Reading by Ruby Lal
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reading by Ruby Lal

September artist-in-residence, Ruby Lal will read from her upcoming book: 

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (W.W.Norton, 2018)

"When it came to hunting killer tigers, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compete with her. Ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ tomb, the jewel-box mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna that inspired her step-son’s Taj Mahal. More startlingly, Nur Jahan (“Light of the World”) became a co-sovereign – ruling the Mughal Empire.

 

 

 

 

When it came to hunting killer tigers, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compete with her. Ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ tomb, the jewel-box mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna that inspired her step-son’s Taj Mahal. More startlingly, Nur Jahan (“Light of the World”) became a co-sovereign – ruling the Mughal Empire.

Daughter of a nobleman who’d fled Persia, and the widow of a court official implicated in a plot against the fourth Mughal, she became the last of the emperor’s 20 wives – and his most beloved. Thirty four when they wed in 1611, she proved to be a loving wife, a noble queen and an astute politician, governing effectively and conspicuously along with her husband.

Nur issued imperial orders over her signature; coins of the realm bore her name: both vital signs of sovereignty in the Islamic world. She gave audience from an elaborately carved balcony high up in the palace, where no Mughal queen had sat before or would after. When Jahangir was imprisoned by an officer, the Empress led troops into battle and ultimately rescued him.

In the 17th century, Nur Jahan was world-famous. For millions, her legend lives on. But her struggles and actions are forgotten. Ruby Lal, acclaimed for excavating the richness of hidden histories of women and girls, even where scholars say there are no sources, rescues this dazzling figure from patriarchal and Orientalist clichés of romance and intrigue.Empress is a sparkling narrative history of a queen who ruled India 350 years before its first woman Prime Minister.

 

Ruby Lal is Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. She holds a D.Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, UK, and an M.Phil in History from the University of Delhi, India.  She has taught at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in History and Anthropology, and served as Associate Director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her fields of study include feminist history and theory, and the question of archive as it relates to writing about Islamic societies in the precolonial and colonial world. Her first book, Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World(Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005) won much acclaim, including numerous reviews in major international journals and magazines, such as The New York Review of BooksThe Economic and Political WeeklyRevue Historique, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her second book, Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013) was reviewed extensively in academic journals and magazines with wider intellectual concerns. Her current, creative non-fiction work is a narrative history of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, EMPRESS: The Astonishing Life of Nur Jahan (W.W. Norton, NY, forthcoming 2018). Her published work is widely cited, and she is frequently invited to speak at academic and non-academic settings. Her short stories have appeared in Indian Literature and in The Little Magazine.  She is revising her short-story collection, Rubble and Other Stories.

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Planned Parenthood Stitch-Ins with artist Chi Nguyen
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Planned Parenthood Stitch-Ins with artist Chi Nguyen

  • HiLo + Ör Gallery and Tavern (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite ANY and ALL to our two open stitch-ins to finish our quilt to raise awareness about Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood:

Sat Aug 19, 1 - 5pm: HiLo @ 365 Main Street in Catskill
Sun Aug 20, 11am - 3pm: Ör Gallery and Tavern @ 35 S 3rd St in Hudson

Please RSVP to the facebook event page so we can estimate how many materials to prepare.

All materials will be provided and quilting lessons will be given to newbies. All skill levels are welcome. Drop by and put your hands to work!

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#HandcraftNight
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

#HandcraftNight

Join us for our August #HandcraftNight! At our new space on Warren Street. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, work on one of our community quilts, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages.  Suggested donation $5.

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#HandcraftNight
Jun
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

#HandcraftNight

Join us for our April #HandcraftNight ! At our new space on Warren Street. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, work on one of our community quilts, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages.

Suggested donation $5.

Upcoming #HandcraftNight dates to be announced!

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Emma Shapiro + Lucas Martinez: Collaborative Work
Jun
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Emma Shapiro + Lucas Martinez: Collaborative Work

EMMA SHAPIRO + LUCAS MARTINEZ: COLLABORATIVE WORK 

In their first collaboration, Lucas Martinez and Emma Shapiro will present an interactive installation mapping the experience of physical space and emotional time. This installation will be the culminating project of a month-long residency at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson.

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Social Sketch with Emma Shapiro + Lucas Martinez
Jun
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Social Sketch with Emma Shapiro + Lucas Martinez

DF&T June artists in residence Emma Shapiro and Lucas Martinez host this month's Social Sketch. Come practice figure drawing with Emma, a professional drawing model and instructor. She'll also share some techniques of Gesture Mapping, a technique she's developed through leading drawing workshops. Hang out, sketch a bit, have some snacks, and get to know our new arrivals! They will be developing a work on site at DF&T for the month of June, with a culminating interactive installation on view at the Hudson Opera House on Wednesday, June 21.

Suggested donation of $5.

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Opening Reception and Reading
May
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Opening Reception and Reading

Let Me Tell You: Tiny Books, Big Ideas

Join us for the opening reception of our open exhibition of miniature handmade books, on view at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY from May 22 to June 25, 2017. 

Co-presented by The Creativity Caravan and Drop Forge & Tool

Opening reception is Monday, May 22 from 6 to 8pm with a reading at 7pm.

During the exhibition, Drop Forge & Tool will be open the following hours:

Fridays 3 to 6
Saturdays 12 to 6
Sundays 12 to 5

or by appt (email katharine@dropforgeandtool.com)

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#HandcraftNight
May
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

#HandcraftNight

Join us for our May #HandcraftNight ! At our new space on Warren Street. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, work on one of our community quilts, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages.

Suggested donation $5.

Upcoming #HandcraftNight dates:  6/21

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#HandcraftNight
Apr
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

#HandcraftNight

Join us for our April #HandcraftNight ! At our new space on Warren Street. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, work on one of our community quilts, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages.

Suggested donation $5.

Upcoming #HandcraftNight dates:  5/17, 6/21

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#HandcraftNight - RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW
Mar
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

#HandcraftNight - RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW

Due to Storm Stella we have rescheduled our March handcraft night to TUESDAY, MARCH 22nd!  Hope to see you there!!

 

Join us for our March #HandcraftNight ! At our new space on Warren Street. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, work on one of our community quilts, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages.

Suggested donation $5.

Upcoming #HandcraftNight dates:  4/19, 5/17, 6/21

 

 

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ALL WOMEN'S EVE
Mar
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

ALL WOMEN'S EVE

In solidarity with International Women's Day, Drop Forge & Tool, in collaboration with our next door neighbor Spotty Dog Books & Ale, present ALL WOMEN’S EVE, celebrating the divine feminine through music.

First, join us for an exhibition of work-in-progress by our current artist in residence, San Francisco-based illustrator Rachel Frankel, who is working on a series of portraits of female musicians.  

Then follow us next door for sounds by beloved sound-makers Power Animal System, Emily Ritz, Rebecca Becker and Goldee Dust, joined by Rachel Frankel in an east-meet-west coastal sonic exchange!  Katherine Bauer’s films will provide a visual accompaniment to the evening.

Exhibition @ 6pm - 7:30 @ DF&T (442 Warren) | FREE
Music @ 7:30 pm @ Spotty Dog (440 Warren) | $5, all proceeds to artists

Rachel Frankel
http://www.speakeasyillustrations.com/
https://phosphenesf.bandcamp.com/
San Francisco-based illustrator and graphic artist, Rachel is the lead singer and guitarist of Phosphene, an Oakland-based dream rock band. Their sound is an amalgam of rock, dream pop and shoegaze.

Power Animal System
https://www.youtube.com/user/jasonmartin999
https://peterwalkeerecords.bandcamp.com/album/jason-martin-power-animal-system-methods
Witchy wolfgrrl power ass-tral multidimensional starslut cosmic bitch friend lover ally protector -- Power Animal System is Jason Martin’s species & gender queer trans-missional-dimensional experiential service via performance, video, seances, assorted images.

Emily Ritz
https://www.facebook.com/emilyritzmusic
Creating otherworldly celestial soul music for many years, Emily Ritz has been has been a fixture in the Bay Area music scene since 2006. Moving back east to Hudson, NY and refreshed and energized by her new environment, Emily's music is constantly evolving. Emily will releasing her new solo album Spring 2017.

Katherine Bauer
https://vimeo.com/kittybauer
Katherine Bauer bathes in the photochemical indulging emulsion to bleed into realms of the magical from whence they came.

Rebecca Becker
Rebecca Becker is not sure what genre this gloop is. Kind of ethereal with eternal longing and a little bit of vomit.

Goldee Dust
https://soundcloud.com/goldee-dust
http://goldeedust.bandcamp.com
Andrea has always been fascinated with creating soundtracks and setting the musical mood for any environment. She was introduced to DJing by her friends at Albany Frequencies, and runs albanyfrequencies.com, a website that highlights upcoming shows in the 518 area.  In addition to DJing, she plays keyboard in Albany based band, Haley Moley, and also produces music in her spare time.

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Living Library
Mar
4
3:00pm 3:00pm

Living Library

presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with Drop Forge & Tool.

During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!

The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community -- open books in human form! Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.

This event is free and open to the public. This event will take place throughout the library, all of which is wheelchair accessible.

The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural, and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792.

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#HandcraftNight
Feb
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

#HandcraftNight

The return of our monthly community series, when we all need it most... now every third Wednesday of the month at our new space on Warren Street. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, or work on one of our community quilts, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages.

Suggested donation $5.

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Valentines Silkscreen Party
Feb
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Valentines Silkscreen Party

Space is limited.  Sign up on our workshops page here!

A simple silkscreen technique for making handmade cards for your sweeties. This is the perfect project to use your favorite cheesy love puns. There will be glitter, doilies, and nice pens to decorate to your hearts content. 

Supplies: All supplies will be provided, including fine paper for printing and five large envelopes. Students are welcome to bring their own interesting paper to print on. 

Sustenance: Light refreshments will be provided.

Paige Simpson is a Printmaker from southern New Hampshire, who also enjoys block printing, sewing, quilting. She grew up within a community of thrifty crafts people, and loves find ways to print, accommodating small spaces and limited materials. She enjoys discovering, learning, and sharing alternative simplified printing techniques that are affordable and accessible for everyone.

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History, Craft & Culture of Indian Hand Wood Block Printing
Jan
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

History, Craft & Culture of Indian Hand Wood Block Printing

Hand wood block printing is a craft that goes back many centuries in the subcontinent of India, and continues to be a sustainable and creative livelihood for artisans in many parts of India today. The technical prowess involved in hand block printing—as well as the particular charm and unique character in each piece of fabric—makes it an enduring and relevant tradition, especially within the current renaissance of handmade textiles here in the US.

Artist and textile designer Rebecca Layton discusses the history, craft, and culture of hand wood block printing in India, as well as the process and collaboration behind her own contemporary block prints. Having spent many years traveling, working, and researching textiles in India, Rebecca will share her experiences developing unique prints and working with artisans who use these ancient printing and dyeing techniques. She’ll share the hands-on process from sketch to finished product in her textile collections, showing the studio design process and the rewards and challenges of working on site in another country.

Rebecca Layton is the founder of Rekh&Datta, a line of accessories and clothing that are hand block printed in Rajasthan, India. Rebecca taught textile design in New York for many years before heading to India to study this ancient craft, living and working there full-time from 2010-2012. She returns to India for several months each year to continue her work with artisans in this tradition. Layton is an artist who has exhibited and taught in the US, Spain, and India, and has done residencies at MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School of Art, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jentel Artist Residency, Kunstlerhaus in Salzburg, Austria, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, as well as having been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in India. Her design studio is in Austin, Texas.

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#LetterLounge
Jan
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

#LetterLounge

Happy New Year! We're teaming up with our friends  The Creativity Caravan for a special New Year/Hudson, NY edition of their #letterlounge.

Didn't get holiday cards in the mail? Have someone special you want to wish a happy new year? Want to send a letter of concern to a politician (or 12)? Need to get something off your chest? Want to write a love letter?  Join us for an evening of good old-fashioned letter writing.

We'll have an assortment of vintage typewriters available, a gorgeous collection of pens, stationery, and other goodies (including snacks) and we'll even provide the postage - just bring your list of addresses.

Suggested donation of $10 per person.

Amy Tingle and Maya Stein co-founded The Creativity Caravan in 2013 with a desire to build community through creative action, and to deliver creative experiences to people everywhere. Together, they have 15 years' experience facilitating art and writing workshops for children and adults, and have spent a combined 30 years refining their own practice as writers and artists.  Amy and Maya brought their Tiny Book Show to Hudson for a residency at Drop Forge & Tool in May of 2016.

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Handcraft Night
Nov
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

Handcraft Night

The return of our regular handcraft night, free and open to the public.  Bring your own portable handcraft project of any type to work on, or come work on one of our group projects.  Knitting, sewing, mending, drawing, collage, whittling...  we want to see what you are working on.  While some snacks & beverages will be provided, feel free to bring something to share!

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Buckley / Vidal : Brilliant & Vicious
Oct
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Buckley / Vidal : Brilliant & Vicious

During the 1968 Presidential Conventions, ABC broadcast 10 political debates between two opposing intellectuals: Gore Vidal, liberal essayist and frequent contributor to The New York Times Review of Books, and William F. Buckley, highly conservative pundit and founder of The National Review.  What happened next is history:  Issue-based dialogue devolving into something eerily similar to the Clinton/Trump tweet wars.

Harbor Stage Company's BUCKLEY/VIDAL: Brilliant & Vicious is a script-in-hand docu-play that uses transcripts from the famed debates to examine a moment in history lauded and lamented as a turning point in American public discourse. Featuring Robert Kropf, Jeffrey Withers, and a healthy dose of not-so-friendly fire. 

Suggested donation $10. Reserve seats @ timeandspace.org/calendar/

Buckley / Vidal

Harbor Stage Company is an ensemble of professional theater artists who operate out of the Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, MA.  Their co-founders met while performing for the space's former tenant (WHAT) and, in 2012, banded together to return an artist-run operation to the iconic theater.  Our first four seasons have garnered overwhelming critical praise and rejuvenated the Harbor's artists, core audience, and artistic reputation. The Harbor Stage Company is a 501(c)(3) incorporated non-profit.  

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Social Sketch with Courtney Cerruti at 442 Warren St!
Oct
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Social Sketch with Courtney Cerruti at 442 Warren St!

Bring your favorite sketching supplies and join October artist-in-residence Courtney Cerruti for an evening of creative comradery!  This is a free creative community building event.

Location: 442 Warren St, Hudson NY (this is our first event in our new location!)

#SocialSketch was created by Courtney Cerruti aka @ccerruti and Michael McConnell aka @poopingrabbit  in the San Francisco Bay Area as a way for creatives to come together once and month and sketch, collaborate and create. Since it's inception in 2014, there are now over 8 chapters all over the country and even abroad.

Maker extraordinaire, Courtney is an artist, author, collaborator and shop owner. Her books, Playing with Image Transfers,  Washi Tape 101 and Playing With Surface Design been translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish and Chinese. Courtney teaches workshops all over the country and online at Creativebug.com. Her work has been featured on Oh Happy DayDesign Sponge, the SF ChronicleInstagramThe Jealous Curator and BuzzFeed among others. She makes something everyday and can be found on instagram as @ccerruti  You can find out more about Courtney on her website.

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The Poetics of Forgiveness: Performance
Oct
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Poetics of Forgiveness: Performance

The final culminating event of a month long community project with writer Nicole Mary Kelby and sculptor Alan Milligan, this sunset performance by the river will feature prose and poetry created in community writing workshops, translucent skinned currach model boats illuminated from within, and a sonic sound sculpture performed by community musicians under the leadership of composer Ken Field. Not to be missed.

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

Stay after the performance to meet the artists!

Due to potential rain this event has been relocated to the West Room of the Hudson Opera House at 327 Warren Street, Hudson NY

About the project:

The Poetics of Forgiveness is a global public art project combining words of forgiveness with images of cultural significance to create works of public art that provide a lasting reminder of the need for peace.  Co-sponsored in Hudson by Drop Forge & Tool and the Hudson Opera House.

Artists-in- residence at Drop Forge & Tool for the month of September, writer Nicole Mary Kelby and sculptor Alan Milligan,  will be researching and exploring the concept of forgiveness in the context of the Hudson community.  Kelby will run writing workshops to create an open dialogue about the nature of forgiveness. Incorporating phrases collected from these writing workshops into the design, Milligan will be building boat models, based on the shape of the ancient Irish currach boat, and run, in collaboration with Hudson Sloop Club, a community boat making workshop to explore the form.  (See details below on the free workshops.)

On October 1st, the workshops will culminate in a community event featuring prose and poetry created in the community writing workshops, the translucent skinned currach model boats illuminated from within, and music performed by community musicians under the leadership of composer Ken Field.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS WITH NICOLE MARY KELBY HUDSON SENIOR CENTER | SEPTEMBER 14 AND SEPTEMBER 16 | 1:30 – 3:30PM | What do we need forgiven? What can we forgive? Join author Nicole Mary Kelby in an exploration of the nature of forgiveness in our own lives, and through writing prompts and open dialogue, the creation of a collaborative poem on the theme. To inquire about participating, please contact Katharine Daugherty (katharine@dropforgeandtool.com) at Drop Forge & Tool

BOAT BUILDING WITH SCULPTOR ALAN MILLIGAN AND HUDSON SLOOP CLUB | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 10AM – 3PM | HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK | AGES 10 AND UP, PARENTS WELCOME. SPACE LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. BRING A BAGGED LUNCH, SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED. Join sculptor Alan Milligan and the Hudson Sloop Club for a weekend boat-building workshop for the family. Learn to build a traditional Irish Currach (wooden boat) using harvested reeds and saplings, to be skinned and ready for the river. To register, call (518) 822-1438 or email info@hudsonoperahouse.org. 

SONIC SCULPTURE WORKSHOP WITH COMPOSER KEN FIELD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7 – 9PM | HUDSON OPERA HOUSE (PERFORMANCE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 7PM | HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK) Calling accomplished wind instrument players and percussionists! Join Boston composer and saxophonist Ken Field in creating an innovative, evocative sonic sculpture to be performed as part of the Poetics of Forgiveness. Places are limited, so please submit your name, instrument, contact email and phone, and a short statement of interest to Katharine Daugherty (katharine@dropforgeandtool.com) at Drop Forge & Tool.

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE & COMMUNITY EVENT | OCTOBER 1 | 7PM | HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK | Join us in the park to celebrate the month's work with poetry, prose, illuminated model boats, and music.

About the artists:

Dr. Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of several novels including White Truffles in Winter and In the Company of Angels. Her extensive research for The Pink Suit resulted in a PhD awarded to her from Bath Spa University in Bath, England. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards including a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, Florida Book Award, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. She is toured and translated worldwide. Her forthcoming novel, A Small History of the Known World, is based on the lives of Mark Twain and his epileptic daughter Jean.

Alan Milligan is a sculptor, working predominantly in bronze using lost wax technique, sand casting and repoussé. His work includes The Samuel Beckett Chess set commissioned by the Happy Days Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, which was recently shown at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, and a bronze for the Belfast Writers’ Square inspired by the work of playwright Stewart Parker. The maquette of the Parker piece, “The Common Wheel,” is now a part of the Lyric Theater collection. Milligan is a member of Umha Aois Symposium group, which run annual residencies around Ireland and Northern Europe, casting and making artifacts and art works using bronze age methods. The group is a tribe of artists and archaeologists deepening their understanding of lost ancient techniques.

Ken Field is a composer, saxophonist, flautist, and percussionist. He has received international public and critical acclaim for his solo work, his work with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (which he leads), Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Willie Loco Alexander's Persistence of Memory Orchestra, and the Armenian/American jazz project Musaner, as well as his commissioned compositions and performances with Bridgman/Packer Dance. Field has composed a number of pieces for the children's television program Sesame Street.

 

 

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Free Sonic Sculpture Workshop with Composer Ken Field
Sep
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free Sonic Sculpture Workshop with Composer Ken Field

Calling accomplished wind instrument players and percussionists!

Join Boston composer and saxophonist Ken Field in creating an innovative, evocative sonic sculpture to be performed as part of The Poetics of Forgiveness.  

Workshop:  Friday, September 30, 7 to 9pm

Performance:  Saturday, October 1, 7pm

Free workshop with Boston composer and saxophonist Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Sesame St -  culminating in public performance the next evening on Saturday, October 1 at the gazebo in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.  

Must be interested in creating innovative, evocative, and sometimes beautiful sonic sculptures in an open, improvisational setting. 

 Limited to 10.

Please submit name, instrument, contact email & phone, short statement of interest to Katharine Daugherty at Drop Forge & Tool. katharine@dropforgeandtool.com

About the Poetics of Forgiveness Project

The performance on October 1st, is the and celebration of a month long community project, The Poetics of Forgiveness, with writer Nicole Mary Kelby and sculptor Alan Milligan and, co-sponsored by the Hudson Opera House and Drop Forge & Tool.

The culmination community event will feature language and poetry created in community writing workshops, translucent skinned Irish currach boat models  illuminated from within, and music performed by community musicians under the leadership of composer Ken Field.

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The Poetics of Forgiveness
Sep
5
to Oct 1

The Poetics of Forgiveness

The Poetics of Forgiveness is a global public art project combining words of forgiveness with images of cultural significance to create works of public art that provide a lasting reminder of the need for peace.  

Artists-in- residence at Drop Forge & Tool for the month of September, writer Nicole Mary Kelby and sculptor Alan Milligan,  will be researching and exploring the concept of forgiveness in the context of the Hudson community.  Kelby will run writing workshops to create an open dialogue about the nature of forgiveness. Incorporating phrases collected from these writing workshops into the design, Milligan will be building boat models, based on the shape of the ancient Irish currach boat, and run, in collaboration with Hudson Sloop Club, a community boat making workshop to explore the form.  (See details below on the free workshops.)

On October 1st, the workshops will culminate in a community event featuring prose and poetry created in the community writing workshops, the translucent skinned currach model boats illuminated from within, and music performed by community musicians under the leadership of composer Ken Field.

Many thanks to the Hudson Opera House for co-sponsoring this project with Drop Forge & Tool!

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS WITH NICOLE MARY KELBY HUDSON SENIOR CENTER | SEPTEMBER 14 AND SEPTEMBER 16 | 1:30 – 3:30PM | What do we need forgiven? What can we forgive? Join author Nicole Mary Kelby in an exploration of the nature of forgiveness in our own lives, and through writing prompts and open dialogue, the creation of a collaborative poem on the theme. To inquire about participating, please contact Katharine Daugherty (katharine@dropforgeandtool.com) at Drop Forge & Tool

BOAT BUILDING WITH SCULPTOR ALAN MILLIGAN AND HUDSON SLOOP CLUB | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 10AM – 3PM | HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK | AGES 10 AND UP, PARENTS WELCOME. SPACE LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. BRING A BAGGED LUNCH, SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED. Join sculptor Alan Milligan and the Hudson Sloop Club for a weekend boat-building workshop for the family. Learn to build a traditional Irish Currach (wooden boat) using harvested reeds and saplings, to be skinned and ready for the river. To register, call (518) 822-1438 or email info@hudsonoperahouse.org. 

SONIC SCULPTURE WORKSHOP WITH COMPOSER KEN FIELD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7 – 9PM | HUDSON OPERA HOUSE (PERFORMANCE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 7PM | HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK) Calling accomplished wind instrument players and percussionists! Join Boston composer and saxophonist Ken Field in creating an innovative, evocative sonic sculpture to be performed as part of the Poetics of Forgiveness. Places are limited, so please submit your name, instrument, contact email and phone, and a short statement of interest to Katharine Daugherty (katharine@dropforgeandtool.com) at Drop Forge & Tool.

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE & COMMUNITY EVENT | OCTOBER 1 | 7PM | HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK | Join us in the park to celebrate the month's work with poetry, prose, illuminated model boats, and music.

About the artists:

Dr. Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of several novels including White Truffles in Winter and In the Company of Angels. Her extensive research for The Pink Suit resulted in a PhD awarded to her from Bath Spa University in Bath, England. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards including a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, Florida Book Award, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. She is toured and translated worldwide. Her forthcoming novel, A Small History of the Known World, is based on the lives of Mark Twain and his epileptic daughter Jean.

Alan Milligan is a sculptor, working predominantly in bronze using lost wax technique, sand casting and repoussé. His work includes The Samuel Beckett Chess set commissioned by the Happy Days Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, which was recently shown at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, and a bronze for the Belfast Writers’ Square inspired by the work of playwright Stewart Parker. The maquette of the Parker piece, “The Common Wheel,” is now a part of the Lyric Theater collection. Milligan is a member of Umha Aois Symposium group, which run annual residencies around Ireland and Northern Europe, casting and making artifacts and art works using bronze age methods. The group is a tribe of artists and archaeologists deepening their understanding of lost ancient techniques.

Ken Field is a composer, saxophonist, flautist, and percussionist. He has received international public and critical acclaim for his solo work, his work with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (which he leads), Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Willie Loco Alexander's Persistence of Memory Orchestra, and the Armenian/American jazz project Musaner, as well as his commissioned compositions and performances with Bridgman/Packer Dance. Field has composed a number of pieces for the children's television program Sesame Street.

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Field Study : Opening Reception
Aug
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Field Study : Opening Reception

Field Study : Exhibition

Hawkins NY

August 20 - September 18

Opening Reception with the Artists : Saturday, August 20 from 5 to 7pm

Field Study is an exploration of the relationship between art, agriculture, traditional crafts like quilting and mending, and the underlying importance of place in sustainability. 

This collaboration between textile artists and ecology advocates, Katrina Rodabaugh and Jessica Lewis Stevens, will feature ten new, original, textile art pieces from naturally dyed fabrics, yarns, fibers, and hand stitching. All works will be for sale.

On August 21 the artists will be teaching at a daylong farm retreat at Whistledown Farm.  For more information about the retreat and the artists please see the workshop listing on our website:  Field Study : Natural Dye & Stitch Retreat

 

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Jul
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

THE ODYSSEY : A RETURN TO LOVE - free staged reading of a work in progress

Tilted Field and Drop Forge & Tool present

a staged reading of

THE ODYSSEY: A RETURN TO LOVE  

by JiYoun Chang

Directed by Eric Nightingale

Telemachus’ life reflects my own. And mine reflects his. We both waited for our fathers to come home, who happened to be for some years not interested in coming back home. His returned but mine didn’t.

 -- Jiyoun (JiJi) Chang, Creator/Writer

THE ODYSSEY: A RETURN TO LOVE is a new adaptation of Homer’s epic poem. The goal of the show is to weave together a spectacular, operatic retelling of the ODYSSEY with creator Jiyoun Chang’s very contemporary, very personal story: of leaving South Korea as a teenager to come, alone, to the US; of her years of searching for the father that left her; and of finally returning to love.

This summer, Drop Forge & Tool is providing space and support for the show's creators to work with composer Mowgli Giannitti and a band of actor/multi-instrumentalists to transform the text of THE ODYSSEY into song. The work in Hudson will culminate with a free script-in-hand reading at Second Ward.  The five castmembers will play their own instruments and sing about the ancient hero’s war and journey home, while creator Jiyoun Chang relates her own journey and personal battles.

Following the reading, the creators will seek audience feedback to guide their continued development of the piece.

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I just want to tell you this: 

My friend once told me, when he discovered I was doing the Odyssey, he said “Oh the Odyssey --  a return to love.” 

It sounded so good to me, but also so wrong, but I didn’t know why. 

Then last year, during workshop at Drop Forge, I learned something new and now I know why it sounded wrong.
Because it’s a return to love, but to a new love. Not the same love, but a new love that I discovered in my later life.
-- Jiyoun (JiJi) Chang, Creator/Writer

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May
20
to May 22

Printing and Painting on Fabric

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For one weekend only!  Drop Forge & Tool resident artists Jen Hewett and Caitlin Parker will show and sell works at a very special Hudson River Exchange pop-up.  Shop hours as below, and please come meet the artists on Saturday evening, May 21 from 5 to 7pm.

Shop Hours:  Fri 3-6pm * Sat 10am to 7pm * Sun 11am to 5pm

Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist and teacher. A lifelong Californian, Jen combines her love of loud prints and saturated colors with the textures and light of the landscapes she grew up with to create printed textiles that are both highly tactile and visually layered.  Jen will be showing works from her project entitled Print, Pattern, Sew: A Year of Hand Printed Fashion.  An assortment of Jen's hand printed items will be for sale.  Jen is in residency at Drop Forge & Tool in May. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Caitlin Parker is a painter, sculptor and textile artist whose work evokes the spiritual connection between animal, plant & human. Much of her current work includes printing on paper and fabric with pressed plants and flowers, and experimentation with sun printing, dyeing and resist methods. Caitlin will be showing her new works on fabric, including large framed artwork and clothing made in collaboration with Tilden of Oakland CA. Also available for purchase will be prints from Caitlin's Flower Wolves series and a selection of her fabrics. Caitlin was in residency at Drop Forge & Tool in January of 2016. She lives in Saugerties, NY.

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Aug
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Lisa Congdon : Experiments in Blue

Artist, illustrator and fabric designer, Lisa Congdon, our August artist-in-residence,  will be showing the work she has created during her stay on Saturday evening, 8/29.  Come meet the artist and see her work, some of which will be available to purchase! The location of this event has been changed!  Come find us at 84 Green Street, Suite 2, Hudson, NY.

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Aug
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fortune Favors the Brave: A Conversation with Lisa Congdon

Fortune Favors the Brave: a conversation and a celebration of the release of Lisa Congdon's new book of hand-lettered quotations

Join us in the attic at Drop Forge & Tool on August 26th for a conversation and Q & A with our August resident artist, the very awesome Lisa Congdon.  Doors will open at 6pm, wine and cheese will be served, and a lively discussion of bravery, art, and authenticity will ensue.  Lisa will be signing books in her inimitable hand after the talking.   

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here on Eventbrite.  Books will be available to purchase at the event, you can reserve a copy of Fortune Favors the Brave when you purchase your ticket.  Books provided by Karen Schoemer, Bookseller. 

Eventbrite - Fortune Favors the Brave : A Conversation with Lisa Congdon

Hudson River Exchange is delighted to be in partnership with Drop Forge & Tool in celebrating Lisa Congdon’s book launch. The Exchange produces curated marketplaces and develops programming to cultivate and support the makers + collectors in and around Hudson, NY. Bringing these makers + collectors of diverse creative disciplines out of their individual studios, farms, and kitchens, Hudson River Exchange takes inspiration from the history of its namesake river of bringing together people, ideas and commerce.

 Some free seats are available for volunteers -- email katharine@dropforgeandtool.com if you would like to help with set up and/or clean up.

Fortune Favors the Brave is a rousing collection of quotations from great thinkers on the subject of bravery thoughtfully compiled and exquisitely hand-lettered by Lisa Congdon. Whether you're embarking on an adventure, facing your fears, or taking a first step toward something new, you'll find inspiration and encouragement in these wise words of courage and authenticity.

Aside from hand-lettering, artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings, drawings, and pattern designs. Her other books include Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and Art, Inc, also from Chronicle Books. She keeps a daily blog about her life, work, and inspirations called Today is Going to be Awesome. Lisa lives in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of her work at www.lisacongdon.com

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