Benjamin Wigfall, a retired professor of art at SUNY New Paltz and former owner of the Watermark Cargo Gallery in Kingston, died on Thursday, Feb. 9, at age 86.
Barbara Masterson, who lives on a farm at the top of a small mountain in the southern Ulster hamlet of Milton, had always painted landscapes. But one day in May 2015, when she was out painting on a neighboring farm in Marlborough, some migrant workers wandered into the scene and her subject began to change. “I just painted them in quickly,” she said. “It was kismet. I was just innocently painting and they just kind of appeared.”
Panelists portrayed the 178-mile pipeline as potentially dangerous and gave suggestions for those in opposition to make their voices heard.
Each holiday season, Kingston puts on an impromptu display of Christmas cheer. Entire streets get into the act, of which perhaps the most famous is Santa Claus Lane, a.k.a. Derrenbacher Street, which runs uphill from Foxhall Avenue in the heart of Midtown near the railroad tracks.
While the days of an IBM or DuPont opening a plant are gone, Kingston’s factory spaces, affordable prices and proximity to New York City have helped the city to re-invent itself as more and more artists and artisans choose to relocate. For evidence, check out the Dec. 8 showcase of locally produced products, now in its fourth year.
The sudden passing at age 84 on Thanksgiving Day of Pauline Oliveros, an internationally known and celebrated electronic music composer and performer who resided in a rambling Victorian house in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood with her long-time partner and collaborator Ione, shocked the many people who knew and loved her, locally and around the globe.
The seven recipients represented a rich cross-section of the various heart-felt efforts that are helping save, restore, document and repurpose the architectural heritage of the city.
One of this season’s most exciting art exhibitions is “Power and Politics” at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh. It includes paintings, assemblages, sculpture and prints. The strength of the exhibit is a testament to the curatorial talents and vision of Virginia Walsh, who has served as the gallery’s director and curator since its inception in 2006.
“We got married in 1996, and at the wedding we had ministers, priests and parole officers”
On the afternoon of Nov. 4, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s motorcade swept into Kingston, after traveling north over the Wurts Street Bridge on Route 9W. It stopped in front of the Gov. Clinton Hotel before the president, on the eve of his re-election, gave a brief speech at Academy Green, across the street. Local businessman William O’Reilly was there and stepped right up out of the crowd to the president’s car to film the scene. “People have said, ‘I can’t think of your father without that black movie camera in front of his face,’” recalled his daughter Patricia Murphy, former president of Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK).