Monday, November 24, 2008

Last weekend in photos

Here are some images from two openings last weekend. On Friday, Hudson Beach Glass opened an invitational box themed exhibit called Outside the Box Inside:

Catherine Welshman's work.

Kazumi Tanaka's back adorned by some awesome stripe and purple crochet action.

James Westwater's Homeless Chateau above, and models below.

Saturday saw the inaugural exhibit at High Street Gallery located in the home of Robert Brush. The first show, up through January is an exhibit of Greg Slick's Bedscape photographs.

The artist kickin it in High Street's VIP lounge.

Consider yourselves forewarned. Kandid Carcamera is armed with a flip digi cam, and he's makin movies. He posted a short video of Greg's exhibit on

Cast thine eyes Mt. Beacon-ward on the morrow

Tomorrow evening (Tues, Nov 25) from 5-9pm a series of light Beacons will be be ignited to commemorate the evacuation of British Troops from America way back when. The light project will be sited in 11 locations in NY and NJ.
The NY locations include:
Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, NYStorm King Mountain State Park, Cornwall, NYWashington's Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, NYScenic Hudson's Mount Beacon, Beacon, NYScenic Hudson's Spy Rock (Snake Hill), New Windsor, NY.

Scenic Hudson, the Palisades Parks Conservancy, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission have partnered together to produce this project.

Further information on the lighting project can be found at:,,

Friday, November 21, 2008

Eye Candy Friday: Yea! Friday! Edition.

Discussion around the break room at work this morning rotated around the topic odd tv programs starting with broadcast industrial trade films and ending up at public access programs. Concrete Tv is a program on public access down in manhattan that mixes footage from films, commercial, vintage porn and workout videos into dense bricks of imagery and sound and it seemed like a good place to settle for a hard earned Friday evening.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spire Studios presents "Snapper" by Christopher Laro, Nov 22 @ 7pm

On Saturday, Nov. 22, Spire Studios will be presenting a special performance. Here's the rundown from the Spire website:
SnapperBy Christopher Laro
SNAPPER is a cutting-edge drama which aims to bring attention to the atrocities of pedophilia. Featuring Todd Spire on guitar as the play's underscore and Christopher Laro's intense portrayal as a suspect being interrogated by two detectives, this two-man show with live music is the most 'controversial fiction on the issue of pedophilia ever done in theater, film or TV!' More than a One Act play about child abuse, Laro's writing is also a tribute to victims who fall into the hands of these monsters who prey on our children. And with the acoustic guitar playing of Spire and his anthem 'Alma's
Song,' 'SNAPPER' will make you get involved during the Q&A discussion following the piece.
A controversial drama stemming from our outrage at the lack of diligent public concern for the safety of children in order to encourage social discourse on the issue of child predators.
With: Christopher Laro
& musical accompaniment by Todd Spire
Admission: $5 - Seating is limited. Come early.
25% of proceeds to
benefit Warriors for Innocence

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

High Street Gallery's inaugural exhibit opens Nov 22.

Art arrives in uptown Beacon. Robert Brush has announced the opening of his High Street Gallery.
High Street Gallery is a new art space conceived by artist Robert Brush. Located
in an elegant Queen Anne Victorian on historic High Street in Beacon, NY, the
gallery will endeavor to present an eclectic program of conceptually-based work
by emerging and established artists.
An exhibit of photographs by Greg Slick will christen the gallery's program. A split opening reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1-3pm and again from 6-8pm. The gallery is located at 22 High St., and will be open by appointment only.

Outside the Box Inside opening at Hudson Beach Glass, Friday, Nov 21.

Hudson Beach Glass will be hosting an reception on Friday, Nov 21 from 6-8pm for a new group exhibit opening in the 2nd floor gallery. Outside the Box Inside is a themed exhibit that will run through January 15, 2009. Participating artists include: Emil Alzamora, Nan & Bill Bolstad, Jen Bradford, Joy Brown, Grace Gunning & Paul Butler, Rieko Fujinami, Steven B Levine, Susan Magnus, Margaret McDuffie, Kathy Moss, Alison Palmer, Elisa Pritzker, Kazumi Tanaka, Ted Timmer, Connie Verrusio, Catherine Welshman, James Westwater, and me.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Habitat for Artists: the next generation

Bookending the Summer, going up and coming down

Dismantling of the Habitat for Artists enclave at Spire Studios commenced at the end of October. With this first phase of HFA now over, the real fun can begin. One of the habs will stay on location as a sort of homebase while other structures are located elsewhere, bringing more artists into the project.
A reconstituted version of the hab used by
Sharon L. Butler this Summer is currently sitting up in the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi. Come next Spring and proceeding for the next two years, the habitat will give shelter to artists working in and on the space.

As she ended her time working in her habitat, Sharon added additional layers of wallpaper over top of the existing photos and text. The structure took on the look of an interior architectural excavation in reverse - on the exterior. Those yellow and white elements still stand, augmented with new accents.

Panels by Grey Zeien, Matt Sargood, and Marnie Hillsley adorn one side of the Habitat. Another structure has a home at Poets' Walk, a Scenic Hudson park, and will also be available as a truly mini retreat for artists.
On a related, ecologically artful mindedness note, Tricia Watts and Amy Lipton of Eco Artspace, a sponsor of the HFA project, recently started an
Finally, the Habitat project will be the subject of an exhibit at Van Brunt Gallery's Project Space in January.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thomas Huber artist talk in Poughkeepsie, Nov 20, 8pm

Thomas Huber will be giving a talk about his work on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Muddy Cup in Poughkeepsie as part of the Barrett Art Center's Artist's Salon series held on the last thursday of every month at the Muddy Cup in POK.
The talk takes place at 8pm. The Poughkeepsie Muddy Cup is located at 305 Main St.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Beacon's new official website needs your photos

A revamped version of the city of Beacon's official website is currently being developed. Randall Martin is acting in the role of volunteer "photo editor" for the site's photographic content, and he's looking for content from the public. Here are a few details the project and what kind of material is being sought:

I'm volunteering with a team of people to revamp the official City of Beacon
website. This is another no-budget project. I have been dubbed "photo editor"
and have been charged with the responsibility of finding local photographers who
may want to donate interesting iconic images of Beacon to be included on a slide
show on the home page.
There will also be themed galleries, ongoing changing
feature stories that will need to be illustrated and events calendars.
There will
also be links to contributor' s websites and/or contact info. Let me know if you'd
be interested either now or in the future. "Now" means before Thanksgiving. If you
know someone else who might be helpful you could let me know.
Examples of images we are looking for:

Firstly: While beautifully decaying buildings make nice subjects for photography, we have determined that decay is inappropriate for this municipal website.

Looking for Non-Snapshot / Heightened / Artsy versions of:
Beacon Historic heritage,
Beacon's diversity,Seniors, Youth, children (especially in beacon places)happy people in the park, on the street,
Beacon parades and events, Beacon's farmer's market, Small town atmosphere, Businesses, especially with people in the photo,
Beacon sports activities (football, baseball, soccer, basketball),

Mt. Beacon,
Beacon through the seasons,
Beacon's scenic splendor (waterfalls, Fishkill Creek, the estuary path, etc.).
Beacon Holiday Decorating Contests for businesses and residents.
It would be particularly valuable (because no one is interested in doing it) to take interesting pictures of mundane themes, like
City Hall, the DMV, community centers, parks, etc. also businesses, especially
with people in the picture.


randallmartindesign .com

River Beacons mural viewing at Beacon Studios, Nov 15, 4-5:30pm

Rick Price at work on the "River Beacons" mural.
A pre-viewing of Rick Price's latest mural will be held on Saturday, Nov 15 from 4-5:30 at Beacon Studios. The yet to be completed mural is sponsored by the Beacon Sloop Club and is destined to be installed on the exterior wall of the building that houses RiverWinds Gallery as one of Beacon's official 2009 Quadricentennial projects. From the press release:

The River Beacons mural celebrates Beacon’s river town heritage and lifestyle, the Beacon Sloop Club’s replica sloop Woody Guthrie’s 30th anniversary, and the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.
The painting, 15 feet high and 10 feet wide, will hang on the copious brick western wall of Riverwinds Gallery; on the corner of Cross Street and Main Street, facing Hudson Beach Glass. The location will make this mural highly visible to Beaconites and visitors, inviting both to enjoy, preserve and celebrate the Hudson River and Beacon’s river town heritage.
Support for the mural has been received from the Dutchess County Arts Council (DCAC), The Puffin Foundation, The Woody Guthrie Foundation, Michael Benzer - Hudson Beach Glass, and private supporters. Rick Price received the DCAC’s 2007 County Executive Award for Art in Public Places for his mural for Beacon’s Howland Memorial Library. The new mural is an official project of the Greater Beacon 2009 Quadricentenial Committee.
The mural is epic and colorful. Rick has chosen to frame this painting with the body of a female Esopus Indian figure, representing the bounteous energy that flows through the river community. The scenes and activities depicted on the Hudson’s waters and surrounding land record the river’s history – native American habitation, the passage of the Half Moon, the steamboat era – and reflect the diverse peoples, traditions, recreation and education that take place on our river front.
Recognizable elements in the mural of everyday river-related activity include the waterfront farmers’ market, environmental education at Beacon Sloop Club festivals, alternative energy use at DIA, kayaking, folk singing, the kids from the Beacon Community Center painting river life, theWoody Guthrie and theClearwater coasting along, the rainbow hued River Pool.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Second Saturday, Nov 8, 2008

400 Square: outside and inside. The opening reception and book signing for
Ronnie Farley's exhibit Diary of a Pedestrian.
An abnormally warm November evening drew a sizeable crowd Saturday night. The west end of Main St was particularly active. Coming upon the scene gave the impression of real density of activity. That perception will be enhanced next month when Van Brunt Gallery gets lean mean and green, with a new location and a new program, relocating to a smaller spot, I believe, next to Main St's permanent installation project, Kringle's.
Like untethered barrels of rum in the hull of a listing ship, the migration of storefronts to the west end continues. Given the inherent challenges facing the east end in terms of foot traffic coming from the river (as illustrated by the recent travel item in the NY Times), that side of town might want to define itself as the out of the way, decadent, bohemian, quarter of town - make visitors hungry to traverse that middle section of Main St. Perhaps businesses east of the diner could go topless, give it a little Moulin Rouge mytique.

Lind Richichi at bau.

Van Brunt's future location

Andy Rementer at Open Space.

Jill Reynolds at Go North.

Gettin' the Le(a)d out

On Oct 25, we went to Dia to hear Steven Evans' densely attended gallery talk on Sol LeWitt. I moved through the LeWitt galleries in a mindset infused with a talk I attended the night before at the Garrison Institute given by Father Thomas Keating. Keating spoke on the oneness of solitude and the power of centering prayer. For me, this viewing of LeWitt's wall drawings were informed by the tenets of Keating's talk that related to the discipline of silence, solitude and the power of centering prayer. Of course, Lewitt's process in creating these works is anything but silent, and solitary. His process is all about interaction, communication and collaboration; it relies on the swarm for its realization. But the effort of all of this activity is funnelled through the silent and fine point of a pencil grazing the wall. It's the disciplined focus of the pencil's point that sets condition for viewing the work which is quite different from its execution. Drawing is the visual analog of prayer. Solitary. Meditative. Looking at marks scaled up to equate room sized scrolls emphasizes the commonality of the two disciplines. The marks evident on the wall, however, represent but one component of the whole as Lewitt intended it to be considered. LeWitt offers the final drawing as a signifier to understand the system, which is the crux of his biscuit.

The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the
System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system.
It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance.

At the end of his talk, Steven quoted a talk given by LeWitt at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 60's. The passage related LeWitt's view that the performance of a music composer's work should be accompanied by copies of the score for the benefit of the audience, since many of the nuances with which the composer is engaged while crafting the system at the heart of the work is visible in the notations, but become indistinguishable in the aural mix. Such a graphic accompaniement, LeWitt believed, would allow the audience to know better the mind of the composer. Such a desire for that type of understanding relates back to Keating invoking silence as a mechanism to know better the system of the soul.

One year after his death, LeWitt is very much in the air.

Storm King's exhibit this year featured a selection of LeWitt's sculptures, and an informative documentary on the artist. You have through Saturday, Nov 15 to catch this show before the joint closes down for the winter. (A storm King tangent: The NYTimes website has a story and video on Maya Lin's Wave Field work that will open to the public in the Spring.)

On Sunday Nov 16, MASS MoCA will be opening a Heeeuge retrospective of one hundred wall drawings. Check out their website for all sorts of goodies relating to the exhibit.

Oddly enough, later in the evening, after Steven's gallery talk, as I was listening to the most recent podcast from the Hirschorn Museum, I caught an interview featuring Lacey Fekishazy who was recently in DC on the crew executing some wall drawings at the museum. Questions asked of Lacey and fellow artist/crew member Roland Lusk on the logistics of executing the work echoed those poised to Steven, and their answers offered a fine accompaniment to the earlier gallery talk. Lacey worked on the original LeWitt Galleries when Dia:Beacon opened, she came in 2006 to work on the Drawing Series..., and she partook in preparations for the MASS MoCA show. For giggles, and because I happened to come across it the other day, below is a photo of Lacey's studio from 2003 or 04 when she occupied a space at Spire Studios.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

And the budget cut goes to.....

Belated congratulations go to the recipients of the 2008 Dutchess County Executive Art Awards. The awards were presented at the end of October. The recipients are: Wilfredo Morel, Individual Artist Children's Media Project, Arts Organization Electric Windows, Art in Public Places Alice Wong, Individual Patron Bailey Browne CPA & Associates, Business/Corporation Jeff Haynes, Arts in Education Jo Ann Feigenheimer, Special Citation Jonah Acosta, Youth with Exceptional Promise in the Arts.
Right on the heels of this recognition comes news that the budget submitted by the County Executive proposes cutting the Arts Council's budget of the previous year by 68%. Below, I've attached part of a message from Benjamin Krevolin on how interested folks can reach out to the county government to voice their opinions.
The current county budget submitted by the County Executive last week cuts
$200,000 from the Arts Council's allocation. This is a 68% cut from previous
year! This cut threatens funding for artist fellowships, arts in education grants, technical assistance services, promotion, advocacy and a slew of other programs. It could also drastically cut our ability to provide support for programs like Art Along the Hudson or to administer grants which would endanger our ability to bring in programs like the JP Morgan Chase Cultural Regrants. On top of all that these cuts send a terrible message to the public and to our elected officials that the arts are an expendable extra as opposed to the essential human activity and economic driver that it is.
This cut in arts & cultural funding seems capricious (surprise) and is way out of
proportion with other agencies that received cuts. Most of the other agencies are larger organizations and received a smaller cut.
Right now the budget is in the hands of the Legislature. I had a positive meeting
with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee. The meeting was positive and I think we have an opportunity to reduce the size of the cut. I will also be attending various budget hearings and I may need you all to attend a big public hearing on December 4.
In the meantime, we need you to contact the legislature and inform them how important the arts are to your lives. If the arts are as meaningful as we know them to be, now is the time to let our leaders know.
(Please keep comments positive and non confrontational.) You should send comments to your district legislator (John Foreman covers most of Beacon, but you should confirm that you are in his district.). CC County Executive Steinhaus and the Legislature' s leadership on your comments. Contact information for all those folks is below.
Our petitions will not be the only ones received as there are a number of other organizations who will be asking the legislature to restore funding. We need to show a broad base of passionate support. Please send an email/ fax/ letter to the
legislature as soon as possible.
Please forward this information on to other artists, arts orgs, schools, Art Moms etc.
Your voice will be critical this year.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I will keep you posted about the progress of the budget and other issues. We should all remain optimistic until
we can’t be.
Dutchess County
Legislature Contact info and District maps at: dutchess. Legislature/ CLlegislators. htm
County Executive
William R. Steinhaus 22 Market. St.,Poughkeepsie, NY 12601Voice (845)
486-2000 Fax (845) 486-2021e-Mail
countyexec@co. dutchess.
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Roger Higgins
rogerhig@optonline. net
Dutchess County Legislature Minority Leader Gary Cooper
Dutchess County Legislature Clerk Barbara Hugo
22 Market.
St.,Poughkeepsie, NY 12601Voice (845) 486-2000 Fax (845) 486-2021

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Bo Gehring sculpture at the Katonah Art Museum.

image from

Bo Gehring's 160 long styrofoam sculpture will be on view on the grounds of the Katonah Art Museum as the Monk Wall. Gehring's piece was installed on site on October 19th and it will remain on view through April 12, 2009.

Monk, as it was installed in the gym of Beacon Studios
for the opens studios held on June 10, 2007.

Monk Wall with a Philip Grausman sculpture in the foreground.
photo by Angelika Rinnhofer.

Alison Moritsugu in residency at Lux Art in San Diego, CA, for the month of Novmber

Alison Moritsugu kicks off an exhibit of her work and a month-long residency today at the Lux Art Institute in San Diego, CA.
Ideas about ecology, history, and commerce come to life in the work of New
York painter Alison Moritsugu as she examines our relationship with the
environment and explores the meaning of “paradise." During her residency, Moritsugu will research regional, native, and invasive plants whose forms will become design motifs for the wallpaper she creates in the Lux studio.

Alison will be in residence at Lux through December 6. The exhibit of her work will remain on view through January 3, 2009.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Eye Candy Friday: Baltimore, baby. Baltimore.

via coolhunting. I find this amusing. I dig the participation aspect of the event.

Drawing Revealed screening and discussion in Brewster, NY.

Drawing Revealed, the video documentary that accompanied an exhibit of the same name at the Garrison Art Center in January will be screened on Nov 8, 2008 as part of the Putnam Arts Council's Independent Film Series.
The Screening will be taking place tomorrow at 5pm at The Lodge at Tilly Foster Farm, located at 100 Rte 312 in Brewster.
After the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Jaanika Peerna who shot and directed the film with Susan English, and Michael Enright who edited the film.
Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call (845) 278-0230 to reserve.
This film is part of an independent film series presented by the Putnam Arts Council and sponsored by SLS Health of Brewster, NY.

notice of this event came by way of the folks at Collaborative Concepts.....thanks.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Meet yer Maykr: Elia Gurna

Early in October, I paid a visit to Elia Gurna's studio in the Beacon Studios building. Of course, I snapped some images.
The work in her studio was predominated by her lushly hued paintings and blanched sculptures of silk flowers and plastic tchotchkies. The objects collaged together create hieratic verticals and are unified under layers of white enamel. I was pleased to learn that the constituent material is resurrected from a previous life and generally it is sourced from within her own home. This knowledge pleases me for two reasons. First, one who hordes likes to know he's not alone and secondly, because the forms of the sculpture take their cues from Elia's intuitive play with what's available. They grow out of what is - responding to that condition, not negating it as does a fully premeditated work. The little item in the foreground in the above image is sitting on a plinth of stacked Pakistani (I believe) chewing gum, which I believe Elia said is at least a decade old.

Though all of this work has been greatly influenced by her becoming a mother last year, the tiny pieces lining the windowsill (above) are the most directly affected by this change in her life. What she calls her 'Sculptures for Mice' are works of opportunity made during the sporadic and fleeting moments of art making that present themselves to the mother of a one year old.

There's such a stark chromatic difference between Elia's paintings and sculptures. In surface and form they but two sides of the same coin - oozy, glossy, dimensional. But where the paintings are blindingly vivid, the sculptures are subdued, with hints of the underlying objects' inherent, often garish, color barely bleeding through.
Elia is the second artist to go on the board of kork - the newest and most exciting project space for contemporary art in Poughkeepsie, NY. kork is located on the wall above the photocopier in the office of Bailey Browne CPA and Associates. The work Elia created for kork will be installed this week and remain through December.

Current Affairs

I gotta tell you all, I've been feeling blogkt. I've got several posts that seemed of a timely nature that I've wanted to get up over the past couple of weeks, but it's just not happening. Maybe now that I've given words to this difficulty, the logjam will release and things can roll. If not, I may just step back a bit.

But in light of the fact that the interminable circus has packed up and left town for a couple of years, here are a few links vis a vis the constituency of art.
Andrew Taylor, the artful manager, has posted the text of the Obama/Biden campaign's policy relating to arts. Something to look forward to if he can get to it.

Prior to this week's election, Dutchess County Arts Council, Benjamin Krevolin, in his weekly Taconic Weekend column, made the case for a heretofore unheralded segment of motherhood - the Arts Mom. Benjamin's column made its way onto the Huffington Post.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Color Me Blind

I found a link to this Color IQ test on Jen Bradford's blog. The better you perform, the lower your score (0 is the best score). My eyes are glazed over. I scored a 26, then a 15. I can't do it no more. Jen scored an 8 on her second try.