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 AntARTica: 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 Moments 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, Gerry Forum
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

Congratulations to the Winners!

Attendees from around the world have voted, and the winners of the Manhattan Short Film Festival have been announced.

Best Film:

The Gold Medal - Rhino Full Throttle

The Silver Medal - Mend and Make Do

The Bronze Medal - The Bravest, The Boldest

The Gold Medal for Best Actor: Sameerah L. Harris

How did you vote locally?  On the Newburgh campus, The Bravest, The Boldest received the most votes with a tie for second place between Mend and Make Do and Rhino Full Throttle.  On the Middletown campus, Mend and Make Do and The Bravest, The Boldest tied for first followed by Rhino Full Throttle.  Sameerah L. Harris also won best actor on both campuses.

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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The Devices of Devising the Truth: Making Documentary Theatre About the World and Your Truth

Documentary Theatre mini-series

Monday, October 6, 2014 from 1 to 4pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

On Monday, October 6, 2014, from 1 to 4pm, SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs presents a theatre workshop/master class in Orange Hall Theatre entitled The Devices of Devising the Truth: Making Documentary Theatre About the World and Your Truth.

Brandt Adams, actor/playwright/teaching artist, and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., playwright/actorTaught by playwright/actor Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and actor/playwright/teaching artist Brandt Adams, the workshop, will offer attendees specific processes for creating original theatre. During this 3-hour workshop, they will explain devised theatre techniques and how to make new documentary theatre, with the goal of engaging others in examining society and their places in it.

The first hour will include workshop exercises of Augusto Boal (Great Game of Power, Image Theatre), Keith Johnstone (status, improvisation), a wide range of collective brainstorming techniques, and the devising approaches of Michael Rohd of Sojourner Theatre as well as CUNY's Creative Arts Team. The next 60 minutes will be a fast and furious information-gathering period. Then, individuals working in small groups will choose controversial issues/topics to explore, and will conduct interviews with the prompt: “What is your relationship to _____?”

During the third and final hour of the workshop, participants in their groups will create and present original theatre pieces that include the use of primary source material, their own  recollections/biographies and interviews, while being guided and side coached during each stage in the development of their theatre pieces.

Participants should dress comfortably for movement and bring along paper, pen or pencil, and a wifi-enabled device (charged) if they have one.

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

Simmons and Brandt are the creators and performers of the interactive documentary play Dispatches from (A)mended America which will be performed in the OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall, on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 3pm.

Image: Brandt Adams, actor/playwright/teaching artist, and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., playwright/actor

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Fiesta Mundial

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Henry Henry Pucho Brown has been on the jazz scene since his early teens. By the age of 17 he was playing professionally with the Joe Panama Sextet. Born in Harlem, he has traveled the world with various jazz bands but has lived in Middletown at least 40 years. In 2003, Brown was enshrined in the International Latin Music Hall of Fame, becoming just the second African-American so honored after Dizzy Gillespie. He brings his Latin Soul Brothers from NYC to play at SUNY Orange’s OCTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall, Newburgh on Wednesday, October 8. The 6:30 to 8:30pm event is Fiesta Mundial, a joyous gathering celebrating family and friends.  The evening event is sponsored in part by the English as a Second Language program.  ESL students prepare and bring ethnic specialty food to share.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Come and enjoy this free concert.

Image: Henry "Pucho" Brown, musician

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AntARTica: the Ultimate Art & Science project

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Laura Von Rosk, artistA wonderful inter-disciplinary exhibit, AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World! will have its final day in Orange Hall Gallery on Thursday, October 9, 2014. In order to extend another opportunity of viewing the exhibit, a closing reception is scheduled for that evening beginning at 7pm. The first part of this event, AntARTica: the Ultimate Art & Science project, is a dual lecture by Dr. Sam Bowser, leader of the research team “Bravo 043,” and Laura Von Rosk, one of the members of the group that visited Antarctica for two months in the fall of 2011. They will share their experiences of working in Antarctica, explaining the purposes of the exploration, dealing with the elements, and giving perspectives on the world at the bottom of the earth. The reception will be a time for casual discussion and close-up viewing of the paintings, woodcuts, prints, photographs, artifacts, specimens, and equipment on display.

Dr. Bowser has for many years been a strong advocate of art/science collaborations.  He was featured in filmmaker Werner Herzog’s documentary “Encounters at the End of the World.” Videographer Hilary Hudson and musician/research diver Henry Kaiser both accompanied him on the 2011 exploration as did Laura Von Rosk, Lake George Arts Courthouse Gallery art Sam Bowser, PhD, polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiastdirector and surreal landscape artist, who analyzed sediment samples in search of foraminifera, the single-celled aquatic organism which was the mission of the expedition.  Bowser likes having artists on the team because of their attention to details such as recognizing patterns needed in picking out specimens, and their proficiency of technical skills including working with tools.

Fog on Mountain, oil on wood by Laura Von RoskHe works at the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health in Albany and sees practical applications for his research on foraminifera (forams for short). Forams secrete a gluey substance which Bowser believes could be used in biotechnology or medicine, for example, for drug delivery or sutureless surgery.

The simplicity of the environment with its barren landscape made Von Rosk identify the many shades of white. Her oil paintings reflect the beauty and vastness of the scene and how being immersed in these surroundings opened her creative mind to new perceptions.

Sam Bowser graduated from SUNY Orange with an AAS degree and then went on to SUNY Albany where he received a BS in biological sciences and a PhD in cell biology. He has also done extensive post-doctoral work on cell biology and polar biology at Wadsworth Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, respectively. Laura Von Rosk received a BFA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Come, learn, and enjoy. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu  and (845)341-4891.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown on the SUNY Orange campus. 

Images, top to bottom: Laura Von Rosk, artist; Sam Bowser, PhD, polar biologist, protistologist, and art/science enthusiast; Fog on Mountain, oil on wood by Laura Von Rosk

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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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Dispatches from (A)mended America

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

On Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm, Dispatches from (A)mended America, an interactive documentary theatre staged reading, will be performed in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange, Newburgh, NY.

Dispatches from (A)mended America is an immersive documentary play. The play has no fourth wall, as such, meaning nothing separates the actors from the audience. Attendees become part of the play, and each performance is different as a result of that direct interaction with everyone in the room. An important feature is the active post-show talk-back discussion.  It is an original production by Above the Fold and Civic Ensemble and co-authored by Brandt Adams and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.

Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., playwright/actor, and Brandt Adams, actor/playwright/teaching artistThe play had its beginnings when immediately following the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, Adams and Simmons decided to travel throughout the South asking people a simple question: What does the election of a Black man as president of the United States mean to you? From this question sprang a multitude of perspectives. And since the interviews were done before Barack Obama’s inauguration, they serve as a lasting document of a time when U.S. voters were still “inhaling” from the results. From these interviews, Adams and Simmons wove a tapestry of the cultural and political fallout from the election, and through the prism of race, learned more than they ever thought they would about their relationship as friends and as theatre makers. “With the rancor and recrimination that has become a fact of our public discourse the past six years, Dispatches helps us remember the hope and promise we all felt on November 5th, 2008,” states playwright Simmons.

Performed Off-Broadway by Epic Theatre Ensemble, at various junctures in the play’s development, it has been presented as a reading at Brooklyn College, Queens College, Pregones Theatre, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Irondale Center, and The New Black Fest, as well as several New York public libraries and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center.

Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. is Artistic Director of Civic Ensemble, an Ithaca and NYC co-based company.  For Civic, he most recently directed the third documented NYC revival of Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings. From 2005 through 2009, he held the position of Producing Artist for Obie-Winning Epic Theatre EnsembleSimmons has performed Off-Broadway and at regional theatres throughout the east coast. A 2012 Fox Fellow, he is also a participant in the SPARK Leadership Program, funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

Brandt Adams is a Brooklyn-based theater artist. Along with Simmons, he co-founded Above the Fold, an investigative theatre company dedicated to confronting questions of race in American culture. Recent performance credits include Dead Behind These EyesThe MaidenAll God’s Chillun Got Wings, and with Simmons co-stars in Dispatches from (A)mended America. He has been a visiting artist at Cornell University and has taught in middle and high schools throughout New York City.

Admission is $5 with all students allowed in free. Tickets will be available starting at 2pm at the door the day of the performance.

For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-9386. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of First and Grand Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible from First Street.

Image: Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., playwright/actor, and Brandt Adams, actor/playwright/teaching artist

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Moments in Architectural Delineation

Architecture: History—Sustainability—Design Series

Fort from Des Fortifications et artifices de architecture et perspective (Paris, 1601) book by the military architect Jaques Perret de Chamberry (~1540-~1619)Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7pm
Room 210, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the second in the “Architecture: History—Sustainability—Design Series” will take place in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, Room 210 at SUNY Orange. Andrew Magnes, AIA, Principal, amProjects, NY, NY and Instructor of Architectural Technology at SUNY Orange will speak on Moments in Architectural Delineation at 7pm.

The topic covers the conventions of architectural drawing and particular moments when convention did not suffice in communicating ideas about construction, spatial quality, or architectural parti.  Magnes will give examples ranging from Renaissance drawings of military fortifications to present day SHoP Architects’ Dunescape construction drawings.

Dunescape at MOMA PS1 by SHoP ArchitectsThis event is free and open to the public.  Architects and engineers will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU for lecture attendance.

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

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering may be accessed via the parking area and entrance at the corner of East Conkling and Wawayanda Avenues, Middletown, NY and also from the inner campus directly across the Alumni Green from Morrison Hall Mansion.

Images, top to bottom: Fort from Des Fortifications et artifices de architecture et perspective (Paris, 1601), book by the military architect Jaques Perret de Chamberry (~1540-~1619); Dunescape at MOMA PS1 by SHoP Architects

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Crime Scene Forensics

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Iris Dalley, Forensic analyst and certified crime scene reconstructionistForensic analyst and certified crime scene reconstructionist Iris Dalley, a distinguished twenty year veteran of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma Criminalist of the Year in 1995, will present a program on the topic of Crime Scene Forensics on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2pm in the OCTC Great Room at Kaplan Hall.

During the lecture, she will show a virtual crime scene by explaining physical evidence, while comparing that to stories from witnesses. According to Dalley, “Physical evidence is the silent witness.  Are we listening?  Every witness has a story, but which witness is objective and unbiased?  The physical evidence tells a story about what events did or did not occur if we ask the right questions and ‘listen.’”

Presently, a partner in the forensic education and consultant company Bevel, Gardner & Associates, Dalley is experienced in laboratory analyses including forensic identification of body fluids, microscopic comparisons, and DNA analysis. She is highly regarded in crime scene investigation with emphasis on bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, crime scene documentation, evidence identification and collection, forensic animation, and preparation of court exhibits. She has trained federal, state, and local officers in these detailed areas of knowledge.

She holds a BS in Biology from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MA in Secondary Sciences from East Central University, Ada. OK.

This event is a presentation of Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Club on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange with support from the Student Senate.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845)341-9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

The OCTC Great Room is room 101 in Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets in Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the garage via the First Street entrance. The program is free and open to the public.

Image: Iris Dalley, Forensic analyst and certified crime scene reconstructionist

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

Waterways & Wildlife Series

Catskill Wetlands Scene 2, 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 95 works by 25 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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Big Band Jazz Fest

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

The New York Swing ExchangeThe sounds of true big band swing music as well as improvisational jazz will highlight the Big Band Jazz Fest at Orange County Community College on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Orange Hall Theatre stage will be alive and hoppin’ with big band standards, unique arrangements, and brand new works when the eighteen members of The New York Swing Exchange take the stage at 8:45pm. NYSE is comprised of the region’s finest jazz musicians and educators and features vocalist Maureen Morrissey.

The bigBANG, led by bassist Robert Kopec, will lead off the Fest at 7pm.  bigBANG is known for its improvisation with the music of Monk, Mingus, Coltrane, as well as original compositions. The fourteen members rely on their chemistry as they react to and interact with each others’ playing.

bigBANGAdmission 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 6pm the evening of the performance.

This great fall event is presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions can be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.  You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown on the college campus.

Images, top to bottom: The New York Swing Exchange; bigBANG

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LENR ~ The Promise of Clean and Affordable Energy

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

Thomas A. Wind, PE, Electrical engineer of Wind Utility Consulting, PC, Jamaica, IowaElectrical engineer Thomas A. Wind, PE, of Wind Utility Consulting, PC, Jamaica, Iowa, is presenting a program on the new findings on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions [LENR] or cold fusion. The program will take place on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7pm in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 located in the state-of-the-art Rowley Center for Science & Engineering at SUNY Orange.

Unlike the claims and experiments of the 1980s, this new research, he asserts, is developing effective and workable means of producing energy. During his presentation, LENR ~ The Promise of Clean and Affordable Energy, Wind will define Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, explain how it works, and give its practical applications and uses. By comparing LENR to other nuclear energy sources, he will attempt to demonstrate how it leaves no radioactive waste products behind, thereby being clean and safe. In addition, he will outline how this technology will be utilized, both commercially and privately, and give an overview on the affect Low Energy Nuclear Reactions may have on existing energy companies.

A small LENR reactor can generate very high temperatures as shown by the yellow glow from inside the reactorLooking into the future and applying this information to daily life, Wind contends that “this technology will provide a new energy source for growing economies and improving the standard of living around the world without increasing fossil fuel usage or greenhouse gas emissions.”

Honderosa Valley Consulting of Cuddebackville, NY is the sponsor of this program which is being presented by Cultural Affairs. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Registration is not required. Engineers and architects will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU for each lecture attendance.

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering may be accessed via the parking area and entrance at the corner of East Conkling and Wawayanda Avenues, Middletown, NY and also from the inner campus directly across the Alumni Green from Morrison Hall Mansion.

Images, top to bottom: Thomas A. Wind, PE, Electrical engineer of Wind Utility Consulting, PC, Jamaica, Iowa; A small LENR reactor can generate very high temperatures as shown by the yellow glow from inside the reactor

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Slavery in America's Birthplace: Rethinking the History of Concord, Massachusetts

Elise Lemire, PhD, professor of literature at SUNY Purchase (photo by Mark Morelli)Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Dr. Elise Lemire will make some interesting revelations when she comes to speak on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7pm on a subject that has been, at the least, ‘swept under the rug’ or ignored. Slavery in America's Birthplace: Rethinking the History of Concord, Massachusetts is the title of the lecture she will deliver in the OCTC Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. The program is free and open to the public.

During the lecture, Dr. Lemire will chronicle the stories of the men, women, and children who were enslaved in America's most storied community.  “Many of the town's famous sites look radically different from the perspective of Concord's slavery history, most notably Walden Woods, which was the home of a community of former slaves long before it became widely known as a green space,” she states.

Black Walden by Elise Lemire, PhDThe recipient of many awards especially in the humanities, Dr. Lemire is a professor of literature at SUNY Purchase. She is the author of “Miscegenation:” Making Race in America and Black Walden which has been designated by the National Endowment for the Humanities as a “We the People” Project and named a 2010 MassBook of the Year in the Massachusetts Books Awards. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in Literatures in English from Rutgers University. In 1996, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Best Dissertation in the Nation in the Humanities and Fine Arts. In addition, she was named the Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor of Literature at SUNY Purchase from 2011 to 2013, a two-year fellowship in support of Battle Green Vietnam, her book-in-progress.

Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage via the First Street entrance.

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

Images, top to bottom: Elise Lemire, PhD, professor of literature at SUNY Purchase (photo by Mark Morelli); Black Walden by Elise Lemire, PhD

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NYS Bald Eagle Restoration Project

Waterways & Wildlife Series

Gene Weinstein with an adult Bald EagleSaturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:30am
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

"In 1987, after seeing a bald eagle in the wild for the first time, eagle ‘fever’ permeated my entire being,” declares Gene Weinstein of Monticello. For 22 years, from 1988 through 2010, he  assisted Peter Nye, Chief of the Endangered Species Unit of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, in the effort to restore the bald eagle to New York State. From one pair of nesting eagles in 1976, when Nye started, the eagle count increased to 658 in 2010. What an accomplishment!

Gene Weinstein holding a six-week-old female Bald EagleDuring the time Weinstein worked as a volunteer with Nye as a bald eagle monitor for the DEC in the NYS Bald Eagle Restoration Project, he took thousands of photographs many of which he has printed and framed and are hanging in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. In addition, many more in the form of slides are part of his presentation set for 10:30am on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The visuals will serve as a guide to attendees as Weinstein explains how the habitats were restored through a method Nye developed called hacking. Also, Nye worked on recording eagles’ directional patterns to destinations, and eventually a high-tech migration-tracking method called satellite telemetry was employed whereby computerized backpacks were affixed to eagles.

Almost There!, photograph by Gene WeinsteinGene Weinstein taught biology at Monticello High School for 33 years, 20 of which he was science department chair. He used his biology background and fascination with wildlife along with his expertise in photography in this long-term volunteer job.

His articles and photographs have been published in AAA Car & Travel Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, the New York Times weekend section, Kaatskill Life Magazine, Sullivan County Tourism guide, and Book of Lists Magazine.

His photographs have been exhibited at the National Park Service Center in Narrowsburg, the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development in Arkville, the Hudson Highland Nature Museum in Cornwall, and several colleges.

This master class about the NYS Bald Eagle Restoration Project is free and open to the public and is part of the Waterways & Wildlife Series being presented by Cultural Affairs during October and November in Orange Hall Gallery.  Orange Hall is located on the campus of Orange County Community College [SUNY Orange] at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, NY. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Gene Weinstein with an adult Bald Eagle; Gene Weinstein holding a six-week-old female Bald Eagle; Almost There!, photograph by Gene Weinstein

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Piano Recital with selections by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Jonathan Ogulnick, pianistKaplan Hall’s Orange County Trust Company Great Room is the venue for a wonderful classical music opportunity on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3pm. Jonathan Ogulnick of Newburgh will give a Piano Recital with selections by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Gershwin.

Jonathan Ogulnick is talented far beyond is years. He is precise in his playing but also demonstrates his deep feeling for the works. Ogulnick is a rising star in the world of classical music, and Cultural Affairs is pleased to present him in recital.

Ogulnick attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of pianist/composer Mikhail Zeiger, PhD, and currently studies at SUNY Purchase with Paul Ostrovsky, who is widely recognized as a pianist of extraordinary sensitivity. Ogulnick was accepted for study in 2013 and 2014 at PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz under the direction of internationally acclaimed pianist Vladimir Feltsman. He recently has performed at Steinway Hall in mid-Manhattan and various colleges in New York. Ogulnick was a prize winner at the 2009 Long Island Conservatory of Music LISMA International Piano competition and was a finalist in the 2013 Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto competition.

Admission to this varied program of 18th, 19th, and 20th C classical music is $5 at the door and all students are free. Doors open at 2pm.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of First and Grand Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible from First Street. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845) 341-4891.

Image: Jonathan Ogulnick, pianist

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The New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Hudson Valley

WPA Series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Dr. Neil M. Maher, associate professor of history at New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers UniversityDuring the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, many domestic programs were enacted under the umbrella of the New Deal in order to get the nation back to work. The United States was trying to dig its way out of the Great Depression while experiencing devastating floods along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and the severe drought which contributed to the Dust Bowl.  One of the most successful experimental programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps which employed hundreds of thousands of unmarried men to work at conserving natural resources, building many public works and creating structures and trails in parks across the country.

Dr. Neil M. Maher draws upon his research for his book, Nature’s New Deal, to explain the workings of the CCC and its impact in the Hudson Valley for the lecture he will present entitled The New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Hudson Valley. Of particular interest to him is Bear Mountain State Park.  The CCC built most of the park’s infrastructure, including many of its hiking trails, motor roads, swimming lakes, and the Bear Mountain lookout tower, Perkins Memorial Tower.

Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement, book by Dr. Neil M. MaherAn important result of the work of the CCC was the emergence of modern environmentalism. By creating public landscapes – natural terrain altered by federal work projects – another aspect came about – the promotion of human health through outdoor recreation, wilderness preservation, and ecological balance.

The lecture is scheduled to start at 7pm on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall. This program is free and open to the public.

Neil M. Maher is an associate professor of history at New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers University, Newark.  His research interests include 20th century environmental and political history, the history of technology and medicine, and cultural landscapes. During academic year 2013-2014, he was  a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. In 2009, Dr. Maher received the Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence from the NJIT. He holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College and a PhD in History from NYU.

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

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845)341-9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Dr. Neil M. Maher, associate professor of history at New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers University; Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement, book by Dr. Neil M. Maher

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

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