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Curiosity Forum: Power of Paint and Art in Architecture (12/7/14)

Sunday 12/07/2014 at 4:00 pm in The Freight Depot   Join us for a talk titled, Power of Paint and Art in Architecture, given by Jeff Greene.  We have always been

Curiosity Forum & Book Talk: Mah Jongg – The Art & History of the Game (11/13/14)

Location: Battenkill Books Start: 11/13/2014 7:00 pm The premiere event – first event on the book tour!  Show-and-Tell Author Gregg Swain invites attendees to bring in their own Mah Jongg

Curiosity Forum: Power of Paint and Art in Architecture (12/7/14)

Sunday 12/07/2014 at 4:00 pm in The Freight Depot

 

Join us for a talk titled, Power of Paint and Art in Architecture, given by Jeff Greene. 

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We have always been consumers of visual information and with increasing rapidity we are being bombarded with visual stimulation. But what do we really see? What do we remember? What is important? It is through the permanence of paint that what we see can be retained. Jeff Greene, President of EverGreene Architectural Arts, will discuss the evolution of paint and pigment and its influence on our perception of the surrounding world. From Paleolithic cave paintings to Contemporary street art, Greene maps out how the implementation of paint affects our built environment and ourselves.

Over the last three decades, Jeff Greene, President and founder of EverGreene, has led large-scale interior conservation, restoration, and new design work for public and sacred spaces in every historic architectural style from coast to coast. His formal education was at the Art Institute of Chicago, and he received a Fresco Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His continuing education has included a broad range of experiences and training opportunities all over the world. Throughout his career, he has revived artistic and decorative techniques by learning from aging masters in the U.S. and abroad, studying old publications and experimenting tirelessly.

Jeff-Greene-2-bw1-e1407434728317Mr. Greene is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in both traditional and innovative techniques for murals, ornamental plaster, and decorative finishes. He and his staff are frequently engaged as consultants in the planning stages of restoration and public art projects. He serves extensively on art and preservation boards, with current and past posts that include President of the National Society of Mural Painters, Board Member of the League of Historic American Theaters, and Board Member of the Association for Preservation Technology.

Locally, St. Luke’s Church in Cambridge was restored by EverGreene.

Check out his amazing website: http://www.evergreene.com

 

Location:

Freight Depot Theater Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St. Cambridge, New York 12816

Curiosity Forum & Book Talk: Mah Jongg – The Art & History of the Game (11/13/14)

Location: Battenkill Books
11/13/2014 7:00 pm
The premiere event – first event on the book tour! 



Show-and-Tell
Author Gregg Swain invites attendees to bring in their own Mah Jongg sets from home. She can often provide information on what the tiles are made of, their age, and where they were produced. Swain will also bring in several of her own sets to share.
Read a review of the new book in The New York Times, here.  

“Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. 

Visit Swain’s website here.  
When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mah Jongg and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in the game. 

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most outrageous and opulent sets that have ever existed. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy. 

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer, Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mah Jongg tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mah Jongg. 
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$24.95

ISBN-13: 9784805313237
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tuttle Publishing, 11/2014

The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War (10/24/14) – 7 pm

Location:

Battenkill Books,15 East Main Street, Cambridge, New York 12816 – 518-677-2521

 

Start: 10/24/2014 7:00 pm

Join us for a Curiosity Forum event: an author talk with Vernon Benjamin on his new HudsonFC9781590200797book, The History of the Hudson Rivery Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War

From The New York Times online:

 

Mr. Benjamin’s “History of the Hudson River Valley From Wilderness to the Civil War” (Overlook Press) is a model for how to enliven geography, anthropology and biography and weave them into a microcosmic account of America, from the “Paleo Prelude” to “Custer’s First Stand.”

He amplifies the profiles of familiar characters like Benedict Arnold and introduces new ones (“Sebal Luddington, a mere girl who surpassed Paul Revere in her perilous midnight ride”), illuminates the dependency of New York’s economy on African-American workers, and reveals the secessionist tilt of tiny Pine Bush in Orange County and its possible link to John Wilkes Booth, whose penultimate performance was in Albany.

Coupled with the Erie Canal, the Hudson was the avenue of commerce that exported the material harvest of the industrial revolution and helped bind the nation by spreading the culture and politics of America’s pre-eminent city.

-Sam Roberts, www.nytimes.com, August 8, 2014

 

Sailing down the river that would later bear his captain’s name, explorer Robert Juet described the Hudson River Valley in 1609 as a “drowned land” submerged by a “great lake of water.” Over the next two centuries, this drowned landscape would be the site of a truly historic flowering of art, literature, architecture, innovation, and revolutionary fervor–drawing comparisons to another fertile cultural haven built around a might mighty river in Western Europe.

As historian Vernon Benjamin chronicles, the Hudson River Valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Discovered by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies–the Island of Manhattan–even as the rest of the valley retained the native beauty that would inspire artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole. Because of its unique geography and proximity to Canada, the Hudson Valley became the major theater for the battle between empires in the French and Indian War. When the colonists united in rebellion against the British several decades later, conflict came to the region once again, with decisive military engagements from Saratoga to West Point to the occupied New York Harbor. In the aftermath, New York emerged as the capital of a new nation, and wealth from the city flowed north to the burgeoning Valley, leading to a renaissance of culture and commerce that is still evident today.

Richly illustrated and scrupulously researched, Vernon Benjamin’s magisterial new history will be the definitive text for years to come.

Vernon Benjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. He holds a Masters in Literature from Long Island University and a Bachelors in Sociology from Siena College. A former editor of the New Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, New York.

The Curiosity Forum is a partnership of Battenkill Books, Hubbard Hall, and Leslie Parke Studio. In addition, this event in co-sponsored by the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA).

 

 

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The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War (Hardcover)

By Vernon Benjamin

$45.00

ISBN-13: 9781590200797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Overlook Press, 6/2014