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Goshen Art League Exhibition - “Heroes, Muses, and Inspirations”

Beginning Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm and running through April 20, 2017
Exhibition Hours Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Location: The Emergency Services Center, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen, NY 10924

A Soldier’s Vigil
by Karen E. Gersch

GOSHEN (February 23) - For the first time, the Emergency Services Center in Goshen will open its doors to the public for an art exhibition.  Orange County’s Commissioner of Emergency Services, Brendan Casey, invited the Goshen Art League to arrange an exhibit in the lobby entrance and hallways.  The title “Heroes, Muses and Inspirations”  allowed Goshen Art League artists to interpret this theme in broad terms.  The artists depicted renderings of inspiring landscapes such as Niagara Falls and some heroes of our times, such as first responders.  Visitors will see portraits of famous personalities, among them, lyricist Leonard Cohen and scientist, Albert Einstein.  Twenty-three artists contributed more than thirty paintings of various inspirations.

The “Featured Artist” in this show is Goshen Art League member, Karen E. Gersch,. a respected artist who has shown her work throughout the NYC metropolitan area and beyond.  Ms. Gersch has contributed works here in various mediums that richly illustrate the exhibit’s theme of heroes and inspirations.  She has included pieces portraying daring acrobats with whom she performed and two generations of family artists that inspired her.  In honor of the people who devote themselves to safety directly from this building, there are also many paintings commemorating those who serve in times of danger.   Several of the paintings depict images of NYC landmarks and residents as a reflection of community recovery from the time the artist was a NYC resident.

A reception on Friday, February 24, will kick off the exhibition. It will be preceded by a workshop, “Instructing Artists in Social Media”, by Goshen Art League member Claire Slattery.  Chris Van Vooren, a local multi-media artist also will give a painting demonstration that evening.

A new collaboration with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties allows for contributions to the Goshen Art League to be tax deductible and payable by PayPal or credit card.

The Goshen Art League was recently awarded the “2016 Cultural Organization of the Year ” by the Goshen Chamber of Commerce.


Actress Mary Louise Wilson’s new role: SUNY Ulster Artist-in-Residence

STONE RIDGE (February 23) - SUNY Ulster welcomes Mary Louise Wilson, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actress, singer, and comedian as its Artist-in-Residence for Spring 2017.

Full details on our Education Page


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Local dancers delight family and friends in 15th annual showcase

BREWSTER (January 22) - The Seven Star School of Performing Arts Performance Team kicked off their competitive season with their 15th annual Showcase at Brewster High School.  150 dancers, ages 5 to 18, comprise the award winning performance team, which travels the northeast from February through April competing against other studios at various events.  Dancers include students from Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, North Salem, Pawling, New Fairfield, Danbury, Brookfield and Somers.

More than 160 routines were performed including solo, duets, trios, and group numbers in contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and tap.  The dancers learned the routines in August at a 2-week choreography camp and have been rehearsing over the past few months in order to prepare for this performance. The Showcase is offered as a free event so that friends and family can come and support the team before they officially start to compete next month.

This year, the team, which starts competing in New Jersey, will also travel to Connecticut and Massachusetts.  

“We also love seeing our team in its entirety after months of hard work in the studio,” saidJaclyn Yarusso, Performance Team, Co-Director.  


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Historic Huguenot Street receives major grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

NEW PALTZ (December 14) - Historic Huguenot Street has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant for 2016-2017 in the amount of $49,170. The purpose of this federally-funded grant is to support a team of experts in collections preservation and environmental management to comprehensively review twelve historic structures at HHS.

Over the course of several months, the consultants will visit the site and work closely with HHS’ staff, Board, and committee members to recommend sustainable improvements to these sensitive environments. The project entitled “Sustainable Preservation of Collections and Architectural Assets at Historic Huguenot Street” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

“The overarching goal for this project is to identify practical strategies to improve environmental management for both our historic houses and the collections displayed within,” said Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs. “We are fortunate to be working with two outstanding professionals in the preservation field on this project. Their recommendations will guide immediate and long-term preservation planning at the site for years to come.”

“The HHS Board is committed to professionalizing our operations and protecting the valuable assets entrusted to our care,” added Board Chair Mary Etta Schneider. “We are grateful to Josephine for her work in securing this significant grant.”



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