Arbor Day Tree Planting!

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Barrett Art Center was proud to celebrate Arbor Day 2018 with Tree plantings on Noxon Street on May 11. We hosted the tree planting ceremony in front of Barrett House, where a flowering crab apple tree was planted for Arbor Day 1995. Special thanks to the Poughkeepsie Shade Tree Commission, Mayor Rob Rolison, the City's Tree Department, NYS DEC, and especially, a class of third graders from our neighborhood's own Clinton Elementary School, joined by their Principal David Scott and Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Nicole Williams. 

We're excited to have two new red maples along the south side of Noxon street. 

Planting trees is a sign of our faith not only in Noxon Street, but the City as a whole. Planting a tree reminds us that the best things in life take time, it’s an investment in our future – it is literally about digging in, setting down roots, and sticking around through the sunny days and the storms, it’s about doing something for the long haul.  

That actually sounds a lot like the story of Barrett House, and our organization. We’ve been in Poughkeepsie since 1935 and we’re still going strong.

Our founder, the artist Thomas Barrett, was born in Poughkeepsie in 1902 and grew up here at 55 Noxon Street. Though Tom went away for college, he came back to his hometown aftewards, bringing back with him a heartfelt desire to connect his City with the arts. He spent his entire career drawing and painting the City of Poughkeepsie, and organized art exhibitions for artists to connect the entire community to art and to each other through art. 

We continue that mission at Barrett Art Center with free art exhibitions and arts programs all year round. We’re also working on restoring our 1840s building and making it fully accessible to everyone by adding a wheelchair ramp. We’re investing in this house, and Noxon Street to ensure that this house is around  for the long haul, just like the trees we planted for Arbor Day 2018.  We continue to be optimistic about our future here in Poughkeepsie – and are excited to finally get these trees in the ground.

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From the Archives: Soldier's Memorial Fountain Sketch and Painting

Barrett’s ink pen sketch on illustration board depicts the Soldier’s Memorial Fountain in Eastman Park in the City of Poughkeepsie. This sketch was practice for a larger work that Barrett painted and sold to the Acker family in Poughkeepsie. Although the Barrett Art Center does not have the painting in its collection, photographs of the painting are accessible in the archives.

The Soldier’s Memorial Fountain was cast in the mid-1850s, purchased and installed in Eastman Park in 1870, and unveiled to the public on July 4th, 1870, five years after the end of the American Civil War. The fountain is one of four surviving cast from Model No. 5 by the Janes, Beebe, and Company. The other three remaining fountains exist in Savannah, Georgia, Curzo, Peru, and Madison, Indiana. Barrett’s sketch furthers to demonstrate his interest in all things Poughkeepsie.

Left to right: Broadway Fountain; Forsyth Park; Plaza de Armas. Images courtesy of Google Maps.


"From the Archives" is brought to you by Jean Hinkley. Ms. Hinkley is a graduate student of museum studies at Marist College. Growing up in Poughkeepsie influenced the way that Jean approaches thinking about cultural institutions, particularly in how to engage with local communities. Her research within the Barrett Art Center archives seeks to shed light on the unique character of Thomas Barrett and demonstrate that there is much to learn from our Hudson Valley history.

Photowork 2018 Opening Reception February 10, 2018

We'd like to say congratulations to all those that made it into Photowork this year, especially our three prize winners below. It was a great opening reception, bringing in many more people than we had expected, which is always a good thing!  With the Juried Members' Show on view upstairs, we had a packed house. Thank you to our two jurors, E. Jason Wambsgans and Sean Hemmerly and of course to all those that came out to support Barrett Art Center. 

 1st Prize - Brian Johnson "Gender in the Balance"

1st Prize - Brian Johnson "Gender in the Balance"

 2nd Prize - Ray Koh " A Sunday Car Pic"

2nd Prize - Ray Koh " A Sunday Car Pic"

 3rd Prize - Darcy Dangremond "In Sync"

3rd Prize - Darcy Dangremond "In Sync"

Juried Member' Show winner Laura Martinez-Bianco

 "Boat Meadow"

"Boat Meadow"

 "Where the Cows Go Home"

"Where the Cows Go Home"

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,  

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

 Frank Munzer (l), Eric Somers (r)

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.