June 2013 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Title Campus Building
6/4 - 7/11 Exhibit 2013 Middletown Art Group Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
6/4 - 7/11 Exhibit Eclectic Middletown MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
6/21-23 & 6/28-30 Theatre God of Carnage MDTN Shepard Center Cafeteria
6/25 Lecture Middletown in the Great War: The Men of Company I MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
6/27 - 9/6 Exhibit Aesthetic Aspirations NBG

Kaplan Hall

Mindy Ross Gallery

2013 Middletown art group exhibition

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - Thursday, July 11, 2013
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

child-with-flowersThe Middletown Art Group [MAG] celebrates 67 years as an art organization this year with its 2013 Middletown Art Group Members' Exhibition June 4 through July 11 in Orange Hall Gallery. The festive reception event takes place on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 1 to 4pm during which popular pianist Bev Poyerd of Washingtonville will play selections from contemporary and classical compositions. In addition, throughout the reception five MAG members each specializing in a different medium will offer mini-demonstrations: Doug Milne -- graphite; Marianne Taylor -- colored wax pencils; Anne Kelly -- pastels; Cynthia Harris-Pagano -- oils; Mickie MacMillan -- watercolors. 

sunflowers-oilThe Exhibition will include nearly 100 artworks in a variety of media: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, graphite, wax pencils, collage, mixed media, sculpture, and photography. Judging the show is awarding-winning artist Jim Adair of National Landmark Red Pump Studio, New Paltz. Awards will be presented at the end of the reception.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Orange Hall Gallery is located at the corner of Grandview and Wawayanda Avenues, Middletown. Exhibit hours are 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday.              

Exhibit co-chairs are Renee Buckheit and Catherine DeMaio both of Middletown. Jill Constantino is president of the art group.

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

Images, top to bottom: Take Time - water soluble oil by Ray Schuettich, Sunflowers - oil on board by Gulsen Beasley

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Eclectic Middletown

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - Thursday, July 11, 2013
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

middletown-main-buildingEclectic Middletown is a celebratory exhibit of paintings, photographs, and memorabilia shared by people in the community, highlighting the City of Middletown's history during the last 125 years. Three of Middletown's railroad stations are depicted in artworks by three different artists. In addition, photographs and paintings of the buildings and gardens of the Morrison estate before and after it became Orange County Community College are displayed. Also, a beautiful collection of paintings of scenes and buildings of the Middletown State Homœopathic Hospital by Henry Fajen, now owned by Jerry Kleiner, are featured. Some of the historical items included in the thrall-library-rainy-afternoonshow are a Tuthill glass with a photo of the old factory, bottles from the brewery and bottling works, assorted commemorative buttons, a diamond jubilee plate and booklet, and various postcards and books.

The exhibit is on view in Orange Hall Gallery Loft. Exhibit hours are 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday, June 4 through July 11. The reception is scheduled during the last  weekend in June when the big city 125th anniversary celebration occurs: Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 1 to 4pm.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. 

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

Images, left to right: Main Building - oil on board by Henry Fajen, Thrall Library (Rainy Afternoon) - oil by Anne W. Kelly

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Written by Yasmina Reza, Directed by Max Schaefer

June 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30
Shepard Center Cafeteria (MDTN)

God of CarnageSummerStar Theatre begins its 14th season this June when it offers six performances of “God of Carnage,” a “comedy of manners without the manners.” The show is funny, funny, funny, but deadly serious at the same time. Written by Yasmina Reza, “God of Carnage” centers around a playground fight between two boys which brings the parents together. It's then we find adults have a much larger playground but just as many fights.

Show times for “God of Carnage” will be 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday evening performances on June 21, 22, 28, 29, along with 3 p.m. Sunday performances on June 23 and 30. Ticket prices are: $20, general admission; $16, senior citizens, faculty, staff and alumni; $12, students; and free for active duty military personnel. Group rates (10 or more) are available. For information, call (845) 341-4790. Tickets may be purchased online at www.summerstartheatre.com

Max Schaefer will direct “God of Carnage.” The cast includes Terence Burke, Jim Quinlan, Candice O’Connor and Marie DuSault. Due to construction on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange, SummerStar's production of "God of Carnage" will not be performed on the Orange Hall Theatre stage, but will be performed on the stage of the Shepard Student Center.

SummerStar Theatre received five “Best of” awards for 2012, including best play (“The Little Dog Laughed”), best musical (“The Last Five Years”), best stage actor (Jonathan Bulla, “The Last Five Years”), best stage actress (Candice O’Connor, “The Little Dog Laughed”) and best director (Jim Quinlan, “The Last Five Years”). Both Candice O’Connor and Jim Quinlan are featured in “God of Carnage.”

The award-winning SummerStar Theatre is committed to bringing Broadway and off-Broadway plays to the Hudson Valley while utilizing the skills of community members in all facets of the production. Past performances of SummerStar Theatre include "Oliver!," "Gross Indecency," "Proof," "Cabaret," "Intimate Apparel," "Over the River and Through The Woods," "A Little Night Music," "A New Brain,” "Urinetown,” “The Fantasticks”, “Crazy For You,” “The Little Dog Laughed,” “A Grand Night For Singing” and “The Last Five Years.”

Table seating; light refreshments (fruit, cheese, “OTT-rageous cookies and beverages) will be served before the show. No intermission. The Shepard Center is located on South Street diagonally across from the Morrison Hall Mansion (white stone building with green tile roof). Signs will be posted to direct you to the side entrance of the building. If you arrive at campus and need directions call: (845) 234-3807

Middletown in the Great War: The Men of Company I

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

middletown-125th-anniversaryThe celebration the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Middletown is bringing forth an array of events. One program tells the stories of nineteen brave young men from Middletown and the surrounding area who fought and died in the trench warfare of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line in France.  A presentation about these individuals and what led to this historic World War I battle will be given in Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County Community College [SUNY Orange] on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 7pm.

robert-polhamus-lecturerMiddletown in the Great War: The Men of Company I  [the letter I like i] is the title of a lecture developed by Robert Polhamus from a massive research project that he did for the Purple Heart Museum in conjunction with SUNY Orange. In addition to facts, the presentation includes PowerPoint slides of old photographs and maps, plus a display of photos, framed documents, medals, and posters.

The lecture also gives an overview of life in a small, rural city, Middletown, prior to the United States entering the war, through the biographies of the soldiers and their common professions, employment, and social organizations. Mr. Polhamus also describes why many felt it necessary to join the military before conscription enforced by the Selective Service Act of 1917. One of the important details of the military in New York State was the guarding the New York City aqueduct. At the end of the lecture, he explains how the families found out the fate of their sons/brothers/husbands. This informative and heartfelt presentation offers an intimate view of the effects of the war.

Robert Polhamus is a researcher, genealogist, and historian. He holds a BA in Population & Organism Biology from Binghamton University.

This program of Cultural Affairs and is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown.

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Aesthetic Aspirations

Miss WinterGroup exhibit featuring Elizabeth Castaldo, Carol Kronyak, and Elia Gurna

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Friday, September 6, 2013
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Reception: A wine and cheese reception will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 5pm - 7pm to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on view until Friday, September 6, 2013.

Aesthetic Aspirations is a mixed media show using the metaphor of the female body as a personification of nature and depicting issues such as growth, the resilience of nature in a polluted and increasingly artificial world, and the ability for adaptation.

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist and book binder from Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with a BFA in 2007 from the School of Visual Arts and recently, she moved to Atlanta, GA to complete her graduate studies at SCAD. She primarily works with mixed media, including printmaking, collage and watercolor and her work reflects themes of nature and the body. Castaldo says, "Layer upon layer of patter and image create new worlds and interesting portraits."

Carol Kronyak has been exhibiting her work since 1981. She has a BFA from Montclair State College and a MFA from SUNY New Paltz. She is a local artist and teaches art in the Valley Central School District. She has applied her expertise in art to teaching a wide variety of classes that have included studio art, design and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Kronyak says she has "a true love for the arts, which is evident in my devotion and passion to the subject matter."

Elia Gurna is a visual artist and poet who works with youth and educators in NY as founder and director of Art Without Limits. Her work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art, the Deutsches Haus at NYU, chashama gallery at 44th Street, the Center for Emerging Artists in Philadelphia, Collaborative Concepts and bau galleries in Beacon, the Kentler International Drawing Space NY, and the International Print Center NY, among others. She currently lives and works in Beacon, NY.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. 

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386.

Image: Miss Winter (Juniper) by Elizabeth Castaldo. 32 x 25 inches. Silkscreen

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

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