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


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Going South with Karlos Carcamo

Karlos Carcamo packed his bags and headed down to his homeland, sunny El Salvador three days ago.  He's participating in an exhibit at the Marte Museo Arte De El Salvador in San Salvador.  The exhibit Zonas de Trueque, curated by Jose Ruiz of the Bronx River Arts Center and which also features the work of Experanza Mayobre, Diego Medina and Irvin Morazan, is part of a series of interventions in specific locations throughout the museum by invited artists.  This PDF chronicles some past interventions in the series.

Karlos is also currently in the midst of a residency at the Lower East Side Print Studio shop.  One of the projects he's working on during the residency is a series of postcards featuring many of the fine correctional facilities here in our area.

This Summer of Kork

 Mark Creegan, Untitled, 2009.
Summer is a time of hiatus for many an art space, but not so for kork, the everpumping, everchurning cultural juggernaut in an accounting office in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The post Labor day gearing up of labor came early this season. For the months of May and June, Mark Creegan of Jacksonville FL, labored daily, and made labor daily for the accounting office staff, enlisting them in the creation of artwork with daily requests via email create and post photocopies of various subjects. There's a slide show of the collaboration's results on the kork blog.
Since the beginning of July and still up through Aug 31, Denver based artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy presaged the weirdly wet Summer we've experienced by imagining the outcome of a clash between the forces of nature clashes and the manufactured atmosphere of the office space environment. What she's come up with is a bio/botanical form that look like animated shrooms sporting a margarita's salted rim.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Untitled, 2009.
Christopher Patch and Bridget Mullen, both artists based in Brooklyn are teaming up to take the Sept/Oct shift on the board.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Eye Candy Friday: surely I'm not the person you were, but. surely I'm not the person you were, but.

I find my impulse in posting is halted at times out of a percieved need to make posts fit in with a context, and that includes the ECF posts.  Well, this is all I have to say about that, via c-monster. I pledge to you dear reader/viewer to try to not overthink these things.
So appropos of nothing, I present to you for your viewing pleasure, Holding Your Breath (Taking the Long Way), a performance from 2008 by Mika Tajima/ New Humans along with Vito Acconci and Howie Chen at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery. via ubu.com, once again.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Open the door: Open studios at both ends of Dutchess county in September

23 artists in Northern Dutchess County will open their studios to visitors on Labor Day weekend (Sept 5,6) for the 2009 Annual Art Studio Views.  The bulk of the studios are centered in the vicinity around Rhinebeck and Red Hook (there's a map on the event website and a list of participating artists).
If you're an artist in Beacon, and you're considering participating in the Beacon Open Studios on Sept, 26 & 27, you have through Aug. 31 to register for the lowlow price of $20.  After the 31st, the registration fee jumps to $30, but you'll still have until Sept. 10 until registration closes.  I am participating, and if you're on the fence, let me vouch for the potential wonderfulness that participating may just bring....
A BOS Kickoff party will be held on Friday, Sept 25 from 7-10pm at 460 Main St.  (Van Brunt Gallery's old home).  Each participating artist will have a piece in a group show on view during the party.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Autumn exhibits and workshops at Pelham Art Center, Pelham NY.

The Pelham Art Center, in Pelham has kindly sent me information on their upcoming programs.
First, and update:  Back in December of '08, I posted a notice about the PAC's 2009 Alexander Rutsch Painting Award.  This year's prize was awarded to Tracy Miller.   Miller's paintings are psychadelic dreams of beer, cigs and sweets, but what really caught my interest when looking at her website are her cakemaking endeavors.
In September, PAC will be hosting two concurrent exhibits of abstract works in painting and drawing.  The first is a solo show; Squared Off- Workds on Paper by Elizabeth Goldman:
This is a solo exhibition of abstract artworks that are a hybrid of painting and drawing. It is also the first exhibit to take place in the Art Center's renovated gallery. In her most recent works, Ms. Goldman introduces quasi-geometric forms superimposed onto a gestural surface. By working in layers, Ms. Goldman allows the work to evolve, creating an almost invisible history with marks and materials. The tension on the canvas comes not from what is seen but what is not seen.
The second exhibit is a group show featuring the paintings of three artists.  Same River Twice includes the work of Josh Willis, Lauren Portada and Bradley Fesmire:
Josh Willis’s miniature paintings can be viewed as either discrete works or part of a larger series of paintings. Developed from the outside-in, the artist first establishes how many canvases, and what size and shape they will take. Imagery is characterized by an impression of a figure in the landscape, as a reference to the “figure in a landscape” as represented in landscape painting and as a connection to the artist’s place of origin. Lauren Portada describes her paintings as recordings focused on the intimacy of the landscape. Inspired by travel, observation, and nature photography, they reflect her concern with the natural world and the expansion of historical landscape painting, deciphering the connection between the landscape and history, viewer and object, chronicled events and time. Bradley Fesmire’s process involves wooden panels that are carved, most often with a router, to allow for a direct relation with the material and experience. The router acts as paintbrush, eraser and in the artist’s words, a metaphor for time, engraining his ideas into the surface of the work, with a tinge of melancholy.
 
Lauren Portada: “Mountain Top,” 2008. Oil and wax on linen, 91.44 cm x 121.92 cm

Both exhibits open on September 11 and run through October 31.
On September 19th, the PAC will be hosting a Korean Folk Arts Day highlighting traditional Korean music and dance featuring performances by Minji Kim and Jung Hee Ho.  The program is will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 and is free to the general public.
The PAC will also be collaborating with the Hudson Valley Writers Center on a series of writing workshops for and a reading for adults in October and January.  Registration for thoseworkshops is open now.  Information can be found at the HV Writer's center website , and on the PAC website, along with information on the center's other art education programs.

COTA seeking artist submissions. Deadline Sept 10

COTA - Celabration of the Arts is a one day festival that fills areas of New Paltz will be happening this year on Saturday, October 10 from 11 to 5pm. 
Artists who would like to participate this year are invited to submit their work for consideration.  Deadline for submissions is Sept. 10, 2009.  Here's the skinny:
COTA(Celebration of the Arts), a fine and performing art event in New Paltz, NY, now in its third year is seeking proposals for site-specific installations that explore the rich history of Historic Huguenot Street and its relationship to the Hudson Valley. COTA is also seeking  proposals for artists to construct stations for a mini-golf course. Artists must construct a station that can be played as a mini-golf hole. These installations/sculptures will be installed on the street, which is the main thoroughfare that connects either lawn where the exhibition and activities tents will be located. The installations/sculptures must be weather tolerant and be able to be installed and taken down the day of the event.  Application are available by contacting Melanie Cronin @ cronartusa@gmail.com or 845.430.8470, Applications must be postmarked by September 10, 2009.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Artist Talks & Performance today at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz starting at 5:30pm

The Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz will be hosting a gallery talk today featuring some artists involved in the Ecotones and Transition Zones on exhibit through September 6. The artists participating in the talk include Robert Capozzi, Lorrie Fredette, Dylan McManus, Laura Moriarty and Jill Parisi, Dana Duke, Susan Miller, Itty Neuhaus and J. Gilbert Plantinga.

The talks will take place from 5:30-6:45 in the Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and the North Gallery.

Ryder Cooley in her tree, playing a saw.

At 7 pm, Ryder Cooley will be presenting an interactive tree serenade. Visitors are encouraged to participate by bringing musical instruments.

It's highly unlikely that I'll be able to make it to the talks.....I can only hope that someone might videotape it. I'm particularly interested hearing more about the collaborative project created by Capozzi, Fredette, McManus, Moriarty and Parisi.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Incredibambool

You can place this in the "wasn't expecting that" file:  The Starn Brothers' Big Bambu transformed into bamboo logo on for the Times Style Magazine.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Final opening party at Zahra's Studio, Aug 15 6-10pm

Zahra's Studio is hosting an opening party - the last opening party - for a show of Matt Simone's work.
The exhibit and the tattoo studio/gallery are closing at the end of this month.
Stop in, have a drink and bid adieu to Keith and crew.

Eye Candy Friday: Hello Again, Andy.

August 6 marked the 81st anniversary of Andy Warhol's birth.  This moment of convergent genius comes via ubu.com  In 1984 Warhol directed the video for the Cars song Hello Again.
This here version is not quite the one you might have seen on MTV back in the day.  
Note this video contains gratuitous teased hair and some nudity.  It's also got a Vanilla Ice look-a-like with a giant python.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Joseph Bertolozzi signing and discussing Bridge Music today at Barnes and Noble in Newburgh, NY

Here's an item I'm tardy in sharing, but not entirely too late:
Joseph Bertolozzi will be discussing and signing copies of his cd Bridge Music at 7pm today at the Barnes and Noble in Newburgh (1245 Rt. 300.)

Friday, August 07, 2009

August 15, 2009 Fill your plate for two good causes: The 3rd Annual Taste of Beacon & The Clearwater Wine & Chocolate Sail

Beacon will be hosting two separate tasteful events benefitting two worthwhile organizations in town next Saturday.
I've mentioned in the past that I'm a board member of the Beacon Community Center, and the BCC is the beneficiary for proceeds from the 3rd Annual Taste of Beacon which will be taking place on the 15th fromm 1 to 4 pm in the parking lot of the Piggy Bank at 446 Main St.  The Taste of Beacon will bring together several of Beacon's eateries and resident chefs in one place for your sampling pleasure.  
Taste of Beacon Partner restaurants include:  Beacon Bagel, The Piggy Bank, Homespun, Max's on Main, Cheesecake Annie's, Ambrosia (Jamaican Spice), Cup and Saucer Tea Room, Mr. Diaz's Kebabs, Home Cooking New York - Jennifer Clair, Poppy's, Common Ground Farm, Pleasant Ridge II, Sukothai, Zora Dora's, Zuzu's
Tickets for Taste of Beacon :  $25 for individuals, $40 for admission for two. 
Children under 12 are free.
For information on the event and how to buy tickets, email tasteofbeacon@beaconcommunitycenter.org or call 845-831-6180.  Updated information can also be found at the T.O.B. facebook event page
(While you're there, consider becoming a fan of BCC to stay apprised of upcoming events and programs.)
Now the kicker:  I'll be giving away one admission-for-two ticket (a $40 value, mind you.) 
Here's how it works:  Just send me an email at info@maykr.com with TOB Ticket Giveaway in the subject line before 8pm on Wednesday, August 12.  The winner's name will be picked at random from my Stepmom's Grandfather Herb's hat and announced on that same evening.  
So get those emails in....It should go without saying, but I'm saying it anyway, only enter if you know that you can and will attend Taste of Beacon.  And, if you don't win, we'd still love to see you there.  It's for a good cause, ya know.  Finally, if you want to buy tickets, you can also email me and I'll hook you up.
Please note:  Taste of Beacon is taking place from 1-4pm, not 1-6 as previously advertised.
Whew!


As if that wasn't enough indulgement for a good cause, The Sloop Clearwater will be hosting a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Sail from 6-9pm on, also on Aug 15.  All proceeds from the sail will benefit Clearwater's envronmental education and advocacy work.
The Clearwater will sail out of the Beacon Ferry Dock, Red Flynn Drive.
Tickets:  $75 for adults, $25 for children under 12 (I think that because consume less wine) Just kidding. JUST KIDDING! I can assure you children aboard will not be served wine. But, they will be treated to the traditional jazz stylings of the Perry Beekman Trio.
Partition Street Wine Shop and Lucky Chocolates, both of Saugerties will be serving up the evening's fare.
Call Catherine at Clearwater - 845.454.7673 x107 to make reservations.  
Sounds to me like you could live one heck of a gourmand's fantasy by taking in both of these great events.

Gallery Goings On in Beacon NY, Saturday August 8

Here's a bit of what's going down tomorrow.
First of all, there's the WOMS panel discussion on Public Art happening at the Learning Lab at Dia:Beacon.  That is happening at 2pm.  Also, residents of Orange County, with proof of residency, get free admission to Dia:Beacon on Saturday.
The opening reception for Windows on Main St. will commence at 6pm at Chill at 173 Main.
Tomorrow will be the grand opening of Dream in Plastic with the group show Analog.  Dream in Plastic is located at 177 Main St.
Fovea has a new exhibit called American Youth.  Opening reception is happening from 4-8pm, and the exhibit will be on view through Nov 8, 2009.  Here's the lazy man's click, drag and paste manner of sharing  info:
Fovea opens "American Youth", an group photography exhibition that examines the newest generation of 18 to 24-year-olds, looking at young couples and missionaries, debutante balls and drunken tailgate stupors, Iraq war widows and wannabe models,street kids and lobstermen. How are they different, and how are they the same as the generations that came before them? Poignant in their ability to reveal the strength of rebellion alongside the inevitable vulnerability of adolescent existence, the photographs stand in both contrast and correspondence to each other. The lives of teens are shown with an edgy empathy. Moments from our youth's love, life, work and play are all addressed through the documentary images of 24 photographers. "American Youth" presents stories by an acclaimed group of photographers belonging to the agency Redux Pictures of, and will open Saturday August 8th at Fovea Exhibitions,The exhibition features photographs by national and regional photographers Marc Asnin, Ben Baker,Nina Berman, David Butow, Peter Frank Edwards, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Eros Hoagland, John Keatley, Andy Kropa, Erika Larsen, Gina LeVay, Joshua Lutz, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Darcy Padilla,Mark Peterson, Michael Rubenstein, Greg Ruffing, Q. Sakamaki, Erin Siegal, Angie Smith, Ben Stechschulte, Brad Swonetz, Nathaniel Welch, and David Yellen. An accompanying book of the same name published by Contrasto is available in conjunction with the exhibition.
 Floor One is hosting an intriguing curatorial project called Price Check. Roslyn Esperon and Courtney Rile are responsible for the project which has gathered artists from Beacon, NYC and Syracuse and examines the perceived and actual retail value differences in the three different markets.  The pair have been documenting the project on a blog.  Participating artists are:  Michael Barletta, Carol Flaitz, Carla Goldberg, Novado Cappuccilli, Jason Varone, Fred Wellner, Laura Wellner and Lea Wolff.  The opening reception will be happening from 6-10pm.   
Gallery G is hosting an exhibit of Pete Crotty's photography called dharma.  The WOMS after party will also be happening there, and Pete's band NCM will be performing along with Cormac and Annabelle.  If I had more time, this would be where I'd insert one of the disarmingly goofy picture of Pete I've snapped over the years.
Open Space will continue showing We are Familia through Sept 6.
Gallery 506, the summer long, full frontal exhibition frenzy, which I have not yet checked out will be opening Time and Place, featuring work by Mark Lyon, John Waldie and Jason Torres.  Reception is at 6-9pm.
Bau is hosting an exhibit by Lisa Zukowski called Beneath the Surface. Reception is 6-9pm.
RiverWinds is showing work by Ellen A Lewis called Air-Water-Fire
Over at Go North,.....PSYCH! There's no more Go North...not locked down on  Beacon's Main St, anyway. I don't mean to be cruel, but we all have to get over it and move on.  You can check out the gallery's show archive online at http://gonorthgallery.com/, and if you like, leave flowers, teddy bears and other memorialia on the doorstep of 469 Main.  
Ok, that's it for now..

Looking back: Opening Ceremony for Olafur Eliasson's Parliament of Reality, May 16, 2009 at Bard College

We arrived at Bard in time to catch the afternoon session of the opening program laid out for Olafur Eliasson's permanent installation at Bard College The Parliament of Reality on May 16, 2009.
The site of the installation had changed greatly since I was last there in March. Having the "after, after the before gave me quick thrill. Defying the expectations set by the extravagance of some costly public art, the island is rather bland. This blandness also defies the expectations raised by much of this artist's other work and I think it should work well for the project as a whole going forward. This is no grand experiment in the tweaking of sensory perception. The work was created as a point of intellectual exchange, to facilitate social  gatherings and provoke debate.  It's an open air lecture hall, an academy in an approximation of the original sense: a venue where intellectual dialogue might be paired with the enhanced sensory input of exposure to the elements of nature.  This work is not apparently ostentatious (aside from creating a body of a water where there once was none in the middle of a grassy meadow). But this is sort of feature has been de riguer for upwardly mobile backyards for years, and in fact if this was in someone's back yard, there'd be the added feature a gazebo perched atop the island.  The swirling stainless steel canopy spanning the bridge is the only apparent glitz adorning the work.  This is a table, set simply, for the discurssive banquets to be held there. The work is also not complete. The plantings are new and will take several years of growth to ground the work to its site. Young trees belt the piece on the outer side of the moat. Standing on the disc. I tried to envision the effect that the fully mature trees would have on the space, anchoring it in place among broader environs.  Surely the plantings maturity will strengthen the geometry of the site and lend a sense of sheltered glade or nearly natural amphitheater. I imagine that in years to come this growth will provide the sensation of passing through an aperture as one passes over the bridge to the stone paved plaza of the island.  The island is paved in an arrangement such that the grout lines trace concentric geometric forms originating from a central cirucular stone with culminating in alignment of the cardinal points. The disc is ringed by seating in the form of large, irregular boulders.
CCS Director Tom Eccles kicking off the afternoon.

The afternoon session kicked off with a performance orchestrated by Andrea Zittel. The performance entailed four individuals tracing a square in, meeting one another at points along this square then turning back, all set to a pulsing soundtrack of a crushing, electric drone. There was something ceremonial, in an ancient way, in work. The repeated movements and the posture of the performers brought to mind lines of Irish step dancing - without that pasttime's more insidious traits.  I was anxious to see what Zittel had come up with as I have not seen to performance.  It was spartan and exhilarating.
Above and below:  moments from the performance by Andrea Zittel.

Following Zittel's piece, Molly Nesbit, professor of Art History at Vassar did a reading that spoke of the parliament and actions as a form of voting. She linked Eliasson's piece with a history of democratic gatherings in the region that predate Woodstock. I don't doubt the substantial content of her talk, but much of what she said gained little traction on the wagon trail track of my mind. At the end of her talk in an experiment of promoting an impromptu parliament, levelling the field amongst presentor and audience, she passed the microphone around to garner thoughts and responses from the entire group.
Professor Molly Nesbit giving her talk.

The microphone continued traveling through the gathered group before and after the final speaker, German philosopher, Pieter Slojterdijk. For me the most stirring words of the afternoon came from Sloterdijk, German Philosopher who spoke on the nature of reality by enumerating three human engineered projects that could well have huge impact on the perception of reality in the future.
 Pieter Slojterdijk
He enumerated three "clients" that could irrevocably alter humanity's tie to that which is considered "reality".
The first of his "clients" as he called them is Cern, which having recoved from damage incurred from defects in the facility's inaugural test last year is now ready to continue its exploratory work of observing the most elemental building blocks of the univers. The results of which could be (although infinitesimally small) creating a black hole and possibly bringing about the end of Physics as a discipline of experimental research. As the crowd giggled as Sloterdijk described the possible nature and progression of a man made black hole, I felt a bit of the ironic portense that is built up in a disaster movie as if we tempting fate in some 19th Century way. "OOhooh, men, flying in the air? preposterous!" Wonderfully creepy.
Sloterdijk's second client, is ETA, the ongoing attempt to create nuclear fusion of a sun-like intensity in a facility in the South of France. Paraphrasing Sloterdijk's imagining of the earth's epitaph: Born as a planet, it longed to be a star.
The final example cited was the International Space Station, the emblematic container of humanity's hopes for cosmologicol colonialism and our species' post-earth survival. How will our view of reality be shifted when life as we have known it, fully entangled in the fiberof its terrestrial host, is cast out into the void, expelled from our hospitable eartlhy womb?
Eliasson floated among the gathering, passing the mic, seeking to engender debate with the possibility of laying down the conversational ethos that would mark the tone of the place's future activities. Much of the talk leaned toward conjuring the practical out of the theoretical, making relevant the workings of this space.  The earnestness for affecting the world is always highly palpable at such events and virtually never actionable.

Olafur Eliasson on the mic.


Artist and writer Carol Diehl on the mic.

At one point, while I was standing on the edge of the island, I experienced a sensation that the disc was teetering slightly.  That of vertigo passed, but later as Eliasson was speaking about democratice structures and the idea of discourse and exchange, I realized the previous sensation was grasping at unconcious memory that offered an uncanny analogy to the structure of the piece and the idea of an arena for intellectual sparring:
How exciting!
The poles of high culture discourse and life or death contest are not as distant as the struggle between Flash and the Baron might suggest.  Sometime before the official opening of Parliament of Reality, a group of drunken students were apparently inspired to physical feats mischief, attempting to jettison one of the large boulders into the water, resulting in one student losing several fingers.
Though still nascent, the frogs have already claimed the space as their own. The moat of a pond is inhabited by tons of fat tadpoles. The conversations on the island was periodically accented with the oddly mechanized call of frogs resing on the bridge's canopy. The frogs' barking complimented the soundtrack of Zittel's work in such an uncanny way I, at first, believed it to be an additional sound piece.
Toward the end of the afternoon a man was complimenting Eliasson on his work and waxing rhapsodic about about how the artist's creations, the present one included, are breaking down walls, creating an egalitarian, democratic experience for all. I for one think that walls get a bum rap, and, for the record, I stand in praise of the good that a good wall can do....Robert Frost not withstanding.
In fact I sense that when the trees surrounding the feature mature, they will form a wall of sorts, buffering the island from the broader surroundings, enhancing the form and function of the piece.
It struck me as exceedingly funny and ironic that this man's praise of the demolishing of barriers was given while sitting on the only formation that is more exclusionary and divisive than a wall:  an island. 

Eye Candy Friday: Sensory Integration

Merce Cunningham died almost two weeks ago at the age of 90.  

This is an excerpt of a John Cage piece.  I believe it's called Variations V from 1965.  It includes Merce Cunningham among the performers.
Ubu.com also has a great excerpt of Septet from 1964, along with videos of a couple other performance excerpts and some audio recordings of him talking.

Last Friday, NPR's Fresh Air program reran two great interviews with Cunningham (1985) and his collaborator and partner John Cage(1982).

Terri Gross's interviews nicely capsulize the programs of each artist.
In his interview Merce talks about his departures from the traditional signifiers dance performances like negating the focus on the frontal axis in the dance performance, opening the vista for a more egalitarian vantage and concept of dance performance as well as allowing music and dance to co-exist independently on the same temporal plane. In the interview he indicated that his approach to his work was one in which he constantly found himself "...on the point of discovering something I don't know about rather repeating what I do know about.".  Similarly, Cage spoke about his cultivating chance operations with the intention.to make sounds he'd never heard before and doing so in an immediate way the differed from the idea of "hearing music in my head and then simply writing down what is already familiar."
Both of these men were instrumental figures among a generation of artists that fundamentally transformed our ways of seeing and experiencing a world becoming that has become "contemporary".  One that be discerned from the romantic past world from which it was born .  Both men represent prime dynamic models for the artistic investigation of the world around and the sensations we encounter.  If there can be a visceral-conceptual manifestation of the  theories developed in the realm of physics and philosophy, these two embody it. There's an empirical analysis behind their awareness of the elemental constitutions of dance and music that cuts to an elegant core of the essence of experiencing these media.
Cage quotes the French poet Rene Char, "each act is virgin, even the repeated one" and Eric Satie "experience is a form of paralysis" to emphasize the necessity of receiving each occurance, each moment, each vision free from the sufocating raiment of expectation borne of memory. There's no better paradigm to observe in the exercising of  both the disciplines of Maykng and C,ng.
The program of some eight Events performed by the MCDC as part of its two year residency at Dia:Beacon constituted an extended series of essays that remixed the choreographer's career and set it into a dialogue with the atmosphere and artwork of the museum.  This program at Dia was not the only thing the company or the man were doing for the past two years, but in its whole, it I imagine it will stand as Cunningham's summation of his own career
Those who attended the Dia Events, know what a privileged moment they able to witness.
Last week in the NY Times, Alistair Macaulay reviewed the company's performance in Battery Park City on the day of Cunningham's death.  Macaulay's article stated that the dance company will cease to be in two years as was stipulated by the composer, but the works will continue to be licensed.  Along with the article on the Times site, you can see an excerpt of a biographical film by Charles Atlas.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Beacon CityArts meeting Aug 5 at Beacon Institute, 199 Main St at 7:30pm

The Beacon City Arts & Cultural Committee will be meeting tomorrow evening from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Beacon Institute.  Tomorrow's meeting will focus on a discussion of public art and the possible future vision of public art in Beacon.  Attendees are invited to bring hard copy photo documentation of public art.  
This meeting sounds as if it could dovetail nicely with the panel discussion at Dia on Saturday afternoon, and I'll be stopping by to check it out.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

2009 Windows on Main Street opens August 8, 2009

 
Rebecca Ambrosini's invitation at the Creamery.
Windows on Main St opens next Saturday, August 8.  Installations have already started going up.  I caught up with Will Walker on Friday as he was installing his work at M&T Bank.
(editor's note:  I can't express how pleasant it is to have August roll in, and not have to be scrambling about with WOMS related tasks.) 
I will, however, be participating in a panel discussion organized in conjunction with the Windows exhibition that will focus on the topic of public art.  "Public Art, the Economy and Our Community is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug 8 at 2pm at Dia:Beacon.  I don't know this for a fact, but I imagine the talk will take place in the Learning Lab above the bookstore.  I'll verify that detail.  The other panelists include: 
Steven Evans, Assistant Director of the Dia Foundation at Beacon, 
Sara Pasti, Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and Beacon City Councilwoman, 
Garin Baker of the Orange County Arts Council, 
Cabot Parsons, Chairperson of the Beacon Arts & Cultural Committee 
Dan Weise of Open Space Gallery, and Electric Windows here in Beacon.
 
 A peak into the office area at M&T Bank which will be bathed in an elecctric emerald 
glow for a month, courtesy of Will Walker and Jesse Lebwohl-Steiner.
Later in the evening, there will be an opening reception for WOMS on Saturday at Chill wine bar at 173 Main St. from 6-9pm.
The exhibit will close on September 12.  On that day, there will be a panel talk featuring some of the exhibit's participating artists speaking about their projects.  The talk will take place at Zuzu's (453 Main St) at 12pm followed by a closing reception from 2-4pm.
Here are your 2009 Windows on Main St Participating Artists: 
  • Rebecca Ambrosini - Muddy Cup Coffeeshop, 129 Main Street
  • Kathleen Anderson - Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, 324 Main Street
  • Elizabeth Castagna - 500 Main Street
  • Carla Goldberg - Beacon Rivers for Estuaries & Rivers, 199 Main Street
  • Theresa Gooby - 259 Main Street
  • Elia Gurna - 502 Main Street
  • Beth Haber - River Winds Gallery, 172 Main Street
  • Jason Hahn - 504 Main Street
  • Peter Iannarelli & Keisha Luce - Moxie, 544 Main Street
  • Jesse Lebwohl-Steiner & Will Walker - M&T Bank, 200 Main Street
  • Beth Lewis-Jackson & Edward Vermehren - Hudson Beach Glass, 162 Main Street
  • Teresa Marra - Chill Wine Bar, 173 Main Street
  • Eileen McTiernan - Mount Beacon Fine Art, 155 Main Street
  • Dana Devine O’Malley - Zora Dora, 201 Main Street
  • Joe Pimentel & Melissa Toth - Fire Lotus, 474 Main Street
  • Keely Sheehan - Echo, 470 Main Street
  • Vickie Raabin - Mixture, 209 Main Street
  • Steve Rossi - Artisan Wine Shop, 180 Main Street
  • Dan Rigney - BEAHive/American Burnish, 291 Main Street
  • Emily Sylvester - Poppy’s Burger’s & Fries, 184 Main Street
  • Catherine Welshman - Jacqueline’s, 478 Main Street