June 2017 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
4/28 - 8/1 Exhibit SURFACE ~ Silver, Plexiglas, Other Materials ~ handmade jewelry & objects by Josiah Dearborn NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
5/3 - 6/15 Exhibit Reflection ~ Pastel and Oil Paintings by Sally Berger MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe
5/5 - 6/15 Exhibit Middletown Art Group 2017 Members' Spring Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
6/1 - 8/1 Exhibit Raptor Rapture ~ Birds of Prey of the Hudson Valley ~ NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery

SURFACE ~ Silver, Plexiglas, Other Materials ~ handmade jewelry & objects by Josiah Dearborn

Friday, April 28, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Josiah Dearborn, artistJo Dearborn likes to work with his hands. He creates art in metals and Plexiglas that he forms, pierces, casts, rivets, dyes, laser-cuts, sandblasts into jewelry and other objects. He also sculpts in wood.

To fully appreciate his art, come to the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall where the works are on display in the glass, vitrine cases April 28 through August 1, 2017.  Of a variety of sizes and shapes, representational and abstract, they all come under the title   

SURFACE

Silver, Plexiglas, Other Materials

handmade jewelry & objects

by Josiah Dearborn.

His art background includes being educated at Johns Hopkins University, Silvermine College of Art, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. Through study and life experiences, he has been influenced by Medieval, Irish, Viking, and Scythian cultures as well as Art Nouveau.

Earrings, acrylic-balls with spiral silver inlay by Josiah Dearborn; Hollow-heart Pendant, repoussé with sawn design by Josiah DearbornHe has been an industrial designer and modelmaker, and a fabricator of interactive science exhibits. Over the years, he has admired the shapes of medieval armor, heraldic shields and symbols, architectural detail, and any carved creatures. He watched his father build things and learned to enjoy process and detail. His studies, observing, and hands-on work all have formulated his concepts of art.

Flame, yellow flame: plexiglas (acrylic), formed/carved/dyed, wood & miscellaneous found plastic by Josiah Dearborn His exhibit continues the Artists of Excellence series which spotlights highly talented regional artists and gives the college community and the community-at-large the opportunity of viewing exquisite pieces in various media by professional artists.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 8am to 9pm and Friday - 8am to 5pm through May. The college is closed during Memorial Day Weekend, and also on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in June and July.

A reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 from 5 to 7:30pm during which Joy Zelada will play classical guitar. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets (GPS: 73 First St) on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Josiah Dearborn, artist; Earrings, acrylic-balls with spiral silver inlay by Josiah Dearborn; Hollow-heart Pendant, repoussé with sawn design by Josiah Dearborn; Flame, yellow flame: plexiglas (acrylic), formed/carved/dyed, wood & miscellaneous found plastic by Josiah Dearborn

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Reflection

Sally Berger, artist, in her studioWednesday, May 3 to Thursday, June 15, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Reflection is the title of the 15-piece solo exhibit by Sally Berger. She chose that title as the paintings reflect her positive view “inspired by the beautiful area where she resides.” The show will be on view in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe May 3 through June 15, 2017 with a reception on Sunday, May 21 from 1 to 4pm. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Elm and Church, pastel by Sally BergerAt 91, soon to be 92, this nonagenarian is an active artist and continues to paint at her home or with her friends of the Garret Society, a longstanding art group originally formed to learn from and paint with the late Lisa Specht with whom Sally Berger studied for many years through the Arts Council of Orange County. Specht was a highly-regarded pastelist who taught also at the Arts Students League in NYC. Berger is also a member of the Middletown Art Group.

The southwestern Ulster County village of Ellenville has been home to Berger ever since she married the late Louis Berger. She grew up in nearby Spring Glen. She is the mother of five and the grandmother of ten.

Summertime, pastel by Sally BergerBerger loves to paint still lifes with flowers, fruit, and vegetables as well as landscapes and portraits. Her show is a mix of these works, mostly in pastels with an oil included. In addition to the private collections of which her works are a part, over the years, she has exhibited her paintings at Kent Art Association, Eisenhower Hall, the Lycian Center, and the Ellenville Public Library.

Come celebrate with her during the reception or enjoy her exhibit during regular gallery hours, Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-6pm through May. The college is closed on Memorial Day Weekend and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in June.

Orange Hall is located on the campus of SUNY Orange 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: Sally Berger, artist, in her studio; Elm and Church, pastel by Sally Berger; Summertime, pastel by Sally Berger

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Middletown Art Group 2017 Members' Spring Exhibition

Friday, May 5 to Thursday, June 15, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

The Middletown Art Group [MAG] continues its celebration into its seventh decade of being an active, creative organization with the Middletown Art Group 2017 Members’ Spring Exhibition. Diversity in membership, technique, and concept are exemplified through the various media by the 75+ pieces: oils, acrylics, pastels, encaustics, watercolors, tempera, mixed media, photography, collage, charcoal, driftwood, and stone.

Many Thanks 2, photograph of small watercolor paintings by Denise Shelby IsseksThe exhibit will be on view in Orange Hall Gallery May 5 through June 15, 2017. During this timeframe a memorial exhibit honoring three members who have passed away this year will be displayed in the Orange Hall Gallery Loft. Watercolors by Mickie MacMillan, Eugenia Mitchell, and Walter Bill will be featured. In addition, a solo show of the works of longtime MAG member, Sally Berger, will be exhibited in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

Devolution, driftwood by Barbara BonhamHighlighting the shows is the reception from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, May 21. In 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 Dennis Fanton in oil, Lynwa Kreimann in watercolor, and Marion Teehan in pastel. They will explain as they create and also, will welcome questions. At the end of the reception, prizes will be awarded to exhibiting members.

The exhibition 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. The college is closed on Memorial Day Weekend and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in June.

Curious Cat, oil on canvas by Oluwafiropo Margaret IbitoyeThe 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 throughout the year sponsors demonstrations and lectures which promote the study of the arts.

Even 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 award-winning oil painter, Peter Fiore, who states, “I am interested in making the simple profound, always searching for that universal moment in the world around us.”

Show co-chairs are Ronnie Plucinski and Denise Shelby Isseks, 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: Many Thanks 2, photograph of small watercolor paintings by Denise Shelby Isseks; Devolution, driftwood by Barbara Bonham; Curious Cat, oil on canvas by Oluwafiropo Margaret Ibitoye

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Raptor Rapture ~ Birds of Prey of the Hudson Valley ~

Thursday, June 1, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Avocations come in the forms of an activity completely different from a person’s career job or an activity that comes from or is complementary to one’s life’s work. In the new exhibit which is on view June 1 through August 1, 2017 in the Mindy Ross Gallery, both forms are displayed.

Steven Sachs, DMD, photographerRaptor Rapture ~ Birds of Prey of the Hudson Valley ~ is a magnificent visual experience of birds of prey in their natural habitats in the Hudson Valley. Photographer Steven Sachs spends endless hours going to view his subjects and then capturing images of them in the wild.  He finds that to be “very satisfying.” In addition to photographs of varying sizes, the exhibit includes many poems about birds by Diane Bliss. She acknowledges in her poetry the inspiration that birds give her. “Symbolically, especially in Celtic culture, which has influenced me as well, birds are spiritual creatures, messengers, connectors between earth (and often water) and sky, heaven or the Other World.”

Diane Bliss, MA, professor of English at SUNY OrangeInterestingly, Steven Sachs, DMD, is a respected and established dentist in Monroe. He loves, however, to be outdoors and always has his camera. “I was boating with my brother-in-law on Long Island Sound. A chance encounter with an osprey nest in 1998 got me started photographing raptors,” he mentions. “Since then I have been documenting the behaviors and the beauty of birds of prey with my photographs.”

Now, in her twenty-fifth year as a professor of English at SUNY Orange, Diane Bliss has been writing about nature “as a theme subject, a metaphor, or symbol” since her youth. Before obtaining BA and MA degrees from Hartwick College and SUNY Binghamton, respectively, she received an AAS from SUNY College of Short-eared Owl, photograph by Steven SachsEnvironmental Science & Forestry. “Birds have shown up in a number of ways in my poetry, either as a central subject or a fleeting observation,” Bliss states. “Now as I have become a more serious but still amateur birder, these creatures of flight continue to amaze and inspire me with their variety of colors, sizes, songs, and habits,” she continues.

On Wednesday, June 28, from 5:30 to 8pm, a reception is scheduled for the show which loosely pairs photographs with words. The artists, photographer Sachs and poet Bliss will discuss their avocations.  Dr. Sachs will explain his development of technique and his fascination with and documentation of raptors through photographing while Prof. Bliss will read a selection of her poems giving brief background on each.

The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours in June and July are Monday through Thursday 8am to 9pm.  The college is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in June and July, and on Independence Day, July 4.

The Mindy Ross Gallery is situated in the eastern section of the first floor of Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Steven Sachs, DMD, photographer; Diane Bliss, MA, professor of English at SUNY Orange; Short-eared Owl, photograph by Steven Sachs

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

All Cultural Affairs Events are open to the public and all buildings are universally accessible.

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