Change is in the air for Chambers Street. The Holland Tunnel Art Gallery opened its doors May 25th to a packed open house. Some commented they couldn’t believe it was the same Chambers Street, and others remembered a time when the building housed illegal activities. It couldn’t be further from its former life with all the families and children in attendance. The owner, Paulien Lethen, says the space will be a venue for exhibitions, performances, concerts and movie screenings. Just an example of the potential of Newburgh’s stock.
Dutch artist, Paulien Lethen, is opening the Holland Tunnel Art Gallery in Newburgh on May 25 (5-10pm) and May 26 (1-6pm) in a renovated 1860’s warehouse at 46 Chambers Street. The gallery will feature opening exhibition work by local and international artists and live jazz by Dutch pianist/vocalist Heleen Schuttevaer, Lethen’s sister, and other musicians.
The Chambers Street gallery is the newest location for the Holland Tunnel Gallery which originated in 1997 in Williamsburg in a Home Depot garden shed in Lethen’s backyard. It immediately received press in The New York Times and became a neighborhood icon. In 2000 the Dutch sisters, Paulien and Heleen, opened Holland Tunnel Gallery Paros in Greece, with summer exhibitions and concerts in a 400 year old merchant house.
The Holland Tunnel Art Gallery in Newburgh will be a new venue for exhibitions, performances, concerts and movie screenings. The other spaces in the building are artist studios. Paulien comments that she feels the same artistic energy of Williamsburg in the ‘90’s – then known as The New Bohemia. She is happy to offer a new cultural venue and art center in the historic district of Newburgh where art and people can get together.
The exhibition will feature works by Jesus Antoshka, Kakyung Cho, Marieken Cochius, Steve Gerberich, Lynn Isaacson, Paulien Lethen, Julie Lindell, Bix Lye, Sinjin Lye, Jan Mulder, Kent Peterson, Jacques Roch, Judy Thomas, Audra Wolowiec
Jazz performances by Heleen Schuttevaer (piano, vocals) and guests; line up TBA
One of the best weekends to visit the City of Newburgh is upon us. Going 7 years strong, Newburgh Open Studios introduces visitors to Newburgh’s burgeoning arts community with the opening of artists’ work studios, alternative gallery spaces, sculpture installations, performance art and pop-up shows. Much of the self-guided tour is ‘walkable’.
Photo of the week by Brian Wolfe. “The turnout was fabulous for the Orange Alert III exhibition! Jackie Skrzynski estimates around 150 people attended, traveling from as far away as New York City and New Jersey. If you missed the opening, you can text 845-304-3142 before July 22 to set up an appointment to see the show. Thanks to the artists, Orange County Tourism and everyone else who made this exhibition a success!”
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Another Orange Alert is being exhibited in Newburgh by Jackie Skrzynski. This time it will be in a completely new venue, 10 Carpenter Avenue. (Image above by Bill Kooistra)
Where: 10 Carpenter Avenue Newburgh NY 12550 When: Opening Sunday, July 9th from 1-4pm.
It’s a pop-up, so it’s all about the opening.
For more information contact Jackie Skrzynski at jskrzyns[at]gmail.com or www.thepop-upgallery.blogspot.com
A message from Jackie:
“The original idea of P.U.G. Projects’ Orange Alert was to create a venue to exhibit abstract and conceptual works made by local artists who were well known outside of Orange County, but had rarely exhibited close to home. Now twelve years later, we can see a wide variety of artwork at newly established venues, including pop-up galleries and performance spaces. My motivation this time has shifted to promote cross-pollination. I want to bring together artists from across the county, young and old, newbies and long-time residents, to meet each other and share their work with the larger community.
I truly enjoyed thinking and writing about the powerful work in this exhibition. Each artist demonstrates a profound commitment to their practice. I am especially grateful to the owner of 10 Carpenter Street, Madeline Trezza, who has been so helpful with each step of the installation. This amazing space is for rent, so spread the word!“