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!
99 artists will participate in the Sixth Annual Newburgh Open Studios. Newburgh Open Studios 2016 will be the 6th annual studio tour taking place on Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th, 2016 from Noon – 6pm each day. It is a Free self-guided tour. Maps will be available at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand Street, Saturday and Sunday September 24th and 25th starting at 10am and will be the central location for tour information and extra studio tour maps.
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.”