Call for veteran artists
The Veteran Arts Showcase at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, an event that celebrates veterans and the healing power of creativity, will move this year to a digital platform due to COVID-19. This digital Showcase will include an online art gallery, and a variety of speakers and performances will be streamed throughout the day on Saturday, November 20. The Showcase will remain viewable on the website through the winter/spring of 2022.
Veterans, active-duty service members, reservists and their families are invited to submit images of their art for the online gallery. All crafts and visual art – painting, graphics, sculpture, photography et cetera – are welcome. Speakers, writers, musicians, performers of all kinds are invited to participate in the Showcase by sending a prerecorded performance.
To apply, visit veteranartsshowcase.org and fill out the application and follow instructions. The application deadline is Saturday, October 21. For more information or to have an application mailed to you, contact Dayl Wise at (845) 679-2161 or email@example.com.
Metzger appointed to Cannabis Control Board
Former state senator Jen Metzger has been appointed to the Cannabis Control Board, which is tasked with regulating and overseeing the legal marijuana and hemp markets in the state. Metzger is a former New York State senator from the 42nd District, after having served extensively in local government and as a community advocate.
Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins unveiled her selection Thursday. “I am proud to appoint my friend and former colleague, Jen Metzger, to the Cannabis Control Board,” said Stewart-Cousins. “She is a time-tested public servant whose skills will be crucial in addressing the many aspects of this legislation and ensuring that New Yorkers have the fair and equitable adult-use marijuana market they deserve. I look forward to her leadership during this historic process.”
Metzger said, “I am honored to have been selected by Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to serve on the Cannabis Control Board. New York is entering a new chapter with legalized adult-use marijuana that has been a long time in the making for our state. I look forward to ensuring this market is environmentally sustainable, equitable and accountable, so that New Yorkers can enjoy fair access to both the product and to the new economic opportunities it offers. I’m excited for the work ahead.”
Former Senator Metzger has spent her career fighting for greater environmental protection, advocating for small farms and ensuring that her constituents have improved access to healthcare and broadband services. Metzger was an active member of the Senate’s workgroup on the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and led efforts in the State Legislature to create a permanent ban on fracking, passed as part of the budget in 2020. She chaptered nine bills in her two-year tenure, and as chair of the Agriculture Committee, successfully enacted nation-leading legislation creating a framework for the production, processing and sale of hemp and CBD products.
Saugerties Food Pantry seeks volunteers
The Saugerties Food Pantry needs volunteers to work every Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon giving out food, bagging and stocking shelves. You must be able to lift 35 pounds. Training will take place on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To learn more, call Marilyn at (845) 246-6885.
1-Wall Show at Wired Galley spotlights Lynne Friedman
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lynne Friedman’s garden in Rosendale has been a constant source of ideas, helping her produce a delightful body of work filled with flowers, fruits and other nature’s gifts. While her work celebrates the beauty in nature, it also reminds us of its power of renewal and transience.
Among the 18 works included in the 1-Wall Show, there are three mixed-media collages that stand out as a separate grouping. They feature “sylphs and angels,” as the artist calls them. “They are elemental beings that inhabit the air. They appeared during this COVID period. They protect nature and they protect us.”
Visitors can meet Ms. Friedman on Sunday, September 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The show runs every weekend through September 26. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For everyone’s safety, all visitors are asked to wear a mask.
Upcoming 1-Wall shows will include Lois Capone, October 2-17; Raul Serrano, October 23-November 7; Vincent Scilla, November 13-28; and John Mernin, December 4-19. Alongside the 1-Wall, enjoy “(Re)Wired,” the slow-changing group show that presents a great variety of hand-picked works by 30+ local artists.
Wired Gallery is located at 11 Mohonk Road in High Falls.