October 2016 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
8/19 - 10/6 Exhibit A VISION and A VERSE: The Wheel of the Year in Word and Image NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
8/22 - 10/22 Exhibit BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures ~ paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
8/22 - 10/22 Exhibit “Friends of a Feather” ~ Bird Paintings by Joseph Sundwall MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
8/23 - 10/14 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ Installation and Sculptures by Cristina Biaggi, PhD NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
8/29 - 10/1 Exhibit Colleagues: Hidden Talents 2016 MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
10/1,
8 p.m.
Concert Music of Three Centuries -- a piano recital by Andrew Ranaudo MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
10/3,
10 a.m.
Master Class Music as my Life’s Work with Andrew Ranaudo, pianist MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
10/5,
5:15 p.m.
Master Class Inspired by the Goddess: A life in art and writing ~ journeys of transformation through art NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/6,
7 p.m.
Lecture The Effects of Climate and Land-use Change on Bird Populations MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/7 - 11/20 Exhibit My Journey As An Artist ~ Works by Jeannette McGee MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
10/12,
6 p.m.
Concert Fiesta Mundial NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/13,
7 p.m.
Lecture Cuba - Birds - Cars - People ~ Bird Conservation in the Caribbean MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/14,
10 a.m.
Master Class Edmar Castaneda: virtuoso harpist MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
10/14,
8 p.m.
Concert Edmar Castañeda Quartet MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
10/17 - 11/18 Exhibit Faces & Phases ~ paintings with mixed media and hand-painted mannequins by Barbara Graff NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
10/18 - 1/31 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ Then and Now: Thrown Pottery over 35 years by Jacqui Doyle Schneider NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
10/18,
7 p.m.
Lecture The Labor of Culture: Creating Twentieth-Century American Consumerism NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
10/20,
7 p.m.
Lecture Dino-Birds? How Modern Evolutionary Biology has changed our Understanding of Bird Diversity MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/22,
8 p.m.
Concert Larry Coryell Trio MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
10/25 - 11/20 Exhibit Autumn in the Hudson Valley MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
10/26,
7 p.m.
Lecture James Madison’s Role in the Establishment of The United States Constitution NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room

A VISION and A VERSE: The Wheel of the Year in Word and Image

Friday, August 19, 2016 to Thursday, October 6, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Margaret McCarthy, photographer and poet (photo by Seymour Klausner)As a working photographer and publishing poet, Margaret McCarthy has long been intrigued by the possibilities of combining these two passions—photography and poetry.  The interplay between image and text creates a third thing—something more than the sum of its parts.  What emerges from the synergy between the two?

A VISION and A VERSE: The Wheel of the Year in Word and Image

Neo-romantic in style, her photography is inspired by the archetypes of myth and dream. Her goal is to reach the viewer on an intuitive level, with images that are visually, psychologically, and spiritually compelling. She accomplishes this by making images that link the past and future, inner and outer worlds, art and commerce.

Earth Day, April 22, 2013, photo by Margaret McCarthy, published in A VISION AND A VERSE: An E-Broadside, www.avisionandaverse.comA VISION and A VERSE will be on display in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall August 19 through October 6, 2016.  At Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS, August 27, the 4 to 7pm reception will give McCarthy the opportunity to meet viewers as well as have a booksigning.  She will give a reading beginning at 6:15pm in the gallery.

Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014, photo by Margaret McCarthy, published in A VISION AND A VERSE: An E-Broadside, www.avisionandaverse.comThe reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

A graduate of NYC’s School of Visual Arts, McCarthy works as a professional photographer in New York City; her photographs have been widely exhibited.  She publishes an electronic broadside.

The Mindy Ross Gallery is located in Kaplan Hall which is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or 845-341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Margaret McCarthy, photographer and poet (photo by Seymour Klausner); Earth Day, April 22, 2013, photo by Margaret McCarthy, published in A VISION AND A VERSE: An E-Broadside, www.avisionandaverse.com; Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014, photo by Margaret McCarthy, published in A VISION AND A VERSE: An E-Broadside, www.avisionandaverse.com

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BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures ~ paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures

Monday, August 22, 2016 to Saturday, October 22, 2016
From the Ashes, gouache by Natalie SurvingOrange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Visitors to Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange will enter a world of birds August 22 through October 22, 2016.  The exhibit on view, BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures, will offer large birds, small birds, songbirds, water fowl, domesticated fowl, indigenous, exotic, in 115 paintings, photographs, drawings, collages, and sculptures in realistic as well as abstract depictions by 51 artists.

Arlene’s Wader at Twin Arch, assemblage with driftwood, cedar branch and resin on snow fence by David NolanThe reception for this wide-ranging educational show is scheduled for Friday, September 16 from 5:30 to 7:45pm during which pianist Manny Carrasquillo will play jazz standards and modern jazz.

In addition, five lectures focusing on habitat relative to climate and land-use changes, bird conservation, indigenous birds, ancestry, and art will further visitors knowledge and understanding of these extremely varied creatures. Also, a master class on painting birds in oil plus an evening of poetry will broaden the cultural experience through the arts for the college community and community-at-large.

Water Ballet, oil by Ray SchuettichThe reception, exhibit, lectures, master class, and poetry evening are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm Friday, as well as during performances in Orange Hall Theatre.

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. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)

Images, top to bottom: From the Ashes, gouache by Natalie Surving; Arlene’s Wader at Twin Arch, assemblage with driftwood, cedar branch and resin on snow fence by David Nolan; Water Ballet, oil by Ray Schuettich

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“Friends of a Feather” ~ Bird Paintings by Joseph Sundwall

Monday, August 22, 2016 to Saturday, October 22, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Self-portrait, oil on panel by Joseph SundwallTo further experience art through ornithology, acclaimed artist Joseph Sundwall has installed a seventeen piece exhibit of oil paintings ranging in size from very small to very large of many kinds of birds in likewise diverse habitats. “Friends of a Feather” ~ Bird Paintings by Joseph Sundwall is on exhibit in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe August 22 through October 22, 2016.

Rippling Green, Tricolored Heron, oil on canvas by Joseph SundwallNoted for his portraits, Sundwall brings a naturalness to the birds on which he focuses from diving seagulls to egrets about to take flight to carefully hidden bluejays to curious ibises. The lighting and use of color display the depth of his experience and talent.

Sundwall will be on hand for his reception combined with the reception for the BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 to 7:45pm. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm Friday. In addition, he will be giving an evening art master class on painting birds on Wednesday, September 28 in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.  The reception, exhibit, and master class are free and open to the public.

Just Looking, Ibises, oil on linen by Joseph SundwallA lifelong artist, Sundwall studied art and design at the Kansas City Art Institute, oil painting in New York City at the Art Students League and the National Academy, and in London at St. Oswald’s Studios. His works can be found in solo, group, and juried shows mainly in the Northeast. His paintings are in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and in Europe.

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. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)

Images, top to bottom: Self-portrait, oil on panel by Joseph Sundwall; Rippling Green, Tricolored Heron, oil on canvas by Joseph Sundwall; Just Looking, Ibises, oil on linen by Joseph Sundwall

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Artists of Excellence ~ Installation and Sculptures by Cristina Biaggi, PhD

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 to Friday, October 14, 2016
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The glass vitrine cases in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange offer artists horizontal and vertical all-sides-visible spaces. Even though the glass walls limit the spaces, they afford a perception of openness and offer artists the opportunity to show their works to viewers close-up and naturally lit.

Cristina Biaggi, PhD, artistSo, when acclaimed artist Cristina Biaggi came to visit to plan for her exhibit, she was inspired to create an installation centered on the divine feminine, a favorite subject of hers about which she has devoted a great deal of research throughout her life. Biaggi intends on combining several media for this new site-specific, three-dimensional installation which will have separate yet connected parts in two horizontal and one large vertical case. The materials she will feature include natural substances, architectural models, sculpture, and, goddess imagery. In addition, she will be showing several sculptures in bronze and wood.

Nike 3, wood sculpture by Cristina BiaggiThe exhibit which runs August 23 through October 14, 2016, continues the Artists of Excellence series that spotlights highly talented regional artists, while giving the college community and the community-at-large the privilege of viewing superb, innovative pieces in various media.

During the 4 to 7pm reception for #NBLS Newburgh Last Saturdays, August 27, Biaggi will give a brief talk about the installation and her art at 5pm.

African Birthing Giving Goddess, bronze sculpture by Cristina BiaggiBiaggi has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.  She also has achieved significant international recognition for her contributions to the field of Goddess-centered art and scholarship.  She is well-known and given accolades for her bronze sculpture.  Additionally, she has created sculptures in wood and clay and collages in mixed media. Her works are a reflection and an extension of her lifelong interest in the classics, art and art history, archaeology, prehistory, literature, and languages which she acquired during her many years of study and research at Vassar College, Harvard University, the University of Utah, and New York University where she attained her PhD in Art and Philosophy. In addition, she is an accomplished author and lecturer on the subjects of the Great Goddess, Neolithic and Paleolithic prehistory, and the origin and impact of patriarchy on contemporary life. Biaggi has written Habitations of the Great Goddess and edited and contributed to In the Footsteps of the Goddess: Personal Stories and The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History, and Impact of Patriarchy. She has recently completed her fourth book, Art and Activism, which explains her life and activism, and the art it inspired. She travels extensively worldwide. Biaggi has spoken on a variety of subjects at the Smithsonian Institute, the Glastonbury, England Conference, the Beijing Women’s Conference, and, in New York City, at The 92nd Street Y, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Society of Women Geographers.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Kaplan Hall is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street. For more information, contact 845-341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Cristina Biaggi, PhD, artist; Nike 3, wood sculpture by Cristina Biaggi; African Birthing Giving Goddess, bronze sculpture by Cristina Biaggi

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Colleagues: Hidden Talents 2016

Of Kings and Saffron, photography by Colin DuryeaMonday, August 29, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Last year’s Colleagues: Hidden Talents art show was so successful that Cultural Affairs has called upon the college community to do it again this year. Many employees who exhibited last year are showing new works. And several employee-artists who were not participants in last year’s show, are, in fact, very pleased to be sharing their works by displaying them in Colleagues: Hidden Talents 2016.

Paintings, photographs, collage, fabric art, stitchery, and jewelry will be on view August 29 through October 1, 2016 in Orange Hall Gallery Loft. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from noon to 2pm.

Jenny, photography by Tanya JonesThe exhibit brings together staff and faculty of SUNY Orange from various departments across the college’s two campuses to uncover and spotlight their artistic sides.  It is exciting to view the creativity and artistry in the college community.

Heliconia, watercolor batik by Randi EismanGallery hours are 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm, Friday. You may also view the show until 8:45pm on September 21, 27, and 28 and from 7 to 9:45pm on October 1.  The gallery is closed for Labor Day on September 5.

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

Participating colleagues include Laurie Burns, Artur Charukhchyan, Martin Dominguez Ball, Colin Duryea, Randi Eisman, Kirsten Elwood, Kirsten Gabrielsen, Sarah Gardner, Oluwafiropo Margaret Ibitoye, Tanya Jones, Susan Miiller, Arthur Ramos Jr., Mitchell Saler, Mary Mugele Sealfon, and Samantha Seeley.

Images, top to bottom: Of Kings and Saffron, photography by Colin Duryea; Jenny, photography by Tanya Jones; Heliconia, watercolor batik by Randi Eisman

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Music of Three Centuries -- a piano recital by Andrew Ranaudo

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Ah! The piano! That magnificently versatile instrument, will deliver beautiful and varied music through the hands of Andrew Ranaudo. Music of Three Centuries -- a piano recital will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8pm in Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange.

Andrew Ranaudo, pianistAn active soloist and collaborative musician, Ranaudo has experience in many areas of music and cultures, and consequently, is offering a program that has familiar pieces as well as lesser known. Works represent four countries and three centuries: Germany with composer Robert Schumann of the Romantic era in the 19th century; France with composer Maurice Ravel who is associated with Impressionism that bridged the late 19th and early 20th century; Italy with Domenico Scarlatti who is considered to be from the Baroque era but was influential in the development of the Classical style and also bridged two centuries, 17th and 18th; and finally Argentina with 20th century composer Alberto Ginastera.

Andrew Ranaudo playing the pianoRanaudo is enthusiastic about playing in this area as he grew up in Glen Spey, NY. He holds a master’s degree in performance from Hunter College, CUNY. He directs music theater at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, Hancock, NY during the summer months and tours the USA and Europe in concerts, recitals, theater and cabaret at venues such as The Neue Galerie, Lang Hall, New York University, Webster Hall, Glasslands Gallery, Dixon Place, Garfield Artworks, Hotel Utah, and Platform Gallery. He also teaches piano and voice.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $10 adults; $7 senior citizens, faculty, staff­, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml  Tickets are also available at the box office starting at 7pm before the performance. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda & Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

In addition, Ranaudo is offering a master class at 10am on Monday, October 3 in Orange Hall Room 23 entitled Music as my Life’s Work with Andrew Ranaudo, pianist. The class is free and open to the public.

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

Images, top to bottom: Andrew Ranaudo, pianist; Andrew Ranaudo playing the piano

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Music as my Life’s Work with Andrew Ranaudo, pianist

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10am
Orange Hall, Room 23 (MDTN)

Pianist Andrew Ranaudo will present Music as my Life’s Work, a master class, on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10am in Orange Hall room 23. The class, which is free and open to the public, complements his Saturday evening solo recital Music of Three Centuries.

Andrew Ranaudo, pianist, playing the pianoDuring the class, Ranaudo will talk about his career and different aspects of music making. Even though he is deeply involved in classical music, being a musician of the 21st century, he regularly plays very modern music as a soloist and more often as a collaborative member of an ensemble. He recently released original electronic music under the moniker UVA.

His focus on contemporary music has led to work with artists, composers and bands including Sarah Dutcher, Nicole Brancato, Howie Kenty, Erika Lieberman, Future in Plastics, and Tens of Thousands. He has performed with writers Mike Albo (Live Onstage! at Webster Hall), Sara Barron (People are Unappealing), Cary Curran (Celestia) and The National Theater of the United States of America. And the venues at which he performs are not all concert halls. He finds himself in theater and cabaret at venues such as The Neue Galerie, Lang Hall, Galapagos, Webster Hall, Glasslands Gallery, Dixon Place, Garfield Artworks, Hotel Utah, and Platform Gallery.

His life in music is diverse and exciting and open to new ideas and innovations. Come and relax while learning what music offers today if one embraces its opportunities. Questions are welcomed.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY. Information is available by contacting (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Andrew Ranaudo, pianist, playing the piano

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Inspired by the Goddess: A life in art and writing ~ journeys of transformation through art

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 5:15 to 6:45pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Spiral, clay and sand by Cristina Biaggi (photo by Mariah Hernandez)Free association with words and drawings will be experienced by participants through a guided meditation given by Dr. Cristina Biaggi on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 during a master class entitled Inspired by the Goddess: A life in art and writing ~ journeys of transformation through art. During the meditation and free association, participants will be asked, “to come up with one or more artistic ideas,” according to Biaggi, “from which they will be encouraged to formulate some sort of plan of implementation.”

Nike 2, wood sculpture by Cristina BiaggiThis master class will take place from 5:15-6:45pm in the OCTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. The event is free and open to the public.

The early evening event will begin with, writes Biaggi, “A description of my artistic journey through my writing and my art, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation depicting some of my most original ideas and how I implemented them.” In order to gain a deeper appreciation of Biaggi’s art, attendees will also be encouraged to view her works including a site-specific installation and sculptures presently on view in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery also in Kaplan Hall.

Tiamat (small version), bronze sculpture by Cristina BiaggiBiaggi travels extensively worldwide and has spoken on a variety of subjects at the Smithsonian Institute, the Glastonbury England Conference, the Beijing Women’s Conference, the 92nd Street Y, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Society of Women Geographers.

She has studied the classics, art and art history, archaeology, literature, and languages at Vassar, The University of Utah, Harvard, and NYU where she attained her PhD in Art and Philosophy.

Kaplan Hall is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the college’s garage accessible at 73 First Street. For more information, contact 845-341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Spiral, clay and sand by Cristina Biaggi (photo by Mariah Hernandez), Nike 2, wood sculpture by Cristina Biaggi; Tiamat (small version), bronze sculpture by Cristina Biaggi

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The Effects of Climate and Land-use Change on Bird Populations

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Birds are indicators of environmental change. And since birds have endured since the era of the dinosaur, they have witnessed a lot of change.

Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, PhDOn Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7pm, Dr. Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch will speak on The Effects of Climate and Land-use Change on Bird Populations. The lecture will take place in Orange Hall Gallery where 130 artworks are on display in the BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures exhibit. Dr. Maenza-Gmelch is a senior lecturer in Environmental Science and Teaching Lab Director at Barnard College. In addition, she is a palynologist, forest ecologist, and ornithologist, and an educator at the Black Rock Forest Consortium. She received her PhD from New York University.  Very recently, she played a very significant role in Black Rock Forest being included in the designation of Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society of New York.

“Bird populations around the world are threatened by changes in land-use and climate change. In this talk, the science behind these changes will be presented,” and then Maenza-Gmelch continues “we will zoom in to local conservation examples in the Hudson Valley.”  She will examine the meaning specifically of the newly designated Hudson Highlands West Important Bird Area: Harriman and Sterling to Black Rock and Storm King, NY.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the third in the series on birds being offered at SUNY Orange during September and October.  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. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)

Image: Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, PhD,senior lecturer in environmental science and teaching lab director, Barnard College, educator at the Black Rock Forest Consortium, palynologist, forest ecologist and ornithologist

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My Journey As An Artist ~ Works by Jeannette McGee

Artist Jeannette McGee next to her oil painting, Father Sunny John, O.CarmFriday, October 7, 2016 to Sunday, November 20, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Jeannette McGee has painted for twenty years in oil and pastel.  Her paintings convey a rich talent and a real love for the visual arts as well as a deep Still Life with Swiss Chard, oil by Jeannette McGeeappreciation for the world around us. In her solo show which opens in Orange Hall Gallery Loft on October 7, she shares some of her latest paintings along with many old favorites.

Its title, My Journey As An Artist, captures the essence of the exhibit as the viewer ‘walks through’ McGee’s growth in artistry and technique. As she has developed her skills, her interest has focused on an early impressionistic style that came from the Barbizon School in France and which in this region has been carried on by the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Her portraits, landscapes, and still lifes demonstrate that common thread of early impressionism. She has fine-tuned her method at the North Light Atelier of Cynthia Harris-Pagano. Her portraits are done Magnolia in Bloom, oil by Jeannette McGeefrom life and her landscapes are worked en plein air. “The direct style of painting contributes to the spontaneity and freshness” of each work. She is particularly interested in the “capturing of light on objects through observation skills as well as painting skills,” she adds.

A reception during which classical guitarist Joy Zelada will play, is set for Friday, October 14 from 5:30 to 7:45pm. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view through November 20, 2016.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm plus until 8:45pm October 13 and 20, and until 9:30pm October 14 and 22.

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. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)

Images, top to bottom: Artist Jeannette McGee next to her oil painting, Father Sunny John, O.Carm; Still Life with Swiss Chard, oil by Jeannette McGee; Magnolia in Bloom, oil by Jeannette McGee

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Fiesta Mundial

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 6 to 8pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Fiesta Mundial is a festive event on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. It is an evening of sharing fun and the favorite foods of the families who attend and bring an ethnic food. Presented by Cultural Affairs in collaboration with English as a Second Language (ESL), this event is a concert-party that is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm in the OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall.

Joy Zelada, Guitar (Classical and Electric); Matt Barnes, Guitar (Upright and Bass); Lynette Jerez, Lead Vocal; Joshua Viera, Piano and Back Up Vocals; Edwin Fuentes, Drums/PercussionThis year the music focuses on the many nationalities of the Americas and to complement that theme the Americas Quintet, a Newburgh-based ensemble, will play music from nine countries from North, Central, and South Americas. The quintet itself represents several countries: Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guyana and the West Indies, Honduras, Peru, and the USA. Led by classical guitarist Joy Zelada, who also plays electric guitar, the group includes Matt Barnes, bass guitar; Joshua Viera, piano and back-up vocals; Lynette Jerez, lead vocal; and Edwin Fuentes, drums/percussion. They will play many well-known, popular pieces.

During an Interlude, Zelada will solo while explaining, and then playing classical pieces from Peru, Brazil, and Spain.

Come learn and enjoy the music and family-recipe foods, during this wonderful community program.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891.

Image: Joy Zelada, Guitar (Classical and Electric); Matt Barnes, Guitar (Upright and Bass); Lynette Jerez, Lead Vocal; Joshua Viera, Piano and Back Up Vocals; Edwin Fuentes, Drums/Percussion

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Cuba - Birds - Cars - People ~ Bird Conservation in the Caribbean

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Richard Guthrie, WAMC broadcaster of “Birding with Richie Guthrie”WAMC radio personality Richard Guthrie is the fourth speaker in the BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures lecture series. Guthrie is a “birder” who shares his wealth of knowledge with listeners through his “Birding with Rich Guthrie” program. He also posts a blog by the same title on the Times Union, the online version of the newspaper of the New York State capital region.

Cuban Tody, photo by Richard GuthrieHis talk on Thursday, October 13, 2016 starts at 7pm in Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange and centers on Cuba - Birds - Cars – People ~ Bird Conservation in the Caribbean. This event is free and open to the public.

During this evening program, which includes many beautiful photographs taken by him of the colorful birds of the islands, Guthrie highlights “the endemic and near-endemic species of Cuba and one or two other nearby islands.” A few examples of these are the Bee Hummingbird and the Red-legged Thrush and Bee Hummingbird, photo by Richard Guthriethe Cuban Tody. He also describes the efforts of “‘Birds Caribbean,’ a conservation organization focused on preserving what’s left of the natural environment on the various Caribbean islands, including Cuba,” states Guthrie.

Richard Guthrie is a lively speaker and a hands-on bird expert who engages his audiences, both broadcast and live-in-person as he shares his experiences and expertise.

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

Images, top to bottom: Richard Guthrie, WAMC broadcaster of “Birding with Richie Guthrie”; Cuban Tody, photo by Richard Guthrie; Bee Hummingbird, photo by Richard Guthrie

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Edmar CastaNeda Quartet

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Harp and jazz? That seems incongruous until you hear the gorgeous sounds that come from Edmar Castañeda’s Blue Harp. It is, indeed, a Columbian harp which is based on the diatonic scale of seven rather than the chromatic twelve notes.

Come to Orange Hall Theatre on Friday, October 14, 2016 for the 8pm performance of the Edmar Castañeda Quartet.

Edmar Castañeda, harpist, photo by Diana BejaranoCastañeda draws out lush colors and dynamic spirit, stretching his imagination to find other tones within the whole and half steps while cross-pollinating South American traditional music and its various Latin rhythms with jazz to produce an enchanting, captivating sound. The New York Times describes him as “almost a world unto himself.”

Born in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, Castañeda possesses charisma that adds to his virtuosic playing. He crafts feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances. In addition, his quartet is filled out with wonderful musicians, Henry Cole on drums, Andrea Tierra and her contralto voice and the fabulous trombonist Marshall Gilkes. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Interlochen Arts Academy, Gilkes' instrument adds an enrapturing dimension to the quartet.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff­, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at: www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml  The box office opens at 7pm before the performance.

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

In addition, Castañeda is offering a master class at 11am on Friday, October 14 in Orange Hall Room 23 entitled Edmar Castañeda: virtuoso harpist. The class is free and open to the public.

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

Image: Edmar Castañeda, harpist, photo by Diana Bejarano

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Faces & Phases ~ paintings with mixed media and hand-painted mannequins by Barbara Graff

Barbara Graff, artistMonday, October 17, 2016 to Friday, November 18, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Come and explore a mysterious world of dark forests, twisted tree roots, forgotten slippers, full moons, and the changing night sky, viewed through the oil & mixed media artworks by Barbara Graff. These nature paintings, which search for and celebrate the beauty of the earth, are shown in partnership with elegant hand-painted mannequins, also the works of Graff who is one of the most sought after “makeup” (oil paint) artists for mannequins worldwide.

Rootstein Mannequins Hand-painted by Barbara Graff: the Irene Major MannequinIn this solo show FACES and PHASES, “Strong women, in veils and capes, are presented in all stages of aging. Men, in the form of Father Time, exist only as memories or shadows as Time presides over all,” according to Graff. The exhibit installation is on view Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, October 17 through November 18, 2016 in Kaplan Hall.

Mannequin interacting with paintingsVisitors to the Mindy Ross Gallery can walk amidst these real-life sized mannequins who are draped in magnificent fabrics and accessories and represent different cultures and races. The mannequins are Rootstein mannequins all of which begin as sculptures of live models. Models are chosen not just for their looks, but for the spirit they embody. The production process is done by hand by workers trained in the artisan tradition.

A reception at which the artist as well as one of the mannequin artisans will be present, is planned for Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7pm. During the reception musical performances will be offered by Master Michael Quinn, Jeff Allyn Szwast, Danielle Cardona, and Martine Luque. In addition, readings of related poetry will be done by students. This event as well as the exhibition are free and open to the public.

SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Barbara Graff, artist; Rootstein Mannequins Hand-painted by Barbara Graff: the Irene Major Mannequin; Mannequin interacting with paintings

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The Labor of Culture: Creating Twentieth-Century American Consumerism

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

“The Labor of Culture: Creating Twentieth-Century American Consumerism” is the title of the lecture to be given by Dr. Shannan Clark when he comes to SUNY Orange at 7pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall.

Dr. Shannan Clark, Assistant Professor at Montclair State UniversityDr. Clark explains that the “presentation will offer new insights into the culture of twentieth-century American consumerism by examining the experiences of the people employed in the advertising, publishing, broadcasting, and design industries. Drawing on specific examples from major advertising agencies like J. Walter Thompson, major media conglomerates like Time Incorporated, and major industrial design agencies like Raymond Loewy Associates, the lecture will show how the conditions of white-collar labor within these workplaces ultimately shaped the cultural products that defined American life during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Special attention will be given to the struggles of those who worked in the culture industries to maintain or enhance their creative autonomy, either through the organization of unions, such as the Newspaper Guild, or by initiating alternative media and cultural initiatives.”

Shannan Clark has spent many years of research exploring the development of white-collar work in the twentieth-century United States, with a particular focus on labor relations within the culture industries, including advertising, the print media, the broadcast media, and design.  He is the author of The Creative Class: White-Collar Workers and the Making of America’s Culture of Consumer Capitalism, which is forthcoming for publication by Oxford University Press.

He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Tulane University, and an MPhil and a PhD from Columbia University. Presently, he is an assistant professor at Montclair State University, where he teaches courses on the social, political, cultural, and intellectual history of the twentieth-century United States. Prior to joining the faculty of Montclair State in 2008, Clark taught courses at Princeton University, Columbia University, the Van Arsdale Labor Center of Empire State College (SUNY), the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and Tulane University.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891/9386

Image: Dr. Shannan Clark, Assistant Professor at Montclair State University

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Dino-Birds? How Modern Evolutionary Biology has changed our Understanding of Bird Diversity

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Ornithologist Jacob Berv, PhD Candidate, Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program, Cornell UniversityAre some dinosaurs still walking, flying, swimming on Earth today?  Is the combination word dino-bird a reality? In the last of the five lectures, attendees will learn the true meaning in the title of the lecture series and exhibition, BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures.

Ornithologist Jacob Berv will examine bird ancestry and evolutionary history in his lecture Dino-Birds? How Modern Evolutionary Biology has changed our Understanding of Bird Diversity. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Orange Hall Gallery at 7pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Archaeopteryx lithographica“After the asteroid impact which wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs -- 66 million years ago,” explains Berv, “modern birds diversified explosively into the over 10,000 species that we observe today. When did modern birds evolve? What are the relationships among the modern bird groups, and what do those relationships tell us about bird evolutionary history? Combining modern statistical tools with genomics may provide answers to some of the deepest questions about the origins of avian biodiversity.” During his talk, Berv will discuss the principles of phylogenetic [family] tree thinking, the comparative method in modern evolutionary biology, and his own “research into understanding the exciting story of bird evolution.”

Jacob Berv is an engaging person whose enthusiasm about his specialty encourages him to share his knowledge. Helped by the 21 grants and fellowships he has received during the last eight years, he has conducted research on three continents. He has presented at numerous scientific conferences and had his photographs published and received awards. He holds a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University, and is a PhD candidate in the Fuller Evolutionary Biology program of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University.

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

Images, top to bottom: Ornithologist Jacob Berv, PhD Candidate, Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program, Cornell University; Archaeopteryx lithographica

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Larry Coryell Trio

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Larry Coryell, guitarThe Larry Coryell Trio is playing at Orange Hall Theatre! Come to listen to this godfather of jazz-rock perform in concert with drummer-great Steve Johns and the wonderful emerging bassist Daryl Johns on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8pm.

For the past five decades, pioneering fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has been creating artistically unfettered and genre-defying music that transcends easy classification. His musical expression has taken Coryell on a diverse journey, as he explored everything from psychedelic rock to unaccompanied acoustic music to straight-ahead bebop. These multifarious musical voices have enabled him to make his mark in music by way of the jazz & fusion world. He is comfortable in almost every style, covering almost every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar.

Steve Johns, drums (photo by Chris Drukker)Steve Johns is the consummate team player as he always manages to retain his own singular sound and distinctive musical persona while serving the common purpose of any group of which he is a part. For this reason, artists from all points on the musical spectrum have consistently sought him out because they know his musicianship, versatility, deep commitment to his craft, and enthusiasm. David A. Orthmann of All About Jazz, describes him, “. . . Johns has developed into a significant jazz drumming stylist…Every stroke is meaningful and has a definite purpose.” Steve Johns has long been active as an educator who often gives lecture demonstrations at universities.

Daryl Johns, bass (photo by Ed Berger)Daryl Johns, son of Steve, has performed and recorded with a remarkable variety of musicians and communities. Even at his young age of 20, he has, indeed, developed his own distinct voice, a sound that eludes labels and navigates both mainstream and obscure musical genres. Daryl appears on a film documentary marking the 70th birthday of Chick Corea and has a quick scene in Woody Allen’s new movie, Café Society. He also plays the late night show at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NYC. He has played in performances at the Kennedy Center, Blue Note NYC, the Iridium NYC, Trumpets Jazz Club, the Newark Museum, and Detroit and Novosibersk Jazz Festivals. He is a junior at the Manhattan School of Music.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at: www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml
The box office opens at 7pm before the performance.

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

Images, top to bottom: Larry Coryell, guitar; Steve Johns, drums (photo by Chris Drukker); Daryl Johns, bass (photo by Ed Berger)

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Autumn in the Hudson Valley

Autumn Day, watercolor by Diane Kominick-OuzoonianTuesday, October 25, 2016 to Sunday, November 20, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Autumn 2016 has been exceptionally gorgeous with fantastic colors. To visually demonstrate artists’ perceptions and reactions to the beauty of the Hudson Valley in the fall and also to depict harvest activities, an exhibit of 115 paintings, photographs, and sculptures is on display October 25 - November 20, 2016. Come to Orange Hall Gallery on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange to view Autumn in the Hudson Valley. Sixty artists are represented in the show. Works range in size from very small paintings to a towering sculpture installation.

Golden Moment, oil on canvas by Sarah E. McHughScheduled from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, November 6, the reception for the exhibit will be a gathering of artists including poets who will read their new poems inspired by specific artworks and favorite works about autumn, “In words: Poems on Works of Art.” Joy Zelada will play classical guitar.

Catskills from Olana, pastel by Mary Mugele SealfonThe reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm and during performances in Orange Hall Theatre.

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

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

Images, top to bottom: Autumn Day, watercolor by Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian; Golden Moment, oil on canvas by Sarah E. McHugh; Catskills from Olana, pastel by Mary Mugele Sealfon

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James Madison’s Role in the Establishment of The United States Constitution

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Revered titles are bestowed on individuals because of their outstanding service to their country or a very significant scientific discovery, or place in a family.  In reference to the United States of America, the title Father of Our Country is, of course, given to George Washington because of his leadership of the new nation and the honorable, father-like manner with which he served.

Greg Geddes, PhD, SUNY Orange professorIn the early years of the USA, who among the Founding Fathers saw the fragility of the new country and realized the importance of a written document of the principles upon which the new nation would be guided?  James Madison came to be known as the Father of the Constitution because he drafted and promoted what was to become the supreme law of the land, the United States Constitution.

In celebration of US Constitution Day, SUNY Orange professor Greg Geddes will speak in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 on James Madison’s Role in the Establishment of The United States Constitution. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Geddes explains, “The challenges, promises, and risks of popular government were forefront in the minds of many of the Founding Fathers and American Enlightenment thinkers.  No one contributed more to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, and thus the creation of the American Republic, than the reserved and brilliant James Madison.”

An intellectual historian who is originally from Virginia, Geddes will “examine history’s treatment of Madison, the philosophical foundations of Madison’s thinking, the causes that drove Madison and others to propose a radical restructuring of the federal apparatus, and the deep belief in the entire American experiment” held by this fellow Virginian.

Greg Geddes received a BA in History and English Literature from the College of William & Mary and a PhD in US History at SUNY Binghamton. His dissertation won the Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Social Sciences. He has written on various topics and presented his work at the Organization of American Historians, the Social Science History Association, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the North American Labor History Conference.

SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891/9386.

Image: Greg Geddes, PhD, SUNY Orange professor

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