Category: Arts & Entertainment

Animation Saturdays at Hudson Area Library

The Hudson Area Library and The Art Effect present Animation Saturdays at Hudson Area
Library, on three separate Saturdays in October and November. With opportunities for both
young adults and adults, award-winning animation instructor, Sarah Timberlake Taylor, will visit
the Hudson Area Library this fall to lead a series of dynamic, experimental animation
workshops.

COURSES/DATES/TIMES:

Digital AnimationSaturday, October 9, 2021 / 12pm – 4pm for ages 10-14
Get animated on iPads using apps like Flip-a-clip and Procreate as you learn the steps you need
to become a skilled animator.

Spooky Stop Motion Animation – Saturday, October 30, 2021 / 10am – 4pm ages 10-14
Join us for some ghoulish fun as we set up stop motion sets and animate our very own
supernatural stories.

Mixed Media Animation – Saturday, November 20, 2021 / 12pm – 4pm for adults
Mix it up by incorporating multiple mediums! We’ll push the limits as we combine different
styles of animation to create our own unique experimental shorts.


This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a
regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the
Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CREATE Council on the
Arts.

The Art Effect is located at 45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY. The Art Effect’s core mission
is to empower young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about
positive social change.

Sarah Timberlake Taylor has been teaching videography, animation and experimental film at
The Art Effect for over five years. A Bard Film alumna, Sarah often works with fellow alumni
documentarian Kevin Schreck as an assistant editor, and line produced Persistence of Vision, his
award-winning work focused on animator Richard Williams.

CREATE Council on the Arts’ mission is to support and advance the arts and cultural
community by broadening and enriching creative resources and economic growth in the region.

COST/REGISTRATION: Free and open to the public.
Space is limited. To register for a session, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or
call 518-828-1792 x101.

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library
51 North Fifth St.,

Hudson, NY 12534

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Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees.

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Window On Hudson Presents Bibiana Huang Matheis

Window On Hudson is honored to present Bibiana Huang Matheis and her newest installation “Do Not Enter Waterways.”  This piece, shining a bright light on an ongoing environmental crisis, will be on view in the storefront windows and indoors from October 6 – November 1, 2021.

“Do Not Enter Waterways” offers commentary on the excessive amount of discarded plastic that is choking the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers.  Plastic breaks into smaller and smaller particles as it decomposes, a process that can take up to 500 years.  These tiny specks of plastic make their way into fish, shellfish, table salt, drinking water and more – resulting in the average human consuming over 40 pounds of plastic in their lifetime.  (That’s like eating one credit card a week.)

Huang Matheis gives voice to the planet and its inhabitants, the plants, animals, earth, air, and water, which if suddenly granted the power of speech would certainly plead with us to stop choking them.  To save them and as a result save ourselves.  This cry for change comes in the form of beauty.  Bibiana transforms thrown away plastic objects like take-out containers, egg cartons, liquid hand-soap bottles, etc. (all items that humanity lived without until the mid-1960’s) into delicate, elegant works of art.  As a form of meditation she paints freeform shapes while her mind focuses on the planet’s water.  In some designs she imposes a heart, symbolic of love, the love of nature, love of what we have, love of what we have lost, and the love of preserving what remains.  Huang Matheis knows her art can not reverse this catastrophic environmental damage.  This installation is simply her “meek protest against the insanity of this unnecessary pollutant.”  

An Artist Reception will be held for Bibiana Huang Matheis and “Do Not Enter Waterways” on Saturday, October 9th from 6-8pm, in conjunction with the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.  In response to the message of Huang Mathesis’s installation Window On Hudson is announcing it will no longer be using single use plastic cups during its receptions.  

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the indoor works by Huang Matheis on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, from 9am to 5pm as part of Open Studios Hudson.  

Window On Hudson takes your health seriously.  All visitors are asked to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, and enjoy their refreshments outside.  The front door will remain open at all times.  

Bibiana Huang Mathe is an artist, fine arts photographer and curator. She studied at the  Maryland School of Art and Design and at the Corcoran School of Art.  She has been active in the arts since the late 1970s. Her work has appeared in major exhibits and publications in the US and Europe, including New York City, Chicago, Beijing and Berlin. Her  work is hanging on permanent display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.    

Huang Mathe frequently combines installation art, collage and photography. She is the  recipient of the 2015 ArtsWestchester ‘50 for 50’ Arts Award honoring 50  Outstanding artists on the 50-year Anniversary of the organization. She was also honored with the 2014 Dutchess County, New York, Executive Arts Award – Individual Artist. She is a frequent panelist in art forums, including the Hudson Valley Museum of Modern Art: Curating for the Public 2017. In 2019 she was an  artist in residence at the Fresh Winds Art Biennale in Iceland.  

She has curated a number of exhibitions in the Hudson Valley.  This includes the successful series of art exhibitions titled “Meeting Past” at the Akin Library & Museum in Pawling, New York.  She also exhibits and curates at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon and the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York.  For the Hammond Museum she has curated a dozen virtual art exhibitions with artists from around the world and she is widely recognized as a strong advocate for the arts in the region.  In 2020/21 her work was selected for  the prestigious exhibition Symbiosis and Coexistence: 11th “From Lausanne to Beijing”. Beijing, China, International Fiber Art Biennale.  

About Window On Hudson
Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley.  Window On Hudson is committed to providing a platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists.  Window On Hudson exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis.  Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website.

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DATES/TIMES: October 6 – November 1, 2021

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 and your health seriously.  It follows the most current federal, state and local guidelines for safety.  As the population of Hudson is diverse we ask that masks be worn indoors.  

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Hudson Area Library History Talk: Jewish Commercial Activities in Colonial New York, Oct 7


The Hudson Area Library History Room in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presents To Trade, Traffique, Buy & Sell as the Rest of the Inhabitants’: Jewish commercial and Communal Activities in Colonial New York, a talk by Noah Gelfand on Thursday, October 7. The talk explores the economic and religious endeavors of New York’s growing Jewish population in the era when they developed the colony into one of the most important locations for Jews in the Atlantic world.

Noah L. Gelfand holds a Ph.D. in Atlantic History from New York University and is currently a Doctoral Lecturer in the History Department at Hunter College, where he teaches courses on early U.S. history. His scholarship focuses on the early modern Jewish Atlantic world. He is also a Trustee of the Jacob Leisler Institute.

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.

IMAGE CREDIT: Moses Levy, attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck I

 

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 7, 2021 / 6 – 7:30pm

COST/REGISTRATION: Free and open to the public.
Visit hudsonarealibrary.org, for the Zoom registration link.

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library
51 North Fifth St.,

Hudson, NY 12534

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Spencertown Academy Art Exhibition, “Whimsy”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood” (mural detail) by Dorothy Sabean (roofing paper, vintage stationery paper, acrylic paint, crafting jewels; 6’ x 11’)

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Whimsy” art exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures by Gabe Brown, Keith Davidson, Ron Harrington, Dorothy Sabean, Audrie Sturman, and Elizabeth Wallin. The show will be on display from October 2 through October 31 (Saturdays and Sundays). Admission is free and all art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Academy. 

Spencertown Academy Curatorial Committee Co-Chair Barbara Lax Kranz organized the exhibition. “In a world that seems more and more fractured and traumatized by a pandemic, the idea of a show focusing on whimsy seemed a necessity for the soul,” she says. “Whimsy can be defined in many ways—capricious, fanciful, fantastical, imaginative, and unpredictable are just a few words that come to mind. We all need a little escape now and then. After all, fun and fantasy are necessary ingredients in living.”

“Six very different artists have produced works that will bring smiles to your faces. They look at the world around them in a different way,” continues curator Lax Kranz. “Some travel to an alternate universe while others create work that will just make you laugh or leave you delighted.”

Gabe Brown (Elizaville, NY) searches for meaning in the unknown. “Art is like magic, an illusion created by the force of humanity. Our choices in life can be amazing portals for adventure,” she says. Her paintings are narrative vignettes that are both alluring and mysterious. Brown has won national awards and was the 2018 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in painting. She is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University.

A national award-winning artist, Keith Davidson (Egremont, MA) considers himself a self-taught artist. His work comes from his imagination. “The Fish Series” to be showcased in “Whimsy” presents playful, colorful forms that are dramatic, captivating, and complex. “The amorphic, fanciful shapes keep the eyes moving, lifting one’s spirit to a better place,” says Davidson.

Ron Harrington (Hillsdale, NY) creates characters from scraps of wood, debris, and interesting pieces of detritus. “Each unique sculpture comes with a name that reflects its personality,” says Lax Kranz. “You have no alternative but to howl with laughter.” 

Dorothy (Dee) Sabean (Dalton, MA) is a visual artist who works in many different media. She got her training on the city streets. She dreamed and she drew in many street festivals throughout the United States, winning many awards along the way. In 2011, she began canvas painting and has had many solo shows since that time. Lax Kranz says, “Sabean’s mural, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood,’ which will be on display in ‘Whimsy,’ will take you, along with Mr. Rogers and numerous friends of the forest to untold places in the woods.”

For sculptor Audrie Sturman (Slingerlands, NY), rhythms of nature ignite her creative vision. Her work is spontaneous and reflects her background in painting and printmaking. “Her sculptures in the show will include both two- and three-dimensional work on a small and large scale and incorporate her vision of stem cells and a Covid cell. “It’s a more pleasant way to look at the disease,” notes Lax Kranz.

The illustrations of Elizabeth Wallin (Kinderhook, NY) are drawn from her imagination and life. She enjoys creating humorous characters, although she is equally comfortable with more sober subjects. Her published illustrations can be found in many books and magazines.

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 spencertownacademy.org.

DATES/TIMES: October 2 through October 31, 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays / 1pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

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Phone: (518) 392-3693

 

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Christopher Cross at Mahaiwe, Oct 1

Christoper Cross will be performing at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington on Friday, October 1st.

In a career spanning over five decades, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has sold over 10 million albums. His music has garnered five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy nomination and five Top 10 singles, including “Sailing,” “Arthur’s Theme,” “Alright,” and “Think of Laura.” 

Full seating available. Masks required. Attendees will be asked to present proof of vaccination upon admission. Read the updated Safety Guidelinesfor more information.

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 1, 2021 /  8pm

ADMISSION: $40 – $80
$40 Upper Balcony 2
$65 Reserved/Upper Balcony 1 / $60 Members
$70 Preferred / $65 Members 
$80 Premium / $75 Members
Tickets available at https://mahaiwe.org/event/christopher-cross/

LOCATION: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 1, 2021 / 8pm

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