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 Chelsea Streifeneder
Here we are almost in the New Year. There’s nothing like a couple of weeks of holiday over indulgences to convince us that it’s time to turn over a new leaf and become better, fitter, and slimmer. So each year on January 1st, we resolve to give up drinking or chocolate, adopt a diet, exercise seven days a week, and be in bed by ten every night. But within a week or two we’re stumbling back into our old habits! It’s amazing how three little words-New Years resolution-can conjure up so much emotion in people. So for 2013, why not make a resolution that you will love for years to come? Try Pilates!
Focusing on the body’s core, Pilates is an overall conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It also improves balance and coordination, making you more graceful. As an added bonus, the breathing techniques help relieve stress. How many other resolutions can do all that?
I like to consider fitness and health a life-long endeavor. Think of fitness and health as a way to survive the stresses of life as well as look younger and feel more alive. There are some very basic tools that Joseph Pilates used in his technique for life-long health. Joseph Pilates did not consider Pilates to be just another form of exercise, he considered Pilates to be a way of life. He believed that through Pilates you could achieve your highest potential physically, mentally, and emotionally. A strong body representing a strong mind, a stronger mind creating a stronger body…all of this transferring into ultimate happiness and a better world to live in. (Pilates, J. (1945). Return to Life Through Contrology).
Pilates is a lifestyle that any person, young or old, weak or strong can incorporate into his or her life. The benefits of doing Pilates are life changing. Pilates promises more than a toned physique, it is a mind-set, a more positive outlook on the body, and an overall lifestyle change. It trains the brain to focus on each movement and muscle, a concentration that later translates into everyday relationships and work. Precision, mind control, and posture are just a few of these benefits. In particular, the breath synchronization techniques used in Pilates slow us down and makes us much more aware of the present moment. This is where the real lifestyle change happens-commitment to each moment in class as another opportunity to better ourselves and the bodies we’ve been given. After spending a day at the office, this concentration allows us to slow down and re-organize our priorities-whether toward your husband’s birthday, making time for your daughter’s school play, or allowing yourself a night free of distractions.
I recently asked my clients how Pilates has improved their quality of life. Their answers were similar in that they all felt stronger, taller, had more energy, no more pain, and couldn’t wait until their next session. I always warn clients when they start that Pilates can be addicting!
As an instructor I can tell you, when done correctly, the movements result in strength, flexibility, coordination, improved posture and more efficient movement. Pilates was developed to improve performance of the physical activities we love and to prevent injury. I appreciate Pilates as a mindful activity in which we shut off our minds and explore our bodies. I appreciate the relaxation/stress reduction benefits, the improvements in mental focus, concentration, memory, and creativity.
Joseph Pilates is known to have said, “I’m 50 years ahead of my time,” and, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” He was right on both accounts. He would be astounded to see what his method of exercise has become, and he would likely be thrilled and surprised to see how well Pilates has been accepted and all of the lives and lifestyle changes that have been made through Pilates! So as we rapidly approach 2013, why not make all your friends, family, and loved ones jealous by not only getting the body and mind Pilates can give you, but also actually committing to your New Years resolution? Don’t let another year pass you by.
Chelsea Streifeneder is the owner of Body Be Well Pilates studios in Red Hook and Catskill. To learn more visit http://www.bodybewellpilates.com.
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.