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“Poughkeepsie artists open their studios this weekend for glimpse into creative process” Poughkeepsie Journal, June 12, 2019

The Poughkeepsie Open Studios began over five years ago when artist Jeff Aman organized artists that were interested in opening their studios to the public.

The first event involved 22 artists that participated on one day. It has now grown to over 60 artists participating in 28 locations over a two-day weekend.

This year the Poughkeepsie Open Studios weekend is a community effort led by Aman and sponsored by Barrett Art Center (BAC). 

“This annual open studio weekend is an opportunity for people to interact one on one with the artists in Poughkeepsie’s historic and newly redeveloped, spaces,” said BAC Executive Director Joanna Frang. “The new artists and new venues highlight the ways that arts and artists, in partnership with city leadership and smart community investment, are driving positive community redevelopment and economic opportunity in the City of Poughkeepsie.”  

“We are very proud to welcome new artists to our weekend, as well as those artists who have recently made the City of Poughkeepsie their home and are such a big part of its revitalization,” Aman said.

Suzanne Rees is one of the participating artists. “I was glad to hear about the Open Studios as I’m hoping to be able to connect with local artists and collectors in and around the Poughkeepsie area," she said. "Creating connections is an important part of the art-making process.”

Rees is one of 12 artists exhibiting in the Poughkeepsie Hive, a pop-up space donated by Baxter Construction for the weekend. The space will include a variety of artists showing their work, including painters, photographers, jewelers and mixed media.

Several locations feature artists exhibiting together at Poughkeepsie’s newest galleries, such as the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, with tapestry-weaving demonstrations by Mary Flad, and the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, featuring studios of five artists and Cathy Schmitz’s poetry booth. Queen City 15 is a new cooperative gallery showcasing the works of 15 members, and across the street is Gallery 330, with five artists participating. The Niagara Firehouse is open for a rare opportunity to see an artist’s live-work space, showing glass, wood, ceramics and painting on several floors. 

Suprina will again open her studio in the historic Little Italy area. Last year she participated in the open studios weekend for the first time and reported around 100 visitors to her studio.

“The conversations that the visitors and I had were inspiring and provocative," she said. "I'm also happy to report a sale!”

This family-friendly event also includes a variety of art demonstrations and creative events. The informative online map allows visitors to preplan their visit and each location also has printed maps available. Check out the special events, such as the Art Effect’s “Paint the Van,” and the puppet show, “I Love Tacos,” on Saturday by Paper Hearts Puppets at Mural Square. Celebrate Saturday night with Poet Gold and Andres San Millan with poetry and music on the Main Street lawn at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. 

Linda Marston-Reid is an artist, writer, and executive director of Arts Mid-Hudson. The column appears every other week in Enjoy! Contact her at 845-454-3222 or lmr@artsmidhudson.org


Barrett artist members (clockwise from top) BAC Artist in Residence Emilie Houssart, photographer Steven Steele Cawman, & photographer Nikki Hung

Barrett artist members (clockwise from top) BAC Artist in Residence Emilie Houssart, photographer Steven Steele Cawman, & photographer Nikki Hung

BAC member Suzanne Rees with Barrett Kids artist at our new neighbor,   the    Poughkeepsie Hive  , 33-35 Academy Street.

BAC member Suzanne Rees with Barrett Kids artist at our new neighbor, the Poughkeepsie Hive, 33-35 Academy Street.


Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro speaking at Barrett’s 2019 Springraiser

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro speaking at Barrett’s 2019 Springraiser






 

 


"Trees for Tom" by Rudy Vavra are being sold to help raise funds for the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. (Photo: Courtesy

"Trees for Tom" by Rudy Vavra are being sold to help raise funds for the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. (Photo: Courtesy



Barrett Art Center Recognized with Preservation Grant

[Poughkeepsie, NY] The historic home of Poughkeepsie artist Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr., now home to the Dutchess County Art Association, has received an $11,600 grant from the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts as part of the 25th round of grant funding through Preserve New York. 
The Award was announced September 12, 2017 at a news conference in Albany, where Barrett Art Center executive director Joanna Frang and Board President Karl Schmitz accepted the award. The grant will be used to help underwrite the cost of preparing a Historic Structures Report for the Center’s 1840s brick townhouse, which is used today as an art gallery and art studio.
"Barrett House and its archival and art collection encompass a large part of our region’s artistic lineage, extending from the Hudson River School, through Barrett’s WPA years, to the present,” says Frang.  “A Historic Structures Report is a first step towards our goal to restore our building and preserve the legacy of Thomas Barrett and the Dutchess County Art Association. We’re extremely proud to receive the acknowledgement and support of both the Preservation League and NYSCA.”
The Center will work with preservation architect Marilyn Kaplan, who has worked on the NYS Capitol, the White House, many of New York’s historic sites, including Staatsburgh and Olana State Historic Sites, and scores of churches, libraries and museums. The report will provide documentary, graphic, and physical information about the property’s history and existing condition in order to guide future preservation projects.


 “At its July 2017 meeting, the Preserve New York panel selected 30 applicants in 21 counties around the state to share $239,634 in funding,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “As always, the competition for these funds was intense. We are delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of these organizations with timely funding from Preserve New York.”
 Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Applicants must be a unit of local government or a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status. The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants generally range between $3,000 and $10,000.
Chair of New York State Council on the Arts, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel said: “New York State Council on the Arts is proud to provide funding for its signature grant program, Preserve New York, along with its partners, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Since 1993, Preserve New York grants have laid the groundwork for restoration projects throughout New York State. This year’s awardees, drawn from 21 counties, are to be commended for their efforts to help us preserve our complex, and many-layered cultural heritage…Preserve New York grants help ensure that our significant architecture, treasured landscapes, historic streetscapes and neighborhoods, continue to share their stories of our past, and inform our plans for the future.”

For more information about the Barrett Art Center, visit www.barrettartcenter.orginfo@barrettartcenter.org;  (845) 471-2550. Barrett Art Center is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 10am – 3pm and Saturday, Noon-3pm.

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McArthur Freeman II exhibits "Pine App," a sculpture created through multiple digital media.

McArthur Freeman II exhibits "Pine App," a sculpture created through multiple digital media.

 
Angelika Ejtel, Dallas, TX, "You Have Small Braids Like Spider Threads,"  Photowork 2017 .

Angelika Ejtel, Dallas, TX, "You Have Small Braids Like Spider Threads," Photowork 2017.