February 2019 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
1/4 - 2/28 Exhibit Thinking Inside the Box - collages and assemblages by Monica Ostrow NBG Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall
2/4 - 3/18 Exhibit The North East Watercolor Society - 2019 Members' Show MID Orange Hall Gallery & Loft
2/4 - 3/18 Exhibit

It’s All in the Details: Dynamic Watercolors ~ a solo exhibit by Lynn D. Pratt

MID Orange Hall Gallery Fringe

2/15;

11am to 12:30pm

Master Class David Silliman ~ Drumset, Cajon & Percussion Plus! MID Onstage: William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall
2/15; 7:30pm Concert David Silliman and Friends jazz quintet MID William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall
2/19;

4:15 - 6:15pm

Master Class

Art in Another Dimension master class with Monica Ostrow

NBG OBTC Great Room and Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall

2/23;

7pm

Concert

Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Music and Dance -- The Vanaver Caravan

NBG OBTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh

2/27;

7pm

Lecture

Nuclear Power, An Engineer Perspective ~by Edward Gellender, PE

MID

Sandra & Alan Gerry Forum Rm 010 of RCSE

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX - COLLAGES AND ASSEMBLAGES BY MONICA OSTROW

Monica Ostrow - photo by Steve OstrowLife presents many junctures and times of decision. In the course of Monica Ostrow’s life, she followed a not-so-out-of-the-ordinary route. She graduated cum laude from Wilkes University  with a BA in English followed by graduate courses at Scranton University. Then she taught school in Port Jervis, Onteora, and Washingtonville while starting an advertising business with her husband. With him, she attended the School of Visual Art in NYC where she studied graphic design, oil painting, and television production. Gradually, she became more involved in art and formed Artists Alternative with eleven other artists.New Dimensions - mixed media. Photo by Steve Ostrow.

Then came a turning point. In the 1980s, she took the challenge of an art contest to produce a work of art from recycled materials that were stored at an old airplane hangar at Stewart Airport. The result was a small shadowbox called "Leap of Faith." She became hooked. Coupled with her knowledge of and experience in art, she saw this as broadening her path in creating visual statements. She became obsessive filling boxes with string, wood, yarn, buttons, wire, paper, and metal while using oil, watercolor, and pencil techniques. Keeping with a concept, a strong design, and a complementary palette, her artworks evolved into an artistic fusion.

Over the years Ostrow has conceived of and made many shadowbox works on various thought-provoking topics. From January 4 through February 28, a display of her works will be on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery. Thinking Inside the Box ~ collages and assemblages offers an artistic look at ordinary, commonplace objects, abstracted or seemingly out-of-context.

Searching - mixed media. Photo by Steve Ostrow.Each piece contains a figure or face that interacts with the environment and is in fact, a metaphor for Ostrow’s own reactions to living, while interpreting her thoughts through color, line, structure, and texture. These artworks are a psychology of the soul that demonstrate her self-exploration and self-expression.

Gallery hours January 4 through January 18 are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and January 22 through February 28  8am to 9pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 6pm on Friday.

A reception celebrating the artist through her art show will be held on Last Saturday, January 26, 2018 from 7 to 9pm during which music will be provided by jazz guitarist Vern Lazaroff. The venue is the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer in Kaplan Hall. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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 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: Monica Ostrow; New Dimensions - mixed media; Searching - mixed media. All photos by Steve Ostrow.

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Slicker by Alexis Lavine, Honorable MentionNorth East Watercolor Society 2019 Members’ Show

The North East Watercolor Society 2019 Members’ Show is now on view in Orange Hall Gallery and Loft through March 18.  Never to disappoint, the excellent quality of the works as well as how they are framed and displayed visually convey the standard set by the organization.3 paintings

The versatility of this transparent and semi-transparent medium is demonstrated by the still lifes, genre paintings, land and seascapes, in styles from photo-realistic to semi-abstracts with variations of loose to detailed techniques.

2019 marks the 43rd year that NEWS has presented its Members Show. This year 118 small to large paintings by 65 artists are a sight to behold upon entering the gallery. Visitors may come during gallery hours 9am-8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. Also, the gallery will be open Friday, February 15 until 9:30pm.

The reception at which ten awards will be presented at the end, will take place on Sunday, March 3 from 1 to 4:15pm. Pianist Geoff Hamburg will start off the afternoon event at 1pm by playing classical and jazz standards.

Then, at 2:30pm, award-winning watercolorist and exhibit judge, Lynn D. Pratt, will give an hour and a quarter long demonstration, Bringing the Third Dimension to Life.  The style in which Pratt works is photo-realistic similar to the trompe l'oeil paintings of nineteenth century artist William Harnett. She will explain how she controls watercolors as she focuses and highlights specific details in precision. In addition to her live demonstration painting, she will reference the paintings in her solo show, It’s All in the Details: Dynamic Watercolor, on the long wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of art and music.

White Horse by Mary Jane Stevens, Honorable MentionAward List – 2019 North East Watercolor Society member show at SUNY Orange
Awards juror Lynn D. Pratt
Best in Show - Lana Privitera – “Some Wrinkles to Iron”
Elaine Garvin Memorial Award – Patricia Quirk – “Port St. Mary Waves”
Excellence Award – Carole Semolic – “Walk with Me”
Excellence Award – Steve Hamlin – “Raven Study, Lamar Valley”
Excellence Award – E. Jane Stoddard – “Picconi I”
Excellence Award – Claude Carretta – “Glimpse I”
Excellence Award – Pat Morgan – “Carnations in Blue on Yupo”
Honorable Mention – Mary Jane Stevens – “White Horse”
Honorable Mention0 - Lynwa Kreiman – “Golden Glow”
Honorable Mention – Alexis Lavine – “Slicker”

Please note: the reception and demonstration and exhibits are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Orange Hall which 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. 

Photos - top to bottom: Slicker by Alexis Lavine, honorable mention; Carnations in Blue on Yupo by Pat Morgan, award of excellence; Some Wrinkles to Iron by Lana Privitera, best of show; “Raven Study, Lamar Valley” by Steve Hamlin, excellence award; White Horse by Mary Jane Stevens, honorable mention.

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It’s All in the Details: Dynamic Watercolors ~ a solo exhibit by Lynn D. Pratt

Lynn D. PrattWatercolor is an art medium that embraces many styles, from loose and transparent to defined and semi-opaque and of varying sizes.

Artist Lynn D. Pratt is a trained architect having finished third in her class at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA and earning a BArch, cum laude. Pratt had enjoyed working in the watercolor medium for many years, but never had the time to seriously focus on it. However, eventually, she had that opportunity when the role of motherhood took up so much time she changed careers. She decided to delve into watercolor. Interestingly, she carried the preciseness of her architectural training along when fine-tuning her approach to watercolor. The high quality of her work in photo-realistic style has led to her becoming a signature member in both the North East Watercolor Society and the Vermont Watercolor Society.

Her solo show on the long wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe - It’s All in the Details: Dynamic Watercolor – visually demonstrates the architect in the watercolorist. The preciseness in the paintings is striking. Her perfectionist nature is evident in the details as she highlights one section of a larger area or an object and usually enlarges it with extreme definition. Some of her subjects have been fruit and door hinges, paper money and billiard balls. The timeframe of the show is now through March 18, 2019.Farmer's Pride, watercolor by Lynn D. Pratt

On Sunday, March 3, she will give an art demonstration entitled Bringing the Third Dimension to Life. The demo will begin at 2:30pm during the dual reception for her solo show and the large North East Watercolor Society Members’ Show.

In addition, on Wednesday, March 6 she will offer a more in depth opportunity to learn her process. Starting at 5pm, she will give a master class Painting Texture with Watercolor. Attendees of the class will be able to try her technique as part of the class is hands-on. Supplies for the class will be provided. However, participants can bring their own brushes and paints.

Money Laundering, watercolor by Lynn D. PrattThe exhibit, reception, demonstration, and master class are all in Orange Hall Gallery and free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary; just come and learn and take your own small painting home.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-6pm.  The gallery is also open Sunday, March 3 from 1 to 4:15pm. 

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. 

Photos, top to bottom: Lynn D. Pratt; Farmer's Pride, watercolor by Lynn D. Pratt; Money Laundering, watercolor by Lynn D. Pratt.

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David Silliman ~ Drumset, Cajon & Percussion Plus!

David SillimanWatching David Silliman set-up his percussion instruments is captivating as so many different sizes and shapes comprise the set. Then, realizing that he perches himself in the middle of them in order that he can touch each piece is intriguing. Finally, seeing the master at work and listening to the myriad of rhythmic sounds he produces is fascinating and inspiring.

In addition to performing with his jazz quintet the evening of Friday, February 15th, Silliman will give attendees of his master class the opportunity of being as close to his instruments as he is when playing. During his presentation at David Silliman ~ Drumset, Cajon & Percussion Plus! he will demonstrate each piece and explain its origin, sound, and purpose.  His instruments include a standard American drumset augmented with a South American cajon, plus drums from the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean along with many other percussion pieces some of which he created.David Silliman's percussion set-up

The master class takes place from 11am to 12:30pm onstage at the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, and it is free and open to the public.

Silliman will also share his experiences in studying various types of music from classical to Latin Jazz as well as the nuances and styles needed to accompany the diverse musicians with whom he plays.

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

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

Photos, top to bottom: David Silliman; David Silliman's percussion set-up.

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David Silliman and Friends jazz quintet

David SillimanDescribed by Daily News writer Greg Thomas as “…the man with four hands,” percussionist David Silliman moves from the cajon, to drum set to a huge array of percussive instruments surrounding him in creating his signature sound. He is bringing his “friends” including his wife on Friday, February 15, 2019 to play at a 7:30pm concert on the stage of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange.

Each musician of the David Silliman and Friends jazz quintet brings his/her expertise in playing while together creating a cohesive sound that allows the individuals to shine. An appreciation of each other’s talents fuels the energy within the group.George Dulin; Marshall Gilkes (photo by David Mariano), Morrie Louven (photo by Carol Belmyer)

David Silliman is known for his versatility as his career has found him accompanying song stylists Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie as well as being the rhythmic force when playing with electric harpist Edmar Castaneda. He also is comfortable playing with the New Jersey Symphony or in the pit of a Broadway show.  

Likewise, Marshall Gilkes plays his trombone with diverse musical ensembles such as the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda chamber jazz ensembles, Latin jazz as well as big bands, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Pianist George Dulin has played in several genres of music including free jazz, classical, rock and film music, in trios and big bands, as well as playing concertos with orchestras in music festivals plus Birdland, The Bluenote, Smalls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Even though the main focus of bassist Morrie Louven’s musical life is jazz, he toured the world for many years with pop icons Engelbert Humperdinck, Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka. In addition, he has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He plays his beloved Rogeri contrabass, circa 1713.

The vocals for this versatile group are provided by Saundra Silliman who works with her husband, but more often with Tony Cimorosi's NY International band.  She has performed in musical theatre at BAM and Ford’s Theatre. Her sound has been influenced by R & B, Funk and Gospel music. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times states, “Saundra Silliman may be the best-kept secret in jazz.”    

Saundra Silliman (photo by by Seymour Pond)

Come for a concert seasoned with the sounds of many cultures, performed by five musicians at the top of their games.

All tickets are $10 and will be available in the box office starting at 6:15pm the evening of the concert. Online purchase with a $ 2.50 service charge for each ticket is available at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml. All students are admitted free. 

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 - top to bottom: David Silliman; George Dulin; Marshall Gilkes (photo by David Mariano), Morrie Louven (photo by Carol Belmyer); Saundra Silliman (photo by Seymour Pond)

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Art in Another Dimension: The Big Reveal - master class with Monica Ostrow

A Delicate Balance, mixed media in shadowbox. Photo by Steve Ostrow.Accompanying her solo show Thinking Inside the Box ~ collages and assemblages in the Mindy Ross Gallery, artist Monica Ostrow is presenting a master class from 4:15 to 6:15pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in the gallery and the OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall. Art in Another Dimension: The Big Reveal will be an exploration into the use of non-traditional art materials and methods to make a unique, personal statement.

The class, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a tour of the exhibit during which the artist will talk about her conceptualization of the artworks and how they evolve while also taking questions from attendees.

Then, Ostrow will give examples of how materials were used by twentieth century artists   Marcel Du Champs, Joseph Cornell, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgoise, Robert Rauschenberg, David Chase, Joseph Chamberlin in the progression of the  modern artistic idiom.

Attendees will be offered the opportunity of creating their own works using watercolors, paper, modgepodge, pencil, and lots of craft materials and magazine images. With a provided example  they will be invited to structure a collage using paper and color to reveal a hidden element.

This class should stretch one’s imagination while gaining a better understanding of the  time and thought process that goes into original art.

Monica Ostrow holds a BA cum laude from Wilkes University. She took extensive graduate courses at Scranton University. She also attended the School of Visual Art in NYC where she studied graphic design, oil painting, and television production.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and OBTC Great Room are 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 parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Information is available through the website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs

Photo: A Delicate Balance, mixed media in shadowbox. Photo by Steve Ostrow.

 

 

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Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Music and Dance -- The Vanaver Caravan

Musicians of the Vanaver Caravan. Photo by Lois Greenfield.The center of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is the river itself. It is indeed a treasure. But for a long time the river and its wildlife and environs were not respected and pollutants from various sources were pushing it to ruination. One man is synonymous with the environmental movement to save this treasured river… Pete Seeger.Livia and Bill Vanaver. Photo by Lois Greenfield.

His 100th birthday would have been May 3rd. However, at SUNY Orange, the celebration is starting early. On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Vanaver Caravan is coming to perform the company’s latest show, Turn, Turn, Turn!  Celebrating Pete Seeger in Music and Dance. The venue is the intimate setting of the OBTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall which offers dynamic views of the Hudson River through its huge wall of glass windows. 

The 7pm performance will include wonderfully talented musicians and dancers singing and dancing, a trademark of the Vanavers, plus time for the audience to interactive with the cast in singing and dancing as well. Pete's beloved timeless songs, that hold his enduring message, from children’s tunes to activist anthems will inspire and enrapture the atmosphere. A variety of dance styles from clogging to swing and Zulu gumboot dancing will keep the show “a-movin.” Historical photos and recordings will round out the presentation.

Dancers of the Vanaver Caravan, Photo by Lois Greenfield.Come and celebrate Pete Seeger and leave the hall on a high note humming his tunes.

Admission is $10 adults; $5 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni; students are admitted free at the door. Box office opens at 6pm the evening of the performance or buy online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml plus a $ 2.50 online service charge for each ticket.

The Vanaver Caravan is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program. Partial funding for this performance is provided by the Evelyn & John Morrison Fund.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in 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: Musicians of the Vanaver Caravan; Livia and Bill Vanaver; Dancers of the Vanaver Caravan. All photos by Lois Greenfield.

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Nuclear Power, An Engineer Perspective ~by Edward Gellender, PE

Edward Gellender, PELet’s give nuclear power another look.  Is nuclear power a viable and safe means of power generation? Edward Gellender, PE, believes nuclear power has an important place in today’s world. He will present information with text, graphics, and photographs explaining the process in the use of nuclear power. During the presentation Gellender will compare in detail the functioning of nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, their benefits, and their risks.

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Gellender will deliver his lecture Nuclear Power, An Engineer Perspective, at 7pm  in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum room 010 of the Rowley Center for Science & Engineering. The event is free and open to the public and is presented in cooperation with the SUNY Orange Science and Engineering Department.

Engineers in attendance will receive a PDH-CEU.

Edward Gellender is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He holds a BEng from the City College of the City University of New York. He also took many graduate courses towards a master’s degree at The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn as well as specialized studies at Con Edison in Power Distribution Network. He was the cognizant engineer for the APX-122 IFF interrogator on the Navy’s new E-2D radar plane, flight testing anti-fratricide combat ID ("Mode 5"). In addition, he worked on high power electrical distribution networks in NYC with Con Edison and the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority. He has never worked for a nuclear power plant. nuclear power plant

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: Edward Gellender, PE; nuclear power plant

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

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