Thursday, April 27, 2006

HVCCA volunteer docent training session

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, in Peekskill, will be holding a training session on May 13 from 1-5 pm for volunteer docents. The training session will prepare docents for giving tours of the next exhibit, Reverence, opening on the weekend of May 20. Those interested in attending the session can call the museum at 914.788.7166 or by email:


So I've heard a rumor that Richard Prince has already, or is moving to Beacon.

Now you can you can also tell someone that you've heard a rumor that Richard Prince has already, or is moving to Beacon.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Crumb at Howland Public Library

The Howland Public Library will be showing "Crumb" the documentary on cartoonist/artist, R. Crumb on Friday, April 28 at 7pm. The library is located at 313 Main St in Beacon, and the film screening is free.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Rinnhofer photograms at KBP in Williamsburg

A selection of Angelika Rinnhofer's photograms will be on exhibit at KBP in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Angelika's work will be shown with photograms created by Javier Lozano.
The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, April 29 from 6-8pm.

KBP | | 1.347.689.2597 |
Sarah Stanley, Director | Hours: Fri - Sun 12 - 6 pm
235 South 1st at Roebling Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11211 | 1 Block from Grand Street |
L train -Bedford stop

Monday, April 24, 2006

Richard Bruce receives Hudson River Art Award

Richard Bruce is among the recipients a Hudson River Art Award from The Society of the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture.

An excerpt from the press release:

Richard Bruce, Paintings

A native of West Virginia, Bruce grew up at the base of the Appalachian mountains and on the shores of the Ohio River. After a brief period in North Carolina, he moved to New York City, where he lived for 10 years, knowing that some day he would return to a rural area. He found everything he was looking for in the Hudson Valley. He now lives in the village of Cold Spring and maintains a studio in the city of Beacon, where many artists have migrated in recent years.

Bruce writes: "My paintings have been heavily influenced by the Abstract Expressionist painters and, during my years in NY, I had the great fortune to work with and get to know many of the greats, including Joan Mitchell, Milton Resnick and Louise Fishman. Abstract elements are still incorporated in my work, however, now my paintings are much more informed by the area in which I live and the ethereal beauty of the Hudson Valley. In my paintings I am not trying to create literal depictions of specific places, but am more interested in capturing the experience of the landscape, of being in nature and the inherent spirituality found there. The paintings are very much about the river and water. When I am not painting I spend a great deal of time kayaking on the river or hiking on the many trails in the area. I am also very concerned about the preservation and restoration of this environment and wonderful resource."

For further information about the May 6th program, please visit the ARC website, or continue reading. For registration information please visit:

The conference runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a wine and cheese reception. Registration is $60; Student registration $15. The Museum of Biblical Art is located at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street in Manhattan. For further information please call Charles Henderson at 212-870-2544 or email

Zahra's Studio on's Eye Candy section has a gallery of images taken by Angelika Rinnhofer of Zahra's Studio and the work of Tanya Kukucka, who's sculpture was the subject of an exhibit at Zahra's Studio early this year. A creepy but fascinating and oddly beautiful show.

This week at Dia:Beacon

There's a full schedule of events at Dia this week:

Thursday, April 27 12-1pm - Reading Group
. Dia has announced a lunch time series exploring the writings of some artists from Dia:Beacon's permanent collection. Spanning over the course of five Thursdays, (May 4, May 11, May 25, and June 1 are the other dates.) The details:

What: A reading group aimed at introducing participants to the writings of several featured artists in Dia:Beacon’s permanent collection.

How: Each session will focus on the work of 2 artists. Participants will have access to the galleries before noon, and are expected to have read the (short) texts beforehand. We will discuss the artists individually, seeing how the texts relate to the art work (or not) and how the 2 artists "talk" to each other. Some are easy fits, others are fitful:

· Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin
· Robert Ryman and Josef Beuys
· Richard Serra and Robert Smithson
· Andy Warhol and Louise Bourgeois
· Donald Judd and Lawrence Weiner

Who: Karen Michel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts, Marist College and Cultural Correspondent, National Public Radio, will lead the sessions.

When: Five Thursdays: April 27, May 4, May 11 (skip May 18), May 25, and June 1. From 12 to 1 pm

Hungry readers are welcome so you may bring your lunch!

Where: Dia:Beacon Learning Lab

Maximum capacity 20 participants (first come, first served)

This is an education program free with admission to the museum. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please email José Blondet at or call (845) 440-01 00 ext. 13.

All the texts that will be discussed are published in Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art (Edited by Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz), a vast anthology of artists writings. Dia’s bookshop is offering a significant discount on this book to reading club’s participants. Few copies will be available at the Learning Lab.

Saturday, April 29, 1pm - Gallery talk. Art historian, critic and writer will speak on the work of On Kawara as part of this monthly series.

Sunday, April 30, 2pm - St Luke's Chamber Ensemble's Second Helpings.
"Conversation Pieces"

A musical dialogue between the composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), his mentor and friend Philip Glass, and featuring the works of exciting young composers.

TnA critique at bau

The overflow session of the TnA critique from last week will continue this Tuesday at 8pm at bau, 161 Main St. We'll be talking about Gary O'Connor's work that is currently installed in the space.

If you're interested in receiving information on the monthly series, contact us at

For anyone interested in the practice of topical discussions on the work of painters from the comfort of your pc, the blog PaintersNYC opens a thread for comments on a new artist on an almost daily basis.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Kathy Feighery and Richard Butler converse on painting

A transcription of a conversation between Kathy Feighery and Richard Butler is featured in the May/June issue of NYARTS Magazine.


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Draper erects outhouse

Here are a couple of images of Simon Draper installing his privy/viewing room "Private Reserve" in the sculpture garden at Maxwell Fine Arts in Peekskill. The exhibit "Unexpected Visitors" opens today at with a reception from 3-6pm.

Ribbon cutting at Rinnhofer's studio, April 20

This past Thursday, Angelika Rinnhofer hosted ribbon cutting at her studio at Spire Studios. Members of the Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce, and local artists were in attendance.

Anticipation builds as the crowd awaits the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Angelika being interviewed by a television crew from cablevision.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Christopher Lucas at Bulldog Studios

In today's POJO, Kathleen Murray covers the Christopher Lucas exhibit in the library gallery at Bulldog studios.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Joan Mellon at ParaSite

"Adina" by Joan Mellon

ParaSite @ The Iron Fish Trading Company Presents:

"Contemplating Color"
April 27th -May 28, 2006

**Reception: Second Saturday May 13th, 5 - 8pm

Please join me for the opening of "Contemplating Color" paintings by New York City based artist Joan Mellon. The work to be shown, recent multi-paneled and shaped minimalist paintings on canvas and paper, continue Joan Mellon's exploration into how to make paintings that she characterizes as, "not about anything other than themselves which, in keeping with my interests, means objects of color."

Describing her focus on color as an object, Joan Mellon has said, "Making paintings of simple shapes and subtle/intense color is a way for me to slow down the fast-paced, environment in which we live. It has always been my hope that the work I create serves as a pause in time, a place of contemplation where one human being can connect with another, and an antidote to an increasingly speedy, politicized, and disposable world."

Joan Mellon's work is in the collections of Johnson & Johnson, The Franklin Furnace Archives at the Museum of Modern Art, the School of Visual Arts, and the New York Public Library. It is also in private collections and has been exhibited in galleries, universities, and alternative spaces in the United States.

Joan Mellon holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MA from SUNY Empire State College. She is an adjunct art teacher at the State University of New York and an Artist-In-Residence at Roosevelt Hospital and St. Vincents Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York City.

"Contemplating Color" will be on view at ParaSite Art Space located at The Iron Fish Trading Company 167 Main Street, Beacon, NY, April 27th through May 28th, 2006. For further information please contact gallery director Karlos Carcamo at 347-531-6111.

Unexpected Visitors at Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill

A new exhibit will be opening this weekend at Maxwell Fine Arts in Peekskill that includes work by a load of artists from up and down the Hudson Valley and beyond. Beacon area artists in the show are: Chris Albert, Simon Draper, Dakin Roy, and Coulter Young.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, April 22 from 3-6 pm.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

True North Theater Project @ Rivers and Estuaries Center

True North Theater Project will be presenting a staged reading of Under the Hood by Michael Hentzman

A foundling is discovered in a showroom Chrysler in 1957. Where did
Eddie come from? Who is his mother?
Discover Eddie's world in Michael Heintzman's romantic and fantastic
of discovery....

a TrueNorth Theatre Project
April 21,22 Friday - Saturday
7:30 pm
donation: $7.50/no reservations needed

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
199 Main Street
Beacon, NY

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Almost Free" figure drawing at Bulldog Studios

This comes by way of Jen at the Art Room at Bulldog Studios

Thursday evenings in April, there will be a nude model in
the Art Room (Rm 109) at Bulldog Studios from 7:30-9:00.
Please come with your own drawing materials and $1-5 to
contribute to the model (depending on how many people

Come to the middle door on the north side of the
building -- Kent St. -- under the Beacon Academy sign.
Someone will be there at 7:30 to let you in.

For more information, contact

Monday, April 10, 2006

April 13, 7pm Video Artists in Dialogue at HVCCA in Peekskill

HVCCA is presenting another installment of its monthly Video Artists in Dialogue series featuring the center's current artist in residence, Itziar Barrio of Bilbao Spain. Itziar's talk will be followed by a video reel of work curated by Daniel Fuller.

Itziar Bario was born in and lives in the Basque area of Spain, an area rich in history and with a growing, and exciting young contemporary art community encouraged by the opening of the Guggenheim, Bilbao. Itziar graduated from the University of Bilbao in 1998, with a degree in psychology, then immersed herself in art and dance classes in Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian and London. Since 2002, she has worked as a professor of painting and creative _expression in Bilbao. Due to her background, her versatility in the arts encompasses drawing, painting, performance and video.

WHAT Video and Animation Artist Itziar Barrio with SPECIAL video reel curated by Daniel Fuller

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.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Second Saturday in Beacon NY

Events this week include:

Bulldog Open Studios, 12-6pm.

RiverWinds Gallery, Linda Erman work. (Featured on the cover of this week's Pulse.) Reception, 5-8pm
Bannerman Island Gallery, photography by Thom Johnson and James Douglas. Reception, 2-4pm
Bau, bau 16: "Ok, so I lied", objects and installation by Gary O'Connor. Reception 6-9pm
Backroom Gallery, which has moved from the back room to the front is now known as Gallery 475 is showing florals in pastel.
Zahra's Studio, "Paint Noir," paintings by Michael D'Antuono.
Van Brunt Gallery, "American Gothic" by Edward Wilcox and "Priate World" by Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz. Van Brunt will also present a music and video performance by Ben Neill at 9 pm
Spire Studios will host a closing reception for "rage against the machine." 8pm-?

Dancing on Water will be performed at 5pm. (see previous post for more info.)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Susan Osberg's Dancing on Water, March 7,8 at Bulldog Studios

There are two multi-media performances this weekend in the gym at Bulldog. Here is all the info you need to know:

"DANCING ON WATER" by Susan Osberg

Susan Osberg’s Workwith Dancers: Adrienne Barr; Marika Blossfeldt; Christina Briggs; Dages Keates; Alexis Steeves
in collaboration with:

* Musician/composers -- David Arner, Ellen Band

with guest artists from NYC:
Arthur Aviles
Catlin Cobb with Jonathan Ciccarelli and Sarah Lannon;
Muna Tseng and Bruce Gremo playing shakuhachi.

*Poet--Kazim Ali
*Video Artist--Jaanika Peerna

+++Dancers from Hudson Valley community: Ballet Arts in Beacon; “Steppers” from Beacon Highschool led by Phyllis Conyers; Suzi Tortora’s Dancing Dialogue and Dance Majors from Bard College.

Artistic Advisor Winston Roeth and Lighting Designer Brian Aldous will transform the Gymnasium of an old High School at Bulldog Studios into a performance space.

Friday & Saturday
April 7th at 7 PM
April 8th at 5 PM
Bull Dog Studios gymnasium
211 Fishkill Avenue in Beacon, NY 12508. (gymnasium entrance off Eliza Street) FYI
tickets: $10 at the door.
Susan 845- 831-1832.

Dancing on Water is a Workwith Dancers Co. production, sponsored in part by Bulldog Studios and bau/Beacon Artist Union.

Robin Coopers preview of the performance in today's POJO.

In the air

Coming in May: an art supply store in Beacon. This month's dispatch has an ad announcing the opening of the store at 506 Main St.

This week at MAN, Tyler Green was contemplating the possible amount LACMA is paying Michael Govan as its new director, and the reason why it's a secret.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Area opportunities for artists

These two opportunities came to me via Peter Iannarelli and Tony Moore respectively:

Emily Malina
Time & Space Limited
434 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534

The art work can include all art forms for the visual art gallery space at TSL
TIme & Space Limited. E-mail
or send proposals to Mussmann @TSL POB 343, Hudson, NY 12534
This "call" is for artists to make work about MADE IN CHINA or use objects
MADE IN CHINA in the work itself.
Did you know that many of the objects MADE IN CHINA that are sold in USA &
EVERYWHERE are produced by LAOGAI ?
Laogai is a vast labor camp made up of criminals and political dissenters.
Maybe the shirt you have purchased is from these hands.
Maybe the toys that your children play with are from this form of cheap or
forced labor.
China tops the world in executions more than 2,300 per year----some of
these executions are related to organ harvesting-- providing organs and
tissue that are for sale.
Wal-Mart the world's largest retailer buys most of the commodities sold in
their stores from China.
You can buy oil paintings by Van Gogh-- MADE IN CHINA--
You can buy shirts, dresses, shoes, socks, food, glasses, toasters, belts,
bicycles, light bulbs, toys, dishes, paper, firecrackers, pens, pencils,
coffins, herbs, canned food, art, hearts, and more...ALL MADE IN CHINA.
MADE IN CHINA will include performance, film, and texts as well as visual

Westchester Community College in Valhalla (nice gallery) is currently looking at submissions of work in the following areas for '07/08:
"public art proposals"
Send portfolio indicating interest to:
Matt Ferranto
Assistant Professor
Visual Arts-Graphic Design
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road,
Valhalla, NY 10595

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Denver Dispatch

I just returned returned from a trip to Denver the other day. In addition to other projects out there, I am working on an exchange exhibit between artists based in Beacon, and artists of EDGE gallery, a coop gallery in Denver. The exhibits will be held concurrantly at the end of June, at Spire Studios in Beacon, and EDGE in Denver. Stay tuned for more details.
I'm in the process of creating posts about a few art related items in Denver on my personal blog. I'll have a couple more yet to post this weekend on public sculpture, and collector toys.

While I'm talking about my own stuff, there will be a reception held a OII restaurant in connection to my paintings being on display on Thurs., April 6 from 6:30-8pm. If you're around come by and have a drink, and enjoy some tapas.