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


Friday, January 30, 2009

Currently on kork: Marc Willhite


It just occurred to me that I neglected to post information on the current exhibit up on kork in Poughkeepsie.
Marc Willhite's Tableaux will be on view through the end of February. Here is the press release I penned for Marc's project:
Marc Willhite work "Tableaux" on exhibit at kork in Poughkeepsie, NY. January 1 - Feb 27, 2009.
Basking in the glow of its newly recognized influence on the Accounting industry*, kork is mostly** pleased to welcome Marc Willhite's installation "Tableaux" which will be on view through February 27, 2009. The organizing principle of kork is to provide artists with the broadest possible opportunity to explore their visual impulses to the fullest degree, unhindered by curatorial oversight and with only one stipulation: the resulting work must fit within the footprint of the 24 inch x 36 inch bulletin board/gallery space. Now, with Willhite's project (the third to date), that singular condition has already gone out the window. Apparently unable to restrain himself to the proscribed parameters, the artist's installation incorporates a floor to ceiling photocopy of a lace curtain, creating an environment on which the bulletin board floats - and even drifts. Through the duration of the exhibit, the position of the bulletin board will change, being placed at different points around the field of pixelated lace.
Located inside the offices of Bailey Browne CPA & Associates, kork is a wholly sovereign conceptual entity; not unlike the nation of Lesotho, nestled quaintly within the borders of South Africa. Willhite's incursion into non-kork real estate manages to fix one's eye on the solidly bland-beige form of the kork space, the texture of which is equally bland compared with that of the lace working depicted in the surrounding photocopy. The mildness of the board is amplified to a nearly oppressive level. The artist's response to the installation is apt, "I almost feel like it's looking at me more than I'm looking at it!" This mildness is an insinuation of steps not taken, of a life unbegun. Bulletin boards and lace curtains are custodians of our dusty memories. The initial pricks in a bulletin board's cork are imbued with great intention, but more often than not, the surface will bloom with the overgrowth of those expired intentions. The lace curtain captures the benign history of a grandmother's kitchen; remembrances caught on the wind. Here, writ gargantuan in black and white, that past now looms. Before it sits an empty bland agenda. The surface is passive; its form, assertive. It's presence atop the ephemeral curtain is firm and undeniable. Free from clutter, free of looming tasks impaled on its face, the tan monolith is a dull mirror confronting the viewer. It's unspoken query to the viewer may well be "So, what's in your head?"
Bailey Browne CPA & Associates is located at 80 Washington Ave Ste 202, Poughkeepsie, NY. For additional information, contact Christopher Albert at kork@maykr.com or visit http://korkd.blogspot.com/ to view previous kork projects. Visitors are welcome to view the kork project space and other work on view during business hours, Monday-Friday.

*It is unknown whether the presence of kork (Poughkeepsie, NY's most provocative new art venue) in the offices of Bailey Browne CPA & Associates was actually considered as a factor which contributed to Careercast.com's
ranking of Accountant as one of the top ten best jobs in America today. Regardless, the creative minds behind the bulletin board gallery/project space will waste no time in spinning this moment of synchronicity to our advantage.
** kork enthusiastically the embraces the impulses of our artists, even when it is forced to question, then violate the laws of its own nature. Rules and laws exist for our own benefit. they protect us. Adherence to rules is a virtue. We are located in an accounting firm after all.
Coming up in March on the kork board: Peter Iannarelli.

Meet yer Maykr: Steve Rossi

I stopped into Steve Rossi's studio in December as he was readying the work now on exhibit in his exhibit In an Effort to Convalesce at Go North through Feb 8.
The works I saw that evening have been joined in the Go North exhibit by photographs of his Hexagon Based Islamic Mosaicsmade of cereal.

Early in 2008, Judy Sigunick of Ellenville wrote on her blog about a visit she had made to Steve's previous studio. In her post, Judy included a quote from Steve's project proposal which developed into the mobile sculpture pictured above called 'Entirely New Through and Through'.
I'm interested in creating a mobile sculpture out of slip-cast porcelain automobile hood ornaments… For me, using porcelain to recreate this object speaks to the vulnerabilities many feel, especially in this Hudson Valley area, where the manufacturing base has collapsed and people still living in this area are wondering what sort of economic systems will be coming in to replace the industry
base, if any.

To my mind, Steve's work resides in the areas where the problematic and political rub up against the average citizen's daily life. These areas, well worn as they are, exist as if invisible in plain view. That hood ornaments share the same enticing line as military aircraft is not surprising. That those jet fighter/hood ornaments carry the fine crackle glaze and porcelain fragility of grandma's tchochke allude to how we are marketed to in a way that prompts us to covet the virtues of some ordained nick knack, be it on a consumer or even geopolitical scale. Rossi's work is a spinning yin and yang of those things that give us comfort and those things that scare us, or at least concern us enough not to want to think about. Seeing one's Honey Nut Cheerios or Foot Loops arrayed in the form of Islamic mosaic patterns or desert camo imply more than any of us wants to deal with in the morning. They're subtle insinuations that result in an intrusion into our domestic tedium. It's a tedium, by the way, that I relish. I embrace the main stream marketing milieu I was raised in. But I also appreciate the ironic incongruities They'd rather we citizens not see. Affinities shared by the mundane and the ominous, are highlighted in the unions of image and material that are presented in Steve's work.


Above and below: 'And then at a certain point'

With no disrespect intended to either party, Steve Rossi is like the Andy Rooney of idea based artmaking. No, his eyebrows are not an overgrown white bushy snarl that looks like a couple of sea anemones trolling for unsuspecting prey. And he's also not a hunched over fellow who's back is so bent that his eyeballs must roll up into his forehead to a point that recalls an image from the Excorcist just to look straight ahead. In fact, Steve's posture seems quite good. Rather, I make the comparison because to my mind, Steve takes the common place, and in a normal, "Did you ever notice how....." kind of way, he offers a slightly divergent, but still entirely indigenous read on a given subject.
A good illustration of this idea is Steve's contribution to the Kamp Maykr Exhibit and Brunch held here at the Kamp Maykr Compound last May.

His untitled Easter-hued pairing of Adirondack chairs resting under the dappled shade of camo netting atop the brow of a rise that looks down onto the Spire Studios building left open the possibility that any brunch attendees who chose to sit in those chairs could just as easily train their cross hairs on the unsuspecting artists exiting the building as enjoy the garden and the view on a sunny afternoon.

Eye Candy Friday: Innovations for the betterment of humanity - or not

To make up for a couple of weeks in hiatus, this week's ECF edition is a triple decker that relate to the inventiveness of the human being.
Part one features a demonstration of Brazilian moxie which comes to us by way of
James Westwater's new blog beaconartist.blogspot.com. In just 26 days, James has racked up 48 posts already, much of which deal with issues of sustainability, homelessness, ebay and artful survival.

I'm not sure which culture we can credit for this innovation. It's mesmerizing to watch. via Megan and Murray.

Finally, Let's see what the Finn's have been cooking up:

Somehow I can't remember where I found this last one.....odds are it was C-monster, but could have been Hrag Vartanian... I simply can't remember. sorry.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hues of Hudson screening and discussion at Van Brunt Gallery Feb 1, 3pm.

Hues of Hudson is a documentary video produced by and directed by John Sullivan about art and artists in the Hudson Valley. Sullivan produced the video this fall as a senior project at Marist. The video which can be found on youtube in two parts, features interviews with Carl Van Brunt, Sara Pasti, Simon Draper, Thomas Huber, Paul Smart, Michael Sabilia, Norm Magnusson, Benjamin Krevolin, Franc Palaia and Jose Acosta on the state of art in the Hudson Valley.
Van Brunt Gallery will be hosting a screening and a discussion of Hues of Hudson on Sunday at 3pm as part of the Habitat for Artists Goes Inside project which is occupying the gallery through March 2.


Hues of Hudson, Part 1 (above) Part 2 (below).

Charles R Smith Jr booksigning at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, Jan 31, 1pm.


The Barnes and Noble bookstore in Poughkeepsie will be hosting a book signing for Charles R. Smith Jr.'s latest book "My People." This newly released book features Smith's photographic portraits which act as an environment through which the text of Langston Hughes' poem "My People" floats.
In a release posted on the Fauquier County Public Schools website (Warrenton, VA) recounting Smith's presentations to the students, Smith was quoted:
I’ve always loved to read, and Langston Hughes was one of the early influences on my life,” Smith explained. “His poem ‘My People’ has few words so I focused on facial expressions. I took the pictures in black and white and used a sepia tone. I think the simplicity of the poem is able to come through in the pictures.

Charles R Smith Jr lives in Poughkeepsie. He's the author of over twenty books, most of them geared toward children, and his first novel "Chameleon" was released this past fall. Smith was also a contributed items ( here and here) to the Beacon Dispatch when it existed in print form.
The book signing is taking place at the Barnes and Noble on Rte 9 (2518 South Rd) in Poughkeepsie at 1pm.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Dogface" performance at Spire Studios Saturday, Jan 31, 8pm

Spire Studios will be hosting a performance of "Dogface" by Kellie Powell and produced by These Aren't My Shoes Productions.

A coming-of-age drama about a girl known only as Dogface, written by Kellie Powell.
"Dogface" begins when its title character is attacked by a dog when she is seven. She is traumatized not only by the attack, but by the lengthy emergency surgery performed on her face. She is then ostracized and terrorized by her peers because of her unusual appearance.
The bullying she experiences further harms her already damaged self-image. Over the course of five scenes, Dogface ages from seven to 23, and ultimately has to learn how to live with her scars - both figurative and literal.
The play contains discussion of sexual and other mature topics may not be appropriate for children. The performers are local actors Amanda White, Lindsay Miller, Lauren Simone, Vicky Raabin, and Nicholas Roach. Although there is no charge for admission, donations will be accepted at the door. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early because seating is limited and admittance may not be allowed after the play begins.
The playwright and director, Kellie Powell, is an Illinois State University Theatre Directing graduate whose work has been produced by Studio Z, Stick & Co. Productions, ISU FreeStage Festival, Hinman Production Company, Asphalt Jungle, and the Penny Dreadful Players.

The performance begins at 8pm and admission is free.
Spire Studios is located at 45 Beekman St in Beacon, NY.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Contemporary Confrontations opens at Katonah Museum of Art, Jan 24, 2009

The Katonah Musuem of Art's tri-state juried exhibition Contemporary Confrontations opens with at reception on Saturday, Jan 24, 5-7pm.
There's no artist information posted anywhere, but I do know that Michael Natiello's sculpture Boot Bush (above) is included in the exhibit. The exhibit will remain on view through February 22.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Coming up: Jan 24+25 events

In Peekskill,HVCCA is hosting a series of poetry "performances" that respond directly to certain works on view currently as part of the Origins exhibit. Performances at 2pm and 6pm are planned on both Saturday and Sunday with a formal reception following the Saturday evening performance. This event is the second collaboration between the museum and the Hudson Valley Writers' Center.
Admission: Performances 1, 3 & 4
$15.00 HVCCA & Hudson Valley Writers Center members, $20.00 non-members
Admission: Performance 2 including reception
$25.00 HVCCA & Hudson Valley Writers Center members, $35.00 non-members
For Tickets: Call 914.788.0100 or email
info[at]hvcca[dot]org.

3pm on Sunday afternoon will present a dilemma for some as there will be dueling talks happening at that time. I mentioned before, that Donald Alter will be giving a talk as part of his exhibit at the Garrison Art Center, in Garrison NY.
Here in Beacon NY, as part of the
current Habitat For Artists exhibit, Van Brunt Gallery will be hosting a talk on solar energy given by the group Solar1- a green energy arts and education center in New York.

Vendors sought for the 1st Annual Social Pariah Festival to benefit the Hudson Valley Pitch for Kids Fund in February

Vanessa Tellez, the gallery director over at Zahra's Studio, is organizing The First Annual Hudson Valley Social Pariah Festival to benefit the Hudson Valley Pitch for Kids Fund at the Holiday Inn in Fishkill on Saturday Feb 28th from 2-10pm.
The event will include live music and other entertainment, tattoo artists, alternative vendors, an an all around good time.
The event is seeking vendors to rent booth spaces for the event. The fee for a 10'x10' booth space is $75. Larger spaces are available as well.
All proceeds will to the Pitch for Kids Fund which funds several social organizations that benefit the health and welfare of children in the Hudson Valley region.
The event will have a $5 admission fee and persons must be at least 18 years old to enter. For More information, email Vanessa at tellesvanessa[at]aol.com
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Last week

I had just enough conviction to stop into Steve Rossi's opening at Go North on January's snowy Second Saturday.
The Mongrol.com has some images from Cahbsmn's show at Floor One Gallery.
Carla Goldberg posted some images of the Freedom and Art exhibit at Mt. Beacon Fine Art here.
Below are a few images of the opening reception of the first phase of the Habitat for Artists project at Van Brunt on Jan 17. As a form of introduction to the overall project this part of the exhibit features 14 inch square tiles created by participating artists. The tiles conform to a modular format that can make up the skin of a habitat - in its shed form. It's like working from the outside in. HFA is not about the structures, it's about the activities those structures facilitate. As the exhibit wears on, those activities; the interactions, the exchanges should prove to be crux of the show.

As the WOrMS Turns

After four years of organizing the Windows on Main St. project, Karlos Carcamo and I are passing the torch to whomever may want to pick it up.
KC and I instigated the project in 2005 as a way for artists to interact with the local environment, merchants and inhabitants of Beacon's Main St. We also envisioned the exhibition as an artist driven open source project that would shift in its form according to whomever is involved in developing the current incarnation of it.
In these four years, we've received an incredible level of interest and participation on behalf of our local merchants. We've also enjoyed the financial support of BACA, the Dutchess County Arts Council, The Community Foundation, and Rhinebeck Savings Bank.
We've been able to facilitate some great moments for the participating artists and, I believe, for street bound viewers. I have very much appreciated the ways in which my experience of Main St. has been altered or informed by the projects that been done. I've said several times before that my perception of this project is that it's an intimate endeavor. For me, the exhibition is summed up in the singular chance encounter between passerby and artwork at that very moment in the viewer's day in that very spot along the viewer's path. WOMS is also about the artist and business person who may become just a little more familiar with one another through the host/collaboration experience.
Karlos and I have spoken about taking the project into a fifth year, but at this moment, we feel that the moment is beyond ready for some new custodianship. I think these four years have been a good start and I hope someone will be willing to pick it up and explore new aspects of engaging our immediate surroundings in creative exchanges.
If anyone is interested in rolling WOMS forward, shoot me an email.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Talk it out people, talk it out.

There are a number of gallery talks, panel talks, and general in person type events coming up all over. Here's a quick rundown:
Saturday, Jan 17 1pm:
Gallery talk by Paul Chan & The Front at Winkleman Gallery, 637 W 27 St, NY NY. This talk is happening in conjunction with the exhibit Things Fall Apart which is curated by Joy Garnett and opens at Winkleman on Jan 16.
Sunday, Jan 18 4pm:
Artist talk by Richard Dupont and Grimanesa Amoros
at HVCCA in Peekskill, NY.
Also on Sunday, Jan 18 at 4pm, Sharon Butler and Austin Thomas are hosting a salon "to discuss art-making, art-blogging, and world-making at" Pocket Utopia in Brooklyn.
Saturday, Jan 24 1pm:
Gallery talk by Tatjana von Prittwitz und Gaffron on Joseph Beuys at Dia:Beacon.
Sunday, Jan 25 3pm:
Artist talk by Donald Alter at Garrison Art Center.
February 14
A panel discussion on Burma and the case of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi currently under house arrest in Burma at Mt Beacon Fine Art. The talk is being held as part of the Freedom and Art exhibit at the gallery. 1/3 of gallery sales will benefit Amnesty Intl.
March 7 1-4pm
Panel Talk: “Curating the Documentary” with Anne Ellegood, Okwui Enwezor, Eduardo Thomas, visual artist and curator. The panel will be moderated by artist, Hito Steyerl at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Habitat For Artists at Van Brunt Gallery Jan 17-March 2


Van Brunt Gallery Habitat will be hosting a Habitat For Artists project/exhibition beginning on January 17 and running through March 2. There will be an opening reception on Saturday from 6-9pm.
A whole host of folks are participating in this project, and more are invited to take part. Van Brunt's space will be both showroom, workspace, and social hub with a wide range of events planned for the through the run of the project. Participating artists will be working in the space and the public is invited to dig in and participate too. Think of it as a mini-mini residency. Participating artists include: Christopher Albert, Richard Bruce, Sharon Butler, Ryan Cronin, Kathy Feighery, Marnie Hillsley, Matthew Kinney, Grace Knowlton, Sara Mussen, Steven Rossi, Todd Sargood, Matthew Slaats, Lynn Stein, Dar Williams, Grey Zeien and Donald Kimmel and the Flying Swine Live Theater...and Simon Draper too.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, January 17th, 2009:
OPENING RECEPTION of Habitat for Artists Goes Indoors.
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, January 20th:
“WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE?” Presidential Inauguration Celebration/
Question and Response Installation in Gallery with Habitat for Artists
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 22nd:
Gallery Becomes Habitat for Making
Please join us in the making.
Gallery Hours: 11 am. To 6 pm.
Sunday, January 25th:
SOLAR 1 NYC, presentation and discussion
“Inspiring New Yorkers to become environmentally responsible residents
through environmental education.”
www.Solar1.org
3 pm
Sunday February 1:
viewing and discussion of John Sullivan’s documentary film
“Hues of the Hudson”
Artists working and living in the Hudson Valley
3 pm.
Friday, February 13th:
BEST IN SHOW Blue Ribbon event, new picks of new works by HFA artists and others
6 pm.
Sunday, February 22nd:
“ART IN THE 21
ST
CENTURY-EXPANDING THE ARTIST’S ROLE”
Panel discussion with
Amy Lipton, curator, Ecoartspace NY
Joseph Meisel, Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Brian Wallace, Curator, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz
Beth E. Wilson, Writer and Art Critic, Professor, SUNY New Paltz
Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th:
Flying Swine Live Theatre Presents:
“Hudson Adrift” a new play by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Friday performance to include discussion of play with Donald Kimmel, director
7 pm
Admission: $5
Sunday, March 1st:
“Alternate Readings: Beacon”
A Performance by Matthew Slaats
Bringing the past and present together
3 pm
Monday, March 2nd:
Closing, stop by to make a contribution
Other Events will be posted on the Habitat for Artists blog:
www.habitatforartists.blogspot.com

Friday, January 09, 2009

Garrison Art Center hosts openings for Eleanor Grace Miller and Donald Alter tonight, 6-8pm

The Garrison Art Center is hosting two openings tonight beginning at 6pm. Eleanor Grace Miller's paintings, and Donald Alter: Beyond Black Mountain will both be on view through Feb 1. Donald Alter's exhibit is curated by Tony Moore and the long invisible Harald Plochberger, who are contributing a text and a video respectively which will accompany the exhibit.

Alter will be giving an artist talk at the art center on January 25 at 3pm. Plochberger's involvement with this exhibit marks a return of sorts as he appears to have been laying low since leaving bau in 2006. Returning with him is his penchant for sprawling press releases suitable for binding (the Alter press release is available on the GAC website).

Eye Candy Friday: Hell, it's a new year, try something new



This week's offering comes via Newsgrist.com. It's the trailer from an upcoming film called Breaking Upwards. The film follows a young tied at the hip hip couple in NY as they begin to cut the ties that bind.
The film seems interesting and it immediately called to mind Miranda July's
You Me and Everyone We Know which was quirky, fun and uncomfortable also began popping above the radar on blogs in a similar way. "You Me and...." also imparted the lesson that everything you need to know about making someone hot for you you learned in kindergarten. That's a form of knowledge from which we can all benefit.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Second Saturday, January 10, 2009

Here's a bit of what's coming up this Second Saturday in Beacon:
Zahra's Studio is holding a reception for a show of Rick Price's paintings which has been on view from January 1 and continue through the 31. The reception is happening from 6-10pm.
Go North Gallery is hosting an exhibit of Steve Rossi's sculptural installations. The exhibit is called In an effort to Convalesce
Floor One Gallery is back from hiatus with an exhibit of work by Cahbasm called All you is Crime in the City. The opening reception is taking place from 7-10 pm.
Limited Run II continues at Open Space through Feb 1.
400 Square is opening the exhibit The Road to the Dream: News Photographs From The Emergence Of The Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit runs through Feb 7. The reception is taking place from 4-8pm.
Behind Bars, Andrew Lichtenstein's photographs of life in and around American prisons has been extended through January at Fovea.
Mount Beacon Fine art is hosting a group exhibit of work featured in the book Freedom and Art. Freedom and Art is the result of a collaborative project and fundraiser for Amnesty Intl. organized by artist Carla Goldberg and features a roster of international artists as well as several local artists. The reception is being held from 6-9pm and the exhibit will be on view through March 8. A panel talk on the topic of Burma will be held at the gallery on February 14.
The Photographer's Place, which opened last Second Saturday in the former Burlock space at 508 Main St is having an opening reception from 4-8pm for a show of photographer and owner Mark MacKinnon's images.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Bridge Music goes digital

Joseph Bertolozzi announced last month that, commencing in the Spring, his Bridge Music project will have a permanent digital presence on the Mid Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie. Listening stations located on the pedestrian portion of the bridge, at the bridge's two towers will serve up the musical composition at the touch of a button. A future feature will entail a low frequency transmitter by which the work can be listened to via car radio or other personal receiver on and in the vicinity of the bridge.
The original live performance has been postponed pending sufficient financial sponsorship.
A more formal release of information will be forthcoming as the implementation of the digital phase draws near.

Sources have it that Bertoluzzi, who is a recipient of a 2008 NYFA Artist Fellowship in Music Composition will be reaching a milestone birthday later this month.
If you're interested in finding out more about the Bridge Music Project, or supporting it, visit Joe's website.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Deb Davidowits participating in Here Now or Nowhere in Grand Prairie, AB, Canada

If you happen to be running around in the Grand Prairie, Alberta Canada area, check out Beacon artist Deb Davidowits' video "Shadow Play" that is included in the Prairie Art Gallery's Here Now or Nowhere exhibit, which runs from January 6-February 2, 2009. Here Now or Nowhere is a storefront exhibition of video and installation by13 artists in downtown Grand Prairie.
Deb's video is installed at the Wonderland Toy and Hobby store. From an item on the exhibit in the local Daily Herald Tribune: "The video has a white background with black paper-cut puppets, capturing their shadows as they interact and “do cute little performances."

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Gone are the days..

Image from Fish Kill Flea, via 2007.sxsw.com
The holiday season just finished was festooned with news of economic lamentation and foreboding financial ruin forced by the media into our beings from both ends. Though the Grinchy tenor of current events had little effect on the squishy joys of spending time with beloved fam and friends it might have made some nostalgic for Christmases of yesteryear when they indulged, with unworried ease, the season's sweetest joy; shopping.

Brooklyn based photographer Jennifer Loeber captures the wonderous commercial exchange of yore, in a series of portraits from the now defunct Flea Market which inhabited the Dutchess Mall at Rte. 9 and I 84 in Fishkill. Loeber along with Aaron Hillis and Brian Cassidy produced a documentary film on the subject called Fish Kill Flea.
I came across the project earlier in the year via a post on Loeber's work on Lisa Hunter's Intrepid Art Collector blog. Lisa posted an image by Loeber of a female nude draped acrooss the arm of a sofa. The image is part of a series of portraits of Brooklynites in the buff called Zeig Mal (Show Me). Such are the ways of the internet that noteworthy projects of local relevance are discovered through investigations prompted by pictures of naked ladies (at least that's my method). Unfortunately, the Fishkill Flea portfolio is no longer on Loeber's site, so you don't have anything to look at....but at least you know it exists. I emailed the filmakers about the possibility of a local sceening or photo exhibit, but I've not received a response.
A good flea market is like a carnival rolling into town on a weekly basis. The Fishkill Flea Market had a very particular character and it embodied the spirit of a citizenry living among the ruins of previous prosperity. This spirit of inhabiting forgotten spaces, reclaiming them is becoming ever more relevant with the prospective failure of retailers, potentially leaving vacant buildings and shopping malls dormant. If only the Fishkill Flea could have avoided being ousted by Home Depot just a wee bit longer, it could have garnered new currency.
Related Items: This slideshow Slate.com features the reuse of big box stores which are also featured in the book Big Box Reuse by Julia Christensen
Beacon's cache of pre-big box boxes ripe for some form of reuse will undoubtedly sit untouched, locked up even longer in these recessive times.

pearldaddy hosts one final fling: Yuko Kimura Sunday Brunch CD Release Party, Jan 4 1-5pm

Marlene Parillo's drama mugs.

Andrea at
pearldaddy (183 Main St.) has announced that the boutique will be closing in March. The shop will host a final party/ Sunday Brunch CD Release Party for jazz vocalist Yuko Kimura's "A Beautiful Friendship" album. The event is scheduled tomorrow, Jan 4 from 1-5pm.
Join us from 1-5pm on Sunday January 4th to sip Mimosas and nibble on fruit and muffins while listening to Ms. Kimura sing at her Sunday Brunch CD Release party. Yuko will be performing songs from her new CD, accompanied by Cameron Brown on Bass, at 2pm and again at 3pm. Ms. Kimura will be signing CDs all day.

Recorded in Soho, "A Beautiful Friendship" features Yuko Kimura on Vocals, (and her NY band) Roberta Piket on Piano, Cameron Brown on Bass, and Gene Jackson on Drums.
Marlene Parillo's ceramic works and mixed media tapestries will be on view through March. For more info, call 845-765-0169 or info[at]pearldaddy[dot]net. All jewelry is marked down 40%