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Sticks, stones and Tyler Borchert’s weekly sculpture sessions

Sticks, stones and Tyler Borchert’s weekly sculpture sessions

They call him “the bluestone guy.” Every Sunday for the last five years, Tyler Borchert, a Kingston native and local artist, positions himself on the Rondout, building and rebuilding sculptures made of stones and sticks. He uses the materials, very basic building blocks of nature, to create abstract-ish representations of human figures or Neolithic, Stonehenge-y...
Kingston After Dark: Beacons of life

Kingston After Dark: Beacons of life

Sometimes you meet people who are so into what they’re doing — really using their precious time to cultivate a craft or find their American Dream or who unhesitatingly move to the beat of their own drum — that you can’t help but get pulled into their energy. Guitarist Robert Kelly, a.k.a. “the Van Halen...
Action sequence: Locals seek support for movie

Action sequence: Locals seek support for movie

The Kingston-Ulster Airport last month was the backdrop for the shooting of a scene for a trailer for the upcoming indie feature “They All Drank the Water.” Written by Marlboro resident and chainsaw sculptor Bruce Bayard and directed by ex-Saugertesian Stephen W. Tenner, the film is in need of some community support before it can...
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...