Friday, March 31, 2006
With Second Saturday in Beacon arriving next week, this weekend is your last chance to see most of the current exhibits in town, including Grace Knowlton and Simon Draper at Van Brunt Gallery.
Robert C. Morgan Lectures at Yellow Bird Gallery
Saturday, April 1, 2006 4 pm
Yellow Bird Gallery, 19 Front Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
Wine reception following the talk. Admission is free.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Will be participating in the following two art openings:
(Both on the same day--Mia will be at The Paterson Museum opening and will be reading her poetry along with an art exhibit of 2 new works from her "Vibes" series)
CROSSING BOUNDARIES: VISUAL ART BY WRITERS EXHIBIT
April 1 - May 28, 2006
Opening Reception & Poetry Readings: April 1st, 2006, 3:00 pm
2 Market Street
Paterson, NJ 07501
Mia's art & poetry will be included along with 52 other artists & writers, including:
E. E. Cummings
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Stanley & Bebe Barkan
From Interstate 80 West
Exit 57B-A and follow signs for Downtown Paterson, then make the 2nd left onto Cianci Street. Go to next light and turn left onto Market Street. The museum is the last building on left with the Locomotives out in front. Parking Lot is located adjacent to the museum.
From Interstate 80 East
Exit 57B Route 19/ Downtown Paterson and follow signs to Grand Street. Turn left at traffic light onto Grand Street. Then make a right at 1st traffic light onto Spruce Street. Stay on Spruce until 1st traffic and then make a right onto Market Street. Museum is the building with the Locomotives out in front. Parking Lot is located adjacent to the museum.
From Garden State Parkway North
Exit 155P to Route 19 North and follow the signs for Downtown Paterson/ Grand Street. At the 1st traffic light make a left onto Grand Street. Then make a right at 1st traffic light onto Spruce Street. Stay on Spruce until 1st traffic and then make a right onto Market Street. Museum is the building with the Locomotives out in front. Parking Lot is located adjacent to the museum.
From Garden State Parkway South
Exit 160 to Interstate 80 West, and from 80W take exit Exit 57B-A and follow signs for â€œDowntown Patersonâ€, then make the 2nd left onto Cianci Street. Go to next light and turn left onto Market Street. The museum is the last building on left with the Locomotives out in front. Parking Lot is located adjacent to the museum.
Also on April 1, 2006, Mia will be participating in
The Annual Artist Members Exhibit at
The Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Several "Inner Face" series works will be on exhibit throughout the month of April, 2006.
I missed his last exhibit of work by Steven Cerio, but the exhibit prior to that, Teratogeny, by Tanya Kukucka was both unsettling and beautiful. The upcoming exhibit, "Paint Noir", with work by Michael D'Antuono opens this coming weekend, with the reception being held on April 8th.
Zahra's place adds an essential dimension to what's going on creatively in Beacon. His exhibits are often raw and surprising, and the atmosphere is strickly stick-up-the-ass-free.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Some details about the LionSun Creative Arts Summer Camp:
The camp will be four weeks-- July 3-July 28 from 9AM-5PM with early drop
off at 8AM and late pick up at 6PM for 5-12 year olds. The fee for the
camp is $200/wk with $15 each for the early/late options/wk. The fee
includes all materials and equipment, swimming, and special guest performances
during the camp day. Campers will bring a bag lunch from home.General
schedule includes art activities in the morning. Fun outdoor activities in
the afternoons including field games and teambuilding on the ropes course.
Special Fridays with community festivals, art explosions, hikes, and more!There
will be Mommy and Me sessions for 1-4 year olds twice/week with one hour of
creative activities and an hour in the pool. (Groups will come by age).There
will be special events like family (and friends of course) concerts, festivals,
silly days and other events that bring our vibrant community together.More info
will be out soon including the brochure, ads and other publicity materials that
will detail the day’s schedule, the artists, and the activities offered.
If you would like more information on being involved with the camp, please call
me at 838-3044 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your address and I will be sure to send/email you an application.To
Director, LionSun Creative Arts Camp
If you are interested, and have not seen it, I imagine that it will soon be posted on the bau website.
Friday, March 17, 2006
This development brings up a lot of interesting issues in regard to what's happening in Beacon, all of which I'm interested in looking at in the coming months.
I've been asked, and have asked others what kind of impact this closure will have on Beacon. On the surface, and in terms of the visible perception of Beacon as a thriving art community, it is a bit of a blow, particularly when added to the closing of LoRiver Art Gallery last fall, and the more recent disintegration of Collaborative Concepts. However, if relative success or failure is based on keeping score, then with the opening of the Firehouse Gallery, Beacon Exposures, and the development of Wild Wood Gallery, and even the opening of Morphicism, the number of artspaces in Beacon is about unchanged from this time last year. But certainly not all galleries, or spaces are created equal, nor is there equality in the impact that these spaces may have on the local creative community on a deeper level.
The unique quality of K+C Gallery is that they draw heavily on their base of contacts from Westchester, and this has provided the potential for drawing a new audience into Beacon. The gallery participated in last year's Windows on Main St, and it collaborated with the Rivers and estuaries Center on the Thomas Locke exhibition and I know the owners have been active in BACA. If you ask me about the impact that the gallery closing and how it will effect Beacon, I have to say I don't think it will have much of an effect in the long run. Kiesendahl + Calhoun have been active in the community, but it just had not become fully integrated into the consciousness of the art culture in town. That the gallery has been open a relatively short time, and the fact that Keisendahl and Calhoun are both in Beacon part time are contribute to lessening the impact that the closing will have on the broader scene. Of course you never want to lose an art space, but there will continue to be waves of openings and closings that will mark the ebb and flow of development of Beacon's art community
Mia feels it's important to organize and compile a list of the creative force in Beacon to promote and support the work of the individual artists in town. She sees the directory as a valuable guide for collectors, interior designers and others looking for art, and believes it will further distinguish Beacon as an art destination with an abundant source of talent. Mia estimates the number artists living or working in Beacon to be around 150 and response by artists wanting to be included in the first edition has been good. The inclusion in the directory is free, and open to individuals working in all disciplines: fine and applied arts, music, dance, theater, design, etc.
Each artist's entry will include contact info, details on the artist's work, and a 50 word statement by the artist. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2006. The online submission form can be found at www.miaart.com
(I'm currently writing on a mac, and cannot hyperlink to mia's site, right now.)
I will ask Mia if inclusion to the Directory will also be open to the one dead artist that has a studio at Bulldog.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Obsessions with Text
March 18 to April 16
Opening Reception: March 18, 6-8pm
featuring work by:
Para/site art space @
Iron Fish Trading Co.
167 Main St Beacon NY 12508
A public service brought to you by Quinn The Eskimo.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
WHAT Video Artist James Paterson with Bitforms Gallery Owner/Director Steve Sacks
WHEN Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 pm
WHERE Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main Street Peekskill, NY 10566
COST Members $7.50, non-members $10.
Series pricing is available: Members $25, non-members $35.
James Paterson uses drawing and experiments with digital code to create this free-floating graffiti. Recent exhibitions have been held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art at Taipei, ICA in London, the Seoul Museum of Art in Korea, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, GGG Gallery in Tokyo, and the Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona.
Steve Sacks is the Owner and Gallery Director of bitforms gallery in New York and Seoul, Korea. Bitforms gallery is devoted to emerging and established artists who embrace new media and contemporary art practice - resulting in new languages and artistic experiences. Steve represents artists who are using digital tools as an integral part of their process. Bitforms goal is evolution in art.
Upcoming presentations include:
Thursday April 13th 7:00 pm Itziar Barrio (HVCCA Artist in Residence from Spain)
Sunday June 4th 2:00 pm Cory Arcangel and Paper Rad
Sunday, March 12, 2006
As my schedule has been rather full over the last couple of weeks, I was not able to post information that was passed on to me and almost passed by me, So here is a quick review of items from the last week.
The Poughkeepsie Journal's March 3rd Enjoy section featured an article on the "Women Artists of Beacon" exhibit currently on view through March 26 at the Howland Cultural Center. The exhibit includes work of various media by over 20 female artists working in Beacon.
That same issue of Enjoy featured a profile of Deborah Bailey Browne, and the "Curated Office" event that was held at her office on March 3. I have added a couple of images from the office here, with more to come soon. The exhibit includes work by Alexis Elton, Matt Kinney, Marnie Hillsley and myself. The response by visitors that night was really gratifying and I think the intent of this series of events has been successful: to exhibit contemporary art, some of it rather challenging, in a context of a familiar, living environment where it may engender a greater level of appreciation from a new audience.
The WAW Gallery at Westchester Community College in Peekskill is currently hosting an exhibit of Beacon artist and gallerist, Carl VanBrunt's digital paintings through April 15.
If you're heading going down to Peekskill, stop in the Division St Grill, 26 N. Division St., where currently have work on display.
The cover of this week's Pulse magazine features an image by Steve Cerio, whose exhibit at Zahra's Studio opened yesterday. POJO's March 10th Enjoy also includes an article about the Cerio exhibit.
The centerfold of Pulse contains a review written by Abby Luby of the exhibits of Grace Knowlton and Simon Draper at VanBrunt Gallery with several images of the two artists' work.
There was a NYTimes photographer at bau yesterday taking images in connection Westchester Section feature on cooperative art groups in the region.
Finally, in another example of following a wildly circuitous route toward learning of news close to home, I was directed via MAN to Kriston Capp's focus at Grammer Police.com on the suspension of a Middletown, NY High School teacher in a confusing case of nude figure drawing classes, and initimations of impropriety. I have not yet been able to fully read the accounts of the case, but I'm passing it along so that others may do so as there is currently action being taken to support reinstatement of the teacher, Peter Panse and this is a fresh story. There are links in the Grammer Police post to the original reports of the incident from the Times Herald Record. I'll post updates when I know more.
Friday, March 10, 2006
The Armory, Scope, Diva, and Pulse shows are going on in Manhattan, and I won't be able to make back down this weekend. If someone wants to report what they've seen, I'd be happy to pass it along.
In Beacon, it is Second Saturday, and here is what I know....This is a real quick rundown, as I am pressed for time at the moment. For more information, please visit the baca website, or the sites of any of the galleries. Links are in the sidebar. If you still have questions, feel free to email me.
Openings are happening at most of the galleries in town.
Bannerman Island Gallery is showing work by Frank Cannas and Judy Reynolds.
Kiesendahl + Calhoun Gallery is featuring paintings by Kate McCloughlin. I hear that this will also be the last show at Kiesendahl + Calhoun.
RiverWinds Gallery is also having a reception with "city scape" paintings by Robert Divito, and recycled material sculpture John Jackson.
Wild Wood Gallery is featuring the Patricia White Watson collection of photographs.
Zahra's Studio will feature Steve Cerio's illustrations
I have heard, but not confirmed that Bulldog is having an open studio Saturday. They are usually 12-5 pm.
Spire Studios is hosting its Quarterly Open Studio featuring an exhibit curated by Jackie Skryznski and Robert Modaffari. Exhibition artists are: Kerry Dennehy, Greg Graham, Ann LePore, Lorie Merhige, Eric Sung, Lydia Viscardi. There will be music later on....the open studio starts at 6pm and runs very late.
bau will be featuring Christopher Staples' collaborations with many different artists.
Para/site will be having a closing reception for Curry Mendes' "Color Me Bad" exhibit.