Catherine Rutgers produces colorful inkjet prints based on observations of natural phenomena in an urban environment. The source for her digital art is image capture, or high-resolution scans, of original paintings, silkscreen and photographs, or found objects including leaves, flowers and feathers. Her latest works will be on display at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY until 11/20/05.

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Underground maestros, Rising Up/Rising Down, are hard like labor but bop like blitzkrieg. They’re approachable and vast. You could have fallen from the sky knowing nothing and still lash out to the new sound. Or you could pontificate the arpeggiated textures. They’ve covered all the bases and synergized all the layers into a transcendent experience that’s more real than terror and more fun than violence.

They’re scathing politics for your convulsing pleasure. They’re a beacon in the flames with a sound like iridescent brutality.

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Part theater group, part production company, and part community outreach Image Quilt helps people better themselves and their community through raw expression and no-holds-barred works.

Most recently the Albany-based power group put on “Iken’s Perversion,” a play about Love, Redemption, Poetry, Semen, and the bond between a skirt-wearing, older white man and a young black woman. The play featured Marishka Shanice Phillips & Doug Barron, was written by Diana Amsterdam, and was directed by Omonike Akinyemi.

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Check out to see what’s next and help them help you find your voice.

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This time around we visit John Paxton, the owner and curator of the Paxton-Tanner Gallery in Poughkeepsie. This in-home style gallery houses the hundreds upon hundreds of works including poetry, drawings, sculptures, and paintings of every medium done by the late Vivian Gaines Tanner.

Most if not all of this collection was based on dreams and intuition. In my opinion, many of the pieces have a surreal quality that’s simultaneously profound and approachable. Like dreams, they’re equal parts beautiful, disturbing, simple, and complex.

Their style, subtlty, and composition are worthy of the acclaim and attention they’ve amassed over the last several decades, while their initially simple beauty makes them truely inviting works. Many of them still have yet to be displayed publically.

Look closely folks… these are not just pretty pictures, they’re pieces of our collective mind.

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To host these pieces, volunteer at the Paxton-Tanner Gallery, or to just come and explore this wonderful world call, write, or click:

John Paxton

845.452.0965 (Fax 845.452.6933)

Paxton-Turner Gallery
46 Bennett Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for checking out Valley Vlog! For our first post here Vanessa Lucas and Thomas G Henry set out to discover what new and exciting thing the Dutchess County Arts Council has to offer local artists. There’s quite a few free resources and great programs so listen up and get ready to take your creations to the next level whatever your medium.

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There are also two free weekly mailing lists (one on Artist Resources and one about Current Arts Events.) Please Email Loretta Spence to subscribe.

To volunteer, to take advantage of any of these great resources, or for more information please call


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Thx for watching folks! And thx to Loretta Spence and the Dutchess County Arts Council for taking the time to chat, existing, and being all around awesome!