Coming up Weekend May 20-22

Raychel Wengenroth is a nationally recognized artist who has completed commissions for Oprah, LJ duPont and the Bob Hope “Humana Award”, among many others. She has taught at numerous schools in the Northeast helping them to become established. For many years she dreamed of opening her own school and as many things came together along with very hard work she has formed the Hudson Valley Silverworks, a jewelry collaborative that offers weekly classes, weekend intensives, and private instruction in jewelry and silversmithing. The grand opening at the Shirt factory on Cornell Street in Kingston, NY’s Art District will be May 22 from 2-5pm.  

Freshwater Stone Garden

Freshwater Stone Garden

I think it was at ArtsBash• where I first met Hilda Green Demsky (perhaps 25 years ago and sponsored by the Westchester Arts Council—now ArtsWestchester) and I keep meeting her at different venues and art events throughout the Hudson Valley.She has done numerous residencies in different parts of the world and we would commiserate on traveling to many of those that I also visited. Hilda’s concern with the environment and her love of nature is reflected in her work. She seems to have work in several shows each year— what energy she has!— and is currently opening Saturday, May 21, 3-6pm her new exhibit Heart of Stone: Hidden Quarries at Pleiades Gallery, 530 W 25th St. in Chelsea, NY thru June 11.

Hilda Green Demsky: The Flow of the Artist’s Life and Work

Recently released and written by Hilda is Hilda Green Demsky: The Flow of the Artist’s Life and Work (available at is truly a retrospective highlighting Hilda’s 6 decades of painting and quite a beautiful book For more about Hilda

  • ArtsBash 2016 is on Friday, May 20 6-9pm at ArtsWestchester 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. This fabulous event features fine food, craft beers, open studios and artists showing their work throughout the building.

Julie HedrickJulie Hedrick’s show AIR (Ariadne’s Golden Thread) explores the Greek myth of Ariadne. The show, at the Nohra Haime Gallery, 730 5th Ave. NYC is gorgeous. Julie is known for her abstract and vibrant oil paintings. The work seems to be a direct effect of her spacious studio, housed in an old church chapel.

Julie Hedrick's show AIR at the Nohra Haime Gallery, NYC

Julie Hedrick’s show AIR at the Nohra Haime Gallery, NYC

I find myself transported to the ether when I stand before Julie’s paintings, some huge, others just 12” x 12”. The show at the Gallery is from her Air series (other series: Blue, Red, Green, Alchemy, Rome Frescoes) and will be up thru June 4.

On May 21st from 7-10pm, world-renowned artist Sean Scully will open his Palisades art studio (183 Oak Tree Road, Palisades, NY) to the public for the first time for “A Conversation with Nature”, a one day Art Exhibition and Silent Auction to benefit environmental education at Blue Rock School, an alternative, co-educational, independent day school for K-8th grade. Over 60 artists from around the country will showcase their work for auction. The Blue Rock School was founded in Palisades, NY in 1987 and occupied an original one-room schoolhouse on Oak Tree Road. Margaret Flinsch, who also founded the Princeton Nursery School, began the school with several other teachers. As a student of the educational process it was her insights and experience that inspired the Blue Rock School. This humanistic and creative approach is evident throughout the school as they aim to prepare students to become responsible human beings through a balanced program for their minds, bodies and feelings. For more about the school, auction and exhibit:

Poster for Death of Walt Disny at the Shandaken Theater, Phoenicia, NY

Poster for Death of Walt Disny at the Shandaken Theater, Phoenicia, NY

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath will be at the Shandaken Theatre, (an original Order of Odd Fellows building built in 1987) 10 Church St., Phoenicia, NY on May 20, 21, 22. A Public Reading… presented in the form of a stylized screenplay written by Walt Disney about his own life, or rather, about how his life plays out even as he is writing the script. It’s being read by the people it’s about, Walt himself, Roy his brother and henchman, Walt’s resentful daughter and her ex-jock husband. It’s about Walt’s last days on earth. It’s about a city he’s going to build that’s going to change the world. It’s about his brother. It’s about scandal and mistakes and self-mythologizing. It’s about everyone who loves him, and how sad they’re going to be when he’s gone. The Shandaken Theatrical Society consistently mounts excellent shows. There have been over 80 full-scale productions and countless smaller projects since it formed in 1976. Performers include former professional actors, first time actors, college students, community members both young and old. I have seen and enjoyed performances over the past 30 years. Ticket prices are kept low so that they are affordable. A truly impressive Community Theater. For their full upcoming schedule:

Jan Sawka in his studio in High Falls, NY

Jan Sawka in his studio in High Falls, NY

Presented by Wired Gallery, Jan Sawka in High Falls will have an opening reception Saturday, May 21, 4-7pm at The High Falls Emporium, 10 Old Route 213, High Falls, NY. Internationally recognized Polish American artist Jan Sawka (1946-2012) lived and worked at his home and studio of 27 years in High Falls, NY. In a stable converted to a studio, Sawka created paintings for galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and other cities and his paintings are in private and public collections in the USA, Europe, Asia and Arabia. He etched plates and printed on his intaglio press to create hand-colored fine art prints, some now included in over 60 museum collections such as the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and the Museum of Modern Art NYC. He designed sets for the Grateful Dead and Steve Winwood and he created multimedia work. This exhibit presents pictures from Sawka’s life, from exile to a successful art career in the US, and includes reproductions from his vast body of work. The “Jan Sawka in High Falls” exhibition is paired with “Chagall in High Falls.” Chagall, was born in Belarus, escaped the Holocaust and fled to the United States in 1941, lived in High Falls from April 1946 to August 1948, during which time he completed more than 90 paintings. Gary Ferdman, and Rik Rydant organized this exhibit about Marc Chagall’s time living in their town. I was at that opening in the Fall of 2011 and wrote: The opening reception was very well attended and Chagall’s granddaughter Bella Meyer thanked the committee for handling her grandfather’s work so respectfully and delicately as well as expressing her delight at seeing the house and studio where her grandfather lived and worked. To learn more about Marc Chagall’s time in High Falls: The pairing was done with the idea to bring awareness to High Falls and its surroundings for being the home to internationally recognized artists. The show at the Canal Museum in High Falls runs thru June.

On May 22 at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY, Edgar Choueiri will demonstate how the brain can be tricked into believing it is experiencing a live performance, when it is actually a recording being heard. An avid acoustician, Choueiri is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and head of the school’s 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics Lab. He will discuss the fruits of a decade of development, application, and refinement of this revolutionary, groundbreaking system of recording that captures lifelike 3D audio in picture-perfect fidelity. Binaural recording systems are unique because they emulate the workings of the human head. Prepare to be fooled, says Choueiri: “You can hear a bird flying over your head. You’ll hear a whisper in one ear.”

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