March 2018 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building

3/1;

7 pm

Master Class Making a Life in Radio -- Master Class with Kacey Morabito Grean NBG

Kaplan Hall, OBTC Great Room 101

1/3 - 3/9 Exhibit

On Time: Paintings & Photographs by Mary Cathryn Roth

 

NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery

1/3 - 3/9

Exhibit

"The Past Comes Alive"

NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
2/5 - 3/20 Exhibit

North East Watercolor Society 2018 Members’ Exhibit

MID Orange Hall Gallery and Loft

4/23;

7 pm

Lecture

Merle Louise: Life on Broadwayan interview

RESCHEDULED - NOW MONDAY, APRIL 23

MID William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall
3/8 Master Class

Accenting the Personal ~ a Charcoal Drawing Master Class in Portraiture

MID Orange Hall Gallery

3/9;

7 pm

Concert The Adam Nussbaum Project Plays Lead Belly - rescheduled from 3-2 MID William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall

3/10;

2:30 pm

Demonstration

Let Your Creativity Flow with Watercolor on Yupo Paper - Exhibit and Demonstration by Judith Hummer

Rescheduled from 3-3-18

MID Orange Hall Gallery

3/11;

3 pm

Lecture History of the Violin 2 MID

William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall

3/14;

1 pm

Master Class

Acting the Lyric -- a theatre workshop-master class

MID William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall

4/18;

7 pm

Lecture and Demonstration

Creating a Rhythm in your Kitchen~ Culinary Nutrition ~ a lecture & demo by Holly Shelowitz

RESCHEDULED - NOW WENESDAY, APRIL 18

NBG Kaplan Hall, OBTC Great Room 101
3/15 - 5/30 Exhibit Botanical Portraits by James Douglas Milne NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery

3/15;

6 pm

Lecture Smile: dental health film on Cleft Palate & Lip MID Gilman Center, Library Room 130

3/29;

7:30 pm

Lecture

The Neurobiology of Opiate Addiction -- a lecture by Donald Francis Slish, PhD

MID Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Room 010

 

Making a Life in Radio: Master Class with Kacey Morabito Grean

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7pm, Kacey Morabito Grean, radio personality will present a master class-lecture Making a Life in Radio. The venue in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange is the Orange Bank & Trust Co. Great Room 101. 

Grean will talk about her life and profession in radio. Come and learn the “rules of radio” and what it takes to create a winning program. Learn what to study and how to get experience in the field.  Hear “behind the scenes” stories that reveal the secret ingredient to having a great career, along with “celebrity audio clips and bloopers you will never forget.”

Kacey Morabito Grean

Kacey Morabito Grean is an award-winning radio broadcaster, who, for 18 years, has helped to wake up the Hudson Valley with music, news, sports, weather, traffic, and triviaon 100.7 WHUD’s Mike and Kacey in the Morning, the most popular and longest-running morning drive show in the region.

In addition to radio, she hosts a popular podcast Shine On: the Health and Happiness Show, which is heard around the world, and where guests have included authors, healers, and Ted Talk sensations “who strive to live life authentically.”  She also is an inspirational speaker, and leads women’s forums entitled A Day of Health and Happiness throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley.  Her online Facebook community is called A Circle of Women.

Westchester-born and raised, Grean devotes her time throughout the year in support of countless local charities, including:  Support Connection, CHOP, Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill, PARC, Paramount Hudson Valley, Making Strides, The Alzheimer’s Association, Putnam SPCA, Westchester SPCA, The Giordano Foundation for Women, Friars of the Atonement at Graymor, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and countless other groups. She is a graduate of Mercy College.

Also a Reiki master - an advanced certified practitioner of the Japanese healing art - Grean operates Shine On Reiki out of Croton and Cold Spring.  She created and runs a line of self-care and pet care products to help support animal rescue and rehabilitation and to provide pet food for Meals on Wheels recipients. 

This Cultural Affairs program is open to the public and admission is free.   For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call (845) 341-9386. 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.

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ON TIME: PAINTINGS & PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARY CATHRYN ROTH

Untitled, the Earth ~ acrylic  by Mary Cathryn RothMary Cathryn Roth began painting in 1990, photographing in 1996 and shooting digital video in 2001. Her fine art focuses on abstract depictions of time, light, space, absence or presence, and the body in motion. Patterns, structure and order play a key role in the composition of her work. She is intrigued by how we structure and order our lives, bodies, and minds; universally, primally, and specifically to our time.

She uses the camera and occasionally video camera like the brush—as an extension of body, mind and spirit. She often uses extended/slowed shutter speeds to portray motion and the passing of time.

The exhibition brings together paintings and photographs. On Time: Paintings & Photographs by Mary Cathryn Roth will be on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall January 3 through March 9, 2018. The reception for this captivating show is scheduled for January 27 in cooperation with Last Saturdays in Newburgh. The artist will be present to share her thoughts about and insights into the show from 3 to 5:30pm.Surfaces Series: Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, 2000, archival Epson print  by Mary Cathryn Roth

Regular gallery hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Fridays, January 3 through January 12.

Then, from January 16 onward, gallery hours are 8am to 9pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 6pm on Fridays. The gallery is closed January 15, Martin Luther King Day.

Mary Cathryn Roth is a Guild Member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration and a member of the Professional Photographers of America, The College Art Association, and the Orange County NY Arts Council. She holds a BA from Rice University and an MFA from City College of New York. She has been the recipient of painting and photography awards and has been awarded residencies in Vermont and Macedonia and studied in Paris and London as well. Presently, she is the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement for the SUNY Orange Foundation and an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Orange in the Department of Arts and Communications. She also serves as a Family Advisory Board Member of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and is a trustee on the Unionville Village Board.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are 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: Untitled, the Earth ~ acrylic; Surfaces Series: Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, 2000, archival Epson print.

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"THE PAST COMES ALIVE" ~ EARLY AMERICAN DECORATIVE ARTS ~

In direct contrast with the solo exhibit of mostly abstract paintings and photographs by Mary C. Roth on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery, the Artists of Excellence series of exhibits starts off 2018 with an exhibit of decorative arts in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery. The Central New York Chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration [HSEAD] is represented by four of its members whose works are precise reproductions of early 1800’s techniques in painted tinware in country and pontypool styles, stenciling, theorem, free hand bronze, pen work, and reverse glass. The Past Comes Alive exhibit is not only an art viewing; it is also a history experience.

Bronze Stencil Tray

Members of HSEAD honor the legacy of this historical art form by practicing these techniques and sharing them through exhibitions, instruction, and several well-researched books. Early American Decoration art pieces were actually beautiful functional objects that were made by talented people to be used in the households of ordinary people. Works on display in this show

include tin trunks and boxes, coffee pots, trays, glass panels and looking glasses, a bellows, a floor cloth, and a tinsmith peddled cart made by Anne Dimock, Linda Mason, Charlie Gruman, and Mary C. Roth.Tinsmith Peddled Cart

The Past Comes Alive is on view through March 9, 2018, Monday through Thursday 8am to 9pm and on Friday 8am to 6pm, plus during the reception on Last Saturday, January 27 from 3 to 5:30pm. The show and reception are free and open to the public.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are 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: Bronze Stencil Tray; Tinsmith Peddled Cart'

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NORTH EAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY 2018 MEMBERS’ EXHIBITRed Hat Ladies by A Levine

The North East Watercolor Society [NEWS] has an annual international, juried show in the fall and an annual, juried members’ show in the winter. One might think that in order to stage these exhibits year-in and year-out, the artworks would become routine and of lesser quality. Not so, with the NEWS! Quality is indeed a trademark of the organization and its member artists.

Overbooked by K Hyden

Each year, 90 to 120 works hang in the members’ show in Orange Hall Gallery and Loft. People far and wide as well as local community people join the college community in enjoying the beauty and creativity of the works and in learning from viewing the various techniques the watercolor medium allows. The versatility of this transparent and semi-transparent medium is captivating as it is demonstrated in various styles of still lifes, land and seascapes, portraits, genre paintings, and semi-abstracts. The North East Watercolor Society 2018 Members’ Exhibit displays 108 paintings by 58 artists.

The exhibit runs February 5 through March 20, 2018. The reception at which awards will be presented rescheduled to take place on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 4:15pm. Pianist Geoff Hamburg will start off the afternoon event at 1pm by playing classical pieces and jazz standards. (Note: the reception date has been rescheduled from March 3 due to inclement weather)

Cottage by C Semolic

Then, this year’s show judge, Judith Hummer, will demonstrate starting at 2:30pm. Her topic is painting watercolor/watermedia on Yupo paper, Let Your Creativity Flow with Watercolor on Yupo Paper. “This is another example of innovation in the diversity of techniques and materials in watercolor,” states NEWS president Richard Price.

The reception and demonstration plus the exhibit 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 11 and March 11 ~ 2 to 5pm.  

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: Red Hat Ladies by A Levine; Overbooked by K Hyden; Cottage by C Semolic.

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The Music of Lead Belly & more

Huddie William Ledbetter -- Lead BellyHuddie William Ledbetter became the iconic figure, Lead Belly, in the music world during the first half of the 20th century. Although he played piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and diatonic accordion known as a windjammer, he was best known for his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar. According to Dan McClenaghan of allthat jazz.com, “Lead Belly was one of the more polished of the delta blues artists, relatively speaking.”

Come to the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange, at 8pm on Friday, March 9, 2018 for The Music of Lead Belly & more played by drummer Adam Nussbaum, saxophonist Ohad Talmor, and the electric guitar tandem of Steve Cardenas and Nate Radley. (Note: the concert date has been rescheduled from March 3 due to inclement weather)Clockwise from top left: Adam Nussbaum  (drums) photo by Neil Swanson: Nate Radley (electric guitar) photo by Peter Gannushkin, Adam Nussbaum (drums) photo by Neil Swanson; Ohad Talmor (saxophone), Steve Cardenas (electric guitar) photo by Jim Hershman.

“An inspirational artist,” continues McClenaghan, “Lead Belly has found its way into jazz explorations often.”  The music of Lead Belly was one of Adam Nussbaum’s parents’ favorites. Consequently, he grew up listening to the music as they often played Lead Belly records. Nussbaum has carried the love of this music throughout his music career, and now finally decided to create the Lead Belly Project so that he can “use this music as a springboard to play…. It is simple and clear.”  Nussbaum is considered to be one of the finest jazz drummers. So, as jazz pianist/composer and SUNY Orange music professor Chris Parker states, “Adam Nussbaum is interpreting old Lead Belly tunes which inspired him as a child, through a jazz lens.” And, Nussbaum describes his three cohorts in the Project as “very gifted, forward thinking musicians with a firm grasp of the tradition who know how to listen, react and respond.”

So come for a memorable evening of “Good Night Irene,”  “Bring Me A Little Water, Sylvie,"  “Black Betty,”  “Grey Goose,” and “Green Corn” to name a few.

All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office beginning one hour before the concert, or online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml

plus a $ 2.50 service charge for each online ticket. Free tickets for all students are available only at the box office.

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

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

Photos: top - Huddie William Ledbetter -- Lead Belly; above, right: Adam Nussbaum (drums) photo by Neil Swanson: Nate Radley (electric guitar) photo by Peter Gannushkin, Adam Nussbaum (drums) photo by Neil Swanson; Ohad Talmor (saxophone), Steve Cardenas (electric guitar) photo by Jim Hershman.

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Let Your Creativity Flow with Watercolor on Yupo Paper - Exhibit and Demonstration Judith Hummer, watercoloristby Judith Hummer

Watercolorist Judith Hummer loves to experiment. So, when she discovered yupo paper, she figured she’d give it a try with the fast medium of watercolors. To her delight, it opened a new chapter in her life as an artist. Yupo paper is what she describes as “a correctible surface.” She continues, “Yupo is great as it allows you to play and try new ideas but it also lets you wipe the whole thing away and try again.  A lot of times we forget to play and just have fun with our art. This allows you to try something without any consequence -- no paper is wasted.” Yupo is a high gloss, synthetic, tree-free, recyclable material.

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Hummer will demonstrate how she uses yupo paper when painting with watercolors. The demo begins at 2:30pm in Orange Hall Gallery, the venue where 108 paintings are being displayed by 58 members of the North East Watercolor Society of which she is a signature member. This year she is also the judge of the show. (Note: the demonstation date has been rescheduled from March 3 due to inclement weather)

Empty Nester - watercolor on yupo paper by Judith Hummer

Hummer’s intension during this lively session entitled Let Your Creativity Flow with Watercolor on Yupo Paper  is to “get the creative juices flowing and encourage people to experiment at home and try something new.” The demonstration is part of the art reception which is scheduled from 1 to 4:15pm and begins with pianist Geoff Hamburg playing jazz standards and familiar classical pieces.

Attendees will be able to view several finished paintings by Judith Hummer as thirteen of her works are hung on the Orange Hall Gallery Fringe wall in her solo exhibit An Unexpected Point of View. This show continues through March 20.

Hummer has been the recipient of numerous awards from various international and regional juried exhibitions. In addition to her signature membership in the North East Watercolor Society, she holds signature status in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and Garden State Watercolor Society and is an elected member of New Jersey Watercolor Society. She currently teaches watercolor in Bridgewater, NJ.

The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-6pm.  The gallery is also open Sunday, March 11 from 2 to 5pm.

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: Judith Hummer; Empty Nester - watercolor on yupo paper by Judith Hummer

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Merle Louise: Life on Broadwayan interview -- rescheduled for monday, april 23

Getting “up close and personal” with anything Broadway always has a glitz about it. But, the practical aspect offers a learning opportunity on how one achieves the goal of acting on the Broadway stage and sustains that hard-earned status, making it a career.

Come to the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall on the rescheduled date of Wednesday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm for Merle Louise: Life on Broadwayan interview.

Merle LouiseMerle Louise is a Broadway legend!  She has spent her life on the Great White Way.  She began her career as a young adult, performing with Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of Gypsy in 1959.  She went on to become one of the most frequent interpreters of the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince, as an original cast member of Company (1970), Into the Woods (1987), and Sweeney Todd (1979).  For her creation of the role of the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical in 1979.  She also performed in the original casts of Jerry Herman’s La Cage aux Folles (1983), Kandor and Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), and Elton John’s Billy Elliot (2008).  She appears on the cast albums for the Broadway shows in which she appeared. In addition, she has worked on tour, off-Broadway and regionally, in musicals and plays. In her regional theatre roles in classical theatre, she is an acclaimed actress in works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Molière, Pinter, Ibsen, and Shaw.

Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Louise’s working class family saw to her getting singing and acting lessons in New York as a small child. Then, she began to perform while still in high school, moving to the city soon after.  In addition throughout her life, she raised a family, traveled the world, completed a college degree in her 70’s, and overcame challenges of many kinds.

In this exclusive event, Joanne Zipay, will interview Merle Louise about her life and experiences onstage and off, including the famous individuals with whom she has worked. Louise will also give advice for up-and-coming performers.  A Q&A session will follow, during which attendees may question her directly.

Zipay is founder and former artistic director of NYC’s Judith Shakespeare Company. Presently, she is the assistant SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs coordinator and an adjunct instructor of speech and screenwriting in the Arts and Communication Department.

This Cultural Affairs program is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call (845) 341-4891. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

Photo: Merle Louise.

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Accenting the Personal ~ a Charcoal Drawing Master Class in Portraiture

Ward LambWard Lamb chose visual art as a career because to him it parallels his love of music. Keeping that in mind, during the upcoming program, Accenting the Personal ~ a Charcoal Drawing Master Class in Portraiture, classical music will play in the background to create ambience and enhance the mood for drawing. Indeed, this hands-on art workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 4 to 6pm in Orange Hall Gallery.charcoal

Using a character model, participants will use vine charcoal and charcoal pencil to lay in gestural form of head and posture to empathize and interpret the model at hand. Part one of the session will emphasize different ways to combine form and line, emphasizing the posture and nature of the subject. This will be done in a series of shorter sketches focusing on gesture and proportions.

Part two will consist of two poses of longer duration, integrating areas of tone and line to describe the expression of the unique sitter. Time will be allotted at the end for quick review and feedback.

Various levels of experience are fine. However, participants should be no younger than 15 years old.  If attendees have charcoal pencils/ebony pencils, they should bring them although materials for class participation will be supplied. No registration is required. Attendees will be able to take home their piece of artwork.

Ward Lamb holds a BFA from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA from Brooklyn College. In addition, he studied at Maine College of Art (MECA) and attended The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.  He taught on a Fulbright Scholarship in the UK and worked at Minisink Valley High School retiring as longtime chair of its art department. He loves to paint and draw.

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: Ward Lamb; charcoal by Ward Lamb.

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History of the Violin 2

Back by popular demand: History of the Violin! But this time it is History of the Violin 2Peter Winograd, violinist, American String Quartet, photo by Peter Schaaf

with violinists Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet and Catarina Szepes of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra accompanied by chamber musician/orchestra soloist/recitalist Jon Klibonoff, pianist.

Works by nine composers are featured in this educational, yet entertaining afternoon of classical music starting at 3pm on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange, Middletown. To make it even more interesting, the concert has two sections: Sturm and Drang and The Ecstatic Voice. Only one composer is found in both sections, none other than Beethoven, whose sonatas are on the program with selected pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Grieg, Franck, Elgar, Ravel, Sarasate, and Moszkowski. Movements from classical through the first quarter of the twentieth century compositions demonstrate the exquisite beauty of the violin and in the hands of virtuosi, husband-wife Caterina Szepes, violinist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, photo by Jesi Casonmusicians Winograd and Szepes, concertgoers are in for a treat.

A true scholar of the instrument, Peter Winograd will introduce each piece with brief remarks, explaining as the performance progresses “the remarkable development of the repertoire for Violin and Piano.” After the final note is played, he, Szepes, and  Klibonoff, will return to the stage for discussion and Q & A with the audience.

Jon Klibonoff, pianist, chamber musician / orchestra soloist / recitalist, photo by Nan Melville

Tickets are available starting at 2pm on the day of the performance and online anytime at: www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml

Admission is  $15 adults and $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni, plus a $2.50 service charge for each online ticket. Free tickets for all students must be picked up 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.

Photos top to bottom: Peter Winograd, violinist, American String Quartet, photo by Peter Schaaf; Caterina Szepes, violinist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, photo by Jesi Cason; Jon Klibonoff, pianist, chamber musician / orchestra soloist / recitalist, photo by Nan Melville.

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Acting the Lyric -- a theatre workshop-master class

Theatre workshops-master classes are not sessions for sitters. They are active and insist that attendees be interactively participatory either imagining, speaking, acting, playwriting, doing face-paced physical work-ups or a combination of these.

Donald Garverick

When Donald Garverick comes on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to present a theatre workshop-master class, be ready for action.  The session, Acting the Lyric, will be stimulating because he intends to get students and community people immediately involved. The concept is based on A Lyric based Open Scene Challenge. Attendees will work with a topic provided by Garverick.  This comes in the form of a lyric and each participant acting on his/her own will interpret in monologue form.

Beginning at 1pm on the stage of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, the focus will be on a surprise lyric because at that time the Improvisation for the Theater class normally meets. Accordingly, states Garverick, “Participants will explore improv games using lyrics as a springboard. Since it is an improv class, the attendees will receive the lyrics during this session, and they must come up with on-the-spot material.”

Then, after a quick ten minute break, the workshop-master class will continue at 2:30pm. This second session centers on the Acting Fundamentals class.  During this session, Garverick continues, “Attendees work with the sample lyric which has been given a few days ahead of the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own interpretations of the material as a monologue so the session can explore the many and various choices available within any lyrics/text.”    

For this session the Lyric is

“I could chalk the whole thing off

to a paid vacation

and head for the railroad track

but I don’t want to be

just another Hollywood casualty…

I’m not going back.

I just can’t go back. So…”Workshop demonstration

Donald Garverick is a SUNY Orange alum who went on to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a hands-on, in-depth performing arts conservatory academy in New York City. Now, he is a director/choreographer and writer/lyricist who works Off-Broadway, and in various New York and Regional theatres and festivals as well as in film, cabaret, and stage readings. His recent director/choreographer credits include: 90210: The Musical - Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 and Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, The Red Shoes from An Evening with Kathryn Morgan at The Kennedy Center, To Dance - The Musical at the FringeNYC, and Changing Minds Children’s Musical Theatre Festival at The Broadway Workshop. He also co-authored  Show Choir! - The Musical and Casual Bob as well as wrote new lyrics and book converting Pirates of Penzance to science fiction/fantasy Space Pirates of Planet Penzance. Garverick is a member of BMI.

Come for an invigorating afternoon and learn from a man who is very much a part of the New York performing arts scene of directing, choreographing, and writing. This workshop-master class is free and open to the public.

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

Photos, top to bottom: Donal Garverick; Workshop Demo.

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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. MilneExotic Star Amaryllis Bulb by James Douglas 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.”

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 Reception for the show is scheduled for  Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 3 to 5:30pm during which music will provided by Geoff Hamburg, pianist. Come meet the artist.

In addition, a master class, “Drawing a Harbinger of Spring, Pansies,” will be given by Milne on Friday, April 6 from 12 to 2:45 pm in the gallery and the OBTC Great Room 101 which are both in Kaplan Hall.  The exhibit, reception, and master class are 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, Exotic Star Amaryllis Bulb by James Douglas Milne.

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Smile: Cleft Lip ~ Cleft Palate

The face is crucial for human identity, and damage such as scarring or developmental deformities have effects stretching beyond those of solely physical inconvenience [Moore, Keith L.; Dalley, Arthur F.; Agur, Anne M. R. (2010). Moore's Clinical Anatomy]. One of the most common birth defects worldwide is cleft lip which is an opening in the upper lip. Not only can this and its often accompanying cleft palate cause difficulties in speaking, eating, drinking, hearing, and all around dental health, clefts create a defigured face. operation_smile

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, a film screening followed by a discussion will begin at 6pm in the Gilman Center, Library Room 130 at SUNY Orange. The event, Smile: Cleft Lip ~ Cleft Palate will feature a screening of Operation Smile film plus an explanation of these birth defects, what can be done, and also a life story by a man who has lived with and had successful surgeries.

Operation Smile is one of several organizations that go into developing countries with doctors, dentists, and nurses to perform procedures to fix clefts. The surgeries have life-changing effects on those who receive them and their families who would not be able to afford the medical procedures otherwise.  In some cultures, children with clefts are ostracized and cannot go to school. Even in the United States, bullying is common.

Come and learn and share in this evening program on the physical and psychological effects of cleft lips and palates. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented in cooperation with the SUNY Orange Dental Hygiene Department.

The Gilman Center is located in the Library at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue, Middletown (GPS: near 115 South St). Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu .

Photo, Operation Smile photo - before and after Cleft Lip surgery.

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The Neurobiology of Opiate Addiction -- a lecture by Donald Francis Slish, PhD

Donald Francis Slish, PhD“The addiction to opiates has become rampant in the U.S over the past decade,” states Dr. Donald F. Slish who is a professor of biological sciences and the chief premedical advisor at SUNY Plattsburgh. On Thursday, March 29, 2018, he will analyze addiction from the perspective of neurobiology, the branch of biology that is concerned with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system. He continues, “Aside from the psychological and sociological explanations, our basic biology predisposes us to repeating extremely pleasurable experiences.  This is due to our limbic system, part of our mammalian inheritance.” 

The lecture, which is free and open to the public and presented in cooperation with the SUNY Orange Biology Department, will begin at 7:30pm in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering.

The limbic system influences the peripheral nervous system, and its function is to modify behavior based on experiences. Through his lecture, The Neurobiology of Opiate Addiction, Slish will discuss the role of the limbic system in the process of addiction, from the level of the receptors to changes in the wiring of the brain that lead to destructive behavior. He explains, “Experiences that are good for our survival and reproduction and bring pleasure, are remembered and repeated.  Negative experiences are also remembered and avoided.  Highly addictive drugs like opiates are especially good at activating feelings of pleasure despite being linked to maladaptive rather than adaptive behavior.” 

Donald F. Slish has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and he earned his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics. He teaches General Biology, Cell Biology, the Biology of Cancer, the Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs, and Cardiovascular Pharmacology. Slish has authored and co-authored several books and peer-reviewed articles. His new book is entitled Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs.  

 

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering is located at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange. Free parking can be found on street and in several college parking lots as well as the parking garage across the street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at  (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Photo, Donald F. Slish, PhD

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