Resident Art Work Display to Open 2/14

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2014
Contact: Joan Lawrence-Bauer
845-331-2140 x 263

Kingston, NY — 2/6/2014 —Food and fun are on tap for Valentine’s Day at Woodstock Commons when resident artists show their work in “Share the Love,” a display of art lovingly created by residents of every age group. This event will be the third resident art show hung since the complex had its ribbon cutting and the first to include the original artwork of children who live at the complex.

“These shows are fantastic,” said RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor. “Residents get to show off their work and meet each other and at the same time, they all get an opportunity to interact with the greater Woodstock community. The show, which is scheduled to run from 5 pm to 8 pm is open to anyone interested in visiting the complex. Organizers expect not only visual artwork, but performing art as well. Refreshments will be served and visitors enjoying the open gallery night in the greater Woodstock community will be welcomed to the Woodstock Commons show as well.

“When we established preferences for artists in 12 of the 52 apartments, we knew they would make a great contribution to the overall well-being of those living at the facility.” O’Connor added, “But their presence has been even greater than we ever thought it might be. They have helped create a real sense of community and have drawn non-artists into picking up pens, brushes and other creative supplies and materials.

Among those showing at the event will be Avigayil Landsman who earned a degree in painting from Tulane University. Landsman’s projects have taken on various forms in a wide variety of media, often involving disparate items, including, but not limited to: beads, fabric, wood, paper, and fiber.

“Since moving to Woodstock Commons, I have found myself with a diverse group of people. I am within the weave of a tight knit community,” said Landsman. “The installations in this show reflect the fact that my art making is All About Love,” she added. Landsman has also encouraged the children to take up artwork and many of their contributions to the show are works she helped them to create. Sasha Sun is another Woodstock Commons artist who will be showing work next week. Included will be two pieces from her watercolor collection “Enchantment of the Story.” Describing the work, Sun notes they are titled “Mermaids In Love,” and a “Family of Mermaids.” Said Sun and “I think they’ll look great in this show.”

Sun and another resident Laura Katz, have each had their own individual shows but are happy to participate in the group show as well. Katz has shown her work throughout the Hudson Valley in the Woodstock-Saugerties-Phoenicia area as well as Poughkeepsie and is active in the arts community in Ithaca, NY. Mercedes Cecelia will be participating in the group show and is expected to have an individual show later this year. She has been painting the streams, ponds and lakes around Woodstock and the Hudson Valley for the past 28 years. Mercedes sets her easel and observes the color and movement on the surface of the water. In her own words: “When the trees reflect their form and color on a lake is a wonderful play of light and illusion. Every painting is a record of the state of our waters and my expression of the moment, the season, the year. Painting Nature gives me a sense of place and a feeling of celebration.” For this show, she will exhibit paintings and illustrations from her next multicultural book for children of all ages.

Many artists in a wide variety of media have settled at the complex and together they plan to feature a different artist’s work every other month. Barry Garneau, an accomplished musician in a wide variety of genres, will help set the stage for the show with a music performance. From classical to blues, folk and other types of music, Garneau’s performances are known to draw his listeners and help them capture the feelings of the visual work they are viewing.

More information on Woodstock Commons is available at or by calling RUPCO at 845-331-2140. RUPCO is the region’s leading provider and advocate of quality, affordable housing and community development programs aimed to provide opportunity and revitalize communities.

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