Habitat for Artists at the Newburgh Free Library
Art for all ages is available in front of the Newburgh Free Library where Habitat for Artists (HFA) has set up a mini studio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon. through Fri., June 29 – July 31. Newburgh artist and project organizer Carol Flaitz will join several other artists who will inhabit this simple and temporary structure and offer a variety of free, art experiences to everyone who stops by.
Habitat for Artists is a site-specific collaborative exhibition that provides artists with a portable 6 ft. by 6 ft. shed/workspace made from recycled materials.
“This project shows us that beautiful art can be created regardless of space, size, or location,” Flaitz said. “It’s also an opportunity for artists to explore their art and share it with the community.”
Art previously created by the artists will also be on display in the library gallery during July.
Michael Asbill’s recent projects include an interactive computer and photographic installation for the Samuel Dorsky Museum (New Paltz, NY) and a permanent photographic lenticular installation for the Poughkeepsie Library. Asbill has created public artworks for the Poughkeepsie Train Station and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (Gardiner, NY).
Ina Braun, is the proprietor of Tante Sophie avait un chien (www.tantesophie.com), a creative space for fiber arts in Denville, NJ. Braun teaches, designs, writes, blogs, cooks, shares and thinks outside the box. Her multifaceted background includes wildlife biology, dreams of veterinary medicine, small business enterprise, MBA in Economic Development, and skills in several languages brings a rich and eclectic background to any creative endeavor.
Lisa Breznak is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose work ranges from 1.5” miniatures to 18’ specific pieces. Breznak exhibits internationally and has had artists residencies in the US and Japan, a solo exhibition at the Hudson River Museum, and has lectured on her work at Seika University, Kyoto Prefectural University, and the Kyoto International Group, Japan.
Simon Draper, artist and founder of Habitat for Artists (HFA) has been exploring those spaces where art is not usually seen. These unpredictable places foster new creativity and practices both for the artist and public, who become participants and collaborators. With HFA, Draper has worked in partnership with ecoartspace and curator Amy Lipton on several recent projects.
Carol Flaitz is an artist who lives and works in Newburgh, NY. Known for her interpretations of images of nanotechnology, Flaitz is a mixed media artist who uses a multiplicity of mediums to reach the goal of exploration of form and color in geological and organic forms.
Barbara Galazzo specializes in fused glass art and occasionally combines her fused work in her mosaic installations. Her work is all about the celebration of color and how color can improve an environment and health. She teaches privately at her studio as well as Garrison Art Center and Mount St. Mary College.
Faheem Haider uses paintings and drawing to reflect on the US military occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. He works closely with poets and musicians who have been to Afghanistan and Iraq and have seen the effects of the War on Terror in person, as well as artists and well-wishers for whom the War on Terror is the subject and object of a morning newspaper read. Haider was born in Bangladesh then grew up in Montgomery, NY.
Michelle Hersh is a New York Certified Visual Arts Educator (K-12) who has lived in the New Paltz region for ten years. She is a multi-media artist whose work ranges from wood, printing, drawing, painting, collage and paper mache. She instructs the after school program “Kingston Teen Art Lab (KAL)” at the Kingston Library and substitute teaches in local public school districts.
Wilfredo Morel’s local art installations include a river front sculpture at China Pier in Peekskill composed of recycled piping from the old Fleischman’s Gin Plant. Another of his riverfront works of recycled materials is permanently installed at the Mid-Hudson Bridge. He completed fifteen works of recycled materials for installation as roadside art along Route 9, sponsored by Peekskill area industry.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events.
The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3619 or 563-3645. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled.
In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3619 or 563-3645.