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September Art Highlights

Th 9/16- Jewish Federation of Ulster County and Millens Recycling presents “FALL FOR ART” fundraising art show and sale, benefitting Shadowland Theatre’s Children’s Theatre Program, at Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston—It’s a pretty great deal. Some of the region’s finest artists, working in a wide variety of media, showing and selling their works at the spacious clubhouse at Wiltwyck, fine food and cocktails, and two $250 dollar cash prizes awarded to deserving participating artists. All for a truly modest fee. But wait, there’s more—it also benefits a good cause: Shadowland Theatre’s Children’s Theatre Program, in Ellenville. According to Andy Walter, the program’s director, “‘Fall for Art’s’ gift will enable at least three kids who cannot afford the classes to attend on scholarship.” The Jewish Federation of Ulster County has been building a legacy of supporting the arts for thirteen years with this prestigious event, while showing generosity to worthy causes. Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, www.fallforart.org, 845.338.8131. 6-9 PM

Through 9/26- KIM MCLEAN, LIONEL GILBERT, and HARRY WILKS, at Carrie Haddad Photography, Hudson—Ever since computers and photography got together, the warp and woof of reality has been permanently mutated, never to return to its original state. The works of Kim McLean are hard to recognize as photography per se; it feels more like the artist made paint out of photos, and used it to make paintings that are…um, photos. Let’s try again. Using an architectural software platform, McLean creates layers of virtual worlds—derived from photos—which are then treated like building materials in the software, creating “things” that can be manipulated in three dimensions, de- and re-constructed at her whim. Lionel Gilbert’s work is in directcontrast to primitive oil-on-canvas and is decidedly two-dimensional, colorful yet oddly faded abstracts.The scenarios of Harry Wilks’ photos mix vibrant graffiti-covered urban scenes combined with color flashes and strange architectural geometry, creating active spaces strangely devoid of people. Carrie Haddad Photography, 318 Warren St., Hudson, www.carriehaddadgallery.com, 518.828.7655.



Through 9/26- “PHOTOcentric”—a juried photographic competition and exhibition, at Garrison Art Center, Garrison—Now in its second year, Garrison Art Center’s “PHOTOcentric” competition/exhibition has already exceeded its own expectations, with 30% more entries this year than last. Over 1000 images were sorted through by the jurors, both of them recognized experts in the art. Stephen Shore—chair of the Photography Department at Bard College—is the second living photographer to have had a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has also had one-man shows at MOMA, International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, and Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf. Harvey Stein is an eminent photographer, teacher, lecturer, curator and author, teaching currently at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the School of Visual Arts (SVA), both in New York City. Presently the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery (NYC), he has had over 70 solo shows, and his work is in the permanent collections of George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Brooklyn Museum, International Center of Photography. Garrison Art Center, Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, www.garrisonartcenter.org, 845.424.3960. Daily 12-5 PM

Through November- The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and the Village and Town of New Paltz present “CARRYING”, at multiple locations around the town of New Paltz—Shedding light on college campus gun violence is the aim of this collaborative exhibition, titled “Carrying”—an installation of 50 signs scattered throughout the New Paltz community (one for each state) that conveys the complex rules and regulations that pertain to concealed weapons across the nation. These signs will reflect the density of meta-data the surrounds the act of purchasing, transporting and using handguns, which are making their way onto campuses: eleven US universities now allow concealed weapons on campus—nine of them public. Curt Belshe, the project’s co-creator, says “Our goal with this piece is to point out the complexity of this issue for members of campus communities across the country, and how it is playing out state by state, by juxtaposing the cool dispassionate nature of info graphics with the grim realities of an armed citizenry.” A sticker on the back of each sign provides a link to the project website with additional information. The Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, www.newpaltz.edu/museum, www.belsheprown.com.



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