April 2014 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
4/1 - 7/3 Exhibit African Code: A Secret Language ~ paintings by Roslyn Fassett NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
4/2 - 7/3 Exhibit Artists of Excellence NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
4/3 - 5/15 Exhibit Celebrate Poetry NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
4/3 Master Class A Window into the World of Children’s Literature NBG Kaplan Hall, Great Room
4/4 - 5/5 Exhibit Collaborations ~ the 10th annual student art exhibit MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/4 - 5/5 Exhibit Systems and Space III MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
4/4 Master Class Music Therapy... a Path with Heart MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
4/4 Concert Swingtime Duet NBG Kaplan Hall, Great Room
4/7 Film Out of Africa MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/10 Lecture War Trauma, Suicide, and the Confederate Army NBG Tower Building, Tower Café
4/16 Master Class African Code: A Secret Language NBG Kaplan Hall, Great Room
4/17 Master Class and Lecture Forensic Document Examination/Handwriting Analysis NBG Tower Building, Tower Cafe
4/21 Reading Reading of Original Works by Poet Richard Blanco MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/22 Master Class Poetry for the People MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center

African Code: A Secret Language ~ paintings by Roslyn Fassett

Roslyn Fassett, artistTuesday, April 1, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Artist Roslyn Fassett lives in the Town of Warwick between Mounts Adam and Eve, but has traveled to Mali and Nigeria to study and collect textiles. A selection of her artworks, based on and inspired by African tapestries and weavings, is the focus of the art exhibit, African Code: A Secret Language ~ paintings by Roslyn Fassett, in the Mindy Ross Gallery April 1 through June 25, 2014. The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014.
 
Ukara Cloth #1 by Roslyn FassettDrawn by a particular interest in the symbols and patterns found on the fabrics, Ms Fassett has used that fascination as a springboard from which to transform the concept into large oil paintings. Also included in this exhibit are glowing oil pastel landscapes based on the theme of reflection and a series of vibrant, dark figure drawings.
 
Commenting on the works, Martin De Bruhl states, “The mystery of the dark and hidden in contrast to the illumination of the light, play off each other in the paintings of Roslyn Fassett. Underlying this work is the search for insight and relationship between these two qualities, what is unknown and what is revealed.”
 
detail of Leopard Spirit by Roslyn FassettA reception for the artist and her exhibit is slated for Saturday, April 5 from 5 to 7pm during which music will be provided by Joy Kissane, pianist. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The reception event will take place in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer, Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible from First Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm in April and May, and Monday through Thursday 9am to 4pm in June. The exhibit will be closed on May 15 and Memorial Day weekend.
 
The exhibit complements the theme of this academic year’s Global Initiative Africa. To further explore the relationship between the fabrics and paintings and the artist’s motivation, a master class, African Code: A Secret Language, will be presented on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:15-11:45pm in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall as well.  Ms Fassett will speak and then lead a hands-on activity.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-9386 or 4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Roslyn Fassett, artist; Ukara Cloth #1 by Roslyn Fassett; detail of Leopard Spirit by Roslyn Fassett

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Artists of Excellence

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Buddha, porcelain by Barbara BonhamThe Artists of Excellence exhibit series continues with exquisite works by artists Barbara Bonham of Middletown and Stuart Sachs of Newburgh. The artworks will be on display now through June 25, 2014 (The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014) in the glass vitrine cases located in the foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall. Because of all the windows in the building, and in particular this area, the pieces are bathed in natural light.

Both artists are sculptors. However, they work in very different media. Also, her works are representational and his works are abstract.

Birth, stainless and bronze by Stuart SachsBarbara Bonham’s sculptures are made from various kinds of clay bodies with finishes from white slip to oxides, while other pieces are finished with oils and metallic patinas and Byzantine style mosaics. Well-known for his large steel rod sculptures, several of which are stationed around the first floor of Kaplan Hall, Stuart Sachs presents another interest in this exhibit. With the exception of one piece made of stainless steel and bronze, his small works on exhibit are glass castings.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Bonham’s sculptures are her interpretation of time and place. She has lived in many countries and within many cultures having been born in Venezuela and raised in Africa and Asia. However, clay always seemed to be available leading to her creating with it. Bonham’s ultimate goal is to be a conduit mastering whichever elements it takes to interpret the images which come to her through her life’s experiences.

A professor of art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Sachs is founding member of the Newburgh Arts and Culture Commission, on which Sachs served as its chairman in 2008 and 2009. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Arts Council. His work encompasses sculpture, performance, and new media installation as well as furniture and architectural metalwork and woodwork for home, office and commercial settings.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. The foyer is actually the area between the Mindy Ross Gallery and the Orange County Trust Company Great Room on the eastern end of the building. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. During June, the college is closed on Fridays. The exhibit will also be closed on May 15 and Memorial Day weekend.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Buddha, porcelain by Barbara Bonham; Birth, stainless and bronze by Stuart Sachs

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Celebrate Poetry

Thursday, April 3, 2014 to Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

April is National Poetry Month. So, this life-giving time of the year is coupled with the beautiful literary art of poetry.

Joan Siegel and Joel Solonche, poets and SUNY Orange emerti professorsTwo of SUNY Orange’s emerti professors are husband and wife Joel Solonche and Joan Siegel of Blooming Grove. They are both published poets. A very special book for them is Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter, a collaborative collection of poems which describes reacting to and meditating on their experience of parentage.

This book along with the two published books of Siegel’s works and many journals and collections in which their works are included comprise Celebrate Poetry, an exhibit on display in vitrine glass cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery at Kaplan Hall. The exhibit is available for viewing 8am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and till 5pm on Fridays through May 15, 2014. Putting 20+ poems on exhibit does not do justice to their bodies of works, but still, the presentation draws attention to the importance of poetry.

Solonche’s works have appeared in numerous publications including Chronogram, The American Scholar, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Barrow Street, The Progressive, The New Criterion, Salmagundi, Eclipse ~ a Literary Journal, among many others. He is a four-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize and was also nominated once for Best of the Net. In the 2013 book, Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, his poem “Polar Bears” relates his childhood memories to present day. With humor prevalent, his poems reminisce and/or comment on many topics, sometimes ending with a surprise twist.

Siegel recently won the 2013 Rebecca Lard Award, and, therefore, is the featured poet in the winter 2013 edition of Poetry Quarterly. In 2012, she was invited to be one of the Festival Poets of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. In addition, she has been a recipient of the New Letters Poetry Prize and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. Also, The Chautauqua Literary Journal, The Southern Humanities Review, The Atlantic Monthly, the Connecticut Review, the Gettysburg Review, and Poet Lore are only a few of the 50+ periodicals and anthologies in which her poems can be found. Her books, Light at Point Reyes and Hyacinth for the Soul, engage the reader with poems of realism in family and heritage, with references of music, stated in elegant and descriptive words. Her new book, The Fourth River, is projected for publication in 2015.

Solonche received a BA from NYU and an MA from SUNY New Paltz. Siegel holds an AB from Hunter College and an MA from NYU.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Safe, secure parking is available at the garage accessible via First Street.

Questions may be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Joan Siegel and Joel Solonche, poets and SUNY Orange emerti professors

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A Window into the World of Children’s Literature

Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 12:30 to 2pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Linda Patterson Kujawski, writerLinda Patterson Kujawski has been writing all her life--first with drawings...then with words.  Later, her visual images were painted with words, in her personal poetry and picture books. She is both a visual and literary artist. Before blogs, she did journals, journals of everyday happenings and journals of thoughts and creative writing. As an elementary teacher, she found her niche and developed programs for first graders to learn skills for writing personal narratives. Then, she worked with music and art teachers in developing cross-discipline programs of poetry, storytelling, and reader’s theater that combined reading, writing, music, art, and simple set and costume design. These programs engaged students and strengthened literacy and writing abilities.

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Ms. Kujawski is offering a master class on creative writing, A Window into the World of Children’s Literature. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 12:30 to 2pm at SUNY Orange in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Registration is not required. Free, secure parking is available in the garage under Kaplan Hall via First St.

During the class, Ms. Kujawski will share some of the “imaginative hooks and compelling questions” with which to get the attention of young learners that she learned from prolific children’s book author Wendy Pfeffer. Having participated in master classes, workshops, and conferences on writing, poetry, storytelling, and illustrating by such notables as Susan Danoff, Georgia Heard, Ralph Fletcher, James Richardson, David L. Harrison, Richard Peck, Alison Ashley Formento, and E.B. Lewis, she has plenty to share and discuss on how she puts her knowledge into practice. She will give readings from her own work, illustrations and how they work with the text in children's literature, a brief overview of children's lit, and samples of children's creative writing pieces.

Ms. Kujawski is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A Middletown native who has lived for many years in Princeton, NJ, she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities and Literature from SUNY Orange. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Master of Arts in Teaching: Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of Saint Mary. Also, she has done graduate work at Fairleigh Dickinson University and SUNY New Paltz. Additionally, she has had extensive study in classical piano, drawing and painting.

This program is a presentation of Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Linda Patterson Kujawski, writer

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Collaborations ~ the 10th annual student art exhibit

Red Barn by Liam Vogel, acrylic, Randi Eisman - art professorFriday, April 4, 2014 to Monday, May 5, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Collaborations ~ the 10th annual student art exhibit will open in Orange Hall Gallery on April 4, 2014 and remain on display through May 5, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 4pm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Coordinating partners for Repurposing materials into designer jewelry, Necklace by David Talbot and Headband by Kathryn Calderon, Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz - art professorThe show will feature more than 300 artworks by SUNY Orange art students. The show is comprised of a broad variety of paintings in oil, acrylic, and pastels; drawings in pencil, charcoal, and conte; digital and traditional photographs; sculptures, and three-dimensional pieces and display projects; collages of mixed media; computer graphics; design and web design; plus works made from recycled materials. Video pieces will be shown during the reception.

Music students will perform during the reception.

Music Mandala by Joseph Balquin, mixed media, Susan Miiller - art professorThe display is being shown concurrently with the exhibit, Systems and Space III, featuring student architectural work in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

This great exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, NY on the campus of Orange County Community College.

Images, top to bottom: Red Barn by Liam Vogel, acrylic, Randi Eisman - art professor; Coordinating partners for Repurposing materials into designer jewelry, Necklace by David Talbot and Headband by Kathryn Calderon, Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz - art professor, Music Mandala by Joseph Balquin, mixed media, Susan Miiller - art professor

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Systems and Space III

Benjamin Wolf - Aquatic Center - Model - ChipboardFriday, April 4, 2014 to Monday, May 5, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

After two years of presenting small classroom exhibits, SUNY Orange Architectural Technology has installed a not-to-be-missed exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe, the long back wall and area. Entitled Systems and Space III, the exhibit features Student Architectural Work. The exhibit includes drawings and models of abstract architectural compositions, building designs, and urban proposals produced by students in the Architectural Technology program.

Daniel Boland - North Street Pocket Park, Site Plan - Pencil/Marker on  PaperThe display is being shown concurrently with the annual SUNY Orange Art students’ huge exhibit. The timeframe is April 4- May 5, 2014 with gallery hours 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday. A reception during which SUNY Orange Music students will play, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 from 2 to 4pm.

Matthew Lung - Middletown Market - Perspective - Digital RenderingSystems and Space III was organized, designed, and built by students Daniel Boland, Danielle Covington, Douglas Forschino, Matthew Lung, and Roman Zawojski with Instructor Andrew Magnes and Assistant Professor Pamela Rice overseeing the project. Pro Build, a local lumber and building materials company, is the sponsor.

This great exhibit, which is free & open to the public, is presented in cooperation with Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed, (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Benjamin Wolf - Aquatic Center - Model - Chipboard; Daniel Boland - North Street Pocket Park, Site Plan - Pencil/Marker on  Paper; Matthew Lung - Middletown Market - Perspective - Digital Rendering

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Music Therapy... a Path with Heart

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 11am to 12:30pm
Orange Hall, Room 23 (MDTN)

Terry Blaine, music therapistMusic therapist Terry Blaine will present a master class from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, April 4 at SUNY Orange. Entitled Music Therapy... a Path with Heart, Blaine will give an overview of the music therapy profession, and reflect on “how relationships formed in music therapy can inspire and transform our lives.” The class will be held in Room 23 of Orange Hall which is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown.

A classic jazz vocalist, Blaine graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in classical flute and music. However, Blaine will bring her guitar as a means to demonstrate some of the techniques and methods she learned while earning her master’s degree in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz. As a hospice and palliative care music therapist, she is currently working at Hudson Valley Hospice as music therapy program leader. She serves patients and families in Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and trains music therapy interns in providing compassionate care. In 2011, she communicated her enthusiasm for her profession when she gave a presentation on Hospice Music Therapy Internship Training at the World Federation of Music Therapy in Seoul, South Korea. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of applied voice at SUNY New Paltz.

A master class is a class with a master. Each offers an up-close-and-personal opportunity for attendees to gain insight through interacting with a professional who shares his/her knowledge of a profession and/or a subject. Questions are welcomed. SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs offers these programs free to the public, on a wide variety of topics and disciplines, such as music, theatre, art, poetry, and science.

For further information, contact Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Terry Blaine, music therapist

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Swingtime Duet

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Pianist Mark Shane and Vocalist Terry Blaine“Music is much larger than the words and ideas that attempt to explain it.  It is vibrating energy sent from its creators’ hearts to ours.  True, physical entities are part of it: the uniqueness of a singer’s voice, a pianist’s touch on the keys.  But ultimately, music is one marvelous way that artists, devoted to feeling and craft, send messages to us,” states Michael Steinman of Jazz Lives. He continues, “Terry Blaine and Mark Shane are solid senders.”

If you love hot small-band jazz from America’s Golden Age of Swing, featuring songs made popular by the great vocal and piano jazz stars, treat yourself to Swingtime Duet ~ an evening of Classic Jazz on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8pm.   The duo of vocalist Blaine and pianist Shane come to the lovely setting of Kaplan Hall’s Orange County Trust Company Great Room which overlooks the Hudson River.

Selections for the concert are being carefully chosen from the repertoire of the Swing Era. My Blue Heaven, Ain't He Sweet, Honeysuckle Rose, Melancholy Baby are sure bets to be included. And many more favorites by composers Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Earl Hines, and Teddy Wilson will make the night sparkle.

Terry Blaine’s style of singing is gentle and swinging. JazzTimes’ Christopher Loudon remarks that, “Her subtly risqué style is infectious, blending the white-glove nonchalance of Lee Wiley with the earthy sauciness of Ethel Waters.”

Mark Shane has developed his own solo style that reflects a true sense of living jazz history and continues the tradition of deep swing and lyrical melodic improvisation. The Mississippi Rag has described him as “one of the great accompanists of his time.”

Tickets are available at the door one hour before concert time or online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml and reasonably priced at adults $10; senior citizens and SUNY Orange alumni/faculty/staff $5; and students are free.

SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh, NY where free, secure parking is available in the underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

This great music event is presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions should be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Pianist Mark Shane and Vocalist Terry Blaine

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Out of Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Out of Africa Movie PosterOn Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00pm, a screening of the 1985 award-winning romantic drama Out of Africa will take place at the Gilman Center for International Education in the Library on the SUNY Orange Middletown campus, located at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue.  Co-sponsored by Global Initiative Africa, the film will be introduced by Paul Basinski, Chair of the Global Studies Department. Following the screening, he will lead a discussion as well.

Out of Africa tells the story of Karen Blixen, a Danish baroness who moved to Kenya with her husband in 1913, and had a passionate, long-running affair with Denys Finch-Hatton, a free-spirited big-game hunter and adventurer.  The story depicts African Colonial life in the last decades of the waning British Empire, through World War I, ending with Blixen’s return to Denmark in 1931.  The film features sweeping panoramas of the African landscape and wildlife, and follows the political turmoil of the times, including conflicts and interactions between the local Kikuyu and Maasii tribespeople and the European colonists, in what was then called British East Africa.

Blixen later became famous as the short-story writer Isak Dinesan.  Her stories, inspired by her many years managing a coffee plantation in the Ngong Hills near Nairobi, are known the world over.  The movie screenplay, written by Kurt Luedtke, was based upon Dinesan’s writings including her 1937 memoir Out of Africa, Judith Thurman’s Isak Dinesan: The Life of a Storyteller, and Errol Trzebinski’s Silence Will Speak.

The film garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Sydney Pollack), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music (Original Score), Best Actress (Meryl Streep), and Best Supporting Actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer); and was also honored with 25 additional film awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama).  Robert Redford also starred in the movie.

Admission and parking are free and open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891.

Image: Out of Africa Movie Poster

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War Trauma, Suicide, and the Confederate Army

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm
Tower Building Café (NBG)

During the War of the Rebellion, the official title of the American Civil War, it is estimated that the Confederate Army suffered 335,000 to 450,000 casualties which includes killed, wounded, and missing. Even though the army was commanded by Robert E. Lee, an astute career officer-soldier and graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Confederate Army lost while the states in the Confederacy were devastated, their landscapes, farmlands, and cities being scorched during the war. Soldiers witnessed this firsthand, many with horrible injuries. Many of them, subsequently, committed suicide.

Diane Miller Sommerville, PhD, Associate Professor/ Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Binghamton UniversityDr. Diane Miller Sommerville has done a tremendous amount of research on the Confederacy and the huge toll the war inflicted on the South. On Thursday, April 10, 2014, she will present a lecture at 7pm in the Tower Building Café entitled War Trauma, Suicide, and the Confederate Army. She will explain the factors that likely contributed to soldier suicides: fear of failing in battle, shame in having shown fear, being alone, being away from home for the first time, and post-traumatic stress disorder from battle trauma. She will also discuss the perceptions given by the press of soldier suicides and the Southerners’ attitudes of them.

Dr. Miller Sommerville is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University where she also is Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History. She received her PhD at Rutgers University. She has received numerous awards, including Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowships, Archie K. Davis Research Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and most recently the John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article published in Civil War History in 2013.

The Tower Building is located at 1 Washington Center, at the corner of Broadway and Colden Street, on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage under Kaplan Hall and accessed via the First Street entrance. Also, metered parking is available on Broadway.

This event is free and open to the public and is produced by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845) 341-9386/4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Diane Miller Sommerville, PhD, Associate Professor/ Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Binghamton University

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African Code: A Secret Language

Roslyn Fassett, artistWednesday, April 16, 2014 from 10:15 to 11:45am
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 10:15-11:45am, visual artist Roslyn Fassett will present a master class entitled “African Code: A Secret Language.” This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room at Kaplan Hall, and is given in support of Global Initiative Africa.

detail of Water Spirit by Roslyn FassettDuring this workshop, Ms. Fassett, whose paintings are currently on exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, will demonstrate a relationship found between her paintings and African textiles.  She will include techniques, meanings, and uses of printed or stamped symbols and codes.  Attendees will participate in a hands-on workshop activity of drawn patterns.  Together, participants will create an African-inspired patterned textile.  No art experience is necessary, and all materials will be supplied.

painting by Roslyn Fassett with fabricsMs. Fassett studied drawing at the Brooklyn Museum School and graduated from Cooper Union with a BA in Fine Arts.  She earned a MA in Non-Western Art History from CCNY, and has taught African and Native American Art History at SUNY Purchase and SUNY New Paltz.  Ms. Fassett’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo shows, especially at the Prince Street Gallery of which she is a member. She is also a member of the Orange County Arts Council.  She has traveled to such places in Africa as Mali and Nigeria, with a particular interest in the weavings and decorated textiles created by native peoples.  The symbols and patterns found on African fabrics inspire her work, and will form a primary focus of this workshop/master class.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible from First Street.
 
Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-9386/4891; cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Roslyn Fassett, artist; detail of Water Spirit by Roslyn Fassett; painting by Roslyn Fassett with fabrics

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Forensic Document Examination/Handwriting Analysis

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2pm
Tower Building Café (NBG)

During court trials, expert witnesses are often called to the witness stand to testify. Bob Baier is such an expert. On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2pm, he will speak on and give a demonstration of his specialty during his presentation Forensic Document Examination/Handwriting Analysis. The event will take place in the Tower Building Café at SUNY Orange which is located at 1 Washington Center, at the corner of Broadway and Colden Street, Newburgh. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage under Kaplan Hall and accessed via the First Street entrance. Also, metered parking is available on Broadway.

Bob Baier, Handwriting Expert/Certified and Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner and AuthorMr. Baier is a certified New York State law enforcement instructor and trains in seven different areas including document examining, statement analysis, handwriting analysis, bogus checks, the criminal mind and handwriting, pedophiles and handwriting, and identity theft.  He also trains law enforcement officers and staff in different states in the US and will be sharing his knowledge during his lecture.

Besides being enthusiastic about his expertise, Baier will directly engage attendees by having each person fill out an envelope and lined paper with specific information. He will then analyze the specimens showing everyone present how to do that.  Any physical injuries they have had in their lifetime can be identified in the writing.  Written statements by ‘suspects’ can tell what line they lied on and the specific word through the writings.

During the session, he will explain handwriting analysis, forensic document examination, and statement analysis. He will also provide information on identity theft.

Bob Baier is a Certified Handwriting Expert and a Certified Forensic Document Examiner having graduated from Handwriting Universities School of Forensic Document Examination as well as the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners. He also holds AS, BS, and MA Degrees. Baier has been featured on the television shows “Inside Edition,” “Law Talk TV,” and “Smithsonian Channel.” His analysis of an extreme sport athlete was a highlighted article in the September 2005 ESPN magazine. His speaking engagements have brought him to conferences in Hollywood, CA; Portland, OR; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; King of Prussia, PA; Las Vegas, NV; and Dallas, TX. He is the author of Identity Theft Prevention for the College Student.  His newest book GPS for Success is co-authored with Steven Covey.
 
This lecture is free and open to the public and registration is not required.  Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Bob Baier, Handwriting Expert/Certified and Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner and Author

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Reading of Original Works by Poet Richard Blanco

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco who read from the steps of the United States Capitol on January 21, 2013 will read his poem One Today when he comes to Orange County Community College on Monday, April 21, 2014. He will read this poem, which he wrote for the second Inauguration of Barack Obama, plus several others of his original works.

Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, photo by Joyce TennesonThis poetry event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Gilman Center in the Library beginning at 7pm. The Library is located at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue, Middletown.

What better way to Celebrate National Poetry Month than to have this significant, contemporary poet speak his words of “connecting communities,” as he brings us “together” as one by realizing our country is our home.

Richard Blanco's book One Today: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential InaugurationBlanco describes poetry as a mirror, that both he and the reader are looking into as they stand next to each other. He states, “The greatest gift of the inauguration was actually finally finding a home, the acceptance of the idea of who I was, reading that poem to America, for America,” he continues, “the idea that I was home all along, that my story, my mother’s story, your story, all of our stories are the American story.”

Richard Blanco is the author of five published books of poetry:

  • For All of Us, One Today
  • One Today: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration
  • Looking for the Gulf Motel
  • City of a Hundred Fires
  • Directions to the Beach of the Dead

His books will be available for purchase and Blanco will do a booksigning after the reading.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, photo by Joyce Tenneson; Richard Blanco's book One Today: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration

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Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, photo by Hessler CreativePoetry for the People

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 8 to 9:15am
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

The following morning, Tuesday, April 22, in the Gilman Center from 8 to 9:15am, Richard Blanco will give a master class which, too, is free and open to the public.

Entitled Poetry for the People, he will explain his techniques and concepts in writing. He will share the captivating images and accessible narratives he uses that invite his readers and audiences to see themselves in his poems. He will also speak about how being the inaugural poet has been a life-changing role which has made his, a public voice.

This is a presentation of Cultural Affairs: (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, photo by Hessler Creative

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