Window Treatment

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Hudson Valley writer and Green Door contributor Ann Hutton is currently working on a new memoir, Sitting in Motion: One Woman’s Midlife Adventure on Two Wheels. What better way to promote her memoir than to set up shop in a storefront window on Wall Street in Kingston, NY. Her desk is built artfully from books and a vintage typewriter scrolls out a taste of her memoir.

Ann explains:

I work out of my home, a comfy cottage on a quiet country road. Still, I yearn for a space away from the washer and dryer and other domestic distractions. I dream of having a shack or a small trailer facing the woods at the back of our property where I can write without interruptions. Sitting in Hudson Coffee Traders one day, I noticed this empty display case and thought, “I could work there.” I asked Kale and Dan of Evolving Media Network (co-owners of the building) and they thought my installation was a great idea. I call this space AN OFFICE OF ONE’S OWN with a nod to Virginia Woolf who told young college women that if they wanted to be writers, they needed “a room of one’s own.” I’ve occupied this space for a month and will continue working here until it gets too hot.

Her window is located next to Hudson Coffee Traders and downstairs from Evolving Media.

Wired Gallery Presents Works by 13 Foreign-born Artists

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Wired Gallery presents “First Generations” on Saturday May 17 in its new location at 11 Mohonk Road in High Falls, NY. “First Generation” gathers a group of 13 artists originally from 10 countries who emigrated to America and now call the mid-Hudson valley home. The artists:

Rimer Cardillo (Uruguay)
Amy Cheng (Taiwan)
Astrid Fitzgerald (Swiss)
Andrea Frank (Germany)
Franz Heigemeir (Germany)
Marianne Heigemeir (Ukraine)
Olga Hiiva (Russia)
Alexandra Negoita (Romania)
Kazuma Oshita (Japan)
Evelyne Pouget (France)
Pablo Shine (Puerto Rico)
Andrey Tamarchenko (Russia)

The opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m.

Melissa McGill’s CONSTELLATION Planned For Bannerman Castle in 2015

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Beacon artist Melissa McGill has just launched her first ever IndieGogo campaign, a crowd-funding initiative to raise funds to directly support fabrication of CONSTELLATION, a new public art project launching in June 2015 at Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island, in the Hudson River.

The large–scale sculptural installation brings together light and form, and connects history to the present day. Hovering around the perimeter of a castle ruin, 17 points of light refer to features of a structure still standing, as well the structure that once was. For approximately 2 hours each night, as the sun sets, a new constellation will merge one by one with stars in the night sky. Thousands of people will experience CONSTELLATION via vantage points in Putnam, Dutchess and Orange Counties — from the train, the road, kayaks and hiking/biking trails.

CONSTELLATION has endorsements from Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Terry Gipson, Scenic Hudson and Paul Gallay, Executive Director of Riverkeeper, among other key partners. Fifty-percent of the project’s total funding goal has already been raised. Donation packages on IndieGogo range from $25 to $5,000. Anyone who donates even at the basic level is helping to raise 4 of the 17 lights, what the campaign is calling “Community Stars.” 100% of funds raised will support fabrication of each star.

For more information or to contribute, please visit

www.melissamcgillconstellation.com

SUNY Sullivan’s 24th Annual Kite Festival May 3

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SUNY Sullivan will host its 24th Annual Kite Festival on Saturday, May 3 from 10am – 4pm on the campus green.

This year’s festival will include kite flying demonstrations along with food by the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department, barbeque by Hog Heaven, Italian ices, cotton candy and more. The day will feature live music by Cathy Paty, local service organizations and vendors selling arts and crafts and jewelry and other items. Free kites will be distributed to the first 200 children.

For more information about the kite festival and related weekend activities, please contact the Office of Special Events and Campus Activities at 845-434-5750 extension 4377.