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Art Exhibit at Hudson Vintage
Pulp and Rocket Works


“On Warren – Rivertown Visions”
Street life paintings by local artist Ken Young.

Artist Reception and Exhibition - Friday, September 12 from 4-7pm

Hudson Vintage Pulp and Rocket Works
611 Warren St., Second Floor, Hudson NY
p: 518.822.8860

Image: Park Falafel & Pizza by Ken Young


Hudson Music Fest
Aug 8-10


The Hudson Music Festival is New York State’s largest free three-day weekend music festival.

The 2013 third annual Hudson Music Festival had its best turnout ever! An estimated 15,000 people came to Hudson during the three-day weekend of August 9-11, 2013. In total, there were over 100 acts, representing over 400 musicians, performing at 17 venues throughout the City of Hudson, which included six outdoor stages. The 2014 Hudson Music Festival will be August 8-10, 2014. Musician sign-ups are open now and will close in May. Kristina-Koller_A This year the 2014 Hudson Music Fest will take place on August 8, 9, & 10. Daytime and Nighttime, in the Nightclubs, Restaurants & Bars, Galleries, Tents up and down Warren Street, at the Riverfront, and in the Streets and Parks, in the City of Hudson. Our mission is to further develop and support the creative economy as a necessary integrated component for any healthy sustainable community strategy. Our fiscal sponsor is Artspire, a Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3). The festival is supported through grants, sponsorships, donations, a great team of volunteers, and fantastic, dedicated musicians.

For the full weekend schedule visit: http://www.hudsonmusicfest.com/schedule/



DeSantis Olana Bench Auctioned at Gala


Pre-bid on some great auction items for The Olana Partnership’s Gala on June 19th at the New York Public Library, including this wonderful bench made by David DeSantis, of Metal by David Desantis:

Olana Bench by David DeSantis
Value: $20,000-$30,000
The Olana Bench II is the second in an iconic series created by artist, David DeSantis. Hand-forged entirely of bronze, this unique sculpture is inspired by Frederic Church’s original design for naturalistic benches at Olana. Depicting birds, floating lily pads, irises, frogs and turtles, the bench is a breathtakingly beautiful masterwork perfect for exhibit in a reflective spot in a garden glen or elegant interior space. The artist has devoted the past 25 years to disciplined training in traditional and contemporary forging techniques. The Olana Bench II will be delivered to the winning bidder within a 100-mile radius of NYC, courtesy of Stair Galleries. Bench2 Bench4 To view the items visit: http://olana.org/pdf/GalaAuction2014.pdf
Accepting pre-bids on items until 4pm on June 19 by calling 518.828.1872 x 103 or e-mail [email protected]


400 Block - Spring Soiree this Saturday


This Saturday evening from 6-9pm the 400 Block of Warren Street will be hosting a SPRING SOIRÈE. Shops will be staying open for shoppers and an evening of art, music, food, community and fun.

We would like to invite any and all to come and visit the shops and see what's happening on the 400 Block.

Some of the participating businesses include:


Plus added participation by the Hudson Area Library, students of Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, Turnquist Photography, Hillrock Estate Distillery, and music by Arthur Brooks Ensemble, Blacklight Lighthouse, and Parashi... and more.

Visit the Facebook event page:


Ramp Fest May 3rd in Hudson


Ramp Fest Hudson, a celebration of the early spring vegetable renowned for its strong garlicky odor and pronounced onion flavor, will take place today, Saturday, May 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at Basilica Hudson, 110 Front St., Hudson. Ramp-fest-2 Mediterranean Sfeeha with Meiller Farm Zatar Spiced Lamb Ragu & Pickled Ramps by Gigi Hudson Valley. Ramp-fest-3 Tea Sandwich of Pork Lomo, Radish, Mint & Ramp Aioli by The Farmer's Wife.

For a full list of participants visit: http://www.rampfesthudson.com/pages/participants.html

Here's a video from last years event:


Melange at Carrie Haddad Gallery


A cacophony of fine art at Carrie Haddad Gallery (December 12th through Jan 19) features the following artists; Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Harry Orlyk, Vince Pomilio, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Scott Nelson Foster and David Paulson. A reception for the artists takes place Saturday, December 14th from 6-8pm. All are welcome.

For more information on the exhibit, click here

Top Image: Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Presence, 2013, 12" X 12" oil on panel
Bottom Image: David Paulson, Scarborough Beach, Series 1, 2012, 18" X 24", conte on paper

Scarborough Beach Series 1_D


Exhibit: Storytellers and Conjurers


Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to announce their next exhibit, “Storytellers and Conjurers”, featuring work by Kahn & Selesnick, Eileen Murphy, Louise Laplante, Adam Cohen, and Claire Lofrese. The exhibit will be on view from October 31 through December 8, 2013 with a reception for the artists on Saturday, November 2 from 6-8 PM. All are welcome.

Storytellers-and-ConjurersKahn & Selesnick, The Dark Rider, 2012-13

The ultimate storytellers, who have been showing with the gallery for 20 years, are Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick of Kahn & Selesnick, who met at Washington University in St. Louis in the 1970’s. Their initial collaboration started in Truro, MA with real film and a box camera, (that belonged to Kahn's father and was actually used during the war), a real darkroom, stacks of cotton rag paper, and a xerox machine set on sepia tone. The first few series documented an invented history about “The Royal Excavation Corps” and their experiences with a shaman, experimental wings for solo flying, psychedelic honey and all sorts of adventures shot like an old movie. Eight series later, Kahn & Selesnick now shoot with digital cameras and alter the heck out of them on the computer. The results are stunning and still have the appearance of an era long ago. This exhibit will feature prints from their most recent series Truppe Fledermaus (Bat Troupe), which explores magic realism and documents a group a performers dressed as bats, “greenmen” and “death dancers” who wander the countryside performing only for animals. There are many hand-made elements in Kahn & Selesnick's work—imaginative costumes, stage sets, carved clay bat heads and figures, as well as drawings. This latest series will also include a three dimensional installation in the front room of the gallery.

Another wonderful storyteller, Louise Laplante, uses antique papers from found books and builds a story from them. Her stories are often about women and are plotted with dresses, shoes, and teacups. They are just as often about Earth's creatures. In “Lessons I, II and III”, Laplante collages pages from a book on crustaceans and then draws big chalk whales over them. A cache of vintage envelopes (possibly love letters?) are collaged and graced with a flock of birds in “Their Letters Flew Back and Forth”. Rabbits leap across a ledger of larder accounts. In the tradition of scrapbooks or memory boxes, the work is assembled from personal references. Laplante states, “The surface is blurred with whitewash, the way memories are blurred by distance and the elements of the image are assembled on that ground. The surface is encaustic, used as the final collaged element, to act as the “preservative” for what is underneath, and to provide that final blurring of the image.” Laplante is head librarian at a nearby college, which further explains her love of books and ephemera. Three Graces_DLouise Laplante, Three Graces, 2013

Eileen Murphy tells a modern stark story that is set in an urban apartment or loft. Her exquisitely detailed paintings are like stage sets and it’s up to the viewer to imagine what happens in the rooms. Murphy’s recent work includes oil on panel paintings of an eerily calm, blue, indoor swimming pool, and a starkly spotless Hillsdale Kitchen (with a black and white checked floor that shows off her mastery of perspective technique). Murphy received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Mount Holyoke College in MA. This will be her third exhibit with Carrie Haddad Gallery.

Our two “conjurers” are Adam Cohen and Claire Lofrese. Both are contemporary painters conjuring expressive works that couldn't be more different from one another. Adam Cohen is a brilliant colorist, and depending on the colors he uses, creates very different moods. His canvases can be dreamy, playful, dark and brooding, or shockingly vibrant. They are always emotional, and not just because the paint is splattered Pollock-like throughout the painting, but because the range of painterly motion is immediate and completely focused. There is a feeling the artist wants to express and he bangs it out. Color and movement say it all. Cohen earned his BFA at Philadelphia's Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He also studied at the School of Visual Arts Parsons, the Art Students League NYC and abroad in Rome. Using Photo Shop 1, Cohen was one of the very first artists ever to use the computer for art-making, launching his career as a top illustrator. He worked for clients such as Disney, Visa, MasterCard, Coca-Cola, CBS-TV, McGraw-Hill, Pfizer, Orion Pictures, Verizon, AT&T, The Atlantic Monthly, Dean-Witter, The New York Times and others. Wrath of Mars_DAdam Cohen, Wrath of Mars, 2013

Where Cohen is wild, Claire Lofrese is elegant and concise. In this series of very tall and narrow oil on panels, Lofrese uses rich gold and brown to simulate the color and light of Old Master paintings. Her monoliths are quite spiritual, but also conjure something out of a space odyssey. The artist's interest in Japanese art is obvious in her choice of format which can hang alone as a scroll, or in multiples, like screens. Claire Lofrese was educated at SUNY Buffalo and Hunter College. She has exhibited in metropolitan New York, Canada, California and with this gallery for at least fifteen years.

Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. For more information please go to www.carriehaddadgallery.com, or call 518.828.1915

Top image: Gallery window, photo by Nicholas Kahn


Taste of Hudson this Saturday


HADA Members 3FortySeven and Ca’ Mea Ristorante will be participating in the 5th annual Taste of Hudson on September 7th!

The annual Taste of Hudson food festival will be held on Saturday, September 7th from 11am until 2pm. The event, organized by the members of the BeLo 3rd group, features over 25 of Hudson’s restaurants, cafes, bakeries and food retailers. 

Now in its fifth year, the festival has grown significantly. According to Juliette Crill, Vice President of BeLo 3rd, last year’s crowd was huge. “We started small the first year with around 300 people attending but the event has really taken off with hundreds of people enjoying everything from chocolate covered bacon to falafel.” 

The “tastings” of select menu items from Hudson’s finest eateries highlight the city’s diverse cuisine. Food lovers can graze their way through appetizers, sushi, select teas & desserts, cheeses, ethnic and comfort foods, baked goods, soups and chocolate. “Nearly all of Hudson’s eateries are participating,” states Crill. “It should be a delicious day under the tent. After all who doesn’t like to eat!”

Tickets are sold on location the day of the event. Participants, thus far, include 3FortySeven, American Glory, Baba Louie’s, Bruno’s, Café Le Perche, Ca Mea, Cascades, DA/BA ,Helsinki Hudson, Hudson Cake Company, Italian Market, Olde Hudson, Park Pizza and Falafal, Red Dot, Relish Hudson, Savoia, Tanzy’s ,Taste of the Caribbean, Taste of India, Vasilow’s, Verdigris Tea/ Chocolate Bar, Vico, Wasabi , West Indie Food and Wunderbar.

Taste of Hudson is held rain or shine under the big tents located on Warren Street between 2nd and 3rd. Come early and bring your appetite! For more information, visit: http://belo3rd.com/


Welcomes Hudson Music Festival


HADA member 3FortySeven, architect Michael Davis’ showroom and ode to his passion for antiques and architectural salvage, recently became a destination for the sensory enjoyment of food and during Hudson Music Festival! The electic shop will be a destination for several scheduled musical performances, food and libations. For a complete schedule of events please visit www.hudsonmusicfest.com.

3FortySeven has secured a limited liquor license for the weekend of August 9 – 11 to coincide with being a venue for musical performances during Hudson Music Festival, the state’s largest free three-day music festival. When asked the hours which 3FortySeven will be serving visitors, owner Michael Davis replied, “We’ll open at noon and close when we’re tired.”

Musical performances occurring at 3FortySeven during Hudson Music Festival will occur in front of the art deco building facing Warren Street. As well as the Festival’s website, a mobile app is available for iPhone and Android devices which focuses on the schedule for the Hudson Music Festival as well as the many other attractions and destinations in Hudson.

Details to date on food and beverage menu items available at 3FortySeven during Hudson Music Festival include food prepared by Miles Vidor of Hudson Grains and Greens; the already popular and operational food truck offerings and for this special weekend, at least six draft beers from local brewers.

The food and libations served up for this special weekend offer visitors a glimpse of what is in store down the road, when 3FortySeven opens the much-anticipated BackBar this Fall. As the architect and designer of Chef Zak Pelaccio’s recently opened Fish & Game just a few doors from 3FortySeven, Davis is embracing and significantly contributing to the food and design culture in upstate New York.


Proprietors Theatre Co.
& Hudson Antiques


The Proprietors Theatre Company has teamed up with the some of our Hudson Antique shops to craft a piece of locally sourced theatre! Attend "This" and check out beautiful authentic Hudson products from HADA members FINCH life curated, Neven & Neven Moderne & Carousel Antiques (all items are for sale - so if you see something you love, just ask!)

Melissa James Gibson's acclaimed play "This" will be performed July 18-20 at Henry Hudson Studios, 726 Union St., Hudson, NY.

Gibson's play dazzled New York audiences when it debuted four years ago and The Proprietors is holding its upstate premiere, presented in a distinctly Hudson gallery setting. “This” is a blistering yet heartfelt comedy about longtime friends struggling to transition from the carefree "that" of growing up to the unsolved "this" of being grown-up.

The Proprietors will craft a piece of "locally sourced" theatre by creating a living room set comprised almost entirely of authentic Hudson products. They are teaming up with the following antique stores: The Collector’s Eye LLC, FINCH life curated, Carousel, and Neven and Neven Moderne. Kristi Funk Dana, Producing Artistic Director of The Proprietors Theatre Company, grew up in Hudson, NY. Funk Dana is a trained actor and teacher (B.A., Theatre Arts, Penn State; M.A., Theatre Ed., Emerson College; M.F.A., Acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY). As she visited family and friends over the years, she became inspired by the growth of its arts community. Last year, she decided to create The Proprietors Theatre Company as a way to give back to Hudson and become involved in its rapidly growing theatre scene. In August 2012 The Proprietors held their inaugural event at Basilica Hudson. In the saucy and hilarious historical romp, “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, Funk Dana acted alongside two other professionally trained New York actors. The evening was a great success, boasting 50 attendees and a fabulous response.

The Proprietors held their first-ever Young Proprietors Acting Workshop (ages 11-18) on Saturday, May 11th at Columbia Greene Community College. Funk Dana and Proprietors Company Member, Emma Myers, taught acting technique including voice and movement for the actor, improvisation, ensemble awareness, script analysis and character building. The students had a wonderful time and The Proprietors looks forward to holding another workshop in the future.

To purchase tickets for “This,” visit www.proprietorstheatre.org. To contact The Proprietors: [email protected] or call 646.831.3517