Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Call for entries: photography

Wild Wood Gallery is seeking entries for a juried photography exhibition. The exhibition, entitled "Journeys" is scheduled April 8 - May 7, 2006

Leonard Freed & Helen Wright

1st,2nd, 3rd place photographers will be offered a group exhibit at Wild Wood Gallery in 2007.

Deadline for entries: March 3, 2006
Entry form and downloadable application at

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Pq #92 cover: Carlos Loret de Mola, Isabel Grey (detail), 2001, C-print, 20x27"

The Center for Photography at Woodstock has just released the current issue of PHOTOGRAPHY quarterly - Pq #92. This issue of the quarterly covers the Regional Triennial of the Photographic Arts Exhibit held at CPW in the fall of 2005. Todd Spire served as a panelist for the Triennial. Jaanika Peerna and Angelika Rinnhofer are both featured in Pq #92.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Out on the Street

As of last week, Collaborative Concepts lost their space at Bulldog. It seems the group was not able to make ends meet recently- even with selling beer for $3 a bottle at openings.

The most recent Artists in Residence, Will Walker, and Peter Iannarelli, are working with Bulldog Studios which has allowed the artists to stay in their studios in the interim until that entire space is rented, or some other space becomes available.

I gather that the Collaborative board is still in existance, and planning their next step. All things have a natural life span, and in respect to the stature that Collaborative once had, and the great presence it represented in Beacon and the area, I would suggest it istime to end the final chapter of book, and allow the memory of this organization stand as a vital art space that was a pioneer on the scene. The alternative will be that of an entity that had it's day, and just couldn't bear to let go and move on even as it wilted away.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Gallery talk at Dia:Beacon, Jan 28 1pm

Photo: Installation view, “Dia’s Andy: Through the Lens of Patronage” at Dia:Beacon. Photo: Bill Jacobson.

Neil Printz -co-editor with George Frei, of Warhol: The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, volumes I and II (Phaidon Press, 2004)- will be giving a gallery talk on Andy Warhol at 1pm. For more information, visit

Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street Beacon, New York 12508
845 440 0100

Monday, January 23, 2006

This comes by way of photographer, Jason Kremkau. If you happen to be in the city this Wednesday, and are interested, you can rsvp at

Dead of Winter at HVCCA- Jan 28

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill is currently closed except by appt. until March, but on Saturday Jan 28, the center is sponsoring a program of video and performance pieces curated by Daniel Fuller. The screenings and performances will be held throughout Peekskill's commercial district. The event kicks off at 11 am at HVCCA with videos by Tamy Ben-Tor and Marina Abramovic. Also on the program:
Performances by: LoVid, Sissi Olivieri and
Nicco Vascarelli.

Videos from dusk-11: Emilie Helpern, Laurel Nakadate, Lee
Walton, Jordan Wolfson (2006 Whitney Biennial),
and Saya Woolfak.
Free Hot
Toddies, Beer and Hot Cider.
Maps for locations for the events will be available at HVCCA.
More details for the day's events here.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Artist Studio Space Available

Spire Studios has a couple work spaces both currently and soon to be available. For current availability, contact Todd.

Art Store Survey

If you have not seen it, there is a survey circulating around town asking artist's preferences and buying habits of art materials. A woman named Nicole is considering opening an art store in Beacon, and she created the survey to explore the possibility of doing so. The survey has been distributed around Spire, and Bulldog. If you have not seen the survey, and are interested adding your 2-cents, Chthonic has a box near the counter where surveys can be picked up, and returned.

Friday, January 20, 2006

POJO highlights painter Corso de Palenzuela

Corso de Palenzuela, by

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

3 dates in the city

Kathy Feighery is part of a group exhibit named "Surface," at Brenda Taylor Gallery . "Surface" Opening Reception: Friday Jan. 27 6-8pm. The exhibit runs through Feb. 25
Brenda Taylor Gallery
511 W 25 St #401
NY, NY 10001

Karlos Carcamo has work in a group show entitled: "Do you think I'm Disco?" The exhibit is being held at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Opening Reception, Weds, Feb 1, 5-9pm.

Hostos Community College/CUNY
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St
Bronx, NY 10451
Directions2, 4, 5 subway trains Bx1, Bx19 buses to 149th Street/Grand Concourse
MetroNorth to Harlem 125th stop

Subway: 4,5,6 @ 125th Street - one block east on 125th Street Gallery HoursMon . - Sat. | 10 am - 6pm Closed Sundays & major holidays.

Angelika Rinnhofer will have selections from her Menschenkunde & Felsenfest series on exhibit at the Deutsches Haus at NYU from Feb 4 through March 5.
Opening Reception: Sat Feb. 4 6-8pm
Deutsches Haus is located at 42 Washington Mews; between Washington Square North, and 8th St.

Sheilah Rechtshaffer will having a reception on Saturday, January 21 for her exhibit "Seasons." The exhibit is at the Croton Free Library in Croton-on-Hudson. The reception is scheduled for 1:30-4:30p. Sheilah will be giving a talk at 3pm. The library is located at 171 Cleveland Dr. Directions are available on the library's web site.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Maykr listed on Gallery Driver aggregator

Gallery has added the Maykr blog to its aggregator of art blogs both local and those from beyond. The site features info on artists and galleries around the Hudson Valley. Gallery Driver also develops software that helps galleries more easily manage their websites. more info

bau performance highlighted in PoJo

Yesterday, the Poughkeepsie Journal ran an article regarding tomorrow's performance of Neil Alexander at bau as part of their "Take another bau" series. The performance is Sunday Jan 15 at 6 pm. bau is located at 161 Main St.
Link to the article.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Second Saturday in Beacon

It's here once again, and here is what I know is going on this coming Saturday, art-wise. You can find the appropriate links the sidebar.

Gallery Receptions:

RiverWinds - Featuring Artwork from students at Beacon High School

Kiesendahl + Calhoun - "Relations" paintings drawings, and ceramics by two pairs of mothers and daughters

bau - bau 13: noise, work by Harald Plochberger, Gary Jacketti, Vivian Altman, Egon Zipple. Reception 6-9

Wildwood Gallery - "Trees" Photographers' Reception, 5-9pm.

VanBrunt Gallery - Group Show 2. New works by all of your favorites: Colin Barclay, Richard Butler, Sydney Cash, Joe Concra, Simon Draper, Kathy Feighery, Steven Hazard, Thomas Huber, Stanford Kay, Ben Neill, Vincent Pomilio, Stephen Niccolls, Molly Rausch and Kathleen Sweeney. Reception 5-9pm

I don't want to forget Emil Alzamora's and Steven Spacarelli opening at Yellow Bird in NewBurgh.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

New Hudson River School

This term has been tossed around recently, (as referenced in the last post) and my prediction for 2006 is that you'll be seeing it much more.

Be forewarned

Beacon Art in Chronogram

The January issue of Chronogram features several mentions of Beacon art and artists.

First is a profile of sculptor, Emil Alzamora, who's two man exhibit, Covalence, with Stephen Spacarelli is opening at Yellow Bird Gallery in Newburgh,on Saturday, Jan 14.

Next, Beth Wilson,in her column, Lucid Dreaming, offers up some form of silly excercise with her mostly local art world predictions for 2006, of which, #'s 3 & 8 reference Beacon sites:

3. Dia:Beacon will remain blissfully ignorant of all artists who live and work in the Hudson Valley, unless their work was previously exhibited at the Venice Biennale, or has appeared in the pages of Artforum.

8. Carl van Brunt will apply his Buddhist charm to the promotion of The New Hudson movement at his gallery in Beacon, and elsewhere. Good artists and good people throughout the valley will rejoice, and total instant karma will break out spontaneously around the world.

Finally, this month's "Parting Shot" features an image by Charlotte Schulz, whose installation at Para/site will be on exhibit through January 28. The installation pairs her drawings with elements of her preparatory process including pages of densely written pages of neatly written notes in tiny handwriting. If you haven't yet done so, check it out.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Desperately Seeking...

DH Canvas is a community arts related publication serving Orange, Pike, and Sullivan Counties. They also carry information regarding Beacon, or other Dutchess County events if it is sent to them.
The newspaper is doing a story on an production of the Vagina Monologues in Orange County. The Arts Alliance of the Lower Hudson Valley is producing the play in March.
The Canvas wants to interview any actresses that have performed in the play. Anyone fitting that description can speak with Barry at 845.733.4404
The Canvas is also seeking emails from men who have seen the play and are willing to express their opinions of the play. For anyone for whom this applies, he can send anything the paper can quote to: The Canvas needs your full name, and the town in which you live. Deadline is Feb 1.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

On art space mad libs + the incubator

Mathew Nash, at Big Red and Shiny has recently written a couple of articles on art spaces. The first offers an analysis of the strata of art institutions and their various roles that make up the community in and around Boston.
When considering the make up of a healthy, and stimulating art community as expressed in its entities, I generally consider the analogy of an ecosystem. A thriving ecosystem relies on the competetive and symbiotic relationships within a diverse population, each species filling a some essential role.
I find Nash's categorization a handy way to identify the elements of a creative community. I think this model can be used as an overlay, scaled down, to study a community like Beacon, and what it has, lacks, and what addition it could need and support. Realizing that Beacon is 70 miles north of the ultimate Biodome of art environments, we certainly don't need to mimic that jungle, but as we choose to live, and make our work here, are there additions that could enhance this community to further stimulate, or feed our activity?
I'm just asking.

The second article deals with the incubator art space. I find the term "incubator" a bit formal, but the spirit behind such wide open spaces is, for me, the big part of a meat and potatos serving of what a community has to offer. These are the spaces that are not dependant on commercial success of exhibitions, and allow for a exciting petri dish-type platform for a variety of work to be exhibited.
Incubator spaces are the most important aspect of any growing and prosperous art scene. They are where young artists come to maturity, and established artists go to try works that are risky. These spaces ultimately provide the commercially viable and academically relevant artists that make a community worthwhile. Often destroyed by progress and forgotten over time, it is important to remember that there is no art scene without them.

It's in this spirit that bau was formed. I think Zahra's Studio and Para/site offer further examples of this mindset that enriches the community. I think Spire has the opportunity to do so as well. Does a community like Beacon need more art spaces? Can it support more? Is it well enough served that those that exist currently?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Bulldog Cinema?

The Poughkeepsie Journal is reporting today that the Beacon Cultural Foundation has just received a NYSCA grant to design the transformation of the theater in the old high school into a digital movie theater. Several months ago, the foundation received, "on permanent loan," a $250,000 digital projector from Technicolor.

The foundation will be seeking funds to carry out the estimated $150,000 in improvements to the theater.

In the article, Sam Yanes, foundation Pres., stated that the programming for the theater will be of a similar nature to that of Film Forum, featuring independant, foreign, and classic films, as well as special curated series.

The timeline for opening of the theater depends upon funding, but Yanes said that he hopes it can be rolling by next year.

Friday, January 06, 2006

January Career Development Sessions for Visual Artists with Judith Page

Brooklyn based artist, Judith Page will be holding two artist development workshops in January.

January Group Sessions

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 - Applying for Grants (including need and project based grants) and Residencies - The best images; the right words; the perfect strategy.
Register by January 11.

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - Portfolio Development - What to include; format and style of materials; what to write; image selection; statements; digital presentations; and more.
Register by January 18.

Each session is limited to 8 artists.
Where - Page's studio at 87 Richardson Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

When - Individual sessions by appointment; group sessions as announced

Fee - $60.00 per hour for individual sessions at her studio; $30.00 for a two-hour group session (5-8 artists) at her studio.

What to Bring - Materials appropriate for the session such as slides, photographs, resume, press, statements

Page will Provide - a professional evaluation, recommendations, resources, appropriate handouts"

If you are interested in an individual or group session, please contact Judith at 718-486-7662 or More information can be found at

Thursday, January 05, 2006

einLab performing @ bau, Jan 8, 6pm

Beacon artist Elia Gurna is appearing with her partners Ben Lam, and Mark Di Donna as einLab. Self described as Soundpiece Artists, einLab creates perfomance installations that "continue blurring the line between installation art and live music."
The performance is part of the series "Take another bau " at bau, 161 Main St. on Jan 8 at 6pm.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Top 10 list features Dia:Beacon

Tyler Green at MAN has included Dia:Beacon's series of Anges Martin exhibits at #8 of his top ten of 2005. This extended focus on Martin's work at Dia has served as a dignified tribute to the artist, giving time to consider the trace of a very long career. For me, the first installment revealed to me a segment of her work I never knew. I've not yet seen the third installment, but I am anxious to do so.

Also at Dia:Beacon, the Sol Lewitt's, 123: All Three Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes, 1967/2003 has come back on exhibit. The piece has been move to a space adjacent to the Chamberlain gallery, and the result is quite amazing. The Lewitt was originally in a smaller gallery that now houses a wall drawing. The present space is more open and allows for a mesmerizing interaction among the individual units that make up the entire work, and the nearby walls. While attending a gallery talk on Chamberlain in November, I was struck by the dissolution and reemergence of the cubed forms creating a shifting structure, that softly manipulated the feel of the space and gave me a new awareness of an artwork that had originally not impressed me.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Upcoming NY dates for Bruce Molsky

Beacon based musician, Bruce Molsky is generally traipsing about the globe performing at many a far flung venue. At least for the month of January, he has a couple of gigs closer to home. Get all sorts of info at his website,

The Depot Theatre, Garrison, NY
Saturday, January 14, 2005 at 8:00PM
Tickets and information: (845) 424-3900,
One of my favorite places to play solo, the Depot Theatre is the old Garrison railroad station, an intimate and sonically wonderful spot to hear acoustic instruments. It will be big fun to be back there again.

Fiddler’s Dream at The Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY
Saturday, January 21, 2005 at 8:00PM
Tickets and information: (845) 255-1559,
A very fiddlistic evening featuring Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, and yours truly. The evening will be a true celebration of fiddle styles performed by old friends.

Thanks and see you soon,
Bruce Molsky
Tree Frog Music
P.O. Box 759
Beacon, NY 12508