January 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
1/17,
2 p.m.
Theatre The Paper Bag Players “Pop-Pop-Popcorn!” MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
1/26,
6:30 p.m.
Master Class Exploring the Language of Color NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
1/30,
5:30 p.m.
Master Class A Creative Process NBG Kaplan Hall,
Mindy Ross Gallery and foyer
1/31,
3 p.m.
Concert Songs of Love ~ Stanley Curtis in Recital 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 and contribute 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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The Paper Bag Players “Pop-Pop-Popcorn!”

Paper Bag PlayersSunday, January 17, 2016 at 2pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

The Paper Bag Players are making their annual trek to Middletown for a winter performance of their new play The Paper Bag Players “Pop-Pop-Popcorn!”  This wonderful family/children’s theatre event takes place on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 2pm in Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange.

Each year this award-winning theatre company creates an original fun-filled play with underlying life lessons, and this year is no exception. Conceived by the actors themselves for great family entertainment—especially 3 to 9 year olds—the fast-paced show is filled with new songs, funny stories, adventure, dancing, and paper bag sets, plus audience participation opportunities.

Paper Bag Players painting“Pop-Pop-Popcorn!”  is an uproarious combination of brand new material together with classic favorites of “The Bags.” To emphasize the title, a popping dance has been choreographed and the entire audience is invited to stand up and sing, dance, and pop in order to become a jumbo-sized popcorn. The hour is wrapped up with a lively and colorful group painting made not with brushes but handprints. The Paper Bag Players dance as they paint, transforming a wild, wet landscape into a beautiful rainbow.

Paper Bag Players with balloons and popcornThe Paper Bag Players promise that theatregoers, young and old, will be singing and laughing, hoppin’ and poppin’ from start to finish. They have been successfully engaging their audiences for 57 years. Artistic director, Ted Brackett, has been performing with “The Bags” for 28 years. Composer and music director John Stone has been with the troupe 16 years. He has a personal remembrance because as a child, he attended Paper Bag Players performances. In addition to Brackett, actors Kevin Richard Woodall, Kathy D. Harrison, and Caroline Carden perform on stage while Stone plays his compositions live on his electric keyboard.

Tickets can be purchased online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml

children/students $6; adults $8.50; seniors, faculty, staff, alumni $7.50; SUNY Orange students with ID admitted free

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

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, NY  (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave, Middletown) where free parking is available in the adjacent lot.

Images, top to bottom: Paper Bag Players; Paper Bag Players painting; Paper Bag Players with balloons and popcorn

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Exploring the Language of Color

William Noonan, artistTuesday, January 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

A master class on creatively using color will be accompanying the “COLORS” exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. The class is a great Talamone - Turquoise Sea, oil by William Noonanopportunity to learn directly from the artist, William Noonan. "Exploring the Language of Color" is scheduled on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room, which is located across the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery. This class is free and open to the public. The gallery will be open that day from 9am to 4pm and 6:30 to 9pm.

During the class, Noonan will speak on the subject and use visuals depicting the works by the masters. He will do a demonstration and then attendees will be Yellow Roses and Bowl of Cherries, oil by William Noonaninvited to try out some color concepts by painting small studies using these masters’ paintings as examples. It should be a lively and enjoyable learning experience. It is suggested that if participants have paintbrushes, it would be wise to bring them along.

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.

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: William Noonan, artist; Talamone - Turquoise Sea, oil by William Noonan; Yellow Roses and Bowl of Cherries, oil by William Noonan

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A Creative Process

Martin Dominguez Ball, artist and professor (photo by Tom Bushey)Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 4 to 7pm
The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

On January 30 starting at 5:30pm, Martin Dominguez Ball, a very engaging speaker, will give an artist’s talk with discussion, A Creative Process, during Last Saturday, #NBLS, the arts initiative Newburgh celebrates each month. The afternoon-into-evening event runs from 4 to 7pm in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange.

Dominguez Ball will have eight of his sculptures to show as examples of his Madonna with Child, wood and metal by Martin Dominguez Ballsuccess in creative process as he is the featured sculptor in the Artists of Excellence series. His exhibit “Reenganche” is on display in the vitrine cases in the Foyer. Come and learn in the relaxed atmosphere of the event. Dominguez Ball will welcome questions.

In addition to being a sculptor and a visual artist, Martin Dominguez Ball is a graphic designer, Nature's Microscope, wood and metal by Martin Dominguez Ballfilmmaker, 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. He teaches fine arts and graphic design at SUNY Orange and St. John’s University.

The event is free and open to the public. 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); Madonna with Child, wood and metal by Martin Dominguez Ball; Nature's Microscope, wood and metal by Martin Dominguez Ball

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Songs of Love ~ Stanley Curtis in Recital

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Tenor Stanley Curtis will gift the college community and the community-at-large with a solo recital, Songs of Love. The performance will take place in Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange, at 3pm on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Stanley Curtis, tenor and professor emeritus at SUNY OrangeThe recital is an anniversary as such, for him, as he gave a similar performance in the same venue 31 years ago. Ah! How lucky we are that he will share his glorious voice with us again! Selections for the recital include Elizabethan Songs, German Lieder, Irish Ballads, and American Folk Songs. Pianist Gail Johnson will accompany him.

Curtis and Johnson have worked side-by-side as conductor and accompanist, respectively, for 24 years for the Warwick Valley Chorale. 2016 marks the thirtieth year Stanley Curtis has been conductor, and six years after he took that post Gail Johnson joined him with WVC.

Having taught in the choral/vocal field for fifty plus years and at SUNY Orange since 1969, Curtis is a professor emeritus and continues at the college as an adjunct associate professor teaching three different courses per semester. He holds a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo; and an M.A. from Columbia University.

Gail Johnson, pianist and organist (photo by Ed Bailey)Over the course of his career, Curtis has had extensive performance credits as a tenor soloist.  He initially toured Europe in the US Army with the Fifth Division Red Diamond Chorus. Subsequently, he was engaged as a staff singer for the West German Radio/Television Network in Cologne, Germany. In that capacity, he performed major choral works under prominent conductors, including the world premiere in Vienna of Arnold Schoenberg’s oratorio Jacob’s Ladder. As a soloist, Curtis has appeared in performances of more than fifty sacred works.  American solo appearances include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony.  In addition, for several seasons, Curtis performed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in choral works with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy.  As a recitalist, he has enjoyed the distinction of being accompanied by Aaron Copland and Ned Rorem in performances of contemporary music.

Gail Johnson is a pianist and organist. She enjoyed a 33-year career teaching elementary vocal music in Rockville Centre, LI; Union Springs, NY; and Middletown, NY. Johnson holds a B.M. and M.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College. She studied piano with George King Driscoll and also attended the Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division. In addition, she studied privately with J. Dennis Starin. Currently, she is organist and choir director at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown.  She teaches private piano and accompanies in many venues.

Tickets are available online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml and at the box office in Orange Hall starting at 2pm the day of the performance. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni. All students are admitted free at the door. 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

Images (photos by Ed Bailey), top to bottom: Stanley Curtis, tenor and professor emeritus at SUNY Orange; Gail Johnson, pianist and organist

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

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