January 2019 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Title Campus Building
1/2 - 1/31 Exhibit

Perseverance of Mystery - drawings by Meredith Rosier

MID Orange Hall Gallery

1/4 - 2/28


Thinking Inside the Box - collages and assemblages by Monica Ostrow

NBG Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall


2 pm


The Paper Bag Players: Stand up and Cheer, We’re 60 this year!!

MID William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall


3 pm


The American String Quartet in Concert with Pianist Vadim Serebryany

MID William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall


4 pm

Master Class

Contemporary_Drawing in Abstraction - a master class  

MID Orange Hall Gallery


Perseverance of Mystery  by Meredith Rosier

Meredith RosierThe recent works of award-winning artist Meredith Rosier will be on display in a small, solo exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange during the month of January 2019.

Known for her abstract drawings in which she layers with a variety of media including ink, pencils, conte crayon, pastel, graphite, dirt, ash, sawdust, and rust scraped from metals, her works have a purposeful dense quality.  “I seam tiers of pigment to one another until the density approaches a feeling of motion.” It is, indeed, movement that Rosier’s works focus. “I investigate the effects of movement upon form. I draw the Tickle - Conte, Ink, Pastel, Dirt, on Paperchanges enacted on form when it is transformed by motion. The visual effect of motion on form can be delicate or brash, still or active,” she states.

Titled  Perseverance of Mystery  by Meredith Rosier, the show will be on view January 2 – 18 Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm; from January 22 - 31, the gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9am to 8pm and on Friday 9am to 6pm.

In addition to the exhibit, Rosier will give a master class on Thursday, January 31 starting at 4pm:  Contemporary Drawing in Abstraction. She will explain her concept on drawing, then demonstrate, followed by hands-on by participating attendees.

Inclination - Conte, Ink, Pastel, Dirt, on PaperA closing reception for the exhibit will take place immediately following the master class, at approximately 6:30pm. The exhibit, master class, and reception are all free and open to the public.

Meredith Rosier has been honored with fifteen awards since 2004, the most prestigious of which she received in 2015, the National Association of Women Artists Medal of Honor Genius Award, NYC. She took Drawing Studies and Color Theory at Yale University School of Art and studied drawing with mentors Jacob Landau and Irving Petlin. In addition, she received her BFA from the University of South Carolina, and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has received four residency awards two of which were full fellowships to  Lacoste School of Art, Lacoste Vaucluse, France and Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT, respectively.

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

Photos, top to bottom: Meredith Rosier; Tickle - Conté, Ink, Pastel, Dirt, on Paper; Inclination - Conté, Ink, Dirt, Pastel on Paper.

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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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…is a birthday celebration marking the  60th  season this award-winning troupe has created wonderful children’s theatre.  With a happy blend of classic sketches as well as brand new works this family-friendly hour is brimming with live music and dance, singalong songs, hilarious stories, and lots of audience participation, that are all wrapped in the Bags’ signature paper & cardboard costumes & sets.Paper Bag Players, Lost in the Mall Revisted

This all takes place in the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall in SUNY Orange on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2pm.

Things get off to a rollicking start with “Nothing Like a Show,” a skit that engages the audience by taking a tour through Paper Bag Players history with a carnival of delightful characters from across the decades including the bumbling Bob the Slob, a family of noses, dancing bears and dogs, and a 15-foot-tall dinosaur.

A fan favorite, “Lost in the Mall,” features a deliriously confused cardboard family that needs help to find each other. Then comes a request in the form of a singalong to get reluctant Peter to take a bath in “I Won’t Take a Bath.”

The fun continues with “The Cactus and the Balloon,” about a very unlikely friendship, and “Dream Come True,” about a pizza-tossing family. Among brand new pieces, “Mister Mixup” features a daffy magician who can create a butterfly out of – what else? – a stick of butter and a fly, and “Shipwreck Island,” a thrilling adventure complete with hot air balloon, a pirate queen and her talking parrot, charming songs, and the search for an ancient sword.

Cast of the Paper Bag PlayersSince 1958, this innovative company has set the standard for original productions that speak directly and vividly to children, while amusing adults with sly wit. Perfect for children ages 3 through 8, Paper Bag Players performances are lively, colorful, and thought-provoking for any aged theatre-goers.

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

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

~ children $6.50; adults $8.50; seniors, faculty, staff, alumni $7.50; plus a $ 2.50 online service charge for each ticket; SUNY Orange students with ID admitted free at the door. This show is usually a sell-out!

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

Photos top to bottom: Paper Bag Players, Lost in the Mall Revisted; Cast of the Paper Bag Players.


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The American String Quartet in Concert with Pianist Vadim SerebryanyAmerican String Quartet

The 2019 concert programming at SUNY Orange opens on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3pm with the performance, The American String Quartet in Concert with Pianist Vadim Serebryany ~ selections by Ravel, Dvorak, and Tsontakis.

Works by this interesting mix of composers includes a quartet, a quintet, and solo piano pieces that demonstrate the versatility and virtuosity of the musicians. 

2019 also marks the 45th anniversary of the American String Quartet. Violinist Laurie Carney, who is the only original member, presently plays with violinist Peter Winograd, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel.

Come and experience beautiful chamber music in the comfortable setting of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall.

Described by GoMemphis.com as “performing with precision, eloquence and subtlety,” 

the American String Quartet [ASQ] has come to this Middletown stage several times as well as concert halls in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, all of the 50 states, and in many venues in NYC where the quartet is based. Additionally, the four have played the complete Beethoven cycle of string quartets at the Cervantes Festival in Mexico and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel. ASQ is the resident quartet at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival.

Darmstädter Echo has hailed the group, stating, “From a combination of individual brilliance and ensemble perfection emerges one of the best quartets of our time.”

Vadim Serebryany, pianistVadim Serebryany is a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician.  He has performed in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Japan.  He received his DMA from Yale and teaches at Ithaca College. Serebryany has embarked on several challenging projects, including performing the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin, as well as presenting various solo and chamber works in creative programs of the Second Viennese School composers (Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern)

Tickets: adults $15; senior citizens, faculty, staff­, alumni $10; will be available in the box office starting at 2pm the day of the concert. Online purchase at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml carries a $ 2.50 service charge for each ticket. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or picked up at the box office. All students are free, but must pick up tickets at box office starting one hour before concert time.

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

Photos from top to bottom: American String Quartet, left to right: Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Wolfram Koessel, cello; Daniel Avshalomov, viola. Photo: Peter Schaaf. Vadim Serebryany, pianist. Photo: Wolfram Koessel.




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Contemporary Drawing in Abstraction - a master class with Meredith Rosier

Throughout the academic year, Cultural Affairs presents many master classes in various disciplines. Most art master classes relate directly to the show on exhibit. The first master class of 2019 is entitled Contemporary Drawing in Abstraction. It is being given by Meredith Rosier who has been honored with awards from Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Whistler House Museum of Art, Arts Society of Kingston, and most significantly The National Association of Women Artists presenting her the Medal of Honor Genius Award. Meredith Rosier. Photo by Joanne Savio.

Rosier is an active working artist producing a sizeable body of works per year, some of which are on exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery in her solo show Perseverance of Mystery. She is a serious instructor at the Woodstock School of Art.

The master class that she will teach begins at 4pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in Orange Hall Gallery. She will open with an explanation about Line in abstract work, referring to Swiss- German artist Paul Klee’s expression: “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”  Then, Rosier will lead the group through a drawing, employing various types of line. She will continue by giving a demonstration about line, followed by attendees working on their drawings while she instructs them individually.  Rosier wants the “class to reflect the focus of diversity in the mesmerizing world of line.”

Supplies will be furnished. However, people may bring their own graphite and charcoal pencils, pastels and erasers, and watercolors and brushes if they prefer.

Meredith Rosier has been awarded residencies to the Winchester School of Art in England, the Tangier American Legation Museum in Morocco, the Lacoste School of Art in France, and the Vermont Studio Center.  In addition, she received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Come to this participatory class and finish the evening by staying for the closing reception which follows at approximately 6:30pm. The master class, exhibit, and reception are all 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@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Photo: Meredith Rosier. Photo by Joanne Savio.

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Contact Us:
Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891

All Cultural Affairs Events are open to the public and all buildings are universally accessible.

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