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June Art Highlights

Through 7/5- “DOTS, LINES AND FIGURES,” group show with JEFF BRIGGS and BEN SHECTER (paintings), DONISE ENGLISH (mixed media), and MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN (sculpture), at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson— “In the paintings of Jeff Briggs, the history of each work is left exposed. An abundance of near-round marks creates robust depth and buzzing movement. In their distinctness, these marks give Briggs’ paintings a collage-like quality; a casualness rooted in the work’s affinity to collage competes with striking precision and deliberateness, as evidenced by the clarity of each mark and Briggs’ acute sensitivity to color. In the collection of paintings by Ben Shecter featured in this exhibit, one thing remains constant: the prominence of a theatrical space. A distinguished set and costume designer for the stage as well as the screen, Shecter constructs eerily artificial backdrops in which he situates objects and figures, simultaneously illustrating and pushing the limits of conventional illustration. Donise English exhibits an interest in mapping space, both real and imaginary. In her mixed media-works, lattice-like structures overlap to form complex grids. These structures stand up vertically, resembling ladders resting on a building, and then collapse to form an aerial plan of a more expansive space. Scale and perspective are elusive; a single drawing can feel both vast and intimate—like a network of city streets and a close-up of a stone building’s surface. Michael McLaughlin’s beautiful bronze sculptures combine realism and fantasy: the antlers of an elegantly simple figure of a deer morph seamlessly into the branches of a tree. In a single figure, McLaughlin expresses the harmony of all natural life. The most compelling visual feature of McLaughlin’s emerges from the manner in which each sculpture has oxidized.” Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren St., Hudson,, 518.828.1915. Th-Mo 11 AM-5 PM


6/11 through 7/18- UlsterCorp and Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) present the ARTS FOR ULSTER collaborative exhibition and fundraiser, at WAAM, WoodstockArts for Ulster—this unique event designed to foster volunteerism, build community, and raise money to support services for Ulster County residents—will auction over 50 works of art, each by a different artist, each benefiting a different not-for-profit. Some of the participating artists, agencies, and sponsors include Judy Pfaff—courtesy Elena Zang Gallery—for UlsterCorps, Gillian Jagger for Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, and Richard Segalman—courtesy Woodstock Framing Gallery—for Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. A performance at the Gala Preview Reception will be donated by Esopus Musicalia (Fr 6/11, 7-9 PM), and classical guitarist Liam Wood will perform on the evening of the benefit auction, auctioneered by James Cox (Sa 6/17, 6-10 PM). Additional performances include James Krueger at the Community Opening (Sa 6/12, 12:30 PM), and Rebecca Martin (Fr 6/18, 7 PM). A series of free Saturday Community Days with talks by participating agencies and artists is also being planned by WAAM’s Education Program, including a Youth Day (Sa 6/26, 12-5 PM) with performances by POOK, Energy and other local youth groups. Looking for a way to enjoy fine art and music, and give to the community? Here’s a good one. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), 28 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.2940.

6/19 through 7/10- PUBLIC MURAL PAINT-OUT, ART TAG SALE, and opening reception for ELIZABETH DAMA exhibition at Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45, Poughkeepsie—Begun three years ago by urban youth in Mill Street Loft’s Project ABLE+ jobs training, career exploration and empowerment Outreach Program, and led by artist Nestor Madalengoitia, this giant public 63-panel mural depicts “Career, Education, Community and Environment” themes. Supported in part by a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this will be the largest outdoor artwork of its kind in the Hudson Valley. This mural has been conceived and designed to help provide impetus for the revitalization and enhancement of this underserved Poughkeepsie north side neighborhood, and during last year’s Quadricentennial, members of the public participated along with Poughkeepsie youth in painting several of the panels. On Saturday, June 19, the final touches will be applied by more than 20 professional artists and art students donating talent and time—on both sides of the fence, simultaneously. The mural will then later be installed around the playground next door to Mill Street Loft’s parking area. Project ABLE+ youth are also sponsoring a tag sale of a wide variety of art items, in all price ranges, and the occasion also launches a retrospective and art installation of works by Elizabeth Dama (reception 4-6 PM), with refreshments and live music. Mill Street Loft, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie,, 845.471.7477

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