Cool Stuff is Happening in Poughkeepsie

May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Vestibule/Bertha’s FuneralArtists & community come together to say goodbye to the Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park: a collaboration between Cate Fricke, Sovereign Nation and the Dutchess County Arts Council.

On Sunday, May 20th, two sister events will be taking place on Poughkeepsie’s Main Street!

One, Vestibule: a pop-up gallery exhibition in the hallways of 303 Main St., featuring work by both local and international artists. The work will be on display from 5-8pm.

Two, Bertha’s Funeral: Authors and actors present work by Hudson Valley writers in a site-specific reading–fiction by Tom Westchester and Nora Olsen, Poetry by Karen Michel, Peter Van Aken, and the late Jeanne Fitzgerald, and two short plays by Cate Fricke. Actors include Michele McNally, Mark Stochmal, JD Whitt, and Linda Roper. Performance begins at 6pm in the Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park.


That’s the info, but on a more personal note…

If any of you readers are in the Hudson Valley area, please consider coming to support the artists of Poughkeepsie–there are many of us, and we have plans to help our city become a more art-friendly community.

Or, if you don’t give a hoot about the arts but you like me, you’ll come and hear my two plays, “A Girl and Her Nana Remember the Story of Many-Fur” and “Baba Yaga and the Five Stages of Hypothetical Grief,” read by some of the finest actors I know.

I’m so thrilled to be putting this event together with Sovereign Nation, a team of artists and curators who really know how to make an impact in their community. We’re doing it to pay homage to the sculptures of the Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park (one of which is, in fact, named Bertha), which are slated to be taken down at the end of the month. They have been neglected by the city government, and have fallen into disrepair. Our hope is that the city decides to keep the parcel a green space for the community, even after the sculptures have been taken away.

So come, enjoy some powerful art and some beautiful words, and take advantage of seeing a truly unique urban space before it’s lost. Plus, I hear the Arts Council scored some cheese plates.


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