July / August 2016 EXHIBIT
Judy Thomas, Carol Flaitz and Barbara Smith
July 11 – August 31, 2016
Judy Thomas, Barbara Smith and Carol Flaitz will each be “artists-in-residence” for one week at the Newburgh Free Library this month, inspiring local children and their families with a series of free, fun art activities during “Art Start,” which runs July 11 – 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and extended to Aug. 1 – 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
The three artists will also display their own artwork in the Library Lobby Gallery for the duration of “Art Start.”
“Trouble Balls” is the theme of Judy’s two paintings hanging in the Library Lobby Gallery. These fun balls of recycled plastic and newspaper were then created by children during the first day of “Art Start.”
The pioneering, renegade spirit of the early 90’s helped to shape the direction of Judy Thomas’ art, when she began to create temporary, large scale sculptural works in abandoned warehouse spaces along the waterfront in Brooklyn. Recent installations include work in The Arsenal Center for the Arts, Brandeis University and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.
Thomas won a 2015 Individual Artist Commission grant from Arts Mid-Hudson for her community-responsive sculptural installation MATRIX:RENEWAL. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Detroit News, Huffington Post and the Mid-Hudson Times. Thomas lives and works in Newburgh, New York. For more, visit judythomas.com.
The work of Carol Flaitz is inspired by images of the microscopic infrastructure inside computers that runs 21st Century civilization. By distorting nano-technology to a billion times its original size and applying an explosion of color and texture, she presents the viewer with a metaphor for the role that contemporary technology plays in human society. Her desire is that the viewer will search and discover the pieces with the same awe that a researcher experiences every time he looks down the microscope to see things heretofore never seen before. Her ultimate desire is to take these images, composed of nothing more than chemistry and electricity, and breath life into them.
Flaitz received the Arts Mid-Hudson Project Grant for her Habitat for Artists summer art series held at the library. Her work has been shown in galleries across the Hudson Valley region, in New York City, and internationally in Germany, Sweden and Malta, among others. Her current work is inspired by the infrastructure inside computers, resulting in microscopic images reminiscent of fine landscapes. For more, go to carolflaitz.com.
Smith has displayed her work recently at the Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring. She says her work represents “my ongoing investigation of how color, texture and form can be combined to express something personal and universal within a nonobjective format.” Previously she hosted a mask-making workshop for children at the library.
Among her numerous exhibitions were a two-person show “Works on Paper and Mixed Media” in the Center Arts Gallery of Kaplan Hall (Newburgh) that featured a variety of mixed mediums such as paint and encaustic and the “Abstraction: New Modernism” exhibition at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh. She served as an Artist-in Residence at the Garrison Art Center and was awarded a Westchester Council on the Arts Partnership Grant. For more, go to barbarasmithgioia.com.
“Art Start” 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. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.
For more information, call the Newburgh Free Library at 563-3619 or 563-3600.
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.