are suggested; please call Dia:Beacon at 845 440 0100 x44.

Summer hours for Dia:Beacon are 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), through October 17. Winter hours, 11 am to 4 pm, Friday through Monday (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) take effect Friday, October 21. Dia:Beacon is easily reachable via Metro-North Railroad (the MTA's Hudson Line station in Beacon is within walking distance of the museum). Trains leave Grand Central Terminal for Beacon every hour. The 11:51 am train on Saturdays and Sundays arrives at the Beacon station at 1:17 pm. Full schedules are available on the MTA’s website at
http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Dia's website at http://www.diaart.org/dia/visitor/index.html.
Joan Jonas’s new commission for Dia:Beacon is made possible by the Dutchess County Arts Council; the Dyson Foundation; Jean Stein, JKW Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Support for video production during this project was provided, in part, by the Renaissance Society, Chicago.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Howland Public Library film series

Beacon's Howland Public Library is presenting an ongoing monthly film series with a theme dealing with artists, and architects through May, 2006.
The films are show at 7pm at the library, and are free to the public. 313 Main St Beacon, NY.

Sept. 30 Pollock
Oct. 28 The Dresser
Nov. 18 Lust for Life
Dec. 16 Rembrandt
Jan. 27 Artists and Models
Feb. 24 Camille Claudel
Mar. 31 Moulin Rouge
Apr. 28 Crumb
May 26 The Fountainhead.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Para/site presents Photographs by Charles Eshelman

ParaSite @ The Iron Fish Trading Company Presents:





"Life: In Black & White"
Photographs by Charles Eshelman



September 10th - September 25th, 2005
Opening Reception : Saturday, September 17th, 2 - 6pm
***BBQ Tailgate opening.


"Life: In Black & White" is a celebration, tribute, and remembrance of the extreme complexities of daily life captured through the lens of photographer Charles Eshelman. Having been self-taught, Eshelman's work has been shaped by the grittiness and stark realities of Chicago, Paris, and New York. The work on view documents the many aspects that make up our lives from fans enjoying a baseball game and children playing on the beach, to the horror witnessed on September 11th. Eshelmans work is a reminder of the volatile nature of life and the brief joyful moments we all cherish and value in our daily lives.

Charles Eshelman is based in New York City and has exhibited his work nationally in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. His photography is in many private collections including Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. "Life: In Black & White" will be on view at ParaSite Art Space, located inside the Iron Fish Trading Company, 167 Main Street, Beacon, New York. For further information concerning the exhibition please contact gallery director Karlos Carcamo at (347) 531-6111. ParaSite gallery hours: Thurs - Sun, 12:00 to 6:00pm.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Children's art classes at Spire Studios

In To Art Class!
IntuArt School and the Beacon Cultural Foundation are proud to announce after-school art scholarships for young people in Beacon.
IntuArt is a small art school that was founded by art educator, Jennifer Sipple, this past summer in order to provide more art education opportunities for Beacon students ages 10-16.
Says Sipple, “Although Beacon has a flourishing art scene, there’s not all that much available to kids who want to make art. IntuArt is about providing the space, materials, and instruction for young people to learn and create… but that’s not all. Some of my long-range goals for the program include artist studio tours, student art exhibits in local galleries, and field trips to galleries and museums.”
This fall, IntuArt will be offering after-school classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 at Spire Studios on Beekman St. The first session starts on September 19.
In order to make these classes affordable for the majority of Beacon residents, the tuition has been kept as low as possible -- $95 per six-week session. But the real news is that some scholarships will be made available to students in need.
So far, the Beacon Cultural Foundation has taken the lead by funding three scholarships. Sam Yanes, President of the Foundation says, “Arts education is an important component of a vibrant community. We are pleased to help this effort in Beacon.”

A recruitment drive is under way to encourage local businesses and organizations to follow their lead. These sponsors can make tax-deductible contributions to the Beacon Cultural Foundation. In addition, if an organization or individual is able to provide just half of a scholarship, the Foundation will match that donation.
“More business participation means more student participation,” says Sipple. “Bringing Beacon’s art and business communities together for the sake of education.”
IntuArt’s 2005 Summer Art program was held at the old Beacon high school, now Bulldog Studios, which is run by the Beacon Cultural Foundation, and courses included: Drawing and Painting, 3-D Art and Sculpture, and Papermaking and Bookbinding. Over a three-week period, seventeen students ranging in age from 7 to 16 attended the program. (If interest is voiced for younger students to be able to attend the fall after-school classes, an additional session will be added for children ages 6-9.)
If you are a member of an organization that would like to sponsor a student or if you are a student who would like to attend IntuArt School, please call: 845-416-5608 or e-mail: jenalice@intuart.com. For online information visit www.intuart.com/jensipple.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Psychopath Collector Posters on Main St.


Via Tyler Green's artblog, MAN, comes a little more information, if not an explanation for these posters tacked up along Main St. The NY Observer/Transom article by Michael Grynbaum chronicles some background information......

The article has been shuffled into the NYO Archive, and I could not locate it. Basically, a collection of these, or similar posters are pasted around in Chelsea as well, and several folks are interviewed giving varied responses regarding the fellow in question in the posters, but there is no clear idea as to who is responsible for them.

Perhaps a novel form of self promotion?


10/11/07 Note: the NY Observer link is repaired, and the original article is there

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Hudson Valley Podcasting

The Dutchess County Arts Council is teaming up with Drake Media to create a venue for local artists, to submit audio, and video files for a local pod cast. Details, are below.


Drake Media with the Dutchess County Arts Council - Pod Cast

The Dutchess County Arts Council is working with Drake Media to produce a pod-cast exploring local events and artist resources in New York's Hudson River Valley. If you have digital or audio files of an upcoming concert, reading, artist interview, or similar that you would like to have considered for inclusion, please e-mail them to: info@artsmidhudson.org and/or dean@drakreate.com.

For more information, call Benjamin Krevolin at the Dutchess County Arts Council at (845) 454-3222 and/or Dean Temple, at Drake Media, at(845) 677-8918.

Submission Deadline: Ongoing


Hudson Valley Events Vlog
There's a new Video Blog in town exploring local events and artist resources in New York's Hudson River Valley. Whatever your medium, genre, scope, philosophy, etc...this is a resource for you, an opportunity to market your work. Drop a line and your event, opening, program, self, project, band...whatever!...will be covered. If you're interested in getting directly involved with this series, video works and partners are also welcome and encouraged.

Subscribe with RSS, FireANT, Yahoo! or even iTunes. Hudson Valley Events Vlog wants to include you and your projects and spread the good word! No artist, band, venue, or event is too large or too small.

So....Get into videoblogging already! ... if you're not already doing it... at http://valleyvlog.blogspot.com/. (You can also read publications like Chronogram and The Pulse on this site.)

For more information, contact Thomas G. Henry, Producer / DJ / Promoter / Performer at "Fax n Phone": (845) 516-0005.