Serendipity! We found this art exhibition dedicated to the cupcake at Moxie Cup in New Paltz.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com. The Artists Agreement will be available soon on the RHCAN website for download: www.rhcan.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rehearsals and Auditions take place at
110 Highland Lake Rd., Highland Lake, NY 12743
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.
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.
Today, the barn in Andes, NY is home to Hiratsuka’s studio.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Local artist and writer Ann L. Dubois has launched a kickstarter campaign to publish a book about her connection to plants. Plants of Life has 38 original paintings of plant life along with her personal story and historical background. The paintings are beautiful botanical studies.
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
Most classes are limited to 10 students ages 5-12 and last 2-2 .5 hours. Average cost is $35. All Friday classes are taught by The Homestead’s Montessori art teacher Linda Coss. New classes are being added all summer so check Facebook for updates.
The Big Eddy Toy Co.
60 Main St
Narrowsburg NY 12764
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steven Vegliante or Linda Ingber
(845)-434-8810 x5 or email@example.com
Mountaindale, NY (May 23, 2014) The Town of Fallsburg is proud to announce the launch of a “groovy” public art project which will be installed along the O&W Rail Trail between the hamlets of Mountaindale and Woodridge, NY.
Titled the “Peace Walk”, the project will feature 15 peace signs interpreted by local County artists. Visitors will be able to interact with the sculptures by taking “selfies” at each of the 15 peace signs and posting them on the Peace Walk facebook page. Those that do will be entered into a contest to win a weekend getaway and Bethel Woods tickets.
As home to the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, Sullivan County was an historic gathering place for many in the peace movement and continues to be a sacred place today.
The “Peace Walk” hopes to remind visitors of Sullivan County’s history as well as feature artists who live and work in the Catskills while showcasing the scenic beauty of the rail trail and the Town of Fallsburg.
At the end of the exhibition, the 15 works will be auctioned at an auction event to be announced later. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund an Arts Commission for the Town of Fallsburg, which will oversee art and performance projects within the town.
Town of Fallsburg Supervisor Steven Vegliante, when reached for comment, explained, “As we look at where we want the Town of Fallsburg to be in five or ten years, Art, Nature and Music are essential components. We have taken a progressive approach by establishing an Arts Commission to foster the types of cultural programs that will showcase our parks and enrich our residents. By improving the quality of life within the Town, we will all reap the benefits of increased tourism and community pride. I can’t wait to see the Peace Signs!”
If you are an artist interested in designing a peace sign, please pick up an application at the Town of Fallsburg office. Applications will be available starting Tuesday, May 27th.
All applicants must reside in Sullivan County, NY. Please note, all submissions must be respectful of our Armed Forces and our Veterans and artist selection and final display of artwork are subject to the sole approval of the Town of Fallsburg and committee. Selected artists will be announced June 20th. The “Peace Walk” opening will take place July 24th and run through August 21st. A closing reception and auction will take place on August 21st.
Submission Deadline: June 18, 2014
For more info contact Steven Vegliante or Linda Ingber (845)-434-8810 x5 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.facebook.com/peacewalk2014
Download an application here.