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“Fatimeh” Workshop, Local Artists Video Screening, & “Wayfinding Series” Film Festival
August 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
Bring a picnic and join us for a performance and workshop by Rah at 6:30 pm, the Wayfinding Series Film Festival, and an outdoor screening of videos made by our local artists will begin at 7 pm.
Rah is creating a performance piece which invites the community to participate in an interactive traditional Iranian dance workshop. Rah’s character Fatimeh will be teaching the audience poses, movements, and gestures of the dance, wearing a traditional Iranian garment inspired by the northern regions of Iran. The performance promises to be fun, high energy, and Fatimeh’s creative spirit will engage the public to dance with her.
Local video artists Carmen Lizardo, Jan Nagle, Adie Russell, Keiko Sono, Tona Wilson, and S B Woods will screen short films.
In the Wayfinding Series, A Work in Progress, Elena Sniezek and Emily Puthoff are traversing the country with a custom-made teardrop trailer to have conversations with people about their ideas of progress. They invite the folks they meet to share their thoughts on progress by asking: Do you think progress is possible? What does progress look like to you? How can progress happen in your own life? At night, Emily Puthoff and Elena Sniezek’s teardrop trailer is converted into a small theater and features a large solar-powered HD TV. They will screen a diverse selection of contemporary short films that address the theme of progress.
Rah is an Iranian-Canadian video, photo, and performance artist, and her work has been published and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. She received of BFA from University of Ottawa, and she is currently represented by Vtape; Canada’s leading artist-run centre for video art and media distribution based out of Toronto, Ontario.
Adie Russell (Lomontville, NY) is a multi-media artist working in photography, video, performance, drawing, and painting. She holds a BA/BFA from the Eugene Lang College/Parsons School of Art & Design both at The New School for Social Research. Russell has exhibited in the United States and Europe, most recently in an exhibition entitled “The Subterraneans” at the Leeds College of Arts in Leeds, UK, in fall 2014.
She has had solo shows at Leeds College of Art, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, Roos Arts, Rosendale NY and Melle Finelle, Boston, MA. Additionally her work has been shown at The Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY, Spike Island, UK, Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock, NY, and the Image Factory in Saugerties, NY, The Carriage House in Islip, NY, Projekt 722, Pace Digital Gallery, The Chelsea Art Museum, ZieherSmith Gallery, all in NYC. She has participated in Artist Residencies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, La Cipresssaia in Montagnana in Italy, at the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, MA, and Salem Art Works in Salem, NY.
Carmen Lizardo was born in the Dominican Republic and arrived in the US at the age of nineteen. She holds a BFA in Photography and MFA in Digital Media from Pratt Institute. Lizardo’s work is interdisciplinary, integrating printmaking, photography and video installations. Lizardo’s artwork has been included in many exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. She had received several awards including The International New Media Award, from The Digital Art Gallery in Ostparkstraße, Frankfurt, Germany and was the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship where she was selected in two categories on the same year in Painting and Photography. She was the recipient of the Dr. Nuala McGann Dresher award and was selected for a NYFA Artist Residency. Lizardo was one of five American Artists of Latino descent awarded with a national/international travel and production grant from the Institute of Training and Development, in Amherst, MA, and the US department of Cultural Affairs. She currently lives and works in Hudson Valley, New York.
Keiko Sono uses visual media, video, and text to create events and projects that focus on connections. Her process is guided by her intuitive pursuit for fun and pleasure, while the planning is based on how many connections would be made or strengthened by the project. She is a recipient of Arts Mid-Hudson Individual Artist Commission Grant and Pollock-Krasner Artist Fellowship, and served as Visiting Artist at SUNY Ulster in 2013.
Tona Wilson works in painting, video and artist’s books. She has shown video as part of the O+ Festival in Kingston, at Paper City Studios, and at CHRCH Project Space as part of Kate Hamilton’s “It’s a Big World in There,” among other places. She began working in multi-channel video in 2013 and her 4-channel stop-motion animated video, Crossing Paths, which was previously screened in Seattle, Washington and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is now showing at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, as part of “The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists.”
Emily Puthoff and Elena Sniezek are collaborators on the Wayfinding Series and co-curators of the Wayfinding Series Film Festival.
Emily Puthoff’s work is comprised of sculpture/installation, prints/drawings, performance/interventions, and collaborative socially-engaged projects. Her work has been recognized by numerous grants, artist residencies and awards including: a 2011 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship in Digital and Electronic Arts and Artist in the Marketplace Fellowship at the Bronx Museum for the Arts, as well as artist residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre (s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), and Banff Art Center (Banff, Canada). Her artwork has been exhibited widely including at: The Neues Kunstforum (Cologne, Germany) | The Art House at the Jones Center (Austin, TX) | The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY) | Radiator Gallery (Queens, NY), The Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art (Kingston, NY). She is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Elena Sniezek’s artwork consists of works on paper, sculptures and collaborative socially-engaged projects. She received her B.F.A in Sculpture and Art History, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Exhibiting nationally and abroad, her work has been exhibited in several galleries including Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta, Fine Arts Building Gallery in Chicago, KMOCA gallery in Kingston, NY, Temple Gallery in Rome, Italy, and numerous times at Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space in Phoenix. She has shown her work at various museums including: The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York, The Peekskill Museum in Peekskill, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
S B Woods has been performing since 1979. Her work has been seen in numerous venues both nationally and internationally. Her visual work, Meditation on Mourning a large scale sculptural installation has been seen last year at the Washington National Cathedral and is a part of the Newtown Foundations ongoing effort to prevent gun violence in America. Stone Writing on Cloud, another sculptural installation was shown at the Luther Brady Gallery in DC in April of last year. Woods will be exhibiting her work in Kingston NY this coming Fall.
The Cocoon and the Butterfly is a part of the permanent performance Archives of MoMa and was also recently filmed in March of 2015 for the remaking of “Mysteries of Love,” a song by David Lynch and Angelo Belamanti.