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Beacon artist Maria Lago stands in front of her painting “Cosmic Serpent” at the Howland Cultural Center. Lago is one of 21 women artists whose work can be seen for Women’s History Month. -Photo by Kristine Coulter
By Kristine Coulter
The Howland Cultural Center on Main Street will celebrate Women’s
History Month with an exhibit, which is now opened, of 21 women
artists from Beacon.
“Women’s History Month is one of the first history months that we started to exhibit for,” said Florence Northcutt, with the Howland Cultural Center. “The response is always exciting.”
One of the artists whose works will be shown during the month of March is Maria Lago, owner of Studio 502 located at 502 Main Street.
A mixed media piece that Lago brought for the exhibit is titled “The Cosmic Serpent.”
“I brought it because it’s the Women’s Month show,” said Lago. She talked about the how the painting “is a representation of the creation of life.” She said the symbol of the serpent is related to the DNA.
Lago, who is originally from Spain, has loved creating art all of her life. She studied fine arts in Madrid. She has lived in Israel and England. She has been a New York resident for more than 20 years now.
“For me, it was very exciting,” said Lago about moving to Beacon. “I feel a part of this community of Beacon.”
Lago said she is also excited to be a part of the exhibit that features women artists. She said the Howland Cultural Center is a “beautiful” place to show artwork.
“All the paintings I bring have something to do with women, a woman figure or a symbol of women,” she explained.
Another work that Lago will show is one of her smaller pieces called “The Planet.”
“For me, the planet is an idea of escape,” she said. It is also about Mother Earth and the power of the planet and taking care of the planet, she added.
“The thing about my paintings – I don’t think they’re finished, they’re continuations,” she said. “I don’t try to impose my idea. Most people receive what they’re looking for.”
“The quality of art in Beacon is so outstanding that Beacon has become a mecca for artists,” Northcutt commented. “When people look at it, it’s going to be an exciting and beautiful show.”
The following women artists will be shown during the exhibit: Carol Barnstead, Stephanie Fogarty, Anne C. Forman, Mary Ann Glass, Charlotte Guernsey, Meredith Heuer, Gwenno James, Insun Kim, Helen Lang, Jill Losee, Basha Maryanska, Michelle May, Charlene Moore, Susanne Moss, Janet Ruhe-Schoen, Tinya Seeger, Robyn Tauss, Susan Richter Todd, Kate Vikstrom and Jane Warner. The artists offer a variety of artwork featuring paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fabric art and print-making.
Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main Street.
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If you see this poster in a shop window in Beacon, special discounts await inside.
By Ray Fashona
Kim Elizabeth, director of the Beacon Film
Festival, is not only excited about the films to be screened, she’s
happy the event is being unleashed citywide.
The Beacon Theatre, which operates the festival, has partnered with several local businesses in a promotion intended to “have visitors enjoy all of Beacon, not just the films.”
Posters for the festival have been placed in the windows of participating stores, and people who shop at those stores will be given discounts of varying amounts during the festival weekend, which is March 7-9.
“We felt this was a way to get the whole city involved,” Elizabeth added.
As for the films themselves, Elizabeth said the festival theme of The Human Spirit has attracted an interesting mix of films that “all touch on the question of what makes us human.”
For example, she said, “Move” by Theodore Collatos examines the world of dance and “what drives these people to go through the incredible physical rigors they do to do the thing they love.”
Collatos has another film in the festival, called “Dipso,” that looks at the ups and downs of the life of stand-up comedians.
“In the Night Sky,” shot in nearby Pine Bush, “tries to answer the age-old question, ‘Are we alone in the universe?’” Elizabeth said. The film by Felix and Sarah Oliveri “has developed a following,” she added.
Another film with a local connection is “Civil Courage,” filmed by Dutchess Community College students and a staffer during a Holocaust Study Abroad in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland last year. The documentary was produced by students Alyssa Marjorie D’Adamo, Adrianne Davis, Rosa Knaus, Daniel Torelli and professor Dana Weidman.
The documentary was part of the Overseas Documentary Production course, and focuses on what students in Werner Steger’s Studying the Holocaust Abroad learn on their trip to the three European countries.
“They started in Munich, following the rise and Hitler,” Weidman said. The course ends at the Auschwitz concentration camp, which is now a museum and memorial.
Weidman said this is the second time she and her srudents have entered a film in the Beacon Film Festival. The first was in 2011 featuring a trip to Costa Rica.
“We’re grateful to be part of it again,” she said.
The film, Weidman said, is a record of the course and what the students learn in it.
Liz Paradise’s mockumentary “McDougal’s” was filmed in Rhinebeck and local talent. It is, Elizabeth said, “A satirical look at the chaotic life of Rodney McDougal, the face of the failing Fast Food Chain, McDougal’s.”
On a more serious note is “American Jesus,” directed by Aram Garriga, a film that “examines our sense of spirituality and how it is changing,” Elizabeth said.
After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Producer Brent Knucke and Frank Schaeffer, an outspoken author and former evangelical lead who appears in the film.
Representatives of local churches will also be invited to be part of the panel, Elizabeth said.
Many of the films include Q&A sessions with the filmmakers or other key players in the films.
The Beacon is at 445 Main St. in the city. The phone number is 845-226-8099. Tickets are available for the entire day or for individual films.
To order advance tickets or to see a full roster of films, visit www.thebeacontheatre.org.
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