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John Simon: Worlds All Around - Opening Reception
Category: Seligmann Center
Date: 06/01/2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Admission: Free
Summary: From May 12th to June 25th, 2017, John F. Simon, Jr. will fill the Seligmann Center's Gallery with paintings and drawings from the last two years of his studio work, covering vast thematic territory including: cycles, globes, diagrammatic representations of flow, introspective lines, improvisational construction, mechanical precision, spontaneous mark making, places where worlds intersect, and images inspired from sky and imagination simultaneously. In other words, a snapshot of the running commentary of his mind with occasional moments of clarity; a typical day in the studio.
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Take to the Lake Day
Date: 06/03/2017 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM ET
Location: Wickham Woodlands Park
State School Road
Warwick, NY 10990
Admission: $5.00
Summary: Join us on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a guided paddle boat tour of Wickham Lake.
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MEGAPHONE: Dáni Dányi, Featured Poet
Category: Seligmann Center
Date: 06/04/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Admission: $5.00
Summary: Dáni Dányi is a translator and poet from Budapest, Hungary. He writes original works in English, as well a in Hungarian, and had been an active participant on the local expat literary scene. This is his first reading in New York, from his poem collection Budapest Self-Written, an autobiographical series focusing on Budapest locations. It is a voyage through time, space, histories public and private, and verse in and out of form. He has translated American Beat writers as well as such volumes as Istvan Pivarcsi‘s A Transylvanian Vampire Expert’s Short History of the Undead. Samples of his work appear as well on the Műfordítás website and in the New Europe Writers collection Budapest Tales.

Admission: $5 Suggested Donation
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9th Annual Placemaking Conference
Date: 06/09/2017 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ET
Location: Newburgh Armory Unity Center
321 South William Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Admission: $75.00
Summary: "Active Design: Promoting Physical Activity & Health in Design"
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Artist Talk - John F. Simon, Jr.
Date: 06/09/2017 07:00 PM ET
Location: Kurt Seligmann's Studio
Admission: Free
Summary: JOHN F. SIMON, JR. is a visual artist and author of “Drawing Your Own Path” (Parallax Press, 2016) As one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art, his seminal work "Every Icon" was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and his ‘art appliances’ can be found in the permanent collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many other museums. Born in Louisiana, he holds a Master’s in Earth and Planetary Science from Washington University and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. http://www.numeral.com/

John F. Simon, Jr. - Worlds All Around
From May 12th to June 25th, 2017, John F. Simon, Jr. will fill the Seligmann Center's Gallery with paintings and drawings from the last two years of his studio work, covering vast thematic territory including: cycles, globes, diagrammatic representations of flow, introspective lines, improvisational construction, mechanical precision, spontaneous mark making, places where worlds intersect, and images inspired from sky and imagination simultaneously. In other words, a snapshot of the running commentary of his mind with occasional moments of clarity; a typical day in the studio.

This work is not encumbered with predefined stories. There are no logical explanations and few easily recognizable symbols. The meaning of the work starts undefined and remains so. Simon invites viewers to fall back on their senses, silently observe the colors, take a breath, follow the contours, allow thoughts and feelings to arise, and note their impressions of a single piece, the entire show, and the world all around.
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Drawing Your Own Path : Exploring Drawing and Meditation with John F. Simon Jr.
Category: Seligmann Center
Date: 06/10/2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ET
Location: Kurt Seligmann's Studio
Admission: $50.00
Summary: In this hands-on workshop, John Simon will introduce the methods of mindful drawing described in his recent publication Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation. John will teach a wide variety of ways to see and work with one's own creativity starting with simple marks on paper and building to more absorptive techniques. The goal is to explore the benefits and possibilities of making art as a form of mediation. There will be ample time for practice, individual feedback from John, and group discussion.

Drawing materials will be supplied. All levels of experience with drawing and meditation are welcome.

John F. Simon, Jr. is one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art. His seminal work "Every Icon" was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial. In October 2005 the Whitney Museum of American Art and Printed Matter published Simon’s artist’s book and software CD, Mobility Agents, and in 2011, Simon collaborated with Icelandic singer Björk to write an app for her album, Biophilia, the first app album ever created.

Simon’s artworks can be found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Collezione Maramotti, The Brooklyn Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

John F. Simon, Jr. grew up in central Louisiana and studied Geology and Fine Art at Brown University. He went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University, and an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Simon currently lives and works in Sugar Loaf, New York.

http://drawingyourownpath.com

Drawing Your Own Path is an account of how visual artist John Simon’s daily drawing discipline became a meditation practice, and how that meditation illuminated his creative source. A practical guidebook full of Simon's own art, Drawing Your Own Path offers meditators an alternative path to ‘just sitting’ and offers artists a way to mindfully examine and deepen the source of their creative ideas. Readers are guided through thirty–three meditation and drawing exercises, exploring concentrated looking, mindful sketching, and improvisational awareness, all designed to help practitioners discover the vast creativity within themselves and in their daily lives.

$50 per person / $65 includes a signed copy of Drawing Your Own Path
Call 845.469.9459 to register if you wish to register for the $65 option
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MEGAPHONE: Chance Operations – Writing Workshop
Category: Seligmann Center
Date: 06/11/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Admission: $5.00
Summary: Surrealism was founded over one hundred years ago by poets who believed creativity could be better accessed by lessening the control of the conscious brain and giving free rein to the unconscious.

After a brief discussion of Surrealism and the goals of its literary pioneers, the workshop will dive into a generative mode. In the spirit of Surrealism’s founders, participant will engage in Chance Operations, including automatic writing, chain poems, dream resumes, echo poems, cut-ups, collages, and Surrealist Games.

Come prepared with a notebook, illustrated magazine, and newspaper articles.

This will be an enjoyable two hours of freeing the imagination and shaking things up through creativity.

Workshop conducted by Janet Hamill.
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