The Episode Where A Gallery Exhibits Anime Art

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Exhibition: February 23 – March 22, 2024

In this episode, the Trolley Barn Gallery called artists from all over the globe to celebrate anime, manga, and comic books through a vibrant exhibition of art inspired by Japanese animation, manga and comic books. The youth curators accepted a diverse array of art including: figurines, character designs, sketches, photography, collage, digital art and cosplay props to explore how anime is a language that articulates our unique identities.

In the last 30 years there has developed a unique exchange between youth in Black American communities and youth in urban Japanese cultures. The most obvious evidence of this exchange is in the influx of popularity in anime and manga in the US and in hip hop music and fashion in Japan. This summer the youth curators from the Trolley Barn Youth Curatorial Team investigated that exchange on a field trip to the Brooklyn Museum to view Oscar yi Hou’s exhibition “East of sun, West of moon”. Yi Hou, a British-born Cantonese artist now living in Brooklyn, usesd common Japanese and Chinese, Japanese and East Asian motifs to adorn portraits of his ethnically diverse American friends as an exploration of “Asia America.” The youth curators were inspired by this style and wanted to create an exhibition that also playsed with the influence of using Japanese pop culture onto explore the deeper questions of representation.

EXHIBITION REVIEW
Collecting inspiration for this exhibition, the Trolley Barn Curatorial Team traveled to the Brooklyn Museum to see Oscar yi Hou‘s exhibition, East of sun, west of moon.
Read Chanel Reed’s exhibition review here!

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 6–8PM

Costume Contest: Friday, March 1 from 5–8PM
• Judged by local artists and anime lovers
• Includes over $200 in prizes
• Goodie bag worth $138 in comics books, trading cards, and graphic novels from Megabrain Comics!
• $50 certificate from Darkside Records!
• Enjoy free snacks and refreshments
• Connect with local anime and cosplay enthusiasts

Creating Comics Workshop: From Concept to Completion: March 9 from 12–4PM
• Brainstorm story concepts
• Learn about storyboarding and storytelling from Local Comic Bookstore owner Jean David Michel
• Learn drawing and composition from exhibiting artist, Cy Hinojosa
• Leave with the tools to create your own comic book from start to finish

  • Norman Aragones • Growing Up • Acrylic • 16” x 20” • San Jose, CA • $300
  • Norman Aragones • Junkfoodimus Tron II • Metallic • 15” x 20” • San Jose, CA • $450
  • Norman Aragones • Food Wars • Acrylic • 16” x 24” • San Jose, CA • $500
  • Maka Arnold • RWBY - Crescent Rose Prop • Cardboard, duct tape, string foam, nerf gun • 73” x 15” x 6” • Bronx, NY • NFS
  • Camillia Bailey • One Summer’s Day (Spirited Away Screencap Redraw) • Digital • 8” x 10” • Ruston, LA • $50
  • Camillia Bailey • Screencap Redraw (Kiki’s Delivery Service) • Digital • 8” x 8” • Ruston, LA • $50
  • Sienna Baron • Marvel's Last Supper • Acrylic paint • 20” x 24” • Syracuse, NY • Best offer
  • James Biordi • Iggy and The Fool • Polymer clay, epoxy, metal wires, acrylic paint • 7” x 5.5” x 7” • Massapequa, NY• NFS
  • Lindsey Blais • My Samurai Academia (Inspired by The Samurai School) • Digital • 8” x 11” • Woonsocket, RI • $200
  • Lindsey Blais • Aizawa fights Nomu • Digital • 8” x 11” • Woonsocket, RI • $200
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #1 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #2 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #3 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #4 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #5 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #6 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #7 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Amber Cole • The Fungi Friends #8 • Pen and pencil in card protectors • 3.5” x 2.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Doug Dabbs • Kusanagi Motoko, Ghost in the Shell • Digital • 10” x 8” • Murfreesboro, TN • $175
  • Doug Dabbs • Lucy, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners • Digital • 10” x 10” • Murfreesboro, TN • $175
  • William Ettinger • Issa's Toads • Tempera on texture laid paper • 18” x 24” • Covington, LA • $2,000
  • William Ettinger • Dreams in Pastel • India Ink and tempera on texture laid paper • 18” x 24” • Covington, LA • $1,500
  • William Ettinger • 大谿山豪徳寺の写真 (Daikeizan Gōtoku-ji no shiyash) • Digital photograph • 12” x 16” • Covington, LA • $100
  • Cy Hinojosa • Should We Go Out Tonight? • Acrylic paint and neon pastels on canvas • 42” x 36” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $1,500
  • Cy Hinojosa • Well I Tried • Acrylic paint on wood panel • 16” x 20” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $950
  • Cy Hinojosa • Just Skimming The First Ten Pages • Acrylic paint on canvas • 24” x 18” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $700
  • Cy Hinojosa • One More Chapter Before Bed • Acrylic paint on canvas • 24” x 18” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $700
  • Cy Hinojosa • Oh, You Shouldn't Have! • Acrylic paint on canvas • 42” x 36” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $1,500
  • Jennifer Jackowitz • Star Lite n' Sweet • Collage and mixed media drawing on paper • 14” x 11” • Saugerties, NY • $450
  • Jennifer Jackowitz • Home Birth • Collage and mixed media drawing • 14” x 11” • Saugerties, NY • $450
  • Joseph Kosdrosky • Stellar Startdust for All • Acrylic on canvas • 14” x 12” • Novato, CA • $575
  • Georgia Lloyd • Sailor Moon Locket • Photograph • 20” x 20” • Los Angeles, CA • $500
  • Georgia Lloyd • PS 1 Controller • Photograph • 12” x 12” • Los Angeles, CA • $500
  • Georgia Lloyd • Anime Figures • 35mm Photograph • 8.5” x 11” • Los Angeles, CA • $150
  • Rebecca Mutrux • Triggered • Mixed media (collage and gouache) • 37.5” x 12” • Glenwood, IA • NFS
  • Rebecca Mutrux • Sugimoto Saichi • Fabric and plastic • 13” x 8.5” x 5” • Glenwood, IA • NFS
  • Rebecca Mutrux • The Floating World • Collage and pastel • 20” x 15” • Glenwood, IA • NFS
  • Taylor Nevins • Untitled • Digital • 8.5” x 13.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Taylor Nevins • Ghosts of the Past • Digital • 8.5” x 17” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Taylor Nevins • Dissociated • Digital • 12” x 9” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Chanel Reed • Graduation: Triple Threat • Digital illustration • 30” x 20” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $200
  • Chanel Reed • Sketchbook #2 • Graphite, mixed media • 8” x 5.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Crystal Serino • Sent To See God • Cardboard, wooden panels, India ink • 16” x 20.5” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Zakiyah Stewart • The Fleet • Oil on canvas • 48” x 60” • Philadelphia, PA • $1,200
  • Zakiyah Stewart • Peaking through light • Oil on canvas • 20” x 15” • Philadelphia, PA • $250
  • Zakiyah Stewart • PS 111x • Oil on canvas • 20” x 12” • Philadelphia, PA • $260

The Member Show: 2024

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Exhibition: December 15 – January 26, 2024

For our Members Show, the Trolley Barn Gallery brings together a notable roster of local creative voices, presenting thought-provoking artwork that reinvents the Trolley Barn Gallery’s industrial space – the hub of Poughkeepsie’s thriving arts scene. After merging with Barrett Art Center in 2022, The Art Effect membership includes a combination of formerly Barrett Art Members and Art Effect Alumni. We are excited to see how The Art Effect Members continuously contribute to the ever-evolving legacy of Hudson Valley art. 

The Members Show is one of the Trolley Barn Gallery’s annual exhibitions and is curated by the Trolley Barn Curatorial Team. This membership exhibition will be open to the public December 15 through January 26, 2024 at The Art Effect’s Trolley Barn Gallery, 489 Main St, Poughkeepsie, New York, with an Opening Reception Friday, December, 5-7 pm. Every gallery exhibition expands the curatorial knowledge of the gallery’s youth curators – teaching them necessary skills for professional development and community building in the heart of Poughkeepsie. 

GALLERY CLOSED: December 25 – January 2, 2024
Opening Reception: December 15, 5-7pm
Membership Forum: January 18, 5-7pm
Closing Reception: January 26, 2023, 5-7pm
Art Return/Pickup of accepted artwork: January 26 – February 10; Tuesday through Friday 12-5pm, Saturday by appointment

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Opening Reception – December 15, 5-7PM: At the opening of the exhibition, on December 15 from 5-7pm, the Trolley Barn Gallery will host an opening reception for the Members Show to highlight the work of our artist members. This event is free and open to the public, where light refreshments will be served and Members will have the opportunity to view the work of their peers and neighbors and share information about their past and upcoming exhibitions. 

Membership Forum – January 18, 5-7PM: The Membership Forum is an opportunity for current and future members to share their expectations and ideals for Art Effect Membership on January 18 from 5-7pm. In this town-hall style event, members can give the Trolley Barn Gallery staff advice on how to build on successful events and replace outdated programs that may not suit the next generation of members. Audience members will have the chance to suggest initiatives that grow and support artists and ask questions about the current membership benefits. 

Closing Reception – January 26, 5-7PM: At the conclusion of the exhibition, on January 26, 2024, the Trolley Barn Gallery will host a Closing Reception from 5-7pm. The Closing Reception will be open to current Art Effect Members and prospective Art Effect Members. The event will include light refreshments, art trivia and a chance to mingle with current members to understand their perspective on being a part of Poughkeepsie’s growing artistic community. 

BECOME A MEMBER

To become a member before the Dec 1, 2023 deadline click the link: BECOME A MEMBER or email trolleybarn@thearteffect.org for assistance. The Art Effect’s Individual Artist and Senior Artist Memberships included artists who are residents of New York at every stage of their artistic careers, representing an array of mediums, methodologies and identities. An Individual Artist Membership at The Art Effect includes the following benefits:

  1. 50% Discount on submission fees for International Juried Exhibitions
  2. Automatic acceptance into the Trolley Barn Gallery’s Annual Members Show
  3. Early and exclusive Invites to Trolley Barn Gallery exhibition events and workshops
  4. The opportunity to support the education of the next generation of curators and community organizers, local teens age 16-22

Thank you to The Art Effect’s gallery sponsor, FastSigns of Wappingers Falls.

  • Oli Boyer • Drains • yarn, plastic tubes, latex gloves • 13” x 130” • Philadelphia, PA
  • Oli Boyer • Body • yarn • 79” x 19” • Philadelphia, PA
  • Oli Boyer • You Are What You Eat • wood and mirror • 23” x 16” • Philadelphia, PA
  • Lauren Clark • Schoodic #1 • photograph • 8” x 11” • Wappingers Falls, NY • $110
  • Lauren Clark • Schoodic #2 • photograph • 8” x 11” • Wappingers Falls, NY • $110
  • Lauren Clark • Schoodic #3 • photograph • 8” x 11” • Wappingers Falls, NY • $110
  • Hanna Rose DeMarco • Quickened • oil painting on pastel • 12” x 6” • Wappingers Falls, NY • $1,300
  • Hanna Rose DeMarco • Germinated • oil painting on pastel • 10” x 10” • Wappingers Falls, NY • $1,500
  • Donna Faranda • In the Wink of an Eye • digital painting, micro-pointalism • 28” x 22.5” • Lagrangeville, NY • $1,200
  • Donna Faranda • Ornothology • digital painting, micro-pointalism • 20.75” x 24.75” • Lagrangeville, NY • $1,200
  • Donna Faranda • Garden Party • digital painting, micro-pointalism • 22” x 26” • Lagrangeville, NY • $1,200
  • Paul Gillis • In the Garden • acrylic, color and graphite on burlap • 10” x 8” • Port Ewen, NY • NFS
  • Paul Gillis • Medusa's Brush • acrylic, color and graphite on burlap • 10” x 8” • Port Ewen, NY • NFS
  • Paul Gillis • Wild Hair • acrylic, color and graphite on burlap • 10” x 8” • Port Ewen, NY • NFS
  • Omri Goren • The Kiss • mixed media • 11.5” x 8.25” • Tel Aviv, Israel • $150
  • Omri Goren • Woman • mixed media • 11.5” x 8.25” • Tel Aviv, Israel • $150
  • Cy Hinojosa • Should We Go Out Tonight? • acrylic paint and neon pastels on canvas • 42” x 36” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $1,500
  • Cy Hinojosa • Should We Call Someone? • neon pastel and white charcoal pencil on black canvas • 12” x 16” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $550
  • Cy Hinojosa • Well I Tried • acrylic paint on wood panel • 16” x 20” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $950
  • Dan McCormack • Grid-Black-Metal-Grill • cell phone 3x3 • 20” x 16” • Accord, NY • $750
  • Dan McCormack • grid-blue-airplane-toy • cell phone 3x3 • 20” x 16” • Accord, NY • $750
  • Dan McCormack • grid-blond-haired-doll • cell phone 3x3 • 20” x 16” • Accord, NY • $750
  • Lou Patrou • Clemintine, Cornelius • unique print on canvas • 11” x 14” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $300 (each)
  • Heather Ann Pitcher • Illness vs Wellness: A Expression of Mental Illness • acrylic paint • 11.5” x 12” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $100
  • Heather Ann Pitcher • Darkness: A Expression of Mental Illness • acrylic paint • 12” x 24” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $150
  • Heather Ann Pitcher • Calm Mind on Fire: A Expression of Mental Illness • acrylic paint • 11” x 14” • Poughkeepsie, NY • $100
  • ARClips • Hoop Dreams • stone slate • 8” x 6” • Poughkeepsie, NY • contact artist for price
  • Lynne Marie Rosenburg • step outside + raise your hand • pen on notebook paper, thumb tacks • 10” x 16” • Brooklyn, NY • $500
  • Lynne Marie Rosenburg • Swingset • ink on paper, thumb tacks • 5.5” x 9.75” • Brooklyn, NY • $500
  • Hudson Segnit • untitled • pastel • 18” x 23.5” • Cornwall on Hudson, NY • $100
  • Hudson Segnit • Autum Harvest • acrylic paint • 8” x 10” • Cornwall on Hudson, NY • $50
  • Hudson Segnit • Sunset Dreams • watercolor, acrylic, gauche • 9” x 6” • Cornwall on Hudson, NY • $50
  • Joe Serino • Down the Street • acrylic • 12.5” x 15.5” • Germantown, NY • $700
  • Joe Serino • Gramps • scratchboard • 10” x 11.5” • Germantown, NY • $450
  • Joe Serino • Off Lasher • acrylic • 12” x 10” • Germantown, NY • $500
  • Cory Spraker • Flora: Stampie Dear • graphite on paper • 24” x 30” • Holmes, NY • $3,200
  • Jerry Wein • Foundry • photograph • 20” x 30” • Milton, NY • $400
  • Jerry Wein • Sleepwalker • photograph • 20” x 30” • Milton, NY • $400

Current: PKX International Teen Art Exhibition

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April 18 – May 17, 2024

The 3rd Annual PKX Festival presents the International PKX Art Exhibition, opening its doors on April 18th. The International PKX Art Exhibition serves as a platform for young artists to display their creativity from around the globe. This exhibition is a tribute to the extraordinary artistic talents of teenagers aged 14-19. The PKX Art Exhibition showcases imaginative and original artworks created by young people who have a passion for their medium and a desire to share it with young artists around the world.

This year’s PKX Festival, “Droppin’ Jewels” celebrates the richness of Poughkeepsie’s community, highlighting its assets, heroes, and the intergenerational creative energy that defines the city. Throughout the free, 3-day festival, families, friends, and the community will participate in family-friendly art and media activities, teen art exhibition opening reception, short-film screenings, food trucks, vendors, and more. All components of the festival are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about this 3-day community festival!

The Art Effect is proud to present this juried exhibition as part of the annual PKX Festival, a building block to the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone — a youth-led arts district in Poughkeepsie, NY. This show features 23 young painters, sculptors, photographers, and digital artists aged 14–19 as a vibrant testament to the transformative energy of youth creativity and community impact. The PKX Festival is a symbol of community and unity while celebrating the creativity and talent in and around Poughkeepsie. During this three-day festival, carefully curated films take the spotlight in a compelling showcase, thoughtfully selected 2-D and 3-D artworks grace the walls of The Trolley Barn Gallery, and artistic activations from local businesses and artists empower guests to incorporate placekeeping into daily adventures. The PKX Festival is created by youth for everyone.

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Opening Reception & Pop Up Fashion Show: Friday, April 18, 6–9PM
6:00 PM Festival Kick-Off & Refreshments
6:30 PM PKX Art Scavenger Hunt
7:00 PM Opening Remarks
7:15 PM Pop-Up Fashion Show
7:40 PM Youth Art Exhibition Awards

  • Juliana Woods • A Spill • collage and acrylic on board • 47” x 47” • Warwick, NY • Warwick Valley High School • 18 years old • $600
  • Juliana Woods • Can We Stay the Same? • Acrylic on canvas • 25” x 35” x 1” • Warwick, NY •Warwick Valley High School • 18 years old • $600
  • Juliana Woods • Teddy • Acrylic on canvas • 19” x 20” x 1” • Warwick, NY • Warwick Valley High School • 18 years old • $400
  • Juliana Woods • Buy 1 Get 1 Free • Acrylic on canvas • 39” x 23” x 1” • Warwick, NY • Warwick Valley High School • 18 years old • $1,000
  • Selah Wolfe • The Echo of Muffled Sobs • Photography • 19” x 13” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 16 years old • $200
  • Angelica Doble • Sinking World • Charcoal • 9” x 12” • Ossining, NY • Ossining High School • $200
  • Nicholas Vazquez-Ponce • Destruction for Desire • acrylic on canvas • 20” x 16” x 1” • Wingdale, NY • Dover High School • 15 years old • NFS
  • Kacey Thurman • Student Portrait • Photography • 8” x 10” • Baltimore, MD • Chesapeake High School • 18 years old • NFS
  • Uzziah Archie • Student Portrait • Photography • 10” x 8” • Baltimore, MD • Wide Angle Youth Media/City Neighbors High School • 16 years old • NFS
  • Anouk Sethi • Vale of Cashmere I • oil and acrylic on wood panel • 12” x 12” x 1” • Brooklyn, NY• Dalton School • 16 years old • $100
  • Anouk Sethi • Look Back and Remember to Fly • oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas • 20” x 16” x 1.5” • Brooklyn, NY • Dalton School • 16 years old • NFS
  • PalmSun • Omate Chaos • cardboard, acrylic paint, dried leaves, and acorn tops • 14” x 18” x 1” • Poughkeepsie, NY • Poughkeepsie High School• $175
  • PalmSun • Artist Creativity • painted cardboard scrap, found objects, beads, and hot glue • 16” x 20” x 1” • Poughkeepsie, NY • Poughkeepsie High School • $200
  • Tyler Ripel • DC Supermarket • Oil on Paper Grocery Bag • 17” x 24” x .3” • Brooklyn, NY • Rhode Island School of Design • 18 years old • $1,000 *GRAND PRIZE WINNER*
  • Tyler Ripel • What Really Matters • Oil on Paper Grocery Bag • 17” x 24” x .3” • Brooklyn, NY • Rhode Island School of Design • 18 years old • $1,000
  • Tyler Ripel • Customary Visit • Oil on Paper Grocery Bag • 17” x 24” x .3” • Brooklyn, NY • Rhode Island School of Design • 18 years old • $1,000
  • Chanel Reed • Baby I’m a Star • Printmaking • 16” x 10” • Poughkeepsie, NY • Dutchess Community College • 19 years old • $260
  • Chanel Reed • Run Through My Mind #4 • mixed media - gouache and acrylic paint • 10” x 8” • Poughkeepsie, NY • Dutchess Community College • 19 years old • $150
  • Chanel Reed • Run Through My Mind #3 • mixed media - gouache and acrylic paint • 10” x 8” • Poughkeepsie, NY • Dutchess Community College • 19 years old • $150
  • Jolyn Prescott • The Thinkers Collection • collage, ink, charcoal • 36” x 48” • Poughkeepsie, NY • Vassar College • 18 years old • NFS
  • Elena Nygard • Clarence • Ceramic, Glaze, Iron Oxide • 6.5” x 5” x 3.5” • Omaha, NE • $570
  • Elena Nygard • Everything In Sight: Hidden • Oil Paint, Sharpie • 32.5” x 22.5” x 1.5” • Omaha, NE • Metropolitan Community College • 18 years old • $1,300
  • Sienna Baron • Broken By Thy Own Hand • Acrylic paint • .5’ x .5’ x 1” • Syracuse, NY • West Genesee High School • For Sale by Best Offer
  • Sienna Baron • Deep Unspoken Thought • Acrylic paint • 2’ x 2.5’ x 1” • Syracuse, NY • West Genesee High School • For Sale by Best Offer
  • Sienna Baron • Enlightened Maple • Acrylic paint • .5’ x .5’ 1” • Syracuse, NY • West Genesee High School • For Sale by Best Offer
  • Sienna Baron • Eccentric Waves • Acrylic paint • 1.5’ x 1.5’ x 1” • Syracuse, NY • West Genesee High School • NFS
  • Leroy Zackary Manrique • am i, WORTH THE WAIT • 10” x 10” • Poughkeepsie, NY • 18 years old • $200
  • Leroy Zackary Manrique • YOUTH • Acrylic Paint • 11” x 14” • Poughkeepsie, NY • 18 years old • NFS
  • Luna Liriano • Melt • Acrylic on canvas • 26” x 20” x 2” • Boston, MA • Boston Arts Academy • 17 years old • $300
  • Luna Liriano • Lifeline • Multimedia • 14” x 11” x 2” • Boston, MA • Boston Arts Academy • 17 years old • $350
  • Luna Liriano • Eye of the Beholder • Multimedia • 4” x 6” x 2” • Boston, MA • Boston Arts Academy • 17 years old • $260 *THIRD PLACE WINNER*
  • Isabel Klish • Novel Shade • Oils • 22” x 31” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 18 years old • NFS
  • Isabel Klish • The Balance • Acrylic • 28” x 17.5” x .5” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 18 years old • NFS *SECOND PLACE*
  • Isabel Klish • Papule, Pustuels, Nodules, Cystic • Acrylic, fake hair, face wax, makeup brush • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 18 years old • NFS
  • Caelin Hatcher • Streetlight • Oil paint on canvas paper • 20” x 24” • Washington, DC • 19 years old • $2,100
  • Shreya Golleonda • The Irony of Advocating Online and Actions in Real Life • Multi-color Pen • 7.5” x 4.75” • Highland, NY • Highland High School • 16 years old • $100
  • Henry Farthing • Winnebago • Photography • 14” x 22” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 17 years old • $250
  • Henry Farthing • Arizona • Photography • 16” x 20” • Lawrence High School • 17 years old Lawrence, KS • $250
  • Henry Farthing • This Is Robin’s Couch • Photography • 11” x 14” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 17 years old • $250
  • Elizabeth Caragh • girlhood adjacent • Acrylic on canvas • 36” x 36” x 1.5” • Mahopec, NY • Westchester Community College • 19 years old • NFS
  • Juliana Chavis • Journey Of A Road Highly Traveled • Ceramic, fishing wire, and tape • 11” x 12.5” x 8.5” • Scarsdale, NY • Scarsdale High School • 17 years old • $750
  • Lola Brown • Preserved Serenity • Photography • 11” x 17” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 15 years old • $200
  • Lola Brown • Family Roads • Photography • 8” x 10” • Lawrence, KS • Lawrence High School • 15 years old • $200
  • Ollie Barker-Duncan • Inner chaos • Digital • 24” x 24” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS
  • Ollie Barker-Duncan • Beautiful Blur • Digital • 24” x 24” • Poughkeepsie, NY • NFS

Upcoming: Earth’s Reflection Exhibition

When the Earth sees its reflection, will it be proud or scared of what it’s become?

For this exhibition, the Trolley Barn Gallery will bring together a compassionate roster of artists who specialize in work that brings attention to pollution prevention in a way that offers solutions for one of humanity’s most pressing global crises. This exhibition will focus on artistic interpretations of pollution prevention including themes of environmental justice and climate change activism. Artists explored themes inspired by the Earth; translating the sciences of ecology and geology to an experiential art. This exhibition features artists working in 2D and 3D mediums of upcycled materials, sound, video, and performance.

We are looking back at our mistakes, looking forward to solutions, and holding space for our present circumstances. And with the education and support of local artists and activists, the youth curators have equipped themselves with the skills to think outside the box and inspire collective action in Poughkeepsie.

Special Events

Opening Reception | Friday, June 14 | 6 – 8PM

Upstate Art Weekend: July 19 – 20 

• Community Clean Up | Friday, July 19 | 12 – 2:30PM
• Sustainability Lecture | Friday, July 19 | 4 – 5PM
• Upcycled Art Workshop | Saturday, July 20 | 12 – 4PM

Community Clean Up | Saturday, August 3 | 12 – 2:30PM

“Stewards of the Water” Panel Discussion | Saturday, August 3 | 3 – 5PM

Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations, or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

Thursday – Friday, 2-5pm
Saturday, 12-4pm

quiet as it’s kept

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“quiet as it’s kept” at theTrolley Barn Gallery
Exhibition of Black Contemporary Art in Downtown Poughkeepsie

QUIET AS IT’S KEPT is an exhibition of contemporary Black art that explores the depths of Black expression, translating its complex aesthetic dialect and demonstrating that Black art is as unique as Black people. We are healing by recognizing ourselves as art, as worthy of art, and as part of an indelible system of artistic excellence. This is an opportunity to illuminate voices that established art systems have previously ignored. Black people have always had a place in the art world, but the magic of our practice has been as quiet as they’ve kept it. For this exhibition, we are QUIET NO MORE.

Exhibition Dates: October 6–November 10
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6–8pm

For a full list of related events, click here.

As part of The Art Effect’s youth workforce development programs in creative fields, the Trolley Barn Gallery uses an innovative mentorship model to train youth to curate the gallery’s exhibitions and develop new initiatives for community engagement and placekeeping. “An exhibition like this is so important to Poughkeepsie because fostering that community relationship, and the familiarity of it, allows for peace and comfort within a group of people beyond familial lines”, says Mary Boatey, youth curator and exhibiting artist. 

Support for this exhibition is provided by Humanities NY and Dutchess Tourism through a grant administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Additional support comes from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

About Guest Curator Janice Bond: Janice Bond is a cultural architect, art advisor, and gallerist based in Houston. She has led art collectives and provided invaluable insight in developing multidisciplinary programming and communications strategies for independent artists, municipalities, and brands. In 2020, Bond assumed the role of deputy director at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In 2023, she opened ART IS BOND, a contemporary art gallery and project space with a mission to amplify the voices of diverse artists and provide a platform for their work. 

quiet as it’s kept Artwork as Installed

Destiny Arianna
NO TRESPASSING: SACRED LAND
Installation (digital photography, sand, grass, and wood
20” x 69” x 1.5”
Wappingers Falls, NY
NFS
As a Black and Chappaquiddick Wampanoag woman, my cultural experience has been shaped by a unique intersection of identities. Often, people’s perceptions only see me through the lens of my dark complexion, reducing me solely to being Black. This erasure of my Indigenous heritage has been a recurring challenge in my life, compelling me to continually prove my native identity to others. However, I have channeled the pain of this struggle into my art, using it as a powerful tool for self-expression and empowerment. Through my creative endeavors, I passionately focus on celebrating and amplifying my Black and Native identity, seeking to increase visibility and representation for Black Native people. My art is a vehicle for reclaiming my narratives, breaking stereotypes, and proudly embracing the richness of my heritage.

Mary Boatey
Loose
Digital
27” x 21”
Hopewell Junction, NY
$200

Mary Boatey
The Bluest Eye
Digital
27” x 21”
Hopewell Junction, NY
$250

Harrison Brisbon-McKinnon 
Crystal Twinning 
Photography 
16” x 40” 
Poughkeepsie, NY 
$700 
The race “Black” was created “ugly” and “unnatural” have been invisibly attached to it. Black skin mirrored in the mineral plagioclase feldspar. Both display trophies of tremendous growth. A reminder that black is organic. This diptych announces what has always been true: Black is beautiful.

Vernon Byron
To Kill a Mockingbird 2 (Walter Scott)
Folded Inkjet print and corrugated plastic on wood box
18” x 35.5” x 3”
Modena, NY
$1,200
My geographic experience living in Rockland county and later the Mid-Hudson Valley has forced me to look at culture and identity through a different lens. In living in the Newburgh area, and working as an artist, I came to be aware of how systems inform our culture and how culture reshapes itself in response to different conditions. Seeing how local government had failed the Newburgh community, and the influx of predatory real estate developers, I was inspired to create a community driven framework to produce public artworks, while also creating value for local youth in Newburgh. Between 2020 and 2022, I founded and directed 2 large scale community focused art installation projects where I redirected grant funding to pay local youth to make art and participate in the process of creating public art. Through this work, I demonstrated how public art should act as a vehicle to empower those who experience the art and live with it on a daily basis.

Melissa Small Cooper
Freesia
Oils on canvas
20” x 16”
Beacon, NY
$875
I was born in the Bronx but grew up in Ossining. I was raised to be a people-pleaser, and to always go above and beyond. My father had countless experiences of racism and my mother made it very clear that we had to navigate through the world a certain way. This thinking brought about my “layers of vanity” series, which comments on ways people accentuate or conceal who they are. As a mother of 3 biracial kids, I encourage them to unapologetically be who they are. Their experiences will be very different from mine, but I hope they nurture who they are above anything else. Recently, I’ve become quite the gardener, and truly enjoy caring for plants. It’s tricky to figure out what each type of plant or flower needs to flourish. This feels so symbolic of many things in my life. Whether it is figuring out the balance between motherhood and work, nurturing a biracial family with complex roots, or addressing generational traumas, I am embracing the journey of connecting, nourishing and healing.

Melissa Small Cooper
Thistle
Oils on canvas
20” x 16”
Beacon, NY
$875
I was born in the Bronx but grew up in Ossining. I was raised to be a people-pleaser, and to always go above and beyond. My father had countless experiences of racism and my mother made it very clear that we had to navigate through the world a certain way. This thinking brought about my “layers of vanity” series, which comments on ways people accentuate or conceal who they are. As a mother of 3 biracial kids, I encourage them to unapologetically be who they are. Their experiences will be very different from mine, but I hope they nurture who they are above anything else. Recently, I’ve become quite the gardener, and truly enjoy caring for plants. It’s tricky to figure out what each type of plant or flower needs to flourish. This feels so symbolic of many things in my life. Whether it is figuring out the balance between motherhood and work, nurturing a biracial family with complex roots, or addressing generational traumas, I am embracing the journey of connecting, nourishing and healing.

Steven M. Cozart
Pass/Fail Vol. X:Latenja
Acrylic, Charcoal, Pastel, and Collage
12” x 12”
Greensboro, NC
$1,700

Dellis Frank
Cosmopolitan Cone
Mixed Media, fiber, styrofoam
9” x 7” x 7”
Lomita, CA
$300
A mix between cotton candy, a Cosmopolitan and ice cream, this piece attacks the senses of your memory through the fluffy top to the textured bottom.

Tyrone Geter
What Goes Around…
Oil on board in old mirror frame
35” x 45” x 1”
Elgin, SC
$20,000

Dondre Green
Dreams Sold Separately
Photography
30” x 20” (each)
Bronx, NY
$600 (for each)

Stella Hendricks
An Answer of Embrace
Kozo paper, mulberry paper, hemp, string, and wire
22” x 19” x 13”
Cockeysville, MD
$800 
My Black experience is one of multitudes and layers, learning and expansion. My geographic experience has frequently made me hyper aware of myself, but also offered such a deep sense of joy communally. Life is such a miraculous, varied experience and I witness this every time I take a look around in nature. When I think of diversity, I think of ecosystems and how important it is to have variation in order for true harmony to occur. When I think of my experience of blackness, I feel how much depth and love there is for us to persist with creativity and magic, despite the odds.

Stella Hendricks
Rage Seed
Assorted Fabric, tulle, foam, mesh gutter guard
48” x 42” x 25”
Cockeysville, MD
NFS 
My Black experience is one of multitudes and layers, learning and expansion. My geographic experience has frequently made me hyper aware of myself, but also offered such a deep sense of joy communally. Life is such a miraculous, varied experience and I witness this every time I take a look around in nature. When I think of diversity, I think of ecosystems and how important it is to have variation in order for true harmony to occur. When I think of my experience of blackness, I feel how much depth and love there is for us to persist with creativity and magic, despite the odds.

Clarence Heyward
BYPRODUCT
48” x 30” x 2.5”
Clayton, NC
NFS

Tylear Jefferson
Allostatic Overload
Acrylic on canvas
24” x 24” x 1.5”
Garden City, MI
$600
Growing up as a Black military child in predominantly white spaces, my exposure to Black beauty was limited. But because my mother was a photographer, I didn’t feel an absence.Through my mother’s eyes, I was able to see myself as beautiful.  But I knew a lot of the world didn’t see me the way she did. Growing up and traveling, I noticed the attributes attached to Black women and simply certain expectations that weren’t easy to escape from. I learned that the reason people view Black women through this monolithic lens is because of their lack of exposure to Black women. With my work, I aim to break down that lens of expectation and show the beauty and diversity of Black women and their emotions. In Allostatic Overload I touch on the emotion of anger, which has always been highly attributed to Black women. But this anger is far more subtle and calm. This piece defies stereotypes and is about being completely checked out of a situation.

Imani Jones
The Sphinx and the Water Bearer || Luke 22:10
Oil on canvas • 32” x 4’
Poughkeepsie, NY
$5,000

As a Black woman with Jamaican heritage and U.S ancestral roots that connect to America’s triumphant and yet sorrowful history of slavery, in my teen years I became aware of the individual and unique experience of blackness in the 21st century of America.

I battled  with my own psyche on the conventions and ideologies that were taught to me as a child by institutions that aimed to feed me a false perception of myself, of my own people and culture. As I deprogrammed what was fed to me, and I re-learned and read my history, I became aware of the horrors and the beauty of my culture and of my own inner self. My aim was to always showcase paintings that tell the story of our inner worlds, of my own inner world and experiences of horrors and beauty. Through the act of painting, I want to broaden the idea of Black experience, figurative painting, and psychology.

London Ladd
Perish
Mixed Media on Illustration board
10” x 7”
North Syracuse, NY
NFS
Black representation will always be a subject for me to contemplate because of my desire to understand what it means to be a Black person. As someone who didn’t grow up in a predominantly Black community, it is a topic that fascinates me. I’ve always felt like an outsider desiring to be included in something I believe to be special. I feel a sense of comfort in being connected to the joys and pains of the black experience. It fills me with pride knowing that I come from strong, intelligent people who have endured so much and persevered through struggles that continue today.

Samantha Modder
Wearer of All Socks
12’ x 20’
Tampa, FL
$8,000
Growing up as a little Black girl in South Asia, I was a spectacle. The finger-pointing, jokes, and stares were a constant reminder that my Blackness was not only different but supposedly inferior. In my work, I reclaim being this spectacle, drawing self-portraiture that takes up space unapologetically. My self-portraits tell new narratives that go beyond the here and now. For me, this is the power of the imaginary within the Black diaspora. For a people whose “here and now” has often featured the worst forms of physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual oppression, the Black imaginary enables moments of relief, pleasure, and breakthrough, even while speaking to those difficult realities. In this safe creative space, I join those that work toward a reality that might one day imitate narrative.

Ari Montford
Black Indians in Space
Mixed media collage on paper with oil crayon
41.5” x 29” (unframed)
Beverly, MA
NFS

Ari Montford
Black Indians in Space: The Great Creator Giving Seed
Mixed media collage on paper with oil crayon
13” x 13”
Beverly, MA
NFS

Ari Montford
Black Indians in Space: The Annunciation
Mixed media collage on paper with oil crayon
13” x 13”
Beverly, MA
NFS

Emmanuel Ofori
Mamme ni Abofraa III
Mixed media
40” x 30”
Wappingers Falls, NY
$1,600

Emmanuel Ofori
Nsu Bura
Mixed media
32” x 22”
Wappingers Falls, NY
$1,000

Ashley Page
Nigreos Seminbus (Black Seed)
Mixed media: paper, steel, and Spanish moss
48” x 72” x 36”
Portland, ME
NFS

Ransome
The Block #3
Acrylic and collage on wood
92” x 23” x 23” (with stand)
Rhinebeck, NY
$15,000

Mark A. Reed
Wild Geese Flying Over Mountain Peak
Sculpture
17.5” x 16” x 13”
Park Forest, IL
NFS
This ‘Silent Bonsai’ is a full-cascade style bonsai conforming to ‘Art of Bonsai’ guidelines and fashioned with soil of the American Southwest Colorado Plateau region. Its artistic expression represents an unpretentious human heroic tenacity over hardships in the face of extreme adversity.

Mark A. Reed
Let Our Rejoicing Rise
Sculpture
27” x 12” x 22”
Park Forest, IL
NFS
This ‘Silent Bonsai’ is a windswept Literati style bonsai conforming to ‘Art of Bonsai’ guidelines and fashioned with soil of the American Southwest Colorado Plateau region. Its artistic expression represents an unpretentious human heroic tenacity over hardships in the face of extreme adversity.

Theda Sandiford
All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go
Vintage hat, shoes and bag, 3 ply cotton rope, pearls, rhinestones, wrapped rope, yarn, trim, beading on steel structure
72” x 56” x 24”
Jersey City, NJ
NFS

Raven Smith
Trick-shot
Oil paint on stretched canvas
36” x 48”
Evergreen Park, IL
$7,500

Jean-Marc Superville Sovak
3 Letters to Toussaint
Video installation on fabric
Runtime: 02:00 each, 3 videos
Wallkill, NY
NFS

Stephen J. Tyson
Offbeat
Acrylic on canvas
30” x 24”
Saratoga Springs, NY
NFS

Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
20 Aura (20 Women)
Mixed media
26” x 73”
Los Angeles, CA
Price upon request

Teen Visions Exhibition 2023

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Opening Reception: August 25, 6 – 8 PM
Trolley Barn Gallery
489 Main St, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Experience art through the eyes of talented teens who created an impressive collection of artworks, including drawing, painting, photography, digital animation, film, mixed media, and more!

Teen Visions is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of selected young artists from The Art Effect’s 2023 summer programs including Summer Art Institute, Junior Art Institute, MADLab, Spark Studios, and D-LIT. It is an incredible accomplishment to be chosen for the Teen Visions Exhibition. Teaching artists and staff choose more than 65 artworks of exceptional technique to be included in the exhibition taking place at the beautiful Trolley Barn Gallery.

Visual works in the show – which always proves both richly varied and exciting, as well as a demonstration as to why nearly all of The Art Effect’s Art Institute students get into the nation’s top visual arts programs – include paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography and sculpture by students from many Mid-Hudson school districts, counties, towns, villages and cities.

Family, friends, and the community are invited to join us for an opening reception on Friday, August 25 from 5-7 PM.
The exhibition will be on display through September 9, 2023. Gallery hours are listed below.

We invite students back on September 9 from 6-8 PM for a closing reception and teen dance party featuring blacklight art, music, dancing, and a “Back-to-School party”. Teen Visions’ artists will be able to take their artwork home with them at the end of the evening!

  • Nadia Torres • Blue still life • Pastel on paper • SAI Session 3
  • Jessica Byars • Self portrait • Digital • SAI Session 3
  • Kizuki Tachibana • Self Portrait Pastels • Pastel on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Kizuki Tachibana • Digital Collage • Digital • SAI Session 3
  • Lucus Goodwin • Two self portraits • Digital • SAI Session 3
  • Lucus Goodwin • Experimental portrait • Mixed Media • SAI Session 3
  • Lucus Goodwin • Pop art experimental portrait • Mixed Media • SAI Session 3
  • Knox Rodriguez • Experimental portrait • Mixed Media • SAI Session 3
  • Knox Rodriguez • Double self portrait • Digital • SAI Session 3
  • Tahleeya Raphael • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Jackson Powers • Transfer Painting • Acrylic, photo transfer on canvas • SAI Session 3
  • Jackson Powers • Digital collage • Digital • SAI Session 3
  • Danesha Ollivierre • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Reya Pincus • Abstract self portrait • Acrylic on canvas • SAI Session 3
  • Tahleeya Raphael • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Gianna Peters • Screaming prompt • Comic • Digital print • SAI Session 1
  • Jurunei Favars • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Arviel Germeus • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Sirena Fitzgerald • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Alina Joseph • Self Portrait • Acrylic on canvas • SAI Session 1
  • Decianna Mirada • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Mars K Bess • Character Design • Digital print • SAI Session 2
  • Paisley Wilklow • Ink Drawing • Ink on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Aiden Colby • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Kizuki Tachibana • Ink Portrait • Ink on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Sirena Fitzgerald • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Mars K Bess • Character Design • Digital print • SAI Session 1
  • Danesha Ollivierre • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Jackson Powers • Transfer Painting • Acrylic, photo transfer on canvas • SAI Session 3
  • Shea Villalobos • Gauguin Inspired Painting • Acrylic on canvas • SAI Session 2
  • Danesha Ollivierre • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Max Pyles • Digital Self Portrait • Digital print • SAI Session 1
  • Eve Holman • Abstract Self Portrait • Acrylic on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Kizuki Tachibana • Self Portrait Pastels • Pastel on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Jurunei Favars • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Abigail Gray • Self Portrait Pastels • Pastel on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Spencer Dungan • Self Portrait Pastels • Pastel on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Danesha Ollivierre • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Allegra Tapia • Abstract Self Portrait • Acrylic on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Gianna Peters • Mixed Media Self Portrait • Pastel, acrylic, and spray paint on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Kizuki Tachibana • Complimentary Portrait • Acrylic on canvas • SAI Session 2
  • Mars K Bess • Mixed Media Self Portrait • Pastel, acrylic, and spray paint on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Moriah Downes • Circus • Acrylic on canvas • SAI Session 1
  • Anna Caesar • Circus • Acrylic on canvas • SAI Session 1
  • Shaqeem Vassell • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Sophia Martinez • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Benson • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Olivia Arnfield • Focus • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Xavier Noah Robinson • Where careers begin in photography • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Olivia Arnfield • Say Cheese • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Xavier Noah Robinson • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Sage Webb • CyberSage • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Adel Rogers • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Johan • Final Print • Digital Photography • Spark Studio
  • Hannah Strano • Adapted Composition House • Digital print • SAI Session 2
  • Gianna Peters • Comic • Digital print • SAI Session 1
  • Allegra Tapia • Mixed media collage • Mixed media • SAI Session 2
  • Margot Slade • Charcoal Still Life • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 3
  • Alina Joseph • Figure Drawing • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Kizuki Tachibana • Charcoal Still Life • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 3
  • Tabi Koren • Still Life • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Gabriela Andujar-McNeil • Still Life • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 1
  • May Maddalena • Ink Street Scene • Ink on paper • SAI Session 2
  • Anna Caesar • Still Life • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Nadia Torres • Ink Drawing • Ink on paper • SAI Session 3
  • Greta Sutherland • Figure Drawing • Charcoal on paper • SAI Session 1
  • Danesha Ollivierre • Mixed Media • MADLab
  • Jurunei Favars • Mixed Media • MADLab

Upcoming: Earth’s Reflection Exhibition

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When the Earth sees its reflection, will it be proud or scared of what it’s become?

For this exhibition, the Trolley Barn Gallery will bring together a compassionate roster of artists who specialize in work that brings attention to pollution prevention in a way that offers solutions for one of humanity’s most pressing global crises. This exhibition will focus on artistic interpretations of pollution prevention including themes of environmental justice and climate change activism. Artists explored themes inspired by the Earth; translating the sciences of ecology and geology to an experiential art. This exhibition features artists working in 2D and 3D mediums of upcycled materials, sound, video, and performance.

We are looking back at our mistakes, looking forward to solutions, and holding space for our present circumstances. And with the education and support of local artists and activists, the youth curators have equipped themselves with the skills to think outside the box and inspire collective action in Poughkeepsie.

Special Events

Opening Reception | Friday, June 14 | 6 – 8PM

Upstate Art Weekend: July 19 – 20 

• Community Clean Up | Friday, July 19 | 12 – 2:30PM
• Sustainability Lecture | Friday, July 19 | 4 – 5PM
• Upcycled Art Workshop | Saturday, July 20 | 12 – 4PM

Community Clean Up | Saturday, August 3 | 12 – 2:30PM

“Stewards of the Water” Panel Discussion | Saturday, August 3 | 3 – 5PM

Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations, or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

Thursday – Friday, 2-5pm
Saturday, 12-4pm

Is It Me? International Juried Exhibition

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As we age, we change, both externally and internally. We transform and metamorphosize. We inevitably ask ourselves: “Is this who I am now? Who was I before? Is this me?” We find beauty in the confusion and the transformation. We invited artists to meditate on the disturbing reality of their potential and works that unveil the roadblocks impeding self-actualization. We questioned whether the oasis of maturity is actually a mirage – a hazily reconfigured reality, distorted by the sweltering heat of generational expectations. This exhibition was about self and health, wellness and worry — as we examined our skin, our fears, and our personal growth.

Is It Me? featured artwork in an array of media, including sculpture, painting, textiles, mixed media, photography, and digital media. For our juried exhibitions, the Trolley Barn Gallery brings together an international roster of vital voices in art and culture, presenting thought-provoking artwork and ideas in a renovated industrial space that is the hub for the area’s thriving arts scene. This exhibition presented a collection of thought-provoking works, artfully curated by the Youth Curatorial Team alongside our talented guest curator.

This international juried exhibition was held March 10 through April 14, 2023 at The Art Effect’s Trolley Barn Gallery, 489 Main St., Poughkeepsie, New York, with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 10 from 6-8pm. 

Opening Reception Events
6:00: Opening Reception with light refreshments
7:00: Welcome and Awards
7:30: Open Mic

Open Mic Details
In order to allow the community of Poughkeepsie to fully engage with the difficult themes presented, the opening reception will also include a half hour Open Mic session. Gallery visitors will be encouraged to sign up for a short slot where they are free to read poetry, speak honestly, perform music or dance and continue the conversation about wellness and aging in real time. The opening reception is 6 -8pm. At 7pm Trolley Barn Awards will be presented to the winners of the “Guest Juror’s Prize”, the “Youth Juror’s Prize” and the “Honorable Mention Prize”. After the awards the open mic session will start at 7:30pm. This opening reception is free and open to the public, like all Trolley Barn Gallery openings.

About the Curator
Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist and curator based in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her performance and installation works explore ideologies and ecologies of landscape, rupturing toxic norms in public spaces, and generating dialogue about alternative ways of being. As The DIRT Project, she leads experiential, collaborative workshops for all ages that nurture our relationships with invisible life forms inside the body and underfoot.

Houssart’s work recently featured in Metabolism of Cities for the Urban Soils Institute, curated by Margaret Boozer, LMCC Arts Center, NYC. Her 15-month evolving installation Co-co-codac! was part of Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY, an outdoor exhibit curated by Tal Beery. As 2021 Artist in Residence at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, NY, she curated the exhibition DIRT: Inside Landscapes and led a series of interactive public projects, including DIRTdoors at Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary for Rooted: Art + Land with the Dorsky Museum and Walkill Valley Land Trust. Previous residencies include Women’s Studio Workshop, NY, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and Print to the People, UK. She co-curated an/aesthetics: Rosekill, Rosekill Art Farm, NY; pop-up show EARTHBOUND, NYC; and international exchange show EXPORT 19 at Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, NY.

Originally from Norwich, UK, Houssart gained a BA Hons. in Modern Languages from the University of Durham, UK, and studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. She is Adjunct Professor of Art, Sustainability Faculty Fellow and member of experimental collective Eddy at SUNY New Paltz, where she completed an MFA in Sculpture with Printmaking in 2022. Houssart has taught at Vassar College, Women’s Studio Workshop, West Point Military Academy, the Woodstock School of Art, Fall Kill Print Works, the Charles H. Cecil Studios and the British Institute of Florence.

Gallery Hours
Exhibition: March 10 – April 14
Wednesday-Friday: 2-5PM • Saturday: 12-4 PM
(during exhibitions only)

Is It Me? Virtual Gallery

Reel Exposure Teen Photo Exhibition

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO

The Art Effect’s annual Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photography Festival in Poughkeepsie, NY is celebrating its 10th year! This year’s festival features photography and youth-produced short films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – created by talented young artists from across the world. New for 2023, Reel Exposure will be brought to you by The Art Effect’s PKX Festival, an exciting building block to the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, establishing a youth-led arts district in and around the Gallery. In addition to youth-produced short films, and a photography exhibition, Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival will also feature youth-led public art installations and more. For more information and schedule, click here!

As the Photography Exhibition aspect of Reel Exposure, professional and youth jurors selected photographs from submissions from teens ages 13-19 across the world. In the past, submissions have come from Singapore, Italy, Islamic Republic of Iran, and the United States. Opening with a public reception on May 5, this exciting youth exhibition remains on display at the Trolley Barn Gallery from May 5 – June 16, 2023.

Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival brings together a diverse representation of youth-produced films and photography, from both newcomers to the craft, as well as established young artists. The selected films are screened in a showcase and the selected photography is hung as an exhibition at the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY — The ONLY youth-led gallery in the nation!

Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival encompasses all of The Art Effect’s goals: to encourage youth creativity, to invigorate our local community through the arts, and to showcase the incredible work done by this next generation of media-makers.

The past two years of the festival went virtual and were a smashing success with more than 2,200 viewers from across the globe tuning in, along with a live Q&A panel with festival finalists. This year’s festival will take place in person on May 4-5, 2023, but will still allow international attendees to join us for the festival online with a virtual gallery and an online screening of the film showcase.

Reel Exposure: A PKX Festival will take place May 4-6, 2022. The Reel Exposure Teen Photo Exhibition can be found in the Trolley Barn Gallery at 489 Main St., Poughkeepsie, New York, from May 5 – June 16, 2023, with an opening reception on May 5 from 6-8PM.

For our juried exhibitions, the Trolley Barn Gallery brings together an international roster of vital voices in art and culture, presenting thought-provoking artwork and ideas in a renovated industrial space that is the hub for the area’s thriving arts scene. This exhibition presents a collection of thought-provoking works, artfully curated by the Youth Curatorial Team alongside our talented guest curator.

Opening Reception Events
6 PM: International Film Festival Screening
7:30 PM: Film Award Presentation and Q&A
8 PM: Featured Artist Showing

About the Curator
Dondre Green is a New York-based, Bronx-born Photographer and multidisciplinary artist––specializing in portraiture, documentary and storytelling work. He’s the founder and creative director of Bronx Narratives, a publication that highlights local stories within his community.

Gallery Hours
Exhibition: May 5 – June 16
Wednesday-Friday: 2-5PM • Saturday: 12-4 PM
(during exhibitions only)

Reel Exposure Virtual Gallery

Senior Project Exhibition

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Senior Project is the capstone of The Art Effect’s portfolio development programming and is the most rigorous course currently offered at the Art Institute. Modeled after a senior thesis college course, students work on a personal theme for 12 weeks with an artist/mentor in their chosen art medium. Focusing on developing a cohesive body of work, how to prepare for an exhibition, and how the gallery viewer will interact with the work, students complete the program with a strong portfolio of work around their chosen theme. The Senior Project exhibition is a celebration of the accomplishments of these young artists.

Exhibition Dates: December 16, 2022 – January 13, 2022
Opening reception: December 16, 2022 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 2-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm (during exhibition only – the gallery will be closed 12/23- 1/2)

Featured artists:

Juliana Woods
Fiona Shanahan
Celia Drury

About the Instructor: Rick Price is the chair of the fine art department at the Harvey School. He has extensive teaching experience at Buck’s Rock in CT, mural painting in San Francisco and Beacon, illustration commissions, and has exhibited his fine art work nationwide. He holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design.

Senior Project Virtual Gallery

The Member Show: Teen Visions x Barrett Art Center

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Ruby Brown, Rose Colored Glass

Organized and Installed by The Art Effect’s Youth Curatorial Team
Submission Deadline: October 29, 2022

Opening Reception: November 18, 5-7pm
November 18 – December 9, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 2-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm

The Members’ Show features artwork from all members of The Art Effect, featuring the renowned Barrett Art Center Members,  alongside a selection of The Art Effect’s most technically advanced and imaginative student artists as part of the longstanding Teen Visions’ Exhibition.

Learn more about Teen Visions here.

The Art Effect and Barrett Art Center came together in 2021 through a transformational merger growing The Art Effect’s mission to empower youth as leaders who catalyze and engage the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The merger opened doors of new opportunities in exhibition and education, creating a space that matches the breadth of our combined entity.

During its nearly century-long lifetime, the Barrett Art Center’s mission was to foster and perpetuate an appreciation of the visual arts in the Hudson Valley region through exhibitions, education and preservation. Barrett’s programming engaged and supported our diverse community. Through the merger and support of Barrett Art Center’s membership, The Art Effect’s youth curatorial training program has successfully hosted, curated and exhibited more than a dozen exhibitions as well as hosted the first PKX Arts Festival establishing the beginning of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Members’ show, including Teen Visions will take place at the Trolley Barn Gallery from November 18 – December 9, 2022 with an opening reception on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5-7pm.

Members are invited to participate in The Art Effect’s Members’ Show 2022, celebrating the talent of The Art Effect. This all media exhibition is open to painting, drawing, photography, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, and more. Not a member yet? Join The Art Effect at https://connect.thearteffect.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=5

The Member Show: Virtual Gallery

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