The day began at 8:00 a.m. with a run.There followed a performance by the Solas an Lae Irish dance company, then a performance from the band The Closers. At 1:00 p.m. the Red Hook High School jazz band played. The Stringmaster’s concluded the afternoon with live country music.
Storm King’s summer exhibition, Light & Landscape, displays pieces by 14 sculptors in the galleries at the visitor center and throughout this magnificent open-air museum. The artists have used light as their central theme to create works in a number of different media portraying aspects of light as the measurement of time and its impact on both our perceptions and the ecosystem. Nora Lawrence, who curated the show, said the works “push the viewer to think about what is going on beyond what you are.”
'Untitled' by Anish Kapoor photo by Carola LottWilliam Lamson Last Light 2012 photo by Carola Lott
Millbrook Memorial Day Festivities: Hosted by Millbrook VFW Post 9008 Parade Time: 10 a.m., followed by ceremony, 11 a.m. Parade Route: proceeds down Franklin Ave., around the Veterans Green, halts, wreaths placed on memorials, proceeds to the Tribute Garden for ceremony.
Rachel Becker is a graduating senior of Bard’s five-year dual-degree conservatory program. She is a cellist also majoring in physics. Bard intrigued her because of the conservatory’s dual-degree program. She said it was a perfect fit for her because going into college she wanted to continue academics at a high level as well as music.
Becker comes from a musical family. Her grandmother, a violinist, taught her and her sister at a young age. At age six she switched to cello. Her mother, a pianist and father, a trumpeter, attended the New England Conservatory.
Growing up in New Jersey, she attended high school at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), while simultaneously taking cello lessons at Manhattan School for Music Prep Division. Taking instruction there allowed her to play with students at a similar music a level and commitment as her.
Yang Li is also a graduating senior from the Bard’s conservatory with a second major in French Studies. With her mom as a professional violinist and her dad as a flute professor, at Harbin Normal University, her career began at a young age. She started playing the violin at age three, but it took until age six to “start practicing seriously” said Li. At nine, she went to Beijing to take private lessons at the conservatory.
One of the more neglected and underappreciated periods is the arts and crafts movement that happened in the U.S. and in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A Millbrook School art history class taught by Bill Hardy and David Greenwood brought this movement to light. The class produced the exceptional exhibition With Noble Hands: necessity made beautiful.
Maplebrook School in Amenia held its opening reception Saturday night for its 12th annual Kentucky Derby art show. The school buzzed with over 100 guests, live music from Salisbury Band, a bidding counter, servers dressed in race-track garb with tasty hors d’oeuvres and hallways filled with art.
A few dozen Hudson Valley artists each displayed two or three paintings or photographs.
One artist that caught my attention was B. Doctor with his Bash-Bish Falls Close-up photograph on canvas. The image was concentrated on a small part of the falls. The beauty of the rushing water hitting the rocks and the sunlight casting a strange hue upon the water attracted those who passed by.
Eckert Fine Art on Main Street in Millerton is exhibiting distinguished American Expressionists through May. Jane Eckert has been selling and distributing art for 15 years in Indiana, Florida, Connecticut and New York. Some of the artists in this show include Jack Roth, Larry Rivers, Lynne Mapp Drexler, Bill Barrett, Ralph Della-Volpe, Michael Kalish, John Greene and Alexander Calder.
While Roth and Calder might be the names most recognized, Ralph Della-Volpe is no stranger to the Millbrook community. He studied painting at the National Academy of Design before entering the Army in World War II. After the war, he accepted a teaching position as the artist-in-residence at Bennett College, where he worked for 28 years, serving as chairman of the Art Department.
Leon Botstein led the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in its final performance of the school year. The orchestra will play once again at Bard, on May 31, just prior to their trip to greater China, where they will perform in seven cities, starting with Taipei on June 8 and concluding on June 22 in Wuhan. In between, the orchestra will visit Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Guangzhou.
The Sunday audience was previewing the China repertoire, or at least a portion of it. The program was designed to show off the orchestra, beginning with a light ballet piece by Stravinsky, followed by Tchaikovsky’s D Major Violin Concerto and culminating with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, Op. 58.