Coming up weekend of June 3, 2016

Home of Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY

Home of Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY

Barrett 80th birthday  There are numerous festivities surrounding the 80th Anniversary of Barrett House in Poughkeepsie, NY. Opening tonight from 4-7pm (55 Noxon Street in Poughkeepsie) is a Members Show that celebrates Barrett’s history as the Dutchess County Art Association. A full range of media was accepted and this will coincide with Envisioning Dutchess, work by individuals and community organizations who completed 24”x 24” canvases that portray the creative vitality of Dutchess County. These shows will run thru July 2, 2016. Barrett House offers classes, workshops, exhibition space, and studio rentals. (

WP Outdoor Art Festival Just a reminder that I’ll be at the 54th White Plains Outdoor Art Festival on June 4th (the Show continues on Sunday) in Tibbits Park, 1 North Broadway at Main Street in White Plains. Kim Butwell, former Director of the Connoisseur Gallery and juror for the recently opened The Art of Summer exhibit (Raymond wrote about it in his blog and I are the judges for a variety of ribbons. We were there last year and it is a fun event with fine arts and crafts, food and activities.

multi media copyMulti Cultural Fest is a celebration of community hosted by the Reher Center for Immigrant Cultures and History ( Held on Sunday, June 5 from 1-5pm at T.R. Gallo West Strand Park, Kingston, NY this is the 4th annual Festival. There will be live ethnic music and dance, multicultural handicrafts, food and drink, and children’s activities including arts and crafts, games, singing, and storytelling

There has been a growing trend of Open Studio weekends and artist Studio Tours. It is an excellent way to have a enriching and enjoyable time exploring artists and galleries in a given area. Coming up this weekend in the Hudson Valley: The Shirt Factory on Cornell St. in Kingston, NY, and the Peekskill Open studio event ( Peekskill is filled with artists’ studios, boutiques, and art venues opening their doors to the public. Over 100 artists are participating; opening their studios, in group shows and exhibiting in galleries. Meet the Peekskill Arts Alliance at the Gazebo – corner of Central Ave. and 1 N. Division Street for info, their brochure with map of complete listings, and for guided tours.

Let me know when your community is hosting an open studio weekend and I’ll announce it on FaceBook and it might make it into one of my future blogs.

TRASH FEST, a month-long series of art and educational events all centered on waste, will be in various places in the Town of Marbletown and other locations in Ulster County, NY. This is a country wide phenomenon — check it out in your community. TRASH FEST focus is to educate the public on strategies for reducing and reusing waste. Hopefully, TRASH FEST generates a conversation about trash and foster ways for the public to handle trash. By artwork and installations created out of trash by artists of all disciplines, workshops, concerts and films, the public will learn strategies for reducing and reusing waste.
Coming up on Saurday, June 4th from 12:30-3:30 is the opening event at the Marbletown Transfer Station, 135 Canal Rd, High Falls, NY. Activities include: Large scale, site-specific sculpture: Skip LaPlante is building a musical waterfall—water is the drumstick, and the public makes the music; Alexander Lyle, performer at Marina Abromovic’s celebrated MoMA event, and featured artist in residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, is creating a sculptural structure. Bill Ylitalo, Director of Gamelan at Bard and The New School, is making musical instruments of junk for the public to play. A new mural by High Fall’s own Eugene Stetz will grace the truck trailers at the Transfer Station. And more!
At The Wired Gallery, High Falls, 11 Mohonk Rd, High Falls, NY see art made of re-sourced materials by Judith Hoyt, Chuck Davidson, Loel Barr, Lenny Kislin, Jeanne Verdoux, Ana Bergen, Chris Fanjul, and Carey King. The exhibit runs thru the month of June.
TRASH FEST is the brain child of Margot R. Becker, a writer, collage artist, former dancer, and solid waste management activist. TRASH FEST is sponsored by League of Women Voters Mid-Hudson Region (LWVMHR) and by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC) with the support of NYSCA.
Follow their Facebook page and learn more about these events in Ulster County.

lra at doghouseLongreachArts Perhaps this Saturday June 4 I will see you at the Artists Reception for LongreachArts from 4-7 p.m. at the Dog House Gallery 429 Phillips Rd, Saugerties, NY. This group exhibit will run through July 4th. LRA is a cooperative of several dozen artists who have been exhibiting for over 30 years. I remember coming across this group (at the time called Summergroup) when we first began publishing 32 years ago.
This show includes work from 18 members from Ulster and Duchess Counties, who include Elayne Seaman, Marlene Wiedenbaum (see a profile by Raymond J. Steiner of Marlene in the Summer 2016 issue of ART TIMES), Elisa Pritzker, Staats Fasoldt, Stacie Flint, Rob Greene, Robert Hastings, Carol Loizides, Susan Fowler-Gallagher, Jose Gomez, Trina Greene, Claudia Gorman, Ellen Metzger O’Shea, Carol Pepper-Cooper, Michelle Squires, Nancy Scott, Arlene Becker and Deborah Bein. This is a group of well-established and professional artists whose work is quite excellent. The Doghouse Gallery is in an old outbuilding and the work they show is consistently good quality.

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