June 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
5/9 - 6/18 Exhibit The 2014 Middletown Art Group Members’ Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
5/9 - 6/18 Exhibit Yikes! Colors! Colors! Colors!... MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
5/9 - 6/18 Exhibit Eclectic Linda ~ paintings by Linda Barboni MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
6/23 - 7/10 Exhibit The Paintings for World-Harmony by Sri Chinmoy: Dedicated to the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman MDTN Orange Hall Gallery

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 2014 Middletown Art Group Members’ Exhibition

Friday, May 9, 2014 to Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Hudson Valley Rivulet, watercolor by Linda BarboniTwo lovely events in Orange Hall Gallery each spring are the Middletown Art Group [MAG] Spring Members' Exhibition and its accompanying reception. This active group counts 80 members and is celebrating its 68th anniversary. The annual show, which will be on view May 9 through June 18, 2014 will include artworks in a variety of media: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, graphite, wax pencils, collage, mixed media, sculpture, and photography. The reception for the show is scheduled on Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 4pm.
 
Peonies, pastel by Veronica PlucinskiJudging the show is awarding-winning fine artist Clayton Buchanan of Newburgh. Buchanan is a pastelist whose style is representational realism. His use of color brings his paintings to life as captured moments in time.
 
During the reception from 2:40 to 3:45pm, Linda Barboni of the Town of Goshen, will give a watercolor demonstration entitled “Expressive Skies in Landscapes.” Barboni works in watercolor and pastels, as well as mixed media. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and is a member of the North East Watercolor Society, Garrison Art Center, Pascack Art Association, and the Orange County Arts Council. She states, “Painting subjects vary and include landscapes en plein air, still life, figure, and floral. I like to keep mixing it up, enjoying the stimulation of diversity.”
 
And from 1 to 2:35pm, pianist Bev Poyerd of Washingtonville, a favorite of the art group, will play contemporary, jazz, and classical compositions. Awards will be presented at the end of the reception at 3:45pm by the show chair Renee Buckheit and MAG president Jill Constantino, both of Middletown.
 
Flying Dragon, metal, polyform, papier mâché, acrylics with gold patina by Barbara BonhamGallery hours are 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 6pm on Friday.  However, the College is closed on May 15, on Memorial Day weekend, and Fridays in June. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
 
Even though the name “Middletown Art Group” seems to give the impression of exclusiveness to Middletown residents, that is not the case as members reside in other parts of  Orange County as well as Ulster, Sullivan, Dutchess, Sussex, and Pike Counties.
 
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  (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Hudson Valley Rivulet, watercolor by Linda Barboni; Peonies, pastel by Veronica Plucinski; Flying Dragon, metal, polyform, papier mâché, acrylics with gold patina by Barbara Bonham

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Yikes! Colors! Colors! Colors!...

Kate Ferriter, colorist, non-traditionalist painterFriday, May 9, 2014 to Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Yikes! Colors! Colors! Colors!… is the title of the art show in Orange Hall Gallery Loft May 9- June 18, 2014. Created by colorist, non-traditionalist painter, Kate Ferriter of Newburgh, the artworks focus on the ordinary, which have been transformed into dazzling, loosely painted nighttime cityscapes of signs, telephone poles, street and traffic lights, Marina During Blue Moon, gouache with pastel on paper by Kate Ferriterbuildings, alleys, downed tree limbs, sparks, and docked boats. Ferriter has also included a few outdoor, daytime scenes. The offbeat, odd and under-rated surroundings of the gritty urban scene are the places where she finds beauty in simple form. These elements in various degrees are commingled in her works and demonstrate “the excitement, ruckus, and craziness in what often are taken for granted in life.”

A reception at which the artist will welcome viewers will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 1 to 4pm.

Kate Ferriter grew up under the guidance of her mother and great aunt who were both artists. She recalls that she South and Fullerton, oil on canvas by Kate Ferriter“always seemed to be drawing something.” Eventually, she attended Massachusetts College of Art. Although she works predominantly in oil on canvas, she also does works in watercolor, gouache, pastel, and printmaking. She enjoys painting plein air as well as in her studio. Her works can be found in private collections across the USA, Nicaragua, England, and Ireland.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 6pm on Friday.  Please note: the college is closed on May 15, on Memorial Day weekend, and Fridays in June.

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: Kate Ferriter, colorist, non-traditionalist painter; Marina During Blue Moon, gouache with pastel on paper by Kate Ferriter; South and Fullerton, oil on canvas by Kate Ferriter

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Eclectic Linda ~ paintings by Linda Barboni

Linda Barboni, artistFriday, May 9, 2014 to Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Visual artist Linda Barboni is presenting a watercolor demonstration during the reception for the Middletown Art Group’s 2014 Spring Exhibition. This will take place in Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange starting at 2:40pm on Sunday, May 18.

To complement the demonstration during which she will explain her concepts and techniques in watercolor, an exhibit of her works is on display May 9 through June 18, 2014 in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. Entitled Eclectic Linda ~ paintings by Linda Barboni, the show includes landscapes, still lifes, and florals and are mostly watercolors plus a few pastels. She explains that she loves watercolors because of the loose-flowing spontaneity of pigment moving with water. Interestingly, this looseness is still present in her pastels as well. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 6pm on Friday.  Please note: the college is closed on May 15, on Memorial Day weekend, and Fridays in June. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Basha Kill Sky, watercolor by Linda BarboniLinda Barboni earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She has designed books and logos, and worked on corporate identity and most recently, interiors. She has given watercolor workshops at Cornell University and taught for many years at several galleries in the Hudson Valley. Her pieces are included in a number of private collections in Waiting Canoes, pastel by Linda BarboniEurope and South America and throughout the United States.

As an active member of North East Watercolor Society, Garrison Art Center, Pascack Art Association, Orange County Arts Council, and the Middletown Art Group, she has exhibited widely in many solo and group shows. Some past exhibits include New York Botanical Gardens, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, and Applewood Winery in Warwick.

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: Linda Barboni, artist; Basha Kill Sky, watercolor by Linda Barboni; Waiting Canoes, pastel by Linda Barboni

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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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Dorothy Szefc
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(845) 341-4891
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