September 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
9/19,
1 p.m.
Master Class The Greatest Tool: Your Imagination MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
9/20,
11 a.m.
Lecture Four Perfect Pebbles, My Holocaust Story – A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
9/21,
7 p.m.
Lecture John James Audubon and The Birds of America: Nationalism and the Roots of Conservation in the Early Republic MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
9/24,
7 p.m.
Film Manhattan Short Film Festival NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
9/27,
7 p.m.
Lecture The Changing Ecology of the Hudson River Flyway MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
9/28,
6:30 p.m.
Master Class Paint birds? Paint gesture. ~ a master class on painting birds in oil MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Fringe

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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The Greatest Tool: Your Imagination

Monday, September 19, 2016 from 1 to 3:45pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Carlo Adinolfi, co-artistic director of Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT]Devised theatre, visual theatre, and collaboration practices are the topics on the agenda of the theatre workshop, The Greatest Tool: Your Imagination on Monday, September 19, 2016 in Orange Hall Theatre at SUNY Orange. Conducted by two experienced individuals, Carlo Adinolfi and Renee Philippi, the program runs from 1 to 3:45pm and is free and open to the public.

Renee Philippi, co-artistic director of Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT]"Devised theatre is a form of theatre where the script originates not from a writer or writers, but from collaborative, usually improvisatory, work by a group of people, usually, but not necessarily, the performers."  Adinolfi and Philippi will explain the ideas, techniques, and strategies that are essential to these three practices. Attendees will be led in the contemplation and early development of their own devised works.

Adinolfi and Philippi are co-artistic directors of Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT] a multi-disciplinary company that emphasizes the creation of compelling new theatre works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, devising, music, and the visual arts. The new works focus on the individual's struggle for identity and society's struggle for cohesion.

Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT] logoAdinolfi holds a BSc in Mathematics from Warwick University, a public research university in Coventry, England, UK. He went on to study dance at Goldsmith College in London and Dance Notation Bureau in NYC. He has done numerous residencies, received the Independent Artists Challenge Program Award, and teaches set design at Simon's Rock [early] College and Sarah Lawrence College.

Philippi received a BA from the University of Michigan at Flint and an MA in Creative Writing/English and an MFA in Theatre/Directing from CUNY. She is an alumna of the Women’s Project Directors Forum, Spiderwoman Theatre, and Ice Factory Festival. She has done many Artist-in-Residences. A member of a Lincoln Center's Directors Lab, she has directed and adapted plays in many states across the country as well as internationally.

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

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

Images, top to bottom: Carlo Adinolfi, co-artistic director of Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT]; Renee Philippi, co-artistic director of Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT]; Concrete Temple Theatre [CTT] logo

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Four Perfect Pebbles, My Holocaust Story – A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11am
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

Marion Blumenthal LazanImagine spending your formative years in a Nazi concentration camp, separated from family members and trying to understand the horror going on around you. Fathers and sons were put in the men’s barracks. Mothers and daughters were put in the women's barracks where they slept together in one cot, sharing one thin blanket with no heat in bitterly cold German winters.

This was life for Marion Blumenthal Lazan.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11am, she is coming to SUNY Orange to share her experiences at Westerbork detention and transit camp in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She says that during those horrific years she played a game with herself. “I would search for four pebbles. In my mind, if I'd find those four pebbles it meant that my family would all survive.”

Marion Blumenthal Lazan at age 7The memory of that game, which signified her mother, father, brother, and herself, coupled with “her mother's inner strength and positive outlook on life” inspired her to write what has become an award-winning memoir called Four Perfect Pebbles. After her talk, Lazan will do a book signing.

Even though she and her mother and father and brother and others in the concentration camps had to endure all sorts of hardships, she carries a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.  What is particularly uplifting about this Holocaust survivor is her message. She states, “I stress the need for love, respect and tolerance for one another, regardless of religious belief, color of the skin, race or national origin.”

Marion Blumenthal Lazan will give her presentation

Four Perfect Pebbles, My Holocaust Story –
A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope

in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering located at the corner of Wawayanda and East Conkling Avenues, Middletown.

This event is free and open to the public and is offered by Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Marion Blumenthal Lazan; Marion Blumenthal Lazan at age 7

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John James Audubon and The Birds of America: Nationalism and the Roots of Conservation in the Early Republic

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

During September and October five lectures will take place in Orange Hall Gallery. The

BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures

Kerry Dean Carso, PhD, chair and associate professor of art history at SUNY New PaltzLecture Series complements the 115 piece exhibit of the same title in place in the gallery through October 22. The topics vary focusing on habitat relative to climate and land-use changes, bird conservation, indigenous birds, ancestry, and art. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

Golden Eagle, Robert Havell after Audubon, 1833-1838, Hand-colored engraving from The Birds of America, plate 181To offer a perspective on the admiration and appreciation given to birds and the beginnings of conservation in the United States, Professor Kerry Dean Carso will give a lecture entitled John James Audubon and “The Birds of America”: Nationalism and the Roots of Conservation in the Early Republic. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7pm.

In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Carso will demonstrate how John James Audubon’s extraordinary paintings of birds contributed to the development of an American national identity and heightened Americans’ appreciation of wildlife, landscape, and the natural environment. Carso will explain how Audubon’s art contributed to a sense of nationalism and helped plant the roots of future efforts for the conservation of natural resources.

American Flamingo, Robert Havell after Audubon, 1833-1838, Hand-colored engraving from The Birds of America, plate 431Kerry Dean Carso is chair and associate professor of art history at SUNY New Paltz, where she teaches courses on American art and architecture.  Her research focuses on interconnections between the arts and literature in the nineteenth-century United States.  A resident of Matamoras, PA, she has published books and essays, most notably one on architecture in Hudson River School paintings which appeared in the exhibition catalogue for The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society (2009) at the Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY New Paltz campus. In 2014, she authored American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature and was the winner of the 2015 Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society in America. She received a PhD and MA in American Studies from Boston University and an AB in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.  She taught previously at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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

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

Images, top to bottom: Kerry Dean Carso, PhD, chair and associate professor of art history at SUNY New Paltz; Golden Eagle, Robert Havell after Audubon, 1833-1838, Hand-colored engraving from The Birds of America, plate 181; American Flamingo, Robert Havell after Audubon, 1833-1838, Hand-colored engraving from The Birds of America, plate 431

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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The Manhattan Short Film Festival [MSFF] is returning to SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The screening of the ten 2016 winners begins at 7pm in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101.

Now in its 19th consecutive year, the film festival offers the top ten out of 844 submissions from 52 countries. During a ten day period they are shown in venues in over 250 cities on six continents to over 100,000 film lovers 15 years old and over. This year the ten finalists hail from eight countries, with France and Australia represented by two films each.

Here are the films of the 2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival:

Manhattan Short Film Festival GraphicThe Tunnel ~ 12:35 minutes, André Øvredal, Norway

Hold On ~ 20 minutes, Charlotte Scott-Wilson, The Netherlands

Carousel ~ 6 minutes, Kal Webber, England

Kaputt ~ 7 minutes, Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl, Germany

Ella Got A Promotion? ~ 9 minutes, Richard Diaz & Mike Pusateri, USA

Bravoman ~ 18:25 minutes, Evelina Barsegian, Russia

Overtime ~ 8:27 minutes, Craig D. Foster, Australia

I Am A Pencil ~ 5:40 minutes, Joe D’Arcy, Australia

Gorilla ~ 14:05 minutes, Tibo Pincard, France

The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR ~ 16:40 minutes, Romain Quirot, France

After viewing all the films, attendees use the cards they received at entry to vote for their favorite films and actors. The votes from all venues are counted, and the worldwide winners are announced on Monday, October 3 at 10am EST. In addition, for comparison, the results of the local vote by attendees, are announced by Cultural Affairs.

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is not a touring festival; rather, it is a simultaneous celebration of the vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. The short films in the MSFF will be eligible to enter the Oscars. In 2015, Shok (Kosovo), a short live action film was nominated and Bear Story (Chile), an animated short, won an Oscar. Both were screened in the MSFF.

The MSFF is one of the great happenings on this month’s Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS. Admission to the MSFF is inexpensive at $5 for general admission. All students are allowed free entrance. Tickets are available at the door starting at 6pm. So, come out for an intense and enjoyable evening of film art.

In addition, the exhibits in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are open free of charge to the public from 5 to 7pm in Kaplan Hall.

Located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, Kaplan Hall offers free, secure parking in its garage via the entrance at 73 First Street.

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be addressed: (845) 341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Manhattan Short Film Festival Graphic

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The Changing Ecology of the Hudson River Flyway

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7pm
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Tom Lake, estuary naturalist for the NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and editor of the NYSDEC Hudson River AlmanacThe second in the series of five lectures enriching the experience of the exhibit

BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures

will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7pm in Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange.

The topic of the evening lecture, 

The Changing Ecology of the Hudson River Flyway,

will be discussed by Tom Lake, who has worked as an estuary naturalist and educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the past 24 years.

Lake states, “For at least the last 12,000 years, the Hudson River Flyway has been a critical north-south conduit for migratory birds. Users of the flyway, from butterflies to hummingbirds, waterfowl to water birds, and raptors have adapted to the changing environment. However, in historic times, there has been a slow deterioration of habitat and carrying capacity due to natural and unnatural events, from climate change, human ignorance and apathy, to invasive species.” During the presentation, Lake will outline and explain some of the changes already affecting the quality of the flyway as well as those that are looming ahead.

photo by Terry Hardy; Wood Duck, photo by Dwight ReedIn addition to his estuary naturalist/educator position, he continues his position as editor of the NYSDEC Hudson River Almanac, an online natural history journal that presently has more than 18,000 readers.

Great Blue Heron with Goldfish, photo by Terry HardyBorn in the Hudson Valley, Tom Lake has lived in this region all his life except for his two-year military service in Vietnam 1968-1969. As a Hudson Valley archaeologist, he understands the natural history of the Valley through experience and education. He holds a BA from SUNY New Paltz and an MA from SUNY Albany, both in Anthropology.

This lecture as well as the others in this series on birds, is free and open to the public.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue). Free parking is available in the large lot adjacent to Orange Hall.

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

Images, top to bottom: Tom Lake, estuary naturalist for the NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and editor of the NYSDEC Hudson River Almanac; Wood Duck, photo by Dwight Reed; Great Blue Heron with Goldfish, photo by Terry Hardy

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Paint birds? Paint gesture. ~ a master class on painting birds in oil

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:30pm
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love, Muscovy Duck, oil on panel by Joseph SundwallUpon entering Orange Hall Gallery and looking straight forward to the Fringe wall, viewers are treated to the magnificent artworks of the exhibit “Friends of a Feather” ~ Bird Paintings by Joseph Sundwall. Small backyard birds and large water birds are among the many types depicted in this solo show. The paintings are pauses in time: a great blue heron about to take flight, a couple of cardinals on a branch, muscovy ducks in a mating dance. The naturalness of surroundings and replicating of feathers through brushstroke, plus lighting and use of color display the depth of Sundwall’s experience and talent.

Mrs & Mr, Northern Cardinal, oil on panel by Joseph SundwallOn Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:30pm in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe, Joseph Sundwall will demonstrate his technique ‘alla prima,’ meaning ‘direct painting’ and explain why he believes the technique is suitable to the subject of birds. During this session, Paint birds? Paint gesture. ~ a master class on painting birds in oil, Sundwall will share what he considers the most important lessons he has learned in a lifetime of making art: --How seeking the ‘gesture’ of a thing helps the artist to ‘see’ the subject;

--On being scrupulously honest with oneself while making art;

--Why self-criticism is antithetical to the creative act;

--When to stop thinking and start working, and how to know when to say ‘it’s finished’

--What the artist has learned from watching and painting birds.

Solitary, Great Blue Heron, oil on linen by Joseph SundwallHe adds, “I’ve tried to include ‘something for everyone’: the curious, the artist, even the bird-watcher.”

A 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.

Come and learn and enjoy this class with a master painter. The event is free and open to the public.

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: Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love, Muscovy Duck, oil on panel by Joseph Sundwall; Mrs & Mr, Northern Cardinal, oil on panel by Joseph Sundwall; Solitary, Great Blue Heron, oil on linen by Joseph Sundwall

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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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