Pleased to join the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Mid-Hudson Heritage Center is pleased to announce the addition of 6 community members to its board of directors. Since its founding in 2011, the organization has continued to expand its arts and cultural offerings to the public. These new board members will help to develop additional creative opportunities for residents and visitors. The new members are:

Julia Whitney Barnes is an accomplished artist, muralist, and ceramicist who has been widely acclaimed for her public art installations. Julia is an adjunct professor in the arts at Marist College.

Nickesha Chung is the Environmental Outreach Organizer for Scenic Hudson, Inc. Nickesha was a Fulbright Scholar in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa, focusing on water supply issues and also served as a Human Relations Specialist with the US Army Reserves.

Tracy Dwyer is a designer and project manager at Ashworth Creative, where she specializes in website design and client relations. Tracy has also been a branding specialist with local and national firms.

Melanie Klein is an Associate Professor in the English and Humanities Department at Dutchess Community College. Melanie is also a published poet and a creator of kinetic art installations.

Franky Perez is a guidance counselor in the Poughkeepsie Middle School and was previously a counselor in the Poughkeepsie High School. Franky is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish.

Sarah Salem is the Development Associate with Dutchess Outreach, where she handles fundraising and program development. Sarah has been an intern with Hudson Valley Patterns for Progress and previously worked as a financial services representative for a local financial institution.

The Mid-Hudson Heritage Center is a non-profit organization, based in Poughkeepsie, dedicated to providing opportunities for community members to tell their stories through the arts and cultural projects and events. MHHC operates four venues in Poughkeepsie: the Heritage Center Gallery (317 Main Street), Art Centro (485 Main Street), PUF Studios (in the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory at 8 N Cherry Street), and the Glebe House history center (635 Main Street).

"Gilded Phytophilic Bats" on view in Confabulations of Millennia

"Gilded Phytophilic Bats" on view in Confabulations of Millennia

Confabulations of Millennia
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

On view from October 6 – December 8, 2017
Exhibition Reception: Friday, October 6, 2017, 5:00–8:00pm

Curated by artist Richard Saja, Confabulations of Millennia brings together the works of 17 contemporary artists who take direct inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries. Using established styles, techniques and objects perfected in the the 18th and 19th centuries, the 19 artists assembled deploy history as a springboard in order to speak to the intricacies and inconsistencies of modern life be they social, political or aesthetic.

Artists include: Elise Ansel, Martha Arquero, John Brauer, Joey Chiarello, Emily Diaz Norton, Douglas Goldberg, Jeremy Hatch, Beth Katleman, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Melora Kuhn, Livia Marin, Oscar Sancho Nin, John O’Reilly, Erin M. Riley, Richard Saja, Anthony Sonnenberg, Ryan Swanson, Vadis Turner, Julia Whitney Barnes

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"Super Natural" exhibition featured in The Poughkeepsie Journal

"Super Natural" exhibition featured in The Poughkeepsie Journal

Artists use nature to explore their visions in 'Super Natural'

Linda Marston-Reid, For the Poughkeepsie JournalPublished 9:00 a.m. ET July 26, 2017

For hundreds of years, nature has inspired and moved artists to create.

Thomas Cole, regarded as the founding father of the Hudson River School of Art, once said this about nature: “How I have walked … day after day, and all alone, to see if there was not something among the old things which was new!”

For the six artists exhibiting in the "Super Natural" exhibit at Matteawan Gallery, they have used nature as a jumping-off point to explore their personal vision with drawings, paintings and prints, bringing a fresh viewpoint to paintings inspired by nature.

Julia Whitney Barnes creates work with startling colors and compositions created from composite sketches of nature studies. This method may be the traditional way the Hudson River painters created their work, but Whitney Barnes brings surprising combinations together to create compositions that may symbolize more than beauty in nature. For instance, the painting “May Day/Domestic Bliss” incorporates a stunning pink sky with clouds behind a lovely vase of cut flowers. The vase sits on a slice of log; perhaps a symbol of the trees in nature consumed for the wood utilized in the homes that are the framework of domesticity. A plaid tablecloth creates a horizon of the human-made meeting nature.

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Cover story/interview in Chronogram Magazine July 2017

Cover story/interview in Chronogram Magazine July 2017

On the Cover: Julia Whitney Barnes 

Some painters sole purpose is place—take the Hudson River School artists—while others use their art to dream up entirely new realities. Julia Whitney Barnes falls squarely in the second category. "There are several places and several experiences in each painting," Whitney Barnes says of her work.

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"Super Natural" on view at Matteawan Gallery from July 8–August 21

"Super Natural" on view at Matteawan Gallery from July 8–August 21

Matteawan Gallery is pleased to present Super Natural, a group exhibition of paintings,

drawings, and prints by Julia Whitney Barnes, Gabe Brown, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Matt

Frieburghaus, Charles Geiger, and Eleanor Sabin. The show opens Saturday, July 8 and runs

through August 21. There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, July 8 from 6-9 pm.

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Collecting historic bricks for installation at GlenLily Grounds

I will be creating a scale version of the Hudson River from NYC to Albany created out of Hudson River bricks at GlenLily Grounds in September 2017. Any Hudson River brick donations (with the brickyard name stamped in the frog) are greatly appreciated. You can find out more about the history of the history of the brick industry here:

"Monsters in America" exhibition at the International Cryptozoology Museum

My painting of "Cassie: The Casco bay Sea Serpent" will be featured in the "Monsters in America" exhibition opening at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. The show was originally at One Mile Gallery in Kingston NY and by popular demand is hitting the road. 

Whether the protagonist be the Pope Lick Monster, Wampaus Cat, Mothman or Chupacabra, tales of mysterious creatures and inexplicable phenomena have been passed down for generations. Curated by Richard Saja, “Monsters in America”, is a group show featuring various artists’ take on the cryptozoological map of the United States. Each artist focuses on a legendary monster, ancient spirit or alien being.

Richard Saja is an artist working in Catskill, New York. His work has been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Shelburne Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Museum of Embroidery in South Korea.

Monsters in America exhibition draws inspiration from the Hog Island Press Cryptozoological map of the US.

Two paintings featured in "Beauty" exhibition

Classic. Tragic. Aging. Deconstructed. Sublime. Forbidding. Excessive. Luminous. Dark. Transcendent. Voluptuous. Unexpected. Natural. Humble. Mysterious. Alternative. Oppressive. Anti-. Unlikely. Supernatural. Wondrous. Subtle. Complex. Simple. Cultural. Discreet. Rugged. Comical. Aesthetic. Colorful. Defiant. Intellectual. Mad. Coaxed. Unrelenting. Divine. Universal. Intense. Rich. Indulgent. Fake. Vapid. Hopeless. Challenging. Nonsensical. Foreboding. Glorious. Sad. Burnt. Ominous. Strange. Seductive. Camp.

The tenth annual group exhibition held inside the historic church of St Paul The Apostle will be showcasing the work of 28 artists whose mediums include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and site specific installations.

Openings, a collective of visual artists whose vision statement is - Openings believes that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides - will sponsor the exhibition that runs from September 9th - October 20th, 2016.

The exhibition, curated by Michael Berube and Keena Gonzalez, features work by:

Alex Golden, Ashley Norwood Cooper, Caroline Wells Chandler, Georgia Elrod, J Grabowski, Jackie Slanley, Jason Saager, Joe Smith, Joel Carreiro, Jonathan David Smyth, Julia Whitney Barnes, Kajahl, Laura Sue King, Lourdes Bernard, Mark Attebery, Mark Brennan, Matthew Farrell, Matthew Garrison, Melissa Brown, Michelle Gevint, Mickalene Thomas, Nickolas Roudané, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sandy Frank, Sarah Dineen, Tom Beale, Veronica O'Keefe Ruoff, Yu Zhang. 

Opening Reception: September 15th, 2016 7-9 p.m.
Artist Walk Thru: October 6th, 2016 7-9 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: September 9th - October 20th
Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat - Sun 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Corner of West 60th & Columbus Ave. (212) 265-3495
New York, New York 10019