Date: April 2- May 31, 2018
Time: TBA

Penny Dell

April 2- May 31, 2018

Hall Gallery at 9 Vassar St.

A b o u t P e n n y  D e l l

Educated at Simmons College in Boston and City College and Lehman College in New York, Penny Dell was born in Mexico and lived there until she was thirteen. The artist Francisco Dos Amantes and the zoomorphic figures of Aztec friezes influenced her early work. Dell studied art at the Triveni Kala Sangam Akademi in New Delhi as well as other art centers. She was a bi-lingual teacher in the New York City schools.

 For many years she taught printmaking and cartooning to adults and children at the Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest and at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford. She also presented Polaroid and other image transfer  workshops at the Hunterdon Museum, The Printmaking Center, Soho Photo,  Rockland Center for the Arts, and other organizations in the New York metropolitan area. 

As the former Director of the Gallery and Special Projects at OCCC, Curator at the Williams Center for the Arts, as well as at the Haworth Municipal Library she put together hundreds of exhibitions.


Her prize-winning prints, hand-made artist’s books and paintings have been exhibited widely, winning numerous prizes. She has been honored with residencies at the Woman’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale NY in 2003 and 2008  and at the Vermont StudioCenter in 2004 and 2008. On the Board of the National Association of Women Artists, she served as President from 2005-2007.




Simmons College, Boston, MA:

City College, NYC and Lehman College, Bronx NY Graduate Credits 1970-1975

Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, Demarest, NJ

Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India, 1981 (6 months)

Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ                     


Artist Statement

My latest work recycles patterns from the interiors of security envelopes — pattern against pattern. Some are collaged onto woodcut or monoprint backgrounds and integrated into work reminiscent of patchwork quilts. 

Date: April 6, 2018
Time: 5-8pm

The Cocoon Theatre Presents: Evocative Fragments

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 5- 6 pm

Franc Palaia: Cuban Murals

Location: 12 Vassar St

Date: May 3 – June 30, 2018

Opening Reception, Thursday, May 3, 5- 6 pm to be followed by an artist’s talk on Cuban Murals and Street Art in the theater from 6:30-7:30pm. Refreshments provided by the Barrett Art Center. This exhibit will be part of the Poughkeepsie Open Studios on June 16 & 17, 2018


For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018

The Cunneen Hackett Art Center, the Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative and the Barrett Art Center are proud to announce a solo show by award winning photographer and muralist, FRANC PALAIA

When: May 3 – June 30, 2018,
Opening Reception, Thursday, May 3, 5- 6pm to be followed by an artist’s talk on Cuban Murals and Street Art in the theater from 6:30-7:30pm. Refreshments provided by the Barrett Art Center.

This exhibit will be part of the Poughkeepsie Open Studios on June 16 & 17, 2018.

Where: The Cunneen Hackett Art Center, 12 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 845-486-5471, Hours: Friday – Sunday, 1-5pm and by appointment.

What & Who: FRANC PALAIA will present a sampling of his photographic series on Cuban Murals and Street Art. The show includes an unorthodox combination of manipulated color photographs of Cuban street art Mashed-Up with street art from other countries and states such as Italy, Sardinia, New Jersey and other locations. The show will fill both theater galleries and will consist of mixed media photo-works that are highly manipulated with paint, collage, sanded surfaces, cut and torn and finally presenting

them on odd shaped plywood and cement board mounts. Palaia will debut two new large free -standing two-sided photo sculptural works as well. A Power Point talk on this series by the artist will follow the opening in the theater at 6:30pm -7:30pm.

Mr. Palaia is an accomplished multi-media artist with an extensive record of hundreds of solo and group exhibitions on four continents. Some of his exhibits include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, the Whitney Museum Annex, Newark Museum, The High Museum of Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum, the New Museum, PS 1, Exit Art, OK Harris gallery, Artists Space, Fundacio Salvador Dali in Spain, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the International Urban Art Fair in Paris, Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Italy, Vassar College, Center for Photography in Woodstock, the Jersey City Museum, the Neon Museum in LA, Grounds for Sculpture and the White House.

He is a recipient of 21 grants, fellowships and residencies in several categories; they include photography, murals, sculpture, public art, artists books, and curating and they include the Rome Prize, L. Comfort Tiffany grant, two Polaroid Sponsorships, a Puffin Foundation grant, Rutgers

Printmaking grant, Ludwig-Vogelstein grant, three NYFA grants, three Executive Arts Awards, three Dutchess County Arts Council grants, two New Jersey Arts Council grants among others.

His artworks are in many public collections that include the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Newark and Montclair Museums, Johnson & Johnson’s, Prudential Insurance, Kean University, Robert Wood Medical Center to name a few. In 2017 Franc’s photographs were featured in the film, “Shadowman” by Oren Jacoby and was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hi murals have appeared in feature films and NBC TV. For more information contact: Franc Palaia 845-505-3123,

Date: May 7th to June 12th, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 pm 




Past, Present, Future

May 7th to June 12th, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, May 10th from 5 to 7 pm 




Basha Ruth Nelson 



 “…I’m delighted to be able to have your portfolio in our files…”  wrote renowned architect Cesar Pelli



Sculptor and installation artist Basha Ruth Nelson received her Master of Arts Degree from New York University [NYU]. Her sculptures and works on paper are exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and are held in public and private collections including the Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art [HVCCA]/Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill, NY; Woodstock Artists Association and Museum [WAAM], Woodstock, NY; Brooklyn Art Library, NY; Coral Springs Museum & Cultural Center, Coral Springs, FL; New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, NYC; Woodstock Historical Society, Woodstock, NY; US Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas.


Her solo exhibitions include the Noho Gallery, 60 Washington Square East Galleries and the Julio Valdez Project Space in New York City, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY, The Desanti Plaza Public Sculpture Project, Hartsdale, NY, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY, Pritzker Studio & Gallery, Highland NY, Flemington Gallery of the Arts, Flemington, NJ and US Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas. Group exhibits in Florida include North Miami Museum and Art Center, Continuum Gallery, Grove House, in Palm Beach and Norton Gallery & Museum of the Palm Beaches. In New York, the Woodstock Historical Society, Woodstock, Akin Museum, Pawling and Hammond Museum, North Salem. Among international group exhibits, her work was showcased at the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Biennale in Florence, Italy, the Matinee Art Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas and Procida, Italy.


Awards include the Lorenzo Il Magnifico Sculpture Award from the Biennale in Florence, Italy and the Welfred McGibben from the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, FL. Her work was published in The Sourcebook of Architectural & Interior Art, 20th Edition; New Art International; Gallery Guide; Who’s Who in American Art (since 1991); numerous newspapers and magazines from local to international. She lives in Ulster County and her studio is at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory in Poughkeepsie, NY.







Past, Present, Future

its abstract idea, its concrete necessity in current times.


Basha Ruth Nelson creates art as an integral way to make visible her feelings about freedom and to find those feelings in others. Nelson presents this exhibit in search and discovery of thoughts, feelings, and emotions both personal and social.
She separates the materials in her work from their common uses, thrusting them into new relationships, new concepts; making rules and breaking them.   
Nelson invites visitors to be active participants within her art installation by expressing her own experiences, their ideas and dreams of freedo.  By inviting people to be creators with her, she breaches the wall between artist and viewer.


She opens the dialogue around the past, present and future of freedom.

What happened? What did we learn? What do we do?

We say, “never again” … instead let’s say “never again” and…this is what I can do.


One person at a time,

One action at a time

Creation a better world.


Creating our Freedom Story.