Our 2 galleries feature works from local and regional artists. Each exhibit normally runs for 6 weeks. Most exhibits are sale/showings, with Cunneen-Hackett receiving 25% of the proceeds. The “Hallway Gallery” at #9 Vassar street is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and the “Reception Room Gallery” at #12 Vassar street is open week-ends. Both are open by appointment.
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.
Cunneen Hackett Art Gallery
12 Vassar St.
Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative…
will present drawings, paintings and sculptures
of Woodstock based artist Rita Sherry
From August 3 to the 26th
Please join us for the opening reception
Friday August 3, 5 to 8pm,
and August 24th for a closing
with poetry reading
by the artist and friends
Fri-2 to 5 pm
Sat & Sun 1 to 5 pm
or by appointment.
for further information contact Andres San Millan:
firstname.lastname@example.org 845 663-6273
Gallery: STAATS FASOLDT & CAROLYN EDLUND
Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative
presents the work of
Carolyn Edlund and
from July 6 – 29
Fri- 2 to 5 pm Sat & Sun 1 to 5 pm or by appointment.
Anna Sergeeva: The Space Station & Floral Photography
An Exhibit through July
Anna Sergeeva: The Space Station & Floral Photography
July 6th #FirstFriday
“Floral Photography” and “The Space Station”
The Tyan-Shan Highland Research Station in Kazakhstan belonging to the P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics was started in 1958 when countries fought for priority in the space and research. Being first in the cosmic race was very important. The purpose of the station is to investigate cosmic rays and their wide range of energies both astrophysical and nuclear; their physical aspects, their interactions, and accompanying phenomena. Most scientists named this place Space Station.
In 1990’s most of the scientists who were working on the project were sent on leave without pay (due to the economic shortages of the period). In 2011 was launched a unique installation named Horisont. The device is more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider. This device has made great contributions to the world of science and taken research of the highest-energy particles to a new level.
Anna Sergeeva is a freelance photographer currently based in New York. She specializes in editorial, news, feature and sports assignments. Anna has covered assignments during the Sochi Winter Olympics for RIA Novosti Agency in 2014, IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships 2016 for Getty Images and worked for Adidas. Her works have been published in different magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Polska and China NewsWeek, Russian Reporter, RBK, The Players Tribune, BBC News, The Score, CBC Sports, NHL, The Hockey News, PyeongChang Olympic news and others.
Freedom Story exhibit
Past, Present, FutureMay 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.
Franc Palaia: Cuban Murals
Location: 12 Vassar St
Date: May 3 – June 30, 2018
Opening Reception, Thursday, May 3, 5- 7 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- 7pm 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,
The Cocoon Theatre Presents: Evocative Fragments
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
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.
LAS MAJAS (kill the virgin)
Gallery: Christina Kading and Arianna Sufka
12 Vassar Street-Christina Kading and Arianna Sufka.
Opening Reception is Saturday Dec 2nd at 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in partnership with Cocoon Theatre presents the world of acclaimed artist Tarryl Gabel
November 17 to December 31st with an Opening Reception Friday November 17 at 6:00 pm with musical accompaniment by The Ben Basile Jazz Duo.
Gallery hours Fri-Sun 1-5 pm, during theater events and by appointment. Call Curator Damon Crumb 845 287-3014 for more information.
Location: 12 Vassar St
Arianna Sofka is a student at SUNY New Paltz studying Anthropology. She’s connected her interest in osteology and floral growth with her passion for art, using mediums sicu as ink, pencil and watercolor.
Gallery: Michael Anzalone
Michael Anzalone Gallery Showing: 9/30-12/31/17
Reception Date: Receptions on Saturday 10/28 from 5-7 pm AND on Sunday 10/29 from 2-4 pm
Location: Hall gallery at 9 Vassar
Michael Anzalone will be displaying his beautiful artwork in the hall gallery at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center located at 9 Vassar Street. Among Michael’s many talents, he works in the wardrobe department at Saturday Night Live. His showing will be up September 30 through December. Artist Reception date to meet the artist is Saturday October 28th at 5:00 pm! All art sales benefit the artist and Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center.
Death and Rebirth – An Artist Statement by Michael Anzalone
I’ve always had a conditional response to New York Winters. The darker hours and gray skies change the landscape and the indoor air makes me want to hibernate. Then the seasons change and Spring like hope is eternal, life continues. I started painting this Spring at the first signs of color from mother earth. Whispering Spring became the trajectory for my summer and this exhibit. The Heather Gardens of Fort Tryon Park is an oasis overlooking the New Jersey Palisades on the Hudson River and home. Here nature has a timeless consciousness that creates its own beauty into form. I always work from life. I paint in the way that nature expresses itself to me and this is why some of my work is representational and some abstract. This exhibit evolved in my home and in the atelier studio space of The Arts Students League of New York. My canvases were painted using my drawings, photographs and memory. As an addition to these 2017 works on canvas I am presenting Plein Air watercolors of the same subject from 2014.
As nature has expressed itself to me, art makes a personal statement public.
Karen Gersch for the #12 Vassar St Gallery exhibition
Karen Gersch for the #12 Vassar St Gallery exhibition forSept. 5 through Oct. 19th
DUAL EXHIBITION at Cunneen-Hackett
by Karen E. Gersch
Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017
“Ruins of War”
Sadly, the connective tissue of war – ANY war = or act of terrorism, genocide,
conscious violence against a culture, a community, an ethnicity; still prevails and still
shatters us on a daily basis. The obliteration of and damage to lives and families, whole
neighborhoods and races, creates pain, destruction and unfathomable loss. The world orbits
in ignited fury.
Global leaders cannot or do not seek intervention, curative actions, pragmatic
solutions. The wounded and slain have no voices and little means of recovery, let alone
restitution. I have no answers. No blueprints for healing or stopping the evil that causes one
society to assault another. I can only offer portraits of wounded lives and the smoldering
aftermath. An insight into what remains when the smoke and ashes of fallen cities, lands
and people, dissipate.
If only, as John Lennon sang, we could “give peace a chance”.
Karen E. Gersch
DUAL EXHIBITION at Cunneen-Hackett
by Karen E. Gersch
Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017
There are people who liken circus to chaos and pandemonium. One often hears – in
instances of frenetic activity – that a situation is “just like a circus”. It’s really an unfair
reference. Circus is the most precise and orderly world I know.
Having traveled with, performed in and chronicled – through sketches and paint – the
lives and spirits of its denizens for forty years, I can attest that circus artists and their acts
are as finely tuned, disciplined and practiced as any surgical, engineering or military
endeavor. Even better, circus is a universal art form. There are no barriers to appreciating
its beauty and mystique; neither age, language, ethnicity nor religion.
I recall an old episode of the Mod Squad, whose closing line still haunts me: “Men go
to the moon and wonder. Children go to the circus and understand”.
Welcome to my favorite place – the round world – where flight, risk and comedy
pirouette. From the back lot to the center ring, it’s an empire full of visual heroism and
grace. While its artists possess a vitality that seems superhuman, their movements and skills
In the early 80’s, I toured southern France with a small, one-ring tented show. My
moonlit portraits of that “sleeping circus” depict a life that seems to hover in mist, gentle as
dreams. But the quietude outside the tent always struck me in contrast to the fiery energy
within. Between sequins and sawdust, there always swings a visual impact of color, line and
light. From the communion of acrobats midway in flight to the complex simplicity of
clowns. From the moment before an aerialist descends to the jubilant balance of dancers on
It is this suspense and magic I strive to capture. To depict not just the craft, but to
invoke the power and passion that makes circus such a vital entity. Any circus, well presented,
will lift its audience out of their seats and into its charged air. I hope that these
artworks will do the same.
Karen E. Gersch
Liliana Washburn’s Paintings
Born in Brazil and living in New York, Liliana Washburn’s paintings are intuitive and surrealistic evoking in the viewer a sense of mystery and fantasy. Through a collection of works she calls: “Human Nature” she invites the viewer to a journey into the subconscious mind. For five years she owned and operated The Pawling Printery a print shop in the Village of Pawling in New York. That experience gave her the knowledge of commercial print and graphic design leading her to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts. In 2007, she received a scholarship from Vassar Collage: Exploring Vassar Transfer. In 2012, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz being awarded the “Summa Cum Laude” Latin Honors. In 2016, she attended her first residency in Poland. She is the holder of 2016 Pawling Public Radio Award Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. and it is part of several private collections, Her early artistic expression consisted of: building kites she flew in kite competitions, create cake design decorations and cloth flower arrangements. She also worked as a trade fair coordinator for Reliance America in Brazil. There, she received a BA in Licentiate in Letters and a BS in Computer Science. She has visited several countries including: Egypt, Spain, Austria, and France among others. She likes to be called “Lili” her nickname since childhood. She is a resident of Holmes, New York where she lives near a lake with her husband of fifteen years.
My desire is to bring beauty and happiness into people’s life.
Art is therapeutic. It has the power of healing the most profound wounds and promoting insight. Through colorful water-media, I express my deepest emotions.
I paint because it makes me feel happy. It is my hope that when you look at my work, we can share that moment of happiness.
Singer-Songwriter / Multi-Instrumentalist
Touring continues in support of Patti’s 1/8/16 CD release, her sixth full length album, ‘Ulterior Motives’!
Patti’s first book is here, ‘Extra Awesome’, the ultimate multimedia rock n roll journal! Now available at Barnes and Noble online http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/extra-awesome-patricia-l-rothberg/1122726616#productInfoTabs www.pattirothberg.com and all shows and signings!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Patti Rothberg’s recording career goes back to 1996, with her debut on EMI Records, ‘Between the 1 and the 9’, which refers to the time she spent performing in New York City’s 14th Street subway station. The title track relates some of her experiences, when EMI executive discovered Patti performing there. Seemingly overnight, Patti Rothberg achieved the kind of worldwide success one could only dream of. Critically acclaimed, Between the 1 and the 9 was an instant hit, and remains a timeless classic. The success of Between the 1 and the 9 had Patti touring quite non-stop from 1996 through 1997, and into 1998. She toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
While Patti promoted the record on the road, the song “Inside” reached #25 on Billboard in America, while in Europe, the song “Treat Me Like Dirt” went all the way to #1. A cover of “Kung Fu Fighting” was featured in the 1997 release of Beverly Hills Ninja, and her song “Forgive Me” was featured in the 1998 film The Misadventures of Margaret.
Taking some time from the road, Patti followed her success with the release of Candelabra Cadabra (Cropduster 2002) and Double Standards (Megaforce 2008). This was an intense writing period for Patti, and she found herself working with vocalist Andre Blacksugar, contributing songs and vocals to his Black Sugar Transmission record titled Use It, released in 2009.
Overnight Sensation is the title of Patti’s 2011 release, reuniting her for the first time with Between the 1 and the 9 producer, Dave Greenberg, the product of their reunion yielding a pop powerhouse. It was Rothberg’s beautifully emotive voice, and brilliant songwriting, coupled with Greenberg’s melodic pop sensibility and production, that were the backbone of this magical recording, reminiscent of the undeniably infectious melodies and intelligent lyrics that first put Patti on the charts in 1996.
Rothberg’s 2013 release, her fifth studio album, ‘Black Widow’, explores moody and melodic , piano based acoustic pop, and signature guitar rock, marking a first time collaboration with producer, Lyle Puente, generating this unique, seamless brand of music.
From the basement studio called “Off White Trash” Records, comes Patti Rothberg’s January 2016 release, ‘Ulterior Motives’, her 6th full length album. Patti mixes styles and metaphor, fast paced rock and pathos to bring both guitar driven hard rock and melodic piano. Accompanied solely by preceeding album’s producer engineer and drum programmer Lyle Puente, Patti plays every instrument, whatever it called for, bringing us another melodic, lyrical listen, exploring vintage sounds such as a nod to indie band “Ratcat” on the song “Brainwash”, and the stripped down “Harlemonica”, which is a tribute to her life’s path. Ulterior Motives shows us a honed songwriting craft, from the very raw to the epic “Hollywood Ending”.
Sean Lynch: artwork will be displayed
located in the hall gallery at 9 Vassar St starting 4/14-6/9.
He now lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with his wife and two sons.
His paintings reflect his interest in capturing light and shadow, and the juxtaposition between architecture and the natural world. Most of his recent work has been executed in oils on paper or board, a style of painting he got comfortable with while studying to be an illustrator. In recent years, however, Sean has shifted to working on canvas, which enables him to work on a larger scale. The work is based on photographs that he takes of subjects that interest him. He may be drawn to a subject for the simple reason that is its an intriguing building in a beautiful setting or for the shadows that fall on it at the time, or for the combination of shapes and textures in the scene. He uses the photographs as starting point but likes to simplify, edit and add elements that will make the image more compelling. Through his work, he aims to take the viewer with him to this particular time and place.
Celebrate: Women’s History Month
Opening Reception Thurs. March 9th, 5-7pm
Celebrate: Women’s History Month
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s galleries at 9 & 12 Vassar St. with an eclectic collection of female artists displaying and selling their artwork. The local artists receive 75% of the proceeds and the Arts Center 25%. This is a great way to show your support and contribute to the arts community. The galleries are open during weekend performances and M-F, 9-5 by appointment.
email@example.com Melissa Fischer
firstname.lastname@example.org Margaret Ryan
Women Artists in honor of Women’s History Month
Meet the artist at the Valentine’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Saturday 2/11/17
By Matthew Zappala
Jan. 21-March 31, 2017
I first began painting a lone willow tree growing by the roadside. It was early spring and the leaves had just turned light green. As the seasons changed I revisited the tree.
At times the paintings demonstrated subtle changes. At other times the works reflected distinct seasonal changes. Later I painted a group of willows, changing the composition by altering the distance as well as the time of day. Sometimes my eye was drawn to a group of branches within an individual tree.
There was a balance between the tree’s branches and trunk and the pattern the leaves made. The trees and leaves dominated the picture as the background and foreground played a less important role in the composition. The brushwork lends itself to a post impressionist style; colors are bold allowing some areas to delineate movement and others to fill in sections as texture.
While Monet consciously painted haystacks in each season, I
painted a few willow trees and only later on did I start the process of painting them as the seasons changed.
Meet the artist at the Valentine’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Saturday 2/11/17 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm- 9 Vassar Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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