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The Seligmann Center
Kurt and Arlette Seligmann bequeathed their 55-acre farmstead in Sugar Loaf, NY to "The Citizens of Orange County". The several buildings on the property have become home to a county arts and quality of life organizations. To honor the Seligmanns, an arts initiative has been started to explore contemporary and historical expressions of surrealism. We realize that "surrealism" is a time-bound description of certain people, places and events in the recent history of art. We have chosen to call our initiative the "Seligmann Center" for two reasons:
First, we want to use this beautiful property to explore quality of life issues in the region: water, land use, place making. This reflects the Seligmann's gift of this land and their interest in issues of community building.
Secondly, we want to invite a wide range of current responses to the spirit of the surrealists. They were adventurers in the psyche, bravely stepping out of conventional institutions to find the Marvelous and the Uncanny. In that spirit, we are a home base for avant-garde art presentation in the lower Hudson Valley.
Feb. 22 2 pm
Angelical Ravings: Learning from the Beats
with William SeatonThough they were scorned or ignored by most critics at first, the Beat poets transformed American writing. After examining the works of a range of poets associated with the movement, participants will complete imaginative exercises inspired by Beat themes and rhetoric.
This event is free and open to the public To register or for more information:
visit www.occitizensfoundation.org or call 845-469-9459.
Feb 23 3 pm Book Party/Reading
Collaborative Poetry: Meet the New You workshop with Will Nixon
"Many of us consider writing a poem to be an intensely private, almost sacred activity. We quiet the roar of modern life to hear the delicate truths of the inner muse. Our authentic voices need solitude to emerge. But not in this workshop. This time we'll take the opposite tack, using collaborative exercises to generate poems that we never would have expected to flow from our pens. As in improvisational music or comedy, we'll find that spontaneously reacting to others is a tremendous source of creativity." Program is free and open to all. There were 18 of us there.
Weekend of Magic DETAILS
March 22 Jazz Dance collaborative
April 6 Folk concert, hosted by Sonny Ochs with John Flynn (Phil Ochs protege)
May/June Next Surrealist Cabaret William Seaton, producer
July 11 Opening Robert Fagan Art and Research Library
Aug 14-17 HV Jazz Festival