Poughkeepsie's Architectural Treasures - Tea & Talk with Holly Wahlberg

Architecture can serve as a record of the ways people thought about and used their built environment. Likewise, buildings and monuments shape the identity of a community - physical and visual prompts for the stories we tell about ourselves and our history. 

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On Sunday, December 11, preservationist and design historian Holly Wahlberg gave an inspiring lecture in the galleries at Barrett Art Center Tea & Talk, while attendees enjoyed a full English-style tea, complete with scones and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, cookies and teas provided by Harney & Sons. 

Thank you, Holly, for bringing the important architectural history of Poughkeepsie alive with the stories of the people who designed and built these gems, some of which are no longer extant. A call for all of us to advocate for the preservation of the unique built environment here in Poughkeepsie.  

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Members' tour at Vassar's Lehman Loeb Art Center

Thursday, November 9, Barrett members got an opportunity to tour through the galleries at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College for a special tour with curator Patricia Phagan through their currentexhibition of prints by Helen Frankenthaler.

Fluid Expressions: The Prints of Helen Frankenthaler highlights the artist’s often-overlooked yet powerfully evocative print production and runs through December 10.

The intimate tour with Ms. Phagan brought to light how Frankenthaler’s keen interest in process shaped her relationship with print media and framed her working relationships with different printmakers and print studios.  

Special thanks to members Mahto Topah and Jose Gome for their photos from the afternoon tour.

Barrett hosts exclusive tours free as a benefit to all members – we hope to see you at similar events in 2018. We announce the events in our eNewsletter and on the website well in advance. All members are welcome to reserve a space.


New Directions '17 Juror Awards Announced

Barrett Art Center would like to congratulate all of the artists participating in New Directions '17!  Juror Ruth Erickson has recognized three artists with awards, announced at the openign reception , Saturday, October 7, 2017. 

Juror's Award: $1,000
M. Mark Bauer, Though I Walk Through the Valley of Reason

Acrylic on Canvas, (44" x 64") NFS

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Second Prize: $250
Jessica Alazraki, Open Door

Oil on Canvas, (48" x 60"), $1,800

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Third Prize: $175
Ryan Leitner, History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme (Face)

Acrylic on canvas (33" x 26"), $3,000

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Karl J. Volk Scholarship Art Auction

This Saturday was the Karl J. Volk Scholarship Art Auction. The iconic local artist donated 30 original paintings and auctioned them off here at Barrett Art Center. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork helped fund scholarships for students from both Poughkeepsie and Spackenkill high schools who are majoring in art. The event had an outstanding turnout! 


Saturday Studio at Barrett!

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From the first of a school year Saturday arts program for local students, building on the techniques and subject matter of Poughkeepsie native Thomas Barrett, Jr.'s art career. We're starting the year off with block-printing of a tote for students' art projects all year. Future projects use examples of Barrett's art as a starting point, including his playing cards, holiday cards, and repeat patterns (wallpaper).

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This community arts program grows out of our collaboration with Christ Episcopal Church's Summer Camp and is made possible by the Abe and Ann Effron Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and Stewart's Shops.

For more information, contact, info@barrettartcenter.org.  

We the People Flashback

We the People: Political Art in an Age of Discord, is no longer in our galleries, but participating artist Jonathan Talbot just shared this video memory of the opening reception for the exhibition back in July, as visitors engaged with his piece, "Spin and Win." Thank you, Jonathan for sharing the memory.  

Poughkeepsie Prints: Vegetable Print Aprons!

Barrett Art Center's Poughkeepsie Prints community printmaking workshop is up and running on Queen City Saturdays from 2 to 4pm at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Print Studios, 8 N. Cherry Street.  May 20, printmaker Anita Fina put vegetables to good use for inspiring designs on aprons. 

This Saturday, May 27, the Poughkeepsie Print-wagon takes the studio on the road. We will replicate the project at the Make-Her-Day art market at the east entrance of the Walkway over the Hudson from 11am to 4pm. You'll have the opportunity to print your own apron - or print one for a vegetable lover you know.. 


100 for 100 Photo Gallery I: The Preview & Reception

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Frank Munzer (l), Eric Somers (r)

Each year, the 100 for 100 begins with a preview of the 100+ donated artworks, accompanied by a catered reception and live music. The preview gives guests a chance to take note of their potential raffle choices, catch up with old friends, and meet new artists and Barrett supporters.  A huge thank you to Lori Adams, our official 100 x 100 2017 photographer. All photos are courtesy Lori Adams.

Board members emeriti Frank Munzer and Eric Somers both generously donated artwork for thew show. We're so grateful Frank was able to make it up from New York for the event. Frank spearheaded the 2012 project that beautified and conserved Barrett's landmark historic wooden side porch.  

We'll be posting more photos of the auction and our guests united with their prize artworks in the days to come.

-J Frang

Ruth Detjen

Ruth Detjen

Guests mark their favorites from the table of glass and ceramic artworks.Thank you to 3-D artists Leigh Williams, Ann Welch, Paola Bari, Carolyn Edlund, Jeep Johnson, and Larissa Alvarado for their donations and support. 

Guests mark their favorites from the table of glass and ceramic artworks.Thank you to 3-D artists Leigh Williams, Ann Welch, Paola Bari, Carolyn Edlund, Jeep Johnson, and Larissa Alvarado for their donations and support. 

Donating artist Karen Mars Sergio leans in to examine the art, with Jonathan Pazer's constructed light photography in the foreground. 

Donating artist Karen Mars Sergio leans in to examine the art, with Jonathan Pazer's constructed light photography in the foreground. 

Creatives Come Out to Celebrate Spring

100 for 100 is a beloved, annual tradition for Barrett Art Center. We take the opportunity to showcase the creative talent of the Hudson Valley in a fundraiser during which the generosity of the communit is also out on display. .

Well over 100 artists donated artwork for this fundraiser, where $100 entry tickets cover entry for two, a full buffet of catered refreshments (including special-label wine from Millbrook Winery), AND  one of the donated artworks. 

We will be posting photos from the event over the coming days, so be on the lookout for photos of the festivities, attendees, and artwork. If you don't see anyone you know, why not stop by Barrett for Tuesday Salons or an opening reception - you'll certainly recognize a friendly face from these photos. 


POWer of 13: Nailing it



The artists from POWer of 13 have been installing their work in the first floor galleries here at Barrett House this week, with works from all 13 artists arranged to rhyme with one another throughout the show. We're looking forward to seeing you here for the opening tomorrow, Saturday April 22, 3-6 p.m.


Digitalia Opening Reception!

This past Saturday saw the opening reception of Digitalia, Barrett's first exhibition dedicated to the digital medium; as well as the opening of Ron Lambert's solo exhibition Standing Room in the Crenson Gallery. Despite the threat of snow during the day, there was a very solid turnout for this event. People from all over the Hudson Valley (and beyond!) came out to support the artists who were selected to be featured in this exhibit. 

With almost 60 pieces of artwork chosen by juror Bruce Wands, this exhibition was an eclectic collection ranging from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional sculptures to interactive installations. There was something for everyone to enjoy! Unlike past exhibitions, visitors got to explore various interactive installations that were too addictive to pass up, including Reach, Color, Repeat, an artistic program that allows people to use their bodies to create abstract works of art that can be viewed on a large screen and then downloaded from a website to keep forever.

Congratulations to the winners of the Juror's prizes:

First Prize: Monica Tiulescu, Species 0060

Second Prize: Rob Gonsalves, Reach, Color, Repeat

Third Prize: Wobbe Koning, Frozen Motion (2)

The staff at Barrett would like to say THANK YOU to all the artists who participated in this exhibition; and to all their family, friends and loved ones who came out to support them and to support the organization. We would also like to thank Bruce Wands for his amazing selection of artwork; Ron Lambert for his incredible sculpture exhibition. Last but not least, we would like to thank all the volunteers who spent countless hours installing this exhibition and making the opening reception a rousing success!

- Nikki Hung

Kristen M. Watson, three scrolls from her series, TMI:  Digital Immigrant Prints. 

Kristen M. Watson, three scrolls from her series, TMI:  Digital Immigrant Prints. 

Benjamin Samuel, "Kubrick. 13+9+10". 

Benjamin Samuel, "Kubrick. 13+9+10". 

Engaging with LLoyf Konneker's "Event Horizon" 

Engaging with LLoyf Konneker's "Event Horizon" 


Get to know our Photowork 2017 Jurors

 Issac Diggs

Isaac Diggs is a photographer and educator. A native of Cleveland, OH, Diggs received his B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University and his M.F.A. in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He has received support from the Asian Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. His work, which is rooted in a committed exploration of the everyday, has been exhibited in the United States and Japan, and is a part of the collections of the New York Public Library, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, and the Walker Art Center, among others. Diggs has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 2000.





Rebecca Morse

Rebecca Morse is the Associate Curator of The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Morse graduated from SUNY Purchase in 1993 and earned her master’s in art history in 1997 from the University of Arizona. She started working at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art the following year and became an associate curator there in 2009. She left MOCA in 2013 to work for LACMA's Photography Department. Rebecca currently lives in Los Angeles.







Robert Stevens

Robert Stevens is a lecturer of photographic history at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. He is also the former editor of Life Picture Collection; former international photo editor for Time Magazine, former correspondent for Paris Photo Magazine. He is a trustee of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Robert Stevens is also the author of Yvon’s Paris (2010).He currently lives in New York City.






- Nikki Hung, Board Member

The Place to Be

This week has been wonderfully busy! All hands on deck for last week's Opening Reception's and Queen City Saturday Poughkeepsie Prints workshop.   Friends and visitors who missed the opening have been stopping by since. At the same time, students in Bill Noonan's Oil Painting Class have been enjoying their time in  creative mode in the studios. As they would tell you, painting is soothing and frustrating. Have no fear, with Bill's expertise and guidance, he tends to lessen the latter. He meets you where you are.

Need help mixing colors? Not sure where to start? What is a good subject? The best tools? How's your dog? (so cute!) Any question or concern you may have, Billy is there with not just an answer, but an explanation and/or a demonstration to give visual meaning for the answer. I highly recommend Bill Noonan's classes in Oil, Watercolor or the upcoming Figure Drawing Study workshop on Thursday afternoons.  He will use screen projections to teach the class about anatomy and help any artist hone their skills.  A plethora of knowledge and expertise are there for the asking at every stroke.  Check the Barrett Art Center calendar for more info. Billy is the man and if you think this is a biased opinion, well yes, yes it is and for the best of reasons. 

-JoAnn Passaro, Volunteer