Activating Perception

Nina A. Isabelle When did you first know you were an artist? Growing up people referred to me as an artist and so I became one – an experience that made me aware of the power of language, perception, belief, and social programming, all themes…

Raychel Wengenroth

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When did you first know you were an artist? Pretty much from the day I was born to artist parents. I got a bracelet from Peters Valley when I was 14, took my first class in 1975 and began jewelry making when I was 15. I was hooked! I took…

Bringing Artists Together: 1st Saturday UNITY Show

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“You just have to look, and you’ll see the kind of vibrant arts scene we have in Midtown,” says Sarah Carlson, community arts liaison for The Lace Mill, and co-organizer of the upcoming UNITY show on May 6. Carlson and Lisa Kelley, events…
Color Cloud by Jesse

April 2017 1st Saturday

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On Saturday, April 1, I set out with the goal of visiting every Kingston First Saturday reception. I started on lower Broadway and worked my way uptown. I saw a lot of marvelous art and ran into many First Saturday friends I had not seen over…

Remembering Pauline Oliveros

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Pauline Oliveros was revered among her peers as a visionary composer, professor and humanitarian though many Kingston residents were unaware of her powerful influence. When she passed on Thanksgiving Day at age 84, her legacy was already well…
Steve Finkle – Garden Flowers

Steve Finkle Photographs Exhibit at City Hall through June

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Visitors to Kingston City Hall are invited to linger over a photography exhibition in the ground floor hall honoring the late Steve Finkle, former Director of the City's Office of Economic Development. Steve Finkle Photographs will continue…
ARTBAR Gallery - Photo by Kevin Godbey

First Saturday: A History and a Plan

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MAD has initiated a partnership to revive and expand Kingston's First Saturday gallery openings tradition. Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) stalwart Nancy Donskoj and ARTBAR owner Allie Constant recently launched Kingston Gallery Business…
MAD Calling all artists

Calling all Kingston MAD artists!

Who’s out there? We want to know! We want to put you on the map! We want to feature MAD Artists and their work in future issues of the MAD eNews and we need to hear from you. We’re also laying the groundwork for an online registry with…
Joe Concra & Brian Mahoney

Chronogram Launches Community Conversations

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On February 8, Chronogram launched a new, monthly series to bring together community leaders, influencers and creatives for discussions about timely issues. For the first conversation, held at The Lace Mill, Chronogram Editorial Director Brian…
Ben Wigfall by Nancy Donskoj 1993

Honoring Luminary Printmaker Ben Wigfall

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We learned of Ben Wigfall’s passing as we were ready to announce the launch of the MAD Ben Wigfall Project. Warmly remembered by Kingston’s African-American and arts communities, Wigfall was a professor of printmaking at SUNY New…

Lights! Camera! Action!

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Three major film and video production hubs (existing and under development) are positioning Midtown Kingston as the regional center of gravity for the film/video industry. Seven21 Media Center and RUPCO’s development of The Metro and Stockade…

Spotlight on…Filmmakers!

Last year, filmmakers Lynn Woods and Stephen Blauweiss put Kingston film artists on the map with their stunning and provocative Lost Rondout documentary about the devastation of 1960s urban renewal. Over the years, Blauweiss has also created…

Anatomy of Midtown Arts

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You may have heard us say that more than 40 Midtown buildings house arts-based uses, and that Midtown boasts more than 200 art enterprises ranging from one-person studios to manufacturers employing more than 30 people. We estimate that nearly…

Mothers of MAD Invention

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Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Pauline Oliveros passed away on Thanksgiving. Pauline was a hands-on supporter of MAD and, together with her longtime partner and collaborator Ione, she rolled up her sleeves to research arts district…

Pop-timistic About Midtown!

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Artist and innovator G. Riley Johndonnell (a/k/a Uncle Riley) and his business partner Whitny Sobala are organizing an optimistic community art movement from their pop-up gallery at 622 Broadway. Check out this vibrant Happy Spot in the Kingston…

4th Annual Made In Kingston

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December 8, 4-8pm The brainchild of the Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK), this year's Made In Kingston will showcase more than 50 local artists, craftspeople and arts-based businesses. This exciting and fun expo of Kingston’s maker…

Midtown Art-Preneurs Love Small Business Saturday

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November 26th is the seventh anniversary of Small Business Saturday, a robust idea created to boost small local U.S. businesses. According to the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express, more than 95 million people shopped…

MAD Brochure

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Download a PDF of our MAD brochure. Click here for English. Click here for Spanish.  

Business Alliance of Kingston Hosts MAD Breakfast

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The Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) hosted a yummy breakfast at PAKT Restaurant on September 21 to introduce Midtown businesses to the growing Midtown Arts District. "BAK is committed to strategies to improve business and accelerate revitalization,…