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Culturally Speaking

By Cornelia Seckel
ART TIMES online October 2014

Entranceway to the exhibition “Joseph Garlock: An Immigrant's Gift to America Paintings 1919-1980” on
view at the Gallery at the Lev Shalem Congregation in Woodstock, NY thru October 20.



Joseph Garlock was born in Russia, in an area now known as Belarus.  Many Jewish Immigrants have a history that started there and ended here in the United States and other places throughout the world. During the diaspora, Jews spread out across the continents seeking new homes and Garlock’s early memories became the subject of many paintings.  Work courtesy of the James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, NY for more information


cornelia Seckel at the garlic festivalGarlic farmer Bob Yerina explaining to Cornelia Seckel
the intricacies of braiding garlic.


The story of the Garlic Festival began 26 years ago when a woman named Pat Repart, who owned an herb farm on Hommelville Road in Saugerties, decided to have a garlic fair. She invited some craftspeople and a few garlic growers and I'm pleased to say I was at the very first festival. Now sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the Festival continues to be held in Saugerties, NY and this year more than 45,000 people attended over the 2 days.
  The festival, as always, featured garlic, garlic-themed foods and products, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, live music and much more.
  Proceeds from the Garlic Festival are donated to local organizations and charities including the Boys and Girls Club, scholarships to graduating seniors, the Kiwanis Ice Arena Food Pantry, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. Over the past 20 years they have given about $1,500,000 back to the community and provided thousands of warm coats for area residents.


Emerging artists at fall for Art, Kingston, NY
Fall for Art emerging Artists competition winners.
L to R Suki McCarty 2nd place, Megan DeMarco 1st place,
Asher Weinman 3rd place



The 18th annual Fall for Art fundraiser, presented by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, raised more than $20,000 for Kingston area not-for-profit organizations and scholarships for three local high school art students, winners of the “Emerging Artists of the Hudson Valley Competition.”  The event, which took place Thursday, September 4th at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston, attracted more than 400 supporters and art appreciators.  Twenty-five professional area artists, selected by a jury, displayed and sold their art.


arts mid hudson moves into a new office spaceRibbon Cutting at Arts Mid-Hudson's grand opening of
its new location in the town of Poughkeepsie, NY

Pictured cutting the ribbon is Arts Mid Hudson's Board President Paul Tesoro (left) and Executive Director Linda Marston-Reid. Among those cheering the duo on are (far left to right in the front row) Dutchess County Economic Development President and CEO Catharine Maloney, Town of Poughkeepsie Supervisor Todd Tancredi and New York State Senator Terry Gipson.

Another new venture in the space to promote local artists is a holiday craft/art shop in the gallery beginning Nov. 1.

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