February 2017 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
1/3 - 3/9 Exhibit “Figurative Works” ~ recent drawings and paintings by Ward Lamb NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
1/4 - 2/4 Exhibit Light, Color and a Love of Nature MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
1/6 - 2/4 Exhibit Orange County Arts Council Members Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
2/1,
6 p.m.
Master Class Notes on Oil Painting MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
2/6 - 3/22 Exhibit North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2017 Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery and Loft
2/6 - 3/22 Exhibit Windows to the Past ~ watercolors by Lana Privitera MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
2/6,
7 p.m.
Lecture James F. Brown and the Cultural Meanings of Gardening NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
2/7 - 4/21 Exhibit Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
2/7,
7 p.m.
Lecture Earthquakes: Crushing Cataclysms of Disaster ~ Why? Where? HERE?? MDTN Orange Hall Gallery

RESCHEDULED to 4/23,
3 p.m.
Originally Scheduled for 2/12,
3 p.m.

Theatre Black Angels Over Tuskegee MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
2/19,
3 p.m.
Concert Delicious Duos -- Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
2/28,
7 p.m.
Lecture They Walked These Paths Before Us: Honoring the Indigenous History of Orange County NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room

“Figurative Works” ~ recent drawings and paintings by Ward Lamb

Homage Bowie, acrylic on board by Ward LambTuesday, January 3, 2017 to Thursday, March 9, 2017
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Art is central in Ward Lamb’s life. “From an early age I found drawing and painting to be a vehicle for expression and a comfort of solitude and self-examination,” he explains. During the ups and downs of his life, he has turned to art to connect with his observations and feelings. His varied works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal pencil include portraits, still lifes, and landscapes in sizes from small to very large. Depending on the subject, his works are drawn or painted in styles that originate from realism, impressionism, and/or expressionism.

Self-Portrait, oil on canvas by Ward LambFrom January 3 through March 9, 2017, Lamb’s artworks will be displayed in a solo exhibit entitled, “Figurative Works” ~ recent drawings and paintings. The venue is the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange. Come and be enveloped in his world of color and intense expression. Also a master class in March is being planned.

The Opening Reception for the show is scheduled for Saturday, January 7 from 4 to 7pm during which pianist Manny Carrasquillo and saxophonist Andrew Garrison will provide music.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm and also Saturday, January 28, 4 to 6:30pm. The gallery is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Gardiner, New York, oil on canvas by Ward LambFor many years, Ward Lamb taught art at Minisink Valley High School. At the time of his retirement last year, he was chair of the art department. Prior to teaching at MVHS, he taught for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship at Hinchingbrooke School in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. In the seventies and eighties, he studied at Maine College of Art (MECA) and went on to receive his BFA from SUNY Stony Brook and his MFA from Brooklyn College. In addition, he attended The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture on a scholarship. He has studied and worked with Robert White, Mel Pekarsky, Mavis Pusey, Lawrence Alloway, Malcolm Morley, Phillip Pearlstein, Alan D'Arcangelo, and Lennart Anderson.

His works are in public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh. Free, secure parking available in Kaplan Hall parking garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Homage Bowie, acrylic on board by Ward Lamb; Self-Portrait, oil on canvas by Ward Lamb; Gardiner, New York, oil on canvas by Ward Lamb

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Light, Color and a Love of Nature

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 to Saturday, February 4, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Assateague Ponies, oil on linen panel by Janet Howard-FattaLight, Color and a Love of Nature is the title of a solo art show on view January 4 through February 4, 2017 in Orange Hall Gallery Loft. According to artist Janet Howard-Fatta, the title tells “the driving forces behind my work.” Howard-Fatta strives to create visual representations of what she experiences through her senses. A reception at which the artist will be present is scheduled for Friday, January 6 from 6 to 8pm.

She has a deep relationship with her artworks as they reflect a relationship between the world around her and the painted images she creates. Surrounded by the beauty of a rural landscape that includes farms, mountains, and state parks, a great deal of her works depict these scenes which she paints both in her studio as well as en plein air. She also paints other localities all in oil, and figurative works in wet and dry media.

The Sailing School, oil on canvas by Janet Howard-FattaHer works can be found in many venues in the Hudson Valley including a large triptych and another large single work in the reception lounge of Orange Regional Medical Center’s new outpatient building. She has developed a unique type of art, Live Event Painting, whereby she sets up her easel and paintbox and paints scenes as they happen at wedding receptions and other events. In addition, she facilitates the Warwick Life Drawing Group.

artist Janet Howard-Fatta paintingHoward-Fatta received a BFA in painting at Pratt Institute where she was most influenced by two of her professors, color theorist Mary Buckley and painter Al Blaustein. She is a fervent member of the board of directors of the Orange County Arts Council and additionally serves on the board of Wickham Works Makerspace.

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

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm plus Sunday, January 15 from 1 to 4:30pm and Saturday, February 4 from 7 to 9:30pm. The gallery is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16. The exhibit, reception, and master class are free and open to the public.

The artist will give a master class with demonstration on Wednesday, February 1. Details are forthcoming.

Images, top to bottom: Assateague Ponies, oil on linen panel by Janet Howard-Fatta; The Sailing School, oil on canvas by Janet Howard-Fatta; artist Janet Howard-Fatta with her painting

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Orange County Arts Council Members Show

Grace, bronze sculpture by Danielle LangfordFriday, January 6, 2017 to Saturday, February 4, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

The Orange County Arts Council Members Art Show returns to Orange Hall Gallery for 2017 in its annual collaboration with SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs.

Lost and Found, ballpoint pen, marker, colored pencil by David AndreThe exhibit presents 70 works including paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, mixed media and sculptures in a vast variety of styles by 70 members of the Orange County Arts Council. The show can be viewed from January 6 through February 4, 2017. The opening reception where attendees can meet and speak with the artists is scheduled for Friday, January 6 from 6-8pm during which pianist Richard Wiggins will provide music.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-6pm plus Sunday, January 15 from 1-4:30pm and Saturday, February 4 from 7-9:30pm. The gallery is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16.

Fresh from the Rain, watercolor by Tom HedderichParticipating artists include: Sal Aiello, David Andre, Linda Barboni, Adrienne Butvinik, Josiah Dearborn, Dennis Fanton, Roslyn Fassett, Sarah Fortner Pierson, Patricia Foxx, Sharon Galbraith, Karen Gersch, Thomas Gorman, Daniel Grant, Donna Haley, Carter Hammond, Cynthia Harris-Pagano, Tom Hedderich, Janet Howard-Fatta, Nancy Hull Kearing, Denise Shelby Isseks, John Kiersten, Patty Kiersten, Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian, Joan Labrie, Danielle Langford, Heidi Lanino, Tanya Laurer, Renelle Lorray, Valerie Lucznikowska, Eileen MacAvery Kane, Angelo Marcialis, Al Margolis, Jeannine Masiello, Pam Mather-Cathy, Patricia McCoy, Jeannette McGee, Mena Messina, Jack M. Miller, Carol Mindnich, Jeanne Mueller, Patrick Mullins, Gita Nadas, Frances Nankin, David Nolan, Sean O’Brien, Monica Ostrow, Michael Piotrowski, Patricia Quinn, Linda Rahl Nadas, Ginny Rizzo, Patricio Robayo, Mitchell Saler, Donald Schwartz, Robert Scully, Karen Segboer, Judi Silvano, Julia Tighe, Ellen Joyce Trayer, Leslie Waxtel, and Jennifer Woolcock-Schwartz.

The Orange County Arts Council celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Its mission is to champion the arts, connect artists with audiences, and foster the growth of the county’s creative resources. Learn more about the Orange County Arts Council at www.ocartscouncil.org.

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

Images, top to bottom: Grace, bronze sculpture by Danielle Langford; Lost and Found, ballpoint pen, marker, colored pencil by David Andre; Fresh from the Rain, watercolor by Tom Hedderich

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Notes on Oil Painting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6pm
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

artist Janet Howard-Fatta painting in her studioRegional artist Janet Howard-Fatta is versatile in what and where she paints.  She does well-planned studio work as well as on-the-spot events painting, indoors and out and en plein air. She is open to new ideas to engage her students, clientele, and the general population. She even makes pancake portraits.

Prospect Barn, ode to Wyeth, watercolor by Janet Howard-FattaHowever, she always harkens back to an organizational concept that keeps her standard high while allowing her creativity to empower her talents to paint or draw the subject at hand.  She will share her knowledge and expertise during a master class she calls Notes on Oil Painting.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 beginning at 6pm, Howard-Fatta will explain the two different meanings of the title: the first colors put down on the canvas and the collection of notes she will share with participants in this master class. The class meets in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe where the artist will give an overview of the evening. Then up to Orange Hall Gallery Loft as she will lead a tour of her exhibit Light, Color and a Love of Nature, sharing insights and ideas along the way.

Color Reclining, pastel by Janet Howard-FattaAfter the tour, participants should find a place within OHG Fringe to settle in for a full class. Howard-Fatta will cover the basic set up of materials with oil painting, such as getting comfortable, palette, value and color. While describing the basics, she will detail how time of day, atmosphere, temperature, light, movement, and the season all inform a painting. Still life will be the subject matter as “these ideas can be applied to all subjects and genres” she contends. She will also share her experiences of being a full time artist. Then, with materials in hand, participants will put into practice the basic practices and produce a small observational still life painting with which to take home. Supplies will be provided, but it is always a good idea to bring along a paintbrush.

Janet Howard-Fatta received a BFA in painting at Pratt Institute where she was most influenced by two of her professors, color theorist Mary Buckley and painter Al Blaustein. She has been most influenced by the paintings of Colin Page, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Richard Diebenkorn, and Andrew Wyeth.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

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

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

Images, top to bottom: artist Janet Howard-Fatta painting in her studio; Prospect Barn, ode to Wyeth, watercolor by Janet Howard-Fatta; Color Reclining, pastel by Janet Howard-Fatta

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North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2017 Show

Canyon Ridge, watercolor by MaryAnn HeinzenMonday, February 6, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery and Loft (MDTN)

Come to Orange Hall Gallery to perk up your spirits during the cold and dreary winter timespan of February 6 through March 22, 2017. Fifty-eight artists will display 102 paintings on the main floor gallery as well as the Loft in the North East Watercolor Society 2017 Members’ Exhibit. The excellent quality of the works visually explain the versatility of the transparent and semi-transparent medium in various styles of still lifes, land and seascapes, portraits, genre paintings, and semi-abstracts.

Mohonk Mountain Lake, watercolor by Min-Jin KungThe reception at which awards will be presented will take place on Sunday, March 5 from 1 to 4:15pm. Pianist Geoff Hamburg will start off the afternoon event at 1pm by playing jazz and classical standards.

Aurora, watercolor by Leslie WaxtelThen, at 2:30pm, award-winning watercolorist and exhibit judge, Lana Privitera, will give an hour long demonstration, “Texture Effects in Realistic Watercolors. Privitera is known for her photographically realistic detail similar to the trompe l'oeil paintings of nineteenth century artist William Harnett. She will explain how she controls watercolors which are usually thought to be a looser, freer medium. In addition to her live painting, she will reference the paintings in her solo show, Windows to the Past, on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

Award winners of the NEWS members’ show will be announced at the end of the reception. Both the reception and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-6pm.  The gallery is also open Sundays, February 12 ~ 2:30 to 5:30pm, February 19 ~ 2:30 to 5pm, and March 12 ~ 2:30 to 4:30pm and Saturday, March 4 ~ 7 to 9:30pm.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.) on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.  Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Canyon Ridge, watercolor by MaryAnn Heinzen; Mohonk Mountain Lake, watercolor by Min-Jin Kung; Aurora, watercolor by Leslie Waxtel

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Windows to the Past ~ watercolors by Lana Privitera

Monday, February 6, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Orange Hall Gallery is full of watercolors now through March 22, 2017. In addition to the 102 works displayed by members of the North East Watercolor Society on the main floor and Loft, thirteen fascinating works by the judge of the show are on exhibit on the wall of Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

Lana Privitera, watercoloristLana Privitera paints in a hyper-realist style which makes viewers “stop in their tracks” in amazement when they realize that what they are viewing are paintings, not photographs. The details in her works are even more extraordinary when viewers discern that the medium used is watercolor. During the demonstration, “Texture Effects in Realistic Watercolors, starting at 2:30pm on Sunday, March 5, she will explain how she controls watercolors which are usually thought to be a looser, freer medium.

Silver Morning, watercolor by Lana PriviteraThe hour-long art demonstration is scheduled at the mid-point of the dual reception for her show and the North East Watercolor Society exhibit. The demonstration, reception and exhibits are free and open to the public. The title of her exhibit opens viewers’ minds to Privitera’s focus. Windows to the Past visually describes her connection to local history. “Silver Morning” is a work demonstrating her use of light to enhance antique silver and china. “Morrison Hall Tower” gives a trompe l’oeil effect to the intricate roof, chimneys, and carvings in the marble of the mansion on the campus of SUNY Orange.

Window to the Past, watercolor by Lana Privitera“I feel an immense respect for the hard work and creativity of our forefathers, and feel compelled to preserve for posterity the beauty and significance of family heirlooms and historical farms and buildings, [by] reproducing them faithfully for generations to come,” remarks Privitera. She continues, “My ultimate goal is always to trigger each viewer’s private recollections by filling their eyes with minute details of the places and things they love, helping them, hopefully, to bring forth sweet feelings and memories of happier days from their past.”

Originally from Spain, Privitera was recently recognized for her artistic achievements in her home city on the Ebro River, Zaragoza, Aragón. She has been influenced by Spanish master painter Joaquin Sorolla whose typical works were characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of his native land. He also enjoyed painting works on historical themes.

An award-winning artist, Lana Privitera is a signature member of both the American Artist Professional League and the North East Watercolor Society, and a former elected member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. She teaches watercolors at her studio in Pine Bush and at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery. She is a 1983 graduate of the Fine Arts School of Zaragoza where she majored in Fashion Design and Art History.

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

Images, top to bottom: Lana Privitera, watercolorist; Silver Morning, watercolor by Lana Privitera; Window to the Past, watercolor by Lana Privitera

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James F. Brown and the Cultural Meanings of Gardening

Myra Young Armstead, PhD, the Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies at Bard CollegeMonday, February 6, 2017 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

On Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7pm, Myra Young Armstead, PhD, will speak at SUNY Orange’s Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall, on James F. Brown and the Cultural Meanings of Gardening.

book cover of Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum AmericaIn antebellum America, horticulture was not yet the pastime of women it would become after the mid-nineteenth century. Men dominated the field. Leading horticulturalists were typically social elites—wealthy businessmen and politicians.  As the master gardener for Fishkill Landing's Mount Gulian estate, James F. Brown did not fit this profile.  This talk will describe James's background and how it was that this runaway slave, manumitted in New York State by the Verplanck family, entered the world of horticulture, and the meanings of this world in the minds of its contemporaries.

This program is free and open to the public.

Fishkill Landing's Mount Gulian estateDr. Myra Young Armstead is the Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies at Bard College.  She received her masters and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago and her BA from Cornell University. She specializes in nineteenth century and early twentieth century American social and cultural history.  She was recently awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  This was granted in 2014-2015 for research on her latest project—a study of the origins of public history in the Progressive Era.  She is also the recipient of a 2015-2018 Collaborative Inquiry Team Fellowship from the Louisville Institute for a study of the responses of multicultural churches to contemporary economic issues.

She is the author of "Lord, Please Don't Take Me In August": African Americans In Newport And Saratoga Springs, 1870 - 1930 (1999); Might Change, Tall Within: Black Identity In The Hudson Valley (2003); and Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America (2012). She will have copies of this latest book on James F. Brown and will have a book signing following the lecture.

For more information, send an e-mail to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-9386. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Images, top to bottom: Myra Young Armstead, PhD, the Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies at Bard College; book cover of Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America by Myra Young Armstead, PhD; Fishkill Landing's Mount Gulian estate

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Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Terry Murray, PhD, artistSimply Human is the title of the new exhibit in the Artists of Excellence series displayed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. Artist Terry Murray, PhD, has created a sculptural community that “explores human diversity, complexity, strength, and vulnerability.”  The sculptures are made of reclaimed/recycled wood and found objects each with individual meaning. The exhibit is “designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in the context of the viewers’ lives, and in the context of our turbulent, challenging world,” explains Murray. Simply Human will be on display February 7 through April 21, 2017.

The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry MurrayA reception at which the artist will explain his concept of the exhibit and take questions is scheduled for February 25, 2017 from 4 to 6pm. His short talk followed by Q & A will start at 5pm.  The reception, which is free and open to the public, also celebrates Last Saturdays, the Newburgh arts initiative.

Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry Murray    [ to top ] Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. During spring break, March 18 – 26, the college is closed.

The Artists of Excellence series spotlights highly talented regional artists.  The vitrine cases in which the pieces are shown are glass on all sides and are set next to full-length windows affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the artworks.

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership. He will be giving a master class on his sculptures in April about which details are forthcoming.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Terry Murray, PhD, artist; The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry Murray; Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry Murray

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Earthquakes: Crushing Cataclysms of Disaster ~ Why? Where? HERE??

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Approximately 250 million years ago the supercontinent Pangaea was formed by the closing of the Atlantic Ocean. Evidence of the impact on North America being hit by Africa during the formation of Pangaea can be identified in several places in Orange County according to geologist Lawrence O’Brien who sights a drag fold along a thrust fault that is recognizable along Interstate 84 between Middletown and Port Jervis.

Lawrence O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Geology, SUNY OrangeO’Brien is a professor emeritus having recently retired last May after teaching for 43 years at SUNY Orange. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experience about plate tectonics and recognizing faults in his upcoming lecture, Earthquakes: Crushing Cataclysms of Disaster ~ Why? Where? HERE??

Lawrence O’Brien pointing at a drag fold along a thrust fault located along I-84 between Middletown and Port JervisThe presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Orange Hall Gallery on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7pm. Even if you have little understanding of earthquakes and motions of the Earth’s crust, or geology in general, through his engaging manner, O’Brien will instill in attendees a working knowledge as well as curiosity of the topic.

Lawrence O’Brien holds a BS from the University of Dayton and an MS from the University of Michigan.

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

Images, top to bottom: Lawrence O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Geology, SUNY Orange; Lawrence O’Brien pointing at a drag fold along a thrust fault located along I-84 between Middletown and Port Jervis

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Black Angels Over Tuskegee

RESCHEDULED to
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)
Originally Scheduled for Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3pm

Who were the Tuskegee Airmen and what is their significance in American history?

The Cast of Black Angels Over TuskegeeCommonly referenced as the Tuskegee Airmen, these men came together to participate in the Army Air Corps program, called “Tuskegee Experiment,” which sought to train and prepare African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft.

The group included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance, instructors, and support staff personnel who were charged with keeping the planes operable and in the air. The Tuskegee Airmen conquered isolation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II forming the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements paved the way for full integration of the United States military.

playwright Layon Gray plays the character Quentin Dorsey in the play Black Angels Over TuskegeeThe award-winning Off-Broadway play Black Angels Over Tuskegee presents the story of the first group of African-American Fighter Pilots of the 99th Pursuit Squadron in WWII. Come to this “vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating” production in Orange Hall Theatre at 3pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017, rescheduled from Sunday, February 12, 2017 because of inclement weather.  Immediately following the presentation, the 8-man cast will come out on stage for a talk-back with the audience.

NYTheatre.com comments, “Black Angels Over Tuskegee is a deeply wonderful production that takes an important historical event, presents it in a very intimate manner, and demands a personal response to its characters.” The play is the work of playwright Layon Gray who also acts, directs, and choreographs the performance and has used conversational dialogue to engage the audience. Black Angels Over Tuskegee won the 2009 NAACP Award, the 2009 ADA Award, and the 2010 NYC Audelco Special Achievement Award.

The Cast of Black Angels Over TuskegeeTickets 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 2pm before the performance.

This event is kindly co-sponsored by Walden Savings Bank, the Evelyn & John Morrison Fund, the Williams Family, and the SUNY Orange Foundation.

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: The Cast of Black Angels Over Tuskegee; playwright Layon Gray plays the character Quentin Dorsey in the play Black Angels Over Tuskegee; The Cast of Black Angels Over Tuskegee

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Delicious Duos -- Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Chamber music is intimate by nature because it is composed for small groups of instruments each with its own voice and playing a different part. The music is usually performed in a venue smaller than a concert hall so the musicians and audience are in close proximity to each other, thereby making “the music of friends”* an appropriate description.

Laurie Carney, violinist, American String QuartetViolinist Laurie Carney of the American String Quartet and her friend pianist David Friend are performing in concert Delicious Duos -- Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin, music by four composers from four countries. Compositions by Russian Sergei Prokofiev, Frenchman Claude Debussy, and American Chris Parker are included on this varied program, which finishes with a sonata by German Ludwig von Beethoven.

Come and be a part of an afternoon of “music of friends” on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3pm in Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY.

David Friend, pianistMusicians Carney and Friend enjoy working with and playing pieces by living composers as they did when they came to Orange Hall Theatre in 2014. This time local musician/composer Chris Parker, professor of music at SUNY Orange, is featured with his work “Duo for Violin and Piano.”  Known for his original Latin, funky, and straight ahead jazz, Chris Parker also composes chamber music.

A founding member of the American String Quartet, Laurie Carney holds the distinction of performing quartets longer than any woman in this elite field. As chamber musician and soloist, David Friend is dedicated to adventurous projects that push boundaries and explore new ideas about what contemporary pianism can be in the twenty-first century. 

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 2pm before the performance. Students should pick up their tickets at the box office.

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.

*[quote by composer Richard H. Walthew, 1909]

Images, top to bottom: Laurie Carney, violinist, American String Quartet; David Friend, pianist

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They Walked These Paths Before Us: Honoring the Indigenous History of Orange County

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Evan Pritchard, award-winning historianQuassaic, Kowawese, Skonanokee, Mistucky ~ Sound familiar? These are Native American place names in Orange County. Find out their meanings at a lecture to be given by Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi'kmaq who are a First Nations people indigenous to Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec and who also live in Newfoundland and northeast Maine, but are of the common origin of the Algonquins. Pritchard,  (Abachbahamitch in Mi’kmaq) who has studied with elders, and, in turn, has developed programs and taught at many colleges and universities including Marist, Vassar, and Pace, is presently the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture in Rosendale, NY. He studied Orange County’s local indigenous language, Munsee Delaware, with the esteemed late elder Beulah Timothy.

They Walked These Paths Before Us: Honoring the Indigenous History of Orange County

This talk on local Native American history will take place in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Dugout canoe, replica carved at the Lenape Village of the Churchville Nature Center in PABeginning with drum songs and cedar flute, Pritchard will share translations, identify major villages, and describe how Newburgh has always been a hub for travel on land and water, and why the marina was one of the most important Native American ferry boat landings in the mid-Hudson region. Using maps, Pritchard will also explain how Routes 52, 32, 9W, 94, and 207 owe their existence to Native American ingenuity.

Left pot is Munsee style, right pot is Unami style potteryAn award-winning historian, Pritchard received the Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Lifetime Achievement award for New York State History. He is well known for his commentaries on the History Channel and radio appearances. Pritchard has authored many books including Native New Yorkers and Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York, as well as No Word For Time, and Bird Medicine.  He has also published extensively on the Lenape, including Introduction to Lenape Words and Phrases and Touring Native New York. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Korean, and other languages.

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.

Images, top to bottom (provided by Evan Pritchard): Evan Pritchard, award-winning historian; Dugout canoe, replica carved at the Lenape Village of the Churchville Nature Center in PA; Left pot is Munsee style, right pot is Unami style pottery

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