Arts

Horsekeeping by Roxanne Bok, Twin Lakes Press, 2012

Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney

What happens to a neglected farm? Roxanne Bok has an optimistic answer, as well as the proof of vital transformation. She and her husband bought a run-down horse farm with a collapsed barn, derelict fences, and ponds degenerated into marshland; they have transformed it into a thriving horse farm in Salisbury, Connecticut. There was a time when people of responsibility and vision rehabilitated warehouses in Soho, converting them into lofts during the seventies; during the eighties, neglected old brownstones were reclaimed in many cities; in the nineties, decayed waterfronts along the East Coast were rejuvenated as recreation and tourist nodes. 

33 Lisa Dellwo by Robert WarnerThe Red Devon in Bangall is exhibiting 25 photographs by Millbrook photographer Lisa Dellwo depicting rural eastern Dutchess and stark close-ups of seasonal produce grown by the men and women who farm the Hudson Valley and supply the Red Devon with ingredients.

After beginning a series featuring rustic images of locally grown fruits and vegetables in 2009, Dellwo linked up with her friends, Red Devon owners Nigel and Julia Widdowson, for an art show honoring Hudson Valley farmers and gardeners that will run through March. 

John Cariani’s new play Last Gas will receive a reading this weekend by the Half Moon Theatre Company. Hudson Valley theater-goers may remember Cariani’s quirky and romantic off-Broadway hit, Almost, Maine, that Half Moon produced in November, 2010. 

Since its off-Broadway premiere, Almost, Maine has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States. It has had more than 70 professional productions and nearly 1,000 non-professional productions, and has been translated into ten languages.

Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule. McPherson and Company, 2010. 

Reviewed by Kevin McEneaney

At the race track Lady Luck is never good enough. You need divine intervention to stand on the winner’s line with a smile. Or, as Gordon says in the words of old Medicine Ed, “I tell you a secret, horse racing is not no science. Some of em tries to make it a science, with the drugs and chemicals and that, but ma’fact it’s more like a religion. It’s a clouded thing. You can’t see through it. It come down to a person’s beliefs. One person believe this and the other person believe that. It’s like the National Baptists bandage and the Southern Baptists use liniment, you see what I’m trying to say? Nobody exactly knows.” 

Pegasus Books, $25.00 reviewed by Ann La Farge

“Books are my life,” Bradford Morrow said in a recent magazine interview.  Not surprising for a man who has had two books published in the past year, is a professor of literature at Bard, and is the founding editor of Conjunctions magazine, now in its 30th year.  

Broadway on a budget may seem like an oxymoron, but with a little research, a little luck, and some careful planning, the best of the Great White Way is within your reach this month.  Two substantial discounts are currently available for the budget-conscious theatre lover. 

Standing room only took on a new meaning Saturday afternoon when over 200 people crammed themselves into  Rhinebeck’s Oblong Books to hear Annie Liebovitz read from her latest book Pilgrimages.

To qualify as a superstar today you must have been photographed by Annie Liebovitz. Born in 1949 in Connecticut, she began taking pictures on a trip to Japan with her mother after her sophomore year in college. In the early 70’s Jann Wenner named her Rolling Stone’s chief photographer. In 1975 she was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones world tour, an experience she described as harrowing yet amazing.”

Like Rumpelstiltskin, who famously wove straw into gold, well-known Millerton artist Henry Klimowicz has an alchemical talent.  For his new show at the Tremaine Gallery of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, the artist has taken sheets of discarded corrugated cardboard and transformed them into shapes and objects that glow with an organic new life.

Suspended from the gallery’s coffered ceiling, Sticks, one of two site-specific sculptures created for this exhibit, at first glance resembles a romantic, mysteriously misplaced dwelling or a bamboo forest. 

 

The Millbrook Free Library and Millbrook Arts Group will present three classical music concerts and gallery talks on the second Saturdays in January, February and March. The first concert on Saturday, the Arabesque Trio, with  Barbara Rizek on flute, Chris Eberle on bassoon and classical guitarist Gregory Dinger. The Off the Wall Gallery will be exhibit the art of Miani Carnevale who creates multi–layered works upon plaster surfaces using oil, acrylic, crayon, pastel, chalk, pencil and found materials such as weathered paper and rusted metal.

The uninhabited but far from lifeless continent of Antarctica is brought to life in a remarkable collection of photographs  by Dan Mead and his wife Sally Eagle on view in the Flagler Chapel at the Millbrook School beginning January 6.  Another show of the couple’s photographs focused on Namibia, Bhutan, and Africa runs simultaneously in the math and science building.

Mead and Eagle’s images of the natural world regularly tour colleges and high schools throughout the Northeast and  England. Their previous exhibition at Millbrook – a collection of images entitled “Earth Designs”  - was the wildly successful inaugural show in the Math and Science gallery.      

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