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February 21 - Collective Consciousness: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty

February 21, 2021
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

Much has been written about Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious, a belief that all humans share a collective ancestral knowledge and imagery described as archetypes. After living through 2020, it seems that artists have pinpointed new beliefs held within the collective unconscious. The Dorsky Museum organized the exhibit “Collective Consciousness” inviting guest curator Karlyn Benson to select new work from SUNY New Paltz art faculty. Like nearly everyone, during 2020 the art faculty needed to reinvent how they could continue the semester for the students, while they also continued with their own art practice. This exhibit shows that even as they all were forced to work in isolation, their recent work references the collective concerns about urgent matters such as climate change and societal disruption through technology.

Aaron Nelson explores the importance that technology holds in our world. As we remember the place that Twitter took in the past year, his “Project #15” created from a 3-D printer and energized by Python code feels ominously prescient. Programmed to search for tweets that contain racial slurs, it finds and then prints them out on a small thermal printer. Bryan Czibesc creates artworks from a process that includes tereophotogrammetric 3-D scan of photographs and a 3-D printer that extrudes the clay. The finished objects allude to the handmade, with glazing and imperfections of the human hand.

Anat Shiftan produces ceramics that reference still life seen throughout western art history. For instance, in “Still Life in Yellow with Branches and Fruit” you can observe the stylized shape of the fruits, as well as the subdued colors and glazing. The object has a singular beauty, but similar to greenhouse-grown and waxed fruit from the grocery store, not really from nature.

Several of the artists work in a collective process, as seen in Emily Puthoff’s Hudson Valley Bee Habitat, also an organization she co-founded with artists Elena Sniezek and Jen Woodin. Their mission states: “As artists, designers, and mindful educators, we leverage our creativity to engage communities in the co-design and co-creation of public pollinator sculptures and gardens.” The wall-hung sculptures are hexagonal-shaped boxes with laser-cut steel garden images: if you peer inside you will see a built structure designed for bees to utilize as hives.

Matthew Friday is part of a collaborative group, SPURSE, that is “guided by a strong interest in aesthetics, as both a means to re-sensitize people to the world they are of, and as a technique of assembling new material and social configurations.” The featured project on exhibit, “Future Waters Santy Boat,” shows the process beginning with drawings and the design plan to the building of a pontoon houseboat that will traverse waterways with a goal to regenerates ecology.

Michael Asbill’s project, “Facsimile,” is a process-driven work that will take thousands of hours and ultimately demonstrate the importance of guarding our natural resources. In Asbill’s statement about the piece he explains, “Through this slow action, I’m attempting to restore my diminishing ties to the miraculous world that humanity is breaking.”

Exhibited artists: Robin Arnold, Michael Asbill, Lynn Batchelder, Bryan Czibesz, Aurora De Armendi, James Fossett, Andrea Frank, Matthew Friday, Anne Galperin, Kathy Goodell, Andrea Kantrowitz, Rena Leinberger, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Aaron Nelson, Itty S. Neuhaus, Jill Parisi-Phillips, Emily Puthoff, Nadia Sablin, Anat Shiftan, Suzanne Stokes and Cheryl Wheat.

If you go:

Collective Consciousness: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty is on view through April 11, 2021 in the Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. COVID-19 health safety measures are observed.
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is located at SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz.
Museum Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, holidays, and intersessions. For more information about The Dorsky Museum and its programs, visit or call (845) 257-3844.


January 10 - Hindsight is 2020 at Arts Society of Kingston

January 10, 2021
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

During January, Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) presents “Hindsight is 2020,” an exhibit reflecting on the past year. A call to artists requested artistic interpretations looking back at 2020 and the members responded with a wide range of artworks. From the COVID pandemic to wildfires, social justice marches to isolation, the artists looked back over the past year and shared what resonated with them.

The Salesman by Pam KrimskyMany of the artists show work reflecting on the isolation of 2020 by focusing on the landscapes of the Hudson River Valley. Marcia Sank, Marie Cole, and Hana Gordon bring some especially lovely visions of the local territorial views. Placement of these landscapes in the context of this exhibit brings a new meaning to a landscape with no humans.
In other viewpoints, artists conveyed looking outward through windows into the world. Karl Volk’s color photograph of colored bottles obscures the outside world, taking pleasure in a moment of sunlight hitting the glass creating a colorful glow.

2020 may be the year that is remembered as the introduction of face masks as required clothing. Several artists created work that responded to these new protocols for human interaction, such as Pam Krimsky’s “The Salesman,” a portrait where the masked face takes up nearly the entire canvas. Locke Johnston captured people going about their business wearing face masks through black and white photography that underscores the pared-down existence into tones of gray.

Kate MastersKate Masters shows two abstract paintings that read as flags; however, on closer examination, they are clearly an artist’s anguish over the social justice issues that have come to a head during 2020. Pam Timmins’ painting, “Freeze” could be a statement about society breaking apart: a figure crouches in the right corner of the canvas seems to have no place to hide. A traffic light and stop sign could signify societal laws and the rip in the center of the canvas reflects the rupture on these norms brought on during 2020.

The exhibit includes sculptures using realist to abstract modernist approaches. G?lnar Babayeva’s realistic sculpture “Embracing Solitude” evokes a sense of peace with being alone, while Jay Lalonde’s stainless steel wall sculptures feel like explosions of chaotic energy. The folk-inspired pieces from Terry Murray’s series, “Damn Everything But The Circus,” seem ironic as we reflect back on the previous year. Although the 2020 elections were frequently referred to as a circus, Murray’s circus is one we can look forward to: acrobats on horses, magic levitations, and being shot out of a canon all feature in these assemblages of wood and ephemera creating a memorable event where you don’t need a ticket to attend.
As 2020 came to a close, our eyes hungered for tranquility and beauty. Tom Hackett’s photograph at the end of the gallery caught my eye; showing a blue sky with fluffy clouds above a body of blue water, the grassy green hill in the foreground has a built structure that spells out, “Be Happy,” a good mantra as we move ahead in 2021.

If you go:

“Hindsight is 2020” is on view through January 31, 2021. ASK is located at 97 Broadway, Kingston, NY.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
845-338-0333 | [email protected]
The gallery observes COVID precautions, including masks and social distancing.


November 1- Ransome's one-person exhibit at Barrett Art Center

November 1, 2020
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

James Ransome may be known for his award-winning canon of children’s book illustrations, however, his one-person exhibit up now at Barrett Art Center shows that his artwork has transformed to another level. In Ransome: The View From Here, the artist exhibits a body of work that shows he has been making serious work in the studio. The spare exhibit includes 12 paintings, most of them of a generous size where it is advisable to stand back and take in all the details of the artworks before moving in close to examine details.

Before entering the gallery, be sure to read the artist statement to better understand the focus of the work. Ransome states that: “One of the things though, that has always afflicted the American reality, and the American vision, is this aversion to history. History is not something you read about in a book – history is not even the past – it’s the present. Because everyone operates, whether or not we know it, out of assumptions which are produced, and produced only by, our history.”

Ransome has created a narrative history of life grounded in being a Black person in America. Bounded by the past, but looking at the future, Ransome makes paintings that revere the artistic brilliance of Black persons that have taken this path. He references the work of Kerry James Marshall, a Black American artist that has dedicated his art career to depicting the lives of Black persons in their everyday life, as well as the quilters of Gee’s Bend, a collective of Alabama quilters who went on to exhibit their work at the Whitney Museum of American Art and beyond.

In a nod to this history, Ransome has used the design thinking of quilts as collage in many of these works. In the painting, “Quilt Folks,” the artist has composed the painting into three horizontal strips – the top two contain various papers collaged to create the feelin

g of a variety of quilt designs as seen in the work of the Gee’s Ben quilters. At the bottom of the artwork is what appears to be a parade of Black people, perhaps signifying that in that small Alabama community of Gee’s Bend, nearly everyone was a master quilt maker. Ransome uses scraps of papers, some that have been overpainted, to mimic the quilter’s bold designs. The gallery contains several paintings on corrugated cardboard, in a nod to the quilters who made their quilts out of worn everyday clothing.

Who Should Own Black Art by James Ransome

In the painting, “Who Should Own Black Art,” viewers will see two figures posing proudly besides a large replica of Kerry James Marshall’s painting, “When Frustration Threatens Desire.” The painting within the painting has been slightly altered, with the black cat jumping into the foreground with the living humans. Ransome has referenced the question that has become key to the dialogue of art – who should be able to own original artworks? And in this particular instance, who gets to own artwork created by Black artists who have achieved fame?

If you go:

The Ransome exhibit, “The View From Here,” is up through November 14, 2020.
Special event: virtual artist talk, Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Barrett Art Center is located at 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie
845-471-2550 | [email protected] |
Hours: Friday, noon-6:00 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, noon-4:00 p.m. and by appointment.


October 4 - The 34th Annual Dutchess County Executive's Arts Awards

October 4, 2020
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

four murals

This year marks the 34th Annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards. Established by Lucille Pattison, arts enthusiast and former Dutchess County Executive who was so inspired after receiving the 1985 New York State Governor’s Arts Award that she instituted the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards the following year. Arts Mid-Hudson continues this annual tradition at this year’s event recognizing 8 individuals, organizations, and businesses that contribute to the vibrant creative life in Dutchess County. The recipients were selected from public nominations and awarded based on their important contribution to the growth of Dutchess County’s cultural life.

This year Family Services Center is awarded the Arts Award for a Business recognizing their extraordinary support of the arts and their vision of using the arts to enhance community life and enrich Dutchess County’s cultural heritage. The vision begins outside the building with the musician sculptures and continues inside the building with 46 murals throughout the building.

The Arts Organization Award goes to ABClatino, an organization with a mission to share Hispanic language, arts, and culture through art exhibits, a Latin cine club, and dance events.

man painting a mural

Artists across Dutchess County are honored for the work they do to build community connections and enhance community life through their art. For instance, the Art in Public Places award goes to John Breiner, who has completed several murals in the downtown Poughkeepsie area. Breiner commented that, “Public art is quite simply a way to give back.”

The Artivist Award goes to an artist that involves the community in their work. Theresa Gooby receives the Artivist Award for her years of volunteer management founding the Beacon Open Studios, her service on the board of nonprofit BeaconArts, and most recently through Beacon of Love, a coalition of city residents raising funds to provide food to those in need.

Florence Northcutt will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts for her work at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, an organization she led for forty years and continues to volunteer. She is a strong advocate of diversity in life and art and under her guiding hand, the Howland Cultural Center presented experimental programming that responded to current issues.

Dave Cole will receive a Special Citation in the Arts for his work as a musician and director of the Big Band Sound and the Southern Dutchess Concert Band that perform throughout Dutchess County.

young man playing saxThe Youth with Exceptional Promise in the Arts award goes to Maxwell Barnes, a senior at Red Hook High School. His primary instrument is tenor saxophone, but he plays multiple instruments, is an IB student and plans to study music and physics in college.

The Arts in Education award goes to The Art Effect, where their work as an organization leads youth through multiple art-centric projects that create a safe place for all students to learn, create, and play. The Art Effect’s Portfolio Day, Forge Media, and Spark Studios create opportunities for youth to learn real skills that will serve them in their adult lives.

Planning to attend:
The 34th Annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards is Thursday, October 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The virtual event features live guest MC (Grace) Angela Henry and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
Tickets are $10 through Arts Mid-Hudson’s webpage:

September 14 - Art Walk Kingston

September 14, 2020
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

watercolor sunset of river The Fifth Annual Art Walk Kingston returns again this year showcasing the work of Kingston’s artists. Over the course of two days, visitors and local residents are invited to explore Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events. Paintings, photographs, textiles, drawings, and sculptures are just some of the mediums that will be on display at galleries and special pop-up spaces across the city.

With this year’s coronavirus concerns, the organizers and artists have pivoted to private exhibition spaces, galleries, and an online virtual gallery for those who want to explore the art from the comfort of their homes. Art Walk Kingston has been a critical force in connecting artists with collectors and this year the volunteers who manage the event wanted to ensure that continues.

This year many of Art Walk Kinston’s artists’ works are featured in The Fuller Building, a historic former shirt factory recently renovated by architect Scott Dutton. Over 20 artists featured in the space include Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Kevin Frank, Patti Gibbons and Lynn Woods. Across the parking lot of The Fuller Building is the YMCA Farm Project, where Art Walk Visitors can see the Say Their Names Memorial. The Kingston YMCA Farm Project’s Summer Youth Crew installed the memorial on the greenhouse fence as part of their antiracist study and work.

A few blocks away is the new home of MAD, Midtown Arts District and the D.R.A.W., where visitors can see the exhibit by MariaElena Ferrer-Harrington, “Masking Identities: Rebuilding Deterritorialized Cultural Memories” and MAD’s Celebration of the Arts’ CommUNITY Clay Project. Continuing on in mid-town, stop by the new multi-purpose space at the Cornell Creative Arts Center, where MariaElena Ferrer-Harrington curated an exhibit “We’re All Human,” featuring 16 artists.

Artport is a recent cultural space to Kingston located in the historic Cornell Steamboat Building along the Rondout Creek. The street-level floor will include artists participating in Art Walk Kingston including Susan Berger, Diane Tenerelli, Hans Van Meeuwen, Rebecca Halliard, Harris Diamant, Tyler Borchert, and Deborah Mills Thackery. The exhibit continues upstairs and live performance will be featured by Sal Cataldi’s Spaghetti Eastern Music and Guitars A Go Go during the weekend.

The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) collaborated with the Midtown Arts District during Art Walk Kingston to mount the Kingston Annual Art exhibit curated by Julie Hedrick. The exhibit features artworks of 25 artists, along with the work of guest artist, Judy Pfaff, a pioneer of installation art. Right around the corner from ASK, see the Reher Center mural on Spring Street created by youth from the Rondout community under the leadership of artist Julia Vogl and check out the mural symbol guide on the sidewalk.

Arts Mid-Hudson is the presenting partner for Art Walk Kingston, working in our communities to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Through our art partners, a diverse offering of arts and cultural programs, many free, attract a range of age groups, and are produced across a broad geographic area.

If you go:

5th Annual Art Walk Kingston
September 26 and 27, 2020 | noon – 5:00 p.m. both days, free and self-guided.
Visit for a complete lists of artists, locations, and up to the minute events.
Virtual gallery:
CDC health protocols will be followed at all locations and visitors must adhere to wearing masks with social distancing requirements.
Artport, 108 E Strand St, Kingston
Exhibiting Art Walk Kingston artists: Susan Berger, Tyler Borchert, Harris Diamant, Rebecca Hellard, Diane Tenerelli, Deborah Mills Thackrey, Hans van Meeuwen,

Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History, 101 Broadway at Spring Street, Kingston (mural on Spring Street) featuring artist Julia Vogl and students of the Rondout Neighborhood’s Read and Write Program.

Art Society of Kingston (ASK) 97 Broadway, Kingston.
Exhibiting Artists: Judy Pfaff, Pamela Blum, Betty Greenwald, Frank Theodore, Jenna Annunziato, Seth Aylmer, Gülnar Babayeva, Talya Baharal, Neville Bean, Leslie Bender, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Harris Diamant, Nancy Donskoj, Allen Furbeck, Chris Gonyea, Barbara Gordon, Michael Lokensgaard, Sean Noonan, Winden Rose, Bill Rybak, Stefan Saffer, Casey Schwarz, Ernest Shaw, Susan Spencer Crowe, Deborah Mills Thackrey, Hans van Meeuwen
Complete details: KINGSTONANNUAL.ART

The Fuller Building, 45 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston.
Exhibiting Artists: Carol Pepper-Cooper, Chris O’Neal, Cyndy DiBeneditto, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Kelly McGrath, Kevin Frank, Lindsey Wolkowicz, Lynn Woods, Mary Vandezande, Neville Bean, Pamela Blum, Patti Gibbons, Rosalie Frankel, Susan Piperato, Susan Whelan, Tom Hackett, Will Nixon. Check for up to date information.

YMCA Farm Project, 507 Broadway, Kingston (adjacent to Fuller Building parking lot)
Say Their Names Memorial project.

Cornell Creative Arts Center, 129 Cornell Street, Kingston.
Exhibiting Artists: Cindy Sumerano, Rich Morris, Donna Faranda, Jerome Goldberg, Alene Pierro, Michael Garda, Rich Greffrath, Will Nixon, Nicole Murray-Lewis, Ethan Barnett, Kasmira Demyan, Ingrid Nichter, Shana Circe, Justin Windman-Kerr, Teresa Echarry, Sharon Ascher

MAD – D.R.A.W. Showroom Gallery, at Energy Square, 20 Cedar Street, Kingston.
Exhibiting Artists: MariaElena Ferrer-Harrington, MAD Celebration of the Arts’CommUNITY Clay Project

September 4 - Art Studio Views

September 4, 2020
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

blowing glass artistHere in the Mid-Hudson Region, the Art Studio Views event has become a Labor Day weekend tradition. Now in its 13th year, the open studio tour is a great way to see the beauty of the Northern Dutchess and Columbia County area while visiting the studios of resident artists. Joanna Hess, director of Art Studio Views and gallery owner in Rhinebeck stated: “I especially encourage families to enjoy this artistic adventure. Visiting an artist’s studio is an opportunity to personally interact with the artist and learn about their processes and particular medium.”

This year there will be 27 contemporary artists opening their studios throughout Germantown, Hyde Park, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Tivoli. Visitors to the studios can see a variety of artworks including paintings, prints, glass, mixed media, photography, book-binding, sculpture, textile, and ceramics. There is such a wealth of excellent work that visiting the website prior to setting off will help plan the tour: helpful notes are included on the map and website indicating which spaces are handicap accessible.

Collectors love open studios where they have an opportunity to discover an artist that is new to them. For those that are searching for that perfect painting there are styles from abstract expressionists, portrait painters, to painters of local landscapes using oils, watercolors, and mixed media. The tour features several artists that use photography as their medium, exhibiting a variety of photographs including digital abstractions, work done with a large format camera, to nuanced and manipulated portraits. Ceramics and sculpture are available, as well as blown glass for home décor.

One of the magical moments that happen during the studio tour is that chance encounter meeting an artist and witnessing their process in creating the artworks. Stepping into each studio visitors will experience how the artist uses their individual approach to making their work. This rare opportunity to be in the space where creating happens combined with the ability to have conversations with the artists allows for a deeper connection with the art.

For all of us who have spent the past few months in restricted spaces, being able to get out and see first-hand the creativity of artists in our community might also remind us of the benefits of shopping local. When we shop local we support our neighbors – keeping the dollars local benefits everyone who lives here with a vibrant economy. Through months of uninterrupted time in their studios, artists have created an abundance of work and they will welcome making some sales directly from their studios.

wood sculptor workThe free, self-guided tour allows for visitors to go at their own pace. Maps are available at four locations and also can be downloaded to pre-plan the trip and the bright yellow Art Studio View signs are easy to spot at each location. Hess commented, “We are reminded of the joy, brilliance, and resilience of our creative community during these challenging times. Travel the beautiful roads of Dutchess and Columbia Counties with studios as your destination and enjoy an art-filled weekend.”

This year’s participating artists include:
Germantown: Joshua Brehse (encaustic painter); Marie Cole (painter/printmaker); Trevor Hunter (abstract expressionist); Silvana Tagliaferri (painter). Red Hook/Tivoli: Dvorah Darvie (textile sculptor); Mindy Dubansky (hand book-binder); Dan Goldman (photographer); Drew Miller (painter); Bryan Raskin (glassblower). Rhinebeck: Melissa Katzman Braggins (printmaker); Ted Braggins (printmaker); Peter Charapko (painter); Richard Chianella (photographer); Lee Courtney (photographer); Mark Hopkins (painter); Linda Lavin (alcohol inks); Franc Palaia (mixed media/photographer); David Silver (photographer); Alix Travis (painter); Dean Vallas (painter); John Verner (photographer); Lisa Winika (painter/sculptor). Hyde Park: Carolyn Ard (sculptor); Tarryl Gabel (painter); Elizabeth McGiff (ceramicist); John McGiff (painter); and Dennis Rush (painter)


If you go:
13th Annual Art Studio Views Open Studio Tour
September 5-6, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days, free and self-guided.
Printed maps are available at the following headquarter locations: Tivoli Artist Gallery; Equis Art Gallery, Red Hook; The Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck; and the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park.
Visit for a complete lists of artists, sponsors, and to download the map.
845-505-6397 | [email protected]
CDC health protocols will be followed at all studios and visitors must adhere to wearing masks with social distancing requirements.

August 23 - Reflection

August 19, 2020
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

Art Gallery with Paintings hung on walls

The Reflection exhibit at Arts Mid-Hudson opened during Black History month in February and gallery hours were unfortunately cut short by the pandemic. Curator Marline A. Martin selected ten artists to exhibit in a showcase of the Black perspective and the exhibit is now available for viewing through a virtual gallery. In her curator’s statement, Martin wrote: “Now more than ever we must raise our voices to celebrate and where necessary, insist, that society continue to recognize black artists, educators, culture and tradition.”

Martin selected a wide variety of media for Reflections including paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Making her selections she primarily considered the Black experience perspective that each artist would bring to the exhibit.

Haile Binns creates paintings from objects she finds in her immediate environment using an art-making process that she states is “a philosophy of destruction, creation, and finally resurrection by assemblage.” The three-dimensional artworks are powerful abstract pieces that explore racial and economic difference, gender, and African diaspora. Kara Bledsoe also creates assemblage from cast-off materials that mirror the complexities of the inner lives of humans.

Artwork by Kyra Husbands

Kyra Husbands exhibits her painting, “Mirror”


Manny Ofori exhibits three-dimensional wall-hung artworks of painted and patterned wood. Ofori stated, “My art tends to utilize African motifs, symbols, fabrics and patterns in combination with Western imagery and ideas.” Ofori frequently uses simple materials such as plywood to show that the humblest materials can be made beautiful with color and design.
Painters range from Richard Outlaw’s direct folk-art style portraits of African men and masks to Donovan Nelson’s lush, painterly portraits of power figures Marcus Garvey and Shirley Chisholm. Jean Benoit’s paintings are frequently inspired by music, which is seen in the painting, “Melodi Kreol” of a musician with guitar.

Kyra Husbands paintings are images of a young black woman: in one painting the figure stands before a mirror. Husbands has kept the minimalist color palate subdued in creating a series of works that depict a woman considering herself. Husbands commented: “I can say my work definitely has a theme, that being self-reflection.”
Martial James Davis exhibits his photographs of a recent trip to the Republic of Benin, where he documented the private and public rituals he witnessed and the day-to-day lives of the people he met. In Zangbeto Parade, he captured the colorful details of devotees dressed as Zangbeto, the guardian of the night.

Zangbeto Parade

Martial James Davis exhibits his photographs documenting a trip to the Republic of Benin

Queen Mother Dòwòti Désir’s photographs tell the story of the African’s ancestral past. As an independent scholar and human rights activist who has traveled the globe documenting the historical sites, monuments and memorials of Maafa, also known as the African Holocaust, she has captured monuments that have a chilling history showing the importance of documenting the sites are vital to the slave narrative.

Martin commented on the exhibit: “Through art, we hope to empower the communities we live in and confront the injustices in our society. While these works were not created on the platform of Black Lives Matter, we hope that they will serve as an introductory source of light.”

Exhibiting artists: Jean Benoit, Haile Binns, Kara R. Bledsoe, Martial James Davis, Queen Mother Dòwòti Désir, Helen Douglas, Kyra Husbands, Donovan Nelson, Manny Ofori, and Richard Outlaw

The exhibit can be viewed online: 
Special artist talk event on Sunday, August 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Free, but attendees must RSVP:

July 19 - Poughkeepsie Open Studio Tour

July 19, 2020
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

This is the sixth year that a group of dedicated artists and volunteers have planned for the Poughkeepsie Open Studio Tour. While everyone has participated in the past by walking through the studios, this year the tour will be a virtual event, promoting the 62 artists that are included in this year’s studio tour online. The virtual event shows the broad diversity in the Poughkeepsie artistic community through a video feature of each artist on the tour.

wooden loungeThrough a partnership with Barrett Arts Center, the artists and volunteers have worked together to broaden the impact of this event. The group received funding through Dutchess Tourism, administered by Arts Mid-Hudson to include videos that showcase the local artists long after the timing of previous years’ weekend events. The individual videos are slide shows showing the artists’ work and an image of the artist. This simple showcase is a lovely way to spend time exploring the talents of Poughkeepsie area artists. Artist and lead organizer Jeff Aman commented: “Organizing our events for the past five years has been a buildup over several months, leading to one weekend with 500-800 people touring Poughkeepsie. Being online this year we build up for a few months, free of being anchored to a specific weekend and now have the next six months to show off the arts community of our City.”

The virtual format allows for the inclusion of performing artists, such as Poet Gold’s spoken word poetry and fusion dance by Anna Mayta. The individual features and videos level the field, allowing Basha Ruth Nelson and Jan Mollett to show their larger sculptures, as well as the numerous jewelry artists to show details of their smaller pieces.

Painting of a girl in a blue dress sitting in a field

Visitors to the virtual Poughkeepsie Open Studio tour can see classically trained portrait painters, such as Benjamin Arnold, Jennifer Keltos, and Carl Grauer. The variety of media that artists use to express their creativity includes a young cartoonist, Madison Cahill, as well as artists that use digital media to create art, such as Tom Ellman and Donna Faranda. Included are several artists featured that create works of art for the home, such as Jeff Johnson’s fine wood furniture; Robert Lechterman and Jeep Johnson make glass objects using a glass kiln to fuse layers of glass creating stunning objects d’art.

neon body paintingSeveral photographers are included in the tour including an homage to the late Eric Lindbloom, one of Poughkeepsie’s most notable photographers. Among the stellar photography offerings is Steven Steele Cawman’s stunning travel photography, Sean Hemmerle’s photo series on Poughkeepsie’s Fall Kill Creek and David Henningsen’s psychedelic portraits.

Stained glass with flowerJulia Whitney Barnes’ work includes public art installations including her “River of Bricks” series, as well as paintings that show her love of the Hudson Valley River school. John Breiner’s illustrative art is drawn and painted on old book covers and also scales up to mural size. Nestor Madalengoitia is another artist that creates paintings as well as wall-sized murals – both artists’ work is seen gracing walls throughout Poughkeepsie.

Artists and their artwork can be seen on the Poughkeepsie Open Studios webpage:
Email for additional information: [email protected]

May 10 - Calvert Vaux Photography

May 10, 2020

Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson

a domed room with a baby grand piano in it

Liz Cooke’s photography, “Convalescent Home Piano Room,” shows items that are left behind in abandoned buildings. (Photo: Liz Cooke)

The Hudson River Valley region is fortunate to have landmarks designed by notables such as Calvert Vaux, Andrew Jackson Downing, Frederick Clarke Withers and Frederick Law Olmsted. Many world-renowned landmarks came out of partnerships between these 19th century architects and landscape designers that set the style and fashion for America’s grand places.

Today we can appreciate the mission of the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance to preserve the regional legacy of the 19th century architect, Calvert Vaux. To expand appreciation of the historical value of these places, Kitty McCullough and the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance invited Franc Palaia to curate a photography exhibit that featured the historic architecture and landscape design in the Hudson River Valley. Palaia commented, “In my selection process I tried to focus on well-known, as well as lesser-known architecture to give the show a sense of discovery for the viewer.” From over 100 images, he selected 29 photographers to show 70 images for the exhibit.

areal view of Olana

Photographer Paolo Nigris used drone photography to capture Olana and the sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. (Photo: Paolo Nigris)

Olana is a stunning example of Calvert Vaux’s partnership with Frederic Church to complete a home sited on a rise where views of the Hudson River and the landscape seems to go on forever. Photographer Paolo Nigris used drone photography to capture Olana and the sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.

Several photographs in the exhibit feature the abandonment and ruination of these grand structures. Liz Cooke’s photography, Convalescent Home Piano Room, is a wonderful example of the architectural details in these old buildings. The photograph allows us to imagine the grandeur of this room in its prime, filled with music appreciators for an afternoon concert. Cooke has created a collection of these memorials to grand architecture and is the founder of Abandoned Hudson Valley, a website devoted to sharing ideas and images of the forgotten places in the Hudson Valley region.

foggy image of Psychiatric Hospital,

Monica D. Church captured the existing building on a cold morning in her photograph, Cheney Building, Psychiatric Hospital. (Photo: Monica D. Church)

Now abandoned, the Hudson River State Hospital Psychiatric Center looms above Route 9, a major transportation corridor. The iconic buildings were designed by Frederick Clarke Withers and the grounds were designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted: both were known for their pioneering work of America’s Park Movement, as well as the design for New York City’s Central Park. Monica d. Church captured the existing building on a cold morning in her photograph, Cheney Building, Psychiatric Hospital.

Sunny day with an old castle

John Verner’s photo of Bannerman Castle shows the intricate architectural details up close. (Photo: John Verner)

Bannerman Castle is another spectacular architectural structure adjacent to the railroad corridor on the Hudson River. John Verner’s photo of Bannerman Castle shows the intricate architectural details of the structure up close.

Wilderstein is an Italianate style home designed by John Warren Ritch in 1852, and 40 years later, Calbert Vaux completed a landscape plan for the grounds that were originally pasture. Wilderstein’s interiors were designed by Joseph Burr Tiffany featuring the finest decorative arts during that time, including stained glass windows. Photographer Pieter Estersohn captured one of Wilderstein’s large stained glass windows at the top of a stairwell. The window’s artistry continues to sparkle in the sunlight, providing beauty and grace to all who walk within the walls of this architectural gem.

Windows with intricate patterns on them and light shining through

Photographer Pieter Estersohn captured a stained glass window at Wilderstein, one of the architectural treasures in the Hudson River Valley. (Photo: Pieter Estersohn)

Details on the Calvert Vaux Photography exhibit:
Currently the exhibit is available for viewing online:
To learn more about the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance:
Photographs are available for purchase: contact [email protected]
The exhibit is up through May 31 at Montgomery Row art exhibition space in Rhinebeck; however, the space is closed until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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