The Newburgh Open Studios tour once again brought a colorful backdrop to the Hudson Valley’s largest historic district. This annual event in Newburgh, on the last Saturday in September, is a walking tour of Newburgh’s creative spaces. Almost 100 artists participated this year, opening their spaces with art on display, in process, and for sale to the public. 2016 was the tour’s 6th year and my third time doing the walk.
This year we made it to the cavernous space in the former Regal Bag Factory on the waterfront for Julie Lindell’s How Form Occupies Space, a variety of space-specific pieces made of wood. An evening performance at Space Create by movement artist Ophra Wolf featuring her Dress Project of dresses belonging to local Newburgh women and their stories narrated during the performance.
Sunday afternoon we stopped in YouThere studios on Liberty Street for a demonstration by Sarah Beckham Hooff and Aaron Latos who use refurbished equipment to help musicians make single take recordings in their Liberty Street studio. Any sound was welcome: from metal to violin to hip hop. In place of records, the pair etched the surface of plastic dinner plates with 2-minute recordings of the visitor's sound of choice.
Newburgh Open Studios: www.newburghopenstudios.org
Julie Lindell: www.julielindell.org
Ophra Wolf: www.forceandflow.com