October 2014 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
8/13 - 10/27 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ Works by Fay Wood NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
8/18 - 10/2 Exhibit Pen and Paint NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
8/19 - 10/9 Exhibit AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World! MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
9/3 - 10/1 Exhibit Exploration MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
9/27 & 10/2 Film Manhattan Short Film Festival NBG/MDTN Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room/Middletown Library, Gilman Center
10/1 Master Class A Peek into the World of Printmaking: Shellac Plates and Intaglio MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
10/2 Reading Pen & Paint Coffee House NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/6 Master Class The Devices of Devising the Truth: Making Documentary Theatre About the World and Your Truth MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
10/8 Concert Fiesta Mundial NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/9 Lecture AntARTtica: the Ultimate Art & Science project MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/10 - 11/20 Exhibit A New Deal for Artists ~ artworks of the WPA NBG Kaplan Hall,
Mindy Ross Gallery
10/12 Theatre Dispatches from (A)mended America NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/15 Lecture Trends in Architectural Delineation MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Room 210
10/16 Lecture Crime Scene Forensics NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/16 - 11/23 Exhibit Waterways & Wildlife MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/18 Concert Big Band Jazz Fest MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
10/20 Lecture LENR ~ The Promise of Clean and Affordable Energy MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Room 010
10/22 Lecture Slavery in America's Birthplace: Rethinking the History of Concord, Massachusetts NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/25 Master Class NYS Bald Eagle Restoration Project MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
10/26 Concert Piano Recital with selections by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/29 Lecture The New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Hudson Valley NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/30 - 2/5 Exhibit Artist of Excellence ~ Works by David Nolan NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery

Artists of Excellence ~ Works by Fay Wood

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Monday, October 27, 2014
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Fay Wood, sculptressThe Artists of Excellence exhibit series opens the new academic year with a display of works by artist Fay Wood of Saugerties.  Wood paints in several media, but it is her sculptures which will be on view in the large vitrine glass case in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY.

The Artists of Excellence exhibits, initiated to spotlight highly talented regional artists, gives the college community and the community-at-large the privilege of viewing exquisite pieces in various media by professional artists. This show, which is free and open to the public, will be on view August 13 through October 27, 2014 8am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and till 4pm on Friday, plus 4 to 8pm on Last Saturdays, a Newburgh arts initiative.

Dancing Animal, found object sculpture by Fay WoodWood uses a meticulous, process-oriented approach that gives the many found objects and materials she gathers, a new life by transforming them into art. She uses wood, metal, wire, paper, and paint. Her works demonstrate the creativity necessary to conceptualize these objects and materials being combined to become totally different and, indeed, sculptures.

Wood has shown her works in Florence, Italy and Cologne, Germany. Her artworks also have been in many solo, group, and invitational shows in the United States.

Fay Wood attended Massachusetts College of Art and studied with Sculptor Wolfgang Behl at his studio. She also participated in classes at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts both in NYC. In 2004, she was the winner of the Proskauer Prize given by the National Sculpture Society. But, she states that most of all she is proud of being in the “generation of women of transition who were trying to be everything at once!” She certainly attained that in art.

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

Images, top to bottom: Fay Wood, sculptress; Dancing Animal, found object sculpture by Fay Wood

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Pen and Paint

This Big Dress, chapbook by Sandra GraffMonday, August 18, 2014 to Thursday, October 2, 2014
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The Graff sisters are talented artists, one literary and one visual. Together, their works make a unique exhibit through which viewers may be able to realize how many of their works complement each other.

Pen and Paint is the title of the dual show by Sandra Graff, poet, and Barbara Graff, painter, and the exhibit is on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall, August 18 through October 2, 2014.

Sandra Graff, poetSandra Graff is the author of many poems some of which are contained in her two chapbooks, This Big Dress and Girl in Garden.  Her poems have been published in Rhino Poetry Journal, Georgetown Review, Blueline, The Fourth River, Home Planet News, and Copperfield Review, among others. She is an associate professor of English at SUNY Orange, and during the academic year, she teaches two poetry courses on contemporary poetry and creative writing poetry.  Her Hudson Valley home offers a view of the Shawangunk Ridge, a setting of inspiration itself.  She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Earth Watch, mixed media by Barbara GraffBarbara Graff is a fine artist and mannequin make-up specialist. Her fascination with the human face is demonstrated through her paintings as well in her commercial work. The three-dimensionality of her works on canvas with the inclusion of masks and textures, plus found objects and driftwood as well as oils and acrylics, bring her works to life and certainly grab the attention of the viewer. Her artworks have been shown in many venues in the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan area. Her mannequin make-up designing in the fashion industry has brought her work to public eye in such stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as several other major stores in the USA and abroad. She lives in the Catskill Region, near Woodstock. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hofstra University.

Barbara Graff, painterThe art reception, during which Joy Zelada of Newburgh will play classical guitar, is scheduled from 4 to 8pm on Saturday, August 30 at the Mindy Ross Gallery. The reception also includes SUNY Orange as a gallery on the Last Saturdays’ events in Newburgh.

Then, on Thursday, October 2 the closing reception will center on a poetry reading of original works by Sandra Graff starting at 7pm in the Great Room which is next to the Mindy Ross Gallery. Designed as a multimedia event entitled “Pen & Paint Coffee House,” it will include refreshments, a booksigning by Sandra Graff, and a musical interlude.

The community is welcome to come to these free events.

Gallery hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, plus 4 to 8pm on Last Saturdays, a Newburgh arts initiative. SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-9386/4891.

Images (photos provided by Sandra Graff and Barbara Graff), top to bottom: This Big Dress, chapbook by Sandra Graff; Sandra Graff, poet; Earth Watch, mixed media by Barbara Graff; Barbara Graff, painter

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AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to Thursday, October 9, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Psammosphaera, watercolor by Sam BowserHave you ever known anyone who has gone to Antarctica, let alone someone who dives through drilled holes in the ice more than 180 times? In fact, why would anyone do that? …for the sake of science. A man who grew up on a country road in the Town of Wallkill has gone to Antarctica twenty times to perform scientific research dives to bring back small specimens of foraminifera. Sam Bowser, PhD, is a polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast specializing on "forams"—unicellular aquatic creatures that play a crucial role in marine environments. Some may recognize him as one of the characters featured in Werner Herzog's documentary "Encounters at the End of the World" or for being the featured scientist on the Discovery Channel’s “Forces of Nature.”  His work has shown that Antarctica is populated with forams that evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. They are like dinosaurs that are still around. A new genus of Foraminifera, was named Bowseria in his honor in 2008. And, Bowser Valley, lying East of Crawford Valley in St. Johns Range, Victoria Land, Antarctica, was named in 2005.

Pressure Ridges, oil by Laura Von RoskArtist Laura Von Rosk travelled to Antarctica in the fall of 2011 to work with Dr. Bowser and his research team. She was there to assist with the scientific research and dive teams and, in one way or another, incorporate this experience into her own work as a visual artist. Von Rosk is well-known for her small surreal paintings of expansive landscapes often lush with vegetation. After her Antarctic trip, icy scenery and landscape of many shades of white have become prevalent in her work. By recombining, emphasizing, manipulating, or inventing elements of the landscape, she explores the tension between natural forms and memory.

Orange Hall Gallery is the venue for an exhibit that was inspired by the expedition to Antarctica. Entitled AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World! the show will be on view August 19 through October 9, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Fridays till 6pm. Bowser’s watercolors of the jewel-like Foraminifera and Von Rosk’s oil paintings of her interpretations of the Antarctic vista along with specimens plus short video documentaries by exploration team members Hilary Hudson and Henry Kaiser comprise this fascinating educational opportunity.

In addition, Bowser and Von Rosk will give a presentation on the research work on forams in Antarctica as well as art-science projects. This will take place on Thursday, October 9 from 7 to 9pm during the closing reception. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Also, Dr. Bowser will present a lecture with 3D slides on forams in Orange Hall Gallery on September 23 at 7pm.

Sam Bowser, PhD, polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast, and Laura Von Rosk, artist, in AntarcticaLaura Von Rosk received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BFA from SUNY Purchase.  Her paintings have been exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows.  Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Bernheim Foundation in Clermont, KY, a Full Fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, The Millay Colony, Centrum, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She is director of the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery.

Sam Bowser graduated with an AAS degree from SUNY Orange. He received a BS in biological sciences and a PhD in cell biology from SUNY Albany. He has done extensive post-doctoral work on cell biology and polar biology at Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, respectively. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Science Teachers Association of New York Executive Award.

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, top to bottom: Psammosphaera, watercolor by Sam Bowser; Pressure Ridges, oil by Laura Von Rosk; Sam Bowser, PhD, polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast, and Laura Von Rosk, artist, in Antarctica

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Exploration

Joan L. Mamelok, artist/printmakerWednesday, September 3, 2014 to Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Nana’s, copper etching by Joan L. MamelokA solo art show, Exploration: a Representation of Various Printmaking Techniques, set for September 3 through October 1, 2014 features the works of Joan L. Mamelok. Mamelok grew up in Middletown and now lives in Seattle, WA. She holds a BA, BS, and MS in Philosophy from Hamilton College, Nursing from Cornell University, and Community Health/Teaching from Boston College, respectively. But, it was her studies in Advanced Print-making Techniques at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, that fine-tuned the focus of her artistic creativity.  She presently teaches printmaking at the Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA, and will give a master class at SUNY Orange.

Her works have been shown in many exhibitions in the state of Washington. Much of her work is abstract and conveys movement sometimes related to the music she always has on when she works. She enjoys the variety of techniques that print-making offers which allows her to add components. She often puts a piece through the press Singing the Teal Blues, copper etching by Joan L. Mamelokseveral times or without a press she rubs the paper with a metal spoon or door knob, or traditional, hand-held Japanese baren to give complicated effects.

Mamelok states, “I work spontaneously with line, rounded shapes, and color. I am particularly drawn to the simultaneous feeling of what is microscopic and cosmic. I feel the tiniest part of myself as a reflection of the overwhelming-ness of the universe.”  Additionally, she remarks, “I work intuitively.... some people work narratively, but I am never consciously telling a story... doesn't mean there isn't one there, but it is not my intent.”

The Exploration exhibit will be on view in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm. This is free and open to the public. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images, top to bottom: Joan L. Mamelok, artist/printmaker; Nana’s, copper etching by Joan L. Mamelok; Singing the Teal Blues, copper etching by Joan L. Mamelok

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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:15pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Film is an artform that offers many choices: short—long, serious—comedic, plain and low budget—special effects and very expensive, good quality—poor with little substance. Some grab your interest while others make you hope for a quick ending.

Manhattan Short Film FestivalHere’s a great option: a short film festival. The films are, indeed, short.  Getting bored just doesn’t happen. The subjects and types of the films are extremely different, too. Now, in its 17th year, the Manhattan Short Film Festival [MSFF] offers families and friends ages 15-70+ the opportunity of viewing the ten Finalists [out of nearly 600 entries] and then voting on their favorites. It is fun and inexpensive.

The 2014 MSFF takes place worldwide, September 26 through October 5.  The filmmakers represent eight countries around the globe. Films range in length from 8 to 18 minutes.  Two hundred fifty venues on six continents are participating and two of those are in Orange County, one in Newburgh and one in Middletown and both at SUNY Orange.

The following list of the ten finalists includes film titles, runtimes, filmmakers/directors and their home countries:

Title Runtime Filmmaker/Director Home Country
97 % 8 minutes Ben Brand Netherlands
On/Off  14 minutes Thierry Lorenzi France
Crime - The Animated Series 14 minutes Alix Lambert & Sam Chou USA
La Carnada 13 minutes Josh Soskin Mexico
On The Bridge 12 minutes Sameer Patel England
Mend and Make Do 8 minutes Bexie Bush England
Shift 11 minutes James Croke Australia
The Bravest, The Boldest 17 minutes Moon Molson USA
The Fall 15 minutes Andreas Thaulow Norway
Rhino Full Throttle 15 minutes Erik Schmitt Germany

On Saturday, September 27 at 7pm, the ten films will be screened in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall, which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free, secure parking is available in the garage under Kaplan Hall via the entrance at 81 First Street. On Thursday, October 2 at 6:15pm a screening of the films is scheduled at the Gilman Center for International Education in the Library at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue, Middletown.  Free parking is closeby in several lots.

General admission is $5, with students allowed free entrance at both venues. Tickets are available at the door and online at http://sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml

An estimated 100,000 individuals attend the 800+ screenings. The MSFF 2014 is not going to Cable TV or Video On Demand. It is indeed a ten-day Cinematic Global Event. One of the most popular aspects of the festival comes at the end of each screening. The audience becomes the judge. Filmgoers are given voting sheets on which the film titles and actors are listed. Then, they are asked to vote for their favorites—Best Film and Best Actor. Each venue tabulates and on October 6 at 10am, the winners are announced in New York City.

Come and be part of this intercontinental event!

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is brought to Orange County by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs. Questions may be directed to (845) 341-9386/4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Manhattan Short Film Festival

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A Peek into the World of Printmaking: Shellac Plates and Intaglio

Tangled Up in Blue and Lime, woodcut monoprint by Joan L. MamelokWednesday, October 1, 2014 from 6 to 8:30pm
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Tangled Up in Blue and Orange 3, woodcut monoprint by Joan L. MamelokTo give a more complete concept of printmaking, artist/printmaker Joan L. Mamelok is presenting a two and a half hour master class entitled A Peek into the World of Printmaking: Shellac Plates and Intaglio, on Wednesday, October 1 from 6 to 8:30pm. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. During this hands-on program, Mamelok will first explain the intricacies of printmaking and then assist attendees in creating their own prints to take home. The session will include the options of materials and colors, the use of a press and brayers and the possibility of utilizing several techniques for one print.  This master class demonstrates the work that went into producing the monoprints and etchings on display in the Exploration exhibit.
 
Untitled, woodcut monoprint by Joan L. Mamelok“Printmaking entails working on a plate of some sort, such as wood, copper, zinc, linoleum, plexiglass, stone, illustration board.” She continues, “It offers such variety. I'm not one who likes a lot of repetition. Being able to switch, keeps it interesting for me and different techniques satisfy different aspects of my personality. Some ways of working can be very calming; others are energizing. It feels like a puzzle that keeps changing and thereby keeps me engaged.”
 
Mamelok has studied Advanced Print-making Techniques at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, and presently teaches printmaking at the Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA.
 
Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown.

Images, top to bottom: Tangled Up in Blue and Lime, woodcut monoprint by Joan L. Mamelok; Tangled Up in Blue and Orange 3, woodcut monoprint by Joan L. Mamelok; Staccatto, copper etching by Joan L. Mamelok

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Pen & Paint Coffee House

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Footsteps of Generations, oil and mixed media by Barbara GraffOn Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7pm, Pen and Paint Coffee House will take place in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room at Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Co-sponsored by Martha Café and Tas Kafé, the evening event will feature poetry, art, music, and coffee house-style refreshments.

Girl in Garden, chapbook by Sandra GraffPen and Paint Coffee House will center on readings of original poetry by Sandra Graff, coordinated with multimedia images of paintings by Barbara Graff.  Literary and visual art by the two sisters is currently on view in the Pen and Paint exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, and the Coffee House will serve as a closing reception for the show. Some of Sandra Graff’s SUNY Orange students will also read selections from their own original poetry inspired by the art in the gallery.  In addition, music thematically related to the poems and paintings will be performed by guitarist Jeff Allyn Szwast and vocalists Master Michael Quinn and Danielle Cardona.

Guests will be seated at round tables throughout the room, and may enjoy freshly baked treats provided by Martha Café and Fresh Eatery of Liberty St., Newburgh and free trade organic roasted coffee by Tas Kafé, Main St., Beacon. You can find more information about Martha Café by visiting marthanewburgh.com, and about Tas Kafé by visiting taskafe.com.

Martha Café and Tas KaféA booksigning by Sandra Graff will follow the presentation while the musicians continue to play, and guests may mingle in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer and the Great Room.

Sandra Graff is an associate professor of English at SUNY Orange and a published poet.  She has two chapbooks to her credit, This Big Dress and Girl in Garden. Many of her poems can be found in these literary and arts publications: Rhino Poetry Journal, Georgetown Review, Blueline, The Fourth River, Home Planet News, and Copperfield Review.  Barbara Graff’s oils and acrylics with mixed media works have been shown in many venues in the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan area. In addition to her fine art, she has worked as a mannequin make-up specialist in the fashion industry in NYC.

This Cultural Affairs program is open to the public and admission is free.   For more information, send an e-mail to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-9386. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible from First Street.

Images, top to bottom: Footsteps of Generations, oil and mixed media by Barbara Graff; Girl in Garden, chapbook by Sandra Graff; Martha Café and Tas Kafé

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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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