Catskill Made To Launch Second Collection June 10th

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Catskill Made is excited to announce that it will launch the Sawkill Collection by Kingston-based designer Crystal Moore on Tuesday, June 10 at noon. The collection features beautiful, hand-crafted leather and canvas bags.

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The first collection, by artist Maggie Salesman offers delicate, geometric jewelry made from reclaimed and found objects.

Catskill Made is an online publication and shop that profiles Catskills-area makers through words and visuals. The focus of the project is to give back to the creative community—makers receive 70% of sales, which is much higher than traditional consignment agreements.

Catskill Made is also issuing a call for artists. They are looking to connect with local artists and makers who are interested in being featured and selling their goods through the online shop. The project is open but not limited to leather goods, chapbooks, small art pieces like prints, paintings and sculptures, home goods, maple syrup, pottery, and clothing.

For more info visit Catskill Made.

Red Hook Community Arts Network Call For Artists

Call to Artists: MASS MATTERS
Sculpture and 3-D art to be exhibited at Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery& Artists Collective -Opens June 27, in conjunction with Sculpture Expo 14, the outdoor sculpture show in Red Hook. Artists Reception for both June 28, 5-7pm. All 3-D media: Sculpture, wall pieces. If you have questions, please email: redhookcan@gmail.com. The Artists Agreement will be available soon on the RHCAN website for download: www.rhcan.com

Call to Artists: WATER WORKS
An art exhibit exploring the use of water imagery at the Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery & Artists Collective: August 1-24, Artists Reception August 2, 5-7pm. All media, 2-D or 3D. If you have questions about size, subject or media, please email: redhookcan@gmail.com. The Artists Agreement will be available soon on the RHCAN website for download: www.rhcan.com.

The Weather Project Seeking Teen and Child Performers For A Community Collaboration on Art and Climate

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NACL Theatre is seeking children and teens for THE WEATHER PROJECT COMMUNITY PLAY taking place this August 9th in the town of Yulan, NY. The Weather Project is a massive community arts and science project designed to bring citizens, artists and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science.

Children Actors
NACL is looking for children ages 9-12 to play THE SOLAR MUNCHKINS
in The Weather Project Play. The show date is August 9, 2014 and rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 3-4 PM at NACL Theatre. Rehearsals begin July 5th.

Teen Auditions
NACL is looking for teens to audition for the NACL YOUNG COMPANY. Auditions will take place Saturday June 14 from 2-4 PM at NACL Theatre. Successful candidates will play the lead roles as the science fair students in The Weather Project Commuinty Play. Young Company rehearsals take place Saturdays 2-4 PM at NACL Theatre starting July 5th.

Puppet Workshop for Families July 13
NACL invites young children and their parents to join master puppeteer, Ramona Jan in a special puppetry workshop on Sunday, July 13th from 1 to 4 PM at NACL. The doves will be used in The Weather Project pageant, and the children and families will be invited to perform at the Weather Project Community Play on August 9 operating the puppets that they created.

To register contact Bryan Ritchey at NACL Theatre: 845-557-0694 or e-mail tannis@nacl.org

Rehearsals and Auditions take place at
NACL Theatre
110 Highland Lake Rd., Highland Lake, NY 12743
845-557-0694 www.nacl.org

Ken Hiratsuka: Finding the Heartbeat of a Stone

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By Peggy Bellar

What compels us to pick up a small stone, roll it around in our palm, carry it home in our pocket and eventually display it on our bookshelf? Or why is it that nothing is as perfect as laying on a sun-warmed boulder after a swim in the pond? For sculptor Ken Hiratsuka, the answer is easy – “it just feels right”.

Hiratsuka, an avid artist from an early age, studied traditional Japanese style watercolor, oil painting and drawing. His passion was ignited at the Mugashiro University of Art where he first carved a stone.

Drawn to the big solid nature and the quiet language of stone, he began an exploration that has spanned 34 years and taken him around the world. Says Hiratsuka, “the earth is stone, but also a living creature, alive with a heartbeat”. He explains that the stone has a vibration and a sound. His life’s work is to follow the “wave” in the stone and expose the power just beneath the crack.

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If you drive on Rt 28 between Margaretville and Andes, chances are you have noticed a big red barn with a metal lizard adorning the side and gorgeous carved stone sculptures in the nearby fields.

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Today, the barn in Andes, NY is home to Hiratsuka’s studio.

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But the Catskill Mountains is not where the story begins. After early success including a sculpture shown at the Tokyo Museum at age 20, Hiratsuka made his way to NYC. He considered schools around the world, but was inspired by the large public sculptures of NYC he saw in magazines.

When he enrolled at the Art Students’ League, he was surprised by the smaller scale work of students. He was accustomed to working with large stones in large spaces, but big stones seem to find him. Hiratsuka discovered a treasure trove in a NYC landfill that is now Trump City. He would haul off large pieces of discarded limestone back to the school.

Nothing was off-limits to the young Hiratsuka and his first public work epitomized it. Without city permits, he simply started carving the sidewalk on 212 East 21st Street between 4th and 5th Street in Brooklyn. It was here that his life-long pursuit of “the continuous line” was forged.

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When Ken started that fateful sidewalk in Brooklyn, something happened. It was as if life was unraveling its mystery. Says Hiratsuka “I started carving a spiral, just like the grooves on a record and as I did so, I could see the earth as this big stone revolving around the sun…I could see this spiral never stopping till the earth was covered”.

From that point on, he would carve one continuous line that never crossed itself.

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Mongolia 2006​​​​​​​

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Pandra 2007

Both nature and people interact with his work. Some stones have seen the effects of water erosion slowly changing the shape and surface of the rock. In one case, a carved stone was “discovered” by an archeologist who thought he had made 150-year-old discovery and wrote a paper about it.

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Columbia 2014

Hiratsuka has no plans to slow down. Every day he still touches stone and plans to do so till the day he dies. Says Hiratsuka “like a life-line, from birth to death, the end of the line is just the beginning”.

If you would like to see more of Ken Hiratsuka’s work visit: http://www.kenrock.com. He often opens his studio for area artist tours.

Peggy left her (awesome) job in NYC as Director of Special Events for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS to live and work in the beautiful Catskills. Her days now consist of teaching a community donation-based yoga class, learning how to chain boulders to a backhoe and helping folk find their own beautiful homes upstate through Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties. She is a southern girl from Mississippi (it was a Woody Allen movie that sent her packing to NY) and has a cult-like following for her red-velvet cupcakes.

THE GUNKS ART TRAIL

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The Gunks Art Trail is a new map that offers visitors the opportunity to discover the many places that feature art in the Gunks region.

The map covers the communities of New Paltz, High Falls, Stone Ridge, Rosendale, Accord, Kerhonkson, Gardiner, and Highland and lists galleries, museums, artist studios, restaurants, as well as miscellaneous venues such as libraries, stores, and other businesses. An online version at www.gunksarttrail.com includes website links to all listed venues.

On June 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, a celebration will be hosted by the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce featuring a ribbon cutting and the party band “Soul Purpose” at the Unframed Artists Gallery (173 Huguenot Street, New Paltz). The event is free and open to the public.

The Gunks Art Trail will have an initial circulation of 10,000 and will be published annually.

Always Listen to Your Art: Sonic Experiments at One Mile Gallery

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ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR ART: Sonic Experiments is devoted to SOUND ART and will feature the sound work of: Grasshopper, Matthew Cullen, Peter Wetzler, Julie Hedrick, Pauline Oliveros, Viv Corringham, Grady Gerbracht, Lea Bertucci, Alan Licht, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Jamie Saft, Austin Sley Julian, Jordan Davis, Rachel Blumberg, Ed Osborn, Tara Key, Jane Scarpantoni, Julia Elsas and Brian Dewan

Opening reception for artists June 7, 2014, 6-8pm at One Mile Gallery, 475 Abeel Street, Kingston NY. Exhibit open through June 28, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.onemilegallery.com