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A lifeless storefront in the city of Newburgh, NY will be transformed from an empty shell to an energized colorful environment in Judy Thomas’ upcoming sculptural installation ‘MATRIX:RENEWAL’.  Thomas, who was awarded a 2015 Individual Artist Commission grant from Arts Mid-Hudson to realize this project, is excited for this opportunity.  “The challenge is to engage the community to create something fun as well as thought provoking,” Thomas explains.

The social and cultural environment of the community is an important aspect of Thomas’ approach to her art.  ‘Matrix:Renewal’ will take place at 87 Ann Street, which was donated to Thomas for the duration of the project.  The building has seen many businesses over its lifespan, most recently a store for handmade fair trade goods.  Thomas will give consideration to the architecture of the space, the history of the space and its future also. She hopes to send a message that this is a safe and creative drug-free zone.

One component of the June 2015 installation will be dozens of colorful balls made from recycled plastic shopping bags, that Thomas fondly calls ‘Troubles’, named after the ‘Tribbles’ of Star Trek fame. She has invited youth from The Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh to help in the creation of the ‘Troubles’ and other parts of the installation. Donations of old newspapers and plastic shopping bags will be the materials used to create ’Trouble balls’. These balls will become part of the installation and will be given away at the end of the project as souvenirs.

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The ‘Troubles’ will be brought outside during the 2015 Newburgh Illuminated Festival on June 20th. By placing art in a public setting, Thomas will be sharing her art making process with a community that has limited access to arts programming. Thousand of attendees are expected to fill the downtown area for the Festival.

The creative and interactive process of making MATRIX:RENEWAL will be documented by filmmaker Alysia Mazzella. A Kickstarter campaign is being planned to fund the film.

Judy Thomas’ work has been featured in the New York TimesBoston Globe, Time Out New York, The Detroit News, Huffington Post and the Mid-Hudson Times. Thomas’ recent piece ‘Expansion’ was included in the Hudson Valley Artists 2014 exhibition Worlds of Wonder at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

Learn about Judy Thomas and view more work on her websitearchives and facebook page.

05/01/15 11:30am

8 Farrell St Newburgh NY

Here’s a true 4-family, investment worthy property in Colonial Terraces. From the photos, it looks like it is in great condition. Rooms still have original details but have been tastefully updated. They also recently just removed the large tree out front. Colonial Terraces is a neighborhood known for its gardens. Just check out the home across the street on Google Maps. It would be nice if the new owner could keep up the garden theme of this area.

8 Farrell St Newburgh NY (RE/MAX Benchmark Realty)
Asking Price: $289,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 3,326 sq ft
Taxes: $12,517
Neighborhood: Colonial Terraces
Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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05/01/15 7:51am

490 Liberty St Newburgh NY

This is a house in foreclosure located right near the college. It has river views in the back, and a workable bathroom and kitchen. For someone who has the money to make cosmetic upgrades along with money for unforeseeable occurrences, this home is worth a look. It has a lot of potential that was just covered over in vinyl. This is the very northern tip of Liberty Street. Here, homes are in various states of condition and the brick road has been dug up and patched, but never properly fixed.

490 Liberty St Newburgh NY (Brian Smith, River Realty)
Asking Price: $70,000
Year Built: 1925
Size: 1,544 sq ft
Taxes: n/a
Neighborhood: MGL
Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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04/28/15 7:30am

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Need a party or an event venue in Newburgh? Are you a DIY party expert looking for a simple space to host a party yourself? Here’s a list of some great spaces that are available that are off the beaten track from your usual restaurant or hotel venue. If anything is missing, please add it to the comments section.

Newburgh Brewing Company – They have started to allow private events to be held here, including weddings. There are river views and it’s a nice big and open space. From what I know they allow outside catering. Email events@newburghbrewing.com. Photo © Justin Soudant Photography.

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Green Room – located under the Ritz Theater, the Green Room was the place to have your wedding many years ago.  It has a full kitchen and can fit 250 people.

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Ritz Theater Lobby – An open space that can be transformed for just about anything. They have a baby grand piano that you can rent and there is a gorgeous new marquee that has just been installed in the entrance to impress your guests.

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Ann Street Gallery- A nice and open space with an industrial feel that has concrete floors. You might have to deal with whatever artwork is up at the time, but definitely contact them to find out your options. Generally I think they prefer calmer events like tea parties, conferences etc.

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Motorcyclepedia Museum – A huge space that can hold anything from a conference to movie premier party. For more information on rates call 845-569-9065. You can also contact them about renting Umbra Sound Stage out in the Town of Newburgh.

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Hudson Valley Arts Live – They are having some issues with zoning to be officially open, but if that issue can be resolved this would be one of the coolest venues in the city. It’s a 4,000 square foot loft space that has exposed brick walls, floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the room, beautiful wood floors, and state of the art sound and lighting systems. Email for information: hudsonvalleyartslive@gmail.com or call 845-764-0735

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Atlas Building – This is another chic venue little might know about in Newburgh. They have a photo studio that they are willing to rent out on a case by case basis. They are also willing to rent out smaller studios that have not been occupied. The large windows and brick walls are pretty amazing.

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Newburgh Armory Gymnasium – This is a full court, capable of housing basketball, and many other sports, such as Karate, Wrestling, and Boxing; as well as various events , job fairs, and conferences. For further questions you can contact LMartinez@newburgharmory.org

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FireScapes Reception Hall – I just found out about this one. They don’t have a website yet, but all their contact information is above.

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Don Fernando’s – This a beautiful banquet room in the back of Don Fernando’s Restaurant that you would never know was there. Obviously you’d have to have the restaurant cater the food, but it’s a classy room that is a hidden gem on Broadway. (845) 565-2909

Venues that don’t officially offer anything but it can’t hurt to try:

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Yellow Bird Building – The is home to the Downing Film Center. However, the lobby is also used for art shows, and a little known fact is an amazing green roof above that has been known to host private events. It could be a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony or party. They don’t officially rent it out, but it can’t hurt to ask. You should contact the Downing Film Center for more details. The film center also rents out the theater for private events. Photo © Safe Harbors of the Hudson

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Space Create – this is a collaborative workspace that hosts everything from art shows to conferences to fundraisers. They have hosted some fun parties. Capacity isn’t that large, but it’s a cool space that might be willing to hose private events.

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Downing Park Visitors Center – Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted are perhaps better known for their contributions to Central Park and Prospect Park. But they also collaborated to create Downing Park. If you have ever visited you all three you will see similarities in Newburgh. The park is beautiful and with a little more maintenance, it could be magnificent. The visitors center/shelter house could be a venue for a smaller event. It has been used for different events in the past. Photo © John Leighton (845) 565-5559

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West Shore Train Station/Just off Broadway – Back when this was run by the Railroad Playhouse, renting the space was an option. Now it is run by Just of Broadway, who at any given time might have elaborate sets in place, but it can’t hurt to try to see if the new owners are willing to rent the space as an event venue. It’s close to the water and has nice views all around. 845-565-3791

Great Room, SUNY Orange -This is a beautiful open room that is ideally used for conferences. There is a patio area that opens out to views of the Hudson River. You will probably need to speak to the Coordinator of Cultural Affairs if you are interesting in renting it for a private event.  (845) 341-4891 cultural@sunyorange.edu