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Last day – New Visual Artwork
October 31 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, located at 9 and 12 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie, NY, is pleased to present the works of Kristen Lowe, Diane Christi and Stacie Flint in the Visual Art Galleries from September 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022. Public Art Opening Receptions for these talented artists will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Kristen Lowe, whose artwork will be displayed in the Hallway Art Gallery at 9 Vassar Street, is a New York based artist and educator specializing in oil painting. Her work is inspired by deep connections to her environment and the many layers and stories each place holds, whether they be physical, historical or metaphorical. “I was fortunate enough to grow up in a region of New York with beautiful landscapes and rich history,” remarked Ms. Lowe. “My paintings reflect my interest in the natural world and appreciation for the scenery and life surrounding me.” Holding a BFA and MS in Art and Design with a concentration in painting from Pratt Institute, her training encompassed traditional methods, such as using the grisaille technique, to paint the figure as the old masters did. She incorporates this classic method with contemporary practices to blend the past and present in her paintings that represent the human interconnection to our world. Ms. Lowe has exhibited her work at the Limner Gallery, Bannerman Island Gallery, Arts Society of Kingston, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Olive Free Library, and Unframed Artists Gallery. She has taught art at a variety of institutions in New York City including the Guggenheim and is currently teaching at a public high school in the Hudson Valley.
Presenting her artwork in the Reception Gallery at 12 Vassar Street will be Diane Christi, a mixed media abstract artist who uses pencil, pastel, ink and oil paint on paper to create contrasting textual designs. “As a former dancer, I attempt to capture the timeless energy of movement in my painting approaching each new piece as a new choreography,” she states. “Saturation of color amidst intricate lines and shapes is my medium of transmission whereby juncture and intersection of line frequently inform me alongside motion, division of space, and observation of light.” Ms. Christi is a graduate of Queens College, NY receiving a BA in Theater and Dance and studied at the Woodstock School of Art. Her works have been on display in numerous galleries throughout the Hudson Valley including ArtBar Gallery in Kingston, NY, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY, and the Twilight Park Gallery in Haines Falls, NY where she was awarded Judges Choice in 2018 and 2019.
The artwork of Stacie Flint, who is an award-winning painter/portrait artist and illustrator of the children’s book Ten Pigs Fiddling by Ron Atlas (2005 Amberwood Press), will be featured in the Hancock Gallery at 12 Vassar Street. Known for her colorful style and the use of imagery, Ms. Flint embraces Expressionism’s sense of freedom to paint vibrant and colorful portraits of people and pets as well as objects and landscape. “The color, energy, accessible imagery and good mood are consistent and distinctive to my work, which I call ‘Love Through Art’,” she explains. “My work has evolved from a graphic narrative to a painterly process. I infuse my art with love of life, and hope it inspires others as it does me. ” Ms. Flint has exhibited extensively throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. Her acrylic and oil paintings and portraits are owned nationally and internationally, and her art is in the permanent collection of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, and in Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. She also has a commissioned public art exhibit on permanent display at Ulster County Area Transit in Kingston. Ms. Flint studied art at SUNY New Paltz and received a BPS degree from SUNY Empire State College. Her art has been featured on many magazine covers including Chronogram, The Valley Table, The Ulster County Community Guide, HITS Program Guide and The Van Wyck Gazette and has appeared in various issues of The New York Times, Spotlight International Contemporary Art Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, Poughkeepsie Journal, New Paltz Times and other publications. Her illustrations for music CD covers include Grenadilla, Betty and the Baby Boomers, and Ellie Wininger.
The Hallway Art Gallery at 9 Vassar Street is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Hancock Gallery and Reception Gallery at 12 Vassar Street are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm but visitors must call the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center Office at (845) 486-4571 for access. The 12 Vassar Street Galleries are also open during events at the VBI Theatre. Visit cunneen-hackett.org to review the Visitation Safety Protocols.
The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is a 40-year-old non-profit organization whose mission is to meet the artistic and cultural needs of the Hudson Valley by showcasing professional and community artists in theatre, music, dance and the visual arts, and to provide a variety of performance, exhibition and office spaces. Located at 9 Vassar Street and 12 Vassar Street in the historic downtown district of Poughkeepsie, NY, this vibrant organization is also dedicated to preserving its two beautiful landmarked Victorian age buildings and their rich historic legacy. For more information visit cunneen-hackett.org or call (845) 486-4571.
J. Andrew Burgreen, Executive Director
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center
(845) 486-4571 Off. (845) 416-8038 Cell
9 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601