The Newburgh Illuminated Festival will be this Saturday, June 3, noon – 10pm. If you are looking for the chance to visit and discover Newburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to see how the community is able to transform itself. There will be vendors, artists, and plenty of food. Make sure to go to the Newburgh Illuminated Festival website to see all that will be happening.
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Last Saturdays is a monthly celebration of the arts, culture, and community in historic downtown Newburgh on the last Saturday of every month.
This Saturday will be a documentary photography, audio, and text exhibit that explores egalitarian tribe social structures called Hadza: The Roots of Equality at Atlas Studios. Hosts, Katrin Redfern and Andrew Stern, will also feature their work. Opening reception will be March 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Wine and refreshments will be served.
For a full list of events happening this Saturday, see the events calendar.
Atlas Studios has a new artist in residence, Matt Kinney. Kinney, originally from Beacon has moved his studio to Newburgh, and he’s debuting his new workspace with a party. You can meet him and see his work up close this Saturday, February 4th, 12-6pm.
I put a lot of work in keeping the City of Newburgh event calendar up to date. Make sure to check it out for all the latest events, since the majority of events are not made into blog posts. Contact me if you are unsure about how to get your event on the calendar.
Photo and exhibition by Jessica Angel, Grids of Formation at Strongroom. The closing reception and performance which will be Sunday, January 29 from 3-6pm at 91 Liberty St. Performance starts at 4.
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When you think of open industrial spaces in Newburgh, Liberty Street, Broadway or the waterfront come to mind. The truth is there are open spaces all over the city. Jefferey Link is taking a bet on Clark Street, just off Broadway. He has bought a conglomeration of 3 warehouses located at 4-6 Clark that he calls the Newburgh Artist Colony.
As they open up the walls that combine the spaces, they are finding layers upon layers of decades past – murals, bricked up windows and doorways. None of these details match, but Jefferey says that is exactly what people love. Two of the units can only be accessed by a small alleyway off Broadway. It adds an element of discovery and curiosity that his tenants find attractive, so much so that all of the units are now filled even though construction has yet to be completed. Tenants include 2 art galleries, an ecommerce company called Eggplant Mail, a furniture restorer who transports his work up from Brooklyn, and a photographer.
On the same block Rip Rap bought 45 Clark Street, a 7,000 square foot warehouse that is now available for rent. It is empty for now, but is being advertised as a “storage or a distribution facility for the right tenant”.
Jeffrey says he is getting phone calls everyday. Instead of turning prospective tenants away, he has come up with a new idea – help his fellow landlords fill their empty storefronts to develop a creative nucleus on Mid-Broadway. Recently he helped show 170 Broadway to a prospective tenant from Manhattan. The person works for a popular vintage furniture company. They were attracted to Newburgh because of its location, and the cheap rent. They were very familiar with distressed cities, and Newburgh’s past or present didn’t really seem to deter them.
Jefferey has a lot of plans and visions for the empty spaces of Mid-Broadway. His ability to attract tenants to an otherwise overlooked block has boosted his confidence. A web series has already filmed at the colony and it has participated in an art showing as part of Newburgh Last Saturdays. Let’s hope the success continues.
Eggplant Mail owners, Biagio and Brandyn. They occupy 2 units at the Newburgh Artist Colony. The location was perfect for them because Newburgh was a middle point between both Poughkeepsie and Walden where they both reside. Their unit isn’t completed yet, but they have already moved in, anxious to take their business outside their homes.
Two years ago film, 11:55 was being filmed in Newburgh. It is now debuting Saturday, October 15, at 9:30 PM at Bearsville Theatre, and Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 PM at Rosendale Theatre. Screening times, locations and ticket prices are available at woodstockfilmfestival.com.
The film is about a U.S. Marine named Nelson Sanchez who returns to his depressed hometown. He must face the violent past he tried to escape. Check out the trailers. There’s no doubt it was filmed in Newburgh!