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Art as fresh as spring itself this month in Kingston

Art as fresh as spring itself this month in Kingston

March came in like a lion — the blast of cold weather has a local correlation in the blowing away of conventional boundaries between sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics that’s an underlying theme of two of this month’s art exhibitions. At the Gallery at R&F and KMOCA, the surfaces and forms of the paintings, sculpture...
‘Riverport’ conceives of a totally remade, and totally cool, Rondout

‘Riverport’ conceives of a totally remade, and totally cool, Rondout

Imagine wedding parties arriving at Kingston Point Park by boat, tourists flocking to an upscale hotel resort built adjacent to the park’s protected and restored wetlands or low-rise live/work units along the Rondout Creek. Maybe a food market, similar to Chelsea Market in New York City, in the cavernous Cornell Building or floating houses moored...
To the bunker: Photos of wartime edifices lead this month’s exhibits

To the bunker: Photos of wartime edifices lead this month’s exhibits

Down on Abeel Street during Dec. 6’s gallery openings, the theme was the container — either in the form of the concrete bunkers built by the Dutch in World War II, as captured by the lens of Hendrik Dijk, the abstract patterned surfaces of skyscrapers photographed by Rob Hoekstra, or the encrusted porcelain pottery of...
May’s mélange: Large-scale extractions, pictorial vocabularies and trippy inventiveness

May’s mélange: Large-scale extractions, pictorial vocabularies and trippy inventiveness

KMOCA, the Abeel Street contemporary art museum, specializes in small-scale works which best fit its two small rooms. So it was a surprise to be greeted at last Saturday’s opening by a large, telephone booth-sized painting whose combination of abstract figuration, psychological narrative and expressionistic color were clearly indebted to Picasso’s synthetic Cubism, Georges Roualt’s...
Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Kingston’s current zoning laws prohibit various forms of agriculture, but now recommendations and goals to promote farming outlined in a study funded by private citizens will likely be adopted in the new comprehensive plan, at least in part. That means some of the city’s vacant lots could one day be transformed into blooming vegetable gardens,...
Wine, the universe and everything

Wine, the universe and everything

A few months ago, Michael Drapkin and his wife, Theresa, bought the former Madden’s Fine Wines & Spirits on lower Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout and renamed it the Kingston Wine Co. The store, located in a handsome 19th-century storefront, officially opened three weeks ago and has already created a buzz, with local wine buyers raving...
Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

In the early 1970s, Ione — then known as Carole Bovoso — was a freelance writer, Village Voice contributor and poetry editor when she went to Egypt on assignment for a travel story. “When I set foot on the land I felt something so powerful, which I never felt before,” she said. The next year,...
KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit

KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit

Before there was Santa Claus and St. Nicholas, the darkest time of the year was associated in pagan Europe with the wild man of the woods, variously known as the Krampus, Black Peter or Wandago. Smelly, covered in matted hair, and bearing horns, the Krampus survived the advent of Christianity to become one of St....
Core beliefs: GW talk on new curriculum

Core beliefs: GW talk on new curriculum

The Common Core State Standards, a new math and English curriculum implemented into New York State’s public schools last year, is meeting resistance from many teachers and parents due to its more rigorous standards, tougher tests and quick pace of implementation. At George Washington Elementary School in Kingston, however, no one’s sweating it. To reassure...
Greening Kingston’s acres: Better urban agriculture through zoning changes

Greening Kingston’s acres: Better urban agriculture through zoning changes

Once upon a time, Kingstonians kept chickens and grew vegetables in their backyards as a matter of routine daily life. But post-World War II, when the car was king and the federal government was funding the tear-down of neighborhoods as a way to stave off urban decline caused by the building of malls and the...
Night moves down in the Rondout

Night moves down in the Rondout

Last Friday night, the Rondout was hopping. Bands played outside Dermot Mahoney’s and Mariner’s Harbor. The restaurants were full, and the sidewalk outside Savona’s and Molé Molé was so packed with people you’d think you were in downtown Manhattan, not downtown Kingston. It was a perfect summer evening, clear and not too hot. Usually, however,...
Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

The advent last summer of the Midtown Farmer’s Market, which sells fresh local produce every Tuesday afternoon on the site of the former vice-epicenter King’s Inn on Broadway, planted a seed on a depressing stretch of Broadway, a seed that a few weeks ago led to a second, spectacular blooming — the erection of a...