July 2014 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
4/1 - 7/3 Exhibit African Code: A Secret Language ~ paintings by Roslyn Fassett NBG Kaplan Hall,
Mindy Ross Gallery
4/2 - 7/3 Exhibit Artists of Excellence NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
6/23 - 7/10 Exhibit The Paintings for World-Harmony by Sri Chinmoy: Dedicated to the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
7/15 - 8/12 Exhibit River Valley Artists Guild 2014 Summer Members Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
7/15 - 8/12 Exhibit Capturing the Motion of Water through Pastels and Oils MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe

African Code: A Secret Language ~ paintings by Roslyn Fassett

Roslyn Fassett, artistTuesday, April 1, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Artist Roslyn Fassett lives in the Town of Warwick between Mounts Adam and Eve, but has traveled to Mali and Nigeria to study and collect textiles. A selection of her artworks, based on and inspired by African tapestries and weavings, is the focus of the art exhibit, African Code: A Secret Language ~ paintings by Roslyn Fassett, in the Mindy Ross Gallery April 1 through June 25, 2014. The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Ukara Cloth #1 by Roslyn FassettDrawn by a particular interest in the symbols and patterns found on the fabrics, Ms Fassett has used that fascination as a springboard from which to transform the concept into large oil paintings. Also included in this exhibit are glowing oil pastel landscapes based on the theme of reflection and a series of vibrant, dark figure drawings.

Commenting on the works, Martin De Bruhl states, “The mystery of the dark and hidden in contrast to the illumination of the light, play off each other in the paintings of Roslyn Fassett. Underlying this work is the search for insight and relationship between these two qualities, what is unknown and what is revealed.”

detail of Leopard Spirit by Roslyn FassettA reception for the artist and her exhibit is slated for Saturday, April 5 from 5 to 7pm during which music will be provided by Joy Kissane, pianist. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The reception event will take place in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer, Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible from First Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm in April and May, and Monday through Thursday 9am to 4pm in June. The exhibit will be closed on May 15 and Memorial Day weekend.

The exhibit complements the theme of this academic year’s Global Initiative Africa. To further explore the relationship between the fabrics and paintings and the artist’s motivation, a master class, African Code: A Secret Language, will be presented on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:15-11:45pm in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall as well. Ms Fassett will speak and then lead a hands-on activity.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-9386 or 4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Roslyn Fassett, artist; Ukara Cloth #1 by Roslyn Fassett; detail of Leopard Spirit by Roslyn Fassett

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Artists of Excellence

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Buddha, porcelain by Barbara BonhamThe Artists of Excellence exhibit series continues with exquisite works by artists Barbara Bonham of Middletown and Stuart Sachs of Newburgh. The artworks will be on display now through June 25, 2014 (The exhibit has been extended to Thursday, July 3, 2014) in the glass vitrine cases located in the foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall. Because of all the windows in the building, and in particular this area, the pieces are bathed in natural light.

Both artists are sculptors. However, they work in very different media. Also, her works are representational and his works are abstract.

Birth, stainless and bronze by Stuart SachsBarbara Bonham’s sculptures are made from various kinds of clay bodies with finishes from white slip to oxides, while other pieces are finished with oils and metallic patinas and Byzantine style mosaics. Well-known for his large steel rod sculptures, several of which are stationed around the first floor of Kaplan Hall, Stuart Sachs presents another interest in this exhibit. With the exception of one piece made of stainless steel and bronze, his small works on exhibit are glass castings.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Bonham’s sculptures are her interpretation of time and place. She has lived in many countries and within many cultures having been born in Venezuela and raised in Africa and Asia. However, clay always seemed to be available leading to her creating with it. Bonham’s ultimate goal is to be a conduit mastering whichever elements it takes to interpret the images which come to her through her life’s experiences.

A professor of art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Sachs is founding member of the Newburgh Arts and Culture Commission, on which Sachs served as its chairman in 2008 and 2009. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Arts Council. His work encompasses sculpture, performance, and new media installation as well as furniture and architectural metalwork and woodwork for home, office and commercial settings.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. The foyer is actually the area between the Mindy Ross Gallery and the Orange County Trust Company Great Room on the eastern end of the building. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. During June, the college is closed on Fridays. The exhibit will also be closed on May 15 and Memorial Day weekend.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Buddha, porcelain by Barbara Bonham; Birth, stainless and bronze by Stuart Sachs

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The Paintings for World-Harmony by Sri Chinmoy: Dedicated to the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman

Monday, June 23, 2014 to Thursday, July 10, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Ben Gilman with Sri Chinmoy who had just presented Gilman with the “Lifting Up the World With a Oneness-Heart” awardWhen Sri Chinmoy and Ben Gilman met in Washington, DC, on June 23, 1994, they became fast friends. Even though they came from different backgrounds, they both had the goal of peace and harmony in the world. They appreciated each other’s vision. Because of this strong relationship, an exhibit of the artworks of the late Sri Chinmoy will be on display in Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange June 23 through July 10, 2014. The accompanying art reception at which his music and poetry will be played and read is free and open to the public and scheduled for Sunday, June 29 from 1 to 3pm in the gallery.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 8pm. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Grandview and Wawayanda Avenues, Middletown. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Entitled “The Paintings for World-Harmony by Sri Chinmoy: Dedicated to the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman,” the exhibit is curated by Ranjana Ghose who has chosen works made in acrylic and ink. The vibrant, colorful acrylic paintings originally done on watercolor paper with his own crafted sponges and painting implements express sentiments of harmony, oneness, and joy. The ink artworks were originally Chinese watercolor scrolls penned and brushed on handmade rice paper in a Zen-like, simplistic manner with bold strokes. The fifty artworks on display are high quality prints on wood plaques.

Peace is Priceless, print of acrylic painting by Sri ChinmoySri Chinmoy’s large body of artworks has been displayed in various shows worldwide, including at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France; the Agung Rai Museum of Art in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; the Diaghiliev Art Center for the Museum of Modern Art in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Russell Rotunda of the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC; and the United Nations in NYC. A prolific artist, poet, author, and musician, Sri Chinmoy was an Indian spiritual master who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964. He established his first meditation center in Queens, N.Y., and eventually had an estimated 7,000 students in 60 countries during his lifetime including Carl Lewis, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Narada Michael Walden, Roberta Flack, and Boris Grebenshikov. He offered a disciplined spiritual path that forbade the use of drugs and alcohol and encouraged music and poetry as expressions of thankfulness to the Divine. He pursued his vision of oneness through humanitarian service. He also held public events such as concerts and meditations on the theme of inner peace, and advocated athleticism to achieve spiritual enlightenment, including distance running, swimming, and weightlifting. He was best known for his deep respect for all religions and spiritual paths and often described as an ambassador of peace, and had ongoing friendships with Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and, Mikhail Gorbachev. Over the years,  Chinmoy received many awards because of his efforts on world peace including the Visva Sama Duta "Ambassador of Universal Peace" title conferred by the Asgiriya Order of Buddhist Monks in 1990, the first non-Buddhist in Sri Lankan history; Mahatma Gandhi Universal Harmony Award received jointly with Martin Luther King’s widow Coretta Scott King from the American branch of the Indian cultural institute Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1994; Fred Lebow Award, in the name of the founder of the New York City Marathon in 1996; and Macedonia’s Mother Teresa Award in 2001, among several other awards.

Freedom, print of ink on watercolor scroll by Sri ChinmoyHonorable Benjamin A. Gilman, a revered public servant, is known internationally as a compassionate advocate for human rights. Throughout his life, his ability at creating relationships across cultural, economic, language, and religious barriers garnered him high respect for which he was recognized with many honors. He was a member of the N.Y. State Assembly from 1967 until 1972 and a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 20th, 22nd, and 26th districts from 1973 to 2003, during which he was Chair of the House Committee on International Relations for six years. Gilman served as a Congressional delegate to the United Nations, serving under Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick in 1981. He received the Distinguished Service Award, a gold medal and certificate that represent the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. The award is presented in recognition of exceptionally outstanding leadership, professional competence, and significant accomplishment over a sustained period of time in the field of foreign affairs. In saluting his efforts to furthering U.S. ties with India, he was awarded that country's second highest civilian honor, the “Padma Vibhushan,” in 2001. He is one of only 12 foreigners, and one of only three Americans not of Indian origin, to receive the award. That same year he was honored by Sri Chinmoy with the “Lifting Up the World With a Oneness-Heart” award. In 2012, Gilman received the “Torch Bearer” award from the international Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.  In addition, in 2008, the Gilman Center for International Education on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange opened. He has held memberships in many local organizations and is a co-founder and charter member of the Middletown chapter of the NAACP. Ben Gilman was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S.  Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1945, flying 35 missions over Japan, and earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters.

Images (provided by Ranjana Ghose and Jharna-Kala Art), top to bottom: Ben Gilman with Sri Chinmoy who had just presented Gilman with the “Lifting Up the World With a Oneness-Heart” award; Peace is Priceless, print of acrylic painting by Sri Chinmoy; Freedom, print of ink on watercolor scroll by Sri Chinmoy

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River Valley Artists Guild 2014 Summer Members Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Capturing the Motion of Water through Pastels and Oils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dorothy Szefc
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(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

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