Friday, March 31, 2006

Final Weekend for Knowlton/Draper exhibit at Van Brunt

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.

Call for Entries: 2006 Mohawk Hudson Regional

The University Art Museum at the University at Albany is holding a call for entries from artists within a hundred mile radius of Albany....Beacon just fits.

Deadline for entries is April 7. Details are here.

Robert C. Morgan to Lecture on art and the Market at Yellow Bird 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.

Robert C. Morgan is an art critic, a poet and an artist. He has a master’s degree in Fine Arts and a PhD in art history. As an art critic he has published hundreds of articles and reviews in magazines and journals.

Mr. Morgan is coming to Yellow Bird to discuss how art is marketed and how that marketing affects the way we view art, the way we talk about art, and the way we understand art. His discussion will cover the role of the market and the media in contemporary art and how they affect the future of art.

Mr. Morgan will also discuss the meaning of all this for new and more modest collectors who want to start and build their own collections based on there own sensibilities.

An open question period and discussion will follow Mr. Morgan’s talk.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Jen Bradford at work

An image from

JenBradford has recently posted a few images of work in progress which shows just a bit of her process in creating the forms and textures that characterize her paintings.

Mia Barkan Clarke in two exhibits this weekend

Mia Barkan Clarke will be taking part in two events on Saturday, April 1st.

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)

April 1 - May 28, 2006
Opening Reception & Poetry Readings: April 1st, 2006, 3:00 pm

Paterson Museum
2 Market Street
Paterson, NJ 07501
(973) 321-1260

Mia's art & poetry will be included along with 52 other artists & writers, including:
Allan Ginsberg
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
E. E. Cummings
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Laura Boss
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 “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.
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.

Zahra's Studio profiled in POJO

Kathleen Murray spoke with Keith Zahra, about his tattoo/piercing studio and art gallery, Zahra's Studio. The article appeared in Sunday March 26's Poughkeepsie Journal.

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

Summer art camp in Beacon NY

LionSun Creative Arts Camp will be offering art classes and activities for children at the University Settlement in Beacon.

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
with your address and I will be sure to send/email you an application.To

Michelle Rhone-Collins

Director, LionSun Creative Arts Camp

BAU in NYTimes Westchester section

Today's Westchester section of the Times includes a story regarding artist run galleries and spaces throughout the region. BAU - Beacon Artist Union is represented by an interview with Harald Plochberger, and an image of most of the bau members standing in front of the gallery.

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

Kiesendahl + Cahoun Gallery set to close

It seems all but certain that Kiesendahl + Calhoun will be closing after its current exhibit closes next month. The gallery closing is the focus of Kathleen Murray's column in the March 17th Enjoy section.

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

The Living Artists of Beacon Directory

If you live in Beacon, you've probably seen the flyers or received the emails seeking submissions for "The Living Artists of Beacon Directory." The directory is an endeavor of artist, writer and art therapist, Mia Barkan Clarke. Mia moved to Beacon in 2005 with her family for the same reasons many others have recently: convenient proximity to Manhattan, the beautiful surroundings, and an atmosphere that is conducive to the process of creating art.
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
(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

Quinn the Eskimo visits Para/site March 18

Eloquent Images:
Obsessions with Text

March 18 to April 16
Opening Reception: March 18, 6-8pm

featuring work by:

Jeff Caramagna
E.J. Holland
Joe Millar
Todd Spire

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

HVCCA's Video Artists in Dialogue March 16

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill continues its series of Video Artists in Dialogue.The second presentation will feature internationally renowned artist James Paterson and Bitforms Gallery owner/director Steve Sacks on Thursday March 16, 2006 at 7:00 pm. Video screenings and artist discussions will be moderated by Curator Daniel Fuller and a reception will follow.

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

Rundown of the Week

So Second Saturday passed by again yesterday. We held our open studio at Spire, and I was not able to make it out to any other venues. If anyone has images from the evening. feel free to send them on.

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 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 Big Weekend

I've spent much of the last two weeks in NYC, so I've been out of the loop a little on what's going on in Beacon this week.
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.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Knowlton, Draper at VanBrunt Gallery

Just a note, tomorrow, Saturday the 4th, the Vanbrunt Gallery is having an opening featuring the work of Grace Knowlton, and Simon Draper. I imagine the reception runs from 6-9.