Wednesday, May 12, 2010

JUNE Residencies start at HHLT , NY

We're hoping to get the studios rolling end of May at the Hudson Highland Land Trust in Philipstown NY . WE're kicking off with a local childrens group the "River of Words " led by Irene O Garden and Lisa Mechaley . The children will get a chance to help build the studio and will also create new tiles for its exterior re-purposing other material , continuing our theme of Recycling the Studio .

We have 12 artists scheduled to begin short term residencies at this site , once we have installed our small quadrangle of studios behind the HHLTs offices ... The artists are predominantly from the area as we want to minimize our travel foot print .. others will be taking the train which is close by .

Chris Kennedy and the School for the Future will be doing a work shop in June , and HFA will be making an exchange at the Schools project site in Bushwick NY in July . Dates to be confirmed .

Saturday, May 1, 2010

HFA ARTISTS show works at RANK Realty

Six artists in the Cold Spring area showed work at the new offices of RANK Realty . All the artists have worked with the HFA project over the past three years , and more to join as Art gets seen at Work . Current exhibitors include Richard Bruce , Kathy Feighery , Marnie Hillsley Grey Zeien, Simon Draper , Michael Natiello . Hudson Valley artists Tom Sarrantonio , Jeanne Englert and Carol Flaitz are also showing work at the new offices . Works from the previous show at Work Space Harlem also on show .. 3166 Rte 9 Cold Spring NY 10516


Roos Arts Rosendale NY will be showing the RECYCLED Drawings from Chashama 112 exhibit in NYC , which closed yesterday . The HYBRID Recycled Studio will be going forward to be the first studio at Hudson Highland Land Trust Garrison NY with the River of Words Group ..more on that soon . The Recycled Drawings will be part of a benefit to bring a studio to Rosendale in July as part of the art celebrations end of that month .

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Recycling the studio parts to make the hybrid studio for the w.44th St ,Chashama space opening April17th .....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

RECYCLING the STUDIO opened on Friday March 26th , Twenty artists who have worked with the project since it began in 2008 up to this year . Some of the artwork directly comes from the artists working with the project or are examples of how it has changed their working method , others are of their "normal" working practice .....ALL inclusive methods !

On show at WORK SPACE HARLEM til April 24th , 2340 Fifth Ave NY NY 10037

Different artists from the show will be sitting on the weekends and working in the recycled studio in the gallery . SAT 11 to 5 SUN 11 to 4 or by appointment .

Artist RICHARD BRUCE will be sitting /working APRIL 3rd and 4th 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010


The installation of the show began Wednesday at Work Space Harlem . Here the RECYCLED STUDIO takes shape . Thursday with the help of curator , Nadia Perucic the rest of the work
will be chosen and installed , OPENING Friday MARCH 26th 6 to 9 pm

Work Space Harlem , is located at 2340 Fifth Ave NY NY 10037 ( btwn 141 /142nd ST)

Monday, March 15, 2010


This morning we visited Rosendale NY to discuss the possibility of a Studio going to ROOS Gallery , 449 Main St .....this July . Details pending . HFA will set up a studio and associated work sometime in July and run through the summer . ARTISTS in the area please contact us ...

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Saturday morning Aidan and I went to the Studio to make some Art tiles . I've been organizing the studio preparing material for the upcoming show at Work Space Harlem end of this month

Aidan was keen to select a variety of material to make his two art tiles . He decided later that he was going to donate them to the project and put them up for SALE at a local store in town .


Over the next few weeks , we'll be partnering with a number of stores in the area to have art 'in stock' , which will benefit the new HFA projects . Starting with these small , original works by Simon Draper which will be priced to sell . They are made from the collected off cuts from the project which could have been an old art work , actual building material from a studio or other material collected for the project.

The idea is to have the art priced so it relates to the needs of the NEW project . $50 could either pay an artist in residence honorarium for a day or provide new material for RECYCLING a studio. Other works will be ON SALE soon , and their pricing will relate to a project need .

Participating stores in Beacon , are ARTISAN WINESHOP and in Cold Spring , THE COUNTRY GOOSE and HIGHLAND BASKETS. So if you are shopping for wine or getting a gift , take a look at the art in stock as well . ALL proceeds go to the HFA Projects in 2010 , including helping put on the show in Harlem !!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Storm King from Little Stony Point , in 1964 this landscape was under threat from a proposed plan to build an electric power plant. The fight to save Storm King began and 17 years later it was saved . This was the beginning of the environmental movement in the States .



Habitat for Artists and Work Space Harlem will be announcing the upcoming show at WSH in March . In association with ecoartspace NY , Co director Amy Lipton . Twenty artists will present a variety of work in HFA's latest iteration entitled "RECYCLING THE STUDIO " . The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Perucic . Included in the show will be a recycled HFA studio . Official press release 3/01 . Stay posted !!SD

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Last year Ayesha Ibrahim set up in the Studio at 36 Main St New Paltz NY . During the course of her studio residency she gave passers by her Art for a Smile . Ayesha documented many smiling recipients with their new acquisition of original art work .

A MEDLEY of STUDIOS 2007 to 2009

From Beacon NY , New Paltz NY, New York City to Philadelphia , small temporary reusable art studios with an ever changing collective of Artists , exploring their creative process and engaging in new dialogue with their communities .



Cathy Lebowitz took this picture of the three amigo-stooges prepping the beds at SCEE last year . I love this photo as it has that Jeff Walls feel to it ... far from staged . For the record that is Odin E Cathcart on the truck , Me w/wheel barrow and Todd Sargood shoveling .... 2009

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This is one of the first pieces on sale now for a 100% TAX deductible donation of $75 . This piece will be on display at a store in Beacon where it may be purchased . All proceeds to benefit the NEW project in Philipstown NY . A list of Art works and stores will be posted shortly .
Any questions may be forwarded to habitatforartists@gmail .com , in the meantime .

This work is by Simon Draper , and is made from a variety of materials used in the building of the Studios , last year . It is 6 ins by 6 ins and resembles Draper's 2007 series "Meditation , Dedication and Prayer " . Other Artists donating works include , Kathy Feighery , Chris E Manning , Todd Sargood , Tom Sarrantonio , and Jennifer Zackin . PRICES will vary .........SD


Molly Rausch's Lost and Found Studio in New Paltz ,NY last year . Her accumulated drawings will be on view in March , opening 3/26 at Work Space Harlem NYC . The show curated by Nadia Perucic , and partnering with ecoartspace NY will be the first of a number of events the two groups are putting on in NYC . Also to be found in and around Times Square will be the HFA's new green box Studio . Dates to be confirmed . At Exit Art , ecoartspace will be putting on its benefit show of donated works as to "WHAT REALLY MATTERS ". Stay posted , SD

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Just a reminder that we are now on Face Book . Become a FAN and you may WIN a Prize !! WE are now making random drawings from our FAN list and sending the winners a variety of items , small artworks to HFA T- Shirts .

Keep up with daily posts and news about HFA on FB , by becoming a FAN . HFA has new projects starting , new exhibitions of Artists who have worked with the project , and developing new ways to help connect the artist to their community . Become a FAN of Habitat for Artists , today !


Over the next few weeks we'll be posting art for sale . These will be more affordable pieces that have been donated by various artists near and far to help raise money for the next project in May

As we want a local connect we will have different works at a variety of locations . This brings attention or interest to an organization or business we have worked with and an opportunity to view a work and engage with the particular store or group .

The starting point will be the post on line here and on Face Book . The individual pieces will be placed each week at a business in a town where we will be installing a project . This coming week we will be starting in Beacon NY . The significance here is the project started in 2008 in Beacon and we are continuing to install studios at the CSA farm close by this spring .

This is the beginning of a larger idea which we'll be developing over the next few months to help artists place work in new locations and offer an alternate source to sell their work ON LINE .

This week we'll be starting off small and getting the idea rolling ,.......

My thanks to the artists who have already contributed works and have pledged a piece to help the new project . We will be posting their names shortly as others respond to our call .
Well we finally got there , my thanks to Todd Sargood who went beyond the usual to produce the new HFA logo . We're looking forward to getting a new batch of HFA shirts done and seeing how it'll work in one color as well !

Its official HFA's NEW logo is here

Monday, February 15, 2010

STUDIO wrapped up for the Winter 2009

Todd and I managed to get down to Philadelphia last November to wrap things up at SCEE .
This Studio will be traveling east to Burlington Community College NJ , this Spring 2010 .


Here are the two studios at Solar One NYC , solar building behind . The studio on the right was moved to become the new studio at Urban Go Green 's Expo at the Harlem Armory , October 2009 . Thanks to Dina Elkin and all the staff at Solar One for looking after these studios .

STUDIO Footprint at Poets Walk Red Hook NY

This was the site of the Studio at Poets Walk Park , note the square in the circle of plants and the walking circle around the studio's square foot print.

STUDIO at Common Ground CSA Farm Stonykill NY

This was our studio down on the farm last summer , just outside Beacon , NY Summer 2009

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Hi , well getting off that vortex of time , Facebook . I wanted to post some new news !! The show at WSH (work space harlem) will start to be installed the week of MARCH 22 nd . We are drawing up the final list of artists .Our guest curator, Nadia Perucic , and I will be crafting a short press release to bring you all up to speed . Todd Sargood will be putting together a wonderful set of images for the exhibit's card,.. which I think encapsulates some of the essence of HFA !

Ecoartspace has offered to sponsor us at the Chashama space on E 42nd st NYC . So we will be percolating an additional show there for 2 weeks in April . We hope to launch our new studio
concept and hope this will be an unveiling for that idea !, well as bringing in some NEW collaborators , such as Chris Kennedy and his Institute of Applied Aesthetics (and friends of ..).

Also a particular note to " coolcool 654" , Happy New Year to you also !!
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We are VERY close to our NEW LOGO .... Todd Sargood has been in the studio with sumi brush and massive amounts of recycled paper fine tuning the new essential logo for a new HFA.

WE were pleased to announce our 25 th fan of HFA on Facebook , Helen Gutfreund ,who will be choosing her SUR-PRIZE !! If you are an FBer become a FAN of HFA we hope to reach 50
fans by the week end ,... well who knows what we might give away then !!??

100 th Fan gets our soft cotton Tee shirt , varied sizes , a bevvy of colors ,... and yes the old logo
so these will become a collector's items . So stop using the ones you have as a cleaning rag !!!

Getting alot of support for the new project in Philipstown , we may have some really exciting news there . BUT I can not at present tell you ,... so you'll have to WAIT and see ??

We hope to have an interactive journal for the project called the Philipsebrook Journal .
This will be part of our MEDIA Studio at the site . And we just met with two members of the newly formed theater workshop " The Actor's Habitat" who will be working with kids on site
at our Performance space with kids of ALL ages !

Jenn Zackin announced an idea for one of the studios at a Hudson Valley CSA , which we will be
growing over time , may even install her piece at two locations . See what prevails !

Remember , ......... How Much ? How Little ? The Space to Create ,......... best SD

Friday, January 29, 2010


We're planning a new exhibition at the Work Space Harlem . It's planned for March and we will be featuring many works , old and new , by artists affiliated with the HFA project . We hope to have at least 20 artists participating and there ought to be a wide variety of work on exhibition.

Ecoartspace is planning a benefit down on E 42nd St NYC , so we will be tying in with some of their events later in April .

We have a guest curator , who will be helping select and organize the show . And we hope to have new works from Chris Kennedy with his new project , Schools for the Future . HFA will be looking to partner with Chris and associates at their Brooklyn site this summer .

Chris also plans to visit the new HFA project in Philipstown both to give a workshop and to participate as a new artist in residence this summer 2010.

There are designs afoot to have a Performance Space,with plans to have a new actors company run workshops at the new site on Rte 9D at the Hudson Highland Land Trust .Details to be posted SOON .

Mid FEBRUARY should see the NEW Artists Residencies Guidelines and Proposal form , available by downloading from our new website .

Lastly we have plans to change our LOGO . That means new T shirts and the old ones becoming collectors items , so wipe the paint on something else NOW .

And finally after many requests we will be posting hand picked PIX from the numerous 2009 projects that we were involved with . .... New Paltz , Solar 1 NYC, SCEE Philadelphia , Common Grounds CSA and Urban Go Green at the Harlem Armory . LATER SD

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Yes its finally happened .YOU can become a FAN of HFA , by joining that happy throng of Face Bookers . (If that is a term?) . Due to an overwhelming number of people wanting to know more and to be able to interact with the project we went FB ! Check it out ,......

Meanwhile HFA is organizing an exhibition of work by past participants of HFA . All the way back to 2008 ! This event will be in March and hosted by WORK SPACE HARLEM . In conjunction with ecoartspace who are having an April Fund raiser in NYC at 217 E 42nd St .

One of the hopefully cool components of the NEW project will be the Media Studio . This is the project hosted and sponsored through the Hudson Highland Land Trust (HHLT) . With this added element we are hoping to get live feed and a plethora of activity via You Tube , Blogs and possibly FB ? WE should have the final outline and proposal forms by mid February , so stay posted .

HFA has changed a few elements and we look forward to telling you more about those changes.
The interaction with the community is key and we have been working with a variety of people to engage with a larger audience . This will spark some lively discourse during the project's run
and we hope it's reflected in the artist's residencies .

Also coming up , Burlington Community College NJ , with the help of Jeff Bailey have agreed to take the studio that was at SCEE in Philadelphia . HFA is planning to make that move and installation in March /April , weather permitting .

So if you haven't become a fan of HFA on Facebook ,.... do that NOW ! later SD

Saturday, January 23, 2010


There are a number of areas that will need active participation this year within the new project.
HFA is scheduling a number of events through out the project's run , May to September which we will need help with .

There are 'Build" days , which if you are handy or have construction skills contact us . We plan to have a Performance Space which will require someone coordinating a mix of events and people. Any admin or people set skills are always good to have on board. Education experience as we hope to have a workshop month and after schools project days , with occasional weekend events.

And just lending a hand ,..... we hope to have some larger events during the summer so any one who is up for helping with set up , take down , and you want to get out the house , also needed !!

Lastly we would like to see a few small raised gardens , so those of you with green fingers do contact us . I will be making a request to a number of groups and individuals but others welcome .

Again this is for the HFA project at HHLT in Philipstown on Rte 9D , so if you live near by ie
Cold Spring , Garrison , Beacon , Peekskill , Continental Village drop us a line .

Friday, January 22, 2010


The Art Panel which is HFA's selection committee is putting together the guidelines for artist's proposals for temporary studio residencies for the new project this Summer. The target date is mid February and the information can be down loaded from the soon to be NEW website !

The project this year is very much focused on community participation and encouraging a variety of collaborations . There are a number of local and metropolitan organizations who we hope will be presenting workshops in May. The hope is that artists will be working with them later on during their short term residencies in Philipstown.

It has become apparent that the premise of HFA isn't that apparent and we will be looking to present this information concisely on a NEW website . Until that appears lets just go through a few clarifications . HFA provides small, 6 by 6, temporary working studios (not live in ) for artists to explore new approaches in their practice and in their role in their community.

The studios are built from a variety of materials , reused, repurposed and FSC approved . Each studio is broken down and stored over the winter and re built at a new location . Last year we were allied with the SDMA at New Paltz , and gained permission from the Village to place several studios around New Paltz. The project usually runs 5 to 6 months as its temporary especially in a municipal setting where we have to adhere to a 9 month (max) ruling.

Where possible artists from the immediate area are asked /invited to participate in the project in number of ways . This year there will be a more communal nature to the set up as the studios will be close to each other. Again we hope to encourage dialogue between the artists as well as with the community. In order that we have a healthy flow of people to the site there will be a
studio that is designated our Performing Space. A schedule of events , music ,theater and other is being put together and we hope to have 8 to 9 scheduled acts.

This year we are encouraging MORE dialogue in all forms . There will be a studio which both visitors and artists alike can log into and blog from the site . In addition to the 'hub ' site we are hoping to have a number of satellite studios at other locations in the Valley . It seems a bit daft to have artists traveling long distances to work so we are looking to site other studios where there is interest and they can be sustained .

HFA is not a non for profit but we work in partnership with other nfps . We are still partnered with ecoartspace and this year we are sponsored through HHLT , who will also be our hosts.

AGAIN HFA is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills to help build and run this project . We would like to hear from you if you have a number of skill sets to offer and live in the Philipstown area (inc.Peekskill/Beacon / Cornwall) . The ball is rolling now so don 't delay !

The success or failure will be determined by how invested the community feels (or not) in this endeavor. In every creative act there is the equal part of something failing . However we are working to bring people into the building process of this project so that THAT prospect is lessened.

Hope to hear from you , stay posted again .....

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