November 2014 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
10/10 - 11/20 Exhibit A New Deal for Artists ~ artworks of the WPA NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
10/16 - 11/23 Exhibit Waterways & Wildlife MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/30 - 2/5 Exhibit Artist of Excellence ~ Works by David Nolan NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
11/5 Lecture Habitat Gardening for Monarchs and other Butterflies MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
11/11 Film RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
11/12 Lecture Finding Monhagen Brook MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
11/13 Lecture Current Issues of the Criminal Justice System Encountering the Mentally Ill MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
11/14 Master Class Jazz Guitar with Guitar Greats: John Stowell and James Emery MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
11/17 Master Class Discipline vs Curiosity: how much do I really want to practice this Thing? MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
11/18 Lecture A Case Study of Sam's Point Preserve Conservation Center, Cragsmoor, NY MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
11/19 Lecture Wetlands: Their Importance and Preservation MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
11/20 Concert Folk Music: the Voice to the People of the Times
The Great Depression and The Occupy Movement
NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
11/20 Master Class Artists of the WPA: a community of American artists NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
11/20 Lecture A New Deal for Artists NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
11/23 Concert Windy Classics for Piano and Winds with selections by Beethoven and Mozart, Mendelssohn and LeFrak MDTN Orange Hall Theatre

A New Deal for Artists ~ artworks of the WPA

WPA Series

Friday, October 10, 2014 to Thursday, November 20, 2014
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Old Fish Wharves, Rockport, oil by Thomas C. ColeThrough the generous cooperation of Livingston Arts in Mount Morris, NY, artworks commissioned by the Works Progress Administration [WPA] during the Great Depression will be on display in the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall in the exhibit A New Deal for Artists ~ artworks of the WPA from October 10 through November 20, 2014.

The WPA was one of the many programs invented in the 1930s by the federal government’s “New Deal.” WPA artists made paintings, sculptures and murals. By allowing artists to continue creating art and make a living wage, the federal government fostered the beginnings of a community of American artists which eventually became a dominant force after World War II making New York City and the United States, the new center of the art world.

Livingston Arts now serves as a permanent home for 230 works of WPA art. The artworks were originally allocated to Mount Morris Tuberculosis Hospital in the 1930s.

The exhibit is comprised of twenty-five paintings of still lifes, and land and seascapes mostly depicting the Hudson Valley and Long Island plus the Berkshires and Central Park. The following are the artists whose works are included.

American Farm, oil by Alfred S. MiraInez Abernathy

Frederick Adler

John Alger

Dayton Branfield

Thomas C. Cole (nephew of the Hudson River School Thomas Cole)

Stephen Csoka

Isaac Fastovsky

Simon Fidaroff

Benjamin Gordon

Louis Harris

Japanese Garden, oil by Roy KadowskiLeon Hartl

Charles Henning

Roy Kadowaki

Alfred S. Mira

Claude Patterson

Mario Pecci

William Preachen

Leo Sakardi

Carl Sprinchorn

Samuel Theobald

Charles Willmont

Ilena Winograd

An oil painting by Isaac Fastovsky entitled Tunnel by the Hudson is on display. Any viewer knowing the location of the piece, is asked to write a note in the gallery book or e-mail cultural@sunyorange.edu   

The Mindy Ross Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm. In addition, the gallery will be open through 8:30pm on Wednesdays, Oct 22, 29, Tuesday, November 11, and till 9pm on Thursday, November 20, and 4-7pm on Saturday, October 25, and 2 to 5pm on Sunday, October 26.

A series of related programs including two lectures, a master class, and a mini-concert is scheduled in October and November. And on the evening of November 20, a lecture examining the impact on culture of the WPA on the youthful, economically strained United States will be followed by the closing reception. All are free and open to the public. 

SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Secure and free parking can be found in the garage under Kaplan Hall and accessed via First Street. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and 845-341-9386

Images, top to bottom: Old Fish Wharves, Rockport, oil by Thomas C. Cole; American Farm, oil by Alfred S. Mira; Japanese Garden, oil by Roy Kadowaki

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Waterways & Wildlife ~ our region’s wetlands, ponds, lakes, kills, creeks, brooks & native flora & fauna

Waterways & Wildlife Series

Shadows of the Past, oil & mixed media by Barbara GraffThursday, October 16, 2014 to Sunday, November 23, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

An exhibit of paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media, and maps is the central component of a series including three lectures and a master class during October and November. Waterways & Wildlife ~ our region’s wetlands, ponds, lakes, kills, creeks, brooks & native flora & fauna is the title of this exhibit of over 100 works by 30 artists. The works ranging in size from very small to exceptionally large can be viewed in Orange Hall Gallery. The reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 from 3 to 5:30pm with music provided by Joy Kissane, pianist.

Great Blue Heron, oil by Mitchell SalerIncluded in this display are photographs of bald eagles on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. These will complement the master class on the restoration of the bald eagle to New York State.

Historic Hudson, oil by Joyce V. GarrettThe Monarch butterfly, the watershed of the underground waterway of Middletown – Monhagen Brook, and the Basha Kill Wetlands are the topics of the lectures.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Fridays 9am to 6pm, plus Saturday, October 18 6:30 to 10pm; Saturday, October 25 10am to noon; Saturday, November 8 3 to 6pm; Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 until 8:30pm; Sunday, November 23 2:30 to 5pm.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown on the SUNY Orange campus.  The exhibit, reception, lectures, and master class are free and open to the public. So, come, view the exhibit, learn at a lecture or master class, and come again.

For further information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images, top to bottom: Shadows of the Past, oil & mixed media by Barbara Graff; Great Blue Heron, oil by Mitchell Saler; Historic Hudson, oil by Joyce V. Garrett

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Artist of Excellence ~ Works by David Nolan

Mush, mixed media by David NolanThursday, October 30, 2014 to Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

As one comes up the stairs on the east side of Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, the tall glass vitrine case becomes more and more visible. Assemblages by David Nolan of Rock Tavern are on exhibit. Many have eyes that, seemingly, are staring at the viewer and bear names such as Benny, Mush, and Slab People. All the works are created from found materials, which as David explains, “have been properly finessed.” He continues, “These objects are everywhere around us and simply have to be noticed in the right light.  My view of everyday items has been wonderfully enhanced by this practice.  My assemblage is simply a result of this viewing.” In addition to the tall case, a smaller horizontal glass case holds a variety of his assemblages which like the others are whimsical, yet carry deeper meanings.

Benny, mixed media by David NolanThe exhibit is the second in this academic year of the Artists of Excellence series and will be on view through February 5, 2015 in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery. The Artists of Excellence exhibits spotlight highly talented regional artists, while giving the college community and the community-at-large the privilege of viewing three-dimensional pieces in various media made by these very creative people.

The Parent, mixed media by David NolanDavid Nolan, a professor emeritus of mathematics at SUNY Suffolk, is a self-taught artist, who after having spent over 30 years collecting and working with found objects, began exhibiting his creations in 2000 on Eastern Long Island. Since 2003, when he moved to Orange County, he has joined and become an active member of the Orange County Art Federation (OCAF), the Orange County Arts Council (OCAC), and the Washingtonville Art Society.  His works have been exhibited in many galleries across Orange, Westchester, Suffolk, and Bergen Counties.

The exhibit can be viewed when the college is open Monday through Friday and during special events. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-9386.

Images, top to bottom: Mush, mixed media by David Nolan; Benny, mixed media by David Nolan; The Parent, mixed media by David Nolan

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Habitat Gardening for Monarchs and other Butterflies

Waterways & Wildlife Series

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Janet Allen, PhD, president & co-founder of the Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes chapter of Habitat Gardening in Central New YorkJanet Allen, PhD, is a Wild One! She is, in fact, president & co-founder of the Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes chapter of Habitat Gardening in Central New York. She is an expert on Monarch butterflies and other butterflies. She will come to Orange Hall Gallery on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7pm as the first of three Wednesday evening lecturers on topics related to Waterways and Wildlife, the theme of the large exhibit presently on view in the gallery. “We're at the top of this very shaky pyramid. Insects are fundamental to a healthy ecosystem, and that works its way up through the food chain,” explains Dr. Allen.

The lecture is, not surprisingly, Habitat Gardening for Monarchs and other Butterflies. Indeed, this is a timely topic since Monarchs were listed among the top 10 most threatened species for 2010 by the World Wildlife Federation, and scientists this year state that the decline in Monarchs is increasingly alarming.  The World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican government said at a news conference early in 2014 that the span of forest inhabited by the overwintering Monarchs shrank to a bare 1.65 acres—the equivalent of about one and a quarter football fields. Not only was that a record low, but it was just 56 percent of last year’s total, which was itself a record low. At their peak in 1996, the Monarchs occupied nearly 45 acres of forest.

Monarch, photo by Janet AllenOne of the main causes of this situation is habitat loss due to housing, industrial, and farming development in North America. “Bees and butterflies lay eggs on particular host plants,” states Allen. “The larvae of Monarch butterflies eat only milkweed,” she continues. “Using native plants doesn't mean simply not mowing your lawn. You can have a formal yard and use native plants.” She explains, “Since wildlife and native plants grow up together, they are well-suited to each other, and keeping these natural factors are important for survival.”

Janet Allen is a Habitat Steward Volunteer and Global Warming Ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation and was named Environmentalist of the Year by Environmental Advocates of New York. She holds a BA in Science and Math from SUNY Binghamton and a BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University. In addition, her graduate degrees all from Syracuse University include an MS in Education, an MS in Computer Engineering, and a PhD in Education.

Come and learn from Dr. Allen through her lecture and Q&A. View the exhibit while you are in the gallery. The exhibit and related events are free and open to the public.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown on the SUNY Orange campus.  Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images (photos provided by Janet Allen), top to bottom: Janet Allen, PhD, president & co-founder of the Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes chapter of Habitat Gardening in Central New York; Monarch, photo by Janet Allen

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RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:15pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The documentary film RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope will be screened in the Orange County Trust Great Room, Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 starting at 6:15pm. The film’s producer and director, Larry Shore, PhD, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, will give background on the film and welcome questions in a post-screening discussion.

Chief Albert Luthuli, Nobel Peace Prize winner and banned President of the African National Congress, and Robert F. Kennedy, SenatorFeaturing never before seen archival footage, combined with interviews in South Africa and the United States, the film explains the little-known story of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s influential June 1966 visit to South Africa. The film follows Kennedy during that five-day period, showing his meeting with the Nobel Peace Prize winner and banned President of the African National Congress, Chief Albert Luthuli, as well as Kennedy’s famous “Day of Affirmation” speech at the University of Cape Town on June 6, considered by many to be the greatest speech of Kennedy’s career.

At a time when few in the world knew what was happening in South Africa, Kennedy’s presence gave hope and courage to the opponents of Apartheid including Martin Luther King Jr., who had linked the struggle for Civil Rights with the fight against Apartheid.

"This fascinating and powerful documentary film captures beautifully a small but momentous slice of the parallel struggles for equality, dignity and human rights in the United States and South Africa. We are reminded not only of how these two national struggles intersected nearly half a century ago, but also how -- to paraphrase Robert F. Kennedy's own words in South Africa -- each individual, standing up for an ideal, can send out a ripple of hope, and millions of these small ripples coming together can eventually 'sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.'"– Larry Diamond, Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Hoover Institution & Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

The story is still very relevant to the ongoing struggles for democracy, justice, and human rights around the world today.

Larry Shore, PhD, documentary film producer/director and professor of film & media at Hunter CollegeDr. Larry Shore immigrated to the United States in 1973. Active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the United States in the 1980’s, in 1991 he co-founded the South African-American Organization (SAAO), the largest South African expatriate organization in the US. He was the Director of the Hunter College/University of Cape Town Partnership Program.  He received his BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and holds an MA in Political Science -- International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in Communications from Stanford University.

Dr. Shore is a professor of film & media at Hunter College. His colleague Tami Gold, filmmaker, artist, and professor at Hunter College, co-directed this film with him.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, where free secure parking is available in its garage via the First Street entrance. 

This event is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Chief Albert Luthuli, Nobel Peace Prize winner and banned President of the African National Congress, and Robert F. Kennedy, Senator; Larry Shore, PhD, documentary film producer/director and professor of film & media at Hunter College

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Finding Monhagen Brook

Waterways & Wildlife Series

Edward Helbig, Orange County Water Authority (OCWA) Education CoordinatorWednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

With maps and photos as visuals, Edward Helbig, Orange County Water Authority (OCWA) Education Coordinator, will present a lecture on Finding Monhagen Brook. The presentation is scheduled at 7pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange.

For hundreds of residents and businesses of Middletown, the mention of Monhagen Brook brings back horrible memories of their properties being inundated by the floodwaters caused by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Monhagen Brook found them.

Map of Monhagen Brook WatershedSo, why a lecture on a hidden brook? Monhagen Brook is under many of the streets of Middletown. Over the years, it has been polluted by sewage and debris which impacts not only the environs of Middletown but also the brook’s widespread watershed which is connected to other bodies of water in Orange County.

Edward Helbig will examine the history of the brook, how it came to be covered, and the importance of opening it. He will explain the process necessary to clean Map of Monhagen Brook Watershedit and make it vital once again, not only for health reasons but also the economic benefits an opened, visible Monhagen Brook can offer.  He will offer examples of other municipalities that have opened streams and brooks and turned them into focal points of parks and recreational areas which attract visitors and local people and that, in turn, help the economy.

This event is free and open to the public and is set in Orange Hall Gallery in order that attendees can view the Waterways and Wildlife exhibit. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. Engineers and architects will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU for lecture attendance.

In addition to being the education coordinator at the OCWA, Helbig is the principal teacher at the Birch School, an ecology-based alternative school where student work is self-directed, project-based, and collaborative. He holds BFA and MAT degrees.

Questions on this and other events may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and 845-341-4891.

Images (photos provided by Edward Helbig), top to bottom: Edward Helbig, Orange County Water Authority (OCWA) Education Coordinator; Maps of Monhagen Brook Watershed

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Current Issues of the Criminal Justice System Encountering the Mentally Ill

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

A very timely topic will be discussed by a panel of Orange County experts regarding Current Issues of the Criminal Justice System Encountering the Mentally Ill.  First responders as well as probation and parole officers have to deal with these issues on a daily basis. The panelists will speak on what is being attempted to reduce the criminalization of the problem through community resources and crisis intervention and intensive cross-training. The roadblocks to treatment will also be examined. In addition, how Orange County stands in dealing with this situation in comparison to the rest of the nation will be analyzed.

Michael Biasotti, Chief of Police, New WindsorOn Thursday, November 13, 2014, the panel will convene at 7pm in the Alan and Sandra Gerry Forum, Room 010, in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering at SUNY Orange with Ronald Jurain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, as moderator. The panel is comprised of four individuals:

Michael Biasotti - Chief of Police, New Windsor

Darcie Miller, Commissioner, Mental Health, Orange CountyDarcie Miller - Commissioner, Mental Health, Orange County

Honorable Steven Brockett - Judge, Middletown City Court

Robert Conflitti - Executive Assistant District Attorney, Special Projects & Community Affairs Bureau, Office of the Orange County District Attorney

This program is free and the public is welcome to attend. It is presented by Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Department at SUNY Orange.

The Gerry Forum of the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering is located on the ground floor and accessed via the parking area and entrance at the corner of East Conkling and Wawayanda Avenues, Middletown, NY.

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

Images, top to bottom: Michael Biasotti, Chief of Police, New Windsor; Darcie Miller, Commissioner, Mental Health, Orange County

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Jazz Guitar with guitar greats: John Stowell and James Emery

Friday, November 14, 2014 from 11am to 12:30pm
Orange Hall, Room 23 (MDTN)

Two virtuoso guitarists will give a master class at which each will share his own unique approach to practicing and rehearsing. In addition each will explain and demonstrate his original ‘take’ on improvisation. On Friday, November 14, 2014, from 11am to 12:30pm, come to Orange Hall, Room 23 for Jazz Guitar with Guitar Greats: John Stowell and James Emery. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for music students but also for serious listeners. The event is free and open to the public.

John Stowell, guitaristJohn Stowell is an in-demand clinician as a jazz guitarist. He has taught internationally since the late 1970s. In addition to being a virtuoso soloist, he has been called an inspiration to students at every level of musical development because of his wonderful ability to translate complicated theory into meaningful insights and creative applications. Stowell, who plays electric and acoustic guitar, was born in New York and raised in Connecticut, but now has his permanent residence in Portland, Oregon. Besides concert tours in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, in 1983, he along with Paul and Robin Horn and David Friesen were the first American jazz group to be invited to play public performances in Russia in forty years.

James Emery, guitaristJames Emery has been active at the forefront of the international jazz and contemporary music scenes since moving to New York City from Cleveland, Ohio in 1975. He now is a resident of Warwick, NY. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition and has performed at many of the world's major international jazz festivals and as a soloist in many of the world’s major concert halls. In 1977, Emery co-founded the chamber jazz ensemble that has been the source of some of his most popular and acclaimed work and which continues to play together, the String Trio of New York. The ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide. Emery is known for his distinctive sound and touch as an improviser and composer and as a warm and engaging professor.

This program is offered by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845)341-4891; cultural@sunyorange.edu.

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: John Stowell, guitarist; James Emery, guitarist

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Discipline vs Curiosity: how much do I really want to practice this Thing?

Monday, November 17, 2014 from 10:30am to noon
Orange Hall, Room 23 (MDTN)

“Discipline vs Curiosity: how much do I really want to practice this Thing?” is the title of the master class that is being offered by Philip F. Myers, Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic. Strange title for a class given by a man who has been associated with the “Thing”—the French horn— since he was nine years old. He chose the French horn because he says, “It sounded sophisticated and classy.” And, indeed, he makes it sound not only sophisticated and classy, but eloquent, shapely, and warm. At one point, he owned 17 horns, as they are commonly called. Now he has just five, Engelbert Schmid Horns because of the “clarity with richness” that this horn allows him to produce.

Philip F. Myers, Principal Horn of the New York PhilharmonicDuring his 34 year tenure as principal of the NY Philharmonic and much shorter stints as principal for the Atlantic and Minnesota Symphonies, Myers has, indeed, practiced and rehearsed his instrument not only because as a professional practice is important to keep one sharp, but also because the horn is a very difficult instrument to play. Horns are made of tubing more than 20 feet and triple horns have five valves. Somewhat controversial New York Times music critic, Allan Kozinn ponders, “…how the instrument found its way from the hunting lodge to the orchestra.”

Phil Myers is a humorous and engaging person. Here is an opportunity to learn from this musician who is at the pinnacle of his career and to listen to him play. He’ll also take questions.

Myers holds degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. He is currently a faculty member at Mannes College at the New School for Music; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; and University of Music Lausanne, in Fribourg, Switzerland.

The master class will take place on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 10:30am to noon in Orange Hall, Room 23 at SUNY Orange, located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. The event is free and open to the public.

Questions about this event may be directed: (845)341-4891; cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Philip F. Myers, Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic

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A Case Study of Sam's Point Preserve Conservation Center, Cragsmoor, NY

Todd Hassler, AIA NCARB LEED AP, an architect in the Middletown firm of DeGraw & DeHaan ArchitectsTuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

Sam’s Point Preserve is a beloved natural phenomenon area that is not only beautiful but also folklorish, as the story goes—“a man named Sam, pursued by Indians, jumped off the cliff to avoid capture and miraculously survived the drop with the trees breaking his fall.” Its 5400 acres are the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge. And its official address is Cragsmoor, a tiny mountaintop community.

Sam’s Point Site DiagramConsequently, when the Preserve’s conservation center was being planned, it was of utmost importance to safeguard the untouched natural heritage of the site.

At 7pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Todd Hassler, AIA NCARB LEED AP, an architect in the Middletown firm of DeGraw & DeHaan Architects, will present A Case Study of Sam's Point Preserve Conservation Center, Cragsmoor, NY. During the session, he will demonstrate how through proper planning, architecture can represent an extension of the natural environment. He will also explain how the building was conceived to provide entry to the Sam’s Point Preserve. In addition, his presentation will include architectural design strategies for integrated sustainable systems and the methods used for achieving LEED certification.

Sam’s Point Preserve Conservation Center Architects and engineers in attendance at the lecture will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU.

Hassler holds an AAS degree from SUNY Orange and a BArch from New York Institute of Technology.

This presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Alan & Sandra Gerry Forum, Room 010 of the Rowley Center for Science & Engineering which is easily accessed on the ground floor via the parking area and entrance at the corner of East Conkling and Wawayanda Avenues, Middletown, NY.

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

Images, top to bottom: Todd Hassler, AIA NCARB LEED AP, an architect in the Middletown firm of DeGraw & DeHaan Architects; Sam’s Point Site Diagram; Sam’s Point Preserve Conservation Center

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Wetlands: Their Importance and Preservation

Waterways & Wildlife Series

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

The last in the lecture series related to the Waterways and Wildlife exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery, is being offered by Martin Borko, Professor Emeritus of Biology, SUNY Orange. During the presentation entitled Wetlands: Their Importance and Preservation, Professor Borko will spotlight the Basha Kill, the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern New York, home to 200+ species of birds and 30 varieties of fish.

Martin Borko, Professor Emeritus of Biology, SUNY OrangeAs he references the Basha Kill, he will describe its natural history, how it came about and has been changed by natural storm events. He will discuss wetlands quality assessment and characterization and the importance of preserving a healthy ecosystem. Throughout the talk he will point out the vertebrates living there. And time will be given for Q&A.

Come and enjoy learning about wetlands in general and the natural phenomenon, the Basha Kill, from this very engaging speaker, Martin Borko, during this free lecture which is open to the public. The setting is Orange Hall Gallery where the exhibit is on view. The day, date, and time are Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7pm. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Martin Borko has been a longtime advocate for preservation of natural systems, land and water. His knowledge has been tapped by leaders and organizations. He served as Gov. Mario Cuomo’s appointment to the Citizens Advisory Council, advising the National Park Service unit of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and was on the Advisory committee for New York State’s  acquisition of lands and rights of the Neversink Gorge. He was a founder of the Orange County Land Trust and served as its first treasurer. Presently, he is president of Carantouan Greenway, a Valley Vision not-for-profit land trust and environmental educational organization. In 1993, he initiated and taught “Stream Biology and Assessment,” an evaluation of Orange County’s tributaries to the Delaware and Wallkill rivers.

Even though he officially retired, he continues teaching courses at SUNY Orange as well as Elmira College. He holds a BS from SUNY Albany and an MS from Cornell University.

Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and 845-341-4891.

Image: Martin Borko, Professor Emeritus of Biology, SUNY Orange

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Folk Music: the Voice to the People of the Times The Great Depression and The Occupy Movement

WPA Series

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11am
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Come to the Orange County Trust Company Great Room at Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:00am, for an event you’ll long remember: Folk Music: The Voice to the People of the Times; The Great Depression and the Occupy Movement - a concert with Tyler Westcott. Award-winning musician and veteran of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park, Tyler Westcott, will play guitar and banjo and sing songs from the Great Depression Era, as he details his experiences in one historic time as related to another of 80 years ago.

Tyler Westcott, award-winning musician and veteran of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti ParkIn the fall of 2011, the Occupy movement – which continues today - began with Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Tyler Westcott was there, and noticed the similarities between the protests and the folk traditions of the 1930’s and the 1960’s. A teenager at the time, he was interviewed by a NYC television station about the presence of folk greats Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and others at the event: "These relics of Woodstock came and supported our movement," said the 19-year-old college student from Hunt, N.Y., his voice rising with excitement. "It's wild, how things line up. What you have here is the New Left from the Vietnam era - and the new left here now."

In his concert, Tyler Westcott will draw out the correlation between the Great Depression and folk music that provided a voice to the people of those times, with the 2008 banking collapse, the Occupy movement, as well as the relative lack of cultural involvement by the wider community.

As a member of The Folkfaces,a Buffalo-based roots band who play a blend of blues, ragtime, bluegrass, folk, jazz, punk, rockabilly, and more, Westcott not only plays guitar and banjo, but writes the group's topical originals.

This concert is a part of the WPA series, which features the exhibit A New Deal for Artists – Artworks of the WPA, now showing in the Mindy Ross Gallery through the evening of November 20. The 25 paintings were created by 22 artists who worked under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project during the Great Depression. The artworks are on loan from the large collection housed at Livingston Arts in Mount Morris, NY. Other events include lectures and a master class/gallery talk.

This Cultural Affairs program is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu or 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 from First Street.

Image: Tyler Westcott, award-winning musician and veteran of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park

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Artists of the WPA: a community of American artists

WPA Series

Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 3:30 to 4:30pm
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

On the last day of the exhibit A New Deal for Artists ~ artworks of the WPA, Thursday, November 20, 2014, a master class will be given from 3:30 to 4:30pm in the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall. The class will be given from the perspective of art and will reference the paintings in the exhibit.

Chris Norton, Executive Director, Livingston ArtsLivingston Arts of Mount Morris, NY has loaned the 25 artworks to SUNY Orange for the exhibit. Its executive director, Chris Norton, will lead a conversation-discussion on Artists of the WPA: A Community of American Artists. Norton will explain the significant mark the Works Progress Administration had on American arts in the formation of an arts/artists community. During this short time in the 1930s, the US government allowed artists to continue creating art by paying them a living wage. Art projects included a wide variety of projects from small paintings and drawings to large murals. Livingston Arts now serves as a permanent home for 230 works of WPA easel-painting artworks.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn through Q & A about the WPA art program as a whole as well as the individual paintings on view.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Kaplan Hall is located on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange at the corner of Grand and First Streets where free, secure parking is offered in the building’s garage.

Image: Chris Norton, Executive Director, Livingston Arts

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A New Deal for Artists

WPA Series

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hal (NBG)

A New Deal for Artists is the title of a lecture scheduled to begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, November  20, 2014 in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange.  This lecture complements the exhibit A New Deal for Artists ~ artworks of the WPA.

As overseer of the care and exhibiting of the more than 230 WPA artworks housed at Livingston Arts in Mount Morris, NY, Executive Director Chris Norton is very knowledgeable about the federal art program within the Works Progress Administration which was a project of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal designed to put America back to work during the Great Depression.  Norton’s talk will give insights into the cultural impact the WPA had on the economically strained, youthful United States.  He will support his view with images and video as well as refer to the artworks in the WPA exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery.  Norton will also explain how this federally sponsored project redefined art in American society by creating bonds among artists and raising the respect for American art thus making the United States and notably New York City the focal point of art in the world.

Immediately following the lecture at approximately 7:30pm, a closing reception for the exhibit will be held in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer where conversations and questions can continue.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is offered in the building’s garage.

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Windy Classics for Piano and Winds with selections by Beethoven and Mozart, Mendelssohn and LeFrak

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

The Novacek Ensemble, a world-class piano and wind quintet comprised of musicians of the New York Philharmonic, John Novacek, piano; Liang Wang, oboe; Mark Nuccio, clarinet; Judith LeClair, bassoon; Philip Myers, horn, will play in concert in Orange Hall Theatre at 3pm on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, on the campus of Orange County Community College.

The Novacek Ensemble, a world-class piano and wind quintet comprised of musicians of the New York Philharmonic, John Novacek, piano; Liang Wang, oboe; Mark Nuccio, clarinet; Judith LeClair, bassoon; Philip Myers, hornThe program, Windy Classics for Piano and Winds with selections by Beethoven and Mozart, Mendelssohn and LeFrak features the only piano and wind quintets composed by Beethoven and Mozart, who many regard as classical music’s greatest composers. Interestingly, the works take the same length in playing time and are both written in E-flat. The pieces were composed twelve years apart and the composers were both young in age, Beethoven being 26 and Mozart 28.

The program will also include two beautiful trios: Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück for Bassoon, Clarinet, and Piano and LeFrak’s Trio for Oboe, Horn and Piano. The Mendelssohn piece quite appropriately finishes the first half after the Beethoven quintet. And then the second half is opened with the trio by contemporary composer Karen LeFrak whose master’s thesis title aptly describes her piece “In Search of the New Classics.”  A highlight of the afternoon will be Ms LeFrak’s attendance at the performance.

Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni; and free for students. Tickets are available online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml

Also, the box office will open at 2pm the day of the performance.

This wonderful fall event is presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions can be directed cultural@sunyorange.edu  and (845)341-4891.

Image: The Novacek Ensemble, a world-class piano and wind quintet comprised of musicians of the New York Philharmonic, John Novacek, piano (photo by Peter Schaaf); Liang Wang, oboe; Mark Nuccio, clarinet; Judith LeClair, bassoon; Philip Myers, horn

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Contact Us:
Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

All Cultural Affairs Events are open to the public and all buildings are universally accessible.

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