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April Art Highlights

Su 4/11- CASTING FAITH, documentary on artist GILLIAN JAGGER, by BARBARA GORDON at Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale—Previously profiled in Roll (Oct ’09), sculptor/artist Gillian Jagger is well known for her powerful visions of the contentious relationship between the human and animal, often using bones and mummified remains to capture the tension. Barbara Gordon’s documentary Casting Faith visits the process of the artist over a period of time: the title refers to a Jagger sculpture created from suspended plaster castings of the artist’s beloved horse, which had recently died in an accident.

Jamie #2, by Gillian Jagger
It’s an intimate look at the fascinating process of an artist who unflinchingly and uncompromisingly makes art that frankly would be unlikely to be added to any private collection, yet continues to create powerful works that should be experienced first hand. After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Jagger, Gordon, co-producer Richard Schlesinger, and critic Michael Brenson. Co-promoted by the Women’s Studio Workshop. Rosendale Theatre, 330 Main St., Rosendale,, 845.658.9133. 2 PM

Through April- FIRST ANNUAL VAU EXHIBIT and Beacon Artists Union (BAU), Beacon—Though researching and paying to download images and artwork is nothing new, Beacon Artists Union has taken the idea to another level with their VAU (Virtual Artists Union) program. Using iTunes as a model, VAU looks to present individual jpegs of original artist work for the base price of 99¢ each. The buyer has the privilege of reproducing the imagery in any way they choose. For paper, the image will have a high resolution of 300dpi for the home printer. The image can also be used on any phone, computer or home entertainment application, and artists themselves can also create their own quality prints on archival paper, that can then be hand-signed for collectors. Artists interested in joining VAU pay a one-time fee of $100, can present as many pieces as they wish, in return receiving 50% of all online sales, and getting an exhibition at the BAU gallery in Beacon. Interested art patrons can see the collection online at (under construction at present) or at the gallery, opening reception is Sa 4/10, 6-9 PM. Beacon Artists Union (BAU), 161 Main St., Beacon,, 845.440.7584. Opening reception Sa 4/10 6-9 PM

Through 4/24- “POETRY OF THE FLOWERING WORLD”, solo show by LYNNE FRIEDMAN; “THREE DIMENSIONAL WALL SCULPTURE” ASK group show, at Art Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston—Co-sponsored by Adams Fairacre Farms and Victoria’s Garden, “Poetry of the Flowering World” seems like a nice way to welcome Spring to the Hudson Valley, with this series of multi-panel paintings and large pen/ink botanical explorations by Lynne Friedman. Based on residencies in the area, as well as the tropics of Costa Rica and the green of Ireland, Friedman makes the most of her watercolor palette, and is not afraid of a little color, while the detailed ink sketches reveal a sharp eye and appreciation for structure. The ASK Literary Committee has chosen works by regional poets for their accompanying “One Hundred Poems in 100 Minutes” event (Fr 4/16 7:30 PM). And the ASK group show “Three Dimensional Wall Sculpture” features diverse collages, assemblages, and bas reliefs in the Members Gallery. Be sure to stop in during Kingston’s First Saturday, as part of the Arts Along the Hudson program. Art Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston,, 845.338.0331.

4/18 through 5/30- “NEW COLOR” solo show by photographer BOB LEMKOWITZ at G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space, Poughkeepsie—Though Warhol Factory denizen Billy Name had to pull out of a solo show at G.A.S. due to health issues, gallery owner Franc Palaia has managed to replace the show with another definitively New York photographer. Bob Lemkowitz has one helluva back story: member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, stringer photographer for the New York Times, Labor organizer, rare book dealer, the developer of inflight motion pictures, and sometime chauffeur to Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan. Plus, he also makes his own cameras from a variety of objects. With his “New Color” show, Lemkowitz shoots wide-scale panoramic color shots with a “Wideluxe” camera, which has a specially-designed orbital lens that makes a 180° exposure on a large format film, capturing moment in numerous New York locations including Central Park and Coney Island. With selections from four other series by the photographer. G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space, 196 Main St., Poughkeepsie,, 845.486.1378. Opening reception with the artist Su 4/18 3-6 PM

Sa 4/17- FIRST ANNUAL PHOOLS PARADE: Come As You Art!, parade from Peace Park to Water St. Market, New Paltz—Conceived by a group of area artists and arts organizers including Eileen Brand Hedley, G. Steve Jordan and Melanie Cronin, the Phools Parade aims to engage the community in an event that brings out the artist in all of us. Whether you choose to push a sculpture, engage in performance art or fashion costumes, banners, puppets, etc. you can keep to the beat with the rhythms of Los Doggies, while marching along with the ladies of Hudson Valley BRAWL (arm wrestling league, if you didn’t know already.). All entries must be artist-powered only, no motorized works are permitted, and a $250 cash prize is awarded for the “Most Phoolish” entry. All ages and skills encouraged for this family-friendly event; group projects especially welcome. Parade starts at the Peace Park (adjacent to village offices), Main St. New Paltz. 2 PM

Su 4/25- Historical Society of Newburgh hosts its 4th FEAST OF THE FINE ARTS Fine Art Auction, at the West Shore Train Station, Newburgh—This biennial art event looks like a fun way to both raise money for the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, and pick up some interesting local art at a great price. Over 100 works by regional artists will available for purchase through three different processes: first, a “Chinese Auction,” or Penny Social, where patrons bid by placing pre-purchased tickets into a jar in front of each piece, the winner being drawn from the jar later. The second is a Silent Auction, with each work accompanied by a bid sheet, and the third is a committee-juried Live Auction, complete with a live auctioneer. The afternoon starts with a preview reception (2PM) with wine and hors d’oeurves, followed by the live auction at 4 PM. West Shore Train Station, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (River Rd.), Newburgh,, 845.561.2585. 2 PM

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