The Rhinebeck and Red Hook arts communities are hosting the 10th annual Art Along the Hudson (AAH) Spring Kick-off Media Event on Wednesday May 15, 2013. It’s an opportunity to showcase the expanding arts community in the northern area of Dutchess County. The purpose of this AAH event is to bring together business owners, elected officials, artists, arts patrons and the media with a focus on the many and varied cultural opportunities available and how they generate economic growth.
The evening begins in the Rhinebeck High School auditorium at 5:30 p.m., with guest speakers celebrating the role the Arts have in our lives. We are very fortunate to have NYS Senator Terry Gipson and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro share a few words about the Arts and Economic Development in our region. Keynote speaker Liza Donnelly, local cartoonist with the New Yorker, will share her views concerning the Arts and Education.
The celebration continues at the Juried Art Exhibit reception at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 E Market Sreet (in the courtyard behind Bread Alone) in Rhinebeck, with refreshments donated by village restaurants and live music.
The art exhibit was juried by Dennis Anderson, who served as the Director of Curatorial & Tour Services at the Empire State Plaza Art Collection in Albany for 22 years, and Mary-Kay Lombino, who is The Emily Hargroves Fisher ‘57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. They selected artwork representing each of the AAH communities along the Hudson River corridor: Ossining, Peekskill, Garrison/Cold Spring, Beacon, Newburgh, Greater New Paltz Area, Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park, Rhinebeck/Red Hook, Kingston, Saugerties, and Woodstock.
Art Along the Hudson, now expanded to 11 neighborhoods, is a unique year-round collaborative marketing effort to promote towns on or near the river as vibrant arts and cultural communities. It also promotes seven Hudson Valley Studio Tours offering art lovers great opportunities to meet the many artists living and working in the Hudson Valley. A new 2013 brochure will be available at the Kick-Off Event describing the art venues and studio tours.
The Arts are now more than ever a significant economic factor in the revitalization of Main Streets. It is in large part the arts and cultural organizations that help fill restaurants and lodgings, and bring dollars and jobs to the Hudson Valley. From major metropolitan areas to small rural towns, the research shows to what degree the nonprofit arts and culture industry attracts audiences, spurs business development, supports jobs and generates government revenue. Locally, as well as nationally, the arts mean business.
Join us to celebrate our vibrant cultural communities and a year of arts events that will stir the soul and engender prosperity. The Juried Art Exhibit will be on view from Thursday, May 9–Saturday, June 1, at Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 E Market St (the courtyard behind Bread Alone) 845-516-4435. Gallery Hours: Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information on the exhibitions and offerings of the Art Along the Hudson Kick off evening contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.artalongthehudson.com
by Jim Gibbons
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ghost of Christmas past. As strictly a literary device Charles Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Past from his classic A Christmas Carol offers a fantastic exploration of the concept of sentimental changes in our lives.
Using the ghost as his vehicle, Dickens transports Scrooge to a time in his life when he was actually loveable. This miserable cheapskate who psychologically abuses his worker, shows disdain for the needs of the impoverished and the concept of holiday cheer, was at one-time a charming co-worker, adored brother and – of all things – a beloved fiancé. This juxtaposition between who we are now as adults and who we once were has always fascinated me. I must admit, I actually find myself relating more and more with Scrooge as each year passes. I’m especially enamored of the scenes with the younger Scrooge doting on his sister before her untimely death. Growing up watching A Christmas Carol it was lost on me how that tragic loss began Scrooge’s downward spiral away from meaningful relationships beyond business. But for more than two decades that storyline has been the most instructive for me. Since the loss of my younger brother in a car accident back in 1990, I’ve found strange comfort in Scrooge’s visits with the Ghost of Christmas Past – the cautionary tale…there but for the grace of God go I.
As I am sure is the case for most people, my annual consumption of A Christmas Carol triggers the predictable nostalgia for childhood holiday celebrations. But like most people, the whimsical indulgences of my youth have given way to a more pragmatic view of things. And while I generally muster enough holiday cheer each year to avoid ever being an outright humbug, my annual consumption of A Christmas Carol does tend to make me long hopelessly for past Christmas mornings with my brothers and sisters, packed like a pile of puppies in our living room, each of us trying in vain to be patient for our next presents.
Earlier in December I attended the Ulster Ballet’s performance of A Christmas Carol at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston. This has become a special annual tradition for my wife, my kids and me. This year’s performance was made even more special because my sister Peg and her husband Tom, visiting from Connecticut, joined us. My niece’s basketball team from Elms College was unsuccessfully challenging the Bard College women’s team and Peg and Tom decided to make a weekend of it and joined us for Dickens’ classic set to classical music and dance. It was a great night accentuated by my brother-in-law’s observations that he had never seen such revealing costumes on Fezziwig or the Ghost of Christmas Present. Tom and I, grown men snickering like little children over a dancer’s tights. It became a recurring joke the rest of the weekend – very childish indeed. Great fun; unadulterated joy.
I’m not exactly sure why, but this year I find myself more fixated than ever on Scrooge’s visit to his past Christmases. Such a fantastic turn of literature to produce a theme that so resonates with us. Maybe Peg and Tom’s visit has me feeling like a little brother again – irreverently giggling at silly things again; admonished by my big sister and my wife for our immaturity. Maybe this year by the grace of God I am focusing more closely on the lessons of A Christmas Carol. Whatever the reason, I find myself contemplating just how much I have changed from that young boy piled on the couch with his siblings. And I’m wondering at what point my childlike participation in Christmas changed forever. When did the “squeal with delight” indulgence of this or any holiday cease?
I suppose there are seminal moments in all of our lives that we can point to and recognize as the time our lives changed forever – for better or for worse. Religious history is rife with such references. World history is as well. I began writing this piece on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – December 7th, 1941 was certainly a day when our country was changed forever; as was October 29, 1929 and November 22, 1963, and September 11, 2001 and so on. These are different moments in history when different generations moved beyond their collective innocence and were forced to view their world more seriously.
For us personally that moment in time when we are forever changed is a bit harder to pinpoint. But this coming of age conspires against us all and requires us to look at things more seriously. For my part, by the time of my brother’s accident, I know I had already moved beyond that small boy joyfully jostling with his brothers and sisters for position on the Christmas couch. I have barely a memory of participating in Christmas as an adult over the handful of years leading up to that moment when my life was changed forever. So for me it’s an odd little blessing to now be able to think of my brother each year in the context of A Christmas Carol. I am thankful to be visited by those Christmases past this time each year. I am also thankful to be able to see my own childhood joy regenerated in my children’s eyes on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. My wish for them is that they might keep this joy with them and share it forever.
by photographs by Seeger Solutions
The 5th annual Art Studio Views (ASV) studio tour presents a tantalizing smorgasbord of art offerings and demonstrations this Labor Day weekend. For the art-loving public who make Art Studio Views an annual excursion, you will not be disappointed. Visitors can look forward to seeing what’s new at their favorite studio, be it photography, painting, printmaking, or ceramics.
Nearly half of the studios are new to the tour this year for visitors to enjoy sculpture, jewelry, glass, and woodcraft, which have been added to the art menu.
From our southern gateway of Hyde Park and Staatsburg to the northern gateway of Tivoli, Red Hook, and Rhinebeck this free open studio event has everything for browsers, art connoisseurs, or families taking a drive in the country. “Spending two glorious days getting an insider’s view of the various art processes and the spaces where these works of art are created is a memorable and unique experience,” says Joanna Hess, director of ASV 2012. “It takes the mystic and mystery away from the artists living and working in isolation,” she said.
Traveling on the self-directed tour through the towns and hamlets in the Northern Dutchess County area is easy using the downloadable map that can be found on the event’s Web site: www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv. Also on the Web site is a list of the 30 participating artists with samples of the media and range of styles tour-goers will see. “I’ve had the opportunity to photograph each artist in their studio, and walked away with new knowledge and insight about that person’s philosophy on all subjects,” added ASV photographer Alice Seeger. “These particular artists have built a special relationship with one another in a supportive and encouraging way.”
The Rhinebeck Bank, a five-year sponsor of the event, along with Cross River Anesthesiologist Services, are this years’ platinum sponsors of Art Studio Views 2012. Both community-based sponsors anchor the event with their commitment to the arts and enrichment for all people who live, work, and vacation in our area. “With their continued support,” continued Hess, “these sponsors, along with Ameriprise Financial Advisors and additional individually-owned businesses, have helped increase the visibility of these talented individuals who bring an artistic pulse and commerce to our area. We encourage visitors to support our sponsors, as they have supported us.”
Art Studio Views, founded in 2008 by several dedicated artists, is part of a region wide, multi-seasonal celebration of the arts and the creative process. One of its achieved goals is to foster an appreciation for the role that artists play in maintaining the vitality of our Hudson Valley communities.
This year the tour is conveniently organized by town to make it easier for visitors to see more studios in each area. “So, grab your GPS and take a ride!” concludes Hess. “Keep on the look-out for the bright yellow signs, which will guide you to the studios of your choice.”
What “Wood” you do with a BOX?
box by Elizabeth St. Leger
That was the question posed to the artists on this years’ studio tour. As an additional fun element to the Art Studio Views 2012 tour, each artist was given a beautifully hand-crafted wooden box made by Donald Ostoyich of Catskill, NY. These 9”, 5-sided boxes were decorated, sculpted, and built-onto in fanciful ways to celebrate our 5th annual studio tour. It is our way to “give back” and thank our regional community.
The boxes will be displayed in village storefronts in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Hyde Park during the month of August. Each box will be labeled with information linking the visitor to our online auction website. The online auction will continue through September 2nd. Funds raised from this auction will be donated to Vassar Brothers Hospital Pediatric Unit in Poughkeepsie.
By the way-did you know that the material to celebrate the 5th year of commitment is wood?
For further information and a complete list of participating artists, visit www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv, or contact: Joanna Hess, ASV Director, by email at email@example.com. Informational brochures will also be available at the three ASV headquarters locations: Surviving Sisters in Hyde Park; Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck; and Red Hook Community Arts Network Artist’s Collective Gallery in Red Hook.
by Jim Gibbons, photograph by Jen Kiaba
I am so grateful for the gloaming – defined as twilight, that glow of the day just after the sun has set and magic colors endure briefly as the night descends upon the land. I love the concept of the gloaming – the warm residue of a day well-lived; the embers of contentment from a day well-spent. The gloaming makes me happy.
Ironically, I only truly began to contemplate the full magic of “the gloaming” while watching the 1997 HBO movie “In the Gloaming” – a decidedly not happy movie about a young man dying from AIDS returning to his well-to-do parents’ home for the final months – the gloaming – of his life. My wife hates thinking about that movie. Not because it wasn’t well acted; to the contrary, it was acted too well. Glenn Close, the mother, reaffirming her bond with her homosexual son played by Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poets Society) to the exclusion of a self-possessed father masterfully played by the Hudson Valley’s own David Strathairn. As the plot progresses the universally sweet perspective of a mother’s never-ending love for her child is projected wonderfully in Close’s performance.
That movie and Close’s performance hit a nerve with my wife. I watched her feeling every turn, every emotion. I saw her imagining herself as that mother and wife agonizing over the sadness of her husband’s detachment from her son whose lifestyle was humiliating to her husband. Watching that movie, I saw projected in Heather’s eyes the unyielding and unconditional love of a mother for her son at any age; and finally the grief and hopelessness of the loss of a son to an equally unyielding and unconditional illness.
We were just married in 1997, and I was still measuring my life with Heather against our respective reactions to pop culture, movies, music and the like. We rented “In the Gloaming” because we liked Glenn Close and Robert Sean Leonard from past movies. We were four years from having our first child and moving from Connecticut to Strathairn’s Hudson Valley. For me, “In the Gloaming” was heart-wrenching and beautiful and provocative not only because of the compelling story that it told, but because of the wonderful glimpse it gave me into my future – a view of my wife feeling the feelings of a mother four years before the birth of our first child. Heather has always been very in touch with her emotions. But “In the Gloaming” was the first time that I saw my wife’s emotional connectivity in the context of her capacity as a mother and the gloaming has been happily imprinted on my psyche ever since.
To this day, Heather groans whenever I mention that movie. Her plaintive response became more pronounced with the birth of our son; even more anguished with the arrival of his sister a couple years later. My wife’s reaction to the mere mention of the word gloaming is predictable.
Equally predictable is my annual pronouncement at this time of year that Autumn is my favorite season, accented by my predictable proclamation that “we are in the gloaming of the year.” Heather groans. I chuckle. The kids don’t quite get it. But the kids are well aware that I love this time of year. And they say it’s their favorite time too – it is after all the threshold to the holiday season and the predictable pleasure of the traditions that we share each year together as a family. This magic all began in the gloaming for me. It persists in the gloaming every day, every year.
Soon we will have a predictable Thanksgiving meal with familiar people who warm our hearts. We’ll repeat some of the same jokes and songs and stories that we have shared for many years and revel in their newness all the same. We’ll proceed with our holiday season, doing so many of the things that we do every year, experiencing them anew; creating wonderful new memories against a familiar backdrop of the fading light of a year well-lived, whose colors are being seen again for the first time. I am so grateful for the gloaming.
by Corinne Curry, photo by Jim Gibbons
Over the past several years, ARTspace located on Main Street in the center of the hamlet of Germantown has become a major scene for artists and art enthusiasts from the community and surrounding towns. Recognizing that there was no outlet for artistic talent between Tivoli and Hudson, the Germantown Economic Development Committee launched ARTspace in November of 2008 with the generous donation of gallery space by Hal Einhorn. The mission of ARTspace is to establish a forum for the many expressions called “art” and to expand the visibility of Germantown as a great place to do business, to live and to visit.
The quantity and quality of artistic talent in Germantown and the surrounding communities was evident in the inaugural show, Local Color, which featured 27 artists just from our community. Subsequent shows have confirmed the abundance and variety of local talent in style and media, including oil, wood, glass, charcoal, watercolor, contemporary, abstract, classic, photography, and graphic design. The gallery is about 1,900 square feet with natural light from high, wide windows facing Main Street. It has been the perfect place for the artists and the hundreds of guests who have visited the gallery.
Among the exhibits showcasing Germantown talent was Don Crews and Family. Don is a beloved author and illustrator of children’s books. Works by Don’s wife, Ann Jonas – a well-known illustrator and author – and works by their daughter Nina were also represented. Don, Ann and Nina invited children from the Germantown school for a private showing and the opportunity to ask questions about the books by the Crews that they had read. ARTspace has presented jazz afternoons and a demonstration of Flamenco dancing. There was an open house on the porch of the “in-progress” renovation of Central House. Well-known animal photographer, Valerie Shaff, presented some of her famous works and shared the show with Ken Cooke’s powerful photos of Africa and Afghanistan. An entire show of photos of Sonny Rollins in concert by Frederic Ohringer was seen. The graduation class of Judy Pfaff at Bard offered Mamihlapinatapai (called the most succinct word) with highly inventive and exuberant works.
Last year, ARTspace became part museum and part staging area as it served as headquarters for the nationally recognized Germantown 300 Anniversary Celebration of the arrival of the German Palatines to this region settling “East Camp”, which is now Germantown. We in Germantown are so proud that ARTspace is developing into the cultural hub that we envisioned with its opening in 2008.
Coming up, the highly anticipated show by Cross River Fine Art: Watercolors, opens on October 15th with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Cross River Fine Art represents 17 watercolorists who live and work in the Hudson River Valley. The paintings, whether still life, botanical or landscape, reflect the beauty and sensibility of the region. These artists have a lasting association with their mentor, Betsy Jacaruso and her Studio and Gallery in Red Hook. The watercolors will be on view until November 5th and open weekends: Fridays 4-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ARTspace is located at 212 Main Street in the center of Germantown across from Otto’s Market. The exhibit is free. For additional information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Germantown Economic Development Committee wishes to again thank Mr. Hal Einhorn and the artists who have participated in ARTspace events and for sharing their unique styles and talent. The committee is pleased to present this new dimension to Germantown and is especially grateful to the many guests who enjoy the shows.
Banners hang from Main Street telephone poles announcing the Germantown business website; 12526.biz. The website title came from the gallery show ART:12526 (the zip code) and has grown to include more than 100 active and local businesses. 12526 is considered by many to be the Germantown logo. It was designed by photographer Ken Cooke.
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Robert Randolph & The Family Band is a multicultural American funk and soul band led by renowned pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Rolling Stone included Randolph on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Hardscrabble Day organizers are thrilled to present Robert Randolph & The Family Band as the Main Stage headliners at this year’s Hardscrabble Day on Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m.
Robert Randolph grew up in the House of God church. The pedal steel was a big part of his church tradition. He grew up watching older guys play, and started playing when he was 15. At 19, someone gave Randolph a ticket to a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert. After watching Vaughan play pedal steel guitar, Randolph was inspired to take a different path than the people who played traditional pedal steel — he wanted to take it to a whole new level.
Robert Randolf & The Family Band began touring around New York City in 2000, playing clubs like Wetlands, and things started to take off. They were selling out large New York clubs with no record deal, and then began playing in Philadelphia and Boston. Soon, they signed with Warner Brothers, and word began to get around about them nationally. Great artists like Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and B.B. King started to notice them, as did young artists. They toured with the Roots, Pharrell and John Mayer.
The band’s latest CD, We Walk This Road, is a celebration of African-American music over the past 100 years and its social messages from the last 30. Although the band covers a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remains their message of hope, their ability to uplift. Randolf says the record “was done in our belief in what we all need right now: young voices saying something positive without preaching in hopes of inspiring people. When you stick to what you believe in, and with the roots of where you come from, things will always work out.
When people come to see us, they know that it’s really about the message, about making them feel good…My goal is to open the door for people, in the same way that musical doors have been opened for me. I want to take this musical history and make it relevant to give people a better idea of who I am and where I came from. I think even though I’m a young guy who was born into the era of hip-hop and contemporary gospel, I can help bridge the cultural gap between people who are 75 years old and kids who are 15 years old by reaching back into this history of music.”
To learn more about Robert Randolph and The Family Band, visit their website, robertrandolph.net, or like their Facebook page.