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.
SPECIAL EVENT: “Meet & Greet” Artist Reception with Ted Dixon & Sharon Frey @ 12 Vassar Street
Saturday, August 6, 2022 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm / Reception & Hancock Galleries
Ted Dixon and Sharon Frey, two of the artists who are part of the July/August 2022 CHAC Exhibit Series, will host a special “Meet & Greet” Artist Reception on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 1pm to 4pm in the Reception and Hancock Art Galleries at 12 Vassar Street. Admission is free. Ted Dixon Sharon Frey
“TIME & TEXTURES” – Group Art Exhibit featuring Carrie Decker, Joanne Thorne Arnold, and Cheryl McBride in the Hancock Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
May 2, 2022 – June 30, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022 / 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Carrie Decker was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in the Hudson Valley region earning her BA in Art History from SUNY New Paltz. She has been in several shows in New England as well as on the internet. While living in the New England area she worked in technology but continued to volunteer in several museums. After relocating back to Dutchess County, she founded Crazy Over ART on Tour – a non-profit art mobile that brings art to communities with limited access in the creative field. “In my art, I capture genre in interesting objects and familiar places,” explains Ms. Decker. “Different mediums let me explore new chapters of creativity…I am creative first and artist second.” Crazy Over Art on Tour
Joanne Thorne Arnold is an oil painter from Binghamton, NY who specializes in color. Her paintings are a direct response to the natural beauty of the outdoor world usually with a little added twist. “I capture and create the essence of atmosphere by layering colors with rhythmic lines and points,” she remarks. “The sky and the earth are fundamental to my approach…I am drawn to both the morning and evening light with an equal sense of awe and the sky from twilight to dusk always gives me reflection especially when the clouds put on a show.” Ms. Arnold has exhibited her work throughout the United States and is currently represented by the Dryden Gallery in Providence, RI. She has been awarded numerous painting residencies and her works can be found in many public and private collections. The Artwork of Joanne Thorne Arnold
Cheryl McBride is a Long Island art professor whose work is based on data driven responses of societal ills. Inspired by the W.E.B DuBois exhibition at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris, her work is conceptual, thought provoking and invokes conversation. “I consider myself to be a graphic designer and an ‘artivist’, someone who combines art and activism,“ she comments. “It is my hope that I will increase many peoples’ awareness of social inequality as it exists today by offering my artwork as a way to connect to relevant data in a visually meaningful experience.“ Ms. McBride is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Art League of Long Island and has participated in many art exhibitions that include the Patchogue Arts Council/MOCA LI, the Cooperative Gallery 213 (Binghamton, NY), and St. Joseph’s College Long Island’s Women of Color Exhibition (2020).
“SOULFUL RENDITIONS (in turbulent times)” – Solo Art Exhibit featuring Harriet Forman Barrett in the Hallway Art Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street
May 2, 2022 – June 30, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 9 Vassar Street
Harriet Forman Barrett is a multi-disciplined artist whose works of art encompass oil paintings, jewelry design, and sculptures in bronze. Attending the High School of Music and Art in NYC and receiving a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Pratt University, her life work of 52 years has always been about spirituality and the feminine as well as the metamorphosis of a person. “I’ve always worked to provoke conscious thought of our struggles and dualities we endure,” she states. “Each of the artworks, be it jewelry, sculpture, oil paintings, or oil pastels, represents all of the elements encompassing our life struggles and the power within.” Ms. Barrett’s exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, SOULFUL Renditions (in turbulent times), includes poems about her paintings by Maura McMahon O’Meara. Harriet Forman Barrett
“THE WHISPERER OF SECRETS” – Solo Art Exhibit featuring Helena Palazzi in the Reception Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
May 2, 2022 – June 30, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Helena Palazzi is a photographer and mixed media artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia, Umbria. Born in Sweden, she relocated to NYC in 1998 and pursued a career in commercial and fashion photography working with some of the world’s most renowned clients and creatives. Now residing in the Hudson Valley, she owns two studios, Yellow House Production and Art by Helena Palazzi, and regularly participates in several group shows and exhibitions in the area. Ms. Palazzi’s current exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center entitled The Whisperer of Secrets encompasses encaustic photography – an ancient painting technique used by the Greeks in the first through third centuries A.D. “I weave layers of images together with encaustic medium, cold wax, paint and pigments and thus explore the ‘divine feminine’ through my study of runes, Norse art, folklore tales and myths,” she explains. “My artistic journey is somewhere at the confluence of the peeling and adding layers and the seconds ticking away and ties in with my fascination with time, how it is measured and defined and inadvertently leaves an imprint.” art by helena palazzi
Rachel Arielle Kleinman – Solo Art Exhibit, “Color Your World”, in the Hallway Art Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street
March 1, 2022 – April 29, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, March 11, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 9 Vassar Street
Rachel Arielle Kleinman is a local artist in the Hudson Valley whose work has been featured in the Queen City 15 Gallery, Catskill Art Society, and Delaware Valley Arts Alliance as well as the Inside Small Virtual Exhibits, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, and the J. Mane Virtual Gallery. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley region, Ms. Kleinman’s Color Your World exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is an invitation to experience a series of miniature collections of acrylics and watercolors that range from bright, vibrant hues to monochromatic tones. “I have an affinity for landscape and watercolors, but recently been inspired to challenge myself with diverse subject matter and mediums to become a more versatile artist” she remarks.
In addition to painting, Ms. Kleinman is a talented writer, poet and musician with her piece, Hushed, selected for the 2021 Arts Mid Hudson Poets Respond To Art Show and Senescence Of A Star published in the 2021 edition of the Direct Art Magazine. She also authored and illustrated Tesla The Sheltie, a Children’s Book Series based on her dog, Tesla, and has been teaching music for thirteen years in Sullivan County.
Barbara Masterson – Solo Art Exhibit in the Reception and Hancock Galleries @ 12 Vassar Street
March 1, 2022 – April 29, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 2022 / 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Barbara Masterson has been painting her entire life and is steadfast in her belief that “Art is like a serum, transforming its audience for good or ill.” Graduating with an AAS degree in Fine Art from Elizabeth Seton College she continued her education receiving a B.A. degree in Art Education in 1988 and an M.A. degree in painting in 1990 from SUNY New Paltz. In late May of 2015, while painting en plein air on a local farm, Ms. Masterson began incorporating images of the migrant workers in her pieces who, she comments, “often remain unseen and unknown despite their presence in our Valley for many months each year.” Getting to know and then paint them has transformed Ms. Masterson and her artwork. Her large-scale drawings and paintings have transitioned to portraits of these men and women. “If only by their images in my paintings the viewer will come to see these persons for the vital role they have in our lives. As I paint, the play of light has taken my breath away. Migrant workers came into view…they have transformed my vision,” she states.
Ms. Masterson is a member of Arts Mid-Hudson, Barrett House Galleries, Woodstock Art Association, Katonah Museum of Art, and Garrison Art Center. She was one of the founding members and past president of The Real Gallery, an artist cooperative in Cornwall, NY that existed for 20 years, and taught art in the Newburgh district teaching the advanced painting classes, the AP art classes at Newburgh Free Academy until her retirement in 2014. Ms. Masterson has participated in juried, solo, and group shows throughout the United States with many of her pieces in private collections in the United States, Italy, Germany, and Guam.
Barbara Masterson Artist Statement: Art is like a serum, transforming its audience for good or ill. As I paint, the play of light has taken my breath away. Migrant workers came into view. They have transformed my vision. Familiar shapes in fields and orchards, migrant workers toil in the Hudson Valley doing jobs most Americans won’t, earning modest wages, sometimes risking deportation. Hard at work, they summon our attention and invite us to come closer, to see their labor and their humanity. Who are they? Can you see them? It’s possible for society to confer invisibility on a group. It’s convenient; if the group is invisible, we relieve ourselves of concern about health care, working conditions, pesticides, housing, lack of ability to get their own food. What is life is like for them? What role do we play in keeping them unseen? My work can expand our perceptions of these workers. If only by their images in my paintings, the viewer will come to see these persons for the vital role they have in our lives. Barbara Masterson | Hudson Valley Artist
Brett Gehrke – Solo Exhibit it the Hancock Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
January 7, 2022 – February 25, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street – (PLEASE NOTE: Proof of Vaccination and wearing masks required to attend. Refreshments will not be served.)
Brett Gehrke, a Hudson Valley native, is a retired educator who has created illustrations in a variety of media that address a multitude of topics. As a watercolorist, pen and ink artist, and oil landscape painter, he is inspired by spending time outdoors and enjoying nature. “My portraiture is ‘old school’ showing specific moments in time and sometimes the depth of the human soul in a variety of drawing styles…my mind spans several different artistic modes in the creation of these complex detailed images,” Mr. Gehrke explains. “These metamorphic mental meanderings delve deeply into a variety of symbolic colorful images and are meant to be explored and unraveled for meaning and content.” He has also developed a portfolio of humorous graphics depicting his experience as a ski patrol professional in the Catskills that have been featured in the monthly National Ski Patrol Magazine as well as having them licensed for use by the National Canadian Ski Patrol Trainer Center.
Mr. Gehrke holds graduate degrees from SUNY New Paltz. His artwork is in public and private collections and has been exhibited at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and online at Arts Society of Kingston.
Ada Monica Sperling – Solo Exhibit in the Reception Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
January 7, 2022 – February 25, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street – (PLEASE NOTE: Proof of Vaccination and wearing masks required. Refreshments will not be served.)
Ada Monica Sperling is an artist who uses mixed media – pencil, ink, pastel, sepia, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and oil – to showcase a style that encompasses different aspects of herself. “One side is precise and detailed with hyperbolic and fractal forms woven throughout depicting order amid the chaos of the universe….the other is spiritual and esoteric,” she states. “Seeing beyond the world in front of me and my artwork is a meditation wherein ideas emerge from my thoughts and feelings.”
A native of Chile, Ms. Sperling has studied at the School of Fine Arts in Valparaiso as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her artwork has been exhibited at Alliance Francaise (Valparaiso, Chile), Meyer, Strong & Jones (NYC), Kehler-Liddell Gallery (New Haven, CT) and the Barrett Art Center.
Jim Bennett – Solo Exhibit in the Hallway Art Gallery@ 9 Vassar Street
January 7, 2022 – February 25, 2022
Art Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 9 Vassar Street – (PLEASE NOTE: Proof of Vaccination and wearing masks required. Refreshments will not served.)
Jim Bennett is an artist, author, and teacher whose prolific career has spanned five decades. Retiring in 2015 from full-time teaching, he has created notable works of arts in calligraphy, illustration, murals, and portraiture. In 2020, he focused on drawing which included exercises using a minimal number of lines to produce dynamic compositions. His new series of paintings, Luminous Streams – Variations on Four Lines, employ that technique and depict flowing water and blowing wind, musical rhythms, dance, plant and flower growth, breathing, heartbeat, seasons, and astronomical patterns. “I was inspired by a dream,” relays Mr. Bennett. “Perhaps even lost primordial memories – in short, the rhythms of life itself.”
Jim Bennett received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also attended Washington & Lee University, Corcoran School of Arts (Washington, DC), and studied painting with renowned artists Thomas Downing, Gene Davis and James Twitty at the Washington Color School. His artwork has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, Gallery 330, Art Centro, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Arts Mid-Hudson, and the Barrett Art Center. The Beautiful Luminous Art of Bennecelli
Phillip Harris – Solo Exhibit in the Hancock Gallery & Reception Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
November 5, 2021 – December 30, 2021
Art Opening Reception: Friday, November 5 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Phillip Harris is a Poughkeepsie, NY-based painter whose current exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is of landscapes with many of the pieces painted from the same location in the Hudson Valley. Working with diverse and complex techniques, Mr. Harris paints the textural ”spirit “ of the landscape – thick, heavy Impasto surfaces that resonate alongside deep translucent and fluid surfaces – whereby setting up a rich and dynamic contrast. “With places that inspire me, I often spend months at that location,” he explains. ““The landscape mirrors the range of emotions I experience…for me, it is an extension of the Divine and therefore our connection to it. What seems random and out of control really has great order.”
Mr. Harris received his BFA from East Carolina University in 1976 and his MFA from Washington University, St Louis in 1981. He has taught at various universities including Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh. His work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Steinberg Museum (Washington University, St. Louis), The Plains Museum of Art (Minnesota) and “Seven New Artists, Pittsburgh Today” Museum of Art Carnegie Institute, and is included in private collections throughout the country. He has resided in the Hudson Valley for 25 years and moved to the area for its rich history of painting and his love of the landscape. https://www.philharrisarts.com/
Lori Farist – Solo Exhibit in the Hallway Art Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street
November 5, 2021 – December 30, 2021
Art Opening Reception: Friday, November 5 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 9 Vassar Street
Lori Farist is a contemporary abstract and realist painter whose style is a juxtaposition of realism and abstraction that expresses the entirety of the human personality. Her series is a representation of a timeline of women who have helped transformed our country and are a collection of portraitures she simplified into black and white so the colors and shapes speak of the person’s abstract thoughts, ideas, and actions.
Ms. Farist earned her degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Fine Arts in 2002 and has furthered her education by taking classes and workshops to sharpen her skills. Her work has been displayed throughout Upstate New York with a recent piece entitled REDdress (portrait of Debra Haaland, US Secretary of the Interior) winning an Honorable Mention at the show “Portraits” at the Queen City 15 Gallery in Poughkeepsie. She is a member of the Broome County Arts Council and enjoys teaching workshops to share her love of colors, shapes, and representational art which unfolds the many layers of personality that contributes to a person. Ms. Farist lives and works in Upstate New York. https://www.facebook.com/lfarist
Dave King – Solo Exhibit in the Hallway Art Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street
September 3, 2021 – October 29, 2021
Art Opening Reception: Friday, September 10 / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm @ 9 Vassar Street
Dave King is a multi-disciplined photographer who has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1982. His photographs beautifully capture the scenic splendor of the flora, fauna and rural landscapes of the area as well as distinct landmarks and famous locations ranging from historic buildings and lighthouses to the quaint main streets of it’s towns and villages. His photographs also include urban scenery and varied sights of NYC, his beloved childhood “hometown”.
Mr. King’s photographs have been exhibited at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Bannerman Island Gallery, Millbrook Winery’s Art In The Loft, Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery, and the Barrett Art Center along with other Hudson Valley galleries and businesses.
Donna Faranda – Solo Exhibit in the Hancock Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
September 3, 2021 – October 29, 2021
Art Opening Reception: Friday, September 10 / 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Donna Faranda is a painter and printmaker whose work has been exhibited throughout the NY metropolitan area as well as nationally and internationally. Through her artwork she “seeks to open the doors and allow the viewer to enter into a deeper level where wisdom and metaphor can reveal a vast new world beyond the surface.” Seeking not only to render the interaction of colors as she creates images, Ms. Faranda explores elements of the female psyche and incorporates images of classic women with objects of nature. “Working with an unlimited palette, my pointillist pieces come to life helping me to construct a drama consisting of reflections of women’s inner stories and I try to illustrate through my paintings their innate nobleness, revealing the instinctive nature that resides within them.”
Ms. Faranda has exhibited at Barrett Art Center, Artios Gallery, Manhattans, Upstream Gallery in Hastings, and at the Arts Mid-Hudson galleries. In addition to her group shows at BAU Gallery, The Mamaroneck Art Center, the Howland Cultural Center and College of New Rochelle Gallery, to name a few, she has presented her work in solo exhibits at Westchester Community College – Center for Digital Art, Union Street Gallery in Chicago, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery. Along with being the winner of the Stellar Art Award from California’s Digital Arts juried online show, she won Best in Show in the online juried show sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists in 2016 and most recently was awarded best in Digital Art at the Artios’ Gallery United in Art exhibit. Ms. Faranda has been published in the ASCO Expressions of Hope Calendar, Eli Lily Oncology on Canvas, the Novartis/Creative Center calendar, The New York Times – Westchester Weekly Section and Westchester Magazine Online. She resides in Dutchess County, NY. Donna Faranda (micro-pointillism.com
Karl Schmitz presents PALIMPSESTS in the Reception Room Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street
August 6, 2021 – October 29, 2021
Art Opening Reception – Friday, August 6 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar
The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is pleased to present Karl Schmitz in the Reception Room Gallery at 12 Vassar Street. His exhibit, PALIMPSESTS, overlay underlying initial images with contrasting patterns to achieve visual complexity and can be viewed until October 29, 2021.
Karl Schmitz is a Poughkeepsie, NY artist, musician, and writer whose works have been exhibited in solo shows at Cunneen-Hackett Art Center, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie Common Council Chambers, and Locust Grove Estate. http://www.kdschmitz.com/
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