Sunday, March 28, 2010

Poughkeepsie, New York

I'm going to try something new: Less words on where I've visited and more photos. Let me know if it's more helpful/less helpful.

On that note, last Saturday I visited G.A.S. or Gallery and Studio, the Bardavon Opera House, and the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie New York. All three are within walking distances of each other.

Here are some photos from G.A.S. located on Main Street:
The current show at G.A.S. is titled Triple Whammy, encompassing 3 solo shows from Franc Palaia (Photographs), Joanne Klein (Painting Installation), and Bill Rybak (Digital Prints & Sculpture). The show goes until April 11th.

My next destination was the Bardavon Opera House on Market Street:
(Unfortunately, I could not wander inside to take photos because there was a performance going on.) The Baravon Opera House, in conjuction with UPAC, offers a great season of entertainment. A short walk from the train station, I highly recommend that if you're ever in Poughkeepsie to go see a show/performance here.

My last stop was the Barrett Art Center off of Noxon Street:
The Barrett Art Center is a wonderful gallery and school. Their current exhibition is titled Art of the Garden, which runs until April 3rd. Many of the pieces of affordable priced and for sale. The Barrett Art Center also offers an array of classes from digital photography to figure drawing. For a schedule of their classes, click here.

I do plan on visiting Poughkeepsie again to check out the local colleges' galleries, such as Vassar's, Marist's and Dutchess Community College's.

If you know any places in Poughkeepsie, or in the Hudson Valley, worth checking out, let me know!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Business Tag

Here's a link to a picture of the Hudson Valley Art Owl's new business cards. I'll be leaving them around everyone I visit, so be sure to two up, one for you, one for a friend. Let me know what you think, and while you're at it, add the Hudson Valley Art Owl on Twitter for more recent updates.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Paltz

Over the weekend I traveled to New Paltz to check out what was new there. A popular destination during my High School days, New Paltz has recently been a place often ignored by me, unless I want Taco Shack or P&G's.

So I took of on a rainy Saturday to check out the Water Street Market, which homes antique shops, restaurants, and galleries. My first stops were the antique shops. "Why antique shops?" you may ask, but if you look closely one can find lots of tools to use in art.
Old printing press blocks and old cameras. (Be warned, the cameras are as-is.)

These finds are located in the Antiques Barn, but there are tons of other antique shops around New Paltz. Some specialize in vintage clothing, some are super expensive, most are fairly priced.

Next on the Water Street Market was the G. Steve Jordan Gallery.

A great photography gallery, G. Steve Jordan captures the beautiful natural side of New Paltz. Destination spots such as Minnewaska and Mohonk Mountain House can be seen in his photographs. Prints of all his photographs are for sale at a reasonable price, matted or framed.

Further down Water Street Market a recently new gallery has opened. Transcendence gallery had moved, within the past 3-4 months, to a very creative spot for a gallery. Unable to get to find a good angle to take a photo of the gallery, one immediately walks into a small room and must walk up wooden spiral stairs to reach the main gallery space. Going on the stairs Chris Rainer's photographs are displayed as well as in the main gallery space. Chris Rainer, a leading documentary photographer who has worked for National Geographic, opened up the gallery to display his work. The current show, Ancient Marks, documents the sacred origins of tattoos and body marking.

A show of great talent and an innovative gallery space, I highly recommend checking this out.

Across the path from Transcendence gallery is the Unison Arts Gallery. Unison Arts, offers performances, art workshops, classes, and more. The small gallery is currently exhibiting the installation Holed Up by Travis Head. A highlight from the installation for me was Untitled (Booby Trap).
Immediately walking through the door, if you look up you'll be seeing a net full of 'rocks' waiting to drop on whoever walks through.

Going up Main Street (299) there are also tons of resources for artists. A quick list of those I was not able to capture are Manny's Art Supplies, the Rhinebeck Artist Shop, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, which was closed for spring break. Besides the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz offers great performancesschedule that are worth checking out. There are coffee shops, like The Muddy Cup, that are often filled with budding musicians, and two solid record shops.

The Hudson Valley Art Owl's next stop: Poughkeepsie.

Hoot Hoot.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hoot Hoot Whoooo Hears New Things On The Horizon?

Here are a couple new things regarding the Hudson Valley Art Owl:
  • New layout and icon to come soon!
  • More frequent post, (Mid-terms had put a damper on things, but do not fret, I will be exploring the Hudson Valley before you know it).
  • A Twitter account! Add me and follow my tweets Hoots.
  • Business cards to be left at the places I have visited.
  • A new (to be purchased) camera that will allot for more photos.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, I'll be checking out New Paltz. Any ideas on where to go?

Hoot Hoot.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Artist Talk with Alon Levin

Today, from 4 till 6pm, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, or HVCCA located in Peekskill NY, will be having an artist talk with Alon Levin. He'll be discussing his work along with his experience as an artist is residence at SUNY New Paltz. The talk is free with museum admission ($5 Adults, $2 Students). If you can't make it out today, I highly recommend watching for upcoming artist talks and events happening at HVCCA.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Falcon, Marlboro N.Y.

Unfortunately last week's snow along with this week's midterms have put a damper on the Hudson Valley Art Owl as well as many locals. Now, the sun is shinning, the weather is getting warmer every day, and HV Art Owl is back on track.

I had planned on attending the Anne Street Gallery's opening of Fahrenheit 180 last Saturday, but due to power loss the opening has been postponed to Saturday, April 10th.

Instead, I traveled to my hometown, Marlboro, NY, to check out a new venue that had opened, or rather relocated, on 9w. The Falcon is a music venue that offers a variety of extremely talented musicians, with live music every Friday and Saturday night at 7. The venue boast the works of living artists on the walls, many of the works for sale to support working artists. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the music exciting, and the menu delicious. (Yes, the Falcon offers a great menu to enjoy with the live performances.) But I think my favorite thing about the Falcon is Tony Falco asked the crowd to do before Saturday's performance from the Aaron Parks Quartet, to "Support living artists," something I'm afraid that doesn't happen enough. Yet, the Falcon seems to be getting the point across in many ways. The venue request no cover charge, just donations from those who support. It also focuses on the working artists, be it musicians or fine artists. I might just also add, that if this venue existed during High School for me, I would have definite plans every Friday and Saturday night. It's a great addition to a town that offered little entertainment and a destination for anyone in the Hudson Valley.

Photos from the visit:

Check out the Falcon's website for their schedule of upcoming shows, current artists, and menu.

As for next week, we'll see where the weather takes me. Any recommendations?

Hoot Hoot.