August 2014 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
7/15 - 8/12 Exhibit River Valley Artists Guild 2014 Summer Members Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
7/15 - 8/12 Exhibit Capturing the Motion of Water through Pastels and Oils MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
8/13 -10/27 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ Works by Fay Wood NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
8/18 - 10/2 Exhibit Pen and Paint NBG Kaplan Hall,
Mindy Ross Gallery
8/19 - 10/9 Exhibit AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World! MDTN Orange Hall Gallery

River Valley Artists Guild 2014 Summer Members Show

Spring Awakening, acrylic by Daniela CooneyTuesday, July 15, 2014 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

It’s been ten years since a small group of artists got together and decided to form the River Valley Artists Guild. The late Bernie Kilbourn, along with his artist friends Matilda Grech, Paul Horsman, Elaine Tedesco, and Elizabeth Hayes all then residents of Port Jervis, put their combined years of experience together to start this group. They wanted it to be a broad spectrum arts organization; so the word guild was used in order to include artisan craftsmen. Through this first decade, various types of works have been displayed at the members’ shows. Most of the members come from New York and Pennsylvania communities bordering the Delaware River with some from Milford, PA as well as Middletown and Newburgh in Orange County, Mohegan Lake in Westchester County, and Branchville, NJ.

Wipeout, oil by Elva ZingaroThe River Valley Artists Guild 2014 Summer Members Show will be on exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery July 15 through August 12, 2014. Artworks will be in several media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, air brush, photographs, acrylic collage, fabric art, and weaving.

Boy in the Blue Shirt, oil by Joan StandoraThe present president is Joan Kehlenbeck of Cuddebackville who will have an ongoing demonstration using oil with brushes and palate knives of how she creates the illusion of surf and the movement of waves in her ocean paintings. Entitled "Triptych Seascapes on Canvas" the artwork will consist of three 18 x 24" canvases hinged to form a free standing triangle. The whole painting will be done during the reception scheduled for Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4pm. In addition to the art demonstration, classical guitarist Joy Zelada of Newburgh will play throughout the reception.

To further the visual experience, on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe, Joan Kehlenbeck will be exhibiting her artworks that depict water scenes in a show entitled Capturing the Motion of Water through Pastels and Oils.

The reception and exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm in July. In August, additional hours are Friday 9am to 6pm.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Grandview and Wawayanda Avenues on the Middletown campus of Orange County Community College. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Spring Awakening, acrylic by Daniela Cooney; Wipeout, oil by Elva Zingaro; Boy in the Blue Shirt, oil by Joan Standora

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Capturing the Motion of Water through Pastels and Oils

Joan Kehlenbeck next to her oil painting Rough SurfTuesday, July 15, 2014 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

To further the visual art experience in Orange Hall Gallery, Joan Kehlenbeck will be exhibiting her artworks that depict water scenes in a show entitled Capturing the Motion of Water through Pastels and Oils. The paintings will be hung on the long wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. This mini-show is meant to complement the art demonstration she is giving on Sunday, July 27 between 1 and 4pm in the gallery, and the show runs simultaneous with the River Valley Artists Guild 2014 Summer Members Show, July 15 through August 12, 2014.  The title of the art demonstration is "Triptych Seascapes on Canvas." Kehlenbeck will be doing an ongoing demonstration, from 1 to 4pm, using oil with brushes and palate knives.  Through the demo, she will explain how she creates the illusion of surf and the movement of waves in her ocean paintings.

Light House in the Distance Coast of France, pastel by Joan KehlenbeckJoan Kehlenbeck has an associate in arts degree from Orange County Community College.  She is a community arts leader as she is president of RVAG and chairs the group’s shows. She is an enthusiastic participant in the Port Jervis Arts Walk. She also presents successful art workshops for children. In addition, she is a top-notch seamstress whose stitchery nearly equals in quality her paintings.

Stephen Crane Pond Forestburgh, NY, pastel by Joan KehlenbeckJoan Kehlenbeck has always lived in the country as she lived in Forestburgh, Sullivan County as a girl, and now resides in Cuddebackville, Orange County.  Living in the country has made artwork an extension of her life. Her goal is to capture the beauty of nature and preserve it for others to enjoy forever. Local scenes, historical buildings, and portraits are her favorite subjects. In recent years, she has become fascinated with seascapes and the action of water at the seashore, and subsequently, has developed a technique in the painting of waves especially in rough surf as she creates the illusion of their three-dimensionality. She works in oils, pastels, and charcoal.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm in July. In August, additional hours are Friday 9am to 6pm. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown on the SUNY Orange campus.  Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images (photos by Andrew Kehlenbeck), top to bottom: Joan Kehlenbeck next to her oil painting “Rough Surf”; "Light House in the Distance" Coast of France, pastel by Joan Kehlenbeck; "Stephen Crane Pond" Forestburgh, NY, pastel by Joan Kehlenbeck

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Artists of Excellence ~ Works by Fay Wood

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Monday, October 27, 2014
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Fay Wood, sculptressThe Artists of Excellence exhibit series opens the new academic year with a display of works by artist Fay Wood of Saugerties.  Wood paints in several media, but it is her sculptures which will be on view in the large vitrine glass case in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY.

The Artists of Excellence exhibits, initiated to spotlight highly talented regional artists, gives the college community and the community-at-large the privilege of viewing exquisite pieces in various media by professional artists. This show, which is free and open to the public, will be on view August 13 through October 27, 2014 8am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and till 4pm on Friday, plus 4 to 8pm on Last Saturdays, a Newburgh arts initiative. To see a full list of Last Saturdays events for August 30, visit Last Saturdays Facebook event page.

Dancing Animal, found object sculpture by Fay WoodWood uses a meticulous, process-oriented approach that gives the many found objects and materials she gathers, a new life by transforming them into art. She uses wood, metal, wire, paper, and paint. Her works demonstrate the creativity necessary to conceptualize these objects and materials being combined to become totally different and, indeed, sculptures.

Wood has shown her works in Florence, Italy and Cologne, Germany. Her artworks also have been in many solo, group, and invitational shows in the United States.

Fay Wood attended Massachusetts College of Art and studied with Sculptor Wolfgang Behl at his studio. She also participated in classes at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts both in NYC. In 2004, she was the winner of the Proskauer Prize given by the National Sculpture Society. But, she states that most of all she is proud of being in the “generation of women of transition who were trying to be everything at once!” She certainly attained that in art.

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

Images, top to bottom: Fay Wood, sculptress; Dancing Animal, found object sculpture by Fay Wood

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Pen and Paint

This Big Dress, chapbook by Sandra GraffMonday, August 18, 2014 to Thursday, October 2, 2014
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The Graff sisters are talented artists, one literary and one visual. Together, their works make a unique exhibit through which viewers may be able to realize how many of their works complement each other.

Pen and Paint is the title of the dual show by Sandra Graff, poet, and Barbara Graff, painter, and the exhibit is on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall, August 18 through October 2, 2014.

Sandra Graff, poetSandra Graff is the author of many poems some of which are contained in her two chapbooks, This Big Dress and Girl in Garden.  Her poems have been published in Rhino Poetry Journal, Georgetown Review, Blueline, The Fourth River, Home Planet News, and Copperfield Review, among others. She is an associate professor of English at SUNY Orange, and during the academic year, she teaches two poetry courses on contemporary poetry and creative writing poetry.  Her Hudson Valley home offers a view of the Shawangunk Ridge, a setting of inspiration itself.  She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Earth Watch, mixed media by Barbara GraffBarbara Graff is a fine artist and mannequin make-up specialist. Her fascination with the human face is demonstrated through her paintings as well in her commercial work. The three-dimensionality of her works on canvas with the inclusion of masks and textures, plus found objects and driftwood as well as oils and acrylics, bring her works to life and certainly grab the attention of the viewer. Her artworks have been shown in many venues in the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan area. Her mannequin make-up designing in the fashion industry has brought her work to public eye in such stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as several other major stores in the USA and abroad. She lives in the Catskill Region, near Woodstock. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hofstra University.

Barbara Graff, painterThe art reception, during which Joy Zelada of Newburgh will play classical guitar, is scheduled from 4 to 8pm on Saturday, August 30 at the Mindy Ross Gallery. The reception also includes SUNY Orange as a gallery on the Last Saturdays’ events in Newburgh. To see a full list of Last Saturdays events for August 30, visit Last Saturdays Facebook event page.

Then, on Thursday, October 2 the closing reception will center on a poetry reading of original works by Sandra Graff starting at 7pm in the Great Room which is next to the Mindy Ross Gallery. Designed as a multimedia event entitled “Pen & Paint Coffee House,” it will include refreshments, a booksigning by Sandra Graff, and a musical interlude.

The community is welcome to come to these free events.

Gallery hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, plus 4 to 8pm on Last Saturdays, a Newburgh arts initiative. SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-9386/4891.

Images (photos provided by Sandra Graff and Barbara Graff), top to bottom: This Big Dress, chapbook by Sandra Graff; Sandra Graff, poet; Earth Watch, mixed media by Barbara Graff; Barbara Graff, painter

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AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to Thursday, October 9, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Psammosphaera, watercolor by Sam BowserHave you ever known anyone who has gone to Antarctica, let alone someone who dives through drilled holes in the ice more than 180 times? In fact, why would anyone do that? …for the sake of science. A man who grew up on a country road in the Town of Wallkill has gone to Antarctica twenty times to perform scientific research dives to bring back small specimens of foraminifera. Sam Bowser, PhD, is a polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast specializing on "forams"—unicellular aquatic creatures that play a crucial role in marine environments. Some may recognize him as one of the characters featured in Werner Herzog's documentary "Encounters at the End of the World" or for being the featured scientist on the Discovery Channel’s “Forces of Nature.”  His work has shown that Antarctica is populated with forams that evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. They are like dinosaurs that are still around. A new genus of Foraminifera, was named Bowseria in his honor in 2008. And, Bowser Valley, lying East of Crawford Valley in St. Johns Range, Victoria Land, Antarctica, was named in 2005.

Pressure Ridges, oil by Laura Von RoskArtist Laura Von Rosk travelled to Antarctica in the fall of 2011 to work with Dr. Bowser and his research team. She was there to assist with the scientific research and dive teams and, in one way or another, incorporate this experience into her own work as a visual artist. Von Rosk is well-known for her small surreal paintings of expansive landscapes often lush with vegetation. After her Antarctic trip, icy scenery and landscape of many shades of white have become prevalent in her work. By recombining, emphasizing, manipulating, or inventing elements of the landscape, she explores the tension between natural forms and memory.

Orange Hall Gallery is the venue for an exhibit that was inspired by the expedition to Antarctica. Entitled AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World! the show will be on view August 19 through October 9, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Fridays till 6pm. Bowser’s watercolors of the jewel-like Foraminifera and Von Rosk’s oil paintings of her interpretations of the Antarctic vista along with specimens plus short video documentaries by exploration team members Hilary Hudson and Henry Kaiser comprise this fascinating educational opportunity.

In addition, Bowser and Von Rosk will give a presentation on the research work on forams in Antarctica as well as art-science projects. This will take place on Thursday, October 9 from 7 to 9pm during the closing reception. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Also, Dr. Bowser will present a lecture with 3D slides on forams in Orange Hall Gallery on September 23 at 7pm.

Sam Bowser, PhD, polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast, and Laura Von Rosk, artist, in AntarcticaLaura Von Rosk received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BFA from SUNY Purchase.  Her paintings have been exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows.  Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Bernheim Foundation in Clermont, KY, a Full Fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, The Millay Colony, Centrum, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She is director of the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery.

Sam Bowser graduated with an AAS degree from SUNY Orange. He received a BS in biological sciences and a PhD in cell biology from SUNY Albany. He has done extensive post-doctoral work on cell biology and polar biology at Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, respectively. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Science Teachers Association of New York Executive Award.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown on the SUNY Orange campus.  Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images, top to bottom: Psammosphaera, watercolor by Sam Bowser; Pressure Ridges, oil by Laura Von Rosk; Sam Bowser, PhD, polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast, and Laura Von Rosk, artist, in Antarctica

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

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