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What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 10 to 16

Posted 11/10/22

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 10 to 16

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En plein air celebration and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 10 to 16


Tannis Kowalchuk rests on a bed of compost.
Tannis Kowalchuk rests on a bed of compost.

 ‘Decompositions’ in life and art

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Decompositions,” a play written and performed by Tannis Kowalchuk, will be performed on Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Opera Center. The center is located at 6692 Rte. 52.

Uniting personal stories with her theatre practice, original song and projected animations, Kowalchuk and the Farm Arts Collective creative team are developing a multimedia stage performance that presents the composting process as a metaphor for the process of living one’s life, according to a press release.

“Decompositions” is structured as a series of titled scenes or (de)compositions—mostly personal stories and questions that, she said, grip her as a woman in the middle of her life, analogous to a “finished” sunflower that gets tossed onto the compost pile.

Tickets cost $25, and can be purchased at www.myrivertickets.com/events/decompositions-11-12-2022. For more information, call 570/798-9530.

"THAT TREE," (2021-22) Mixed media on canvas, by Marjorie Morrow.
"THAT TREE," (2021-22) Mixed media on canvas, by Marjorie Morrow.

Brigantine Goods launches inaugural exhibition

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Brigantine Goods Gallery will present “Maker’s Mark,” a selection of contemporary work by abstract artist Marjorie Morrow, in the month of November.

An opening will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.

Morrow’s painting series, “Eightudes,” was shown at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City in 2018. Marjorie Morrow, born in Newark, OH, graduated from Miami University, Oxford, OH, where she majored in painting and printmaking. She studied under internationally renowned artist Richard Anuszkiewicz at the Blossom-Kent Art Program at Kent State University.

Morrow’s paintings and prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1968.

“My paintings, while abstract, are gestural interpretations of my ‘environment,’ and are inspired by many sources—music, the contemporary political climate, the natural landscape,” she said. “My process incorporates the frottage technique. In relief and rubbings, I juxtapose patterns of fabricated grids with organic textures such as tree bark.”

Even when the paintings contain recognizable references, said Fatima Bercht, curator and writer, “they are in essence abstractions; they are about movement, rhythm, energy, tension.”

“There is an abstract painting by Marjorie Morrow that would give more lasting pleasure than many a work with a famous name behind it,” said New York Times chief art critic John Russell in 1977.

An active artist who now lives in the Catskills, Morrow has exhibited locally at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Nutshell, Domesticities and the Catskill Art Society.

Brigantine Goods is located at 4917 Rte. 52. To learn more, email brigantine.goods@gmail.com.

A work by Howard Becker (1914-1995). He was a prolific painter of landscapes and portraits in Wayne County.
A work by Howard Becker (1914-1995). He was a prolific painter of landscapes and portraits in Wayne County.

Exhibition of Howard Becker paintings at ReMax Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Howard Becker (1914-1995) was a prolific painter of landscapes and portraits. He lived in Wayne County, PA, and devoted half his life to capturing the county in art.

An exhibit of a sample of his work will be featured at ReMax Wayne, 416 Main St. in November and December 2022; and January and February 2023.

A reception open to the public is planned for Sunday, November 20.

For more information, visit remaxwayne.com.

America’s first veterans, honored on Veterans Day hike

BARRYVILLE, NY — On Saturday, November 12, a history hike will honor America’s first veterans and an early prisoner of war.

The hike takes place at the Minisink Battleground Park. The hike will leave from the Tusten Pavilion at the park at 1 p.m., and will follow the Woodland Trail. Accompanying narration will include stories about the Upper Delaware region before the arrival of the Europeans, the Cushetunk settlement, timber rafting, the Battle of Minisink and the lone P.O.W. from the battle, and about the creation of the park and Sullivan County’s role in maintaining it.

The Minisink Battleground Park is located at 58 County Rd. 168, just off the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (Route 97), about four miles north of Barryville.

Preregistration is not required.

For more information, visit the Delaware Company on Facebook at TheDelCo.

‘Triptychs, triangles and triads’ at the WCAA

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will open its new exhibition, titled “Triptychs, Triangles and Triads: Progression of Threes.”

The opening will be held on Friday, November 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the alliance’s Main Street Gallery.

Artists were invited to submit artwork rooted in the number three, celebrating the formal and magical aspects of this number, according to a press release. The triptych and the balanced triangle “are well documented in religious iconography, and in significant historical compositions and architecture. The triad reflects the ‘magical number’ when making three wishes or the passing of time: yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

The artists in this exhibition include D.C. Anderson, Rebecca Andres Pollak, Barbara Carpenito, Phyllis Chekenian, Janet Gaglione, Sierra Gaglione, Pauline Glykokokalow, Suzanna Hadorne, Heather Hogan-Spencer, Jay Hostetler, Lindsay Orlando, Nancy Palubniak, Joan Polishook, Debby Pollak, Matt Povse, Mikhail Pozin, James Spencer, Susan Stephan Foster, Sally Talaga, Naomi Teppich and Alan Wood.

The exhibition is on view through Saturday, December 17.

The WCAA Main Street Gallery is located at 959 Main St., upstairs from Missing Pieces Gallery. It is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Ryan Trapani from the Catskill Forest Association will discuss the overall condition of the Catskill forest, as well..as what contributed to the forest’s present condition. It takes place on Sunday, November 13. Pictured is Buttermilk Falls in Greene County.
Ryan Trapani from the Catskill Forest Association will discuss the overall condition of the Catskill forest, as well..as what contributed to the …

Forestry past and present in the Catskill Mountains

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY and ONLINE — On Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., Ryan Trapani will speak about the Catskill Forest.

The event takes place both in person at Time and the Valleys Museum and online.

Trapani, a member of the Catskill Forest Association, will discuss the overall condition of the forest, as well as what led to its present state. He will also cover some small-scale things that individuals could easily do to improve forest conditions going forward.

The museum is located at 332 Main St.

Admission to the program is free for museum members, and costs $5 for adult non-members and $2 for their children. This includes admission to the museum exhibitions for in-person attendees.

To join the online program, register by email at info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org, and type Forestry Program Zoom Link Request in the subject line, or call 845/985-7700. A link will be sent to you.

Non-members can make a donation at www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.

For more information on the program, visit timeandthevalleysmuseum.org, or email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.

Veterans Day ceremony, WWII memorial rededicated

LONG EDDY, NY — On Friday, November 11, at 11 a.m., the Allan Milk Memorial VFW and the Ladies’ Auxiliary welcome all to attend the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Long Eddy Firehouse on Route 97. A luncheon will be held immediately after the ceremony.

On Saturday, November 12 at 12 noon, the Basket Historical Society, the Allan Milk Memorial VFW and the Marine Corps League invite all to participate in the rededication of the World War II Honor Roll of Long Eddy at the memorial site on Cemetery Road. The monument lists the names of all who served in World War II from the Long Eddy area. The memorial was recently rebuilt through generous donations and volunteer labor. There will be an opportunity for those who attend to share their stories of loved ones who served in the war.

For more information, find the historical society on Facebook at Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley.

En plein air celebration

PORT JERVIS, NY — The River Valley Artists Guild and the Barryville Area Arts Association will hold an en plein air celebration. The event takes place on Saturday, November 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Jervis Free Library.

The event includes a presentation by plein air artist Susan Miller, work by several local artists, and examples from the Impressionist, Barbizon and Hudson River schools.

In the 1800s, Western art was dominated by a few salons and academies, and painting was taught according to tried-and-true formulas, noted a press release. But English painter John Constable had a radical idea: forget formulas, find the truth in nature and trust your own vision.

About the same time, a group of painters outside Paris had a similar idea, and painting “en plein air” became all the rage.

The library is located at 138 Pike St.

For more information, visit http://www.rivervalleyartistsguildofportjervis.com.

Seeking gratitude

MONTICELLO, NY — Pedro (Pete) Tweed is a coach, author, actor and inspirational speaker. He will speak at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. Tweed’s talk is titled “In Spite of our Struggles, What Can We Be Thankful for?“

Can we find gratitude in hard times? Pete Tweed will explain how.

The library is located at 479 Broadway.

The program is free, but registration is required at ebcpl.org. For more information, call 845/794-4660.

Making felted soap

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jen Nystrom, from Buck Brook Alpacas, will teach the felting process at the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library.

The event takes place on Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.

She will also explain how to make felted soap. Felting is a process using warm water and agitation. You use this with the alpaca fiber and the bar of soap. As you use the soap, the fiber will continue to shrink around the soap. Felted soap, according to a press release, is like its own washcloth or loofah.

The library is located at 19 Center St.

All supplies will be provided, but registration is required; register at www.wsplonline.org.

For more information, call 845/482-4350.

Terry Ekasala’s ‘New Works’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Ruffed Grouse Gallery, located at 144 Main St., will present an exhibit by Terry Ekasala titled “New Works.”

An opening reception takes place on Saturday, November 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Terry Ekasala’s paintings collapse and rebuild upon themselves in a melding of abstraction and figuration that’s generative and ebullient,” said Alex Weinstein in the Surfer’s Journal. “Her daily practice, which she shares online, is deeply human and relatable. Her work is serious and intentional, but breathtakingly unburdened with the limitations on what can or can’t work. She takes a lot of chances. Most artists don’t.”

“New Works” will be on display until February 5, 2023. The gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, visit www.ruffedgrousegallery.com.

Tech support at WSPL

ONLINE; NARROWSBURG, NY; CALLICOON, NY; JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library is offering free technical and computer support for those who need assistance.

Dale Blagrove is a computer tech; he is at the Tusten-Cochecton branch on Mondays, the Jeffersonville branch on Tuesdays and the Delaware Free branch on Wednesdays. He also can provide help over Zoom or via phone.

The Tusten-Cochecton branch is located at 198 Bridge St., the Jeffersonville branch is located at 19 Center St., and the Delaware Free branch is located at 45 Lower Main St. in Callicoon.

To make an appointment, or to see what else the library has going on, visit www.wsplonline.org.

Decompositions, Tannis Kowalchuk, Brigantine Goods Gallery, Marjorie Morrow, Howard Becker, ReMax Wayne, Minisink Battleground Park, Wayne County Arts Alliance, Triptychs, Catskill Forest, Time and the Valleys Museum, Veterans Day ceremony, en plein air, Port Jervis Free Library, Pedro (Pete) Tweed, Buck Brook Alpacas, Ruffled Grouse Gallery, Western Sullivan Public Library, tech support


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