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KAA honors local artists

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Connie Horton, president of the Kent Art Association, presented six member artists with an Award of Excellence on March 24. The winners were chosen by judges Michael Spross and Julie Hopkins. 

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Capturing A Full Career

Art: ‘Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden’

Artist Allen Blagden refers to the current exhibit of his work at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y., as “the best show I’ve had in my life.”
That’s saying a lot, since the Lakeville resident has enjoyed a long and impressive career. He was born into an artistic family; he began his training when he was 10 years old under his father’s direction at The Hotchkiss School.

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Teen Team Creates Short Sci-Fi Film

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Inspired by franchises like “The Walking Dead” and “Alien,” the North East Community Center’s Teen Team Youth Leadership Program has created a sci-fi film that will debut at the Wassaic Project on April 8.
The Teen Team is a youth-directed program organized by the North East Community Center in Millerton. High school students who live in the Webutuck Central School District may join the group to help plan community service, educational and recreational activities throughout the year.

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Jumbled Memories Spilled On Paper

Art: ‘Norris Embry: Big Explosion’

It is likely you have never heard of Norris Embry. But now you can see some of his edgy, frenetic, self-revealing work in a mesmerizing show at James Barron Art in Kent. 

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Route 22, Seen Through the Lens

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Lisa Paris was at the regular Saturday morning peace vigil in Salisbury on Feb. 18 with Franco, her little mutt from Puerto Rico. Marjorie Reid was there, bearing her beautifully lettered sign that stated, “Resist.” Judith Gott in her pink hat held up two-fingered peace signs as cars honked by. 
Rick Schatzberg was there too, documenting it all with his cameras. It’s a personal project, he explains when asked. It’s his work.

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Powerful Works From Two Countries

Art: ‘Germans and Russians’ at Ober Gallery

Rob Ober calls the current show at his eponymous Kent gallery “Germans and Russians,” an innocuous title for a small, powerful show that reveals much about the psyche of both countries.
First up are eight watercolors by Markus Vater, born in Dusseldorf but now living in London. Only 47, Vater works across many mediums, but his work tends toward primitivist, expressionist surprise. 

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Ready for spring yet?

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“Signs of Spring” will open at the Noble Horizons gallery in Salisbury on March 3 from  5 to 7 p.m. and feature artists Kathleen Borkowski, Gay Schempp, Kerwin Mayers, Claudia Rahm, Ernie Barke and Lori Barker. The exhibit ends April 2. It will be open weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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A Peek Inside Peter Steiner’s Mind

You wonder how Peter Steiner does it all: cartoonist, novelist, artist, blogger. Now a small exhibition of work from this compulsively busy man is at the Norfolk Library through March 1. It is a fascinating show of highs (and a few lows) and of obsession with repeated subjects. Rarely are we shown so much of an artist’s mind.

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Camera Club Show Is Best Thus Far

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Each year the Housatonic Camera Club presents an exhibition of the work of its members (who reside in the Tri-state area) at Noble Horizons in Salisbury. This year’s show, on view weekends through Feb. 19, is the strongest yet. The expected travel photos are more interesting, diverse, colorful; flowers and landscapes are shown in dramatic new ways; black and white is used for theatrical impact and emotional response.

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Life, Everything, It’s All Art

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LABspace is, at first glance, an art gallery, discovered by following a path to the back of a building on Hillsdale’s main street, Route 23, sidling between restaurants, a crafts shop, a place for coffee with lots of hand-lettered signs and various other indications of an economy gone a little artsy.
“People don’t know where it is until they do,” Susan Jennings likes to say of her gallery. And when they do know, they will likely return. 

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