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. 

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.

99 Minute Way Seminar Outlines Investment Approach for People of Modest Means

The Lace Mill hosts The 99 Minute Way, a free seminar on basic investing literacy based in long-term investing strategy. The free seminar, scheduled for October 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is open to the public, and will be held in the West Gallery at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston.

“The 99 Minute Way is NOT a stock picking class, but rather a learning session on how people of modest incomes can make the most of their savings and investments. Seminar leaders are not salespeople looking to sell services,” notes Jennifer Naylor, event coordinator of The 99-Minute Way. “The 99 Minute Way is a personal educational program for sound, long-term investing taught by two investment professionals, Michael Harvey and Phillip Kasofsky. Using established principles, the pair teaches people how to invest on their own, saving money and building capital for life goals. The 99 Minute Way offers clear direction information and support to audiences hungry for guidance on managing their personal investing and on building wealth.”

Attendees will walk away with an understanding of key financial terms and investing concepts, along with actionable direction on opening accounts and directing their investment dollars. “Michael and Phillip are accessible guides whose program has been developed out of epic fails and solid success in investing their own capital,” adds Naylor. “This program runs 99 minutes, and participants are welcome to stay after to ask questions or comment on what they have learned.” This free seminar is open to anyone interested in gaining an understanding of their financial future.

Free childcare will be provided along with light refreshments will be served. A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture. Contact Jennifer Naylor for more information at jennifer@mottspoint.com or call (845) 419-2361.

 

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.

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.

Local Artist Finds Solace in Lace Mill, Continues Artistic Journey Despite Setbacks

Lace Mill resident-artist Dawn BisioDawn Bisio’s home environment is stable now, but that was not always the case just two years ago. Recently divorced and motivated to redirect her life path, she moved to the Hudson Valley from Westchester, coincidentally at the same time RUPCO announced a call for artists to #WhereArtistsLive. After financial upset with divorce legal fees, she found opportunity at The Lace Mill to be the silver lining in turbulent times.

“The Lace Mill has been motivating for me artistically and the creative community has helped me feel secure and supported, and turned around the worst times,” she remembers.

However, landing an apartment wasn’t straightforward. At first, she missed the first lottery round of new tenants. But she stayed within the area, stayed positive, and reflected on possibilities that might arise if an applicant dropped out or didn’t follow through with a lease. So she waited, and checked in with RUPCO from time to time. Luckily, during RUPCO’s second lottery wave for the newly finished East end—which was under final construction—she got the call. Ecstatic, she agreed to move in and start fresh in her career and home life. She now shares memories with fellow tenants who moved in the same time she did, and they bond over communal living quirks and resident building meet-ups.

Besides sharing the trickle-down effects of administrative check-ins and construction work during the renovation period, Bisio shares other fond thoughts of residents at Lace Mill. “I run into people who are truly fascinating, kind and supporting, and if we [my husband and I] were out by ourselves, we would feel isolated and lonely sometimes—here we can have a glass of wine outside with people we live with, and that’s really nice to have.”

Of course, there are periods when communal living is a bit overwhelming, and Bisio states she sometimes “just needs to retreat and find my own source of peace. I personally like peace and quiet, but I wouldn’t trade this living.” She finds serenity in her own company when she is not spending time collaborating on art shows or conversing with neighbors.

The outside world beckons her attention in between these solitary times for exploration and discovery. “Shapes, people outdoors, moments of reflection, and also things that happen to me personally,” provide sparks of insight into subjective reasoning.

In the larger social domain, things that may not make sense immediately are great catalysts for creative energy. The mystery is what may be alluring to contemplate, like an unsolved riddle that provides more questions than solutions. Bisio notes that maybe things—and people—can convey interesting truths to examine without making sense. “I always try to find a way to process things, especially things that I can’t figure out. Art and writing helps translate experiences or questions, and leads me to an answer—not the answer—but it helps me to make sense of the world and to create things of beauty.”

Allowing herself to branch out is also a large part of being inspired. She finds that while she is toning down on writing, she is able to explore other art forms that clue in on aspects of herself that weren’t revealed before. A recent piece entitled “Mobile Home,” made of a globe that is evocative of the Sun, explores her identity being a Korean adoptee. Another piece featured in the upcoming Dirty Laundry exhibit is a mixed-media work on a canvas box that opens up and allows viewers to see “inside her dreams,” which are written in text on a tree background. Many of her pieces are a result of abstract ideas that echo memories, and are difficult to convey in the real world.

“A lot of my pieces involve construction, and part of the challenge is knowing ‘how do I suspend it correctly, what materials do and don’t work, and how do I translate the pure idea into a work of art?’”

Though home is “like a base,” the foundation that promises security while figuring out the mechanics of her ideas, she hopes to travel in the near future, and have Lace Mill as a part-time home. But with Kingston’s arts district on the rise, she may have incentive to stay here and develop further. “It’s exciting to see where we are going. People are doing all sorts of events: kids events, different workshops, and Midtown Kingston’s growing arts district, so in 10 years from now, who knows what will be happening.”

For now, Bisio continues to shine her light in The Lace Mill gallery, displaying works that reflect her background and experience. Her pieces are testaments to what she has seen and felt, and the light she often utilizes in her works parallel the beauty and strength in her journey of self-knowledge.

Getting to a place of comfort and acceptance isn’t always easy. Bisio has been criticized for being an artist, a general stereotype and stigma still surround the “artistic” label. Those labels — lazy, disorganized, scattered — weigh on her confidence. Instead of focusing on the negative that would drain her livelihood, she states, “I think it’s best to be true to yourself—you have to do what inspires you and not be influenced by other’s opinions. People will think differently about what’s good and bad. So just do the work, no matter how slow the process, even if it’s just one step a day.”

Applying to and inquiring about The Lace Mill proved to be winning leaps in a lottery draw of applicants, and her current endeavors in participating at gallery exhibits are antecedents for growth in a supportive setting—who knows where these little steps will take her next.

Lace Mill resident-artists collaborate, artists receptions, gallery exhibits Aug. 5

Dirty-Laundry-lefttoright-Bisio-Lockhart-Cardenas-CulpepperAn integral part of MADKingston’s First Saturday attractions through the City of Kingston, The Lace Mill hosts three artist receptions this Saturday, August 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 165 Cornell Street. Resident-artists at The Lace Mill will collaborate on three distinct shows in three distinct onsite galleries. Artist receptions are free and open to the public this weekend.

The first exhibit titled Dirty Laundry appears in The Lace Mill’s East Gallery and Mezzanine. Resident-artists Dawn Bisio, Dan Cardenas, Chelsea Culpepper, and Aaron Lockhart will be showing their multidisciplinary works, featuring several mobile or suspending pieces, mostly made from fabric, plaster, and other objects sculpted together. Through immersive installation, drawing, and sculpture, Dirty Laundry investigates ways of navigating public and private spaces, personal histories, discreet eccentricities, social taboos, and cultural schisms. “Dirty Laundry is the happy result of a community of artists coming together. I wanted to do a dynamic show about secrets and lies, identity and privacy,” says Dawn Bisio. “As our fraught relationship to privacy continues to evolve, these works are a reflection of our precarious disposition in an increasingly porous world.” Her husband and world-renowned recording artist Michael Bisio will entertain gallery visitors with live bass music that evening. For separate viewings of Dirty Laundry through August 19, contact Dawn Bisio at (845) 616-7133 for more details.

Lace Mill resident-artist James Martin with The Watercolor ExhibitJames Martin, another Lace Mill resident-artist, is curating The Watercolor Exhibit with an opening reception also from 5 to 8 p.m. in The Lace Mill Main Gallery and Boiler Room. The Watercolor Exhibit features some of the region’s best watercolor artists including Claudia Engel, Staats Fasoldt, James Martin, Naoko Oshima, Kazuma Oshita, Susan Silverman, Charlotte Tusch, and Lexi Williams. The group will showcase mixed abstract and realism art. Private viewings of The Watercolor Exhibit are available through August 26; contact James Martin at (347) 387-6874 for more details.

Lace Miller Lexi Williams curates the third show with assistance from neighbor James Martin. Entitled The Yellow Spot Tickle Dot Exhibit, this show’s opening reception is also open from 5 to 8 p.m. in The Lace Mill’s West Gallery. This family affair highlights folk art and photography from Williams, her family, and friends. Martin is thrilled to have all three shows happening at the same time. “Rarely do we have all three galleries used at the same time—I know it’s going to be powerful.” Private viewings of The Yellow Spot Tickle Dot Exhibit are available through August 26; contact James Martin at (347) 387-6874 for more details.

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. 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).