February 2016 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
1/4 - 2/29 Exhibit COLORS ~ Paintings by William Noonan NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
1/5 - 3/16 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ Reenganche ~ Sculptures by Martin Dominguez Ball NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
1/6 - 2/5 Exhibit Bathos and Apotheosis: the Familiar Ennobled ~ Works by Michael Tobin MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
1/8 - 2/5 Exhibit Orange County Arts Council Members Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
1/15 - 2/5 Exhibit "A New Look on Life" Assemblages by David Nolan MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
2/3,
6:30 p.m.
Master Class “Assemblage: New Life from Old Life” MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
2/8 - 3/24 Exhibit North East Watercolor Society Members' 2016 Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery and Loft
2/8 - 3/24 Exhibit Watermarks ~ Watercolors by Pat Morgan MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
2/9,
7 p.m.
Lecture The Obesity Epidemic MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
2/12,
5 p.m.
Lecture BHC's Love, Power & Respect Hip Hop Tour – The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Hip Hop NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
2/17,
1 p.m.
Master Class NACL Theatre and Creative Acting MDTN Orange Hall Theatre

2/18,
7:30 p.m.

Lecture "...the shadow of a wife..." - Who was Mrs. Shakespeare? MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
2/19,
8 p.m.
Theatre Shakespeare's Will MDTN Orange Hall Theatre

New Date:
4/12,
7 p.m.

Lecture Regional Invasive Species: Programs, Regulations, Species, Actions MDTN New Venue: Middletown Library, Gilman Center

2/24,
7 p.m.

Lecture The Ancient Power of Drama NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
2/26,
10 a.m.
Master Class Compose Yourself MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
2/27,
4 p.m.
Exhibit Closing Reception of the Exhibit “COLORS” NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
2/28,
3 p.m.
Concert The American String Quartet MDTN Orange Hall Theatre

COLORS ~ Paintings by William Noonan

Mars and a Doubtful Venus, oil by William NoonanMonday, January 4, 2016 to Monday, February 29, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

COLORS” will fill the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange, January 4 through February 29, 2016. The “colors” are paintings by Newburgh artist William Noonan whose repertoire is so broad that the show will include plein-air landscapes from his latest trip to Italy, still lifes, figures, portraits, and animal paintings. The exhibit will offer a view of his interests and artistic creativity and skills.

Noonan’s liberal use of color brings his paintings to life and makes the viewer want to investigate the intricacies of each work. All within the realm of figurative, his paintings range from precise to loose, mostly in oils, his preferred medium. He defines his art as “drawing on European traditions, yet clearly part of the continuum of American Realism.”

Gardener's Cottage - Locust Grove, oil by William NoonanAt the very end of this two-month show, a closing reception will be held at which another Newburgh talent will provide music. To celebrate Last Saturdays #NBLS, the reception is scheduled for February 27 from 4 to 7pm in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer during which classical guitarist, Joy Zelada, will play.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. The gallery is open for Last Saturdays #NBLS, January 30 from 4-7pm and also on January 26 from 9am to 4 and 6:30 to 9pm.  In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the gallery and college are closed on Monday, January 18.

Bachelor's Wedding Band, oil by William NoonanAfter a career in graphics and publishing at The Village Voice in New York City, Noonan returned full-time to his first love, fine art. He not only is a very active visual artist, he teaches in several venues in the Hudson Valley: the Wallkill River School, Montgomery, the Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, the Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie, and his studio at his home, an 1836 townhouse, located one-half block from SUNY Orange.

Noonan holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase. In addition, he has studied at the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students League of New York, the Woodstock School of Art, and the International School of Art-Umbria, Italy. His work has been exhibited locally, on Cape Cod, and through various Internet venues. Additionally, his paintings can be found in numerous private collections as well as in the corporate collection of Nielsen and Bainbridge, a quality custom framing products manufacturing company that serves the world’s professional framers and museums.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or 845-341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Mars and a Doubtful Venus, oil by William Noonan; Gardener's Cottage - Locust Grove, oil by William Noonan; Bachelor's Wedding Band, oil by William Noonan

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Artists of Excellence ~ Reenganche ~ Sculptures by Martin Dominguez Ball

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 to Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Martin Dominguez Ball, artist and professorMartin Dominguez Ball, a native of Uruguay and a resident of Warwick, is the featured sculptor to start off the 2016 Artist of Excellence series. Titled Reenganche, meaning to reconnect and come back into play, the exhibit, which is on display January 5 through March 16, is comprised of sculptures made of found wood and metal. The works range in size from large to small, with “Don Quijote,” a representational piece, the largest at 42 by 59 inches while “Key to My Heart,” an abstract work, is one of the smallest at 12 by 4 inches.

Don Quijote, wood by Martin Dominguez BallThe Artist of Excellence series was initiated to spotlight highly talented regional artists. Artworks are on view in the glass vitrine cases located in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange. It is a wonderful setting afforded with natural light and multi-directional viewing of the pieces. Visitors may see the exhibit during regular college hours, Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm January 5 through 15, and Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm and Friday 8am to 4:30pm from January 19 onward, and additionally, on Saturdays, January 30 and February 27 from 4 to 7pm.

Key to My Heart, wood and metal by Martin Dominguez BallOn January 30 from 4 to 7pm, the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer will be open for Last Saturdays #NBLS, a Newburgh arts initiative. An artist’s talk, A Creative Process by Martin Dominguez Ball, will begin at 5:30pm. Dominguez Ball will explain how he “approaches every art or design project as an opportunity to challenge myself as an artist and as a human being.” During the talk he will also discuss his concept of his art as “not seeking acceptance but a willingness to converse.” The college community and community-at-large are invited to meet the artist and ask questions while enjoying refreshments. This event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Martin Dominguez Ball is a visual artist, graphic designer, sculptor, filmmaker, and musician.  He holds an AAS in visual communications from SUNY Orange, a BFA in graphic design from St. John’s University, and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, Vermont. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been well received in galleries in New York City and the New York metropolitan area. In addition to his work in filmmaking and graphic designing, he teaches fine arts and graphic design at SUNY Orange and St. John’s University.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets where free, secure parking is available via the garage entered at 73 First Street, Newburgh. Questions about the exhibit and artist’s talk may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Martin Dominguez Ball, artist and professor (photo by Tom Bushey); Don Quijote, wood by Martin Dominguez Ball; Key to My Heart, wood and metal by Martin Dominguez Ball

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Bathos and Apotheosis: the Familiar Ennobled ~ Works by Michael Tobin

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 to Friday, February 5, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Bathos and Apotheosis: the Familiar Ennobled ~ Works by Michael Tobin ~ is the title of the solo show on exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery Loft, SUNY Orange, January 6 through February 5, 2016.  The oil on linen works are superb to say the least. Each portrait is intensely personal as the artist presents his relatives, close friend, and wife to the viewer accompanied by brief biographical statements. The still lifes depict household objects that have connections to the family and friends andcontribute to the familiarity each piece has to the other. In addition, Tobin has included a figure painting and landscapes that demonstrate the completeness of his artistic capabilities.

Michael Tobin, artistAlthough his artworks have appeared in many juried and non-juried shows in the region, and he has received best-in-category awards for his oils on a number of occasions, surprisingly, this is Michael Tobin’s first solo exhibit. Perhaps, that is because he has, for many years, worked diligently as an art director in a design practice serving corporate clients. In fact, he has been recognized with awards from art directors’ clubs in New York and New Jersey, as well as having his work published in Graphis and the Graphis illustration annual.

Gloria, oil on linen by Michael TobinHowever, on Sunday, January 10 from 2 to 5pm, come celebrate with him at the reception for his art show.

Tobin’s works convey remarkable realism and detail; yet, they are not trompe l'oeil. Each has its own individuality conveyed through experienced techniques that “informs my process, telling me when to lighten shade, emphasize a shadow halftone, when to go cool or warm or soften an edge.”

He finds his portraits are most successful when they give a “sense that the sitter seems ennobled.”  Further reflecting upon the title of the exhibit, Tobin explains, “in attempting to paint like an old master, I create a tension between bathos, grounded in familiarity, and apotheosis, buoyed by countless images of gods and prophets, queens and saints.” He feels that in a painting, “energy is stored in mark and gesture, that instead of reading it we are feeling it.”

Tea and Ivory, oil on linen by Michael TobinMichael Tobin holds a B.A. in Humanities and an M.S. in Package Design from Pratt Institute. Even though he began painting and drawing at an early age, he had little formal training beyond high school until attending the National Academy of Design in New York.  Over the years, he has studied with Furman Finck, Janet Wentworth, Aaron Shikler, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Andrew Lattimore.  Tobin is a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Portrait Society of America, the Art Society of Old Greenwich, and the Orange County Arts Council.

Gallery hours are 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday until January 15, and 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm Friday starting January 19.  The gallery is also open Sunday, January 17 from 1 to 4pm and Sunday, January 31 from 1 to 5pm, and closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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

Images, top to bottom: Michael Tobin, artist; Gloria, oil on linen by Michael Tobin; Tea and Ivory, oil on linen by Michael Tobin

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Orange County Arts Council Members Show

Tae Gottem, acrylic by Milagros Suriano-RiveraFriday, January 8, 2016 to Friday, February 5, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

The Orange County Arts Council is once again partnering with SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs to hold its annual 2016 Members Art Show in Middletown.

In a Fog at Liberty Loop, photo on canvas by Renelle LorrayThe exhibit presents a diverse array of art from 73 members of the Orange County Arts Council. The show can be seen from January 8 through February 5, 2016 Monday through Friday ~ 9am-6pm until January 15, Monday through Thursday ~ 9am-8pm and Friday ~ 9am-6pm starting January 19, and also open Sunday, January 17 from 1-4pm and Sunday, January 31 from 1-5pm.  The opening reception where attendees can meet and speak with the artists will be held on Sunday, January 10 from 2-5pm during which pianist Bev Poyerd will play jazz, contemporary, and classical selections.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Time Unfolding, mixed media by Rachel BertoniDawn Ansbro, Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council states, “We are so excited to be able to host this exhibit again in Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange. It is a venue that is known for its rich and diverse cultural events and we are happy to be a part of their creative calendar.”  Ansbro believes, “events like these support and promote the strong, thriving arts community in Orange County and that is at the heart of what the Arts Council does every day.”

The Orange County Arts Council’s mission is to champion the arts, connect artists with audiences, and foster the growth of the county’s creative resources. To learn more about the Orange County Arts Council log onto www.ocartscouncil.org.

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

Images, top to bottom: Tae Gottem, acrylic by Milagros Suriano-Rivera; In a Fog at Liberty Loop, photo on canvas by Renelle Lorray; Time Unfolding, mixed media by Rachel Bertoni

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"A New Look on Life" Assemblages by David Nolan

Pagliacci, assemblage by David NolanFriday, January 15, 2016 to Friday, February 5, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

"A New Look on Life" Assemblages by David Nolan is the new exhibit on view in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. Some of these three-dimensional creations are wall pieces while others are displayed as sculptures in a pedestaled vitrine case. The huge variety of pieces suggests Godzilla in NYC, assemblage by David Nolanwhimsy; yet, carry deeper meanings. Many have eyes that, seemingly, are staring at the viewer and bear names such as Benny, Ferd, Mush, and Pagliacci. All the works are repurposed found materials, which, as Nolan explains, “have been properly finessed.” He continues, “These objects are everywhere around us and simply have to be noticed in the right light. My view of everyday items has been wonderfully enhanced by this practice. My assemblages are simply a result of this viewing.” The exhibit runs January 15 through February 5, 2016.

Buick 6, assemblage by David NolanDavid Nolan, a professor emeritus of mathematics at SUNY Suffolk, is a self-taught artist, who after having spent over 30 years collecting and working with found objects, began exhibiting his creations in 2000 on Eastern Long Island. Since 2003, when he moved to Rock Tavern, Orange County, he has joined and become an active member of the Orange County Arts Council (OCAC), the Orange County Art Federation (OCAF), and the Washingtonville Art Society. His works have been exhibited in many galleries across Orange, Westchester, Suffolk, and Bergen Counties.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm. Also, the gallery is open Sunday, January 31 from 1 to 5pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

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

Images, top to bottom: Pagliacci, assemblage by David Nolan; Godzilla in NYC, assemblage by David Nolan; Buick 6, assemblage by David Nolan

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“Assemblage: New Life from Old Life”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

David Nolan, artist, and his assemblage piece, A Prayer for BeautyIf you would like to know what assemblage art is all about, come to the master class “Assemblage: New Life from Old Life” given by David Nolan on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe, SUNY Orange. The class begins at 6:30pm and is free and open to the public.

A man with a great Irish sense of humor, Nolan has his serious side as he is a professor emeritus of mathematics at ...then..., assemblage by David NolanSUNY Suffolk. These qualities in combination, plus skills in using tools that he learned at a young age from his father, have perfected his talents in creating art. He likes to call his artworks as found materials that “have been properly finessed.” Having collected pieces from discards to driftwood “to finesse” for 40 plus years, he continues, “These objects are everywhere around us and simply have to be noticed in the right light. My view of everyday items has been wonderfully enhanced by this practice. My assemblages are simply a result of this viewing.”

2 Cycle, assemblage by David NolanThe professor in Nolan has organized a master class that starts with his expertise – math – but from the concept of the connection that math has to art. Then, he will give his personal history with art through assemblage, from natural materials such as sea shells, small driftwood, pods, roots, nuts, and stumps to cast-offs like telephones, tea kettles, old tools, rusted metal panels, and computer parts. Then he will demonstrate his method of using these objects through his inspiration and ingenuity.

Nolan will bring along some materials in order that attendees will have the opportunity of hands-on and up-close inspections at construction by seeing the basic composite materials and using their imaginations.

Come and enjoy learning at this sure-to-be fun and stimulating event.

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

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

Images, top to bottom: David Nolan, artist, and his assemblage piece, A Prayer for Beauty; ...then..., assemblage by David Nolan; 2 Cycle, assemblage by David Nolan

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North East Watercolor Society Members' 2016 Show

Monday, February 8, 2016 to Thursday, March 24, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery and Loft (MDTN)

Winter has finally settled in with its cold temperatures and various shades of gray, tan, white, but Orange Hall Gallery and Loft are array in the colors of all the seasons with the arrival of the North East Watercolor Society 2016 Members’ Amsterdam Tangle, watercolor by Sharon Way-HowardShow. One hundred ten paintings by sixty artists are on display February 8 through March 24, 2016. Varying in size from small to large, in styles ranging from loose brushstrokes to exact illustrative details, the land, sea and, city scapes, portraits, genre paintings, still lifes, and semi-abstracts celebrate the watercolor medium.

Spring Eggs, watercolor by Lana PriviteraThe reception at which awards will be presented will take place on Sunday, March 6 from 1 to 4:15pm. Pianist Geoff Hamburg will start off the afternoon event at 1pm by playing jazz and classical standards.

Then, at 2:30pm, award-winning watercolorist and exhibit judge, Pat Morgan, will give an hour long demonstration, Capturing Gesture and Movement, during which she will explain her technique and use of colors as she paints and also references the paintings in her solo show, Watermarks, on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

Berger Australien, watercolor by Kristin RanneyAward winners will be announced at the end of the reception. Both the reception and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-6pm.  The gallery is also open Friday, February 19 ~ 9am-9:45pm and Sundays, February 28 and March 13 ~ 2-5pm.

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

Images, top to bottom: Amsterdam Tangle, watercolor by Sharon Way-Howard; Spring Eggs, watercolor by Lana Privitera; Berger Australien, watercolor by Kristin Ranney

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Watermarks ~ Watercolors by Pat Morgan

Monday, February 8, 2016 to Thursday, March 24, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Pat Morgan, artist“I was meant to do this,” states Pat Morgan about her fascination in painting with watercolors. She didn’t take up painting until after her retirement. Once she experimented with brush, paints, and water, “It was love at first stroke,” she recalls.

Morgan has become an avid painter as she creates artworks that depict the beauty in ordinary moments, through broad, loose strokes of color. From February 8 through March 24, 2016, a varied selection of her works is on display on the large wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe in her solo show Watermarks ~ Watercolors by Pat Morgan.

Big Apple Lunch, watercolor by Pat MorganMorgan is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society, the New Jersey Water Color Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, and a former elected member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC. An award-winning artist in her own right having received several local and regional awards, this year she is the judge of the 110 paintings entered in the North East Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibit.

Girl Talk, watercolor by Pat MorganDuring the dual reception on Sunday, March 6 from 1-4:15pm for her show and the NEWS exhibit, she is presenting a demonstration on working in this fast medium. Capturing Gesture and Movement will begin at 2:30pm in the gallery. Some of her watercolors are also included in four books of poetry by her husband Richard, I Am Sea Glass, Sea Glass People, Sea Glass Soul, and Hebrew Lessons, which will be on display during the reception. The reception and exhibits are free and open to the public.

While sharing her love of watercolors, her generous spirit has led her to promise that the sale of any works, including the books at the reception, will directly benefit a disabled veteran and/or his/her family in Orange County.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-6pm. The gallery is also open Friday, February 19 ~ 9am-9:45pm and Sundays, February 28 and March 13 ~ 2-5pm.

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

Images, top to bottom: Pat Morgan, artist; Big Apple Lunch, watercolor by Pat Morgan; Girl Talk, watercolor by Pat Morgan

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The Obesity Epidemic

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

What is BMI? —Body Mass Index—

How is your BMI calculated?

How does this number impact your health?

What are the associated risk factors?

These questions will be answered at a very timely lecture,

The Obesity Epidemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states, “Obesity is a chronic disease, prevalent in both developed and developing countries, and affecting children as well as adults.”

Stephanie Zeszutek, DODr. Stephanie Zeszutek will speak on this important topic on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7pm in the Gilman Center for International Education, located in Library Room 130 at SUNY Orange. During the presentation, she will give a current overview of the societal impact of obesity, discuss surgical options, and describe management alternatives for obesity: lifestyle modifications, diet, exercise, and medication management.

Stephanie Zeszutek, DO, received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also holds a degree in Pharmacy, from St. John’s University School of Pharmacy, and she obtained a B.S. with Honors in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx, NY and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Presently, Dr. Zeszutek is Course Director for Physical Diagnosis in the Department of Primary Care at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown Campus.  She is an active member and serves on the executive board of the Orange County Medical Society. She has a clinical practice in the Orange County area with a focus on preventative medicine, women’s health, and anti-aging.

The public as well as the college community are welcome to come to this free lecture. The Library is situated at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), Middletown. Free parking is available in the college’s parking garage on East Conkling Avenue or the parking lots in back of the Shepard Center across South Street from the Library.

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

Image: Stephanie Zeszutek, DO

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BHC's Love, Power & Respect Hip Hop Tour – The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Hip Hop

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 5pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley is bringing an outstanding tour with a panel program to the Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. Slated to start at 5pm on Friday, February 12, 2016, the

BHC's Love, Power & Respect Hip Hop Tour –
The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Hip Hop

will feature seven panelists who will make presentations from various perspectives including music, poetry, spoken word, performance, community, and creative activism.

The discussion will be centered around Hip Hop in the form of three frames of reference: values, the role women play, and the impact of the media.

The gifted members of the panel are Poet Gold, Queen Godis, Ayo Nish!, Devon Glover, UND3RSTANDING: SES Da Great, Knowle'ge, and Sev Statik.

Panelists: Poet Gold, Queen Godis, Ayo Nish!, Devon Glover, UND3RSTANDING: SES Da Great, Knowle'ge, and Sev StatikCome, engage, and be uplifted, learn and share knowledge at this event which is free and open to the public. This gathering is sure to motivate you to push boundaries and open possibilities.

In cooperation with Cultural Affairs, the Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley has been the organizer of this evening discussion program. More information is available at 888-983-8978 or 845-341-4891 and bhcmidhudson@gmail.com or cultural@sunyorange.edu and check out bhclovepowerandrespect.com.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

Image: Panelists: Poet Gold, Queen Godis, Ayo Nish!, Devon Glover, UND3RSTANDING: SES Da Great, Knowle'ge, and Sev Statik

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NACL Theatre and Creative Acting

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1 to 3:45pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

The North American Cultural Laboratory [NACL] is a theatre company built on the ensemble physical theatre practices of Primus Theatre and Odin Teatret. NACL Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk trained on these practices as she is originally from Canada and graduated from the University of Winnipeg. She carries forward innovative ensemble theatre through NACL in which “a culture of creativity” is everpresent.

Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACLShe will bring this philosophy of “creative, experiential, and experimental,” to Orange Hall Theatre with her presentation NACL Theatre and Creative Acting on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 during a theatre workshop from 1 to 3:45pm. This event is free and open to the public.

workshop with Tannis KowalchukParticipants in the program will get a true understanding of the meaning of the word workshop as she believes in physical training for actors. Kowalchuk states, “Our actors must move. The physical work is part of our philosophy. The actors build the plays. We are all writers, but not sit-down writers. We actually go in and work physically to compose our plays. In order to integrate new actors into the company, we have to show them how we work. The actor needs to keep the instrument alive.” Through this workshop, Kowalchuk will give the participants the concept and put them through the paces of physical training to open themselves to this non-conventional, exciting theatre.

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

Images, top to bottom: Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACL; workshop with Tannis Kowalchuk

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"...the shadow of a wife..." - Who was Mrs. Shakespeare?

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

To preface the performance of Shakespeare’s Will on Friday, a lecture specifically about Shakespeare’s widow, is being offered on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Orange Hall Theatre at 7:30pm.

“...the shadow of a wife...” Who was Mrs. Shakespeare? …delves into the life of the Shakespeares but from the point of view of day-to-day life for families in the late 1500s into early 1600s England.

Joanne Zipay, dramaturg and teacherThe lecture is being given by Joanne Zipay who has spent the greater part of her adult life acting in, directing, producing, teaching, and scripting Shakespearean plays.

During the evening event, Zipay will explore what little is known about Anne Hathaway, the woman who was married to history’s greatest dramatist. What kind of a relationship existed in their 34 years of marriage as she was at their home raising the three children in Stratford-Upon-Avon while he worked in the London theatre? Did Mrs. Shakespeare have a job? Their wedding was quickly arranged. She was 25 and he was 18. Did William Shakespeare love his wife? Did he include her in his writing? And finally, a modern-day concept will be bridged: “How has modern feminist scholarship given us new perspectives on ‘traditional’ ideas about Anne Hathaway Shakespeare?” questions Zipay.

Drawing of Joanne Zipay is quite adept in this aspect as she has highlighted cross-gender acting in many of her productions. She is a dramaturg as well as a teacher and author and voice and verse coach.

She was the founder and artistic director/producer of Judith Shakespeare Company of NYC. She obtained a BA in Education and specifically English and Theatre at SUNY Oneonta. She holds an MFA in the Professional Actor Training Program of the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre. She annually teaches at Collin College/Collin Theatre Center, Plano, TX and adjuncts at the Stella Adler Conservatory in NYU, City College of NY (CUNY), and Pace University, in NYC. Sometimes the best person for the job, as such, is someone within one’s midst. That certainly is the case regarding Shakespeare and related topics. Joanne Zipay who is an adjunct in the arts and communication department is truly a specialist in Shakespeare. The British Theatre Guide wrote,“ Ms. Zipay has a passion and mastery of the text which is awe-inspiring.”

So, come and broaden your knowledge and become more comfortable about and with Shakespeare and his wife and their environs. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.), Middletown. Campus parking is free and available in the accompanying lot. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Joanne Zipay, dramaturg, teacher, author (photo by Taylor Griffin); Drawing of "Shakespear's Consort" [Anne Hathaway] by N. Curzon, 1708, in Third Folio (1663) of Shakespeare's Works located in Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. (-JschneiderWiki)

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Shakespeare's Will

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Who was the “woman behind the man” Shakespeare?  Little information is known about the Bard’s wife. However, playwright Vern Thiessen has written a sensitive and humorous text in verse in Shakespeare’s Will, taking great delight imagining and inventing the robust, earthy, and intelligent character of Anne Hathaway.  The perfect match for bringing the character Anne Hathaway to life is Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL), a professional theatre company that makes its home in Highland Lake, NY.

Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACL, as Anne HathawayThe play begins at Shakespeare’s funeral. Anne Hathaway, the widow, relives her life as mother, wife, and woman in 17th century Stratford-Upon-Avon. Kowalchuk breathes rich, layered life into the character, who is funny, wise, and burdened, as she regales the audience with her experience being married to the world’s most famous playwright.

Come to Orange Hall Theatre at SUNY Orange and become enveloped in the world of the Shakespeares. The performance takes place on Friday February 19, 2016 at 8pm.

Tickets are available online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml and at the box office starting at 7pm the evening of the performance. Admission is nominal at adults $10; senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni $5. Students from any institution are admitted free.

NACL TheatreTannis Kowalchuk is co-founder and artistic director of NACL Theatre. Originally from Canada, she was a core member of Primus Theatre, a prominent experimental theatre troupe based in Canada from 1990-97. She has created and performed in 16 NACL productions, large and small. Kowalchuk has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Winnipeg. She has been a guest teacher at Humber College, a guest artist/teacher at Rutgers University, and had a residency of teaching at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Narrowsburg independent filmmaker Tina Spangler has directed a short documentary about her entitled HOME with Tannis Kowalchuk.

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

Images, top to bottom: Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACL, as Anne Hathaway; NACL Theatre

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Regional Invasive Species: Programs, Regulations, Species, Actions

Rescheduled to
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, will speak at 7pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 on Regional Invasive Species: Programs, Regulations, Species, Actions. The event was originally scheduled on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, but was postponed because of inclement weather.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation defines invasives as “species that are non-native to the ecosystem under consideration.” It further explains, “Invasive species have detrimental effects upon the State’s natural communities and systems by out-competing native species, diminishing biological diversity, altering community structure and, in some cases, changing ecosystem processes.” “Invasive species encompass plants, animals, and other organisms, such as microbes,” according to the National Invasive Species Information Center.

Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species ManagementInvasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions. [NYS DEC]

So, what is to be done about these unwanted intruders which are growing at rapid speed and threaten native fish, wildlife, and trees as well as causing habitat degradation?

Dr. Rohleder will identify some regional invasives and give practical ways of dealing with them. She will also list prohibited-for-sale plants. Rohleder, who has a PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, is very much a field and hands-on person as she regularly organizes forces of volunteers to work invasives-removal workdays. “They are making a difference removing invasive plants along our trails, preserving habitats, and taking the first steps toward restoring our natural lands,” she states.  More than 200 people are involved in the Trail Conference’s Invasives Strike Force volunteer program.

This informative lecture will take place in the Gilman Center for International Education, located in Library Room 130. The Library is situated at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), Middletown. Free parking is available in the college’s parking garage on East Conkling Avenue or the parking lots in back of the Shepard Center across South Street from the Library. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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

Image: Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

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The Ancient Power of Drama

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Why are we still enthralled by drama 2500 years after its inception in ancient Athens? Dr. Peter Meineck, a classical scholar as well as a theatre director, seeks to answer this question through an illustrated talk utilizing masks and a practical exploration of the art of watching and being watched.

Come at 7pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 to the Orange County Trust Company Great Room at Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, for Dr. Meineck’s ninety-minute presentation, The Ancient Power of Drama. The program includes his lecture and an engaging master class of practical demonstrations, with images and simple workshop exercises aimed at the non-specialist general public, as well as theatre enthusiasts, both students and practitioners.

This evening event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the new Public Scholars programming series of the New York Council for the Humanities.

Peter Meineck, PhD, classical scholar and theatre directorPeter Meineck, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Classics at New York University. He teaches ancient drama, ancient theatre production, classical literature and mythology, ancient war and society, global literature, theatre history, cognitive theory as applied to ancient studies, and drama, dramaturgy, directing, arts administration, and applied theatre.

Dr. Meineck has published several volumes of translations of Greek comedy and tragedy with Hackett. His translation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia was awarded the 2001/2 Louis Galantiere Award by the American Translators Association. Additional awards include the 2009 NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award, a 2009 Humanities Initiative Team Teaching Award, the American Philological Association Outreach Prize, and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Special Award.

Born in Leicestershire, England, he grew up in South London. He studied at University College London where he received a BA with Honors in Ancient World Studies. Then, he continued his studies under the tutelage of Pat Easterling and Alan Sommerstein at the University of Nottingham, obtaining a PhD in Classics. He has pursued parallel careers in both professional theatre and classics, working extensively in London and New York theatre as a technician, production manager, designer, producer, and director. In 1991 he founded Aquila Theatre, was its artistic director until 2011, and now serves on its board. During those 20 years, he produced and/or directed 58 shows, written, translated or adapted 23, and designed lighting for 45 in New York, London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, and the United States in venues as diverse as the ancient Stadium at Delphi, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the White House. He also created Aquila’s education program at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Aquila’s national theatre education programs. He is an Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham and previously has held appointments at Princeton University and USC.

For more information, consult Cultural Affairs by sending an e-mail 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.

Image: Peter Meineck, PhD, classical scholar and theatre director

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Compose Yourself

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10am
Orange Hall, Room 23 (MDTN)

George Tsontakis, composerThe Hudson Valley has several living composers in its midst. One who has been highly honored over the years is George Tsontakis, a resident of Shokan. A graduate of Juilliard where he received a doctoral degree, he has received numerous awards for several compositions while his "Ghost Variations" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Included in his many awards are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards in both chamber and orchestral music, the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, the Ives Living fellowship, and an American Academy in Berlin Vilar Fellowship. He has been composer-in-residence in Aspen Music Festival and School, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Albany Symphony, and Bard College Conservatory.

On Friday, February 26, 2016, Tsontakis is giving a master class, Compose Yourself, on composing pure abstract music, songs without words. He will also discuss the labor of composing, the dedication to “the long haul,” working within the world of music as composer-in-residence and director, inspiration, and education. Come and listen and learn during this session which begins at 10am in Orange Hall Room 23 at SUNY Orange.

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

Image: George Tsontakis, composer

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Closing Reception of the Exhibit “COLORS

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 4 to 7pm
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

William Noonan, artistIn celebration of Last Saturdays #NBLS, an arts initiative in Newburgh, and to recognize the excellent works by William Noonan in his solo exhibit “COLORS,” a closing reception will take place on February 27, 2016 from 4 to 7pm. Come to the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange to view the artworks and meet the artist while listening to the exquisite playing of classical guitar by Joy Zelada. This event truly highlights Newburgh as Joy Zelada, classical guitaristboth artists – Noonan and Zelada – are Newburgh residents.

The exhibit of portraits, figures, still lifes, and plein-air landscapes are interestingly arranged by each painting’s pervading color: red, yellow, blue, or black and white. Some of the selections that Zelada will perform are favorites of his from his native Peru.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. GPS: 73 First St. is the address of the entrance to the garage where free secure parking is available.

For more information about gallery and other arts events, please call 845-341-9386 or 845-341-4891 or send an e-mail to cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: William Noonan, artist; Joy Zelada, classical guitarist

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The American String Quartet

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

The renowned American String Quartet is coming the last Sunday of February to give a spectacular program of classical music of the 19th and 21st centuries. The performance begins at 3pm on February 28, 2016 on the stage of Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange.

The Darmstädter Echo of Germany describes the quartet as a “combination of individual brilliance and ensemble perfection...” And, indeed, this concert will meet those standards.

Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; George Tsontakis, composer; Daniel Avshalomov, violist; Wolfram Koessel, cellistViolinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koesel will be playing Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”  and George Tsontakis’ Quartet 7.5, “Maverick.”

“The players embraced the pieces as they would old friends, performing with precision, eloquence and subtlety” — GoMemphis.com.  The members of the American String Quartet are, in fact, friends. When violist Daniel Avshalomov who is truly a music scholar, has the ensemble take a pause before the pieces, he not only explains the compositions they are about to play, he also speaks about the composers, especially Beethoven, as if they are his contemporaries.

This particular concert has personal feelings involved because composer George Tsontakis is a longtime friend of the ensemble having been a classmate of Avshalomov and violinist Carney when the three attended Juilliard. Tsontakis is a multi-award winner but even so, when he was honored to be asked to create the work to commemorate the centennial season of Maverick Concerts of Woodstock, he composed the piece keeping in mind that his friends in the American String Quartet would be premiering the work.  The composer, himself, will be attending, and will introduce his new piece which he finished in the summer of 2015.

Come and enjoy the American String Quartet in Concert on a winter’s afternoon. Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, alumni, faculty, and staff. Student admission is free. Tickets are available anytime online at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml and at the box office starting at 2pm before the performance. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

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

Image by Angela Shapiro: Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; George Tsontakis, composer; Daniel Avshalomov, violist; Wolfram Koessel, cellist

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

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