May 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
4/3 - 5/15 Exhibit Celebrate Poetry NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
4/4 - 5/5 Exhibit Collaborations ~ the 10th annual student art exhibit MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/4 - 5/5 Exhibit Systems and Space III MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
5/1 Concert Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa MDTN Physical Education building
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

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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Celebrate Poetry

Thursday, April 3, 2014 to Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

April is National Poetry Month. So, this life-giving time of the year is coupled with the beautiful literary art of poetry.

Joan Siegel and Joel Solonche, poets and SUNY Orange emerti professorsTwo of SUNY Orange’s emerti professors are husband and wife Joel Solonche and Joan Siegel of Blooming Grove. They are both published poets. A very special book for them is Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter, a collaborative collection of poems which describes reacting to and meditating on their experience of parentage.

This book along with the two published books of Siegel’s works and many journals and collections in which their works are included comprise Celebrate Poetry, an exhibit on display in vitrine glass cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery at Kaplan Hall. The exhibit is available for viewing 8am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and till 5pm on Fridays through May 15, 2014. Putting 20+ poems on exhibit does not do justice to their bodies of works, but still, the presentation draws attention to the importance of poetry.

Solonche’s works have appeared in numerous publications including Chronogram, The American Scholar, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Barrow Street, The Progressive, The New Criterion, Salmagundi, Eclipse ~ a Literary Journal, among many others. He is a four-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize and was also nominated once for Best of the Net. In the 2013 book, Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, his poem "Polar Bears" relates his childhood memories to present day. With humor prevalent, his poems reminisce and/or comment on many topics, sometimes ending with a surprise twist.

Siegel recently won the 2013 Rebecca Lard Award, and, therefore, is the featured poet in the winter 2013 edition of Poetry Quarterly. In 2012, she was invited to be one of the Festival Poets of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. In addition, she has been a recipient of the New Letters Poetry Prize and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. Also, The Chautauqua Literary Journal, The Southern Humanities Review, The Atlantic Monthly, the Connecticut Review, the Gettysburg Review, and Poet Lore are only a few of the 50+ periodicals and anthologies in which her poems can be found. Her books, Light at Point Reyes and Hyacinth for the Soul, engage the reader with poems of realism in family and heritage, with references of music, stated in elegant and descriptive words. Her new book, The Fourth River, is projected for publication in 2015.

Solonche received a BA from NYU and an MA from SUNY New Paltz. Siegel holds an AB from Hunter College and an MA from NYU.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Safe, secure parking is available at the garage accessible via First Street.

Questions may be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Joan Siegel and Joel Solonche, poets and SUNY Orange emerti professors

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Collaborations ~ the 10th annual student art exhibit

Red Barn by Liam Vogel, acrylic, Randi Eisman - art professorFriday, April 4, 2014 to Monday, May 5, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Collaborations ~ the 10th annual student art exhibit will open in Orange Hall Gallery on April 4, 2014 and remain on display through May 5, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 4pm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Coordinating partners for Repurposing materials into designer jewelry, Necklace by David Talbot and Headband by Kathryn Calderon, Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz - art professorThe show will feature more than 300 artworks by SUNY Orange art students. The show is comprised of a broad variety of paintings in oil, acrylic, and pastels; drawings in pencil, charcoal, and conte; digital and traditional photographs; sculptures, and three-dimensional pieces and display projects; collages of mixed media; computer graphics; design and web design; plus works made from recycled materials. Video pieces will be shown during the reception.

Music students will perform during the reception.

Music Mandala by Joseph Balquin, mixed media, Susan Miiller - art professorThe display is being shown concurrently with the exhibit, Systems and Space III, featuring student architectural work in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

This great exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, NY on the campus of Orange County Community College.

Images, top to bottom: Red Barn by Liam Vogel, acrylic, Randi Eisman - art professor; Coordinating partners for Repurposing materials into designer jewelry, Necklace by David Talbot and Headband by Kathryn Calderon, Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz - art professor, Music Mandala by Joseph Balquin, mixed media, Susan Miiller - art professor

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Systems and Space III

Benjamin Wolf - Aquatic Center - Model - ChipboardFriday, April 4, 2014 to Monday, May 5, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

After two years of presenting small classroom exhibits, SUNY Orange Architectural Technology has installed a not-to-be-missed exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe, the long back wall and area. Entitled Systems and Space III, the exhibit features Student Architectural Work. The exhibit includes drawings and models of abstract architectural compositions, building designs, and urban proposals produced by students in the Architectural Technology program.

Daniel Boland - North Street Pocket Park, Site Plan - Pencil/Marker on  PaperThe display is being shown concurrently with the annual SUNY Orange Art students’ huge exhibit. The timeframe is April 4-May 5, 2014 with gallery hours 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday. A reception during which SUNY Orange Music students will play, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 from 2 to 4pm.

Matthew Lung - Middletown Market - Perspective - Digital RenderingSystems and Space III was organized, designed, and built by students Daniel Boland, Danielle Covington, Douglas Forschino, Matthew Lung, and Roman Zawojski with Instructor Andrew Magnes and Assistant Professor Pamela Rice overseeing the project. Pro Build, a local lumber and building materials company, is the sponsor.

This great exhibit, which is free & open to the public, is presented in cooperation with Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed, (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Benjamin Wolf - Aquatic Center - Model - Chipboard; Daniel Boland - North Street Pocket Park, Site Plan - Pencil/Marker on  Paper; Matthew Lung - Middletown Market - Perspective - Digital Rendering

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Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11am
Physical Education building (MDTN)

SUNY Orange’s Cultural Affairs and Global Initiative have teamed up to give a grand finish to their respective events series. On Thursday, May 1 at 11:00am, a world music concert is being presented in the Physical Education building gymnasium, East Conkling Avenue, Middletown campus. It was originally planned as an outdoor concert on the Alumni Green. Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will give a lively, high-energy concert performing on traditional African instruments--the Gangan talking drum and the Kalimba thumb piano and the flute, as well as modern keyboards and guitars, accompanied by a chorus of female voices. 

Toby Foyeh, musicianGlobal Initiative is a college-wide interdisciplinary focus on a topic of global importance. The topic for the 2013-2014 academic year is Africa, and has been underwritten by Walden Savings Bank.

Toby Foyeh and Orchestra AfricaToby Foyeh's compositions are based on the music of Nigeria's Yoruba tribe but also encompass sounds from around the world.  His unique fusion of traditional African music such as Highlife, Afrobeat, and folklore, with the Western elements of jazz, rock, pop, and Latin rhythms, creates a musical melting pot.  Fresh and original, this is “Afrijam” – and audiences often find themselves dancing as happened the last time Toby and his ensemble played at SUNY Orange in 2001. While the female singers chant in call-and-response singing, they perform improvised African dances in costumes that add colorful spice.  In the spirit of the oral traditions of the Yoruba, the music tells many stories of Africa's animals, landscape, and spirits as well as the joys and pains of her people, plus the present-day Africa as it finds itself in a global world of technology and mass media communications. 

Foyeh taught himself to play guitar and other instruments from an early age in his native Nigeria, playing in school bands in Ibadan and Lagos.  A group he formed with some high school friends went on to tour America as Hugh Masekela’s Ojah band.  He later further developed his talents and skills at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at Washington, DC's Howard University. With Orchestra Africa, Foyeh has toured the world to become one of Africa's biggest stars.  As an established artist in Nigeria, his previous album there had two hit singles “Ore mi” and “I’m on Fire,” and while living in London he made a Toby Foyeh at Jazz on the National Mallsignificant impact on the UK world pop scene with appearances at prestigious events. Since recently migrating to the US, he has begun to do the same here, with ongoing appearances at colleges, festivals, and clubs.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Free parking is available in various lots.  

Images, top to bottom: Toby Foyeh, musician; Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa; Toby Foyeh at Jazz on the National Mall

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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, Marina During Blue Moon, gouache with pastel on paper by Kate Ferritertelephone poles, street and traffic lights, buildings, 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 “always seemed to be drawing something.” Eventually, she attended Massachusetts College of Art. Although she works South and Fullerton, oil on canvas by Kate Ferriterpredominantly 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 Waiting Canoes, pastel by Linda Barbonitaught for many years at several galleries in the Hudson Valley. Her pieces are included in a number of private collections in Europe 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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Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

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