Feast your eyes
by Doug Muller
August 28, 2008 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County's "Fall for Art" celebration. For the past dozen years, the celebration has presented hundreds of pieces of art created by regional artists. The works have ranged in media and in theme, but they have all been put to a common, altruistic goal: attracting art lovers to the fundraiser and gathering funds for worthy causes.

This year's Fall for Art event will feature the works of 30 local artists, who will show their works in an exhibition juried by a team including ceramist Marsha Kaufman Rubinstein, jeweler Susan Carey, watercolorist Betsy Jacaruso and oil painter Todd Samara. All the exhibiting artists will be on hand; it's a requirement of being in the show. This provides attendees with the chance to talk to artists about their inspirations, their creative processes and their background. It also allows attendees to purchase works directly from the artists; all will have works for sale.

In addition to the chance to soak up the artsy atmosphere, attendees will receive complimentary wine and champagne and a variety of hearty hors d'oeuvres that, according to Fall for Art Committee chairperson Barbara Cohen, "could almost be a meal."

Besides the visual and gustatory treats, the event offers patrons a chance to feed their inner altruist. The event is unique, says Cohen, because the Federation is "a not-for-profit raising funds for other not-for-profits in the community." Each year, the group chooses an organization to benefit from the funds raised by the event, and this year's recipient is the Children's Annex, a provider of services and education to children with autism spectrum disorders. Appropriately, the Children's Annex will use the donation to develop a visual arts program for its students.

Previous recipients of the Federation's fundraising proceeds included Benedictine Hospital's Cancer Center and Angel Food East, a food delivery service for individuals affected by HIV. And, while the chance to do good is key, Cohen is quick to point out that the event is really about having a good time: "The artwork is fabulous, the food is delicious and there's a very electric feeling to the night."

This year's participating artists include porcelain artist Lesley Reich of Woodstock; potter Liz Lawrence of West Hurley; fiber artists Stephanie Barnes of Chichester and Lynn and Alan Fliegel of Phoenicia; fine artists Diane Agustsson of Kingston, Carol Pepper-Cooper of Kingston, Rebecca Daniels of Woodstock, Sue DeSanna of Olivebridge, Claudia Engel of Port Ewen, Patti Gibbons of Kingston, September Heart of Woodstock, Betsy Jacaruso of Red Hook, John Kruppa of Accord, Louise Lefkovits of Kingston, Perez Melero of Kerhonkson, Todd Samara of Kingston, Rita Schwab of Mount Tremper, M'Lou Sorrin of Hurley and Karen Whitman of Bearsville; glass artist Sara Beames of Olivebridge; furniture-maker David Seche of Chichester; jewelers Susan Basch of Kingston, Susan Carey of Willow and Judith Polinsky of Hurley; photographers Richard Bruner of Stone Ridge, Michael Coluccio of Staatsburg, Frances Clair Garofalo of Woodstock, Phyllis McCabe of Kingston and Joel Weisbrod of Rhinebeck; and sculptor Magnus Agustsson of Kingston.

The Fall for Art event takes place on Thursday, September 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wiltwyck Golf Club at 404 Steward Lane in Kingston. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For reservations or additional information, contact the Jewish Federation of Ulster County by phone at (845) 338-8131 or by e-mail at

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