7th Annual MAD Celebration of the Arts
Online Video Showcase

Our first annual on-line video festival features a sampling of the artistry of our creative community. These presentations are all produced by Kingston artists and reflect a variety of media and sensibilities. Many thanks to our technical and media consultant Chris Rahm.
Enjoy!

A Chorus of Female Voices

Zelda aka Judith Z. Miller

A TMI Project performance of my coming out story. This story is now integrated as part of my one-person Queer show Que Será, Será: A Life’s Journey of Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression. The entire show is available to watch for free/by donation at this LINK. Thanks to the TMI Project for the great work they do and for allowing me to share this video.

Alone for Passover

Zelda aka Judith Z. Miller

Who could have imagined back in 2010 that my experience of being alone for Passover might, because of a worldwide pandemic, be shared by thousands if not millions of Jews around the world in 2021? Here, I tell the story of how I embodied the mandate “In every generation a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt.”  This story isn’t just for Jews or religious people  — it’s about using our imagination to tap into others’ experiences in order to develop compassion — and the power of living our personal journey in the Now.

B&H and Me

Studio Stu

B&H Kosher Dairy Restaurant has been in the East Village in New York City since 1938. I have been eating there for the last 50 years….one day, in 1968, I was coming from the Fillmore East, and hungry kids need food, so, I looked into B&H dairy’s window, and saw the food of my childhood…pierogis, blintz, kasha varnishes, matzah ball soup…I was home, and since I am 15 years old, B&H has been my all time favorite restaurant.

BLESSINGS

Doug Menuez

In my life I’ve been lucky to document truly astonishing human beings – rare people whose deeds and words have powerfully influenced our world. I was deeply honored to be given the opportunity to direct “Blessings” featuring the voice of Brother David Steindl-Rast, a man whose humble teachings helped millions to navigate the uncertainty and suffering bound up with being alive. With this short film, my intent was to amplify his wise words with universal imagery.

Collide

Wayne Montecalvo

video with original audio

Tour Home Studio

Sasha Sun

video with original audio

Dreams of the Jungfrau

IONE

The mysteries of an art deco hotel high in the Swiss Alps reveal themselves through its odd inhabitants.

Harris Diamant Interview

Neville Bean / Robert Vandeweghe

Before artist Harris Diamant moved to Kingston and began painting, he discussed his influences and artistic process in this profile from 2014. The piece is lavishly illustrated with examples of Diamant’s diverse work over his artistic career as well as examples of folk art that he gleaned as a dealer in American Folk Art, influencing his eye and his aesthetic.

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Mark Marshall

Short Film / Music video animated & shot with social distancing during COVID. Featuring Lara Hope, Neil Alexander, Sam Newsome and Don Valentine. Music and video by Mark Marshall.

Karmabee: Creating a Buzz with Doodles

Karen Berelowitz / Karmabee

Karen Berelowitz doodled through three decades of school and an international development career before launching Karmabee in 2007. She prints her hand-drawn black & white designs on note cards, baby clothes, kids and adult T-shirts, cork coasters, tote bags, face masks, and more. Growing up in South Africa and spending much of her previous career in Latin America, Karen’s designs have an multicultural quality to them that she feels is more subconscious than anything intentional. She had a studio and store in the Rondout neighborhood for four years and now lives and creates out of her home in Uptown Kingston, NY.

mummy

Wayne Montecalvo

video with original music by Wayne Montecalvo

Photographer Mickey Mathis: All Subject(s) Matter – A Film by Stephen Blauweiss

Stephen Blauweiss

Contemporary photographer, Mickey Mathis, who grew up in Kingston and later moved to New York City. Over the past 50 years, he has created a wide spectrum of images in color as well as black and white, capturing scenes of daily life and all manner of subjects. After taking thousands of photographs, Mathis remains as enthusiastic as ever. His work is stunning and we’re thrilled to share it with you. Later in our series we’ll feature regional women artists, aspects of Woodstock’s early art and counterculture, and lesser-known aspects of Kingston and Ulster County’s history.

Pop Up Portrait Studio by Kristopher Johnson Photography

Kristopher Johnson Photography

Live locations set up and images of Pop Up Portrait Studio by Kristopher Johnson Photography

Pride’s Daughter

IONE & Nico Bovoso

An animated memoir – a little girl travels back in time through snow.

PUGG Art news with the work of Mathew Pleva

Pop Up Gallery Group PUGG program

PUGG created video about exhibiting artist artist Matt Pleva’s work and an explanation of what members of PUGG do. Created by Emma Stiegler, members Hui Min Gou,voice over, Ashliegh Harrington describes Pleva’s work, Kerry Madison,Erin Dougherty and Dominic Ruiz. February, 2018. Students describe what it means to join PUGG.

RAGE

Doug Menuez

A music video of Kingston artist Nicki, Tha Great performing her song “RAGE” directed by Doug Menuez.

Robert Hessler: Ceramicist – A Film by Stephen Blauweiss

Stephen Blauweiss

Robert Hessler and filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss met at the Shirt Factory in Midtown Kingston around 2002, and Blauweiss had the opportunity to capture the master in action in his studio in 2015. Hessler’s pieces have unique shapes, stunning colors, and an extravagant quality. He delights in improvising and experimenting with both the clay and glazes and is fascinated with the unknown aspect of what might emerge from the kiln. “My aim is to always try and surprise myself and come up with results that I find visually intriguing and exciting,” says Hessler, “a constant quest to discover something new.”

Sounding in Widow Jane Mine

Lisa B Kelley

On July 23, 2013 Lisa B Kelley invited vocalists Tina Pearson and Viv Corringham to record their voices in Rosendale’s Widow Jane Mine. With the help of sound engineer Matthew Cullen and Casey Ferenz, they captured multiple tracks and an evening performance of Pauline Oliveros’ “Arctic Air” which Lisa dubbed the recording “Widow Mine Air,” album release forthcoming.

Studio Stu & The Rhythm Method; Mini Da Moocha

Studio Stu

This eccentric jazz trio takes the very best in classic jazz and originals, and twists and bends them into what they call ‘jazz unstandards’. In this ‘trio virtuosi’, nothing is sacred…..improv is rampant…lyrics are changed at will…notes and chords are bent and reimagined…familiar languages are obliterated….harmonies are sweet and sour perfection, and yet, serious, sophisticated and uncompromising in execution. This is one in-tune, out-of-tune, offbeat outfit.

Susan Basch: Ancient Traditions, Modern Aesthetics – A Film by Stephen Blauweiss

Stephen Blauweiss

It’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch Kingston mixed-media artist Susan Basch engage in her chosen art form, the ancient Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo. Having studied jewelry making and gemology, Basch developed her own unique craft by grouping different braids together to create necklaces as well as the handcrafted beads and silver clasps that embellish her wearable works of art. We tour Basch’s colorful and impeccably well-organized studio filled with colorful yarns she dyes herself using locally-grown plants. We listen to Basch guide us through her fiber and metal work areas filled with the tools of her trade, and see works in progress as well as finished pieces that would look stunning in any context.

The Big Dream Exhibit

Ministry of Maat’s Big Dream Artists

Part of Ione’s 26th Annual Dream Festival in February 2021, this online exhibit explores dreams and dreaming featuring Women’s Mysteries artists across the US and Europe. Artists include:
​Sangeeta Laura Biagi, Anne Bourne, Sadee Brathwaite, Marine Caille, Dorota Czerner, Sylvie Decaux, Gisela Gamper, Lara Giordano, Leslie Greene, Li Harris, Julie Hedrick, IONE, Duwenavue Sante’ Johnson, Lisa B Kelley, Shirley Parker-Benjamin, Amy Reed, JL, Suiren, Toni Thomas, Grace Villamil, Jacqueline Vogel, Julia White, Manuela Zervudachi

Venezia e l’Egitto (Venice & Egypt)

IONE

Ione’s modern day journey from Venice to Egypt evokes submerged memories of a route well known to ancient travelers. Edited by Jaclyn Heyen.