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31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY
"Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom"
Opening Sunday, Sept. 30, from 4-6pm
Staying on view through Jan. 19, 2019
“Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom” is a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the shared story of the Erie Canal, the Hudson Valley brickyards and the families who built them. The Erie Canal’s enduring influence on NY State is seen in cities and towns all along its corridor: in the now converted warehouses of Red Hook and Rochester, in the townhouses of Manhattan and waterfront buildings of Peekskill, and in historic landmarks like the Oneida Community Mansion House, the Empire State Building and ArtsWestchester’s own headquarters (The People’s Bank & Trust Building.) Brick is ubiquitous in NY, yet the interconnected story of the Erie Canal and the state’s brick industry is little known. This significant infrastructure project brought economic prosperity to every stop along its route, from Buffalo to the Canal’s terminus in Brooklyn, igniting a statewide building boom and a significant brick industry that touched hamlets throughout the state. Bricks moved along the waterways in all directions.
With its beginnings in the 1700s and New York’s early Dutch settlers, the story of brick-making in the Hudson Valley is a truly American story, rich with complex and challenging intersections of immigration, industry and innovation; of family enterprise, environmental impact and economic development. While the state’s brick industry faded after World War II, its byproducts are still present today in the cultural and physical composition of our towns and cities. Sidewalks, canal stations, municipal buildings, homes of all sizes, public works, factories and storehouses were built with Canal corridor brick.
With NYSCA support, ArtsWestchester will commission NY artists to produce new work inspired by the Canal corridor brick industry. The artwork will be exhibited at ArtsWestchester alongside historic brick collections, recorded oral histories of brickyard families, and tools representing brick-related occupational arts (i.e., making, building and conservation.)
September 7 - October 25th, 2018
Opening reception: September 14th, 2018, 7-9 pm
Artists Walk-through (guided tour led by the curators): October 11th, 7- 9 pm
Location: The Church of St. Paul the Apostle / corner of Columbus Ave & W60th, Manhattan
Daily Hours: M-F 8am -5:00pm / Sat. 8-6 / Sun. 8-6:30pm
"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
“Jabberwocky”, Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”
Let it never be said that this exhibition lacks a theme. All exhibitions need a theme and this one can be gotten from its title, “Frabjous,” meaning delightful, wonderful, superb. Each of the works in this exhibition contains one of these qualities, many two, and some all three. Works in the exhibition embody the spirit of unfettered creativity characterized by Carroll`s poem quoted above and the book from which it springs.
Unbridled imagination, unconstrained by conventional logic, offers glimpses into worlds unseen and unknown. Seemingly frivolous, the frabjous liberates by example; its exuberance and unpredictability infectious. Difficult to legislate against, it is the enemy of all oppression and repression.
Frabjous is curated by Joel Carreiro, Lili Jamail, and Dionis Ortiz.
Participating artists: Michael Berube, Gloria Adams, Andy Van Dinh, Christina Ballantyne, Carol Radsprecher, Peter Hoffmeister, Oksana Prokopenko, Julia Whitney Barnes, Mark Attebery, Michelle Droll, Paul Anagnostopoulos, Sarah Chapman, James Vanderberg, Verna Valencia, EunSun Choi, Jessica Mensch, Madhini Nirmal, Malin Arbrahamsson, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sarah Gutwirth
HUDSON RIVER OF BRICKS
Unveiling Celebration: Friday, Sept. 7, 5–7pm
Artist's Talk: Saturday, Sept. 8, 1–2pm
489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
The installation is on view by appointment through October 2018
The Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn is pleased to present “Hudson River of Bricks,” an installation by Julia Whitney Barnes. The unveiling will take place on Friday, Sept. 7, as part of First Friday Poughkeepsie events. The work entails a scale version of the Hudson River, created from bricks made by more than 200 historic Hudson River brickyards each of which marked its bricks with a unique “stamp.” Though the work encompasses thousands of bricks in total, the artist glazed one example from each brickyard a range of greenish blue hues to represent the river's colors as it reflects a variety of skies. Each brickyard name and location is labeled in underglaze, then fired in a modern kiln, before being glazed and given a final firing. Each glazed brick is put in the geographic location along the river where its brickyard existed. The unglazed bricks show the patina of time and various clay body colors.
New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world and 90% of the city's plentiful brick structures (and infrastructure) were essentially created out of Hudson River mud. The installation brings attention to the rich history of bricks made in the Hudson River area, and also shows the beauty of these utilitarian objects that ceased to be produced here. Nine Poughkeepsie brickyards are included plus dozens more from the immediate area. Viewers can appreciate the work from a historical, artistic and/or local resident background.
“The idea for the installation evolved over several years. Living in Brooklyn, I noticed almost daily that brick edifices were demolished, disassembled into piles and carted off to points unknown. My background is in public art and more intimate work including oil paintings, drawings, etchings, ceramic sculptures and combined media installations. As I was working on a series of paintings and drawings entitled "Bricks and Stones May Break," I began collecting bricks from destroyed buildings and defunct brickyards as reference images. Once I noticed the variety in 'stamps,' I started discovering bricks made from Hudson River clay. Intrigued that their source was so close to the city, I started seeking and exploring their defunct brickyards along the river. I found more than I expected - after two decades of New York City life, I followed these bricks back to their source up the Hudson and relocated to an Arts & Crafts home in Poughkeepsie."
"The more I collected, the more interested – one might say obsessed – I became. I made painterly ceramic sculptures for almost twenty years and started experimenting with different glazes and painting techniques on the bricks. I eventually had a eureka moment that instead of pictorially painting ON the bricks, I would create imagery WITH the bricks. There are museums that contain brick collections, but as far as I've seen, no place to experience the array of bri cks brought to life in something like this installation."
"Dozens of people contributed bricks and information to this project. Meeting with them and hearing stories about their bricks and their lives has been an important aspect of the project. I am always seeking new donations in order to expand the work. As we are living in such a politically divided time, it feels especially significant to interact with people of diverse backgrounds and political views to speak about a neutral topic. I often think about the project as the "United Hudson River of Bricks" in that it brings both people and bricks together.” – Julia Whitney Barnes
To see more please visit: juliawhitneybarnes.com
Instagram: instagram.com/juliawhitneybarnes #hudsonriverofbricks
Please contact Julia to schedule a time to view the installation
Julia Whitney Barnes received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and MFA from Hunter College, both in New York, NY. Whitney Barnes has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Chronogram Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, and The New York Sun. She is the recipient of fellowships from Arts Mid-Hudson, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting/National Academy of Fine Arts, the Gowanus Public Art Initiative, Arts Mid Hudson and completed public art projects in Fjellerup, Denmark through funding from Kulturpuljen, Norddjurs Kommune, Denmark in 2013 and the NYCDOT Urban Art program in 2011. After two decades in NYC, Julia moved up to Poughkeepsie, NY in 2015.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
This massive installation is also made possible thanks to the dozens of people who gave me bricks and advised me on all things brick-related. A very special thank you to Roy Budnik at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Andy van der Poel and Fred Rieck at BrickCollecting.com (an excellent resource that was invaluable to researching the history of bricks), Stephanie LaRose Lewison (her impressive collection is well documented here), Jean-Marc Superville Sovak for being my brick-brother and is even loaning me the brick-mobile-pickup last year, Lacey Fekishazy for providing the perfect location to initially install the work at Glen Lily, Mia Blas for assisting me in many things brick related, and my dear husband Sean Hemmerle who has spent countless hours digging through sludge and bugs to brick-hunt with me!!!!!
If you have bricks to donate to the project, please be in touch.
It was a pleasure (and exhausting) to serve as a juror for this year's NYFA Painting Fellowships.
To take a peak at images of the selected artists click here for Sharon Butler's coverage on Two Coats of Paint.
NYFA has awarded $623,000 to 89 New York State artists.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, which it has administered for the past 32 years with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The organization has awarded a total of $623,000 to 89 artists throughout New York State in the following disciplines: Fiction, Folk/Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Painting, and Video/Film. This year’s recipients range in age between 26 and 77. Fifteen finalists, who do not receive a cash award, but benefit from a range of other NYFA services, were also announced. A complete list of the Fellows and Finalists follows.
The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding five per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 3,071. Since it was launched in 1985, the program has awarded over $31 million to more than 4,500 artists.
Samira Abbassy (New York)
Maria Berrio (Kings)
Gabe Brown (Ulster)
Tom Burckhardt (New York)
Ginny Casey (Kings)
Elizabeth Colomba (New York)
Lisa Corinne Davis (Kings)
Lydia Dona (New York)
Donise English (Dutchess)
Derek Fordjour (New York)*
Clarity Haynes (Kings)
Vera Iliatova (Kings)
Julian Kreimer (Kings)
Joel Longenecker (Dutchess)
Kathryn Lynch (New York)
Sangram Majumdar (Kings)
Tracy Miller (Kings)
Patrick Neal (New York)
David Opdyke (Queens)
Paul Pagk (New York)
Luisa Rabbia (Kings)
Gretchen Scherer (Kings)
Emily Mae Smith (Kings)
Michael Stamm (Kings)
Amy Talluto (Ulster)
Leslie Wayne (New York)
Deborah Zlotsky (Albany)
Jordan Casteel (New York)
Clayton Schiff (Queens)
Don Voisine (Kings)
Julia Whitney Barnes (Dutchess)
Franklin Evans (New York)
Elliot Green (Columbia)
Sarah McCoubrey (Onondaga)
Mie Yim (Kings)
Julia Whitney Barnes is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines elements from the human or built environment in surreal juxtapositions with nature. Symbolic objects, flora and the domestic spaces of her Poughkeepsie home and neighbors' homes populate Julia's current oil paintings and drawings on Mylar, in addition to imagery from past travels. Her boldly colored paintings are based on a variety of source images that are conjoined into unusual interiors and landscapes. Whitney Barnes works in the style of many Hudson River School artists who created composite paintings based on sketches from several days and locations distilled into a single image. Julia's painting based on Olana, the famed home and studio of Frederic Church near Hudson was created after many seasons of visiting the location. At first viewing, the painting appears to be one cohesive scene framed by a red and white awning, cobalt ceramic tiles and an ornately patterned floor. The painting can be read as a landscape reflected in a window with the viewer standing outside, or can be seen as a view through a window with the viewer inside of the house. Alluding to life cycles, the landscape transitions from a withered oak and threatening sky to a lush summer scene in the center and a springtime sunrise lighting a blossoming Magnolia tree.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.Read More
The City of Poughkeepsie is adorned with splendid stained glass windows throughout its remarkable architecture, including in public buildings, places of worship and historic homes. My mural design encompasses an array of imagery culled from a large sampling of windows I have visited, most of which go unseen (or unnoticed) by locals and visitors. After photographing and sketching in dozens of locations throughout the city limits, I created a design for each underpass that gives the illusion of complex illuminated windows shining out from the dark space.
Windows serve multiple purposes: to create luminous interiors, to frame a view, and to be looked at or through. Presenting Poughkeepsie in the best light, focusing on its diversity of people, places and building eras, is a central component of the design. Late Gothic, Victorian, Craftsman and Modern styles are represented, while the imagery omits markers such as crosses and figures to avoid symbolism overtly rooted in any particular religion. The shapes are often a hybrid of many windows I encountered in my explorations. I frequently joined several windows from various locations into one image, combined parts of windows in several places together, and pulled out details of intricate imagery to become accent windows. One example of this fusion is the back wall in “JWB Underpass Mural Study 3 of 4,” which depicts the shape of the train station windows with the polychrome window squares of a historic landmarked home juxtaposed overtop.
All of the concrete surfaces of the underpasses will be painted including multiple sides of the columns, aprons and back walls. The north side of the street, closest to the train station, will contain the most intricate windows and the south side of the street will contain more of the modern window imagery. The angled back walls will contain be comprised of the most graphic silhouettes and function as a stage-like backdrop for the other imagery. The geometric forms will also allow for easier repainting in the future if needed.
The windows also connect our city’s population as it changes over time, as different groups have inhabited these buildings over the years. For example, the circa 1833 Greek Revival style church at the corner of Vassar and Mill streets was originally a Presbyterian church (whose congregation bought the land from Matthew Vassar’s family), then a Congregational Church, then a Masonic Lodge, then a Synagogue. Since the 1950s it has been the Second Baptist Church and currently has a predominantly African American congregation. I came upon many similar situations with other historic structures throughout the city.
The selection committee for the Poughkeepsie Gateway, an art intervention at the Route 9 underpass on Main Street, selected 5 finalist mural proposals from the following artists: Julia Whitney Barnes, Risa Tochigi aka Boogie, Peter Daverington, Layqa Nuna Yawar and Justus Roe.
The Poughkeepsie Gateway is a commissioned mural project that is a partnership between Poughkeepsie Alliance, Arts Mid-Hudson and O+ Poughkeepsie.
(UPDATE: BOOGIE DID A TERRIFIC JOB AT THIS SITE AND I AM DISCUSSING OTHER SUITABLE WALLS IN POUGHKEEPSIE FOR 2019/2020)
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).
Art Centro is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures by Jolynn Krystosek along with paintings, drawings and a site-specific floor painting by Julia Whitney Barnes. This exhibition marks the first extensive showing of each artist in the Hudson Valley. Whitney Barnes moved to the city of Poughkeepsie from Brooklyn in 2015 and has known Queens-based Krystosek since they were in graduate school together at Hunter College in 2003.Read More
HUDSON RIVER OF BRICKS
GlenLily Grounds 2017
Saturday, Sept 30 & Sunday, Oct 1, 12-6pm
532 Grand Avenue, Newburgh, NY
THE INSTALLATION WILL BE ON VIEW BY APPOINTMENT IN OCTOBER
Three years into collecting bricks all along the Hudson River and New York City, my scale version of the Hudson River (formed out of historic Hudson River bricks) will at long last be on view. Handmade bricks are like fingerprints; no two are identical. The Hudson River region was the world capital of brick making in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century and fueled the city’s population boom. Hundreds of brick making facilities existed along the river from the late 1700s into the 1940s. None remain in business today.Read More
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 BarnesRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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: http://brickcollecting.com/history.htm
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.
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
The "Monsters in America" exhibition curated by Richard Saja and based on the fantastic poster by Hog Island Press. I chose to make my painting of mythical the Casco Bay (Maine) Sea Serpent. Cassie, as she is frequently known, is seen peeking out of the water nearby Fort Gorges with an ominous yet friendly pink sky casting light from above.
Monsters in America
One Mile Gallery
opening reception, Saturday, September 3, 6-9 p.m
One Mile Gallery, 475 Abeel Street, Kingston, NY
Michael Kimmelman's article "In Gowanus, a People’s Housing Plan to Challenge the Mayor’s" features Hiroko Masuike's photograph of "Gowanus: Industry Meets Ecology" collaborative mural.