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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Celebrates Hidden Gardens

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Celebrates Hidden Gardens

Spencertown, New York– Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 15th annual Hidden Gardens is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, with a kick-off garden party the night before. This beloved Columbia County gateway to summer event is designed to inform, inspire, and intrigue garden enthusiasts.

The theme of this year’s Hidden Gardens Tour is “Artful Landscapes” and shoppers will, once again, find treasures at the Garden Market on the Green. Flower farmer Jenny Elliott will give the annual Hidden Gardens Breakfast Lecture and the “Gardens of Delight” art exhibition will be on display at the Academy. Spencertown Academy Board Members Madaline Sparks and Vivian Wachsberger are co-chairs of Hidden Gardens; proceeds benefit the Academy.

The festivities begin with the Academy’s traditional Twilight in the Garden Party on Friday, June 14 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Meg and Bill Stratton’s elegant and gracious 1845 Greek Revival home in Spencertown, NY. The house, pool, and newly constructed rustic party barn are surrounded by shade trees and grassy meadows that give way to wooded areas beyond. New friends meet and old ones greet at this festive start to the summer season. Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a scrumptious light supper are served. Andres Sarmiento, bar manager of John Andrews Restaurant in South Egremont, MA, will concoct a special signature cocktail for the occasion. A silent auction will feature multiple items ranging from a pair of Wave Hill chairs to a delivered truckload of organic garden mulch. Directions will be sent once tickets are purchased. Tickets are $90 in advance, $110 at the door.

Jenny Elliot, owner and lead grower at Tiny Hearts Farm in Copake, NY, will give a talk titled “Growing Cut Flowers for Your Garden and Home” on Saturday, June 15 at 9:00am (doors open at 8:30am) in the Spencertown Academy Auditorium. Audience members will enjoy home-baked goodies while learning what they can do now to incorporate cut flowers into all sizes and styles of gardens, including soil needs, plant types, and variety choices. Elliot will go into what to look for in cutting plants (grown and foraged), planting, and maintenance, as well as how to get the most out of plants to bring beautiful cut flowers into one’s home all season long. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

The centerpiece of the Hidden Gardens weekend is the self-guided tour celebrating the art of the garden on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The tour showcases six private gardens in the hamlets of Spencertown and Old Chatham, NY. A variety of garden styles will be on display on the tour: the perennial, herb, and pool gardens of a 1770s center hall colonial home ornamented with rustic fencing, pergolas, and arbors; a recently installed meadow with 1000 native plants; a cloistered rose garden and formal courtyard parterre; a productive kitchen and cutting garden; a charming retreat featuring an award-winning design; a two hundred-acre former horse farm with an English courtyard garden, multiple ponds, sweeping views, and massive islands of perennials, specimen trees, shrubs, and more.  

The tour will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of; various package rates involving multiple events are also available. To purchase tickets for Hidden Garden events, go to www.spencertownacademy.org. Day-of garden tour tickets and maps will be available from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Academy and at the Garden Market on the Green.

The Garden Market on The Green will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 9:00am to 2:30pm at the Spencertown Village Green across the street from the Academy. The market will showcase more than 20 vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice, plus shoppers will find bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the Academy’s White Elephant Booth. A percentage of all sales benefit the Academy. Pro Sharp Mobile Service will be at the market to hone pruners and shears to perfection. Drop them off with Bob Sheets in the morning, tour the gardens, and pick up tools by 2:30pm. Food trucks will be on hand offering breakfast and lunch, including Arturo’s Restaurant at Micosta and Larry’s Food, as well as an ice cream sundae booth staffed by Academy members. Admission is free.

The “Gardens of Delight” art exhibit featuring works by Stephanie Anderson, Amy Bergeron, Marilyn Orner, Mary Ellen Riell, Laura Shore, Pamela Stoddart, and Marianne Van Lent will be on display in the Spencertown Academy Arts Center Gallery on Saturday, June 15 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and on Sunday, June 16 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Using an array of materials and techniques, the artists explore the theme of magnificent gardens and the flowers, foliage, and insects that populate them. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital Region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.


Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents Juried Photography Show

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April 29, 2019

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents Juried Photography Show

Spencertown, New York–Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents its Third Annual Juried Photography Show. On Saturday, June 22, there will be an opening reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the exhibit will remain on display through July 14. Gallery hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and the artworks will be for sale with a portion of sales benefiting the Academy.

Juror for the show, Bonnie Yochelson, is an independent curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is former Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York and teaches in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts.

“Digital imaging provides new opportunities and new challenges for photographers and curators alike. The convenience of digital submissions to the competition is undeniable, but images on a screen provide only a preview of the works. I am therefore especially looking forward to June 22, when I can experience the actual, rather than the virtual, show,” says Yochelson.. “It will be a pleasure to see print surfaces and experience the works at human scale in the gallery.”

Yochelson will bestow first and second place plus three honorable mentions. Photographers included in the show are: Lee Backer (New York, NY), William Bullard (Ghent, NY), Paul Barton (Durham, NY), Daniel Bauman (New York, NY), Mary Jo Downey (Alplaus, NY), Alan Finger (Chatham, NY), Larry Frankel (Great Barrington, NY), Gail Giles (Chatham, NY), Judith Grunberg (Valatie, NY), Jamie Hankin (Kinderhook, NY), Linda Horn (Spencertown, NY), Paul Miller (Chatham, NY), Arthur Nager (Fairfield, CT), Liz Sample (Hillsdale, NY), Georgia Sandman (East Chatham, NY), Jody Schoenfeld (Valatie, NY), Gerald Seligman (Ghent, NY), Leland Sharp (Canaan, NY), Caroline Siemers (Valatie, NY), Diane Smook (Kinderhook, NY), Edward Walk (Great Barrington, MA),  Steve Wildermuth (Ghent, NY), and Mike Zdeb (Chatham, NY).

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital Region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please visit www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.


Spencertown Academy “Gardens of Delight” Exhibition

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April 1, 2019

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Spencertown Academy “Gardens of Delight” Exhibition

Spencertown, New York–Spencertown Academy Arts Center kicks off its 15th annual Hidden Gardens program with “Gardens of Delight.” This exhibit features artists Stephanie Anderson, Amy Bergeron, Marilyn Orner, Mary Ellen Riell, Laura Shore, Pamela Stoddart, and Marianne Van Lent. Spencertown Academy Gallery Committee member Norma Cohen curated the show and Moira O’Grady, also a member of the committee, assisted.

The opening reception is Saturday, May 18 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, and art will remain on display through Sunday, June 16. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is free and all art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Academy. Please note that Saturday, June 15, the gallery will be open from 8:30am to 4:00pm for the Hidden Gardens Tour.

“‘Gardens of Delight’is a stunning and diverse exhibit. Spencertown Academy’s successful garden tour served as the inspiration,” says Cohen.“Visitors to the gallery will feel surrounded by magnificent gardens, yet still enjoy the uniqueness of each delicate painting of a flower or flying insect.”

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Stephanie Anderson (Great Barrington, MA) is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. Her series of black-and-white graphite drawings was inspired by the strange magic of Dutch master Otto Marseus Van Schrieck’s paintings of the forest floor. Her drawings depict detailed, natural worlds in which real and unreal elements merge and disparate pieces of life combine in deliberately composed tableaux.

Oil painter Amy Bergeron (Scotia New York) says she is fascinated by light and form. Her style is a dance between impressionistic brushwork and realism. A graduate of Skidmore College, she is a member of the Schenectady Art Society and Albany Center Gallery.

Marilyn Orner Cromwell (South Egremont, MA) loves color, light, and transparency. She works mainly in oils and occasionally watercolors and pastels. She has a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts, and an MEd. in Creative Arts in Teaching from Lesley University. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and is represented by 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY.

Mary Ellen Riell (Schenectady, NY) is always looking for new ways to represent gardens, the sea, landscapes, and the human figure. She studied at the Art Students League in New York City, Fashion Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College, and the College of Saint Rose. She is a current member and former co-director of the Oakroom Artists. Her award-winning pastel landscapes, watercolors, and prints are in private and corporate collections.

Laura Shore (Altamont, NY) founded Farm Share Studio where she creates oil paintings that celebrate local food and upstate New York farmers. She has recently been inspired by the dramatic shapes and colors of tropical plants in the New York Botanical Garden. She especially loves the way the lush foliage surrounds flowers and creates a secret world of peace and contemplation.

Pamela Stoddart (Ridgefield, CT) is an abstract artist whose background in math and science inspires her work. She sees things analytically and portrays them creatively. Stoddart studied at Silvermine Arts Center and Ridgefield Guild of Artists, as well as Parsons School of Design and Laguna Beach College of Art. Working on both canvas and paper with bold colors and simple shapes, she finds flowers especially intriguing.

Marianne Van Lent (Athens, NY) creates dreamy, impressionistic paintings. She says that her work filters through memory and examines the mysterious forces of the physical world and investigates humankind’s fragile position in the universe. She constructs places, worlds, and cosmologies that are represented in the outer world of nature and the inner world of the psyche. She has degrees from the Tyler School of Art and Cornell University.

The theme for Hidden Gardens 2019 is “Artful Landscapes.” The Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party marks the start of the summer season on Friday, June 14 at a private home in Spencertown. On Saturday, June 15, the Academy will present an array of events designed to inform, inspire, and intrigue garden enthusiasts, including a lecture by Jenny Elliot of Tiny Hearts Farm (“Bringing Cut Flowers into your Garden and Home”), Garden Market on the Green, and Hidden Gardens Tour, which offers garden lovers a peek into some of the region’s most spectacular properties.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital Region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please visit our website at www.spencertownacademy.orgor call 518-392-3693.

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Teresa Broadwell Sextet Celebrates the Music of Nat King Cole

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May 1, 2017

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Teresa Broadwell Sextet Celebrates the Music of Nat King Cole

Spencertown, New York— Teresa Broadwell, jazz vocalist, violinist, bandleader, and arranger, brings her jazz sextet to the Spencertown Academy Arts Center for an evening devoted to the music of Nat King Cole on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00pm. General admission tickets ($20 general public/$15 Academy member/$10 students) may be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org and will be available at the door.

Nat King Cole’s repertoire included many of the most popular standards of his day, such as “Unforgettable,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “Mona Lisa.” In addition to his well known interpretations of the gems of his era, Broadwell and her group will perform some of his rarely heard songs. The band features Mike Novakowski on guitar, bassist Pete Toigo, sax man Leo Russo, Michael Lamkin on piano, and drummer Cliff Brucker.

“You haven’t heard ‘Swing’ until you’ve heard Teresa. She has spent a lifetime honing her skills as a musician and entertainer,” said Rob Fisch, chair of the Academy’s music programming committee. “Her bandmates are superb, all performing in the Capital District for dozens of years. They are all masters of their trade.”

Teresa Broadwell is formally trained, holding a BM from the Crane School of Music and an MA in Jazz Studies from the College of St. Rose. Her vocal influences include: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; Eddie Jefferson; King Pleasure; Sarah Vaughan; Betty Carter; Ella Fitzgerald; and Anita O’Day. On fiddle, she draws from Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti, and Stephan Grappelli. She has two recordings: “Sunny Side of the Street,” with the New Moon Swing Band (a group that performed on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”) and her latest, “Everything’s Jake,” featuring her swing band Thrivin’ on A Riff. Broadwell moved to the Capital Region in the early 80s, where she formed her own groups, performing at concerts, festivals, radio and television shows, and jazz clubs in the greater Northeast. Her groups have performed with and/or opened concerts for musical luminaries such as Stan Getz, Jon Hendricks, Marc O’Connor, Asleep at the Wheel; Leon Redbone, and baritone sax great Nick Brignola.

Guitarist Mike Novakowski plays in the post-bebop jazz style made popular by Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, and Jim Hall. He provides tasteful support for the groups’ improvisations and adds his own warm and swinging solos to the powerful front line. He performs regularly in the Capital Region with many groups, including Cliff Brucker’s Full Circle, the Wee Be3 organ trio, and the Jon Leroy Trio, and he holds the guitar chair in the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a professional big band in residence at Schenectady County Community College.

Jazz saxophone master Leo Russo has been a mainstay of, and an inspiration to, the Capital District jazz scene for many decades. With his buttery tone and formidable improvisational virtuosity, he captivates listeners and makes each song a unique treasure. In his long career, he has performed with Paul Whiteman, Major Bows, Woody Herman, Bobby Sherwood, and many other top names too numerous to mention. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music and, in addition to his performing, has taught instrumental music in public schools and at the college level.

Pete Toigo, a versatile and masterful bassist, propels Broadwell’s group with a relentlessly swinging energy. His bass lines are the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the ensembles and his bowed (arco) solos delight audiences wherever he performs. He has played and/or toured with NRBQ, The Lustre Kings, Jay Unger, and Molly Mason, and contributed his tasteful bass lines to many artist’s recordings.

Jazz pianist and organist Michael Lamkin is from the Boston area via Miami, where he attended Miami Dade College and studied with the late pianist Wally Cirillo of Red Norvo and Joe Diorio fame. He also led a number of trios and quintets. In Miami, he performed with multi-horn man Ira Sullivan and altoist Jay Corre of the Buddy Rich band. He relocated to Los Angeles for various studio sessions before returning to the Northeast. Lamkin has performed extensively throughout the region with groups that include his jazz organ trio Wee B3, the Latin jazz group Caribe Mambo, Groove Nouveau, One Eyed Cat, saxophonist Charles Neville, and the swing band Nitro Jive.

Drummer Cliff Brucker is a versatile musician who, in addition to being a world-class percussionist, is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, and educator. He has performed as a professional musician for over 40 years and has worked with some of the finest talent in the Capital District, including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and the Empire Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with a variety of internationally known jazz and pop artists, including Aretha Franklin, Buddy Greco, Rex Richardson, Bob Mintzer, and Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents “Art from Farm to Table” Exhibit

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April 24, 2017

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents
“Art from Farm to Table” Exhibit

Spencertown, New York — Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Art from Farm to Table,” an invitational multimedia exhibit featuring works by 15 accomplished regional artists. The show includes depictions and interpretations of landscapes, buildings, farm life, flowers, vegetables, insects, and animals: everything found in an agricultural environment, which might (or might not!) end up on a table. On Saturday, May 20, there will be an opening reception from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. and the show will remain on display through June 18. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Academy.

Norma Cohen curated this exhibition, assisted by Barbara Lax; Leslie Gabosh and Lynn Rothenberg are also members of the Academy Gallery Committee. “Our spring exhibit takes note of the reemergence of nature’s stunning colors, its flora and fauna, its bounties, and new life that returns every year,” said Cohen. “The art ranges from finely crafted classical depictions to funky ‘outsider’ type art. Although living on a farm can be glorious and exciting, it is also challenging on many levels. Still, the artwork maintains a celebratory demeanor, a peacefulness, and a sturdy sense of importance.”

The artists featured in “Art from Farm to Table” include April Aldighieri (Simsbury, CT), Deborah Bayley (Poestenkill, NY), Arlene Boehm (Hudson, NY), Jim Brearton (Troy, NY), Jerry Freedner (Valatie, NY), Carl Hetherington (Canaan, NY), Linda Horn (Spencertown, NY), Caroline Kaars Sypesteyn (Great Barrington, MA), Maj Kalfus (Hillsdale, NY), Marybeth Ketz (Hillsdale, NY), Maria Kolodziej- Zincio (Hudson, NY), Joan Palmer (Salisbury, CT), Georgia Ranney (Valatie, NY), Marlene Wiedenbaum (High Falls, NY), and Jacqueline Wilder (Ancram, NY).

“Art from Farm to Table” is the kick-off event for the Academy’s 13th annual Hidden Gardens fundraiser, which includes the Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party on Friday, June 16, and an array of events designed to inform, inspire, and intrigue garden enthusiasts on Saturday, June 17, including the Garden Market on the Green, Hidden Gardens Tour with the theme “Artful Landscapes,” and a presentation by horticultural consultant, writer and lecturer Ron Kujawski entitled “Vegetable Gardening: It’s Never Too Late to Start.”

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents a Jazz Concert by The Quartet Saturday, October 1

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August 17 2016

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents a Jazz Concert by The Quartet
Saturday, October 1

Spencertown, New York— Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents a jazz concert by The Quartet on Saturday, October 1 at 8:00pm. The group features Stuart Quimby (flute), Tony Kieraldo (piano), Terence Murren (base), and Peter O’Brien (drums). General admission tickets ($20/$10 for students) may be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org and will be available at the door.

“Separately, The Quartet’s master players have all pursued careers as sidemen—playing in diverse styles and backing a roster of amazing musicians. They bring decades of musical experience to the stage, but now they’re playing for each other,” said Spencertown Academy volunteer Rob Fisch. “Their combined history yields an enormous collective repertoire, allowing them to select compositions that span several decades of jazz history.”

Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a classical and jazz composer, and a professional musician (flute, vocals, most of the baroque wind instruments, the Balinese gamelan instruments, the blues harp and chromatic harmonica, the trumpet, various keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and performances with Paquito D’Rivera, Ben Sidran, Vassar Clements, Jimmy Schwall, Gordon Lightfoot, the Brüggen Quartet, several chamber groups and classical ensembles, as well as the jazz quartet M.2.Q, which he co-founded.

Tony Kieraldo is a freelance pianist, pen and ink artist, teacher, accompanist, composer and musical-director who lives in Hudson, NY. He has shared the stage and worked with Jacques d’Amboise, Bill Irwin, Tommy Stinson, Lil’ Buck, Bobby Previte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marco Benevento, and Sarah Jessica Parker (to name a few).

Terence Murren is a string bassist, electric bassist, and guitarist. He studied classical string bass and composition at Vassar College and jazz bass with Tim Ferguson, Steve Neil, and Drew Gress; as well as doing course work with Mike Richmond at NYU’s Graduate program in Jazz Performance. Along with leading his own group, the Eternal Now, Murren is an active member of the cajun alt. country group, the Doc Marshalls, and Matt Bauders’ Doo Wop group, The White Blue Yellow and Clouds. He has performed with Tom Abbs, Daniel Carter, Butch Morris, Assif Tsahar, Lawrence Clark, Tomas Fujiwara, Steve Blanco, Le Gitan Trio, and the Schul band among many others.

Peter O’Brien was born in Flushing, Queens, New York. The son of drummer Bill O’Brien, he began playing the drums as soon as he could sit up at the set, playing along with recordings of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and all the greats of jazz. His extensive professional career includes being a member of the bands Orleans, Eric Person and Meta-Four, John Esposito Trio, and Peggy Stern’s Estrella Trio, as well as freelance tours with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rory Block, and Tracy Nelson. In addition to his busy performance schedule, O’Brien teaches at home and at Bard College, and he freelances as a studio session player.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.

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Spencertown Academy Presents Exhibitions by Scott Thomas Balfe and Jane McWhorter

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August 25, 2016

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Spencertown Academy Presents Exhibitions by Scott Thomas Balfe and Jane McWhorter September 24 – October 9

Spencertown, New York–Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents exhibitions by painter Scott Thomas Balfe and photographer Jane McWhorter, who were the winners of last year’s Spencertown Academy juried regional art exhibition. Carrie Haddad, of Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY, judged the show, awarding first prize to Balfe and second prize to McWhorter. On Saturday, September 24, there will be an opening reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the exhibitions will remain on display through October 9. Gallery hours after the opening are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale.

Scott Thomas Balfe’s exhibit is titled “Translations in Oil.” Based in Earlton, NY, he is a classic landscape painter in the tradition of the Hudson River School. His paintings capture the atmospheric condition created by humidity and diffused light, which helps to cause a softening of the spatial plane, giving the romantic feeling that the Early American painters so masterfully executed. Over the past 30 years, he has exhibited his work nationally, including a one-man show at the prestigious Union League Club of NYC and auctions by Sotheby’s NYC and Guernsey’s London. He is a current member of the Salmagundi Club of New York and his art is represented by Gallery at Four India Street in Nantucket, MA, The Hearle Gallery in Chatham, MA, and Silverwood Gallery in Saratoga, NY.

“What I would say about painting for me, is that when I paint in the field, I try to create something that is partly what I see and partly what I would like to see, or where I would like to be,” says Balfe. “And in doing this, I am creating my own handwriting in oil paint.”

Fine art photographer Jane McWhorter’s exhibition is titled “WhatAmILookingAt?” It will feature her vivid new work, which is mysterious and powerful. Most of the large images are of inorganic subjects, concentrating on the interaction of color, form, and texture. The result is a series of strong, compelling, and beautiful photographs. McWhorter, a resident of the Berkshires, grew up in a family of artists and photographers in Brooklyn. Since 1974, she has exhibited her work in various galleries in Massachusetts, New York, and Santa Fe, and her limited edition prints are widely collected. She also works as a professional graphic designer and has taught photography and graphic design at schools and colleges for over 40 years.

“My artwork moves in stages. I work in a particular form or style, which then, after several years, morphs into something else,” says McWhorter. “Now, in this digital world, I use the power and potential of the computer as a tool to take my photography into a more ‘painterly’ realm. The actual ‘shooting’ of the image is just a starting point. My intention is not to take a photograph but instead, to make a photograph.”

Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.

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Photo Captions:
“Summer in the Catskills” by Scott Thomas Balfe
“Chrome Twist” by Jane McWhorter

Intersection Austerlitz “Costume and Culture: Designs for Life”

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August 29, 2016

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Intersection Austerlitz “Costume and Culture: Designs for Life”

September 17 event sponsored by Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Austerlitz Historical Society, and Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop

Spencertown, New York– Spencertown Academy Arts Center, in collaboration with the Austerlitz Historical Society and Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop, presents the second annual Intersection Austerlitz regional celebration of art, literature, and history on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. This year’s program, titled “Costume and Culture: Designs for Life,” focuses on the innovation, practicality, and creativity found in fashion and fabrics. The three organizations, which are located within minutes of each other, will jointly host workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations.

Advance-purchase $35 Passports for the day include all activities, workshops, and presentations at all three venues, plus morning coffee and snack, gourmet boxed lunch (which must be pre-ordered), and afternoon reception. Children under 12 participate for free and have the option to pre-order a $6 boxed lunch. Advance registration and lunch orders close on Wednesday, September 14. Day-of $35 Passports will be available at each venue; they include access to everything except boxed lunches. In addition, the various exhibitions will be open to the public for free during the hours noted below. To purchase tickets, go to the websites of any of the organizations: spencertownacademy.org, oldausterlitz.com, millay.org

The day of activities begins at 9:00am with a welcome at the new Austerlitz Town Hall in Spencertown, across from the Village Green, then moves to the Spencertown Academy, followed by a visit to Old Austerlitz (where participants are invited to have lunch on the grounds). The afternoon concludes at the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop.

At 10:00am at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center (790 State Route 203 in Spencertown), milliner Victoria DiNardo will lead a hands-on workshop to create a headband/mini-fascinator. She will show participants how to make a rosette and leaf trim to attach to a covered headband and then work with materials to make their own headpiece. Materials supplied will be a covered headband, ribbon, feathers, fabric flowers and netting, needles, thread, and glue. Attendees are welcome to bring any ornament or materials they may want to use to create their custom piece.

The Spencertown Academy galleries will showcase a three-part exhibition titled “Hats, Hats, and More Hats!,” featuring milliner Victoria DiNardo, opera costume designer Sarah Conly, and feather entrepreneur Elizabeth Walters. The exhibit will be open to the public for free on Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00pm and on Sunday, September 18 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Victoria DiNardo, a millinery designer located in Chatham, NY, will display a collection of hat making materials, including hat blocks, blocking supplies, felt and straw bodies, and hat finishings and trimmings to show the step-by-step process of making a hat from raw materials to finished product. There will be a selection of vintage hats to try on (and take home souvenir photos), plus a variety of new hats for sale from Victoria DiNardo Millinery. A selection of books and illustrations on millinery styles and techniques and a collection of vintage hatboxes will be on display as well.

The “Tanglewood Toppers” exhibit by costume designer Sarah Conly, from New Lebanon and NYC, will display a retrospective collection of millinery representing 30 years worth of operas produced at the Tanglewood Festival. Accompanying the hat exhibit will be costume sketches, photos, and descriptive anecdotes. Conly will be on hand to answer questions and share her process for these designs.

In the “Vintage Feathers and Hat Trims” exhibit, Austerlitz resident Elizabeth Walters will display a selection of some of the thousands of vintage feathers and trims dating back to the 1900s that she sells on her website to designers and collectors. There will also be a bin of items for sale. She will share her unusual story of how she came to own this inventory and to be in this business. Walters has been selling these fabulous trims since 1996 to a diverse group of top-notch milliners, costumers, craftspeople, fly tiers, artisans, and designers including the costumer/milliner for the Metropolitan Opera; the costumer for the TV show “Boardwalk Empire”; the costumers for the movies “The Hunger Games,” “Crimson Peak,” and the new “Wonder Woman” movie coming out in 2017; and to the world renowned milliner Philip Treacy, and more recently, the fashion house of Maison Martin Margiela.

From 10:00am to 4:00pm at Old Austerlitz (11550 State Route 22 in Austerlitz), the Austerlitz Historical Society will present free demonstrations and exhibitions that are open to the public. Michelle Parrish will give ongoing demonstrations about the processing of flax, such as braking, scutching, and hetcheling. Antique tools and examples of flax fibers at different stages will be available for all to see. Parrish is a member of the New England Flax and Linen Study Group, and has been growing flax for over ten years. An educator, weaver, spinner, and plant-based dyer, she grows plants for fiber and dye, and documents her projects on her blog (localcolordyes.com). In addition, members of the Culley family and friends of the Society will be on-site throughout the day to demonstrate carding and spinning in wool, as well as how to use a drop-spindle.

On display in the Morey-Devereaux House will be exhibitions of wool and linen clothing, bedding, and artifacts from private area homes and from the collection of the Austerlitz Historical Society, along with an assortment of meticulously hand-sewn miniature dresses (approx. 18 inches tall), undergarments, and hats made of wool, linen, and other fabrics, including a replica of dresses worn by Angelica Van Buren and Abigail Adams. Visitors will be able to compare the finery donned by elite ladies of the 19th Century with the more humble wool and linen garments fashioned for the less-privileged women of the time. The latter items are on special loan from the Columbia County Historical Society – Patzwahl Collection.

At 1:00pm, the Austerlitz Historical Society will host a special one-hour presentation for Passport holders in the Morey-Devereaux Barn. Wearing period costume and speaking in the first person, Phyllis Chapman brings a distinguished American woman to life in her interactive presentation, “Lucy Larcom: A New England Mill Worker in the 19th Century.” Lucy Larcom, later to become a noted poet, abolitionist, and educator, began her working life in a New England textile factory in the 1830s. As a young mill worker, Lucy tells about the working and living conditions that many young farm girls experienced in the early days of America’s Industrial Revolution, as they hoped to make a better life for themselves. Using rear screen projection images, as well as props and hands-on activities for the audience, Chapman demonstrates the tasks involved in textile production, the development of mechanization, and the structure of a mill, which was perhaps the most significant “machine” invented by Americans. Chapman’s “Vintage Visitors” program introduces audiences to illustrious American women, through first-person narrative, stories, activities, costume and artifacts, to provide a richer understanding of our history and culture.

In addition, from 1:00 to 2:00pm, Jennifer Touchstone will lead a free “hands-on” wet-wool felting activity suitable for children, as well as interested adults. Using natural wool fiber, plus shaped river stones, participants will create colorful and non-scratch felted rock paperweights. Touchstone is a fiber artist and illustrator. She has most recently been focusing on needle-felted baby mobiles, which she sells through her online shop. She lives and works in Old Chatham.

Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop will present an exhibition titled “Around The World: The Honeymoon-1924” from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay married Eugen Jan Boissevain on July 23, 1923. Their subsequent eight-month honeymoon went from San Francisco to the Hawaiian Islands to Japan, China, Malaysia, Java, Burma, India, France, Holland, and finally back to New York. During this trip, they acquired an impressive collection of Asian artifacts. These treasures, along with original traveling documents and copies of her journal and correspondence to her family are on display in this exhibition. Also included is a recreation of their photo album documenting their travels and Millay’s gorgeous collection of Chinese silk kimonos.

At 2:30pm, Steepletop will welcome Sarah Parker, a Lecturer in English at Loughborough University in the UK. She will give a lecture to Passport holders about how Millay used fashion and photography to forge an iconic celebrity image. Edna St. Vincent Millay is sometimes called a “Rock Star” poet because she achieved celebrity status like no other poet of her time. Dr. Parker is the author of the article, “Publicity, Celebrity, Fashion: Photographing Edna St. Vincent Millay” (Women’s Studies, 45.4, 2016); she delivered a lecture on this topic at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Most of the items in Millay’s wardrobe still exist and a few of them will be showcased on the day of the talk. Following the lecture, refreshments will be served from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

“Mysterious and Unexpected: the Merger of Art and Science” Exhibition

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents “Mysterious and Unexpected: the Merger of Art and Science” Exhibition

Spencertown, New York—Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Mysterious and Unexpected: the Merger of Art and Science” exhibition featuring artists Carrie Crane, Kay Hartung, Larry Kagan, Gwenn Mayers, Karen Schoolman, and Catherine Wilcox-Titus. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 23 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and the show will remain on display through August 14. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

“Art and science have much in common from the spark or hypothesis that generates an idea; to the discipline of the process; the risk taking with tools of the trade and the surprise of the result,” says curator Barbara Lax Kranz. “This exhibit displays the work of six artists who incorporate science to create their art. The processes are unique and the results outstanding and unusual.”

Often inspired by current issues in science, Carrie Crane’s recent work uses the tools of Knowledge Visualization (graphs, maps, and diagrams) to address issues of ambiguity and subjectivity in visual communication. Her work (from sketches to paintings to constructions) suggests maps and diagrams that are un-tethered to any particular data set. This allows the work, she says, “to be a free agent upon which any number of meanings may be placed and thereby highlighting the human tendency to draw meaning in large part from personal beliefs and experience rather than from presented data.” Crane lives in Boylston, MA.

Larry Kagan is a sculptor who uses steel, light, and shadow as a creative medium. A longtime professor of art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he maintains studios in Troy and New York City. He is represented by the Hirschl & Adler art gallery in Manhattan. “We are more or less aware of the presence of shadows, since they tell us something about our environment, but we do not actually look at them—unless they call attention to themselves by some unfamiliar or unexpected behavior,” says Kagan. “My challenge was to induce viewers to actually look at the shadow rather than solely at the steel. I began shifting more of the narrative burden to shadow. The more content the eyes could detect in the shadow, the more time and attention they would expend on exploring its details.”

Kay Hartung’s current series of encaustic paintings is related to her fascination with the microscopic world. “I have been looking at electron microscope photographs and am inspired by the abstract organic shapes and intense color of this hidden world. I imagine the energy and interactions that go on in the body and the mind to produce action and thought,” says Hartung. “I am exploring the connections between science and art; conscious of the profound effects that these minute biological forms have on the universe.” She is represented by the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham, MA.

Over the past two years, Gwenn Mayers of East Chatham, NY, has used her iPhone camera to document a wide range of images, including food, nature, shadows, and medical experiences, such as her mother’s chemotherapy treatments. She prints the photos and then works with charcoal, graphite, pastels, watercolors, acrylic, and collage to intertwine themes, creating new associations, new experiences, and new contexts with the images. “I have no preconceived idea of results, but remain open to chance, experimentation, and subjective associations,” says Mayers. “Focusing on the interplay between object-image-memory and experience, I search out buried thoughts, transformations, and connections.”

Karen Schoolman of Carmel, NY, is an abstract painter, a student of botanical illustration, and a physician. A packet of 50-year-old x-rays of her mother’s leg inspired her current artwork. Over time, the surface of the x-ray plastic had buckled in places, forming raised and flowing organic lines. On a whim, Schoolman decided to photograph them. “What I saw in the viewfinder of my camera was totally unexpected. The bones in the x-ray seemed to be immersed in a spacious and organic matrix with a brilliant light emanating from within. I recognized in this moment the potential that existed for merging my artistic and scientific interests,” she says. “What if we could look at a bone, for instance, and not be influenced by associations of fear, vulnerability, and even disgust? What if we could see bones as objects to be appreciated in terms of line, shape, and form?”

Catherine Wilcox-Titus is an assistant professor of art history at Worcester State University. She reflects her interest in art and science through photography, a medium that combines both disciplines. “The common denominator of science and photography is that both make visible many worlds that are not ordinarily available to natural vision,” says Wilcox-Titus. “I don’t necessarily want to fully understand intellectually what is represented. I just want to stand in close proximity to the mysterious and marvelous. I accept that all things are not necessarily knowable.”

Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Celebrates Hidden Gardens

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Celebrates Hidden Gardens

Highlights: Columbia County private gardens tour and cocktail party; Garden Market on The Green; Adam Wheeler lecture on deer-proof landscaping; “From the Garden: Still Life” art exhibition

Spencertown, New York– Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 12th annual Hidden Gardens Tour, an annual gateway to summer in Columbia County, is scheduled for Saturday, June 18. It includes an array of events designed to inform, inspire, and intrigue garden enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s Hidden Gardens Tour is “Artful Landscapes: Village and Country Gardens.” Broken Arrow Nursery’s Adam Wheeler will give a morning lecture about deer-proof landscaping. Shoppers can pick up items at the Garden Market on The Green and take a workshop about hummingbird-friendly planters. The “From the Garden: Still Life” art exhibition will be on display at the Academy and the Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party will take place at a bucolic private home. Spencertown Academy Board members Madaline Sparks and Vivian Wachsberger are co-chairs of Hidden Gardens; proceeds benefit the Academy.

The festivities kick off with the Academy’s annual Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party on Friday, June 17, 6:00pm to 9:00pm at “Falling Waters,” the historic home of John and Denise Dunne in Spencertown, New York. The property, with its stacked stonewalls slicing through rolling green meadows, punctuated by grazing sheep, is reminiscent of a charming farmstead in the Irish countryside. Derek Grout of Harvest Spirits will concoct a signature cocktail for the event called “Twilight Splash” that will incorporate the Valatie distillery’s farm fresh, small batch spirits. It will be served along with sparkling wines and a light buffet supper. Party tickets are $80 in advance, $90 at the door. Directions will be sent once tickets are purchased.

The centerpiece of the Hidden Gardens weekend is the self-guided tour celebrating the art of the garden on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Included on the tour are in four gardens in Spencertown, two in Kinderhook, and one in Austerlitz—the restored grounds and gardens of 20th century American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop. In Kinderhook, tour-goers will enjoy sweeping views of the Catskills and Berkshires from Galloway Hill and Windy Hill Farm. In Spencertown, visitors will have access to several village properties hidden behind houses and privacy fences, designed and cared for with great enthusiasm by their owners.

The tour will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of; various package rates involving multiple events are also available. To purchase tickets for Hidden Garden events, go to www.spencertownacademy.org. Day-of garden tour tickets and maps will be available at the Academy at 8:30am and at the Market on The Green beginning at 9:00am.

The Garden Market on The Green will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Spencertown Village Green across the street from the Academy. This year’s market will showcase more than 20 vendors, including both new dealers and popular returnees from last season. Shoppers will find herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees from multiple local nurseries and farms, as well as hand-crafted garden trellises, garden-related vintage treasures, handmade pillows and cushions for outdoor furniture, birdhouses, tableware, note cards, and soap. All proceeds from a “white elephant” sale of garden paraphernalia and new and used garden books benefit the Academy.

Garden designer Heather Grimes of Pondside Nursery will offer a free demonstration on planting and caring for a potted succulent garden at the market in the afternoon. At 2:00pm, Zema’s Nursery will lead a workshop on how to make your own hummingbird-friendly planter. Advance registration for participation in the workshop is required, as space is limited; tuition is $65 (including all materials). Pre-made Zema’s hummingbird planters will also be for sale.

On Saturday, June 18 at 9:00am, Adam Wheeler, propagation and plant development manager of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT, will give an illustrated talk about a diverse assortment of plants that show strong resistance to deer browse. These varieties include native plants, as well as some exotics. Wheeler has worked at Broken Arrow since 2004 and holds a BS degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont. He serves as an adjunct lecturer at Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Berkshire Botanical Garden. He is a recent recipient of the Young Nursery Professional Award from the New England Nursery Association. Lecture tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of and include a light continental breakfast, featuring homemade goodies. Doors open at 8:30am. This event is sponsored by Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center in Great Barrington, MA.

“From the Garden: Still Life” art exhibition, in which eight regional artists masterfully focus on the art of the still life in pastel, watercolor and oil, inspired by botanical subjects, will be on display in the Spencertown Academy Arts Center Gallery on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and on Sunday, June 19 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The artists include Susan Crofut, Ann Getsinger, Patricia Munson Gravett, Katarina Holbrook, Karen A. Hummel, Nina Lipkowitz, Alain J. Picard, and Peter Seltzer. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale.

Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information about Hidden Gardens events, see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.
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