Plein Air Adventures
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Plein Air dans la Village is an outdoor community art event for artists and art lovers. On June 30, 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM, local artists will be painting and drawing on the streets of Milford, PA. All participants will get a complimentary lunch delivered to them, as well as a “Historic Map of Milford”.
Past events sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association have focused on community art events around the natural beauty of lakes and rivers. This is the first to have historical buildings and other man-made landscapes as the subject.
First stop will be the Welcome Table, art supplies, and historic map to be collected on the porch of the The Columns Museum of the Pike County Historical Society 608 Broad Street, Milford, Pennsylvania. Then it’s off—on your own or in groups—to find the perfect place to inspire your artwork.
The Art of War Event
It’s often said that both countries in a war think god is on their side. It’s equally true that both parties have art on their side. Depending on your point of view, artistic creations have helped make the world safe for democracy, or been used to dehumanize "the enemy" to make it easier for soldiers to kill them.
4 - 6 PM February 3, 2018
We're hosting an event for Black Histotry Month that includes the work of contemporary artists, as well as an exhibit of prints tracing the history of black American art through slavery into the civil rights movement.
For example, the historical exhibit includes the work of Edward Mitchell Bannister. When the judges in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition found out that he was black, they tried to take back the prize they awarded him for his painting, "Under the Oaks". Justice was only served because his fellow artists—the ones he beat in the competition—stood up for him, and the prize was reinstated.
The contemporary work features artist Malinda Ware, as well as the creations of Shanita Artson, Amber Doherty, Ed Hicks, Teddy Wilson, and Jennifer Doherty.
And there is a concurrent group show including Mef Gannon, Audrey Lanham, Stephanie McClure, Dixie Rich, and Joan Standora.
This Event is funded, in part, by the Richard L. Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
"Vintage Modern Art" Event, August 27 2016 at the Barryville Farmers Market in Barryville, NY is the third event in our "Building Community Through Art" series. Our outdoor art display will include creations that marry something old with something new, including the use of vintage newspaper as the canvas for a new oil painting, re-purposing of things disposed of by others, new technologies creating traditional themes, modern re-interpretations of classical works, and new photographic displays of vintage collectibles.
The local artists with their sculptures and paintings on display, selected especially for this event, include Norma Bernstock, Delia Cadman, Jeff George, Gordon Graf, Dave Kener, Claudine Luchsinger, Brandi Merolla, Paul Plumadore, Dee Rivera, Naomi Teppich, and Gayle Zier.
There will also be a live performance at 11 AM by the Americana Band, "Little Sparrow".
Where else in the world can you find fantastic artwork, great live music, your favorite neighbors, and fresh fruit and vegetables all in one place! Please join us.
Event Coordinator: Claudine Luchsinger
Pictured above: "Perfect Dessert" by Paul Plumadore
"Brides in Art" Event, June 25, 2016, 3 – 5 PM at the Highland Senior Center in Eldred, NY. This Reception, with a bridal theme, will include a group art show, complimentary refreshments, and a surprise performance by the Forestburgh Theater. It will also include a community art project, where attendees are invited to paint and sign a portion of a large canvas. The canvas will be donated at the end of the event to the Highland Senior Center.
A few of the artists showcasing their work at this event include: Theresa DeSalvio, Mef Gannon, Rachel Arielle Kleinman, Claudine Luchsinger, Brandi Merolla, and Elva Zingaro.
Event Coordinator: Ari Mir-Pontier
An invitation to listen so some oldies on Labor Day Weekend is not so unusual—except that some of these oldies are 480 years old. The "Visions of Spain" Event sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, in collaboration with The Hispanic Society of America, will include live Spanish Guitar music by Peter Kolesar, including "Pavan", written by Luis Milan around 1536. It’s from the first printed book of music for the guitar/vihuela. (The vihuela is an ancestor of the guitar, which was something of a cross between the guitar and the lute.)
The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring a month-long "Celebration of Dance" that includes a standing exhibit, live performances, and presentations. There will be two separate presentations at the June 3 Opening Reception.
The Hanna Q Dance Company will be making a presentation on modern dance. Jeffrey Stocker will share his expertise on classical dance, and and about his years working with John Magnus.
The Celebration of Dance Exhibit will include tutus, head pieces, point shoes, photos, posters, and prints of artwork inspired by dance by Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. An exhibit of local artists will run concurrently, including the photography of Eloy Argueso, Joan Brennan’s alcohol ink tiles, the paintings of Debbie Gioello, the fabric art of Mef Gannon, ceramics by Adrienne Markowitz, jewelry by Stephanie McClure, originals from the Floral Collection by Susan Miiller, pottery by Kelly Ryan, a portrait-in-motion by Joan Standora, and oils by Elva Zingaro.
Complimentary refreshments will be served. Please join us June 3, 2017, from 4 - 6 PM at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.
February 4, 2017 4 - 6 PM
When the judges in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition found out that the man who painted the picture above was black, they tried to take back the prize they awarded him. Justice was only served because his fellow artists—the ones he beat in the competition—stood up for him, and the prize was reinstated.
Free Reception June 4, 2016, 4 – 6 PM
Throughout history, censorship has haunted the creative expression of men and women. Often with the "best" of motives, censors have banned and destroyed works of art. Offending artists were sometimes barred from creating any more art, sometimes tortured, and sometimes killed.
Vatican censors painted clothes on the work of Michelangelo; Nazi censors confiscated artwork created by Jews; Stalin tried to erase his enemies from history by altering historical photos.
Barryville Area Arts Association’s CENSORED! Exhibit offers up just a few of the great works of art that were thought offensive by political or religious leaders. In some cases we display prints of the actual images banned or confiscated. In other cases we display works of art censored by us—just to demonstrate the absurdity of some of the Censors.
"The Origin of the World" is probably the most famous painting in the world that almost nobody has seen. Commissioned in 1866 by an art collector who was a Turkish diplomat, "Origin" was not shown publicly until 129 years after its creation. But its reputation spread like wildfire, as a work of art that most people were not ready to appreciate.
It’s bad form to be seen standing next to somebody you recently had executed, so Joseph Stalin had Nikolai Yezhov edited out of all historical documents. We have prints of the same photo, with and without him. It’s just one of many examples of similar editing that occurred during Stalin’s rule.
The Nazi regime called almost all modern art and avant-garde art "degenerate art". It could get banned for being considered un-German, Jewish, or Communist. We have a print of an oil on canvas by Jean Metzinger, confiscated by the Nazis around 1936. The original is still missing, last seen in their "Degenerate Art Exhibition" in Munich in 1937.
When a fire destroyed Titian’s work in a Domincan Friary, Paolo Veronese was asked to paint a replacement. He gladly complied, painting a fantasy version of the Last Supper. Veronese was paid for his efforts with an investigation by the Roman Catholic Inquisition. You'll learn how he outsmarted them at this Exhibit.
Also on exhibit in a group show are local artists Claudia Bocker, Linda Cobb, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Mef Gannon, Woody Goldberg, Nancy Kaericher, Judy Kirtley, Kate Rosalia Kozel, Alexis-Briana Kramer, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Ann Karus Meeropool, Warren Pardi, Joan Polishook, Nick Roes, Paul Rubino, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, Anna Van Gaasbeek, Briana Woods, Elva Zingaro
So please join us from 4 – 6 PM on June 4th, 2016 at the Artists Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Complimentary refreshments provided by the AMCC.
"Founding Mothers" Exhibit
Free Reception May 7, 2016, 4 – 6 PM
Ever wonder if George Washington’s mother had to coax him to eat his vegetables? Which Founding Father loved his mother most? Which Founding Father seemed to hate his mother? The answers, which may surprise you, can be found in a special May salute to our "Founding Mothers".
Out of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of them had mothers! But we know so little about them. There was no Twitter or National Enquirer back then, but there wasn’t any less gossip.
It seems like the accusation that George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington (pictured above), was a British sympathizer during the war is false. But there is some evidence to support the assertion that Thomas Jefferson may have hated his mom.
This Exhibit includes portraits and some very interesting tidbits about the hands that rocked the cradles of our Founding Fathers. For example:
Mary Ball Washington—We need to thank her twice; once for giving birth to George, and a second time for talking him into accepting the presidency after he was elected.
Historical records show Mary Ball Washington had to talk her son into accepting the Office of the Presidency after he was voted in. George had traveled to meet his Mom the day after he found out he was elected the first President of the United States. She was in such ill-health he decided not to take the job, but Mary insisted he "fulfill the high destiny which Heaven has foreordained you to fill. Go, knowing that you go with a Mother's and Heaven's blessings!"
There have been rumors that Mary was a Loyalist, or British sympathizer, during the Revolution. But there is no hard evidence to support this, and we feel it is unlikely since her other three sons and a son-in-law were also in the Virginia militia. And Mary accompanied George to the Victory Ball in Fredericksburg after the British surrender in Yorktown.
For more details on the mothers of the likes of Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams, please check out our May Exhibit at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA. And join us at our free reception on May 7, 2016, from 1 – 4 for complimentary refreshments and a Q&A about the "Founding Mothers".
"How Art Helped Win the American Revolution"
Few people know how art helped win the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere created breath-taking artwork that inspired colonists to take up arms. And it’s on display this July 4th in an exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association.
You’ve probably heard that Benjamin Franklin flew a kite and discovered electricity. Did you also know he was also an accomplished artist who used his talents to further the patriot cause? And you’ve probably heard of Paul Revere warning "the Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming". But did you also know that his artwork inspired colonists to take up arms? And it’s all on display as part of a special exhibition this July 4th at the Artists’ Market Community Center in Shohola, PA.
The Exhibit, "How Art Helped Win the American Revolution", includes prints of artwork by Franklin, Revere, and other Patriots. The display includes a print of Franklin’s famous 1754 "Join or Die" drawing, depicting a disjointed snake representing the colonies, as well as a reproduction of a parchment that was used 240 years ago as a call to arms against the British.
The British tried to counter with art propaganda of their own—also included in the Exhibit—but they were no match for Ben Franklin and his fellow artists.
A local historian will be on hand to make a brief presentation and answer questions about art’s role in the American Revolution at a free reception, including music, complimentary refreshments and other art on exhibit. It’s all happening July 4, 2015, from 4 – 6 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Visit artistsmarketcc.com for more information.
On Display August 20 - September 16, 2015
We hear a lot about the "Renaissance Man", but what about Renaissance Women?
Women throughout much of history have been considered legally subject to the will of their husbands. Even during the "Renaissance", women were supposed to devote themselves to their husbands, do the chores, and give birth to boys. In some places, the mere mention of gender equality could get you killed.
Yet there were several women who refused to hide their talents, and dared to share their expertise in realms reserved for males. And these "Renaissance Women" are the subject of this Exhibit.
Renaissance Europe was certainly not the land of opportunity for female artists. Women seldom worked, and they were especially unwelcome in male-dominated professions like art.
Women were forbidden to receive formal art training, since the study of the nude was a big part of the curriculum. When a woman created a magnificent painting, a man often took the credit.
"Renaissance Women" includes biographies and reproductions of the work of five of the many talented women of the Renaissance. One of them is Italian painter Artemesia Gentileschi, one of the most recognized women artists of the Renaissance.
She was trained by her father, but was rejected from the academies because of her gender. Determined to succeed, she continued her studies under Agostino Tassi, who sexually harassed and eventually raped her. Artemesia’s father brought charges and during the seven month trial she was required to give testimony under torture.
Tassi was convicted and Artemisia was vindicated. The trauma of the sexual harassment and assault she experienced can be felt in her work, including the print of "Judith Beheading Holofernes" included in this Exhibit.
After her death, most of Artemesia's works were attributed to her father and others. Recently her work and story have reappeared, and been the subject of many studies.
The Exhibit is on display from August 20th through September 15th.
A local artist will make a brief presentation on the Exhibit at a reception on September 5, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Complimentary refreshments provided by the AMCC.
"Selfies of the Masters"
On Display July 11 through August 16, 2015
"Macabre Art History 101"
On Display through October 31, 2015
"Come to our October Exhibit at your own risk!" says Aly Paino of the Artists’ Market Community Center. "Our Macabre Art Histoy 101 display is not for the squeamish."
This Exhibition includes prints of pieces from 1568 to the present, and includes Francisco Goya’s "Saturn Devouring His Son", which was never meant for public display. It’s one of 14 oils Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house outside Madrid, and these came to be known as the Black Paintings.
A local artist from the Artists Market Community Center will be at the Opening Reception to make a brief presentation and answer questions.
The Opening Reception is scheduled for October 3, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA, with complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation on the Exhibit.
How pure were the Puritans?
Since the word was first invented in the 1560s, "Puritan" has been used mostly as an insult: a stereotype of a joyless, holier-than-thou hypocrite who sees art, music, and just about any type of fun as sinful.
But the "Puritans in Pictures" Exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association proves that’s not really the case. It’s true that art and music were often banned from Calvinist Churches—it was thought of as "too Catholic". But Calvinists enjoyed art and music outside the Church, drew their own pictures, and wrote their own songs and poems. In fact, it was during the brief Puritan reign in Britain that the Commonwealth saw its first publicly-staged operas.
And one of the world’s most famous Puritans, Oliver Cromwell, intervened in the sale of the royal art collection, preserving masterpieces by Raphael and Andrea Mantegna for the Commonwealth by preventing them from being auctioned as part of King Charles estate after his execution.
The Special Exhibit includes prints of some of these rescued paintings, as well as art by, for, and about the "Puritans"—including some that’s not so complimentary to them. It’s at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA through the month of November.
An Opening Reception with complimentary refreshments, music, and a brief presentation on "Puritans in Pictures" is being held November 7, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM.
What the World Needs Now
The Barryville Area Arts Association is curating a special exhibit that will include creative representations of ancient Greek concepts of love, including eros (romantic love), philia (deep friendship), storge (parental love), ludus (playfulness), philautia (self-love), pragma (long-term, mature love), and agape (unselfish love for all).
"What the World Needs Now" will be displayed at the Artists’ Market Community Center in Shohola, PA for three days only: February 13, 14, and 15, 2016. We are hosting a reception from 4 – 6 PM on February 14, 2016, with music and complimentary refreshments.
"Surely You Jest!" Exhibit
Reception 4 – 6 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016
The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years. A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi about 2500 B.C. Court jesters have performed in China since 1818 B.C.
One of China's great Court Jesters, Yu Sze, is remembered as a national hero. He saved the lives of thousands of laborers in 300 B.C. when he joked the Emperor, Shih Huang-Ti, out of having the enemy side of the Great Wall whitewashed. Throughout history most cultures have had clowns.
But somehow, fools, jesters, and clowns are the one group of people that political correctness has left behind. Much maligned and often feared, even their number one constituency, children, seems to have abandoned them. "Very few children like clowns," reports the BBC. "They are unfamiliar and come from a different era."
But the Barryville Area Arts Association is coming to their rescue! The proud tradition of this profession will be on display during April in the "Surely You Jest!" Exhibit—just in time for April Fool’s Day.
The Exhibit will be on display for the month of April, 2016 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. There will be a free reception from 4 – 6 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016, with music and complimentary refreshments.
The work of several local artists will also be on display, including Claudia Bocker, Linda Cobb, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Mef Gannon, Alexis-Brianna Kramer, Stephanie McClure, Kate Rosalia Kozel, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, Brianna Woods, and Elva Zingaro.
A Celebration of Painting "En Plein Air"
October 29, 2016 1 – 3 PM
Highland Town Hall, 2 Proctor Road, Eldred, NY
During the Depression, many of our nation’s most famous artists had to compromise their artistic integrity so they’d have something to eat. That was bad for them, but lucky for the rest of the country. Some of the nation’s greatest talents worked on some of the nation’s most popular (“pulp”) publications, including Adventure, Dime Detective, Dime Mystery, Horror Stories, Love Story, Terror Tales, Operator 5, Top-Notch, The Whisperer, Western Story and The Spider.
One such accomplished artist was John Newton Howitt, the subject of a special presentation by Lori Strelecki, Director of the Pike County Historical Society at the Columns in Milford, PA. Lori will present at the “Celebration of Plein Air” Event at the Highland Town Hall in Eldred, NY, from 1 – 3 PM on October 29, 2016.
Besides this special presentation, the Event includes a standing exhibit with stunning prints and originals by plein air painters past and present, including artwork from Thomas Cole (1827), Jules Dupre (1852), Winslow Homer (1868), Albert Bierstadt (1873), and Georges Seurat (1886), as well as contemporary plein air artists Bob Carl, Susan Miiller, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.
The public is invited to join in for the for the facts, food, and fun on October 29, 2016, from 1 – 3 PM at the Highland Town Hall, 2 Proctor Road, Eldred, NY. This FREE event is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, and made possible with funds from the 2016 Arts for Sullivan Decentralization Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Event Coordinator: Joan Standora
Almost nobody knows that the Olympics, from 1912 to 1948, included competitions in five categories of art: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. So the Barryville Area Arts Association has put together an exhibit, "Gold Medal Art", that provides information and examples of some of the artwork that took home Olympic Gold.
More than a thousand works of art were displayed at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics—not counting the entries in architecture, music, and literature. From the beginning, many nations were uncomfortable with the idea of combining art with competition. The juried art competitions stopped in 1954, since artists were considered professionals and the Olympic competitors were required to be amateurs.
The display includes prints of many gold medal winners, and will be on exhibit throughout the month of November at the Artists’ Market Community Center, in Shohola, PA. There’s a free reception on November 5, 2016, from 4 – 6 PM, that includes complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation on the once Olympian, but now forgotten, art.
This Event also includes live improvisational music by Paul E. Mitchell, as well as a group showing of local artists, including Linda Cobb, Debbie Gioello, Nancy Kaericher, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.
The Artists’ Market Community Center is located at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.
We're sponsoring a panel discussion on our interactions with indigenous tribes in places like Ethiopia, India, and the Irian Jaya. Recent interactions by Western photographers have raised several questions—including questions about whether they should even visit in the first place.
April 8, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 113 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA
Opening Reception August 6, 2016 4 - 6 PM
As if a Commemorative US Postage Stamp and a Commemorative US Coin were not good enough, the National Park Service is getting another present for their 100th Birthday. This one is in the form of a photographic tribute, sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, and on Exhibit throughout the month of August, 2016.
A representative of the National Park Service will be on hand to make a brief presentation and answer questions.
A few of the photographic subjects include:
Most of these spectacular photos were taken during the travels of local photographer, Woody Goldberg.
There is an Opening Reception, celebrating the Exhibit and the 100 years of the National Park Service, from 4 – 6 PM on August 7, 2016, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA. A representative of the National Park Service will make a brief presentation at 4:30 PM.
In addition to the NPS tribute, there are complimentary refreshments, and a group showing of local artists including Linda Cobb, Mef Gannon, Nancy Kaericher, Adrienne Joy Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.
Opening Reception March 4, 2017 4 - 6 PM
It’s a pretty safe bet that the very first pottery, textiles, baskets, painted surfaces, and jewelry were created by women—and women have never stopped creating since. But in the haystack of the recorded History of Art, women are the needles.
The Barryville Area Arts Association has curated an exhibit of framed prints that traces the history of Women in Art. It is running concurrently throughout the month of March—Women’s History Month—alongside the work of contemporary female artists.
The reception includes complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation. You’ll learn, for example, how and why the work of Caroline Louisa Daly hung for almost 50 years in a Canadian gallery, attributed to a male merchant and politician who never even painted. Even though her work was signed, "CL Daly"!
Please join us on March 4, 2017, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA, from 4 - 6 PM.
Painters and Poets--A Celebration of Kindred Spirits
Free Reception April 1, 2017 4 - 6 PM
We’re so excited to celebrate National Poetry Month by pairing local artists and poets. Several artists will be creating pieces inspired by poems; and several poets will write poems inspired by paintings. Artists and poets will be on hand, to share their work and explain their process.
So far, participating poets include Norma Ketzis Bernstock, Nancy Dymond, Penelope Ghartey, Sally Hendee, Patricia Kett, Bonnie Law, Celena London, and Tracey Gass Ranze. They’ve been paired with participating artists and photographers, including Isabelle Bajda, Mef Gannon, Penelope Ghartey, Woody Goldberg, Claudine Luchsinger, Susan Miiller, Ari Mir-Pontier, Nick Roes, and Joan Standora.
Please join us.
"Creative Conversations" Discussion Groups
BAAA sponsors a monthly discussion group where local artists and other interested parties meet to talk about things of interest to the community. It meets 2 - 3 PM on the second Saturday of each month.
You’re welcome to attend, take a turn as a panelist or moderator, or to submit a discussion topic for consideration. It’s free and open to the public, with complimentary refreshments provided by The Artists’ Market Community Center.
Some of our past discussions:
Topic: "Does beauty or obscenity exist as an objective reality?"
Are beauty and obscenity real? Or do they exist only in the eye of the beholder?
Topic: "How does art create social change?"
Panelists: Brandi Merolla and Isaac Green Diebboll
Moderator: Claudine Luchsinger
Topic: "Identity in the 21st Century"
In the digital age, ideas can be shared and judged independently of the personalities who created them. We have no other choice, since we don't know the age, gender, or ethnic background of those who share anonymously. Is this the end of originality? Or the beginning?
Discussion Group Leader: John Tomlinson
2/13/2016: Creative Conversations with Glenn Pontier
Topic: "Art and God"
Is God the source of all art? Is art the creator of all gods? What place does God play in your artistic creations?
Discussion Group Leader: Glenn Pontier
January 7, 2017 4 - 6 PM
"The Climate Collection" Event is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association. A "Delightful Dozen" prints will be on display including Winter Weather Favorites by Edvard Munch and Claude Monet, as well as those by lesser known but equally talented artists. There’s also the print of "Hunters in the Snow" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder that was painted in the year 1565 shown above.
Local artists also participating so far in a group show include Ray Corriher, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, John Morrissey Griffin, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Warren Pardi, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, Brianna Woods, and Elva Zingaro.
There’s a free reception from 4 – 6 PM on January 7, 2017, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA. Take shelter from the cold, and enjoy the hot cocoa, coffee, and other complimentary refreshments.
The history of women in Western music is an embarrassment. Most of the time, women were expected to perform and teach music, but not create it. The "Women of Song" Event includes a presentation of images tracing the history of women in music, a discussion of the special challenges facing women composers, and a live performance by local singer/songwriters.
The discussion will be led by "Mef and Angela", a song writing and performing duo who have been in the music industry for many years. The images cover virtually unknown, but extremely gifted, women from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods.
Running concurrently is an exhibit of local artists, including Eloy Argueso, Isabelle Bajda, Jane Brennan, Rebecca Esposito, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Warren Pardi, Joseph Petrosi, Dixie Rich, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.
It's 4 - 6 PM, August 5, 2017, at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Please join us for complimentary refreshments, and an event you’ll never forget.
Classic movie buffs will think they died and went to heaven. It’s A Celebration of the Cinematic Arts, featuring rare artifacts, a video presentation, and John DiLeo—author of six books on classic movies. The video, BLOOPERS, SECRETS, AND SURPRISES FROM HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE, is a fascinating compilation of classic-movie clips—not outtakes, but actual mistakes nobody noticed until it was too late. It’s a funny, light-hearted peek at behind-the-scenes Hollywood, including clips featuring Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire, Yul Brynner, Alfred Hitchcock, Cyd Charisse, and many more.
Please join us on October 7, 2017, from 4 - 6 PM at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA for complimentary refreshments, and a classic movie buff's dream.
This Event has been made possible with the support of the Richard L. Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Our 2017 Plein Air Adventures offered artists and art-lovers the chance to celebrate life as they never have before. Painting events took place both day and night, and along lakes and rivers. We provided supplies and complimentary refreshments, and many of these events will also have live music.
Participating artists had several opportunities to show off the work they created, in at three Receptions in different parts of Sullivan County. Our Plein Air Adventures were made possible with funds from the 2017 Arts For Sullivan Decentralization Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Our painting parties were along the Delaware River in Callicoon, on the banks of Kenoza Lake, and at ECCE Bed and Breakfast in Barryville, NY.
Venues for our celebrations included Sunshine Studios in Barryville, NY, the Jeffersonville Branch of the Sullivan West Library, and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor.
The Exhibits included a collection of prints featuring the history of plein air painting, a group exhibit of local plein air artists, and work created at our Plein Air la Nuit painting party.
Plein Air La Nuit--A dozen artists gathered on private property along the Delaware River in Callicoon, NY. Alexis Siroc gave beginners some pointers, and experienced artists like Gregory Pelly and Ari Mir-Pontier created plein air masterpieces.
En Plelin Air Du Lac--Access to privately owned property on Kenoza Lake was just one of the things that made this Event so much fun. Artists had difficulty deciding where to set up, as a babbling brook, tranquil lagoon, and the majestic lake offer so many breathtaking views.
The Art and Historyof Kenoza Lake--Art created at a painting party in Kenoza Lake was on display. PLUS, an SRO crowd heard County Historian John Conway separate the facts from the fiction about Kenoza Lake's famous "Hex Murder".
November 4, 2017
America is fascinated by trains, and nothing has influenced the appearance and character of our local area like the railroad. The ghosts of railroads past are seen on both sides of the Delaware River, in just about every town and hamlet.
“The Train Collection” is an event and exhibit that celebrates the railroad and this local history. The Event is featuring speakers from the Shohola Railroad and Historical Society, as well as the Train Collectors Association.
“The Great Shohola Train Wreck of 1864” will be the subject of a brief presentation by George Fluhr of the Shohola Railroad and Historical Society. Among the 60 people killed aboard the 18 car train were Confederate prisoners of war and Union guards.
Then Tom Keegan of the Train Collectors Association will make a brief presentation, and answer questions on the toy train collecting hobby. “Stamps and coins just sit around and don’t do anything,” Tom explains. “You can PLAY with trains, and be transported back to the happiest times of your life.” His presentation will include a live demonstration of some of his prize possessions.
It’s all happening on June 2, 2018, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA. The Exhibit will be up until June 21. Sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, with generous support from the Barbara J Buchanon Fund administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
"Celebration of Hispanic Heritage" Event
September 2, 2017 4 - 6 PM
It’s hard to overstate the impact that Spanish culture has had—not only in the arts, but on Western civilization in general. The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring "A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage" Event that includes an exhibit of prints representing 2000 years of Hispanic Art.
Work of contemporary Hispanic artists will also be on display. The Exhibit was created with the generous collaboration of the Hispanic Society of America to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The free September 2nd reception will include a brief presentation by Artist/Cuban refugee Ari Mir-Pontier, live music from Daniel "Danny J" Justiniano, and complimentary refreshments.
Running concurrently is an exhibit of local artists including the work of Eloy Argueso, Jane Brennan, Rebecca Esposito, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Ari Mir-Pontier, Dixie Rich, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, and Joan Standora.
It’s all happening September 2, 2017, 4 - 6 PM at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Please join us.
Those of us who live in the Upper Delaware River Valley sometimes take for granted the beauty of our local surroundings, and local artists have been doing all they can to correct this. "BEHOLD!" is an event that will include a display of breathtaking views that many of us "locals" have passed by hundreds of times without even noticing.
Creations by local artists help us appreciate the wonder of local wildlife, leaves, trees, rock formations, and, of course, of many views of the Delaware River. This special event will include an exhibit of the work of more than 12 local artists, live music, complimentary refreshments, and a presentation by Alan J. Rosenblatt.
Alan’s venue, ECCE Bed and Breakfast, hosted one of the painting parties where artwork was created for this event, and loaned the English translation of the Latin word ECCE ("BEHOLD!) as the name of this event. Work on display includes scenes from the grounds of ECCE, as well as creations from earlier painting parties in two other parts of Sullivan County.
Participating artists include Barbara Arrindell, Robert Carl, Eija Friedlander, Mef Gannon, Kurtis S. Kreider, Audrey Lanham, Claudine Luchsinger, Gregory Pelly, Ari Mir-Pontier, Sharon Pontier, Alexis Siroc, Joan Standora, and Edward Stone.
So come and "BEHOLD" on October 21, from 1 – 3 PM at Sunshine Studios, 12 River Road, Barryville, NY.
Below Is A Small Sampling of Recent Projects
Videos of many Exhibits are available on YouTube
"Never Stop Learning" Exhibit/Reception
April 30, 2016 1 – 3 PM
Highland Town Hall, 4 Proctor Road, Eldred, NY
You are invited to celebrate lifelong learning with local artists from eight to eighty years old. Our "Never Stop Learning" is the first of our "Building Community Through Art" events
This special Exhibit will include artwork from students K – 12, as well as the creations of some of Highland’s most seasoned professional artists. There will also be surprise performances by both groups at the reception.
The public is invited to enjoy the art, the music, the complimentary refreshments, and the many surprises the afternoon reception promises to offer. You’ll see "Mask" by 7th grader Emily McGrail, as well as work by John Tomlinson, who has spent more than 40 years as a professional artist and professor of art. The "Never Stop Learning" theme has united our youngest and most experienced artists.
Knowing is a very poor substitute for learning. Some of the people with the most knowledge often find themselves unable to cope with a world that is ever-changing—their heads are filled with useless facts that don’t bring them happiness. Learning is what really excites us.
And so the exhibit includes the work of ECS students as well as life-long students of art, such as John Tomlinson, Claudia Bocker, Kurt Kreider, Daria Dorosh, Anthony Biancoviso, and Sally Rowe
BAAA Celebrates Women's History Month
Since the beginning of time, men and women have been creating art. For whatever reason, women have been left out of most historical documentation. The top 100 artists, by dollars sold each year, is the exclusive domain of men.
When women are remembered by history, it’s too often for a scandal or their attachment to a male, rather than for their own body of work. The Barryville Area Arts Associaton has partnered with the Artists’ Market Community Center to take one small step in setting the record straight.
Our display includes:
"Self-Portrait at the Easel" (1556) by Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625). Sofonisba was one of the greatest Renaissance artists, but until recently she was left out of most historical accounts of the period. When she is included, it’s for her colorful lifestyle instead of her art.
Because she was such a great painter with a similar style to other great painters of her time, Sofonisba’s work has often been confused with or attributed to Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Battista Moroni, Anthony Van Dyck and others.
Sofonisba was the court painter for King Phillip of Spain, Lady-In-Waiting to Queen Isabel, and was also commissioned by the Pope. She is beginning to be recognized for the many contributions she has made to the art created during the Renaissance.
"The Happy Couple" (1630) by Judith Leyster (1609-1660). Although Judith was one of the most famous painters in Holland during her lifetime, she was just about lost to history until 1893. Her monogram was discovered on this painting, which had been sold the Louvre as the work of Frans Hals. Other paintings attributed to Hals were also Judith’s. For example, "The Jolly Toper" (1629) was acquired by the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum in Berlin as a Frans Hals creation, but that turned out to be Judith’s, too.
"Susanna and the Elders" (1610) by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1556) was one of her earliest paintings. It was attributed to her father, Orazio, until 1977. "Danae" (1612), at the St. Louis Museum of Art and also thought to be Orazio’s, has been re-attributed to her. But internet searches still haven’t caught up, and attribute the painting to her father.
In "Judith Beheads Holofernes" (1620), Artemesia recreates a Biblical scene popular by painter of the time. But she replaces Judith’s face with her own, and Holofernes’ face with the man who was accused and convicted of raping her.
Her "Self-Portrait as a Martyr" (1615) is also showing.
"Portrait of an Old Man with a Boy" (1585) was long admired as the work of Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto. It was considered one of his finest paintings, until his daughter’s monogram was found on it in 1920. Historians had assumed that Jacopo’s productivity decreased after his Marietta Robusti Tintoretto’s (1560-1590) untimely death because he was mourning the death of his daughter. Experts are now exploring another reason.
"Some Things Fishy" Event
4 - 6 PM on April 7, 2018
Please join us for live music, complimentary refreshments, and a presentation on the work being done along the Upper Delaware to maintain the scenic integrity and biological diversity of the pristine water that is the home of 68 different species of fish.
The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring a free celebration of our local River habitat that includes live music, contemporary art, complimentary refreshments, and a presentation by Jeff Skelding, Executive Director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River. The “Some Things Fishy” Event celebrates all things fishy—including the 68 different species of fish that call the Upper Delaware home.
January 6, 2018 4 - 6 PM
The idea of Cabin Fever has been inspiring great art since the first caveman drew on a wall, waiting out the Ice Age. More recently, it has inspired projects as varied as Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, Steven King’s The Shining, and a Simpsons episode called Mountain of Madness.
Don’t wait out these long winter months cursing the cold and watching the Weather Channel. Join the artists and guests who will be attending this multi-media event that will feature artwork, poetry, performance art, sculpture, and music. "Cabin Fever" is guaranteed to cure cabin fever, so shake off those winter doldrums and shake it on down to the AMCC for its first event of 2018. Sponsored by the The Barryville Area Arts Association.
Participating artists so far include Spencer Chateau, Rose Chateau, Bill Cohen, Joey Del, John Pappas, and Nick Roes.
Our Plein Air dans le Jardin Reception will include the art created at Hestia’s Garden, complimentary refreshments, and an exciting presentation based on the latest research about the mental health benefits of flowers and gardening.
Research confirms what visitors to hospitals have known for years: there is a proven link between flowers and health—both physical and mental health. Different colors and aromas prompt different moods and this can make a difference in our homes and businesses, as well as hospitals.
Our featured speaker is Jennifer King, LCSW, from the staff of SUNY Sullivan. She will make a brief presentation on the power of flowers, “Petunias—Not Prozac!”
Please join us to celebrate flowers, gardens and plein air art at the Delaware Free Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library in Callicoon on July 28, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
This project is made possible in part with funding from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Mermaid Parade—August 4 3:30 PM
We're so grateful to Hestia’s Garden for opening up their private gardens for this Plein Air event. Designed by Darlene Midlang to nurture body and soul, the perennial, vegetable, and herb gardens are ensconced in eight acres of meadows and woods.
There is an orchard, and wandering paths that will take the explorer to Buck Brook Creek and the old pond stocked with fish. The planted berms hold primarily native plants and were created using lasagna gardening techniques. The vegetable garden is a series of circles, suggesting a mandala.
There are so many beautiful ways to frame the landscapes, you'll be hard pressed to settle on a place to set up. This event is July 21, 2018, from 9 - 3 o'clock (July 22 Rain Date). Space is limited to 15 artists.
As always, we'll have art supplies and facilitators for beginners, and experienced artists are welcome to bring their own set-up. CLICK HERE to check out the Hestia's Garden website, then click the button below to register. A light lunch is included.
This project is made possible in part with funding from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
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