Chat with the artists
WARWICK - Milt Mesirow and Gwen Schaffer, two of the artists whose work is currently on exhibit at Amity Gallery - in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival - will be on hand 12-4 p.m. Aug. 12 to talk about their experience in Paris of the 1950s and '60s, at the height of the jazz scene there. They'll share stories and tales with all who come to visit. Mesirow's photos of the Paris jazz scene are considered historical treasures. Schaffer's paintings express her admiration and deep connection to the famous players of the past.
The exhibit is a salute to the festival, and includes work by area artists Ron Gee and the late Ian Sharp, as well. Amity Gallery, 110 Newport Bridge Rd., Warwick.
Local author to sign books
CORNWALL - New Windsor author Deb Bouley will be at the Cornwall Public Library, 395 Hudson St., 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to read an excerpt from her newly published book "Merciful, I Am." She will discuss and sign copies of her memoir, which bears the subtitle: "The Story of How Forgiving Others Taught Me How to Forgive Myself."
Bouley is a high school English teacher at Newburgh Free Academy North. Her book, published in June, is available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and balboapress.com.
Craft artists sought
LIBERTY - Craft artisans and mixed-media artists are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Craft Show at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, which will run Aug. 31-Oct. 13. Organizers say that last year's show was a critical and public success with a wide variety of works on show and for sale including furniture, jewelry, pottery, quirky and humorous panels, collages, rustic wreaths, historical dolls, painted metalware and more.
While items may be offered for sale throughout the display period, the show will culminate in an expansive open mart for which artists may bring in additional items.
For information, contact Naomi Frumess, the show curator, at 807-6656 or firstname.lastname@example.org, where photos of work can be submitted.
An online Woodstock archive
BETHEL - The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, has launched an online archive of Woodstock photography and video from its collection. This makes many rare archival images available to the public for the first time and on the eve of the festival’s 49th anniversary.
The archive features iconic photos and video from almost 30 contributors including aerial photography of the crowd of 500,000 gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm, the iconic field and festival stage, infamous traffic and festival attendees who gathered for three days. Museum organizers say the materials in this archive serve "as a lens to explore the historic festival and is available for license and download for commercial, media, tourism, educational and personal use providing a never-before available resource for the press, students, historians, documentarians, designers and advertisers in advance of the festival’s 50th anniversary in 2019."
The public is also invited to contribute to the museum's permanent collection and help to preserve this moment in history by sharing their photos, videos and artifacts. For information and to view the collection, go to BethelWoodsCenter.org/PhotoArchive.
Film fest preview
ROSENDALE - The documentary "Finding Oscar" will be shown at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Rosendale Theater Collective. The screening will be immediately followed by a panel featuring producer and attorney Scott Greathead, the film’s subject Óscar Ramirez Castañeda and forensic anthropologist Fredy Peccerelli, moderated by Woodstock Film Festival executive director and founder Meira Blaustein.
"Finding Oscar" tells the story of the 15-year search for a 3-year-old boy who survived the infamous Dos Erres Massacre in Guatemala in 1982. Set against the background of Guatemala’s 36-year amed conflict, the film features three courageous Guatemalan women – a human rights activist, a young prosecutor and Guatemala’s Attorney General – who unraveled the mystery of what happened and brought to justice the perpetrators of one of Central America’s worst crimes against humanity. The film also lays bare the U.S. government’s covert support for the violent policies of Guatemala’s government and its Acting President at the time, General Efraín Ríos Montt, whom President Reagan publicly embraced in 1982.
The showing is co-presented by The Woodstock Film Festival, which will run Oct. 10-14, and WacBiz. Proceeds from the Sept. 8 screening will benefit Woodstock Film Festival and Friends and FAFG, a U.S. 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization that supports the work of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala.
Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased at woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/findingoscar.php.