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Newburgh’s open studio tour is set

September 25th, 2012

The second Newburgh Open Studios is coming together. This year there will be about 30 artists participating. The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 from 11am until 5 pm.

Maps will be available starting Saturday, September 29 at 10 am at Newburgh Art Supply.

There will be a kick-off party at the new Newburgh Brewing Company at 88 South Colden Street on Friday, September 28, from 7 to 9 pm. Meet all the artists in a magnificent space overlooking the Hudson River. Maps will available at the party.

Participating artists in this year’s tour include sculptor Alejandro Dron, Alice Vaughan of the Hudson River Bindery, food photographer Ann Stratton, Christopher Fisher, Gerardo Castro, Greg Burak, Jason Corette, Jesse Hazelip, Jill Baroff, Kevin Kearns, Rachel Weidkam, Jodi Dickhaut, Kate Ferriter, Michael Sibilia, Joe Pimentel, Stefana McClure, Victor Mirabelli, Thom DeVita, William Noonan, Rosalinda McGovern, Will Teran, Neil Alexander, Taka Bennett, Bruno Gordon, Jason Wright, Meredith Heuer, Scenic Art Studio, The Healing Arts Studio, 75 Broadway, Newburgh and Ann Street Gallery

Alejandro Dron has been creating kinetic sculptures that offer the spectators the opportunity to interact with them through their bodies and programmed microcomputers, sensors, micro motors and other circuits.

At present his works are inspired by Jewish mysticism.

Christopher Fisher has worked as a background painter for 2D Animation since 2007. This also included a significant amount of design for the backgrounds. In addition he has worked as an illustrator and colorist for print and the pre production of televised commercials.

David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than 4 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. He is co-founder of Contact Press Images,the New York based photojournalism agency, now entering its 37th year. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine Burnett was named one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography.

He is also collaborating with the group “Facing Change – Documenting America” which is trying to recreate a modern version of the FSA, and take a serious look at the issues facing the country during these turbulent economic times. You can see the group’s work at www.facingchange.org He recently taught workshops at the GulfPhotoPlus.com festival in Dubai – a long way on an airplane to get there but really great fun.

Creative occupation is something of a birthright for Ellen Sigunik, the child of a painter and a sculptor. Ellen showed a predilection for artistic exploration and self-determination from an early age. Already a practiced photographer at sixteen, Ellen left the conventional school system and moved to Kenya. There she developed a cohesive body of work based on relationships she formed with Kenyan street children; she currently exhibits the collection to raise money and awareness for her subjects. In 2006, Ellen had settled in New York City when she received a fateful call from her old pal, Jesse Meyer. He needed some help with his business, and soon Ellen discovered a new love in parchment. Inspired by the beauty of the more distinctive hides and surprised to find they were not commonly seen in design, she decided to focus on application, eventually forming her own company, Sigunik Studio. As chief artisan at Sigunik, Ellen creates strikingly beautiful custom pieces for heirloom-quality furniture and interior installations.

Michael Sibilia has been practicing the art of photography for 30 years. Living in the Hudson Valley and working as a freelance photojournalist gives him an opportunity to experience both the scenery and the diversity of the human spirit that exists all around us. “There is nothing more fulfilling to me than seeing the art in everyday places and people.” Fate placed him in downtown Manhattan on September 11, 2001. Capturing on film the events that occurred has forever changed the way he sees life through his camera. Michael now chooses to focus on spontaneous images of people, wildlife, and landscapes, each engaged in its own unique world at any given moment of the day.

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