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08/27/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Castella’s passion shines in creation of War Wagon

by jim donick

(Continued from cover) The first public outing for the wagon will be at the upcoming World Percheron Congress to be held Oct. 6-11 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass. The 2014 World Percheron Congress is a celebration of the Percheron Horse. This year it is also focusing on American veterans. There will be daily ceremonies honoring the military with a different branch highlighted each day.

A breeder of Percheron draft horses, Frank proudly reports that in 1981 his farm witnessed the birth of the first Percheron horse registered in Dutchess County since World War II.

Castella never served in the military but his father-in-law was a ball turret gunner (BTG) on a B-17 and was shot down during a raid on Berlin on March 8, 1944. He spent more than a year as a POW, emerging at the end weighing less than 90 pounds.

The wagon is Frank’s own Veterans Recognition Project. The design is a mixture of styles, all differing evolutions of the basic concept of a horse-drawn military wagon or ambulance. This one, though, is updated to the 21st century. The outline of the body of the wagon is based mostly on a similar one used by the United States Army from late in the Civil War era up to the first world war.

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Artists to open studios for regional tour

Among the works visitors to Art Studio Views can see is “Sail,” a sculpture by Carl Grieco of Hyde Park. Courtesy image

by Kate Goldsmith

Art enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy learning about the creative process will want to devote a portion of their Labor Day weekend to Art Studio Views, a self-guided driving tour of artists’ private studios in Hyde Park, Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Tivoli.

Paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more will be on display, and the artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work.

Free of charge, the tours will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31.

Tourists can pick up maps at three headquarter locations: The Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, 4338 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park; Red Hook Community Arts Network, 7516 North Broadway, Red Hook; and Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, 43-2 East Market St., Rhinebeck.

“The tour allows artists to invite neighbors, friends and complete strangers to share in their artistic journey,” said Joanna Hess, director of Art Studio Views 2014. “It is an extraordinary opportunity to gain greater insight into the creative process that each artist experiences, and allows all of us a chance to gain a greater appreciation for their work.”

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Fall for Art fundraiser showcases the work of Hudson Valley artists
and benefits nonprofit organizations.

Among the items in the Fall for Art show is a vermeil pendant by Graceanne Favara Kaplan. Courtesy image

by Kate Goldsmith

For 18 years, the Jewish Federation of Ulster County has presented the Fall for Art show and sale. The event, set this year on Thursday, Sept. 4, provides an opportunity to purchase works by more than 25 Hudson Valley artists in a variety of media while supporting the Federation and other organizations.

The juried show offers a wide range of items perfect for gift-giving or home decorating, including paintings and collages, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, fused glass, woodworking, photography and silk scarves.

Held at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston, Fall for Art includes a cocktail reception, light buffet and dessert, a guest speaker and raffles. The event is expected to attract more than 350 guests.

“It’s a very upbeat event,” said Committee Chair Barbara Cohen. “People are able to meet the artists, see their work and have a conversation with them. The artists get to meet each other; it’s a nice networking [opportunity] for them.”

Cohen pointed out that the Hebrew symbol for the number 18, “chai,” means “life.” With the 18th Annual Fall for Art, it follows that the Federation is “bringing life to the Hudson Valley with this wonderful event.”

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Also in the Aug 27-Sep 2, 2014 issue:

  • Four-page center spread of DC Fair photos

Katelyn Marshall of Millbrook pets her cow, “Mavis,” while the two take a break from activities at the 169th Dutchess County Fair. This year’s fair attracted several hundred thousand visitors. New and traditional events, rides and attractions entertained fair-goers. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

  • Half Moon seeks volunteers for upcoming activities
  • Love to Cook: Fresh tomatoes

An attractive array of tomatoes won the author’s sister and brother-in-law a blue ribbon at the 2011 Dutchess County Fair. Photo by Vicki Frank Day

  • Get Growing: 4-H youth programs benefit community

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