Environmentalists on Olana: Inspiring Partnerships to Protect Inspiring Views

Frederic Church designed Olana’s landscape to maximize his views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, an inspiration for many of his paintings. Join Scenic Hudson Director of Land Conservation Cari Watkins Bates and Director of Land Use Advocacy Jeffrey Anzevino to learn how Olana has inspired 50 years of collaborative — and ongoing — efforts to protect Olana’s integral viewshed and create exciting ways of connecting people with the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Cari Watkins-Bates’ 20+ year career in land conservation has been focused on the preservation, restoration, and access to both natural and cultural resources (including agricultural lands). She has a MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University. Prior to joining Scenic Hudson, she was with The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada Field Office.

Jeffrey Anzevino, AICP, the Director of Land Use Advocacy at Scenic Hudson where he has worked for 30 years helping communities revitalize their riverfronts, protect views and expand river access. He has a BA in Geography from the University of Maryland.

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$15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact education@olana.org.

iena Cruz Artist in Residence Exhibition Opening (in person)

As part of VISITOR CENTER’s mission to support emerging interdisciplinary artists of the Hudson Valley and beyond, the invitational residency will provide space for creative investigation and experimentation with new concepts or materials. During the self-directed residency, artists are encouraged to experiment with a new body of work or develop a new process and are invited to engage with the local community of Newburgh.

On Saturday, October 1 st , VISITOR CENTER will present a series of new works by Cruz created during his two-week residency in Newburgh with a never-before-showcased series of glazed ceramics. Spanning the entire gallery, the comprehensive presentation will chart the recent evolution of Cruz’s practice.

A solo exhibition by iena Cruz on view October 1st – November 15th, 2022
Opening reception: Saturday October 1st, 5-7 pm
Press Preview: Saturday October 1st, 4-5 pm
at VISITOR CENTER, 233 Liberty street, Newburgh NY

Federico Massa is a world-renowned street artist with a unique style that blends hyper-realistic animal portraiture with psychedelically bright backgrounds. He gained traction in the 1990s as a rebellious graffiti artist in the burgeoning street art movement under the alias “Cruz.” As his body of work progressed, he began using the symbol of a hyena (iena in Italian), which led to his current alias “iena Cruz.”
Originally from Milan, Cruz has called Brooklyn home for the past ten years. Initially trained in stage set design at Milan’s prestigious Brera Academy of Art, he is primarily known internationally for his large-scale, eco-conscious murals that use special nanotechnology-infused paints to scrub pollution from the air around them.
Throughout the years, iena Cruz has expanded his practice to include a variety of different mediums. In 2018, he spent six months studying screen printing techniques at the Gowanus Print Lab in Brooklyn and began producing original silk-screened textiles as samples for future upholstery fabrics and wall coverings. The following year, he focused on the ceramic processes of modeling, firing, glazing, and re-firing during a six-month project at La Mano Pottery in Manhattan, and produced numerous objects including lampshades, ornamental plates and knives, pitchers, and vases.
With this multidisciplinary knowledge, he has launched a design collection called Zurcanei that features custom textiles, wallpaper, mosaic, clothing, and custom home art decor.
In this spirit, iena Cruz has collaborated with designer Jan Kath to bring the worlds of street art and textile art together: Cruz painted murals directly on the walls of the Jan Kath gallery in New York, replacing select areas on the wall with hand-knotted carpets in the same design, thus blurring the line between the fabric and the hand-painted mural.
Recent work also includes Hand Woodblock Printing. Designed in NYC and hand- made in Jaipur, Cruz is exploring textile production based on an ancient Indian technique of woodblock printing to support and draw attention to the importance of preserving artisanal traditions.

Artist Assistant for Suprina Sculpture

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person position, some tasks can be conducted remotely.

Local artist, Suprina Troche, studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia but never graduated. Instead she got a job as a sculptor in Hoboken, at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she learned her craft from working in the field. There she discovered the world of promotional prop making and after gaining skill and confidence Suprina started her own prop business. Her clients included Annie Leibovitz, Apple Computer, Bloomingdales, Fortunoff, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “I always felt conflicted fabricating objects that were mainly used to sell retail “junk/landfill” …after all, my personal art work was made with these very objects once they were not deemed the ‘next best thing’ anymore and were cast away.” After 9/11, (she lived 3 blocks from ground zero) Suprina found herself making the life long decision to focus solely on her own artworks, which are mostly narrative/figurative and deal with our human condition and social issues. Detritus, castings, modeling, and painting, are all parts of the finished works.

The student should be interested in the arts, and/or the environment /social issues and working with the community.

Position Description:

  • Student will be asked to update social media and inventory
  • Help create an outreach letter
  • Assist in hanging art,
  • Prep raw materials for the art-making process

Desired Skills:

  • Self starter and eager to get involved
  • Interested in art and social justice
  • Social media, excel, good eye/hand coordination, an excellent command of the English language and grammar.
  • Handy with a camera, good sense of organizing and a heart for the environment.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Actor’s Lab (virtual)

Flex/develop your acting abilities and help develop new work at the same time! Join The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab on Zoom for exercises and more, as we explore the craft of acting in the context of new play development.
Register here!

Actor’s Lab (virtual)

Flex/develop your acting abilities and help develop new work at the same time! Join The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab on Zoom for exercises and more, as we explore the craft of acting in the context of new play development.
Register here!