July 2018 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
3/15 - 5/30 Exhibit

Botanical Portraits ~ drawings by James Douglas Milne

 

NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery

3/28 - 5/30

Exhibit

Search for Enlightenment ~ ceramics by Shaina Aiyana Dunn

NBG Foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
5/4 -6/13 Exhibit My World, My Vision ~ pastels & oils by Dennis Fanton MID Orange Hall Gallery Loft
5/7 -6/13 Exhibit Middletown Art Group 2018 Spring Exhibition MID Orange Hall Gallery
5/8 -6/13 Exhibit Divergence ~ oils and watercolors by Susan Hope Fogel MID Orange Hall Gallery Fringe

5/31;

7pm

Lecture

Ending the War to End All Wars - The Terrible Cost of a Single Day~ Our Local Great War Sacrifice in Breaking the Hindenburg Line ~

NBG Kaplan Hall, OBTC Great Room 101

6/19;

8:15 - 10pm

Special event NEW DATES --
“Up on the Roof:”
Telescope Viewings of the Constellations and the Planets
with Tom Blon
MID RCSE, Patio Green Roof,
Door 320

 

BOTANICAL PORTRAITS BY JAMES DOUGLAS MILNE

James Douglas MilneAn exquisite art show is presently in the Mindy Ross Gallery and will remain on view through May 30, 2018.  Botanical Portraits by James Douglas Milne is an exhibit of drawings in watercolor pencil, color pencil, and graphite that are so exact, a viewer may feel the plants could be taken out of their frames. Unlike often-seen botanical drawings which look like they only belong in a book, these works while perfect in their rendering, demonstrate a quality of reality, that the artist created the artworks from life. Milne states, “The majority of my present work is illustrations of single flowers or fruit, which is why I came to think of them as portraits. I imagine the whole process of selecting a model, establishing proper lighting, etc. is not unlike completing a human portrait.”Primula Obconica by James Douglas Milne

James Douglas Milne [aka: Doug] has a BS in interior design from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA. That coupled with the Certificate of Horticulture which he acquired by studying at the New York Botanical Garden and his technical and artistic abilities have given him the knowledge to draw simply beautiful works. He continues, “My artistic drive is generated by the challenge and desire to render each subject as faithfully as I can. Out of that connection I hope a visually appealing and scientifically accurate image will emerge. I hope that my work is not only pleasing to the eye, but also that my view of nature will encourage people to see its diversity and beauty in a new light.”

Twenty-seven Botanical Portraits in various sizes are included in the exhibit. They depict not only the mature blossomed flower or ripe fruit, but a few roots are on display. It is true art but should grab the eye of botanists.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 9pm and Fridays till 6pm. 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 Kaplan Hall 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: James Douglas Milne; Primula Obconica by James Douglas Milne

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SEARCH FOR ENLIGHTENMENT ~ CERAMICS BY SHAINA AIYANA DUNN

Shaina Aiyana Dunn in her studioParents often influence their children through their occupations, pastimes, and interests. So it was in the life of artist Shaina Aiyana Dunn. She grew up under the guidance of “two creative parents.” Her father was a carpenter and her mother did everything from beadwork to basket weaving to quilting. Handmade pottery was used in the household. She developed “a love of the touch, the smell, the process, and the history of clay.” During her years of study at SUNY New Paltz, she obtained three art degrees, one of which is a BFA in Ceramics.

A solo exhibit of her ceramics is entitled Search for Enlightenment as it demonstrates her creativity through her works which she skillfully makes both functional and sculptural. Dunn’s artworks are on exhibit in five glass vitrine cases of various sizes in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall March 28 through May 30, 2018. The area in which the vitrine cases are situated has a wall of glass, thereby affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the pieces. This exhibit continues the Artist of Excellence series, initiated to spotlight highly talented regional artists.Goblets by Shaina Aiyana Dunn

“I like to arrange things so that they take on a new life and/or meaning when placed next to each other, but still stand alone as individual and subtly unique forms,” she states. The works are grouped to complement rather than to compete with each other, and therefore, the show is appealing to view as well as enjoyable because the beautiful quality of each piece. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Mediation BallIn addition to her BFA, Dunn holds a BS in Art Education and an MA in Studio Art from SUNY New Paltz. In 2017, she was honored with NYSATA region 7 Art Educator of the Year in secondary (grades 9 through 12) division. She teaches art at Clarkstown High School North, New City, and yoga at Vastu Health Center, Warwick.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 9pm and Fridays till 6pm. Kaplan Hall 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: Shaina Aiyana Dunn in her studio; Goblets by Shaina Aiyana Dunn; Mediation Ball.

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My World, My Vision ~ pastels & oils by Dennis FantonDennis Fanton

Paralleling his life to Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” Dennis Fanton has finally been able to take the road of choice, that of art, and the joy this track affords him is evident in his paintings. A solo show of his pastels and oils opens May 4 and continues through June 13, 2018 in Orange Hall Gallery Loft, its title: My World, My Vision. The thirty works in the show reflect the influence of impressionism; yet, they are very much his own as expressed through his use of color.

Dennis Fanton finds his artistic journey to be fulfilling as he is open to experimentation using different approaches in medium and style.  He believes that potential subjects for paintings are “all around us and it is up to the artist to capture the inspiration and The Silence Surrounds Me - pastel, by Dennis Fantonpresent it to the viewer.” He “prefers on site painting which involves the use of all my senses,” he continues.  However, this comes with risks because not all situations are predictable. His ability and willingness to challenge himself with new ideas gives his artworks a freshness which quickly engages viewers.

On Sunday, May 20, Fanton will be on hand for the art reception celebrating his show along with the 2018 Middletown Art Group Members’ Spring Exhibition. The 1 to 3:30pm reception is free and open to the public. Fanton is the treasurer of MAG and is an active member of the Middletown Art Group, the Goshen Art League, the Orange County Arts Council, and the Wallkill River School where he is also an instructor. He continually encourages his students to explore their own painting style. He credits the late Lisa Specht, an instructor at the Art Students League and leader of the Garret Society, with reigniting his desire to find his individual path of expression. Along the way, he has been awarded a “Best in Show” and numerous “Awards of Excellence” in the many shows.Drifting - oil,  by Dennis Fanton

Before his military obligations and career choices detoured his focus on art, he had attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts in the late 60s and later transferred to the DuCret School of Art with a focus in advertising.  In addition to his art, he has a passion for gardening which has led him to become a Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. His home gardens are often subjects of his paintings. Come and enjoy a “walk” down his now chosen road and take in his view through his artworks.

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

 

Photos top to bottom: Dennis Fanton; The Silence Surrounds Me - pastel; Drifting - oil.

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Middletown Art Group 2018 Spring ExhibitionCharlotte – pastel by Anne W. Kelly

In 1946, the Middletown Art Group (MAG) was formed “for the purpose of exchanging ideas between artists, craftsmen, art teachers, and students and of providing an atmosphere in which to improve individual skills and respect for the efforts of others.”  Amazingly, after all these years – 72 to be exact-- MAG continues that tradition and throughout the year sponsors demonstrations and lectures which promote the study of the arts.  It also has an open membership which encourages people of all skills to join, share, and learn.

Its annual show at SUNY Orange, the Middletown Art Group 2018 Members Spring Exhibition, highlights recent works. This year 93 artworks have been registered and they will be on view, May 7 through June 13 in Orange Hall Gallery. In addition, two related exhibits will be installed within the domain of Orange Hall Gallery and run concurrently with MAG’s big show. The organization’s treasurer, Dennis Fanton, will be displaying thirty pastels and oils in Orange Hall Gallery Loft, and the judge of MAG’s exhibition, Susan Hope Fogel, will have four very large paintings on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. 

J.Jay’s Barber Shop – acrylic on board by Frederic SpioneThe reception celebrating the three exhibits is scheduled for Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 3:30pm during which time pianist Bev Poyerd will play jazz standards, classical, and contemporary favorites. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.

In addition, three members are setting up their easels and tables, paints and other implements for the mini-demos they will give with commentaries throughout the afternoon: Anne W. Kelly ~ working with pastels, Frederic Spione ~ sketching with paint, and Mitchell Saler ~ landscape in oils.  Just as last year, the co-chairs of this members’ spring exhibition and reception are artists Veronica Plucinski and Denise Shelby Isseks.Waterfall in Early Autumn - oil by Mitchell Saler

With nearly one hundred artworks accepted for the show, the MAG exhibition has great variety in media including porcelain, stone, clay, photography, oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, mixed media, recycled objects, and collage. Also, style, technique, and size vary as well. 

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 9am to 8pm and Friday - 9am to 6pm through May, and in June, Monday through Thursday - 9am to 8pm only. The gallery is closed Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Photos, top to bottom: Charlotte – pastel by Anne W. Kelly; J.Jay’s Barber Shop – acrylic on board by Frederic Spione; Waterfall in Early Autumn - oil by Mitchell Saler

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Divergence ~ oils and watercolors by Susan Hope Fogel Susan Hope Fogel

A mini show of maxi art will be on display on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe May 8 through June 13, 2018. Susan Hope Fogel paints large. Whether she is working in oils in the style of traditional realism or using watercolors with an experimental technique, her paintings connect viewers to her vision of art.

Orchid Grace III - oil on linen by Susan Hope FogelThe exhibit visually explains her distinctly different avenues of approaching these two media -- oil paintings demonstrating her fascination with North Light and plein air, and watercolors using the style of Deconstruction. Is this idea of showing such contrasting styles unsettling?  Art offers that freedom. Yet, she does have a constant which inspires her: “the quality of light enveloping the subject…transforms our world, resonates within and inspires this artist,” she states. Come and get a glimpse of Fogel’s world of art through her exhibit Divergence ~ oils and watercolors by Susan Hope Fogel

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 9am to 8pm and Friday - 9am to 6pm through May, and in June, Monday through Thursday - 9am to 8pm only. Also, during the time of the Middletown Art Group’s [MAG] reception on Sunday, May 20 the gallery is open from 1 to 3:30pm. The gallery is closed Memorial Day Weekend.Central Park - watercolor by Susan Hope Fogel

Susan Hope Fogel is the judge for the 2018 MAG show. She teaches traditional realism in pastel and oil painting at The Ridgewood Art Institute and experimental watercolor workshops at her art school, The Warwick Atelier. Her works and techniques have been featured in American Artist Magazine and Step-by- Step Guide focusing on oil painting in North Light, Art Times Journal as well as Splash 18.

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: Susan Hope Fogel; Orchid Grace III - oil on linen; Central Park - watercolor.

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Ending the War to End All Wars - The Terrible Cost of a Single Day

~ Our Local Great War Sacrifice in Breaking the Hindenburg Line ~Frank Licameli

One hundred years ago, as the United States entered the Great War in Europe, two National Guard companies from Newburgh and one from Middletown and their respective neighboring villages and towns were called into service and then folded into what became the 107th Infantry Regiment of New York’s 27th Division. 

Newburgh Company L, First Regiment just prior to entering active service - summer 1917They suffered some of the heaviest losses of any American unit in World War I.  Most of those casualties occurred on a single day, September 29, 1918. On that historic day, these National Guardmen-Infantrymen were in the first assault wave and instrumental in breaking the “impenetrable” Hindenburg Line, a heavily fortified zone running several miles behind the active front between the north coast of Belgium and France.

On Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7pm, Frank Licameli, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired and independent historian, will deliver his lecture Ending the War to End All Wars - The Terrible Cost of a Single Day ~ Our Local Great War Sacrifice in Breaking the Hindenburg Line.  He invites you to “Come hear their stories and the echoes of their service and sacrifice that remain with us today.”

This timely lecture is co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands and Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange. The venue is the OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall. In addition to the lecture, a display of WWI artifacts and photographs will on view.Painting of Companies E & L departing Newburgh June 1917 by Gifford Beal

Frank Licameli is a graduate of Fordham University. During his long career, he has taught at the United States Military Academy, as well as Fordham and Marist College Army ROTC.  He currently serves as research analyst at the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic at West Point.  He has been the recipient of over 23 honors and awards including the Bronze Star, the Army Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Inaugural Gen. George C. Marshall Award. In addition, he conducts battlefield Staff Rides, and early this fall will help lead a Centennial Tour of Belgium and France, to walk the World War I battlefields discussed during this presentation.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary; just come. 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.  Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu or (845)341-4891.

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Photos, top to bottom (courtesy of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands): Frank Licameli; Newburgh Company L, First Regiment just prior to entering active service - summer 1917; Painting of Companies E & L departing Newburgh June 1917 by Gifford Beal.

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“Up on the Roof” -- Telescope Viewing of Constellations, Jupiter and the Moon!

New Dates and time

Astronomy professor Tom Blon with telescope. Photo by Shane Laden.

Because of the bad storm that wreaked havoc on Orange County on May 15th and caused a 99%-100% cloud cover the following night, Astronomy Night was postponed. The new dates are Tuesday, June 19th with rain/cloud date Thursday, June 21, 2018. The timeframe of the event is slightly later >8:15 to 10pm< because we are reaching Summer Solstice. 

Also, the focus of viewing will be slightly different as only one planet, Jupiter, will be visible. However, a treat is in store for sky watchers – a waxing crescent moon. Join us for “Up on the Roof” -- Telescope Viewing of Constellations, Jupiter and the Moon!

Music about stars, planets, the moon, and, indeed, the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof” will provide a celestial ambience. To add to the fun and learning experience, adjunct professor of astronomy Tom Blon, who leads the evening program, has also created a “Constellation Trivia” game.Participants gather "up on the roof" of RCSE to view the stars and planets (photo by Tom Bushey)

Professor Blon, who teaches at the Middletown campus, will have the college’s large telescopes set up on the patio roof –door 320 on the top floor-- at the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering [RCSE]. Adjunct professor of physics Kevin McGee will also bring his own big telescope. Also, adjunct professor of astronomy William Istone, who teaches at the Newburgh campus, will be on hand with his telescope. In addition, John Kocijanski, leader of the Catskill Astronomy Club, a retired Monroe-Woodbury High School astronomy and earth science teacher, is coming with his telescope. They are all ready to share their expertise and give attendees instructions on the use of the telescopes and what participants will be able to view.

Describing his feelings about looking up into the “vast world of so many unknowns,” Blon states, “I enjoy sharing the night sky. I feel a bond with all humans who have watched the heavens.”

This outdoor evening event is free and open to the public. Unless it is a blistering hot day, bring along a lightweight jacket because it gets nippy out in the night air and wind.

attendees pointing to constellations (photo by Tom Bushey).The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering [RCSE] was designed as a sustainable, green building and is completely ADA compliant. The patio roof is the section of the building that is a flat roof where native plants grow and unobstructed views of the skies await you.

RCSE is located at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange, just a quick walk from several college parking lots. The building may be entered from the inner campus walkway also.

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

Photos - top to bottom: Tom Blon, astronomy professor, with telescope (photo by Shane Laden); participants gather "up on the roof" of RCSE to view the stars and planets (photo by Tom Bushey); attendees pointing to constellations (photo by Tom Bushey).

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

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