June 2016 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
3/29 - 6/15 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ What Wood You Make? NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
5/5 - 6/8 Exhibit Middletown Art Group 2016 Members' Spring Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
5/9 - 6/8 Exhibit Remade Reality: Photo Collages ~ Reality Painted ~ Ceramic Sculptures ~ artworks by Richard Weber MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
5/18 - 8/4 Exhibit Scenes of Newburgh NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
6/12 - 7/20 Exhibit River Valley Artists Guild Summer 2016 Members Show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
6/21 - 8/4 Exhibit Newburgh Now and Then and Growing Up in Newburgh NBG Kaplan Hall, first floor
6/25,
5 p.m.
Reading Newburgh Last Saturdays -- #NBLS: The Supernatural World of Shakespeare NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery and foyer

Artists of Excellence ~ What Wood You Make?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Andy Komonchak, artistThe Artists of Excellence series continues at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall by highlighting Bloomingburg resident and versatile artist Andy Komonchak.  His exhibit titled What Wood You Make? showcases his handcrafted wooden bowls and beautiful utilitarian items.  From March 29 through June 15, 2016, the show can be viewed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery.  The space features abundant lighting and affords viewers the opportunity of observing three-dimensional artwork from multiple angles.

Birch Cup by Andy KomonchakKomonchak states, “I really enjoy the ability to go out into my woods and find a log that I cut to put on the lathe and turn into something beautiful and utilitarian. Oftentimes, the uglier and scruffier the original, the more beautiful and interesting is the final result.”  In addition to being a wood turner, he has been a furniture builder, a watercolorist, and a pen and ink artist. He also enjoys making garden sculpture.

On the opening day of his exhibit, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7pm, Andy Komonchak will demonstrate on a small lathe and take ongoing Q & A.  The presentation, The Joy of Wood-turning, will be held in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 that opens to the Foyer where his artwork is on display.  The exhibit and demonstration are free and open to the public.

Orange County has been Komonchak’s home for 28 years and during that time, he has made his mark.  His commercial arts firm which he brought from Denver, ARK Graphics, Inc. Marketing and Design Business, has been successful and well-respected. He was a Founding Board Member of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. and presently, serves as its executive director. In 2010, he received Orange County’s Pinnacle of Leadership Award.  In 2014, he received from the Orange County Citizens Foundation the Ottaway Award.  In 2016, he was honored with the Tuskegee Airmen Leadership Mentor Award. In addition, he was a founding member of the Orange County Arts Council and served on the committees of the Orange County Citizens Foundation Marketing Committee, the STEWMAC – 105th Air Wing – Stewart Military Affairs Committee, the Hudson Valley Honor Flight Board, and is currently the Board Chair of Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 3.

Bowl and Bracelet by Andy KomonchakHe attended SUNY Cortland and SUNY Farmingdale, and received a degree in Commercial Art and Design.

The exhibit is presented for viewing during regular college hours Monday through Thursday 8am - 8pm and Friday 8am - 5pm.  The foyer is also open on Sunday, April 10 from 2:30 - 5pm, on Mondays, April 4 and 18 until 8:30pm and April 11 until 9pm, and on Saturday, April 30 from 4 - 7pm for Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS. The college is closed on Fridays in June.

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

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

Images, top to bottom: Andy Komonchak, artist; Birch Cup by Andy Komonchak; Bowl and Bracelet by Andy Komonchak

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Middletown Art Group 2016 Members' Spring Exhibition

Thursday, May 5, 2016 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

A celebration of continuance and the arts is being planned for the reception of the Middletown Art Group 2016 Members’ Spring Exhibition. Mark your calendars for this 1 to 4pm bash on Sunday, May 15 in Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange. Get ready to sing Happy Birthday, blow out the candles, and have a piece of cake to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the organization.

Angst, driftwood and mixed-media by Barbara BonhamIn keeping with the lively afternoon, pianist Bev Poyerd will play selections of jazz, show, and classical music on the baby grand.  During the reception, mini-demonstrations will be given by members Bob Scully painting with oils, Catherine DeMaio making collages, and Starr Novak working with a combination in mixed media. They will explain as they create and also, will welcome questions.

Girl with Pears, water soluble oil by Ray SchuettichThe exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The timeframe of the show extends May 5 through June 8, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 9am to 8pm and Friday - 9am to 6pm through May. In June, the college is closed on Fridays.

The organization was established in 1946 “for the purpose of exchanging ideas between artists, craftsmen, art teachers, and students and of providing an atmosphere in which to improve individual skills and respect for the efforts of others.”  MAG continues that tradition and sponsors demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions which promote the study of the arts.

Showcasing well over 100 works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, encaustics, charcoal, pencils, photography, collage, mixed media, recycled objects, and sculpture, the exhibit will offer a view of the wide variety of diverse styles and techniques of the more than 50 members whose works will be displayed.  In addition, a special section will feature the works of past members presented in memoriam.

African Woman Frying Akara (Blackeye Bean Cake), oil on canvas by Oluwafiropo Margaret IbitoyeEven though the name “Middletown Art Group” seems to give the impression of exclusiveness to Middletown residents, that is not the case as members reside in other parts of Orange County as well as Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Sussex, and Pike Counties.

This year’s show judge is Gene Bové, who is known for his oil painting en plein air. A founder of the Wallkill River School and Gallery, Bové is a signature member of the New York Plein Air Painters and the Pine Bush Area Arts Council. In 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Arts Award from the Orange County Arts Council. Prizes will be awarded during the reception.

Show co-chairs are Anne W. Kelly and Renee Buckheit along with Barbara Bonham coordinating and designing the catalog.

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

Images, top to bottom: Angst, driftwood and mixed-media by Barbara Bonham, winner of Best of Show; Girl with Pears, water soluble oil by Ray Schuettich; African Woman Frying Akara (Blackeye Bean Cake), oil on canvas by Oluwafiropo Margaret Ibitoye

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Remade Reality: Photo Collages ~ Reality Painted ~ Ceramic Sculptures ~ artworks by Richard Weber

Monday, May 9, 2016 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Cathedral Interior, Barcelona, photo collage by Richard WeberA solo show of the artworks of Richard Weber will be on view in Orange Hall Gallery Loft May 9 through June 8, 2016. Not uncommon during many artists’ careers is the focusing and refocusing of their efforts to create. Changing medium or predominant color may be influenced by the season or another artist or teacher or just life. This exhibit will demonstrate Weber’s diverse interests and his means of expressing them. If it weren’t clearly stated that this body of work has been done by one individual, viewers could surmise it to be that of three artists.

Guardian, Clay and Wood by Richard WeberRemade Reality: Photo Collages ~ Reality Painted ~ Ceramic Sculptures includes many years of work brought together. The collages consist of snippets of close-up and slightly enhanced photographs in geometric shapes, offering a kaleidoscope prospective. The acrylic paintings are his latest works and consist of local landscapes and abandoned stable buildings. The third distinct section of the show is comprised of hollow clay spheres which were made through a process of marking and carving before the clay dried, then finishing by being double-fired, with glazing between the firings. To expand upon the sculptural statement, the spheres are placed upon small sculpted clay or wood pedestals.

Collapse, acrylic on canvas by Richard WeberThe reception at which the artist will be present is scheduled simultaneously with the Middletown Art Group’s Members Exhibit reception on Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 4pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday ~ 9am to 8pm and Friday ~ 9am to 6pm through May. In June, the college is closed on Fridays.

Weber has been drawn to art since the third grade. He continued his love of art through school and eventually attended SUNY New Paltz, but left without a degree. He considers himself self-taught. Throughout the past forty- plus years, he has nurtured that love of art by creating a variety of works many of which are on display.

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

Images, top to bottom: Cathedral Interior, Barcelona, photo collage by Richard Weber; Guardian, Clay and Wood by Richard Weber; Collapse, acrylic on canvas by Richard Weber

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Scenes of Newburgh

Thursday, May 18, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The focus of the new show at the Mindy Ross Gallery is Newburgh!

The Academy of Music—1906, Newburgh, NY, pen and ink print by Bob ScullyScenes of Newburgh depicts old Newburgh in the early 1900s through pen and inks, and present day, in paintings done in oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors in vivid as well as muted colors. Drawings and paintings of some of Newburgh’s grand architecture  are included in the show as are genre paintings which  visually describe city dwellers.  Several historic buildings and monuments are illustrated as are river activities.

Academy Field, oil by Kate FerriterIt’s Newburgh in glory and in the mundane.  It’s ordinary life with a sense of beauty.

The exhibit is on view May 18 through August 4, 2016. During May and August, the gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.  In June and July, the gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm, plus Last Saturdays June 25 from 4 to 7pm and July 30 from 5 to 7pm.

Come and enjoy viewing the various styles and techniques employed by the nine participating artists who are past or present residents as well as some who live in nearby communities: Bob Scully, Martha Zola, Diane Ouzoonian, Mary Mugele Sealfon, Kate Ferriter, Mitchell Saler, Clayton Buchanan, Ellin Kristofik, and the late Mary Evelyn Whitehill.

Flying Kites at Tower of Victory, oil by Mitchell SalerOn May 28, the art reception will be held from 4 to 7pm. This event also celebrates #NBLS Last Saturdays, an arts initiative in Newburgh. During the reception, Newburgh resident and superb musician, Joy Zelada, will play selections on his classical guitar from his repertoire of music from the Renaissance through the present day.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, which is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, where free secure parking is available at the entrance to the garage, 73 First St.

For more information, contact 845-341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: The Academy of Music—1906, Newburgh, NY, pen and ink print by Bob Scully; Academy Field, oil by Kate Ferriter; Flying Kites at Tower of Victory, oil by Mitchell Saler

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River Valley Artists Guild Summer 2016 Members Show

Sunday, June 12, 2016 to Wednesday, June 20, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Decorative Floral Design, acrylic by Joan KehlenbeckA dozen years ago a few artists in the western Orange County -- eastern Pike County area decided to form a new art group. The River Valley Artists Guild, as it came to be known, is open to visual artists and artisan crafts people. Most of the members live in the communities bordering the Delaware River. In addition, members also reside in other areas of Orange County, plus Sussex, Sullivan, and Westchester Counties. Led by hard-working, enthusiastic artist Joan Kehlenbeck of Cuddebackville, the group welcomes new members.

Best of Show, watercolor by Al ChampyAs the RVAG celebrates its twelfth anniversary with the River Valley Artists Guild Summer 2016 Members Show, artworks will be displayed by 25 of its members in several media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photographs, fabric art, weaving, and jewelry. The venue is Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange, located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)

Mirror Mirror, acrylic by Daniela CooneyThis year the exhibit runs June 12 through July 20.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 9am to 6pm. In June and July, the college is closed on Fridays, and, of course on Independence Day, July 4th.

Two members will be sharing their talents during the reception scheduled for Sunday, June 12 from 1 to 4. Al Champy of Shohola, PA will give a demonstration of traditional watercolor on 140lb Arches cold press watercolor paper entitled “Barnyard Wonder.” Joan Kehlenbeck will explain through her “One Stroke Decorative Floral Designs” how she paints on wooden trays and containers in acrylic. In addition, music will be provided throughout by pianist Emily Landsman of the Hamlet of Wallkill.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. 

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

Images, top to bottom: Decorative Floral Design, acrylic by Joan Kehlenbeck; Best of Show, watercolor by Al Champy; Mirror Mirror, acrylic by Daniela Cooney

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Newburgh Now and Then and Growing Up in Newburgh

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016
first floor, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

High Street 1930's, photo provided by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the HighlandsFilmmaker/photographer and member of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands (HSNBH), Joe Santacroce, who has created several videos about various topics on Newburgh’s rich history, is responsible for organizing the Newburgh Now and Then exhibit. This extensive show has been on exhibit at the Heritage Center which is also the office and space of the City Historian of Newburgh, Mary McTamaney.  It is a comparative exhibit of historic and present day photographs, and “exemplifies both the status and growth of the city today and the beauty of yesteryear,” states McTamaney. The historic photos have been provided by the historical society and the photos of today were taken by Joe Santacroce.

High Street Site 2015, photo by Joe SantacroceSelected from this large exhibit of paired photographs, those on view in the tall glass vitrine cases on the first floor of Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, were chosen because of their close proximity to the SUNY Orange campus.

Citizenship Class 1924, photo provided by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the HighlandsIn addition, in the horizontal glass vitrine cases on the first floor of Kaplan Hall, is Growing Up in Newburgh, an exhibit of photographs taken from family albums. "The concept is to convey the ephemeral and transient nature of memories such as this and simulate a walk through individual memories of a community," explains Russell Lange, member of the HSNBH who curated the show in its original form at the historical society.

The timeframe of the shows, which are free and open to the public, is June 21 through August 4, 2016 from 8am to 5pm Monday through Thursday, and additionally, Saturdays, June 25, 4-7 and July 30, 5-7.

Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, GPS: 73 First St.

For more information, contact 845-341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: High Street 1930's, photo provided by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands; The SUNY Orange entrance plaza, Washington Center, from Broadway covers the earlier residential neighborhood of High Street, photo by Joe Santacroce; Citizenship Class 1924, photo provided by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands

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Newburgh Last Saturdays -- #NBLS: The Supernatural World of Shakespeare

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 5pm
Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

And now for something completely different…Supernatural Shakespeare!
…at Newburgh Last Saturdays -- #NBLS on June 25, 2016 from 4 to 7pm:

“I’ll give thee fairies to attend on thee;
And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep,
And sing while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep.
And I will purge thy mortal grossness so,
That thou shalt like an aery spirit go.”
--A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3 Scene 1

April 23 was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and gave rise to thousands of Shakespeare events around the world. 2016 continues to be an international “Shakespeare Year,” and the celebration will be spotlighted at SUNY Orange with a family-friendly event on Saturday, June 25, The Supernatural World of Shakespeare.

Joanne Zipay, dramaturg, teacher, author (photo by Taylor Griffin)Featured during the late afternoon in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, will be writer Joanne Zipay of New Windsor. Beginning at 5pm, she will read selections from her new book Come, You Spirits! The Supernatural World of Shakespeare – A Guide for Critical Thinking and Creative Activities, which was additionally co-authored by Milton Polsky and Warren Wyss. Teachers, parents, and children, as well as anyone interested in Shakespeare and the supernatural may find themselves captivated by Zipay’s energetic presentation. Come learn about the fairies and mysterious spirits featured in Shakespeare’s plays. Hear them speak through his beautiful verse, and engage in some “magical” activities!

In addition to Shakespeare and his supernatural world, two exhibits will be on view. In the Mindy Ross Gallery, Scenes of Newburgh – Paintings and Pen & Inks features the works of nine visual artists. Also, in the tall glass vitrine cases in Kaplan Hall, Newburgh Now and Then is a comparative exhibit of historical photographs and present day photos taken of the same place by Joe Santacroce. The photos were chosen because of their close proximity to the SUNY Orange campus and are part of a larger collection from city historian Mary McTamaney.

book cover for Come, You Spirits! The Supernatural World of Shakespeare – A Guide for Critical Thinking and Creative ActivitiesFollowing the dramatic reading, Zipay will do a book signing. A director, educator, and dramaturg specializing in Shakespeare, she is an adjunct instructor in the Arts and Communication Department at SUNY Orange, and assistant Cultural Affairs coordinator.  In February, she gave a lecture on Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway at the Middletown campus.  And Zipay recently returned from her annual Guest Artist residency at Collin College/Collin Theatre Center, Plano, TX.  She is currently a director as well as resident dramaturg and voice coach at Children’s Shakespeare Theatre in Palisades, NY.  She was the founder and for over 20 years artistic director/producer of Judith Shakespeare Company of NYC. The British Theatre Guide wrote, “Ms. Zipay has a passion and mastery of the text which is awe-inspiring.”

Titania and Oberon meet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 1, The Children’s Shakespeare, published by Henry Frowde, Hodder & Stoughton, New York and London,1909Zipay obtained a BA in Education in English and Theatre at SUNY Oneonta and holds an MFA in the Professional Actor Training Program of the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre. She has adjuncted at the Stella Adler Conservatory in NYU, at CUNY, and Pace University, NYC. She has worked as an actor, director, and educator in theatre across the country for over 35 years.  Her work and words are featured in the recently released books, Directing Shakespeare in America: Current Practices and Shakespeare and Gender in Practice.

Advance reviews of the new book Come, You Spirits! The Supernatural World of Shakespeare - A Guide for Critical Thinking and Creative Activities include the following:

Come, You Spirits! is a much-needed addition to the considerable canon of works about Shakespeare’s plays; a fun and highly-informative journey through the Bard’s world of ghosts, sprites, witches, and other supernatural beings. I can’t think of a better or more practical resource on this subject. —Philip C. Sneed, former President, Shakespeare Theatre Association and Producing Artistic Director, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
This guide is a tremendous resource for theater artists, educators, and students alike.
—Dr. Jonathan Jones, Director of Looking for Shakespeare, NYU.

The reading, reception, and exhibits are free and open to the public. The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall which is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY (GPS: 73 First Street).

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

Images, top to bottom: Joanne Zipay, dramaturg, teacher, author (photo by Taylor Griffin); book cover for Come, You Spirits! The Supernatural World of Shakespeare – A Guide for Critical Thinking and Creative Activities; Titania and Oberon meet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 1, The Children’s Shakespeare, published by Henry Frowde, Hodder & Stoughton, New York and London, 1909

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

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