Our three galleries – The Hallway Gallery located at 9 Vassar Street, and the Hancock Gallery and the Reception Room Gallery located at 12 Vassar Street – feature works from local and regional artists. All proceeds from artwork sales help both the artist and the Cunneen-Hackett Art Center.
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents Liliana Washburn in the Hancock Gallery – 12 Vassar Street
July 9 – August 31, 2021
Art Opening Reception – Friday, July 9 / 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Ms. Washburn is slated to be at the Hancock Gallery to greet visitors on July 16, July 31, August 6, and 27 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This exhibit will be on display during the CHAC Is Back! A Summer Arts & Crafts Fair taking place on Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Liliana Washburn is a Brazilian born internationally acclaimed artist who uses inks and acrylics for her imaginative and eclectic line drawings on Yupo paper. Graduating from SUNY New Paltz with Summa Cum Laude honors in Visual Arts, Ms. Washburn has participated in two residencies abroad – one at The Brashnar Creative Project in the Northern Republic of Macedonia and another at Goluchow in Poland where she honed her drawing style technique. “Inks and acrylics are my main media, but I am constantly learning new things and experimenting with new materials…much of my imagination and artistic styles evolve from that,” she relays. “Emotions are my main subject matter and I call my work human-nature because it is human nature to express all feelings and to share them which allows us to connect to each other.” https://lwashburn.com/
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents Ellen Perantoni in the Hallway Art Gallery – 9 Vassar Street
July 6 – August 31, 2021
Art Opening Reception – Friday, July 9 / 4:30 pm to 7 pm @ 9 Vassar Street
This exhibit will be on display during the CHAC Is Back! A Summer Arts & Crafts Fair taking place on Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Ellen Perantoni, a renowned artist listed in AskArt, is a celebrant of Hudson River School painting who has studied at the Woodstock School of Art taking classes with master painter Hong-Nian Zhang, the Thomas Cole House and Olana, home of Frederick E. Church. She is an NYU graduate whose artistic sensibility and technique sojourns through the gateway of the actual into the realm of the spiritual and inspirational meditation. Her upcoming exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center will encompass prints and oil paintings inspired by views of the Hudson River, pastoral vistas, and the panoramas, waterfalls and intimate forest scenes of the Catskills as well as paintings of the red rock region of Sedona, Arizona. “I am fascinated by transitions in the weather and time of day which can be so dramatic like a thunderstorm approaching on a summer afternoon, a sunset, the atmospheric change of seasons or from rivers to higher elevations in the Catskills,” she states. “I hike and drive in search of inspiring views to obtain my goal of art that employs realism as a gateway to the sublime and I often eliminate man-made features from the scenes I paint to revert to the natural state of things.” A participant in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, Ms. Perantoni’s work has been acquired by the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA and private collectors. https://www.artwanted.com/EllenPerantoni
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents Onaje Benjamin, Suzanne Rees and Erin Sullivan in the Reception Room Gallery – 12 Vassar Street
July 1 – July 31, 2021
These exhibits will be on display during the CHAC Is Back! A Summer Arts & Crafts Fair taking place on Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Onaje Benjamin is a photographer whose work reflects a passion for social justice and activism. His images range from street taggers and muralist to portraits of street people and the structural and architectural evolution symbolizing gentrification and the uprooting of disenfranchised communities. They also capture urban settings and the cultural and artistic tensions that evolve in these rapidly changing environments. He is the owner of Ujamaa Studios whose mission is to support the work of historically disenfranchised artists especially those incarcerated in America’s system of mass incarceration.
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Suzanne Rees combines painting and collage to create interior spaces that can feel inchoate and elemental like weather or music. Using various papers and different ways of mark making, she builds her paintings in a kind of call and response. Just as she purposely truncates the space, not allowing it to become real or rendered, she does the same to the images, stopping them before they become something recognizable, containing them in the suggestive. Suzanne earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design and a MFA from Maryland Institute School of Art/ Rinehart School of Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in and around the Hudson Valley. https://www.suzannerees.com/
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Erin Sullivan is a creative artist currently living in Poughkeepsie, NY. She loves playing in different mediums from watercolor and encaustic to acrylic and writing. In her work, she uses an intuitive approach to capture a feeling, mood, aura, or moment.https://erinsullivan.love/
2021 Poughkeepsie Gently re-Opening Studios Tour
June 19 & 20, 2021
The Poughkeepsie Open Studios will once again resume their “in person” tours for 2021 on Father’s Day Weekend – June 19 & 20 – but on a much smaller scale. Visit Poughkeepsie Open Studios or Poughkeepsie Open Studios Facebook for the complete roster of participants and locations.
The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center will be among those art organizations, galleries and studios participating. Photographer Barbara Todd will be displaying her work in the Hallway Gallery and interdisciplinary artist Shirley Parker-Benjamin in Suite 26 at 9 Vassar Street from 1 pm to 5 pm. At 12 Vassar will be Andres San Millan in the Hancock Gallery to the right of the entrance doors to the VBI Theatre building and to the left of the doors in the Reception Room Gallery will be Onaje Benjamin, Suzanne Rees, and Erin Sullivan from 1 pm to 5 pm.
In The Galleries at Cunneen-Hackett
Hallway Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street: Barbara Todd – Barbara is a locally born and raised photographic and digital artist whose work has been described as “painterly”, sometimes “romantic” or “dramatic” and is sometimes noted for its unusual light. Her interest in unusual light is influenced by her growing up in her cherished Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley school of painters. https://barbaratodd.zenfolio.com/
Suite 26 @ 9 Vassar Street: Shirley Parker-Benjamin – Shirley is an interdisciplinary artist working in mixed media, assemblage, installation, sculpture and writer. Her work has been shown at Kleinart James Art Center and Varga Gallery in Woodstock, New York , Long Island Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Unframed Gallery in New Paltz, New York and Aurora Healing Arts in Brooklyn, New York as well as in Havana, Cuba. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of Ezili Sacred Arts.
Hancock Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street: Andres San Millan – Andres is a multifaceted artist whose talent encompasses being a figure and portrait painter, sculptor, dancer, choreographer, actor, director, set designer, and teacher. He studied with dancer Alvin Nikolais and co-founded the Cocoon Theatre with his wife, Marguerite. His endeavors include working on several street performances involving community artists and a large visual work of a model for the Wheaton Park Bridge Project. http://www.figureartscape.com/
Reception Room Gallery @12 Vassar Street: Onaje Benjamin – Onaje is a photographer whose work reflects a passion for social justice and activism. His images ranges from street taggers and muralist to portraits of street people and the structural and architectural evolution symbolizing gentrification and the uprooting of disenfranchised communities. They also capture urban settings and the cultural and artistic tensions that evolve in these rapidly changing environments. He is the owner of Ujamaa Studios whose mission is to support the work of historically disenfranchised artists especially those incarcerated in America’s system of mass incarceration.
Reception Room Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street: Suzanne Rees – Suzanne combines combine painting and collage to create interior spaces that can feel inchoate and elemental like weather or music. Using various papers and different ways of mark making, she builds her paintings in a kind of call and response. Just as she purposely truncates the space, not allowing it to become real or rendered, she does the same to the images, stopping them before they become something recognizable, containing them in the suggestive. Suzanne Rees she earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design and a MFA from Maryland Institute School of Art/ Rinehart School of Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in and around the Hudson Valley. https://www.suzannerees.com/
Reception Room Gallery @12 Vassar Street: Erin Sullivan – Erin is a creative artist currently living in Poughkeepsie, NY. She loves playing in different mediums from watercolor and encaustic to acrylic and writing. In her work, she uses an intuitive approach to capture a feeling, mood, aura, or moment. https://erinsullivan.love/
DiMarco Sisters Show
9 Vassar Street Hall Gallery – February 7 to March 28, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Friday, February 7 from 5:00 pm to 8:oo pm
Winter Photography Group Exhibition 12/2/19 – 1/31/20
Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative Presents Julia Whitney Barnes “BOTONY of Poughkeepsie” Opening Reception: Friday October 4th 5:00-8:00 pm VBI Galleries – 12 Vassar St.
Poughkeepsie Open Studios
Poughkeepsie Open Studios is a free, self-guided tour of the Poughkeepsie, New York area.
Visit private working artist studios, temporary “pop-up” artist spaces and gallery exhibits, nestled in and around the historic buildings of our City. Plan adequate time for some poetry, literature, history, food, historical tours, artistic demonstrations and public participation activities.
Logan Nichols show: Poughkeepsie Open Studios.
L. Nichols is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, sign painter, educator, and sometime blacksmith. L.’s work has appeared in the Village Voice, Gilt Taste, the Atlantic, the Zinester’s Guide to NYC, SMITH Magazine, the Nib, and the anthologies ‘QU33R’ and ‘We’re Still Here’, amongst others. He is the co-publisher of the award-nominated comics quarterly, ‘Ley Lines’. His graphic novel ‘Flocks’ was released September 2018 to critical acclaim and is his memoir of growing up queer/trans in the evangelical rural south. Drawing upon his MIT engineering experience, he frequently utilizes the language of science, math, and engineering as a metaphor in his work.
Visual Poets of Poughkeepsie: Needle & Thread
Paul Kmiotek Art Opening Reception
Award Winning Pen and Ink Artwork by Paul Kmiotek
Like most kids, I started drawing at a very young age. One of my earliest memories is of drawing a picture of my father with his hair straight up and flat on the top (the epitomy of style back then). I continued to draw (mostly cars and monsters) through high school, and into the years following graduation (mostly flyers for my band at the time – The Torpedos). But in all of that time, I’d never taken any formal lessons. I consider this to be a clear case of nature over nurture, as my father is an incredibly gifted watercolor artist.
After high school (and a couple of misspent years in college) I began my first career – as a draftsman – and after several years toiling at that, I began my second career – as a zookeeper. During this time, my talents were utilized by my employers – illustrating operations manuals for the former, designing enclosures, graphics, and t-shirts for the latter – and usually for very little money. Recently, I decided that maybe it was time to start up Kmiotek Art Works, and try to put my alleged talents to work for myself.
Although I’ve drawn a few cityscapes, the subjects of most of my artwork are naturalistic – either animals or landscapes; themes that appeal to my lifelong love of nature. I’ve worked in several media; pastels (too smudgy), watercolor (too runny), pencil (not dark enough), etc., but I like pen and ink the best. Although it’s not a very forgiving technique, I’m drawn to its permanence and depth.
I consider myself to be kind of an illusionist. By simply scribbling, in a process of tightly controlled chaos, on a blank piece of paper with a fine-point pen, I can trick the observer’s eye into seeing what I want it to see; a jaguar peering from beneath a bush, a barn falling into disrepair, two men chatting on the street, etc.
My work has been displayed, among other places, at the Ridgewood Art Institute, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, the Belle Levine Art Center, The Flywheel Gallery, and the Lake Carmel Arts Center. I’ve been commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Aerco International, The Komodo Dragon Species Survival Plan, and The Wildlife Care Center of Belize. I currently live in the Hudson Valley, New York, with my beautiful wife and two awesome children.
Some of my artwork can be viewed on my website: www.sites.google.com/site/kmiotekartworks
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Oil Paintings by Carl Grauer
April 5, 2019 Opening Reception (5:00 to 8:00 pm)
Show runs through 4/28/19
Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative will present Oil Paintings by Carl Grauer at the Cocoon/ Cunneen Gallery on 12 Vassar St. A series of almost 200 2 hour portraits that tell the portraiture history and process of Mr. Grauer in the Reception gallery room and Paintings on the subject of Judy Gartland and the Wizard of Oz in the Hancock gallery room. In addition and starting at 4 pm (the opening is 5 to
below, ‘Kevin’ by Carl Grauer
Pamela Krimsky’s show
Opening Reception on Friday 3/1 from 5-7 pm and the show runs through 4/12
Music and Dance
Cunneer-Hackett arts center
9 vassar street,
poughkeepsie, ny, 12601
Tuesday Feb. 19– Friday April 12, 2019
FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2019
light refreshments will be served
web address: pamkrimskyfinearts.com
on Music and Dance Paintings
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center9 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Feb. 19th – April 12th, 2019
Pamela Krimsky’s show on “Music & Dance”
Location: 9 Vassar
Title: Pamela Krimsky’s show on “Music & Dance”
Date: Opening Reception 3/1 – April 12th.
Time: 5-7 pm
Monica Church and Sean Hemmerle’s exhibit “Neighbors”
Location: 12 Vassar galleries
Title: Monica Church and Sean Hemmerle’s exhibit “Neighbors”
Date: Opening Reception 3/1 – 3/31, 2019 from 5-8 pm
Mon-Sat 1-5pm and by appointment only
For futhur information please contact Andrew San Milan (845) 663-6273
Holly Pierce Photography Show
“An Uncommon Angle”, a photography exhibit by Holly A. Pierce now through February 15th. Artist’s Reception Saturday 1/12/19 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at 9 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie.
An Uncommon Angle
I think we all often fall into a routine of how we see things in life. Ordinary everyday elements, objects, and places can become virtually invisible to our daily perception.
I wanted to challenge myself and look at things not as just an ordinary object, but a potential piece of extraordinary art or sculpture. To see it as an element, rich with beauty, texture, color, content and shape.
As a photographer, and also a trained graphic designer, I seek to combine both these disciplines in how I approach the familiar. I do this by working to incorporate a dynamic “graphic” design view, through positioning, focus and framing; carefully choosing what to include, or not, in the viewfinder prior to taking the image. And again, to see the object beyond the norm; to see it as art.
This gathering of images is not just about an uncommon angle as a perspective (literally) but, also the uncommon angle of an adjusted view point on the everyday.
It is my hope and desire to challenge you, the viewer, to be repositioned and allow yourself to see a “common” object from an “uncommon” angle
You in Everything
Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative presents Luminaries
Art reception on Thursday 12/13 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Cocoon Theatre presents Crossing The Line by Amy Trumpetter
Poughkeepsie First Friday
This is “Poughkeepsie First Friday” which means there is an art opening and reception in the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center 12 Vassar Street galleries from 5 -8 pm presented by Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative: “Windows: Shrinking and Abstract” by Cathy Schmitz & Karl Schmitz.