Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ambidextrous Artistry

Like most other museum employees, Donna Mikkelsen (our educational director) is quite the artist. However, her special skill is a bit different than most. Not only does Mikkelsen create stunning and intricate works, her method is quite remarkable. Using both hands equally in a feat of ambidexterity, Donna mirrors one side of her canvas (whether that canvas be fabric, paper, or glass window pane), merging two identical sides into one cohesive and symmetrical piece. 

Donna performing live at The Falcon this December 

Recently, Donna was featured in a show at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. Her motions were projected on screen while live musicians played along. This complete joint effort of performance art and visual art, of the auditory and the aesthetically pleasing, is really an amazing and new artistic venture. 

Donna with one of her larger pieces 
Also called "Ambi Art", this concept of mirror-like creation is known to be therapeutic and helpful in improving skill. This recently discovered process improves hand eye coordination and the ability to draw in proportion- but it is easier said than done. 

Ambidexterity, the ability to use both the left and the right side equally so, with no hand or side claiming dominance, is a trait found in less than 1% of the population. An even smaller number, however, is able to take full advantage of their quirk to the extent Donna Mikkelsen has. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Today! Peekskill Makes Me Merry

Join us today at the 4th annual "Peekskill Makes Me Merry" Holiday Market Today- 12/6! Alongside other local businesses, we will have a table set up featuring holiday fun! Join us for a special holiday kids craft and to ask any questions or get more information on upcoming programs and events! See you there! 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Spotlight on Women

Check out this special sneak preveiw for the upcoming "Spotlight on Women" Show on December 7th- Join us for a panel (2 - 3) , play ("What Comes Around", 3 - 4) , and original dance piece ( 4 - 5). There will also be a reception at 5pm.

The event is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. See our website for more details! 

Ask an Artist: Alex McQuilkin

For this edition of "Ask an Artist", I contacted some the filmmakers featured in our "Womens Room" video exhibit. I was lucky enough to solicit a response from Alex McQuilkin, artist of the "Joan of Arc" piece featured in the collection. Here are her replies;

TC: Who/What are your biggest inspirations? 
AM: A major inspiration for me is the commercial imagery around me here in NY.  Fashion, advertisements, films...  All of my work is, directly or inderectly, motivated by these images - particularly images that sell the idea of what I am or could be as a woman back to me.  Lately I'm also really inspired by the spaces we live in, particularly the textiles that we surround ourselves with and wear on our bodies- I'm really fascinated by thinking about how these affect us.

TC:What role does color (or lack thereof) play in your work? 
AM: Color is not something I think too consciously about in my work.  Right now I'm working on a piece about Emily Dickinson where the colors are all just slightly muted versions of what would or could be really vibrant tones.  The color just seems to intuitively follow the mood of the piece. 

Thanks for reading, and be sure to catch this piece (and all the others!) before their final showing on December 7th! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Blog Feature!

Beginning next week, our blog will feature a different artist participating in Live Arts Day (January 10th). This day is going to be filled with ALL types of art - aerial, painting, performance, culinary - who knows what it holds? Prepare for a post a week about a specific artists involved- get to know them and their work in preparation for Live Arts Day! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Live Arts Fest!

Coming Soon!

Join us on January 10th for a special "Live Arts Day". Local artists, wokring with a variety of medias, will be performing and creating in the museum for one day only! Interactive art, crafts, shows, perfromances... we'll have it all. Sculptors, aerial performers, culinary artists... all are welcome. If you or someone you know is an artist based in the Hudson Valley, feel free to contact for the possibility to be involved in the day's events. 

Email liveartsfest@hvcca.org for more information on how to attend or participate. 
Look our for more information coming soon! 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Artist Update: James Mulvaney

Jame's Mulvaney has worn many hats here at HVCCA. An Artists' Club member, volunteer,  and 2014 Peekskill Project participant- he's done it all. Excitingly, James is being featured in Brooklyn College's Open Studios this weekend! Come by to support him and his amazing and powerful work, alongside other talented MFA candidates. Click here for more information on the upcoming show.