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GREYAREA: Jamie Sanin// ZZUCCS, Fri Mar 31

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Come through to one-night-only event presented by two local artists, Jamie Sanin and ZZUCCS, who will attempt to guide viewers through the GREYAREA via a selection of black and white works.

Open from 11AM – Reception 6-9PM – afterparty TBD
$5 suggested donation during reception (includes wine/beer)
Prints will be available for sale (cash or Venmo only)
Black, white, and grey dress code preferred!

Jamie Sanin
Instagram: @jamiesanin
Website: jamiesanin.weebly.com

Zzuccs (Gabriella Mazzucco)
Instagram: @zzuccs

The Vagina Monologues Beacon, Feb 18

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SAT FEBRUARY 18, 2017. 7:30 pm doors open 6:45 pm

Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main St, Beacon NY. Limited seating. Tickets at gallery 2/11, 2/12, 2/18 1-6pm or email info@catalystgallery.com

$10 admission. Proceeds will benefit Grace Smith House, a private not-for-profit domestic violence agency in Poughkeepsie.

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than sixteen years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.

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‘Chocolate: A group show’ opens Feb 11!

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A group of diverse artists variously interpreting the theme of chocolate. Mixed media, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics.

Opening reception Sat Feb 11, 5-9 pm. Chocolate tasting with Cacao Prieto, single-origin organic Dominican chocolate.

Hours: Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-6 pm and by appt/chance. Through Feb 19.

Artists:
Eleanor White
Sarah Fagan
Theresa Gooby
Erica Hauser
Adam Lister
Ellen O’Sullivan
Jon Reichert
Kat Stoutenborough
Catherine Welshman
Jennifer Blakeslee
Stephanie Rivers
Joe Pimentel
Sharon Watts

Art For Aleppo CALL FOR ENTRY

comp Logo card copyCall to Artists! Local artists Russell Ritell, Carla Goldberg and David Link have created this fundraiser, Art For Aleppo, to be held at Catalyst on April 22, 2017.

The battle for Aleppo is marked by widespread violence against civilians, repeated targeting of hospitals and schools, and indiscriminate aerial strikes and shelling against civilian areas. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced by the fighting and efforts to provide aid to civilians or facilitate evacuation is routinely disrupted. After four years of fighting, the battle represents one of the longest sieges in modern warfare. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) registered that in 1612 days of fighting 21,452 civilians died. Among them were 5,261 children under the age of 18.

We want to help and so can you! The Art For Aleppo project gives visual artists an outlet to express themselves around the Syrian crisis and help raise awareness and funds to aid in the effort to provide Syrian children emergency care, food and water. The Art For Aleppo project also gives non artists a chance to help in three ways, through the purchase of art, through the purchase of the catalog book of participating artists or through a direct monetary donation in any amount.

You may donate (Donation Here) at any time or submit to the call (Open Call) by April 15th, 2017.

100% of your purchases or donations are tax deductible. All purchases and donations are made directly to save the children Syria. We at “Art For Aleppo” project won’t take a single penny. Artwork will be displayed at Catalyst Gallery 137 Main Street, Beacon NY on April 22nd and will continue to be available for purchase online. The catalog book of participating artists images will be available online with blurb.com titled “Art For Aleppo” beginning on April 20th. Blurb is a self publishing on demand book forum online so there is never a waste of paper or upfront costs for Art For Aleppo. This allows us as artists in this project to create without spending donations on production or administration. All monies go directly to Save the Children Syria.

Press for Jason Adams show

The Poughkeepsie Journal ran a nice article last week, “Billy Joel, the Bardavon and Beacon: An artist’s path through photography and sculpture”, about Jason Adams’ show on view. The reception is today Sat November 12, 6-9 pm, with live music earlier 2-6 pm. We will also be open tomorrow 12-6 pm.

By John W. Barry

Head down to Beacon this weekend and you can learn how Billy Joel, Elton John, motorcycle racing and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House inspired one artist’s love of photography and sculpture, and his knack for harnessing creative expression.

It all starts with Rosendale resident Jason Adams, a Poughkeepsie native who since childhood has continuously discovered new ways to express himself.

Starting Friday and continuing during weekends through November, Catalyst Gallery in Beacon will showcase how Adams has used photography and sculpture to indulge his lifelong love of the arts.

“Photography and Sculpture by Jason Adams” will also feature live music on Saturday and Nov. 12. Also on Nov. 12, the exhibit will be open in conjunction with Beacon’s Second Saturday monthly arts celebration.

“I like his work and his eye,” Erica Hauser, co-owner of Catalyst Gallery, said of Adams.

Second Saturday, the Catalyst Gallery and its Adams exhibit underscore the pivotal role that the arts play in Beacon. The southern Dutchess city is home to Dia:Beacon, the contemporary art museum; it was long associated with the late Pete Seeger, who lived in nearby Dutchess Junction; and the new American Center for Folk Music shows how cultural horizons continue to emerge.

The path that Adams took to the arts began when he was 8. He helped his father’s friend, an electrician, with the lighting for dance performances at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Adams helped cut lighting gels, those transparent pieces of colored plastic used to create colored lighting.

Adams through that experience — work with the electrician continued into his teens and included jobs at the Dutchess County Fair and Clearwater Festival — learned that he loved working backstage.

“I loved the whole idea of being the guy behind the curtain,” said Adams, 45.

Networking led the former Town of Poughkeepsie resident to gigs on Broadway and supervising the construction of stages for performances featuring Billy Joel and Elton John.

While on a supervisory team overseeing construction on tour with the two piano players, Adams viewed the stage as “an enormous sculpture with forklifts and cranes.”

And for 15 years, he served as the technical and lighting director at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie.
While at the Bardavon, Adams captured with a camera his lighting work, for his own satisfaction and to use as a tool that could help with future performances.

After leaving the Bardavon in 2013 to be a stay-at-home father, Adams spent more time on his photography. The attention he has paid to his craft has generated magnetic images.

“I’m very much into shots that are spooky or moody, soulful or hard-lit,” Adams said.

A motorcycle enthusiast for years, Adams also built vintage motorcycles and began racing, semi-professionally, around the world.

That led to him building trophies for races out of old engine parts. He taught himself how to weld. And then he became a sculptor.

“The photo stuff was good and fun, but I got more commissions and more interest in the metalwork,” he said.

The photographs and the metalwork sculptures offer interesting perspectives on the world, which bend reality a bit.

The photos reveal how lines, shadows and the images they can generate are tucked into corners of our everyday world.

The sculptures draw you in on two levels. Both the materials used to create the sculpture and the finished product demand critical thinking and ignite the imagination.

The emotions conveyed by some of the sculptures could also make you laugh.

“For metal sculpture, the litmus test is, does it make me giggle,” Adams said.

Regarding his sculptures, Adams continued, “I love the transition from an everyday object into something completely different. It’s interesting how that switch flips and a large nut and bolt can all of a sudden become something else … And once you see it, you can’t un-see it.”

John W. Barry: jobarry@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4822, Twitter: @JohnBarryPoJo