The Metro Hosts Made in Kingston on December 7

Made in Kingston invitationLocal arts businesses, makers, artists, and creators gather Thursday, December 7 for an expo of all things made in Kingston, at a new space under development in Midtown, the city’s up-and-coming arts district. The fifth annual Made In Kingston is co-sponsored by the City of Kingston, Kingston Midtown Arts District, Arts Mid Hudson, Business Alliance of Kingston, and RUPCO. 

This year’s event will be held at The Metro, the former MetLife Hall of Records building, at 2 South Prospect Street (on the corner of Greenkill Avenue, opposite the Boys and Girls Club). RUPCO closed on the 70,000-square-foot underutilized, near-vacant factory/warehouse earlier this year and is donating the space for this special event. RUPCO is proposing The Metro as a film and technology hub to include maker spaces and other creative uses.

“We are thrilled to host Made in Kingston for the second time in one of our buildings,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at RUPCO. “This time, the event foretells what The Metro is all about. In addition to enjoying and purchasing goods from all the makers, we hope this gives attendees the opportunity to see the vision for The Metro, a center for film, TV, technology and makers alike. This building is about the local economy based in creative production with the overarching goal of providing job training and pathways to equity where people make sustainable livings from their creativity. The Metro brings community vitality forward in a space long vacant of any activity or inspiration.”

Made in Kingston opens its doors to the public at 4 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. In addition to more than four dozen local artists, the evening will feature local food, beverages and musical entertainment. For artists’ online registration click here.

“We couldn’t be prouder to support such a homegrown event that continues to expand every year, showcasing the diverse offerings made in Kingston and by ‘Kingstonians’,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “The event has transformed office buildings and warehouses into pop-up boutiques overflowing with locally made products sought after by visitors from throughout the region and beyond. Kingston’s economy is growing stronger every day and it is thanks to the unwavering commitment and investment in our community by our local business owners and entrepreneurs. I look forward to supporting each of them at this exciting event.”

“Over the last few years, we have come to realize just how great the resources are that we have here in Kingston,” added Richard Frumess, a co-founder of the Arts District. “Chief among them is the unique wealth of art manufacturing and crafts industry that is showcased by the annual Made in Kingston event. With our City officials, we are working hard to realize the creative potential the District represents for revitalizing the City.”

For further information, call 845-331-2238 or visit www.madeinkingstonNY.com and www.facebook.com/Made In Kingston

True Storytelling Performance with TMI Project at Lace Mill on November 9

Lace Mill image with description in white lettersEveryone has a “TMI” story (the ones they’ve kept a secret because of fear, shame, or embarrassment) that they’ve always wanted to share, but felt couldn’t or shouldn’t. Lace Mill resident-artists will share with their true, personal perspectives uncovered through their three-month writing experience. Readers share their recent writings based on epiphanies and personal revelations, that “Too Much Information” stuff, stories that will inspire, sadden, madden, and enlighten you.

RUPCO, in partnership with TMI Project, invited residents of the Lace Mill, a residence for artists in Kingston, NY, to participate in a 10-week workshop series led by Eva Tenuto and Sari Botton of TMI Project, during which participants could take time to find the story they most need to tell, feel supported telling it in a safe space, be guided to tell it in a way that ensured they will be heard powerfully, release shame and stigma, clear space for new perspectives, and fully embrace their power. Select participants will perform their true stories crafted during the workshop series for each other, the larger RUPCO community and the general public at this performance. This True Storytelling Performance will be held on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in The Lace Mill’s West Gallery at 165 Cornell Street, Kingston. 

Among those Lace Mill resident-artists performing:

RUPCO and TMI Project began their partnership in 2016 at Park Heights, a senior housing campus in Rosendale. “TMI Project is thrilled to be working with different RUPCO communities,” said Tenuto, TMI Project’s co-founder and executive director. “After struggling to find housing, it’s nice to not only unpack bags and boxes but also the stories that have been carried along the way. In addition to deepening a sense of community at various residences, we hope this partnership helps participants alleviate some of the lingering burdens of the past and clears the space for a happy, healthy home.”

This event is open to the public. Freewilll donations of $5 (or more) will benefit The Lace Mill Art Council and a future TMI Project workshop. Light refreshments will be provided. Free on-street parking is available on South Manor Avenue and Prospect Street.

ABOUT TMI PROJECT: TMI Project is a non-profit organization founded by executive director Eva Tenuto and Julie Novak, which offers memoir writing workshops that culminate in performances and/or publication. Through its Community Outreach Initiative, TMI Project brings distinct versions of its workshops to the incarcerated, at-risk teens, cancer patients, survivors of domestic violence, military veterans, LBGTQ teens, and other populations where people don’t often get to tell their stories or be heard. In its workshops, TMI Project workshop leaders help people write well-crafted true stories from their lives, including the “TMI” or “too much information” part they usually leave out because it’s too painful, shameful, or embarrassing. The workshops typically culminate in Moth-style storytelling shows where participants perform their stories for a live audience.

 

Watercolor Demo at The Lace Mill October 19

The Lace Mill resident-artist community opens its doors to the Mezzanine studio to showcase a watercolor demonstration at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston. Thursday, October 19 from 6-7p, Hudson Valley watercolorist and Woodstock School of Art instructor Staats Fasoldt shares his mastery of paints and techniques for both new and accomplished artists.

Staats Fasoldt, watercolorist and instructor at Woodstock School of Art

photo courtesy of Woodstock School of Art

This demonstration is open to the public. Freewill donations are encouraged and will benefit The Lace Mill Arts Council, future exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations. For more information, contact James Martin (347) 387-6874.

Demonstration logistics: The Lace Mill’s front door will be open and a greeter will direct you to the Mezzanine studio. Free on-street parking is available on South Manor Avenue and Prospect Street. All are welcome to attend.

O+ Festival Wellness Offerings at The Kirkland October 6-8

“By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective well-being.” O+ Festival

We’re honored to be a part of O+ Festival again, the eighth year running since O+ hatched this bright idea in 2010. We’re opening the doors to the community and our first-floor Senate Room at The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston for the weekend’s wellness offerings. Be it yoga or sound baths, meditation or DFX, you’ll want to trade in your sweat bands for an O+ Festivall all-access wristband to experience the mind-body-spirit encounters this weekend, October 6 through 8. For the complete O+ schedule, click here.

Friday, October 6 
7-9p Gentle yoga + sound meditation with Shawn and Susan DeRyder

Saturday, October 7
7-8a Wake Up Yoga with Linda Lalita Winnick
8:30-9:30a Qigong Smile Class with Chris Brandon Whitaker
10-11a Vinyasa Flow with Deb Seche
11:30a-12:30p Finding Balance in a Chaotic World with Christine Agro
1-2p Pure Yang Longevity (Qi Gong) with Charlotte Gibbons
2:30-3:30p Guided Meditation with Shawn Harrison
4-5p The Art of Money with Joanne Leffeld aka Moolah Doula
5:30-6:30p Gentle Yoga and Sacred Napping with Patrice Heber
7-8p Voice Bath with Sarah Perrotta
8:30-10p Kirtan with Radharani Renee Finkelstein

Sunday, October 8
8:30-9:30a DXF (Dance Xross Fitness) with Stacey Nodelman
10-11a Gentle Yoga with Micah
11:30a-12:30p Complete Core Care with Cory Nakasue
1-2p Vintage Jazz Dance with Uptown Swing! with Emily Vail
2:30-3:30p Fusion Dance Technique with Anna Mayta
4-5p Sound Bath with Jessica Caplan
5:30-6:30p Yoga Nidra with Jean L. Wolfersteig

Jazz Masters Perform at Lace Mill on October 8

JazzMasters perform at The Lace Mill on October 8 at 4pThe Lace Mill hosts jazz masters from around the world on Sunday, October 8 at 4 p.m. in The Lace Mill East Gallery, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston. The afternoon concert features multiple acts of artistry including rich musical pieces performed by the region’s most talented musicians and performers, as well as on-site, live painting.

Coordinated by Lace Mill resident-musician Michael Bisio, the jazz ensemble promises a concert worthy of the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Iva Bittova brings excellence of voice and violin. Anais Maviel sings as well. Ivo Perelman accompanies on tenor sax, with Michael Bisio on bass. Painter Nancy Ostrovsky will paint during the performance, inspired by onlookers and the musical experience.

Well-established reviewers have this to say about the performance line-up:

“Iva Bittova is an extraordinary artist. Raw and refined, passionate and contained, she has the soul of a gypsy, the voice of a troubadour, and the mind of a genius,” according to NPR’s All Things Considered.

Ms. Maviel, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, doesn’t work like a typical singer; her process is so deeply rooted as to be almost subliminal. She seems to throw herself at her notes, as if seeking a sound that might convey pure energetics,” says Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

“Nancy Ostrovsky is a pioneer of performance painting, an art form that has not yet been embraced by galleries and museums but has earned her a dedicated following nonetheless,” Barbara Pollack writer for The New York Times, Art in America, Artnews and Time Out New York

“Ivo Perelman is perhaps the greatest musical living artist of our time,”@CriticalJazz

“The fleet-fingered and pitch-perfect Bisio ends the piece with an absolutely jaw-dropping solo,” Bill Tilland

Visitors are encouraged to contribute a $10 suggested donation. Parking is located on Manor Avenue and Progress Street. For more information, contact Michael Bisio.

Artist in Vacancy Exhibit Highlights Newburgh Architecture September 30

Artist in Vacancy Exhibit September 30Newburgh Community Land Bank presents two Artist-in-Vacancy exhibits this week. The first exhibition, organized by Laura Genes, involves work done on-site for the larger RUPCO project around 39 Johnston Street in Newburgh, NY by craftsmen at Affordable Housing Concepts. The architectural installation at 39A Johnston will showcase the new restoration work alongside original architectural details. In addition to highlighting the skilled work done by the workmen onsite, this presentation of the old and the new side-by-side hopes to spark conversation about the value of architectural character and the will necessary to upkeep it. 

Times Herald-Record reporter Leonard Sparks recently featured local craftsmen and the crew’s initiative to recreate and replicate moldings and interior finish trim in a make-shift woodworking studio at 39 Johnston. This exhibit is an opportunity to see the building under-construction and witness the handiwork of the craftsman helping to rebuild Newburgh.

The installation will be open for visitation from noon to 6pm on Saturday, September 30 and will be followed by a lecture by Andrew Linn of BLD, an architect and historian who will be presenting about the legacy of AJ Downing, a pioneer of American architecture. With the help of the Newburgh Community Land Bank, Andrew Linn, Jack Becker and Laura Genes have produced a text about Downing and how his works fit into a larger American canon. This essay has been formatted into a poster and will be available for guests to take home with them. 

The second Artist-in-Vancacy exhibit, GRNASFCK, by Coleen Tuite and Ian Quate will embrace 122/123 Lander from 1 to 6 p.m. on September 30. Click here for more on the artists and their outdoor installation. Come meet the artists over backyard BBQ. Both events are free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE VENUE, 39 JOHNSTON STREET, NEWBURGH: Former home to Newburgh photographer Jacob Ruben, and author of many historic Newburgh Postcards, was a vacant building for many years until the Newburgh Community Land Bank acquired the building from the City. After environmental rehabilitation and stabilization work, the building was transferred to RUPCO as part of a larger 15-property scatter site development utilizing Historic Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and construction lending from Sterling National Bank, to restore the neighborhood in pockets. The effort will establish 45 new apartments for low-moderate income individuals and their families. The rehabilitation is currently underway, with the first series of homes available in Winter 2018 and the remainder rolling out through Summer 2018. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Laura Genes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and educated in New York City. She studied architecture at the Cooper Union. Through the use of photography and installation, she describes a human element of the built environment, which is otherwise absent from technical plans and sections. By forcing the body back into structures, the permanence of both forms is put into question. The built form takes on the vulnerability of human-nature and the human body adopts the monumental qualities of a landmark. Both architecture and humans are made to perform in specific time-scales and lifespans; in the case of both, neglecting that destiny is the only way to carry-on. Laura makes work to ask: how can structures preserve our poetry and how can we lend our poetry to structures? Find out more about the exhibit here.

Artwork Inspired by Social Justice Issues focus of Lace Mill Art Exhibit

Lanette Hughes painting abstractOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and coincides with artwork focused on human rights, domestic violence, and world hunger. This is Lanette Hughes’s social activism movement in the form of an art show. This exhibit will take place in all three Lace Mill galleries, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston on October 7 from 3-8 p.m.

Hughes will show 30+ paintings reflecting social issues; all of which, upon their sale, will benefit local organizations that deal with human rights issues. Local nonprofits slated to receive artwork sales include Family of Woodstock, New Paltz, Kingston, Ellenville; the Darmstadt Shelter; Caring Hands Soup Kitchen; Clinton Avenue Methodist Church; MyKingstonKids; O+ Festival; Safe Harbors; and RUPCO. Global organizations include Women in Black and The Haitian People’s Project.

Hughes’ pieces directly relate to real life events. Her abstracts convey deeper messages without being overly explicit. Many pieces depict victims physically harmed, though the paintings don’t graphically portray clear wounds or detailed damage. Each portrayal speaks volumes about issues that are underneath the surface of so many lives — including her own — and nobody would know just by quick observation.

For example, “Human Beings are Not Created for Target Practice” has military undertones. The message conveys a simple thought: if military personnel were stripped of their uniforms, would enemies still shoot them? “Women Running” features women fleeing from human trafficking groups, a worldwide issue that defies ethnicity, gender, and age. Another piece portrays children affected by nerve gassing bundled in blankets; only their faces show, their bodies eerily shrouded mummification-style.

“My hope is that more artists will contribute (to the larger conversation), to include in their work social awareness for change,” says Hughes. “I’d like to see a whole day, week, or month, when artists everywhere do a whole show on a particular social issue.” She also hopes this art show stirs local activism by providing curiosity about what goes on behind the scenes in lives of our acquaintances, co-workers, family, and friends.

Throughout the exhibit’s run, speakers will talk about relevant issues that affect communities. Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development at RUPCO, will speak on “Housing, Creative Placemaking, & Community Development” on October 7 at 4:30 p.m. “Aligned with social justice, ‘creative placemaking’ is the proposition that arts and cultural expression, joined with housing, helps to energize community and revitalize disinvested places for minority and disenfranchised populations,” Kempe says. Poet Nancy Smith follows at 6 p.m. with readings from her works that concern human rights.

Filmmaker and veteran Marty Klein will talk about veterans’ issues on October 14, showing his film entitled, “Why Can’t We Serve.”

All artworks are for sale, with 75% of the proceeds donated to organizations that support social justice efforts. The artist retains 25% to cover material expenses associated with making the artwork. Painting prices are negotiable, with no reasonable offer refused. For more information, contact Lace Mill artist-resident Lanette Hughes at (845) 532-3538 or visit her Facebook page LK Hughes.

Lace Mill Artists Join ArtWalk 2017

Kingston ArtWalkArtists from The Lace Mill once again join Kingston’s Art Walk on September 23 from noon to 7 p.m. and on September 24 from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s ArtWalk occupies all three Lace Mill galleries and features artists, presenters, and performers from The Lace Mill and the local community. Visual artists include: Cheryl Crispell, Teena Crispell, Christa Ermer, Friedrich Haas, Lanette Kristin Hughes, James Martin, Michele Miller, Kazuma Oshita, Marie Pierre-Paul, Rubi Rose, Gloria Rumble, Charles Steele, Joshua Stern, Patricia Tyrol, Zelda (aka Judith Z Miller), and special exhibitions by Sarah Carlson and Felix Olivieri.

Poetry and Poety Things includes work from Peter Coates, on koto, Nancy Smith, Tobias Song, Allen Stevo, Amy Westberg, and Chris Wood.

Presentations on various topics include a discussion and slide show photographic tour of Costa Rica shared by Rubi Rose; an update from Daniel Rhinier on his Forgotten Country Music archives and oral history project; The Lace Millers will belt out a favorite medley; and The Four Yorkshiremen may drop by!

On Saturday the 23rd, Music after Art Walk includes performers Sighanide, Dan Sliwa, Jeromy Davis, and Daniel Rhinier: It’s a great bunch of musicians sure to get you dancing or dreaming. or both!

Lastly, Lace Mill artist-residents Charlotte Tusch and Frank Waters host Open Studios, allowing visitors entry to their living/work spaces to see where they work, how they create, and how works progress.

Refreshments served both days. On-street parking is available. For more information, visit www.thelacemill.com and sign up for their event calendar email.

A community block party in August 2016 celebrated the opening of 55 apartments of affordable living preferenced for artists, officially anchoring the City of Kingston’s artistic community at the north end of Cornell Street. In addition to residential space, The Lace Mill shares 8,000 square feet of public gallery space as cultural activity centers open to its residents, local community and visiting public audiences. The Lace Mill has received six prestigious awards for design and historic preservation including Preservation Action’s “Best of 2016” and NYSERDA’s Trailblazer Award for housing the City’s largest solar array (160Kw). Built in 1903, The US Lace Curtain Mill boasted a long history as a major 20th-century employer and fine lace fabricator. RUPCO purchased the vacant shell, boarded up for the better part of three decades, in December 2013, setting in motion adaptive reuse of the historic building with a vision for creative placemaking. For more information, visit www.thelacemill.com.

Derby Duo Build Soapbox Cars at Lace Mill

Are you ready to rumble? Maybe not in a horse-powered car, but the Kingston Soapbox Derby will have your heart racing as all-star soapbox cars whiz down the Rondout hill. Kingston’s annual Soapbox Derby is a celebration of artists spanning the spectrum of expression, bringing out the most vibrant and lucid creations from young and old. With new mechanical machines cruising down Rondout Hill, a piece of history replays itself and comes back fresh in ingenuity and cultural awareness, ready for 21st century acknowledgment and a new critical lens.

Felix Olivieri, Lace Mill artist resident and soapbox contestant, gears up for this event weeks in advance. His commitment to soapbox dates back to its inception 22 years ago. He’s proudly raced cars reminiscent of DeLorean from “Back to the Future,” a “Futurama” ship, and his own version of a hot rod that “shot confetti from the back.” Though his past creations were anything but ordinary, this year, he wanted to do something extra special, honoring this year’s theme “Tributes.”

“One of the things I noticed is there is a lot of people from the City up here…so I thought, ‘let me do a subway train.’ The joke behind it: everyone from the City commutes and eventually comes up here.”

RUPCO graffitti subway car by Felix Olivieri

Photo: Joan Horton

While the NYC commute stirs something—maybe a headache—in many, a deeper connection circles back to the art world in local Kingston. Olivieri grew up in the Bronx. He remembers the incredible images sprayed onto sides of buildings and on trains rushing past his line of vision when he would venture out to see new artistry work. “For me, that would have been my first gallery show—the subway trains—passing by and seeing the different styles people do.”

Most of the graffiti he saw “would only last a day or two because at the time, the mayor in office would demand cleaning up all the subways and trains. And there was this whole big thing about what is art, and to us—to younger people— it was urban art, but to them, it was destroying NYC.”

As a former art store owner, Olivieri sought to keep the spirit of urban artists alive. Oddly, it wasn’t the younger generations that would ask so much about the store’s graffiti section. Instead, people in their 50’s and 60’s wanted to take graffiti classes and learn the street art techniques. Though the classes never ran, Olivieri was struck by the fascination that older generations had for a commonly youth-stigmatized art form.

Graffiti has gained a following and is more acceptable across business and political districts now. Kingston may be a leader in graffiti experimentation, since a stroll around the city lends a viewing of dynamic modern art visuals. “Kingston has become very open to the idea of the graffiti style and it being used as ‘beautification’ rather than destroying artwork the next day. Many of those old-style graffiti artists are part of the community and they don’t have create it in secrecy.”

Illicit graffiti entails legal issues, and therefore acceptance of it is hard-won. On Olivieri’s soapbox this year, Lace Mill residents help promote awareness of artistic expression by signing their names on his soapbox subway car in graffiti-like fashion, paying tribute to the oft-stereotyped craft. Broadway Arts is giving a hand in creating some alternate styles of graffiti on the sides of his soapbox, mixing in their vision with others, too. Click here for a Facebook video of Felix strutting down Broadway with the K Train (video courtesy of Leonie Grande).

Frank Waters, fellow Lace Mill artist-resident, helped Olivieri by dabbling in the painting process. Inspired to start a soapbox for My Kingston Kids, he pulled together supplies and pieced together one in which young hands decorated. Ultimately, the “Pirates of Kingston” boat will make an encore appearance in Kingston’s Halloween Fest. (This year’s Halloween theme is “Pirates of Kingston.”) My Kingston Kids is a youth program that focuses on “children’s events and activities to encourage children to enjoy themselves through fun and educating ways,” says Waters.

When Derby Day arrived, kids cheered on soapbox contestants, the younger crowd making up a large part of the 2000+ audience that usually attends The Kingston Soapbox Derby every year. Some  soapboxes rolled in laughs and catered to young imaginations. Others were made for alternative competitions. Wackier pieces from previous years include a giant toaster, two girls seated playing cards on two toilets, and a giant metal dragon made of wrenches welded together shot that fire.

This year’s Soapbox Derby – held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 – recognized the following creations with awards:

  • People’s Choice award went to: A Tribute to Gene Wilder & Willy Wonka by Possibility Studios; built by Martin Elting, Julia Pierce, Tom Harvey, Cole Elting, Tom Henning, and Kathy Hughe.
  • Kids First Place went to: Police Truck by Alexander and Mom’s.
  • Tributes award went to Horticultural Horrors by Kevin Muth and Marker Snyder.

Congrats to all ~ we hope to see you next year!

13 MISFITS shows at The Lace Mill September 2-15

13 MISFITS 13 MISFITS is the newest exhibit featured at The Lace Mill for September 2 through 15 as a runner-up to the subsequent art show, the Arts MidHudson Kingston Art Walk. A mixture of abstract art spanning sculpture, painting, and prints will be on display for two weeks and allow viewers fresh insight to traditional form. Originally entitled, “It Happened One Art Show,” it became “13 MISFITS” after Clark Gable’s last movie to convey the 13 artists who don’t conform to standard art practices or ideals.

13 MISFITS will feature works from nine Lace Mill artists: Daniel Cardenas, Chelsea Culpepper, Aaron Lockhart, Lark Kidder, James Martin, Kazuma Oshita, Felix Olivieri, Charlotte Tusch, and Lexi Williams. Four guest artists from the region — Naoko Oshima, Susan Silverman, Fred Woller, and Jessie Freund – are also featured. The show, aptly titled “13 MISFITS” celebrates the number of artists within the show. Each of them has a sense of quirkiness that also sets them apart in their creative processes.

Lace Mill artist-resident James Martin coordinated and curated the event. He expects a great turnout for such a short timeframe. “I hope we will get a lot of good people who will come First Saturday (a Kingston-wide open art studio night). I hope they will enjoy what they see. I hope they will recognize that we are trying to be a part of our community and to satisfy the community with exceptionally good work.”

The opening artist reception is Saturday, September 2 from 5-8pm in the Main Gallery, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston. Contact James Martin for additional information at (347) 387-6874.