Archive for August, 2012

August 29, 2012

Fall 2012 Lectures and Screenings

Meet the Film Editor: Todd Sandler 

Thursday, December 6, 7 pm

Todd Sandler was born in Mount Kisco and raised in Somers. Todd’s first film, Corey, was co-directed with his brother, while he was still in school. The film garnered nationwide attention when it was acquired by IFC to be showcased as part of their “Shorts Before Features” program. After graduation, studied at NYU, studying all aspects of film post-production. He then got a position as the print traffic coordinator at the Jacob Burns Film Center—where he stayed for the next eight years, working his way up until he became the Center’s director of technology and in-house editor. He worked there until 2010, when he left to pursue other projects full-time.

As a freelance editor, his work includes feature-length narrative films, short films, documentaries, trailers, tributes and commercials. Recently, he edited the dramatic-thriller, Leave. He was also the sound designer and music editor; he worked alongside Jonathan Demme on his upcoming documentary, I’m Carolyn Parker, which premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival; He cut a theatrical trailer and several TV spots for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award Nominated film, War Horse, and also edited a tribute for Spielberg where he received the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award at this year’s Producers Guild Awards. Upon accepting the award, Spielberg remarked “Everyone in this room should be working with him.”

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at


Meet the Curator:

Amy Lipton, ecoartspace 

Thursday October 18, 2012, 7 pm

Come learn more about ecoartspace is one of the leading international organizations in a growing community of artists, scientists, curators, writers, nonprofits and businesses who are developing creative and innovative strategies to address our global environmental issues. They promote a diverse range of artworks that are participatory, collaborative, interdisciplinary and uniquely educational.

Founded in 1997 by Tricia Watts as an art and nature center in development,ecoartspacewas one of the first websites dedicated to art and environmental issues. New York City curator, Amy Lipton, joined Watts in 1999, and together they have curated numerous exhibitions, participated on panels, given lectures at universities, developed programs and curricula. They advocate for artists whose projects range from scientifically based ecological restoration to product based functional artworks, from temporal works created outdoors with nature to eco-social interventions in the urban public sphere, as well as more traditional art objects.

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at


August 29, 2012

Fall 2012 Gallery Shows

Joseph Thomas, Deborah Krikun, Pam Payne, Eileen MacAvery Kane, Beth Sutherland, John Creagh, Cecily McKeow, Nandi Riguero, Joseph Ayers, Lisa Steffens, Laurel Shute, Michael Enright

Center for the Digital Arts 2012 Faculty Show

December 6 – January 11

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Center for Digital Art Gallery at the Peekskill Extension Center is pleased to showcase the work of our talented faculty members. Our faculty includes many professional artists, musicians and designers whose creative work is notable and innovative. Works exhibited will include: painting, drawing, digital prints, multimedia digital works, music, web site design and more. Join us to meet our faculty and experience their artwork.

 Gallery Hours are subject to change: please call 606-7300 for more information.


Breanne Trammell 

Nails In The Key Of Life

September 4 – October 13, 2012

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30Nails In The Key Of Life is a collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, and video by Dutchess County-based artist Breanne Trammell. This new body of work is inspired by and extracted from her experience attending nail school to become a NY state-licensed nail technician. Past work such as “Yves Klein Blue Jeans” and “Candy Cigarettes” provide insight into Breanne’s curated menu of services that will be offered on her 2013 road trip, “Nails Across America.”

Breanne is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Wassaic, NY. She is an active member of the Wassaic Project where she is Print Fellow. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Mixed Greens Gallery, PPOW Gallery, Susan Inglett Gallery, and MASS MoCA. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, has been a Lecturer in Art+Design at SUNY Purchase, and a faculty member at Ramapo College of NJ since 2009.

To learn more about Breanne’s long-term Nails in the Key of Life project & 2013 Nails Across America road trip, visit


Marcy B. Freedman


An Installation & A Series of Interactive Performances

October 18 – December 1

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30

Please Call for Performance Times: 606-7304

Marcy B. Freedman will confront the issue of contemporary consumerism with an installation and a series of interactive performances at the Peekskill Center for the Digital Arts.  Her project involves the display of dozens and dozens of shopping bags, each with its logo in plain view.  These bags, filled with desirable items, will be given away to those individuals willing to converse with the artist during one of her performances.  The artist explains her intentions as follows:

“I am interested in exploring our complex relationship with the highly manipulative worlds of advertising and retail sales.  The title of this project is intended to suggest – among other things – that we are controlled by the materialism of our culture.”

Additionally, this work is representative of Freedman’s recent performance work, because it involves one-on-one, face-to-face encounters with members of the public.  She is committed to this direct engagement with her audience because she wants to provide an alternative to the “virtual” forms of communication — email, texting, social networking, etc – that are coming to dominate our interpersonal experiences.  “I want to create situations in which real people are together in real time and in real space.”

Performance Times 

October 18th   5:30 to 7:30  Opening Reception & Artists’ Talk at 6:30 & Performance

October 23rd   Performance  6 – 7 pm

November 6th   Performance  6 – 7 pm

November 15    Performance  6 – 7 pm

November 28    Performance  11:30 am – 12:30 pm

UPDATE!  For one day only, Marcy B. Freedman will present FREE NOT FREE at HVCCA.  Sunday, November 18, during regular museum hours.