Volume 7 Issue 6

While the Village authorities have been assuring the customers of the Village of Millbrook’s water district that the water is safe to drink, some customers remain skeptical.  Ann Wilkinson is one of those skeptics. She delivered to TMI a list of questions which we sent on to the Dutchess County Board of Health. The director of Environmental Health Services, Tanya Clark provided responses.

She confirmed that the untreated water feeding the system was found to have algae, diatoms, fungal spores, rotifers and nematodes, all normal organisms for untreated surface waters.

She said there is no fail or pass water quality test. “Without proper disinfection these organisms are potential pathogens.” She then acknowledged that the water is being treated in accordance with the state code by adding chlorine to the water supply. “Testing to date confirms disinfection is maintained through out the system, meets standards, and is protecting public health.” 

The winter exhibition at the Morrison Gallery in Kent shows paintings by Vincent Inconiglios and sculptures by Insun Kim and Leah Durner.

Inconiglios’s three large paintings in acrylic on canvas plus two walls of smaller works in acrylic on paper are from his “Donut Series.” The series, which he has been working on for the past ten years, depicts circles in seductive colors and unusual combinations that float on the surface. Some resemble luscious lollipops, others eyes wide open, perhaps in surprise. As their title implies, many are simply doughnuts, albeit expensive ones.

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Inconiglios had his first one-man exhibition in SoHo, in 1972. He was one of the featured artists of “10 Downtown.” Today he divides his time between his loft and studio in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan and Falls Village.

Leah Durner's works in poured enamel on canvas consist of swirling abstract patterns that, according to her artist’s statement, have their roots “in the exuberance of the Baroque and Rococo as well as in the modernist tradition of abstraction.”

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From Monday, March 16, until the end of April, the Off the Wall Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library is exhibiting 12 pastels by Ralph Della-Volpe.  

Mr. Della-Volpe bases his paintings on what he observes in the natural world.  He begins with a series of drawings and sketches in both black-and-white and color. He explores the light, forms, values, relationships and colors of his subject before transcribing those elements into a composition “that elicits an emotional sensation and excites me.” He tries to see beneath the literal details, to discover qualities he wants to develop or explore in his final composition.

What is most striking about Della-Volpe’s work is his use of color. Although he chooses tones that in some cases may be perhaps a little brighter than those found in the real world, they always seem perfectly natural. Even the pale shades of a work like “River Reflections” seem to glow on the surface of the paper, in shimmery blues, greens, lavenders and apricots. Although he treats his subjects—landscapes and still lifes, for the most part—in an impressionistic manner, he never fails to convey their essential nature.  

Millerton Farmers’ Market: Winter Market indoors: local farmers, producers, and bakers will set up at Gilmor Glass studio alternate Saturdays with the Amenia Farmer’s Market, March 28; April 11 and 25. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 2 Main Street, Millerton. www.millertonfarmersmarket.org.    
Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck: Solas an Lae American Irish Dance Company: Illume. Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28:  8 p.m.; Sunday, March 29: 3 p.m. $20. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080.    

Over the course of five days Piers 92 and 94 are divided into hundreds of galleries housing one of the world’s top art shows. Galleries come from around the world to show their favorite holdings or showcase their favorite artists.

On Thursday, March 6th I trekked through the thickly falling snow to the piers where art has replaced the great ships of Cunard.  Upon entering Pier 92 I realized that this was going to take time.  I saw sculptures by Stella, sketches by Picasso and a Sol LeWitt in almost every other booth. I decided to focus on the art that interested me the most.  I would be drawn to the art dealing with the African Diaspora.  Suddenly the never-ending grid of galleries became less daunting and more of an adventure.  I searched for the most prominent pieces of art depicting the black experience or by the most prominent black artists. I was pleased by what I found. 

The Town of Washington’s town board appointed Jeff Feigelson as a town justice at the board meeting on Thursday, March 12.  Feigelson will replace Bruce Audin, who is retiring.  

Feigelson, a 53-year-old Long Islander, has been practicing law for 28 years. A graduate of the Boston University School of Law, he spent 17 years in New York City practicing law with several firms, including Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett. He was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP. For seven years he served as an arbitrator in Small Claims Court, deciding small-claims disputes in New York City, where most small claims disputes are decided by arbitrators, not judges. 

In 2002 Feigelson started Bellmore Partners, Inc., a  real-estate investment company. The following year he moved to the Town of Washington, where he currently lives with his wife, Andrea, and three children—Michael, a Millbrook High School graduate, and Daniel and Sofia, both of whom are in middle school. 

 “It all happened very quickly.” Sitting in a quaint cafe and pausing every once in a while to bob her head to the pop music playing, Tamzin Elliott described how she became a composer. For Elliot, composing music came naturally and immediately. She began taking piano lessons at the age of five and began making her own music almost simultaneously. “I was always a really bad practicer,” she says of her earliest musical efforts. “I would practice what I was supposed to be practicing, and then I would usually screw up. But I liked what I did when I screwed up better anyway, so then I would play around with that for a bit. . . I was just making up stuff.” Though her compositions have matured since these early explorations, they retain the same youthful sense of curiosity, energy, and inventiveness. For Elliott, there was no divide between instrumental practice and composition; “It was just part of the language.” Existing music spoke to her, and she made up her own words in response—a trend that has continued through her work thus far. 

I met Helen Macdonald on an ancient bridge in Cambridge, on a summer’s day years ago, when I and three friends were on a falconry pilgrimage in England. She struck me instantly as one of those people who are intoxicated by life. There was a happiness about her that made you smile and take joy to be in her company. While capable of intense focus on whatever was occupying her mind at the moment, she possessed the air of a free spirit that many would love to be like but so few are. I was enchanted.

It came as a shock, therefore, to read her widely acclaimed book “H is for Hawk”, winner of several prestigious awards and winner of the hearts of many readers.  In it Helen reveals her descent into loneliness, despair, and a loss of self  following the untimely death of her father. This was a Helen I did not know, a person she did not show her friends in person. In this book about life and death, grief and resignation, - and finally triumph - Helen lets us see inside the public person. We are the richer for it. 

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