Town & Community
- Master Doug Cook with Anika Simon at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Belt Test this past week. Close to 100 students demonstrated their skill, spirit and dedication to the traditional martial art of taekwondo.
- 2014 Champion of the Arts, Barry Adelman of Music for Humanity, speaks of the universality of music as well as his personal connection to that art form at the 7th Annual Orange County Arts Council Awards Gala.
- Professional organizer and motivation coach Lisa Montanaro hosted her first Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders in California Wine Country.
- Artist Heidi Bilezikian completes her "Fall into Winter" series, which features Warwick Landscapes painted in the abstract.
- The DEBUT Album of local acoustic and eclectic folk duo of Moe and Tom (Audrey Weatherstone and Shayne O'Neill). "The Earth Is Much Like You and Me" features harmonious vocals, lots of strings and hybrid instruments. The young female performers began playing and writing music together at age 15. This CD makes a great gift - $12.
- Patricia Currea de Gillotin, owner of Shalimar Alpacas in Warwick, once again travels to Peru and shares with us snapshots of her adventures.
- The Conscious Fork, located in two locations in Warwick, displays their open market. Currently they are taking orders for Thanksgiving. Check out their menu and order your sides by the end of the weekend.
- Jeanne D'Attolico Bastable, known as the Farmer's Daugher, demonstrates her culinary genius. Here she is in the kitchen making her special chicken francaise which was delicately prepared, gently but just perfectly sauted and then served over a bed of fresh greens balancing the satisfying flavor of the chicken with the delicate zest of lemon and herbs..." From the Warwick Valley Farmer's Market Facebook Page
- Three Kurt Seligmann paintings were unwrapped last Friday night at the Seligmann Center at the Citizen's Foundation in Sugar Loaf. It was a one day exhibition and featured a lecture by scholar and curator Stephen Robeson Miller. The paintings were discovered in Europe last year.
- Serving as a key sponsor of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce's 75th Anniversary Diamond Gala Dinner two weeks ago, Seely and Durland Insurance had 3 Generations of family attend the event.
This Week Featuring:
- Published: November 18, 2014
The final program of the long-running Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series will be presented on Saturday, December 6 at the Seligmann Center, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf NY at 3:30. The featured reader will be William Seaton as it was in the series’ first show twenty-one years ago. Apart from this special event, in about three hundred shows, no poet has ever appeared twice.
When Seaton moved to Orange County he had already been active in poetry and performance for decades, participating in what were called happenings at the University of Illinois in the sixties, working with the Cloud House group doing street readings and guerilla poetry events in San Francisco during the seventies, and producing the Poetry in the Air cable television program Iowa City in the eighties. Finding virtually no public literary scene in Orange County, he began Poetry on the Loose in December of 1993 at the Zukabee Gallery in an old furniture factory on Mill Street in Middletown. Posting signs around town as publicity, he attracted over fifty people to the first reading.
That night he greeted the audience, saying, “Welcome to Poetry on the Loose. This is poetry off the printed page, out of the library and the classroom, poetry in the air.” Anecdotes of that early period are posted on his blog at http://williamseaton.blogspot.com/2011/09/poetry-on-loose.html. Since then the readings have moved several times, for several years to Warwick and then to the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf.
The original concept was to emphasize multi-media, experimental, and performance-based work, and indeed, poets have included dance, music, and theatrical elements with their words, though readers have frequently presented their work conventionally from behind a lectern. Over the years a great many local poets have been featured as well as visiting writers from across the country and abroad. In accordance with the series slogan “The door is open wide,” readers have included men and women, gay and straight, old and young, dropouts and university professors, composers of free verse and of sonnets.
In Seaton’s words, “A reading offers an opportunity for neighbors to share their visions, wit, rants, and lyric moments face to face in an uncommodified setting. The excitement, refreshment, and enlightenment audiences experience is a far cry from the robotized sensation that arises after watching television. I don’t mind ending the series now because there are dozens of other poetry venues all through the Hudson Valley. As I said in the introduction to our short-lived journal The Wawayanda Review, ‘May the rose bloom and the thistle and the orchid and the dandelion, too!’”
Seaton intends to read at other sites and continues to work with the Seligmann Center where he will offer his fifth Surreal Cabaret (co-produced with Steve Roe), an evening of performance art, on January 3. He maintains a blog at williamseaton.blogspot.com.
- Published: November 19, 2014
- By Heidi L. Bilezikian
Last summer I created a collection of work during a plein air painting holiday in County Meath, Ireland. This Fall I was reminded of the lush green landscape of Ireland and decided to paint our beautiful Warwick Landscape. This series of paintings "Fall into Winter" was created on location inspired by Upper and Lower Wisner Road, Ochs Orchard, and Applewood Orchards.
My paintings are inspired by life and movement - movement of the horse, the figure, the landscape.
The foundation of my work is laid out in lines and marks. I often begin a painting by attaching charcoal and brushes to lengths of reed to enhance the gestural qualities of a piece. I then move closer, working in an additive and subtractive process, manipulating the surface until I’ve captured the essence of the form. The relationship between the abstract and the figurative is an essential element of my art.