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Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe’s solo exhibition of encaustic-painted wall pieces and sculptures at the gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, entitled “Encaustic/Form II,” has its roots in the Minimalist art of the 1960s. She employs Minimalism’s rigor of form and its use of the grid, but the playfulness, wit and rich pictorial associations of her work express...
Midtown arts district: If Paducah can do it, so can we

Midtown arts district: If Paducah can do it, so can we

What would the proposed Midtown arts district do exactly, and how would it benefit Kingston? A public discussion last Saturday at City Hall attended by 40 persons elicited many ideas. A Kingston arts district should engage the entire community, commission public murals and sponsor festivals and other events. It might partner with the schools to...
TMI Project brings open, honest storytelling to Kingston

TMI Project brings open, honest storytelling to Kingston

What’s Too Much Information? Depending on the context, it could range from a graphic description of what happened in the bathroom after one helping of baked beans too many to a graphic description of a childhood containing more trauma than a box set of Dickens to a quick way to cut people off from telling...
Danielle and 'Jacques': a magazine reborn looks to take over

Danielle and ‘Jacques': a magazine reborn looks to take over

It’s the tail end of the lunch rush at Uptown Kingston’s Outdated Café. Danielle Leder is digging into an omelet and plotting domination of the softcore pornography industry. “I want to become the standard,” says the 29-year-old fashion model turned magazine publisher. “I want to take down Playboy.” It’s a bold statement from a woman...
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...
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...
Ulster’s Dylan Foley wins big Irish fiddling prize

Ulster’s Dylan Foley wins big Irish fiddling prize

This year, Ulster County native Dylan Foley became the first American in a generation to take top honors in a prestigious Irish fiddling competition. Now, the 22-year-old Highland native is passing on the tradition to a new generation with a series of classes at Kingston’s Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley. The classes are...
Stockade Tavern’s Josh Rosenmeier takes two trophies at bartender challenge

Stockade Tavern’s Josh Rosenmeier takes two trophies at bartender challenge

Eleven of the area’s best bartenders swizzled their stuff for an all-star judges’ panel and the public at the Hudson Valley Bartender Challenge on Sunday, July 27. The charity cocktail competition, held at Rock and Rye Tavern in New Paltz, highlighted local restaurants, distilleries and farms, rewarding syntheses of seasonal ingredients and ingenuity with silver...
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...
Kingston After Dark: Real craft

Kingston After Dark: Real craft

This cold weather thing got you down? Well, I am trying to deal with it just like the rest of you. Unless you are a snowboarding maniac who loves bitter wind chill, this is the pits! Then again, growing up I used to always promise myself I wouldn’t endure another New York winter and yet...
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,...
The scoop on Miraldi's 'Scoop Artist'

The scoop on Miraldi’s ‘Scoop Artist’

In its ideal form, investigative journalism is part detective story, part philosophical inquiry and part moral crusade. For Seymour “Sy” Hersh, the reporter who broke the stories about the My Lai massacre, the CIA spying on American citizens and torture at Abu Ghraib, his work included all of the above, with a fair helping of...