April 2018 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
3/15 - 5/31 Exhibit Botanical Portraits ~ drawings by James Douglas Milne NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
3/28 - 5/30 Exhibit Search for Enlightenment ~ ceramics by Shaina Aiyana Dunn NBG

Foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery

4/2 - 4/30 Exhibit

ARTrageous ~ The Fourteenth Annual Student and Faculty Art Show

 

MID Orange Hall Gallery and Loft

4/5;

7 pm

Lecture

Ecotherapy: The Healing and Restorative Power of Nature

- a lecture by Christine Henderson
NBG Kaplan Hall, OBTC Great Room 101

4/6;

12:00 - 2:45 pm

Master Class

Drawing a Harbinger of Spring, Pansies ~ a master class by James Douglas Milne

NBG Mindy Ross Gallery & OBTC Great Room 101

4/9;

7 pm

Lecture

Ticks and Tick-borne Disease Prevention - a lecture by Melissa Prusinski and Sam Bowser, PhD

MID RCSE, Gerry Forum, Room 010

4/11;

7 pm

Lecture

Microplastics in the Hudson: forever or just for now? A lecture by Asher Pacht

NBG Kaplan Hall, OBTC Great Room 101

4/16;

3:30 - 5:45 pm

Master Class

Transformation:  Plastic Bags become Art! A master class by Mary Ann Lomonaco

MID Orange Hall Gallery

4/17;

7 pm

Lecture

Invasive Mosquitoes, Emergent Pathogens, and Human Risk in the Eastern US - a lecture by Shannon LaDeau, PhD

MID RCSE, Gerry Forum, Room 010

4/18;

7 pm

Lecture & Demonstration

Creating a Rhythm in your Kitchen~ Culinary Nutrition

~ a lecture & demo by Holly Shelowitz

NBG Kaplan Hall, OBTC Great Room 101

4/20;

11 am - 1 pm

Master Class

The Elements of Jazz… Putting It All Together – a master class with the Chris Parker Band

MID Orange Hall, Room 23

4/21;

7:30 pm

Play

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

performed by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

MID William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall

4/23;

7 pm

Interview & Discussion Merle Louise: Life on Broadway  an interview MID William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall

 

Botanical Portraits by James Douglas Milne

James Douglas MilneAn exquisite art show is presently in the Mindy Ross Gallery and will remain on view through May 30, 2018.  Botanical Portraits by James Douglas Milne is an exhibit of drawings in watercolor pencil, color pencil, and graphite that are so exact, a viewer may feel the plants could be taken out of their frames. Unlike often-seen botanical drawings which look like they only belong in a book, these works while perfect in their rendering, demonstrate a quality of reality, that the artist created the artworks from life. Milne states, “The majority of my present work is illustrations of single flowers or fruit, which is why I came to think of them as portraits. I imagine the whole process of selecting a model, establishing proper lighting, etc. is not unlike completing a human portrait.”Primula Obconica by James Douglas Milne

James Douglas Milne [aka: Doug] has a BS in interior design from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA. That coupled with the Certificate of Horticulture which he acquired by studying at the New York Botanical Garden and his technical and artistic abilities have given him the knowledge to draw simply beautiful works. He continues, “My artistic drive is generated by the challenge and desire to render each subject as faithfully as I can. Out of that connection I hope a visually appealing and scientifically accurate image will emerge. I hope that my work is not only pleasing to the eye, but also that my view of nature will encourage people to see its diversity and beauty in a new light.”

Twenty-seven Botanical Portraits in various sizes are included in the exhibit. They depict not only the mature blossomed flower or ripe fruit, but a few roots are on display. It is true art but should grab the eye of botanists.

The Reception for the show is scheduled for  Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 3 to 5:30pm during which music will provided by Geoff Hamburg, pianist. Come meet the artist.

In addition, a master class, “Drawing a Harbinger of Spring, Pansies,” will be given by Milne on Friday, April 6 from 12 to 2:45 pm in the gallery and the OBTC Great Room 101 which are both in Kaplan Hall.  The exhibit, reception, and master class are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 9pm and Fridays till 6pm. The Mindy Ross Gallery is situated in the eastern section of the first floor of Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Photows, top to bottom: James Douglas Milne; Primula Obconica by James Douglas Milne

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Search for Enlightenment ~ ceramics by Shaina Aiyana Dunn

Shaina Aiyana Dunn in her studioParents often influence their children through their occupations, pastimes, and interests. So it was in the life of artist Shaina Aiyana Dunn. She grew up under the guidance of “two creative parents.” Her father was a carpenter and her mother did everything from beadwork to basket weaving to quilting. Handmade pottery was used in the household. She developed “a love of the touch, the smell, the process, and the history of clay.” During her years of study at SUNY New Paltz, she obtained three art degrees, one of which is a BFA in Ceramics.

A solo exhibit of her ceramics is entitled Search for Enlightenment as it demonstrates her creativity through her works which she skillfully makes both functional and sculptural. Dunn’s artworks are on exhibit in five glass vitrine cases of various sizes in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall March 28 through May 30, 2018. The area in which the vitrine cases are situated has a wall of glass, thereby affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the pieces. This exhibit continues the Artist of Excellence series, initiated to spotlight highly talented regional artists.Goblets by Shaina Aiyana Dunn

“I like to arrange things so that they take on a new life and/or meaning when placed next to each other, but still stand alone as individual and subtly unique forms,” she states. The works are grouped to complement rather than to compete with each other, and therefore, the show is appealing to view as well as enjoyable because the beautiful quality of each piece. 

A dual reception on Saturday, April 7 from 3 to 5:30pm is scheduled for this exhibit along with the exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Botanical Portraits. Come meet the artists and listen to music provided by pianist Geoff Hamburg. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.

Mediation BallIn addition to her BFA, Dunn holds a BS in Art Education and an MA in Studio Art from SUNY New Paltz. In 2017, she was honored with NYSATA region 7 Art Educator of the Year in secondary (grades 9 through 12) division. She teaches art at Clarkstown High School North, New City, and yoga at Vastu Health Center, Warwick.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 9pm and Fridays till 6pm. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

 

Photos top to bottom: Shaina Aiyana Dunn in her studio; Goblets by Shaina Aiyana Dunn; Mediation Ball.

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ARTrageous ~ The Fourteenth Annual Student and Faculty Art Show

Bestfriend -  oil on canvas by Angela ValkBelieve it or not—Spring is officially here! And one of the happenings at SUNY Orange that heralds this season of rebirth is the annual student and faculty art show.  This year marks the fourteenth consecutive year of the annual show.  Entitled ARTrageous, the exhibit collectively celebrates the expansive array of creative visual arts at SUNY Orange.  Artworks are extremely varied and include drawing, painting, two dimensional and three dimensional design, comic book illustration, collages of mixed media; computer graphics; photography both Art Movements chess set - Rosemary Gonzalez, Brendon Gaceta, Kristen Valentinetraditional and digital as well as works in new media. The student artists express their talents by sharing their artworks with the college community and the community-at-large and in so doing, demonstrate the multi-faceted course offerings.  The faculty section of the show testifies to the diversity in skills, technique, interests of, and media used by these working artists.

The exhibit of nearly 300 works is on view in Orange Hall Gallery April 2 – 30, King Tut - mixed media by Jocelyn Erby 2018. Student works are displayed on the main floor while faculty artworks are exhibited in the Loft.

During the Opening Reception, which is scheduled from 2 -4pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, music students will showcase their talents when several will perform solo and in small ensembles.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Fridays. In addition, the gallery is open during April performances in the William and Helen Richards Theatre in Orange Hall: Fridays April 6 and 13 until 9pm, Saturdays April 7, 14, and 21 from 7 to 9:30pm, and Sundays April 8 and 15, from 2:30 to 4:30pm.

The presentation of the exhibit is a combined effort of the professors and staff of the Arts and Communication Department in cooperation with Cultural Affairs. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave) on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Photos top to bottom: Bestfriend - oil on canvas by Angela Valk; Developing the Creative Self: Art and Craft of the GAMES people play (chess set): Theme: Art Movements - Rosemary Gonzalez, Brendon Gaceta, Kristen Valentine; King Tut - mixed media by Jocelyn Erby

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Ecotherapy: The Healing and Restorative Power of Nature.

Christine Henderson“This is your brain on nature.”  How much do you know about ecopsychology and ecotherapy?  Did you know there’s an emerging field of academic study in the restorative and healing power of nature?  On Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7pm, SUNY Orange Assistant Professor Christine Henderson will speak on Ecotherapy: The Healing and Restorative Power of Nature. The lecture will explain the latest research concerning the relationship between psychology and nature, focusing on the changes that take place in the brain as a result of time in nature, while also addressing its treatment efficacy and practical applications. Nature-Brain drawing

The venue for this program, which is free and open to the public, is the OBTC Great Room 101, located at the eastern end of the first floor in Kaplan Hall. Henderson’s talk will demonstrate to attendees her strong interest in and knowledge of environmental psychology and ecopsychology.  A SUNY Orange Alumna, she went on to earn her BA and MS in Psychology at Adelphi University, and is currently working toward an MA in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies at Empire State College.  She is a member of the faculty of the SUNY Orange Behavioral Sciences Department, where she is also the Coordinator for the Human Services Program’s AS degree. 

For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-9386. 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 at 73 First Street.

Photos: Christine Henderson; "Nature-Brain"

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Drawing a Harbinger of Spring, Pansies

One of the flowers that can take the chill of the changing seasons is the Pansy. Its blossoms seem to smile in the spring sun. On Friday, April 6, 2018, expert botanical artist, James Douglas Milne (aka Doug) is giving a master class entitled Drawing a Harbinger of Spring, Pansies. This class, which is free and open to the public, accompanies his solo exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Botanical Portraits.

The class runs from 12:30 to 2:45pm in the gallery and its neighboring space, the OBTC Great Room 101 both located in the eastern most section on the first floor of Kaplan Hall. Bring your desire to listen, learn, and create. All supplies will be provided.Light lavendar pansy colored pencil by James Douglas Milne

The artist will introduce what botanical drawing entails as well as review the importance of good quality drawing materials. Then, he will lead attendees into the Mindy Ross Gallery to tour the show as he explains the artworks especially the pansy (in particular) and clematis drawings. Upon returning to the OBTC Great Room, participants will examine the subjects -- live pansy plants -- which are, in fact, the models and proceed to do preliminary sketches of the flowers.

Milne will also demonstrate shading in neutral color and using color pencils. Continued drawing will culminate with review and sharing of works. This should be an engaging program with many opportunities to learn and have fun in doing so.

James Douglas Milne has a Certificate of Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden and a BS in interior design from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. He works with plants regularly as he says, “I am an obsessive gardener; I do garden design; and with my renewed love of drawing, botanical artwork has added another creative facet to my plant enriched life.”

The Mindy Ross Gallery and OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall are located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Photo: Light lavendar pansy - colored pencil - by James Douglas Milne.

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Ticks and Tick-borne Disease Prevention

Beware: an enemy is in your backyard –TICKS!Melissa Prusinski

Ticks are small arachnids and part of the Phylum: Arthropoda. They are external parasites which live by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Because ticks ingest blood, ticks are vectors of at least twelve diseases that affect humans and other animals, one of which is the well-known Lyme disease caused by the black-legged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick. Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is the most common vector-borne illness reported in the U.S. Most cases are reported in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia). In 2016, the combined totals in those states of confirmed cases were 21,899 with an additional probable number of cases of 7,704, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The specific numbers for New York State (NYS) during 2016 were 2623 and 1259, respectively…scary figures. On Monday, April 9, 2018, two experts on ticks in New York State will present

Sam Bowser, PhDTicks and Tick-borne Disease Prevention at 7pm in in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering. The program is free and open to the public, and truly a service to community.

Research Scientist Melissa Prusinski, Chief Coordinator of the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Statewide Tick-borne Pathogen Surveillance Initiative, will lecture on the topic. Her presentation will provide an overview of tick biology and ecology, tick-borne diseases known to occur in New York State, and what steps individuals can take to reduce risk of exposure to ticks and tick-borne illnesses. Prusinski will be accompanied by Sam Bowser, PhD, a protistologist and professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University at Albany School of Public Health, who does field work for the tick program. Dr. Bowser’s part of the program will be about his own personal account with ticks. It will be enhanced by showing images in 3D. Attendees will be provided with red/blue glasses. During the past 19 years, Prusinski’s research has focused on the deer tick compared to size of a dimeepidemiology, vector biology and landscape ecology of diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes and other arthropods. She was head of the former NYSDOH Tick Identification Service from 2001-2011. Her published research can be found in peer-reviewed journals including: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Environmental Entomology, Ecosphere and the Journal of Medical Entomology. She holds a BS cum laude in Biological Science from SUNY Albany. A graduate of Orange County Community College, Sam Bowser received his PhD from SUNY Albany and furthered his studies with Postdoctoral training at NYSDOH , Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY, and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA.

Ticks and Tick-borne Disease Prevention  is the first of a mini-series on arthropod-borne diseases. The second lecture takes place on April 17 with its topic being Invasive Mosquitoes, Emergent Pathogens, and Human Risk in the eastern US and given by Shannon LaDeau, PhD.

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering is located at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange. Free parking can be found on street and in several college parking lots as well as the parking garage across the street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Photos - top to bottom: Melissa Prusinski; Sam Bowser, PhD; deer tick compared to size of a dime

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Microplastics in the Hudson: forever or just for now? asher

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are less than five millimeters in length (or about the size of a sesame seed) are called ‘microplastics’…Microplastics come from a variety of sources, including from larger plastic debris that degrades into smaller and smaller pieces… These tiny particles easily pass through water filtration systems and end up in the ocean and Great Lakes, posing a potential threat to aquatic life.”

Microplastic Film collected from Fishkill Creek Hudson WatershedOn Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7pm, join Asher Pacht, Director of Environmental Programs at Beacon Institute, for a lively discussion as he offers a look at what is now known about microplastics on a local level -- in the Hudson River estuary, and beyond. Come to the OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall, which overlooks the majestic Hudson River, for his presentation Microplastics in the Hudson: forever or just for now? He will explain: what microplastics are and what are the sources of those found in the Hudson?  How widespread are they?  How can they affect animals and humans?  He will also discuss whether plastic can ever disappear?  Pacht states, “Placing this in the context of wider efforts at ecosystem restoration and the role of citizen science for the Hudson, the story is impactful but also hopeful. This is an easier issue to address locally than is climate change, for instance.” He will offer specific ideas and remedies that students and citizens can do with affordable real-time technology.

Since 2012, Asher Pacht has engaged in water research and education programs at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. He led a Hudson watershed-based microplastics research and media project in 2017 under a yearlong grant from NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.  He holds a BA from Northeastern University and earned his MPA at NYU where he focused on eco-leadership and water resources. Beacon Institute formalized a strategic alliance with Clarkson University, becoming a subsidiary of Clarkson. Today, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University is leveraging science and technology to understand and protect rivers, estuaries, and other important freshwater resources to ensure safe water for the health and vitality of local communities.

This Cultural Affairs program is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call (845) 341-9386. 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 at 73 First Street.

Photos top to bottom: Asher Pacht; Microplastic Film collected from Fishkill Creek Hudson Watershed.

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Transformation:  Plastic Bags become Art! A master class by Mary Ann Lomonaco Mary Ann Lomonaco

“Transformation for me involves discovering the potential... the endless possibilities...” states Mary Ann Lomonaco. Join her for an afternoon session from 3:30 to 5:45 on Monday, April 16, 2018, for Transformation:  Plastic Bags become Art!   The venue for this event, which is free and open to the public, is Orange Hall Gallery. This art master class will press attendees to think out of the box.

New York Stories - plastic, by Mary Ann LomonacoThe recipient of several awards, Lomonaco was granted a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her works have been included in diverse shows throughout the United States. She describes her artworks as “made primarily from found objects, those things most of us already have as opposed to things we purchase.” And then adds, “My aim is to help viewers stand in a new place - to help them realize that things they see every day and consider as disposable, as trash, can become something valuable, unusual, beautiful and interesting - can become art.” In addition, “This way of making art helps the environment.”

During this particular master class, the emphasis is on creating crocheted vessels using colorful plastic bags especially those in which newspapers are delivered. So, bring those bags plus scissors and crochet hooks if possible, although plenty of free supplies will be available. After giving an overview of her concept and process, Lomonaco will lead participants in preparing materials, and then in connecting and eventually crocheting the pieces adding embellishments of differing dimensions.

SUNY is celebrating NYFA awardees throughout the state. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.), Middletown. Questions may be addressed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Photos, top to bottom: Mary Ann Lomonaco, New York Stories - plastic.

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Invasive Mosquitoes, Emergent Pathogens, and Human Risk in the Eastern US

Mosquito - Ae. japonicasThat recurring pool of water or neglected pile of debris and junk may be harboring carriers of life-changing diseases. Mosquitoes are not just those pesky bugs. Mosquitoes are insects and part of the Phylum: Arthropoda. They are exoskeletal, external parasites which take blood meals, but as vectors many transmit pathogenic viruses or bacteria into their victims via their bites.Shannon L. LaDeau, PhD

In the second in the mini-series on arthropod-borne infectious diseases and prevention, Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau will explain why mosquitoes are ideal vectors and the disease risks they carry. In her lecture Invasive Mosquitoes, Emergent Pathogens, and Human Risk in the Eastern US, Dr. LaDeau will outline mosquito ecology, thereby giving examples of the environmental conditions that support and encourage the enlarging of the scope of persistent mosquito infestations. She will also clarify the real risk factors associated with mosquito-borne disease in the northeast. Then, she will describe measures that can be taken to protect oneself as well as property from this everyday environmental health issue.

Come at 7pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering for this informative program which is free and open to the public and requires no registration.

Shannon L. LaDeau is an associate scientist, specializing in disease ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Her research interests include the ecologies of community, disease, and forest, plus ecological modeling. She received her BA in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and her PhD in Biological Sciences from Duke University. In addition, she has done postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Washington, DC and a National Science Foundation Program in Biological Informatics at Ohio State University. She has received ten scholarly awards, co-authored 41 research publications, written or been interviewed in 20 newspaper articles, and spoken on NPR.

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering is located at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange. Free parking can be found on street and in several college parking lots as well as the parking garage across the street.

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

Photos top to bottom: Mosquito - Ae. japonicas;

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Creating a Rhythm in your Kitchen~ Culinary Nutrition ~ a lecture & demo by Holly Shelowitz

Food is an essential element in life. Consuming it should present opportunities for enjoyment, well-being, and comradery. Preparations can be fun-filled challenges that finish with healthful, tasty meals. Culinary Nutrition Educator and Certified Nutrition Counselor Holly Shelowitz loves to teach people how to shop well, cook well, and eat well. In turn, she founded Nourishing Wisdom Nutrition.  It's edible education!  Holly Shelowitz

Join Chef Shelowitz for an evening to remember as she gives the audience a guided tour of quality food, preparation, and presentation. During her lecture with demonstration and sampling, Creating a Rhythm in your Kitchen ~ Culinary Nutrition ~ she will explore true nourishment of body and mind. Come to the OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 and learn how to have delicious nourishing food on your table and in your life with healthy eating by cooking with good, fresh ingredients that don’t break the bank and have short prep time.

Shelowitz will explain how planning can set the stage for several meals as one builds on basic, good, preferably locally grown vegetables, and one meal leads to another.

In cooperation with and supporting the efforts of Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) in its community gardens project, Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange brings this educational program to the college community and the community-at-large to show the value of good and nourishing food planning that produce delicious meals to promote health. Shelowitz will share her recipe, too.

Holly Shelowitz graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Professional Training Program in NYC. She also studied herbal healing with Pam Montgomery, Dina Falconi, Deb Soule, Rosemary Gladstar, and  Susun Weed. She has taught nutrition and cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, NYC, the Bronx Botanical Gardens, farmers markets and culinary stores, as well as libraries, colleges, and schools. She is a regular guest on WDST Radio Woodstock’s morning show, and has been featured in magazines as a nutrition and cooking expert. In addition, she leads nutrition classes and Workplace Wellness Workshops. Another talent she possesses is her keen eye in photography. Originally focused on children and books for them, her skilled photography is an integral part of her nutrition work.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary; just come. 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 at 73 First Street.  Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu or (845)341-4891.

Photo: Holly Shelowitz.

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The Elements of Jazz… Putting It All TogetherThe members of the Chris Parker Band

Master classes are great learning experiences. At SUNY Orange these programs are offered in several disciplines: visual art, music, poetry, theatre, communication, dance, and biology/botany. From 11am to 1pm on Friday, April 20, 2018, The Chris Parker Band will present a music master class – The Elements of Jazz… Putting It All Together. This is an opportunity to meet five jazz musicians who live music and have figured out ways of making a living at it.

The band is known in this region and beyond especially by jazz aficionados. With leader/composer/pianist/SUNY Orange professor Chris Parker are mainstays five-string violinist Rob Thomas, bassist Tony Marino, and percussionist/drummer Marko Marcinko. Now an added wind dynamic, alto and soprano saxophonist Vito Chiavuzzo, brings a dimension which Parker has only utilized occasionally when enlarging his ensemble to quintet or septet. Thomas is a professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, a member of the String Trio of New York, and various other groups; Marcinko is the director of jazz studies at Penn State School of Music, and plays with Dave Liebman Band and Organik Vibe Trio; Marino is a full-time, active musician playing with the Dave Liebman Big Band and other ensembles; Chiavuzzo teaches at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and at New Jersey City University as well as being in the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra.

In the casual set-up of Orange Hall room 23, the five experts in their fields of music will share their knowledge through discussion and Q & A. They will also demonstrate and perform the basic elements of jazz, and explain their individual functions within the group and how they fit together and complement each other in a typical jazz performance.

Come and listen to, learn from, and interact with the musicians during this master class which is free and open to the public. You’ll enjoy it!

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

 

Photos, clockwise from upper left: The Chris Parker Band - Chris Parker, piano; Tony Marino, bass; Marko Marcinko, drums/percussion; Rob Thomas, violin; Vito Chiavuzzo, alto and soprano saxes.

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Cast of Shakespeare's Hamlet presented by Hudson Valley Shakespeare TheatreShakespeare goes modern in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival touring performance of Hamlet. The William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall is the venue where the Bard’s most famous of all his plays will be presented on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Director Devin Brain describes the play as “the pre-eminent example of his understanding of humanity and his skill in crafting a tragedy that is both moving and entertaining.” He continues, “the play is as complex as a human being… with an overabundance of fascinating human struggles:  politics, revenge, love, legacy, parenthood, morality, and even theater; and beneath all of the rest, this is a play about death.”

The modern and contemporary eye of the production has “a company of seven diverse actors playing all roles, with some gender-blind casting. The actors never leave the stage during the performance, but sit in chairs on either side of the playing space until their next entrance. The majority of the music is actor generated, using both instruments and other objects on stage,” as described by Nora Wilcox, the company’s associate director of education. 

The presentation is both intimate and immediate and fits nicely in the cozy space of the SUNY Orange’s theatre. The actors easily engage the audience throughout and give the audience an opportunity to interact with a talkback immediately following the performance. The performance is sponsored by the Evelyn and John Morrison Advised Fund through the SUNY Orange Foundation.

Come and enjoy while learning Shakespeare in an easy setting. Tickets are reasonable priced at ten dollars for all except students whose admission is free.

The box office opens one hour before the performance at 6:30pm, or online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml

plus a $ 2.50 service charge for each online ticket.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is a professional, non-profit theater company based in Garrison, NY at historic Boscobel.

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

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

Photos of cast members, clockwise from top left: Simone Stadler, Anamari Mesa, Jo’Lisa Jones, Bonnie Antosh, James Perenti, Russell Carpenter, and Jarrod Bates,

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MERLE LOUISE: LIFE ON BROADWAY  AN INTERVIEW 

Getting “up close and personal” with anything Broadway always has a glitz about it. But, the practical aspect offers a learning opportunity on how one achieves the goal of acting on the Broadway stage and sustains that hard-earned status, making it a career.

Come to the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall on the rescheduled date of Wednesday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm for Merle Louise: Life on Broadway  an interview.

Merle LouiseMerle Louise is a Broadway legend!  She has spent her life on the Great White Way.  She began her career as a young adult, performing with Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of Gypsy in 1959.  She went on to become one of the most frequent interpreters of the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince, as an original cast member of Company (1970), Into the Woods (1987), and Sweeney Todd (1979).  For her creation of the role of the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical in 1979.  She also performed in the original casts of Jerry Herman’s La Cage aux Folles (1983), Kandor and Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman(1993), and Elton John’s Billy Elliot (2008).  She appears on the cast albums for the Broadway shows in which she appeared. In addition, she has worked on tour, off-Broadway and regionally, in musicals and plays. In her regional theatre roles in classical theatre, she is an acclaimed actress in works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Molière, Pinter, Ibsen, and Shaw.

Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Louise’s working class family saw to her getting singing and acting lessons in New York as a small child. Then, she began to perform while still in high school, moving to the city soon after.  In addition throughout her life, she raised a family, traveled the world, completed a college degree in her 70’s, and overcame challenges of many kinds.

In this exclusive event, Joanne Zipay, will interview Merle Louise about her life and experiences onstage and off, including the famous individuals with whom she has worked. Louise will also give advice for up-and-coming performers.  A Q&A session will follow, during which attendees may question her directly.

Zipay is founder and former artistic director of NYC’s Judith Shakespeare Company. Presently, she is the assistant SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs coordinator and an adjunct instructor of speech and screenwriting in the Arts and Communication Department.

This Cultural Affairs program is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call (845) 341-4891. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

Photo: Merle Louise.

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Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

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