Saturdays February  1-3PM: 10th, 17th & 24th.
"Puerto Rican artists have been at the forefront of community-based socio-political movements and institution-building, over the course of a century-long migration to the U.S.
Their Diasporican Art in Motion (DAM) initiative is a digital archive and community mapping project seeking to document the impact of migration on Puerto Rican visual culture and community-building through in-depth profiles of contemporary diasporic Puerto Rican visual artists." - Artists | CentroPR
Local Artists facilitating at
UNFETTERED ARTS GALLERY
37 O'Neil St. Kingston, NY 12401
10am-3pm Saturday, October 7th, 2023
Free community sewing, bring your projects and questions to bring your ideas to life with technical help from local sewists. Refreshments served, donations welcome.
Hosted by Suzanna Productions, Unfettered Arts Gallery, Alessandra Gonzalez and Maureen Schell, Costume Designer at Bard College.
(Background Image by Jennifer Edwards at our "Sew Hot!: Caribbean Themed Community Sew 08/05/23).
WORKS FEATURED: Architectural and Landscape photography from MGA Studio of Italy and Dominican Republic scenery. Installation view below featuring woodcut from curator and artist Lala Montoya.
Art Walk Kingston is a celebration of the arts and the local community and one of the largest open studio tours in the Hudson Valley. Over the course of two days, visitors and local residents are invited to explore three distinct areas of the city of Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events. Paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures are just some of the mediums that will be on display at home studios and galleries across the city. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, the event weekend will offer a broad range of art and activities for everyone.
WORKS FEATURED: Tiny Photo Books by Melanie Gonzalez, and edition started at PUF and formulated from Women Studio Workshop's Summer 2023 "Tiny Books & Miniature Libraries course with Imin Yeh", 2017 Brazil photography by MGA Studio, various portfolios and Ascension BJJ Apparel.
"Thank YOU for supporting local, living Artists like myself and everyone involved in making this collection happen!
Feel free to purchase our Photographic BJJ rashguards and leggings today in collaboration with Ascension BJJ Apparel at the Shop at Ascension Yoga
the Ascension Guard, depicted above, features the black and white photograph "Castle on the Concourse, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The Bronx, NY, USA" (2017-2023) by Melanie Gonzalez Art.
The collection of BJJ rashguards and leggings were designed at P&SD in 2022. Purchase this piece or 4 other original photo designs in Men's and Women's sizes now in-store or online. <3
Refreshments and sewing machines and equipment provided.
Bring your sewing machine or hand sewing kit with your sewing project and get your questions answered and if you like, sew your CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL costumes.
Participating Sponsoring Artists
-Jennifer Edwards at Unfettered Arts Gallery
-Melanie Gonzalez at Suzanna Productions
-Priscilla De Conti, head costume designer for Seasoned Gives' Caribbean Carnival (08/12)
-Alessandra Gonzalez, local vocalist, musician and sewist.
This event is free, open to all ages and $10 suggested donations are accepted! One-of-kind sewing kits provided with your donation.
Community sewing meeting
Bring your sewing project, mending or sewing questions to Unfettered Arts Gallery for a day of sewing, snacking and learning!
Moe (Maureen Schell, Costume Designer at Bard College) and Melanie Gonzalez (Artist Photographer at SuzannaProductions.com) and will assist you with sewing guidance and tips.
We will have sewing machines and notions, you are welcome to bring your own machine or hand sew.
Refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public. Donations are welcome!
Join us at 4 PM on Sunday, April 2nd, in the Unison Arts Gallery at 68 Mountain Rest Rd. in New Paltz for the official closing reception of “Soul Reflections,” a photography exhibit by the Collective of Photographers of Color in Ulster County.
See here for more information about the exhibit:
Each artist will discuss their work during an intimate artist talk. Light refreshments will be provided.
Local professional artists and textile workers are teaming together to bring you this fun, creative workshop where you will enhance your general sewing skills, and make something durable, useful and beautiful to your everyday life.
We bring you "Upcycle Chic- DENIM!", a sewing class with Moe (Maureen Schell, Costume Designer, Bard College) & Mel (Melanie Gonzalez, Artist Photographer at Suzanna Productions) to be had at Unfettered Arts Gallery, a makerspace spearheaded by Jennifer Edwards.
Clean out your closet, bring your favorite decommissioned denim clothing. Melanie and Moe will share tips and tricks for how to transform your favorite jeans into a fun apron, tote or basket.
Pop-up installation of Gonzalez Melanie's "High Point Trail near Ice Caves", 24"x111", vinyl printed photograph, Piedra y Sombra series, and "Broadway Bubble Bum/ Corn Stalk Broker" handmade textile quilt\tablecloth\costume, 2022.
Photo 1 © Carmen Lizardo, Self Portrait Closed Road, Amarillo, Texas. | Photo 3 © Melanie Gonzalez, Dominicanizando, 2014. | Photo 4 © Melanie Gonzalez portrait by Nancy Paredes New Paltz, NY 2021.
This Thursday, "Meet the Artist" welcomes Carmen Lizardo and Melanie Gonzalez. Lizardo is a Caribbean artist born in the Dominican Republic who uses alternative processes, printmaking, drawing, and video in her work. She is on faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Gonzalez, born in The Bronx, NY, of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, practices fine photographic arts through printed photographs, fashion design, wearable art, photographic sculptures, film, and editing. Her company, Suzanna Productions, presents multimedia creative solutions derived from her photography.
This event will be live-streamed on CPW’s Facebook page just before start time.
CPW's "Meet the Artist" takes place every Thursday evening. Join CPW to discover new work, explore artists' processes, and meet other local artists. These events are free and open to the public. Coffee and tea will be served.
"Meet the Artist" is made possible by a generous grant from the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.
The Margaret Wade-Lewis Center and Unison Arts jointly invite their beloved community to the opening reception of “Soul Reflections,” an exhibition of photographs that reflect the complex and profound lives of those of African ancestry within our River Valley and across the Diaspora.
The show presents the work of the Soul Reflections Photography Collective—a group of photographers of color residing in Ulster County—and features work by Ben Eichert, Micah Fornari, Melanie Gonzalez, Maria Fernanda Hubeaut, Kristopher Johnson, and Michael Torres. It will run from Feb. 25 through April 3.
See Unison's page here for artist bios and an essay about the exhibit by curator Jean-Marc Superville Sovak.
Photographic athletic leggings and compression tops featuring images from Melanie Gonzalez's "Rock and Shadow | Piedra y Sombra" double exposure series.
Free sewing meetup hosted at Good Works Institute.
Brought to you by Melanie, Sarah and Maureen; three sewists in Ulster County.
"Bring some sewing, bring your machine. Come sew!"
Refreshments provided. Free event, donations accepted.
Information provided about Mel and Moe's upcoming sewing classes in the area.
(Thanks everyone who made it out in the snow!! - MG)
In Kingston, New York, this February 3rd, 2023 - Soul Reflections Photography Collective Grand Opening is offering its First
Photography Opening at Deep Tanks KNY, a professional photography studio space. The collective is excited to start off with African
American Celebration month and present works by six artists photographers Ben Eichert, Micah Fornari, Melanie Gonzalez Maria Fernanda
Hubeaut, Kristopher Johnson and Michael Torres.
On Terrain and Emblem is a group exhibition of four women artists (Jazmine Catasus, Melanie Gonzalez, Harley Ngai Grieco, and Nancy Paredes) working in paper-making, photography, printmaking, and sculpture (co-curated by the artists). This exhibition unearths fragments of memory,
home, and immigrant lineage through analog / contemporary renderings of landscapes and cultural / domestic motifs. Each artist performs 'excavations' of the self and cultural recollection by exploring their relationships with objects and materials. The work assumes the role of artifact; proposing that the act of excavation can become a meditation on home. Through exhibiting scenes, icons, and artifacts from their personal histories, each artist’s ‘renderings’ take on unique forms, unified through multidisciplinary processes and the ambiguous nature of nostalgia.
*Harley Ngai Grieco is a New York City-based artist to receive a grant through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).
This final part of Sharing the Same Cielo brings all the participating artists together in a special video presentation by visual artist and editor Melanie Gonzalez. Together the artists bring Pepatián’s 30+years of work and culture in The Bronx full circle - from the beginnings to the present - from Mott Haven in the Bronx to Richmond, Virginia to Indianapolis, Indiana to Puerto Rico – and always back to El Bronx, where all the artists first connected.
The dancers, visual and spoken word artists are Megan Curet ★ Rokafella with Jennifer “Beasty” Acosta, Beverly Lopez ★ Merián Soto ★ Noemí Segarra Ramírez ★ Alicia Díaz ★ Beatrice Capote ★ Leenda Bonilla, Caridad De La Luz aka La Bruja and Rosalynn Diaz aka Through Her Brown Eyes.
About Pepatián: Bronx Arts CoLABorative, in collaboration with the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, presents Sharing the Same Cielo over three Friday nights on June 4, 11, and 18. This series is part of Dancing La Botánica: La Tierra Vive! and offers artists a way to focus on working together in physical distancing, showing the strength of collective imagining and the profound connections born from two years of meetings, conversations, and sharing of works-in-process.
In an age where books are going digital, The Children's Art Carnival will present a workshop on simple and classic bookmaking-journals and sketchbooks.
The workshops took place virtually in December 2020 and February 2021.
Produced in collaboration with Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation's annual 'Art on the Concourse' featuring 40+ photographs taken by Serviam Gardens' senior citizen students.
Also showing: 'Rose of Hope' original photography.
The project was conceived in lockdown and inspired by the senior residents of Serviam Heights, Towers and Gardens' arts and crafts group. In the face of the pandemic, the seniors continued to make, exchange and care for each other with art.
Look at this, I'm healing, launched on November 12, 2020 as part of our annual fundraiser event Art on the Concourse: A Virtual Block Party celebrating 40 years of Fordham Bedford in 2020.
‘Piedra y Sombra (Rock and Shadow)’ represents a series of analog photographs utilizing the process of multiple exposures; a catalyst for multi-media projects emphasizing the impact of cultural diversity within natural surroundings. During excursions abroad, the project coincided with the documentation of botanical gardens, urban foliage, and the decayed landscapes of the Bronx.
Interaction of overlapping textures revealed a previous non-existent chronology that transcended the assignment into 3-dimensional objects, wearable art, vertical panoramas, and video indicative of the fusion of organic fauna with modern civilization; an archival anthology that consecrates natures’ significance as an impetus for artistic sustenance.
In partnership with ChaShaMa as Artist-in-Residence 2019 - 2020 and Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation, I developed and taught two semesters of beginner's digital studio photography and post production to a group of enthusiastic and enjoyable senior citizens at an independent living complex.
Location: New York, United States of America
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