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March Art Highlights

Th 3/3- MILL STREET LOFT presents their “FRIEND OF THE ARTS AWARDS” benefit dinner and silent auction, at the Grandview, Poughkeepsie —Artists and art lovers in the Hudson Valley are well acquainted with Poughkeepsie’s Mill Street Loft, the award-winning multi-arts educational center that has served the area for over thirty years. Their annual “Friend of the Arts Awards” Dinner and Silent Auction, now in its 14th year, has been a way to generate needed contributions for the Mill Street Loft’s outreach programs, Art for Healing programs, and Youth Scholarships, while acknowledging and honoring organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts and the community over the past year. For 2011, the theme is “Arti-Gras” at the venerable Grandview, featuring elaborate hors d’oeuvres, gourmet cuisine, and an open bar, with New Orleans-style music by Saints of Swing. This year’s event honors Health Quest, with Special Recognition Awards being presented to Dutchess Community College and award winning pop-up book artist Matthew Reinhart. The silent auction showcases diverse artwork by professional Hudson Valley artists, as well as unique gift baskets, restaurant packages, and other specialty gift items. Co-Masters of Ceremonies are President of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Charlie North, and Denise Doring Van Buren, Central Hudson’s Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Corporate Communications. Reservations are recommended. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, www.millstreetloft.org, 845.471.7477. 5:30 PM

3/3 through 4/10- “IMAGINED ARCHITECTURE” photographs by DAVID TRAUTRIMAS and JIM KAZANJIAN, at Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson—“Imagined Architecture?” More like unimaginable….the photographed images these two artists present seem like postcards from some 60s Sci-Fi planet, taken in the dead of winter during a time warp. Sorry: bad similes for compelling images. The photographs of David Trautrimas could have been used as scene setting stills for Star Trek (TV): strange and sleek alien buildings preside over bleak semi-terrestrial landscapes, with little evidence of humanity. Only after close inspection do you realize you’re looking at often mundane objects: ice cube trays, colanders, a charcoal chimney, set in such a way as to depict largeness of scale. Still, a jump cut to Spock would not seem out of place. Then it’s the nightmarishly uninhabitable edifices of Jim Kazanjian, morphing and smoking, often half in ruins, captured in bleakly high resolution black and white. These are scary and fascinating locations, the buildings seem eerily alive and forbidding, even self-devouring….if somebody lives here, you probably don’t want to get to know them too well. With a side exhibit: “The Uninhibited Landscape” by black and white photographer Richard Edelman. Carrie Haddad Photographs, 318 Warren St., Hudson, www.carriehaddadgallery.com, 518.828.7655. Gallery hours Th-Tu 11 AM-5 PM, closed We. Opening reception Sa 3/5 6-8 PM.

Through 3/11- “A CONVERSATION”, featuring works by JEFF JOHNSON and BEN SEARS, at the Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie—Furniture and fine art, together, symbiotically. It makes a lot of sense, yet you don’t often see the two put together in the world of fine art exhibition. The Washington Art Gallery at the Dutchess Community College (DCC) makes the most of it with “A Conversation” featuring the furniture of Jeff Johnson paired with the paintings of Ben Sears. The two have been good friends for over ten years, sharing artwork and influences, teaming up on projects for local art institutions, including The Mill Street Loft, DCC, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. “A Conversation” exhibits their most recent individual works as well as some collaborative pieces the two have been developing, examining the results of the communication between the artists over time. Johnson’s sensuous sculptural furniture and Sears’ charged inner-mindscape paintings couldn’t be more different when viewed separately. Yet they share a meticulousness and attentiveness, and a real interaction when shown together. Washington Art Gallery, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. www.jeffjohnsonstudio.com, www.benjaminsears.com, www.sunydutchess.edu, 845.431.8000. Gallery hours Mo-Th 10 AM-9 PM

3/12 through 4/3- “REMEMBRANCES OF THINGS PRESENT,” photography by DAVID MORRIS CUNNINGHAM, at the Woodstock Artists’ Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock—David Morris Cunningham—an occasional contributor to this magazine—is well-known to most souls who roam around Woodstock. He’s one of those guys who is always out and about, having already shown several times in the region: The Cabane Gallery in Phoenicia, Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, and The Living Room in Kingston to name a few. This exhibit—“Remembrances of Things Present”—started as a way to categorize the objects in his life, “things I reflexively collected over the years: mementos and books and boxes of random items I once thought important; useful tools along my journey, now bookmarks no longer referred to.” Originally the photographs were of objects to be let go and discarded, but then the project took a turn when Cunningham decided to photograph the objects he was choosing to keep in his life. The true project emerged when he decided to photograph the objects that continued to speak to him, whether in the physical, the emotional or the metaphorical sense. Woodstock Artists’ Association and Museum, 28 Tinker St., Woodstock, www.woodstockart.org, 845.679.2940. Artist reception Su 3/13 2 PM. Gallery hours Fr/Sa 12-6 PM, Su/Mo/Th 12-5 PM, closed Tu. www.davidmorriscunningham.com



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