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Discovering New Artists And Art Spaces With Open Studio

There are so many artists in the Hudson Valley, that sometimes it’s hard to keep track. Events like Poughkeepsie Open Studio make it easier for the local community to discover, appreciate and connect with new art through this annual event.


Photo caption: Artwork displayed at Reason and Ruckus located at 305 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, New York during Poughkeepsie Open Studio on June 19, 2022 / Photo Credit Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop


Poughkeepsie Open Studio event organizers Jean Hinkley and Alexa Comuniello, put together a self-guided tour that directed visitors to meet artists, see murals, visit galleries and film studios all over Poughkeepsie. The event also had spontaneous performances at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory and the Cunneen Hackett Theater. Both organizers Hinkley and Comuniello serve on the City of Poughkeepsie Public Arts Commission and the pair told The Goodie Drop that they were “excited to collaborate with artists and community members to orchestrate an art-filled weekend!”.


“Poughkeepsie Open Studio is a weekend where the city puts art and artists first.” - Alexa Comuniello

The Goodie Drop’s first Open Studio stop was “Reason and Ruckus” located at 305 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY. This space hosts weekly events curated by owner Su the Producer (Serena Domingues). Reason and Ruckus was also full of art from new local artists like Ann LeBron from Fishkill. LeBron creates art using photos, paint and old tile. LeBron says she was inspired by up-cycling old tile and “putting out positive messages” with her art.


Reason and Ruckus 305 - Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY


Photo caption: Artwork displayed by new artist Ann LeBron from Fishkill at Reason and Ruckus located at 305 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, New York during Poughkeepsie Open Studio on June 19, 2022 / Photo Credit Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop


Good Time Film Studio - 298 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY


The second Open Studio stop was the “Good Time Film Studio” located at 298 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY. This space is a filmmaker’s dream with the capacity to transform the space into movie sets. Co-owners Steve Miele and Derek White are also local filmmakers too.


Photo Caption: Inside the Good Time Film Studio located at 298 Main Street on June 19, 2022 / Credit Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop




Wise Owls Factory - 295 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY



The Goodie Drop’s third Open Studio stop on the map was “The Wise Owls Factory” located at 295 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. This space was full of a beautiful owl collection, performance areas and house music spun by grammy nominated D.J. Yvonne Turner a.k.a “The Dub Queen” digging in her digital crates. The owner Robert Natal, shared why he created this space on Mill Street saying,

“I love Poughkeepsie, this is a place

where artists meet”.


Photo Caption: Owner Robert Natal in the Parliament room at the Wise Owls Factory” located at 295 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, New York, on June 19, 2022 / Photo Credit Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop



“I love Poughkeepsie, this is a place where artists meet” - Robert Natal

Photo Caption: Grammy-nominated D.J. Yvonne Turner a.k.a “The Dub Queen” spinning digital turntables at the Wise Owls Factory” located at 295 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. on June 19, 2022 / Photo Credit Nile Clarke of The Goodie Drop


Poughkeepsie Open Studio started in 2015 around Father’s Day weekend. This year a total of 10 galleries and 40 artists participated for the two-day event on June 18th and 19th (Juneteenth). Organizers say that the event is meant to welcome all artists to participate and bring new ideas in a variety of ways like pop-up shops or live performances. Hinkley added that this experience “gives people a better understanding of what drives artists to create".



For more Poughkeepsie Open Studio information:


Link to Reason and Ruckus:

Link to Good Time Film Studio:

https://www.goodtimeny.com/studio

Link to the Owl Factory:

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