March 2017 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
1/3 - 3/9 Exhibit “Figurative Works” ~ recent drawings and paintings by Ward Lamb NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
2/6 - 3/22 Exhibit North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2017 Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery and Loft
2/6 - 3/22 Exhibit Windows to the Past ~ watercolors by Lana Privitera MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
2/7 - 4/21 Exhibit Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
3/4,
8 p.m.
Concert Chris Parker Septet MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
3/6,
7 p.m.
Lecture Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
CANCELLED Master Class Accenting the Personal NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
3/12,
3 p.m.
Concert The History of the Violin MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
3/13,
7 p.m.
Lecture Entering the Dark Places of Outer Space ~ Galaxies, Exoplanets, Energy MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum

RESCHEDULED to 4/11,
7 p.m.

Originally Scheduled for
3/14,
7 p.m.

Lecture Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
3/23 - 5/25 Exhibit The Hudson Valley from Pen to Brush ~ exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
3/28,
7 p.m.
Lecture 12,000 Years of Human Footprints ~ Leaving our Mark MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
3/30,
7 p.m.
Lecture Liberating Dachau Concentration Camp ~ an evening talk and discussion about the Holocaust by a soldier of the 20th Armored Division Reverend E. T. Holland MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center

“Figurative Works” ~ recent drawings and paintings by Ward Lamb

Homage Bowie, acrylic on board by Ward LambTuesday, January 3, 2017 to Thursday, March 9, 2017
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Art is central in Ward Lamb’s life. “From an early age I found drawing and painting to be a vehicle for expression and a comfort of solitude and self-examination,” he explains. During the ups and downs of his life, he has turned to art to connect with his observations and feelings. His varied works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal pencil include portraits, still lifes, and landscapes in sizes from small to very large. Depending on the subject, his works are drawn or painted in styles that originate from realism, impressionism, and/or expressionism.

Self-Portrait, oil on canvas by Ward LambFrom January 3 through March 9, 2017, Lamb’s artworks will be displayed in a solo exhibit entitled, “Figurative Works” ~ recent drawings and paintings. The venue is the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange. Come and be enveloped in his world of color and intense expression. Also a master class in March is being planned.

The Opening Reception for the show is scheduled for Saturday, January 7 from 4 to 7pm during which pianist Manny Carrasquillo and saxophonist Andrew Garrison will provide music.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm and also Saturday, January 28, 4 to 6:30pm. The gallery is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Gardiner, New York, oil on canvas by Ward LambFor many years, Ward Lamb taught art at Minisink Valley High School. At the time of his retirement last year, he was chair of the art department. Prior to teaching at MVHS, he taught for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship at Hinchingbrooke School in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. In the seventies and eighties, he studied at Maine College of Art (MECA) and went on to receive his BFA from SUNY Stony Brook and his MFA from Brooklyn College. In addition, he attended The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture on a scholarship. He has studied and worked with Robert White, Mel Pekarsky, Mavis Pusey, Lawrence Alloway, Malcolm Morley, Phillip Pearlstein, Alan D'Arcangelo, and Lennart Anderson.

His works are in public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh. Free, secure parking available in Kaplan Hall parking garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Homage Bowie, acrylic on board by Ward Lamb; Self-Portrait, oil on canvas by Ward Lamb; Gardiner, New York, oil on canvas by Ward Lamb

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North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2017 Show

Canyon Ridge, watercolor by MaryAnn HeinzenMonday, February 6, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery and Loft (MDTN)

Come to Orange Hall Gallery to perk up your spirits during the cold and dreary winter timespan of February 6 through March 22, 2017. Fifty-eight artists will display 102 paintings on the main floor gallery as well as the Loft in the North East Watercolor Society 2017 Members’ Exhibit. The excellent quality of the works visually explain the versatility of the transparent and semi-transparent medium in various styles of still lifes, land and seascapes, portraits, genre paintings, and semi-abstracts.

Mohonk Mountain Lake, watercolor by Min-Jin KungThe reception at which awards will be presented will take place on Sunday, March 5 from 1 to 4:15pm. Pianist Geoff Hamburg will start off the afternoon event at 1pm by playing jazz and classical standards.

Aurora, watercolor by Leslie WaxtelThen, at 2:30pm, award-winning watercolorist and exhibit judge, Lana Privitera, will give an hour long demonstration, “Texture Effects in Realistic Watercolors. Privitera is known for her photographically realistic detail similar to the trompe l'oeil paintings of nineteenth century artist William Harnett. She will explain how she controls watercolors which are usually thought to be a looser, freer medium. In addition to her live painting, she will reference the paintings in her solo show, Windows to the Past, on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

Award winners of the NEWS members’ show will be announced at the end of the reception. Both the reception and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-6pm.  The gallery is also open Sundays, February 12 ~ 2:30 to 5:30pm, February 19 ~ 2:30 to 5pm, and March 12 ~ 2:30 to 4:30pm and Saturday, March 4 ~ 7 to 9:30pm.

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.

Images, top to bottom: Canyon Ridge, watercolor by MaryAnn Heinzen; Mohonk Mountain Lake, watercolor by Min-Jin Kung; Aurora, watercolor by Leslie Waxtel

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Windows to the Past ~ watercolors by Lana Privitera

Monday, February 6, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Orange Hall Gallery is full of watercolors now through March 22, 2017. In addition to the 102 works displayed by members of the North East Watercolor Society on the main floor and Loft, thirteen fascinating works by the judge of the show are on exhibit on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

Lana Privitera, watercoloristLana Privitera paints in a hyper-realist style which makes viewers “stop in their tracks” in amazement when they realize that what they are viewing are paintings, not photographs. The details in her works are even more extraordinary when viewers discern that the medium used is watercolor. During the demonstration, “Texture Effects in Realistic Watercolors, starting at 2:30pm on Sunday, March 5, she will explain how she controls watercolors which are usually thought to be a looser, freer medium.

Silver Morning, watercolor by Lana PriviteraThe hour-long art demonstration is scheduled at the mid-point of the dual reception for her show and the North East Watercolor Society exhibit. The demonstration, reception and exhibits are free and open to the public. The title of her exhibit opens viewers’ minds to Privitera’s focus. Windows to the Past visually describes her connection to local history. “Silver Morning” is a work demonstrating her use of light to enhance antique silver and china. “Morrison Hall Tower” gives a trompe l’oeil effect to the intricate roof, chimneys, and carvings in the marble of the mansion on the campus of SUNY Orange.

Window to the Past, watercolor by Lana Privitera“I feel an immense respect for the hard work and creativity of our forefathers, and feel compelled to preserve for posterity the beauty and significance of family heirlooms and historical farms and buildings, [by] reproducing them faithfully for generations to come,” remarks Privitera. She continues, “My ultimate goal is always to trigger each viewer’s private recollections by filling their eyes with minute details of the places and things they love, helping them, hopefully, to bring forth sweet feelings and memories of happier days from their past.”

Originally from Spain, Privitera was recently recognized for her artistic achievements in her home city on the Ebro River, Zaragoza, Aragón. She has been influenced by Spanish master painter Joaquin Sorolla whose typical works were characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of his native land. He also enjoyed painting works on historical themes.

An award-winning artist, Lana Privitera is a signature member of both the American Artist Professional League and the North East Watercolor Society, and a former elected member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. She teaches watercolors at her studio in Pine Bush and at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery. She is a 1983 graduate of the Fine Arts School of Zaragoza where she majored in Fashion Design and Art History.

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

Images, top to bottom: Lana Privitera, watercolorist; Silver Morning, watercolor by Lana Privitera; Window to the Past, watercolor by Lana Privitera

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Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Terry Murray, PhD, artistSimply Human is the title of the new exhibit in the Artists of Excellence series displayed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. Artist Terry Murray, PhD, has created a sculptural community that “explores human diversity, complexity, strength, and vulnerability.”  The sculptures are made of reclaimed/recycled wood and found objects each with individual meaning. The exhibit is “designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in the context of the viewers’ lives, and in the context of our turbulent, challenging world,” explains Murray. Simply Human will be on display February 7 through April 21, 2017.

The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry MurrayA reception at which the artist will explain his concept of the exhibit and take questions is scheduled for February 25, 2017 from 4 to 6pm. His short talk followed by Q & A will start at 5pm.  The reception, which is free and open to the public, also celebrates Last Saturdays, the Newburgh arts initiative.

Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry MurrayViewing hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. During spring break, March 18 – 26, the college is closed.

The Artists of Excellence series spotlights highly talented regional artists.  The vitrine cases in which the pieces are shown are glass on all sides and are set next to full-length windows affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the artworks.

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership. He will be giving a master class on his sculptures in April about which details are forthcoming.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Terry Murray, PhD, artist; The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry Murray; Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry Murray

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Chris Parker Septet

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Chris Parker has been a professor of music at SUNY Orange for nearly 34 years. During those years, he developed and continues to direct the Jazz Studies program and thoughtfully imparts to his students the skills they will need as professional musicians. He is a fine example to them because not only does he teach classes of students and give individual lessons at the college, he plays solo or with bass in clubs, and with his quartet in concerts and summer festivals in nearby states as well as his native Oregon.

Chris Parker, pianist, a professor of music at SUNY OrangeJust as a visual artist always seems to have a painting or drawing in the works, Parker always has a new piece in the works as a very active composer of both jazz and contemporary classical music. His new pieces invigorate his repertoire and his older compositions are real favorites.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8pm his band will play in Orange Hall Theatre. Parker has done a tremendous amount of work in preparation for this concert because all the works were composed or arranged for septet. Half of the pieces are completely new while the other half is comprised of reworked older pieces which have been expanded for septet.

The musicians who comprise the Chris Parker Septet are outstanding. Matt Hong is accomplished on alto sax and clarinet; Carl Maraghi is awesome on baritone sax and bass clarinet; Doug Beavers is superb on trombone; Tomoko Omura makes dazzling sounds on five-string violin; and Tony Marino on acoustic and electric basses and Marko Marcinko on drums are longtime quartet members who fulfill Parker’s goal of putting together an excellent ensemble with himself, Chris Parker, playing the baby grand.

The Septet uses a unique combination of instruments making possible a variety of interesting tone color combinations. This unusual mix of instruments goes hand in hand with Parker’s eclectic mix of compositions which range from Straight Ahead Jazz to Mambos and Tangos to Funk.

Tickets are available at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free at the door for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml   Also, the box office opens at 7pm the evening of the performance.

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.

Image: Chris Parker, pianist, a professor of music at SUNY Orange

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Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

With all the hype that Broadway has brought to the intertwining of the lives, principles, politics, and concepts of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, American history has come to the forefront. Louis P. Masur, PhD, Distinguished Professor of American Studies & History, Rutgers UniversityOur forefathers were, indeed, real people with tempers and egos and legacies to be made.

To find out an in-depth look at the two men and their influence over the course of the early republic and, indeed American history, come to Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America, a lecture by Lou Masur, PhD. A Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, Masur is a captivating speaker who engages his audience immediately and welcomes questions. He is a cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics including Lincoln and The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union. Three years ago in March, he came to SUNY Orange to speak on that topic.

Alexander Hamilton, painting by John Trumbull, 1806This timely lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7pm in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 at the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, located at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Thomas Jefferson, painting by Rembrandt Peale, 1800Dr. Masur is nationally known for his lectures presented under the auspices of One-Day University. He received his BA from the University at Buffalo and his PhD from Princeton University. He is the author of many books and articles and has received numerous awards including an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship and a Mellon Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities at Harvard University. In addition, Masur’s essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He has also written for the American Scholar, Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, and Slate. Additionally, he has been elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians.

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

Images, top to bottom: Louis P. Masur, PhD, Distinguished Professor of American Studies & History, Rutgers University; Alexander Hamilton, painting by John Trumbull, 1806; Thomas Jefferson, painting by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

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Accenting the Personal - Cancelled

Due to the serious illness of Ward Lamb, his master class "Accenting the Personal" has been cancelled.  It will be rescheduled in a later semester.

CANCELLED
had been scheduled for
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Ward Lamb, artistArtist Ward Lamb chose visual art as a career because to him it parallels his love of music. Consequently, during the program, Accenting the Personal, classical music will play to create an ambience conducive to observation and calm. The art master class/workshop will start at 5pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. The session is free and open to the public 15 years old and older.  No registration is required.

Ava as a Young Girl, drawing by Ward Lamb“My master class will focus on portrait as expression and insight. It will combine observation of the subject combined with intuition and a feeling we have about our subject,” Lamb explains. During the class, line, texture, and watercolor to emphasize form and color will be demonstrated and attendees will have plenty of time to have a hands-on experience.

The class will begin with a character model doing several shorter poses over a one-hour period to warm up participants’ skills. Then, the session will move on to a 40 minute study that will combine charcoal pencil/ebony pencil drawing and color wash. Attendees will be able to take home their piece of artwork. Materials will be provided. However, attendees are encouraged to bring their own charcoal/ebony pencils, if they own them.

Ward Lamb holds a BFA from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA from Brooklyn College. He taught on a Fulbright Scholarship in the UK and worked at Minisink Valley High School retiring recently as chair of its art department. He loves to paint and draw. “Figurative Works, recent drawings and paintings” is his solo show in the Mindy Ross Gallery also in Kaplan Hall. Over the years, many of his works have gone to public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Ward Lamb, artist; Ava as a Young Girl, drawing by Ward Lamb

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The History of the Violin

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Ah! Classical music fans and music students, here is an afternoon for you.

On Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3pm, Orange Hall Theatre will be the setting for The History of the Violin. The Bach Double Concerto will lead off the performance. It is double because it was composed for two violins. And during this Sunday afternoon concert, the violins are being exquisitely played by Peter Winograd, violinist of the American String Quartet and Caterina Szepes, violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Playing with them will be well-known pianist Jon Klibonoff. The program will continue with pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Franck, Massenet, Kreisler, Sarasate, and Moszkowski.

Peter Winograd, violinist of the American String QuartetThe concept for the History of the Violin program “was borne out of the realization that as musical language evolved from Bach’s time to the present, so did the way composers use instruments to convey that language,” explains Winograd. Enlarging on that idea, Winograd has organized an educational and yet, very entertaining program for violins and piano. A true scholar of the instrument, he chose works that “demonstrate in a concert format the thread of the remarkable development of the repertoire for Violin and Piano,” he continues.

Come and enjoy a wonderful time of music making. Winograd will introduce each piece with brief remarks. And after the final note is played, he and Caterina Szepes will come to the apron of the stage and converse with the audience in discussion with Q & A.

Caterina Szepes, violinist of the Metropolitan Opera OrchestraPeter Winograd gave his first solo public performance when he was 11, and at age 17 he was accepted as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. He holds BM and MM degrees from Juilliard. He has since appeared as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital across the country and abroad and in 1990, joined the American String Quartet. He is a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music School.

Jon Klibonoff, pianistSince her recital debut on RIAS Berlin Radio in 1987, Caterina Szepes, a native of Berlin, has appeared both as soloist and as chamber musician throughout Europe, Australia, South America, and the United States. Szepes has performed at the Taos, Marlboro, Kingston, and Aspen Music Festivals and has collaborated with many artists, including members of the Juilliard and American String Quartets, Seacliff Chamber players, and Philomusica. She studied at the Karlsruhe Hochschule fur Music where she graduated with an Artist Diploma, summa cum laude. She completed her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Szepes is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

A versatile recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician, Jon Klibonoff has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. A founding member of the acclaimed ensemble, Trio Solisti, he has performed in major venues such as Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. He holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music and an MM from The Juilliard School and is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Concordia Conservatory of Music.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at: www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml
The box office opens at 2pm before the performance. Students should pick up their tickets at the box office.

SUNY Orange’s 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.

Images, top to bottom: Peter Winograd, violinist of the American String Quartet; Caterina Szepes, violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Jon Klibonoff, pianist

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Entering the Dark Places of Outer Space ~ Galaxies, Exoplanets, Energy

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

On those really dark nights, as a new moon when the moon is not visible, and the vast dark sky twinkles with the stars, do you ever wonder what is truly out there? Come to SUNY Orange’s Rowley Center for Science and Engineering [RCSE] and listen to and ask questions of Rosemary Millham, PhD, a former NASA Lunar Content Specialist, speak on the subject

Entering the Dark Places of Outer Space: Galaxies, Exoplanets, Energy

The lecture begins at 7pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 of the Rowley Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Rosemary Millham, PhD, a former NASA Lunar Content Specialist“The universe is a mystery in more ways than we would like to admit,” states Dr. Millham. “Actually, we can only ‘see’ something like 5 to 6 percent of our visible universe since we believe that the other 95 percent is made up of dark matter and dark energy, things we are clueless about.” She continues, “How do we know they exist? What are astrophysicists doing to find the answers to these mysteries?”

She invites you to come and find out…During the evening, the topics she will discuss include dark energy and dark matter, exoplanets, galaxies, the Milky Way, the Big Bang and the Mystery of the Universe.

Now that she is retired from NASA, she is an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz. She attained her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Millham has also authored books, articles, and PowerPoint presentations.

The Rowley Center is located across the street from the parking garage at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Rosemary Millham, PhD, a former NASA Lunar Content Specialist

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Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do

RESCHEDULED to
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
Originally Scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7pm

Kathy Lawrence, Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food FocusFOOD -> an essential of life! But in this “hurry, grab a bit, run to work, school, a game, a rehearsal…” what kinds of foods are we choosing? Also, what foods are being offered to senior citizens, adults, millennials, teens, children? Are nutritious, healthful foods readily available?

The OCTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall is the venue for an informative and important presentation at 7pm. The lecture had been set for Tuesday, March 14, 2017, but it has been rescheduled due to snow to Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The program is free and open to the public. Kathy Lawrence, who is the co-founder and senior director of School Food Focus, will spotlight the seriousness of the food situation in a talk followed by discussion, "Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do."

At the start of the talk, Lawrence will give an overview of the current state of U.S. food systems: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then, she will explain the role of policy, markets, advertising, and "consumer" choice. She will also discuss what is at stake in the status quo vs systems change and the need for people to take effective action in the movement for more equitable and sustainable food systems.

Newburgh Urban Farming FairThis event is presented in partnership with the Second Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair [NUFF] which strives to bring to fellow Newburgh residents of all ages the practical means of urban farming and gardening in their yards, schools and neighborhoods.

photo of peaches by Samantha SeeleyKathy Lawrence has had a great deal of experience in leadership roles. For 25 years she worked tirelessly in sustainable agriculture, local food systems development, and non-profit management, serving as the executive director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture and directing Just Food, the New York City based non-profit organization she founded in 1995. Her achievements at Just Food include initiating the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC program and The City Farms, an urban agriculture and food access program. While developing the foundation for Just Food, Kathy coordinated public information, outreach and education for both the New York and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (NYSAWG and NESAWG) and engaged in citizen advocacy at the United Nations on sustainable agriculture and food security issues.

Presently, the co-founder and senior director of School Food Focus, a national collaborative that ignites food system change by working on both the demand and supply sides of the school food, she shares her knowledge by taking programs to the public. She and her colleagues of School Food Focus work at empowering school districts to build, demand, and collectively leverage their purchasing power. They also show food producers and suppliers how they can offer healthful products.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Kathy Lawrence, Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food Focus; Newburgh Urban Farming Fair; photo of peaches by Samantha Seeley

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The Hudson Valley from Pen to Brush ~ exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis

Thursday, March 23, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Judith Beringer Hraniotis, artistPatience is essential in the creation of Judith Beringer Hraniotis’ artworks. Long known for her pen & inks of historic buildings and rural scenes, her process is slow as she works with India ink and a crow quill pen.  Likewise, she painstakingly uses several glazes, each needing dry time when she works in oils. Perhaps, it is these slow processes that are attractive to her as it gives her time to contemplate each piece in its creation. A solo show of the exquisite artworks of Judith Beringer Hraniotis is on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange, March 23 through May 25, 2017. Entitled
The Hudson Valley
From Pen To Brush

the works depict historic sites, wildlife, farms, landscapes, and waterscapes.

Downing Villa, pen and ink by Judith Beringer HraniotisA reception will take place in the gallery as part of Newburgh Last Saturdays [#NBLS], on April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30pm. Pianist Judith Hosmer Garrett will play classical, contemporary, and show music at the event which is free and open to the public.

“Living in the historic mid-Hudson Valley in New York State provides [me with] ample subject matter for plein air and pen & ink drawings. Whether out in the fields or on the shores of the Hudson [River], nature inspires me with her beauty affecting all my senses. Capturing this feeling in a painting or drawing is a rich and wonderful reward,” declares Hraniotis. Her favorite American artist, George Inness, was born in Newburgh. She “attempts to paint with the spirituality with which he so beautifully expressed himself,” she continues.

View from Boscobel, oil by Judith Beringer HraniotisFrom the time of her early childhood, she pursued her passion of art. She took art classes in high school and then continued studies at The School of Visual Arts and The National Academy Museum and School, both in NYC. She continued her art studies with classes in watercolor at the New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY. She also studied graphics at SUNY Orange. Later in life, she studied oil painting in Orange County with noted wildlife artist, the late John Hamburger. Her signature medium, pen & ink, is self-taught. Her works have been recognized with numerous awards and many are included in corporate and private collections.

Judith Beringer Hraniotis is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club, Kent Art Association, and Hudson Valley Art Association; an artist member of the American Artists Professional League, and Garrison Art Center; a former member of the Woodstock Art Association, Art Society of Old Greenwich, and Dutchess County Arts Council; and a past elected member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh where free, secure parking is available in the garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Judith Beringer Hraniotis, artist; Downing Villa, pen and ink by Judith Beringer Hraniotis; View from Boscobel, oil by Judith Beringer Hraniotis

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12,000 Years of Human Footprints ~ Leaving our Mark ~

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

“Humans have been leaving marks on Orange County for the last 12,000 years, but only for the last 200 have the marks been permanent wounds and scars,” asserts Fred Isseks, PhD.

Fred Isseks, PhD, on Pellets Island bridge over Cheechunk Canal“Many Native American cultures, including the local Lenape Nation, have long believed that important collective decisions should never be made without weighing the potential significance the decision could have for the next seven generations,” he explains.

During the lecture, 12,000 years of Human Footprints ~ Leaving our Mark, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Dr. Isseks will ask attendees to keep the seven generations principle in mind when listening and then to imagine what Orange County might have looked like had that been a requirement of the decision making process when the largest, most impactful, development projects were still on the drawing board.

black dirt and sod grass fieldsThe talk, which starts at 7pm in the Gilman Center in Library room 130, will focus on “a stretch of the Wallkill River Valley which has been home to humans since the days of the mastodons. The history of this small region in the heart of the county is rich with examples of large scale projects, from a nineteenth century drainage canal to twentieth century landfills, all of which are still having an impact, and provide us with an opportunity to ask, ‘what if… we had done this differently?’” states Isseks. “The Canal’s history is a cautionary tale about how our best intentions can have unexpected side effects,” he continues.

old Wallkill RiverbedIsseks holds a BA and MA in English from SUNY Albany. He then went on to earn an MA in media studies at The New School for Social Research. With the knowledge he gained from that degree he guided his high school students in collecting footage for documentary films and videos on toxic waste and environmental hazards to this area caused by illegal dumping and the landfills. These documentaries have been screened in film festivals and won an Environmental Award of Merit from Mohonk Consultations and a first place in EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival of Santa Cruz. He has published on the subject and been featured on PBS “In the Mix,” CBS “Up to the Minute,” and CNN “Headline News.” He continued his study and received a PhD in communications from European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. His research and interest in area history has led him to be an activist/local historian.

Architects and engineers in attendance will receive a PDH-CEU certificate. The lecture with discussion is free and open to the public. The Gilman Center in the Library is located on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), a quick walk from several college parking lots. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom (photos by Denise Shelby Isseks): Fred Isseks, PhD, on Pellets Island bridge over Cheechunk Canal; black dirt and sod grass fields; old Wallkill Riverbed

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Liberating Dachau Concentration Camp ~ an evening talk and discussion about the Holocaust by a soldier of the 20th Armored Division Reverend E. T. Holland

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Lest we forget in this twenty-first century world with its own atrocities, the Holocaust will be recounted through the descriptions of a World War II soldier of the Twentieth Armored Division. On Thursday, March 30, 2017, come to the Gilman Center for International Education, Library Room 130 at 7pm for an evening talk with discussion by Reverend E.T. Holland, Liberating Dachau Concentration Camp.

Rev. E.T. Holland, World War II soldier of the Twentieth Armored Division and Methodist ministerElbridge T. Holland was 21 with the rank of corporal when he and his fellow soldiers entered Dachau Concentration Camp. It was Liberation Day as they witnessed human beings who were “75 pound walking skeletons” and the “crematorium going full force.”

During the program, Rev. Holland, who is a Methodist minister, will explain how “April 30th, 1945 was really the worst day of my life.” His firsthand account will be an eye-opener to some and a horrible reminder to others. Even though it is difficult for him to share his Holocaust story, he feels it is necessary to do so.

The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow which signifies the opening of the exhibit, The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities, details of which are forthcoming.

This lecture is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity [CIDE], the Global Studies Department, and Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed (845) 341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Rev. E.T. Holland, World War II soldier of the Twentieth Armored Division and Methodist minister

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