Arts

Peter Buffett, who has won an Emmy Award for his musical compositions, will perform an innovative concert series, Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, at Bard College on June 9.

Buffett gained fame as the son of Warren Buffett, but he has made his own way and is recognized as a composer, musician, philanthropist and author. 

It is always privilege to watch an artist like Francesca Marina Palumbo evolve. We first discovered her work several years ago on a visit to her studio in Stanfordville.  At the time she was creating large somber paintings of attenuated faceless figures who inhabited a world of deep forests.  172   From there she went on to explore her interest in 19th century military history with works depicting Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. These monumental winter scenes recalled a time when “people travelled so far in such a vast land,” she said.  “It creates a very vulnerable feeling when you’re out there in the wilderness.” 173 174  

The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is displaying a selection of magnificent prints by Julie Mehretu. Six of her paintings and drawings from the collection of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Vassar ’89, and her husband, Nicolas Rohatyn, early Mehretu collectors, are also on view.

Ken Musselman lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Johannes Vermeer; he communicates the heart of the American spirit with magnificent success, yet he portrays the idealized side of everyday-life. His crisp compositions are alluring.

 

 

If one word had to be chosen to describe this year’s Whitney Biennial, it would be disorientation. Whatever your perspective about art might be, this show is sure to send you ’round the bend.

 

Not only is the Millbrook Winery teaming up with Slamming Salmon this summer to offer lunches to the public, but they are also partnering with the Dutchess Arts Council in art in the loft. Art in the loft is a program of the Dutchess Arts Coincil dedicated to promoting the work and talent of its member artists.

The three artists featured include Scott Balfe, Ginny Howsman Friedman, and Marilyn Price.

Bard’s partnership with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is an opportunity for the public to witness professional dancers as they create and rehearse, creating a form of art in the making experience.

On Thursday and Saturday Paul Matteson performed for a crowded Thorne Studio. So many people, students included, came out for the performance on Thursday they had to sit on the floor.

While Bill T. Jones never made an appearance, his company quickly won the respect of the audience. Their contemporary dance style involved kicks, throws and lifts. The women were lifting each other.  They were good at it.

The Hotchkiss concert series concluded with the South American Extravaganza—an extraordinary evening of South American chamber music.

Fabio Witkowski, a member of the Hotchkiss piano staff, hosted the evening. As a Brazilian, he explained the uniqueness of his homeland. He said that Brazilian culture is a conglomeration of African, Portuguese, Spanish and other European countries. For example, he mentioned how his first name is Italian and his last name is Polish. Therefore, Brazilian music is influenced by other countries and people groups as well.

 “I feel a kindred spirit with all the arts,” gallery owner Carrie Haddad says, speaking of the trajectory which carried her from the world of dance and performance in the 1970’s to the world of painting and visual arts in the 1990’s.  We are perched on swivel chairs behind a tall desk console looking out at the well-lit front room of her gallery at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, one of the mainstays of Hudson’s art scene.    Haddad’s introduction to the arts began with her early training as a ballet dancer and later as a modern dancer performing with the Stanzy Peterson Company.  As a young performer, Haddad’s artistic appreciation extended beyond the dance itself to include the stage sets and lights and the extravagant costumes and makeup worn by the older ballerinas, “ the real stars with thick eyelashes and fantastic paint,” she recalls warmly.    “I’ve always had an affinity for painting,” Haddad says.  “There were Edward Hopper’s paintings of theaters and, of course, Degas’ dancers.  There’s movement and gesture in painting as in dance, “ she says thoughtfully.

    


On Friday evening, Joe Nott and the Chott Bank welcomed patrons of the Millbrook Early Childhood Education Center’s (MECEC) silent auction with live blues music in the courtyard of the Lyall Memorial Federated Church. In the hall, decorated with children’s artwork ranging from finger paintings to renditions of the Mona Lisa, guests could choose from a huge selection of tempting items to bid for, arranged on tables. It is purely through fundraisers and donations that MECEC can offer scholarships to children without the means to attend this special pre-K institution.


The art show ends another year of exploring of the outside world through structured play. Informal summer classes for about 25 children, aged 2.9 months to 5 years, will meet from 8:30 to12:30, Monday through Thursday, until mid-August. The emphasis will be on enjoying the summer through outdoor play, and, as school head Laurie Fay noted, keeping brains active and occupied.

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