Artist warehouse space in other parts of the city are starting to pop up, like this location heading west on Clark Street. An artist pop-up show will be taking place this Saturday to help exhibit the space to potential tenants. The buildings are being coined The Newburgh Artist Colony. A nice article detailing the space can be found here, and here are some details on rental options taken from their Facebook page:
“Calling all Creative People who are entrepreneurs and looking to find a FREE or reduced cost working space. The Newburgh Artist Colony is offering their largest unit, a 2,500 sq ft space on 2 floors for $1,700 per month. The ground floor has a garage door and easy street access. . The garage door also has an embedded entrance door to save on heating costs in the winter, when someone enters or exits the building. 10′ ft ceilings. Subdivide the space and charge your fellow artists to join you. This is your opportunity to work rent free or even make some money. The ground floor space is ideal for someone who is making big sculptures, statues or other large projects as well as light manufacturing or woodworking. The second floor is 1,150 sq ft. There are no support columns. It is just one big, open space. There is natural light coming from the front windows. This space is an artist’s dream. The second floor will be an easy space to divide and rent to other artists. The street is quiet. There is plenty of parking. Free Wi-Fi and a Camera Surveillance system are already in place. We already have one artist who has taken a smaller unit on the 2nd Floor of 4 Clark. You can text me or message me to schedule an appointment. Jeff (646) 280-8772.”
There are plenty of vacant storefronts in the City of Newburgh. New organization, Strongroom, aims to bring art to unused spaces in the city starting off with their kickoff event this Saturday at Thornwillow Institute, 7 South Lander Street. It is exciting to see new residents bring their own passions to Newburgh.
“Julie Tremblay’s work often takes scientific theories as a starting point, exploring the complicated relationships between the natural and human worlds. Both research-based and instinctive, her monumental sculptures can take many forms. Twisting and flowing through space, suspended above or around you, hard edges of an accordion fold meet a bulbous curve of sculpted aluminum mesh.LED lights at times strung throughout and spray paint applied to the metallic surface create added depth and false shadows, giving the form a mysterious sense of space,which feels at once transparent and perhaps impenetrable. It is a form you might feel inclined to embrace, climb into, or even imitate.
This new site-specific installation references “strange attractors,” a term used in chaos theory to describe external elements that interrupt regular patterns in nature. The interference causes the pattern to change and become seemingly chaotic. Walking through and around the strange forms, there are familiar yet abstract sounds from nearby Julie’s Newburgh studio – a freight train and the waves of the Hudson River, alternating between nature and the manmade. Balance and disruption are at the heart of Julie’s practice, and this immersive sculptural installation expresses a potential for transformation through its movement and meandering forms. Working with different types of mesh for over fifteen years, Julie’s formal treatment of the medium has evolved into a physical interpretation of the interconnectivity of nature’s infinite complexities.
Julie Tremblay is from Quebec, Canada, and is based in Newburgh and Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and most recently at the Art Dubai art fair with Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery. In 2012,CBS.com named her as one of “5 best up and coming NYC artists.” Other recent press includes feature articles in Surface Magazine China,Creative Quarterly, and Nu-Modé Magazine, just to name a few. In 2013, she was awarded a residency with the prestigious Parisian gallery Galerie RX, where she spent the summer in their gigantic space in Ivry-sur-Seine, a former scientific laboratory of the Frédéric Joliot-Curie, making a large site-specific installation. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, and also completed two major commissions in Canada last year; one for the lobby of a new movie theater in Marham, Ontario, Canada and the other for La Maison Simons, in Gatineau, Quebec.
Made possible with the support of Thornwillow Institute.”
Brought to you by the Columbia urban design studio students, Re-juvenation is a site-specific art exhibition and art intervention staged within the city of Newburgh, NY. Conceived as an invitation for artists to use the city’s urban fabric as a medium, Re-juvenation examines the adaptive reuse of architectural space and community-driven initiatives for neighborhood revitalization. For full details see the events calendar.
April 30th is Last Saturdays in Newburgh. This is a day when businesses stay open later and special events happen to encourage tourism and economic development of downtown Newburgh. For more information, check out the Facebook fanpage and on social media: #NBLS, #NewburghLastSaturdays, #NBNYARTS, #NBNYMUSIC.
Some people look at the City of Newburgh and see crumbling houses and vacant storefronts. Others see world-class architecture and blank canvases for new ideas. It is no surprise the creative community sees the latter in the City of Newburgh. Helen O’Leary is one of them. As she says, “I liked Newburgh from the getgo.”
Helen just bought a home in front of Downing Park last fall and she is excited about Newburgh! She is an Irish artist currently living in Brooklyn who has had solo exhibitions all over the globe, from Melbourne to New Delhi. One of her most recent shows was at the MAC in Belfast. She has won many awards including a Joan Mitchell and Guggenheim fellowship. And she is a full professor at Penn State.
DIA Beacon is a favorite destination of hers over the years, and this Spring, like many others, she decided to do a bit more exploring of the surrounding area and ended up in Newburgh. As they drove through Newburgh she says, “I was instantly taken with the city, the architecture, and the beauty of the place. It’s a real city, it’s not disneyfied and has great people with a community spirit.”
They looked at property near the river, but kept returning to Downing Park and admiring it’s beauty. Helen is an avid gardener, but due to a busy travel schedule she has neglected her garden. She says, “having thirty five acres of a world class park across from my home and studio was a deal clincher.”
The property they ended up with will need quite a deal of repair. Work will begin in the spring, and hopefully they will move in soon after.
Newburgh is excited to have you Helen! Thank you for sharing your story.
You can learn more about Helen’s work in this video interview below:
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After a brief pause in 2015, The Lightbulb Project will be back in 2016. Undoubtedly, this was a favorite event of many. Often the goal was to try and spot all the participating lightbulbs city-wide. This art project, illuminating Newburgh’s potential, is not possible without sponsors. To learn more about The Lightbulb Project sponsorship and to view the 2013 and 2014 lightbulbs please visit the website, or Facebook page.