XXX Marks the Spot...

Volunteers and staff have been busy getting ready for an exciting Saturday coming up on January 21st - all three floors will be buzzing with activity.  

A day-long workshop with two nude figures (male and female) will be running from 10am to 5pm - a great chance to develop your sketching skills in whichever media you choose.  

We're kicking off the year of Poughkeepsie Prints! community printmaking workshops with an opportunity for folks to try their hands at Japanese marbling, or suminagashi.  Participants can create their own bandanna and colorful marbled paper for bookmarks or other crafty projects. 

And from 3-6 p.m., the triple "X" marks the spot at the opening reception for our first two exhibitions of 2017: the Juried Members' Show and Photowork '17, which is celebrating three decades at BAC. (Hence the three roman numeral Xs in our promotional signs.) 

Juror Lynn Palumbo spent hours reviewing the submissions for the Juried Members’ Show earlier this week, finally deciding on 26 works that fit together in a vibrant showcase of our members' artistic  interests and talents. 

On Saturday, we hope you'll stop by to see these great shows for yourself, and to enter drawings for one of an array of photo-centric prizes, including home goods and coffee from Poughkeepsie's own North River Roasters. 

Look for the XXX marking the spot at 55 Noxon Street on Saturday - come celebrate creativity at Barrett! 

-Joanna Frang

In the main galleries, we've taken on some unconventional installations to bring together three jurors' takes on the state of the field of contemporary photography. Artwork: Brooks Dierdorff, Remnant


From the Executive Director - Turning Over New Leaves in 2017

Contrary to what the more botanically-minded might be inclined to think, the phrase "turning over a leaf" has little to do with trees or vegetation. Dating back to the 1600s, the expression actually refers to turning a page – once commonly called a “leaf” – to reveal a new, clean page.  I’ve invoked the helpful idiom in the title of this, the first item in the new blog of musings on art, artists, exhibitions, classes, workshops, and more from Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.  We’ll be using the blog to keep you up-to-date on all new programs, happenings and personalities that promise to make 2017 another banner year at Barrett. We hope you will find inspiration to turn over a new leaf to energize your own creative endeavors in the coming year.

We greeted the new year here at 55 Noxon Street with a new coat of paint in the galleries, an update made possible through funding from the Dyson Foundation. Special appreciation goes out to Jode Millman for her continuing support of our stewardship of Barrett’s historic building. Likewise, we are grateful to Herzog’s Home Centers. Doug Mosley from the Herzog’s location in Poughkeepsie whipped up a batch of our special Benjamin Moore “Barrett Gold” color for our hallways and generously provided additional paint for the galleries.

We’ve spent the beginning of January receiving 63 photographs selected from over 800 national submissions for Photowork 2017, and on Monday, January 9, accepted submissions for the first of three Juried Members’ Shows planned for 2017.

All are invited to enjoy these two first-rate exhibitions (and take a look at the crisp new interior paint) at the opening reception on Saturday, January 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. to help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Photowork and launch the new season of Juried Members’ Shows on view in the Crenson Gallery.

We will keep you updated on happenings and events at Barrett throughout 2017 to inspire you in your own creative endeavors and encourage you to get involved in all the goings on in 2017.

- Joanna Frang