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2/15/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Howland Cultural Center celebrates African-American artists

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Education

(Continued from Cover)  Twenty-two painters, sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists are showing works ranging from naturalism, realism to a rich variety of abstract. Exhibitors from the region include Jean Benoit, Donna Blackwell, Ronald Brown, Helen Douglas, Destiny Faulkner, Josephine Green, Jade Herring, Shaundra Holloway, Kyra Husband, Lesley Koenig, Wendy Kowal, Robert Lewis, Richard Outlaw and 14-year old daughter Symantha Outlaw, Oliver Spearman, Lynne Toye, Gina Waters, Michael White, Donald Whitely, Jacob Williams, Kora Williams and John Wynn.

“I am grateful to be included in the show and meeting other artists,” said abstract painter Holloway, of New Haven, Connecticut. “My work has lots of photographic nuances and collage elements in it. My influences are my Uncle Tobbie McAuley, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Dine as well as Jackson Pollack and impressionistic painter Claude Monet. In addition, ancient African wood sculptures have a profound effect on me, and the work I produce.”

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Let the Games begin

Valley hosts Winter Special Olympics again

Poughkeepsie residents Ricky Miller, left, and Larry Lamb prepare to participate in the New York Special Olympics Winter Games this weekend. - Photo by Ray Fashona

By Ray Fashona

Ricky Miller is a sports fanatic who is looking forward to the 2017 New York Special Olympics Winter Games in the Hudson Valley.

Ricky, who participated in the 2016 Games in the Valley, said of the return of the Games to Dutchess County, “I love it. Everybody came to see me.”

Ricky, who lives in the Town of Poughkeepsie, is one of nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from around the state that will be in the Hudson Valley Feb. 17 and 18 for this year’s Games.

Unlike last year, there is snow on the ground and it seems it will be there for this weekend’s events. In 2016, the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing events had to be moved from Poughkeepsie’s Bowdoin Park to Holiday Mountain Ski Area in Sullivan County for lack of snow.

Ricky, who participates in the snowshoe event, said the recent snowfall and cold temperatures make it likely Bowdoin will host the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing events will take place at the Dutchess County park.

“This year will be better,” Ricky said.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Feb 15-21, 2017 issue:

  • Lucas signs letter to play soccer for Pace

Beacon High School senior Gabrielle Lucas signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Pace.


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