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.
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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.”