Thursday, January 28, 2016

Storm at storm king

We had a snowstorm forecast for this past Saturday. Accumulations in the Hudson Valley ended up varying, both in reporting and in actuality. The fact that the New Windsor area had very little was good because I had purchased tickets for one of the Winter Sundays at Storm King Art Center.

Storm King, one of the Hudson Valley’s largest sculpture parks, attracts visitors from all over the world. Its 500 acres are dotted with over 100 sculptures in mediums such as stone, wood, metal, landscape, and even U.S. currency. Carefully sited to encourage viewing from multiple angles (including some from underneath), the works explore various themes such as pyramidal voids, negative space, repurposing, and organic forms.

Alexander Calder’s black steel triangular curving The Arch was installed in 1976 and was described as “monumental, but not overbearing.” Sculptor Mark di Suvero has multiple works displayed at Storm King. His most visual pieces include bright orange angular sculptures that explore balance and movement.

Storm King is closed for the winter season but opens periodically for special events like the Winter Sundays. Admission was $40 per car of 5. So what is the best season to visit this Hudson Valley  outdoor sculpture park? My favorite is winter, especially when there's a little bit of snow leftover from a mild storm.  

Storm King Art Center:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hippie barn

There’s a bit of a boardwalk between Sunshine Studios’ parking lot and front door. At the lot end two buddha statues, both seated in the garden with closed eyes, greet visitors. If that’s the sign you’ve been looking for, you’re in the right place.

Sunshine Studios has been at its Middletown location, at the corner of East Main Street and Dunning Road, for almost 20 years. The store is a treat for hippies, young and old, and remains a primary destination for incense, tie dye cloting and tapestries, silver jewelry, smudge sticks, bumper stickers, books, oils, gemstones, pottery and the like.  

With shelves, racks and showcases literally overflowing with color, shine and inspiration, the shop is a refuge from the January cold. It’s less than an hour drive from the site of the original 1969 Woodstock site. The famous festival was actually set to happen on an industrial site in Wallkill, the next town over from Middletown, but was moved a month before the August festival. Posters with the Wallkill location were printed and can still be found today.  

Whether you’re familiar with the Age of Aquarius because you lived through it, heard that Fifth Dimension song, or just have a tie dye cover on your phone, a trip to Sunshine Studios is a treat for all ages.  

Sunshine Studios: