Volume 6, Issue 5

The Volta art show moved from lofts in SOHO to Pier 90 where 90 galleries are each showing one artist.  Again, the galleries are from around the world, as are the artists. They are all in the “affordable” range, mostly under $30,000 and many good sized paintings are half that.  The artists are not emerging from the womb; they are seasoned to the point that they know what they are doing and they know how to do it.  My sense was that these artists show power, discipline, a mastery of technique, the result of a juried process that works. The open spaces makes for a simplicity of layout that was not possible in the confined spaces of the SOHO building where VOLTA started in 2008. It is also noteworthy that most of these works could be hung on a wall: most were paintings and most used old-fashioned paint, or ink.

To be considered for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s winter exhibition, “Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” each work had to be at least five feet high or wide. Several of the 19 paintings—by such well known artists as Milton Avery, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Mark Rothko and Lawrence Poons—are even larger. Half of the works in the show are by women, among them Nancy Graves, Grace Hartigan, Agnes Martin and Joan Mitchell.  


When Margaret Miller curated the 1947 exhibition “Large-Scale Modern Paintings” at MoMA, she wrote, “Big pictures at their best are assertions of the artist’s self-confidence and aesthetic conviction, affirmations of his belief in the importance of painting itself.”   Since then, scale has become as important in painting as color, line, shape and pattern.

814 Neil Welliver

La Puerta Azul: Live music: Apollo Quartet. 12 p.m.–2 p.m. 2510 U.S. Route 44, Salt Point. (845) 677-2985; www.lapuertaazul.com.  
La Puerta Azul: Live music: Jukebox Junkies. 8:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. 2510 U.S. Route 44, Salt Point. (845) 677-2985; www.lapuertaazul.com.  
Towne Crier Café: The Clancy Tradition, still a fun, talented Irish family band, with Eugene Clancy and Pat Clancy, along with a daughter and son on fiddle, bass, and accordion. 8:30 p.m. $20/at door, $25 (plus $3 processing). 379 Main Street, Beacon. (845) 855-1300.       
Ritz Theater, Newburgh: Echoes of Ireland, an original play by local playwright Brian C. Petti, produced by local community theater group Hatmaker's Attic Productions. Sponsored by Safe Harbors of the Hudson. Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 23: 2:00 p.m. 107 Broadway, Newburgh (845) 475-4392 $15; www.HatmakersAttic.org.  
Pine Plains Free Library: Young Writer’s Contest deadline: 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pine Plains Library. Rules and entry form:pineplains.lib.ny.us/friends.htm.  
Helsinki Hudson: Singer-trombonist-bandleader Glen David Andrews: jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul. 21 and over. 9 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. $20 general admission; day of show, $22 (plus $2.75 service charge). 405 Columbia Street, Hudson. (518) 828-4800; helsinkihudson.com.  
Town of Washington/Village of Millbrook Historical Society: Archaeologist Tom Lake on “First People of Millbrook.” 7:30 p.m. Lyall Memorial Federated Church.30 Maple Ave, Millbrook; (845) 677-5083.      

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro delivered his third state of the county address Tuesday, March 3 at Dutchess Community College.  His speech centers on transforming county government. 

In November of 2011 Molinaro took on the county executive job, succeeding William Steinhaus, who had been in office for a span of 20 years.  On Monday, Feb. 24 this reporter sat down with Molinaro in his office in Poughkeepsie to preview the issues he would be raising in his state of the county address.   

TMI: Can you give us a preview of what your speech will focus on?

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