Near Zero Waste Blog

7-14-15

How many of us have lots of paint cans sitting in our garages?  Pretty much everyone, right?  I have finally gotten to my garage, and shed to “get rid of” stuff I have accumulated over the 10 years I’ve lived in this amazing house.  It will be an ongoing endeavor, I’m sure.  But the first thing I am realizing is that there is so much here that will end up in a landfill.  This is painful.  Stay tuned as I attempt to recycle as much as possible.

After some searching for where to recycle old paint, I see that it’s just not so easy.  Latex paint and oil based paint are different.  The oil based stuff, of which I have none, can be brought to Orange County, NY’s recycle EVENTS.  This means a few times a year.  Not ideal, and one has to sign up by a certain date, and bring it all to the site where the collection will be happening.  In many cases this could mean that one need either borrow a friend’s truck, or maybe get together with neighbors, and pool resources to deliver the hazardous waste.  No wonder I see things like car batteries sitting in people’s driveways.   Scary stuff.

Meanwhile, for latex paint, they simply recommend that you dry it out, using “kitty litter”, and dump it in the regular trash.  This is reminiscent of the battery recycling issue.  What the hell are we doing to ourselves?  It’s just too easy to think we would just buy more, and get “rid of” the stuff we don’t need.  There is no “away” people, it’s all still right here in our water and our air and our soil.  I love a brightly colored room as much as the next gal, but oh will I be thinking more than twice next time I consider painting.

Here is the PDF on latex paint disposal for Orange County, NY from the government website.  Latex Paint Disposal

 

6-9-15

In my search for floss I found some that I thought was Eco friendly, and recyclable.  I was wrong.  This is vegan and the packaging is recyclable.

Eco Floss

Eco Floss

But the floss is still made of nylon, a petroleum product.  It’s a nice attempt.  But shreds easily anyway, and the last thing I want is to contribute to more “growth”

“Its success also encouraged DuPont’s management to adopt a long-term strategy of growth through products developed out of basic research.”

 

Inside the box

Inside the box

And on top of that, the floss inside the box also has a plastic bag around it.  I understandwhy, but plastic kills birds, and sea life, gets into our air and water, and never biodegrades.  It simply breaks down into tiny particles that then permeate everything everywhere.

So maybe the next thing I will try will be this stuff recommended by Rebecca Rockefeller’s blog.

… who knew toothbrushes used to be made from “animal bristles”, gross.  I may resort to using my finger once my toothbrush is worn out …

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-1-15

IMG_9720Another month, another trash take out.  It’s been a month since I have thrown out the trash.  Here is what my trash looked like after that month.  Please keep in mind that I have been throwing away MORE stuff in preparation for throwing away less stuff.  Just been getting rid of things as they are no longer needed.  Talk about more awareness.   This particular brown bag got soaked with stuff so now I’m realizing I have to rinse out any box containers I throw away too like the soup and hazelnut milk ones.

 

IMG_9719I also realized that Ollie’s tennis balls are going to have to last longer.  He tears them apart and I have to get new ones because we use the ones that squeak.  These things are like Ollie crack.  He cannot live without them.  I’ve actually kept many of the ones he “used up”, but they are beginning to collect.  I’ve used some on hooks to make the hooks less poky for my clothes and towels.  But have not yet found many other uses for them.  Feel free to make suggestions if you have any.  The balls are small, about the size of a golf ball, and hollow with green felt on them.

 

 

5-24-15

Finally got my broken blow dryer to the only place that supposedly would recycle it.  Specht’s Auto in Warwick, NY  I say supposedly because when I brought it there, I also asked if they would recycle other stuff I am currently holding on to.  They agreed to take my left over batteries, the alkaline ones that wouldn’t charge.  But in the process of that conversation, through a cloud of cigarette smoke, I was told that they can be thrown into the trash.  I suppose that is what is being done now.  But I researched it last week, and what I was coming across was that a large number of batteries show not be thrown into the same trash container because it could actually explode from the heat they might create.  I reluctantly left the batteries there since I knew I was not able to find another place to really recycle them anywhere near here.  Driving 30+ miles to recycle some batteries may just be self defeating.

Next up, those energy saving light bulbs, the ones that contain mercury.

 

5-10-15

As of today, I have way too many batteries.  I was so psyched to get my battery charger in the mail on Friday.  It charges, rechargeable, alkaline and nimh batteries!  It even charges those square 9 volts.  So I’ve been a charging fool for several days straight now.  I wish I had people to give those batteries to.

Batteries charged and tested.

Batteries charged and tested.

AND, I now have my very own deodorant waiting for me in the fridge.  I’m really close to running out of my “natural” roll on, and will surely miss the nice scent, and the convenience of rolling it on.  Looking forward to testing out the one I made today though with lavender and rosemary oils, coconut oil and baking soda, plus corn starch.  Here is the recipe.  I used the second one without shea butter since I have not yet had time to order that.  Actually, today I placed an order for 3 kinds of butter from a place that says they are organic and fair trade.  Looking forward to playing with these.  They are cocoa, shea, and mango.  Mmmm, making myself hungry.  Here is a last minute dental container I found in my medicine cabinet holding my deodorant in the fridge till it gets solid.

Used an old dental flipper holder.

Used an old dental flipper holder.

5-5-15

This experiment began last week when I realized that the local waste pick up was no longer going to be picking up our leaf bags. It was basically the last straw in a series of factors leading to me taking this effort on in earnest. I checked with other companies who do trash pick up and “removal”, and every one was offering only alternatives that went in the other direction of picking up MORE trash, and MORE often. Since I was paying 27 bucks for the privilege of having my trash shifted out of my sight, I decided to forego it altogether.

But first, I had decided many months ago to eliminate plastic bags as my trash receptacles, as that was really the only use I still had for them. Plus, I was now on a committee of a local sustainability group to eliminate the unsightly plastic bags from our local town of Warwick, NY.

Over the last year and a half as I decided to become vegan, I realized that I now had so much less trash. At this point, I was using brown paper bags and a plastic bin they happen to fit perfectly into. As trash pick up day would come up, I’d see that my trash bag was not full at all, and that there was nothing in it, but packaging, so no smell either. Eventually, it became apparent that I could wait three weeks at a time before having a full trash bin.

Granted, I live alone, well not exactly alone, and my house mate is sadly not vegan. The upside is that his food comes in recyclable cans. Feel free to ask me why I’m vegan, but that is a somewhat separate conversation, which I am sure will resurface in the future of this blog.

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So after un bagging my leaves, and contributing them to the mulch ditch I didn’t even realize was available right next to my house, I looked at some web sites and learned a bit more about “zero waste”. I first heard about that concept from Sustainable Warwick as well. Someone hosted a screening of Plastic Paradise at their home.

Sadly I didn’t make the screening, and am still looking forward to watching the film. But someone sendt an email to the group mentioning the idea. That gave me this idea. There were suggestions of making a film about it. But google is my friend, and I learned someone has already blazed that trail with the Clean Bin Project. Plus, I’m not a film maker … yet. But I do intend on seeing that film.

I called my trash hiders yesterday, and let them know I no longer needed them to hide my trash from my sight. It’s all an experiment, or did I say that already? So I will be focusing on reusing,recycling, and reducing as much as possible. If you have any pointers as my great friends on Facebook have had, please feel free to share them here. FOr now, I will be spending my time trying to use up all the things which are in non recyclable containers that are still in my house, while making sure anything else I buy doesn’t present the same result. Trash, your days are numbered!

The first thing to go was my Sensodine toothpaste. Here is my new toothpaste made from, you guessed it, coconut oil and baking powder in equal parts with a tiny bit of vanilla extract mixed in. YUM!

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Why I Teach

The best thing about the classes I teach is that they change lives.  Participants become more centered, aware, focused, open minded, cooperative, responsible, and creative.  The activities sharpen thinking skills, improve reasoning ability, and help us find more imaginative approaches to problem solving.

Putting together an original performance that presents one’s own point of view improves confidence, self control, helps us tell coherent and engaging stories, and teaches us ways to accept others’ perspectives.  The feeling of pride and ownership remains with participants, and informs the rest of their lives.

One of my favorite experiences is running into students from the past, and hearing firsthand how often they remember their experience long after it is done.  This process informs all aspects of participants’ lives in perpetuity.  A light bulb noticeably turns on, and the light it sheds on life is permanent.

Because I thrive in a collaborative environment, my students learn by example that working as an ensemble is a productive and fulfilling way to operate in the world.  This work spills over into all academic subjects sending progress ripples across curricula.  Most importantly, I strive to keep classes fast paced, and full of engaging activities that are FUN.

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GWL Greetings Exhibit – Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melanie Gold
Project Director

GREENWOOD LAKE MURAL PROJECT FINALE SHOWCASES GREENWOOD LAKE ART, MUSIC, BUSINESSES, FOOD

PUBLIC RECEPTION: June 2nd, 2013, 3:30pm – 6pm Greenwood Lake Garden Center, 96 Windermere Ave., and at The Village Buzz Cafe, 91 Windermere Ave in Greenwood Lake, NY
OUTDOOR GALLERY/TRASURE HUNT – FRIDAY, MAY 31ST-1PM, SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND-6PM – several undisclosed locations around Greenwood Lake.
BOTH ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

GREENWOOD LAKE, NY, June 2nd, 2013 – Greenwood Lake businesses and local artists will participate in a treasure hunt. The final panel in the series “Greenwood Lake Greetings” – “Winter” by MaryJo Ben-Nun will be unveiledl, and completes the four season series of paintings of Greenwood Lake by Greenwood Lake artists. Today we celebrate local sights, sounds, tastes, smells and spirit.

Mary Jo Ben-Nun was born and raised in the South Bronx and has been an illustrator and artist since 1985. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. She holds a B.F.A degree in Illustration and Art Education from the School of Visual Arts, and an M.F.A. degree in Graphics from Lehman College. She has been a resident of Greenwood Lake since 2001.

Mary Jo was moved by the idea of utilizing public art to educate and inspire the community and got involved in the Greenwood Lake Mural Project from an early stage. She was delighted to work on the final Winter Scene panel, weaving family and friends into the painting. The artwork is a tribute to our beautiful Greenwood Lake and the unique people who call it home.

Visitors are encouraged to spend the weekend exploring Greenwood Lake’s main thoroughfare, Windermere Ave. Wherever any of the 5 panels are spotted, mention the word “greetings”, and each business owner who hosts a panel will offer the participant a perk unique to their establishment.

Guests are invited to enjoy music by Joe and Gabriele Tranchina at The Greenwood Lake Garden Center – 96 Windermere Ave. – 4:00 – 4:45PM

Rain location – The Village Buzz, 91 Windermere Av.

Internationally Acclaimed vocalist Gabriele Tranchina and Award Winning pianist-composer-arranger Joe Vincent Tranchina bring a Worldview to their music — a force for wholeness, and a source of unity and energy for all. The Duo will present original works by Joe Vincent Tranchina and other compositions including Brazilian, Latin and Jazz flavors.

Meet other Greenwood Lake Mural Project artists Sonia Centenno-Dainty, Gad Nusinov, and MaryJo Ben-Nun at the reception on Sunday.

The completed set of 5 panels will be on display at 673 Jersey Avenue beginning June 3rd, 2013 and remain open to the public indefinitely.

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Thank you to all of our supporters for making this project possible!

We are fundraising for our FINALE – Winter, by Mary Jo Ben-Nun. Please help us spread the word, and chip in if you can. Even one dollar helps! Thank you for your participation in the local art scene.

Read the article on the lawsut victory at PR News Wire

This is not just a victory for this project, but for freedom of speech and expression everywhere. As a result of this lawsuit, the local government has repealed the unconstitutional art ban.

~It is my hope that this will send a greater message that local governments do not have the right to control or regulate artistic expression, creativity, or speech of their residents. I also hope that this helps more people realize how important art is to any community

~Despite the fact that this took place in the small village of Greenwood Lake, it is an issue of national importance. If the village had been allowed to institute its Art Ban, even temporarily, people who were not directly impacted by it would feel its consequences. This is clearly demonstrated by the overwhelming amount of support I have received from artists and residents far and wide.

~Of course, I would have preferred to have resolved this without a lawsuit, and I tried to reason with the Village on numerous occasions. Much to my dismay, they refused to budge, leaving me with no choice but to pursue legal action and stand up for everyone’s first amendment rights.

~I’m excited that this project raised awareness of the need for art in every community, and that it brought together so many local artists and residents. These were my main goals to begin with. Now I look forward to continuing to work with the community to move ahead together for the benefit of art and artists everywhere. (See the new TAG Forum Tab above)

~More great news: Thanks to the recommendations of Greenwood Lake’s Revitalization Committee, the mural was printed on removable panels, and was able to be an emissary for our village at Newburgh’s brand new Railroad Playhouse. We were invited to display it at Readnex Poetry Squad‘s 4th Annual Hip Hop Seasons Festival, which ran April 21-23.
The Greetings at the Railroad Playhouse!

~Art for all, and all for art!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melanie Gold
Project Director
greenwoodlakemuralproject@gmail.com

LOCAL ARTISTS, LOCAL BUSINESSES, LOCAL MUSICIANS
HELP LOCAL FARM WORKERS

PUBLIC RECEPTION: October 15, 2011, 2pm – 5pm

GREENWOOD LAKE, NY, October 3, 2011 – Greenwood Lake businesses and local artists will host a benefit for Black Dirt region farm workers on Saturday, October 15th from 2 – 5pm in the Village of Greenwood Lake. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Black Dirt Region’s Farm Workers.

Hurricane Irene had a devastating effect on the people of Orange County. This is particularly true for the farms and farm workers of the Black Dirt region. Stripped of their jobs just before the critical fall harvest, these workers were left “high and dry” – quite unlike the drowned fields they would like to be working.

Supporters are invited to enjoy music by Joe and Gabriele Tranchina and Steve Rubin at The Inn at Long Pond, meet Greenwood Lake artist Sonia Centenno-Dainty, view her “Springtime in Greenwood Lake,” the latest addition to the Greenwood Lake Mural Project’s outdoor exhibit, and participate in a silent auction of the original painting, then enjoy mingling at The Village Buzz Café.

The “Springtime in Greenwood Lake” panel will be on display Saturday, October 8 – Saturday, October 22 at 89 Windermere Avenue, then will join the other panels of Greenwood Lake Greetings – the locally inspired outdoor art exhibit featuring other works by local artists, Louis Delsarte and Gad Nusinov, currently on display at 673 Jersey Avenue.

Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are being accepted now through the event on October 15th at any of the following locations: The Village Buzz Café, The Inn at Long Pond, and Greenwood Lake Garden Center.

EVENT DETAILS
2 – 3:30 pm The Inn at Long Pond – 92 Windermere Ave.
Music by Joe and Gabriele Tranchina, and Steve Rubin of the Warwick Jazz Festival

3:30 – 3:45 pm “Springtime in Greenwood Lake” Panel Viewing at 89 Windemere Avenue
Meet artist Sonia Centenno-Dainty and view the new panel

3:45 – 5pm The Village Buzz Café – 91 Windermere Ave.
Silent auction of Sonia Centenno-Dainty’s original painting

*ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS PURCHASE OF FOOD ITEMS!

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About The Alamo Farm Workers Community Center
The Alamo – Farm Workers Community Center on 890 Pulaski Highway, Goshen, NY, serves about 2,000 people a year. It provides a place to gather, for recreation, clothes, food, drug and alcohol prevention, English as a second language classes and an office where the State Department of Labor matches workers and the farmers who need them. It plays a vital role for many people and families working on the farms in this region, as well as for farm owners who use its services. The Alamo is also the site of a government funded medical and dental clinic which serves anyone, whether they are farm workers or not, taking payment on a sliding scale.

The image above was chosen by YOU from these three options. Thank you for participating in our poll, and supporting our cause!
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Community

Times Herald 6/21/11 – http://tinyurl.com/3w3chyt

For immediate release
Contact:  Melanie Gold
“Cause for Applause”
A Public Event Celebrating Creativity in Orange County, NY

Join Orange County officials and recipients of the 2010 Orange Arts Grant, funded by the County of Orange at “Cause for Applause”, a public event showcasing local art and creativity on Sunday, July 24 from 12:30 – 4:30pm.

The event is an opportunity to enjoy the work of artists from all corners of our county in one place, on one day.  Come be inspired by the wealth of creativity right here in beautiful Orange County.  “It will be a day for a collective pat on the back, joyous sharing, the making of beautiful noise and exceptional performances – where ALL are Orange County’s cause for applause” says Melanie Gold, grant recipient and event organizer.

~From 12:30 to 1:30 pm, enjoy an informal mixer with a chance to learn about artists and arts organizations from many disciplines.

~From 1:30 to 4:00 pm, enjoy performances, presentations, music and more.

~From 4:00 to 4:30 another chance to mingle with artists, performers, and special guests

When:  Sunday, July 24th, 2011 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Where: The Railroad Playhouse, 27 South Water Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Price:  $20 suggested donation – go to artists and the theater to cover operating costs.

Today’s award-winning participants

Summer Concert Series—Storm King Arts Center
FreeArt inNY.org—Lindsey Graham
Greenwood Lake Greetings Outdoor Exhibit—Melanie Gold
Cornwall String Ensemble—Gregory Phillips
Teen Touring Company—Newburgh Performing Arts Academy
Trees of Orange County Exhibit—Orange County Citizen’s Foundation
Women Who Rock Series—Valley Contemporary Dance Company
Teaching Artists Training Program—John Cimino, Creative Leaps International
Plein Air Painting Classes—Wallkill River School & Gallery
East End Stories—Eileen MacAvery Kane
2010 Concert Series—Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra
Why Are We Still Having This Conversation: Orange County Women Speak Out—
Miles Out Entertainment, Marisa Miles/Colson
Warwick Valley Jazz Festival—Skyelight Entertainment
Pop-Up Gallery—Jackie Skrzynski
Music and Culture of Ghana: A Hands-On Experience—Maxwell Kofi Donkor
Alice in Wonderland—PEP Productions
Looking at Art With Heart (Wally’s Way)—Wallace MacGuire
Music in Central Valley—2010 Concert Series
Waves Across the Pond: Emerging Music in the Tides of Technology—Neil Alexander
Cornerstone Arts Alliance—Christopher Dean Sullivan and Ken Tschan
2010-2011 Music Series—Grand Montgomery Chamber Music, Howard Garret
Pop Music in the Age of Poe—Newburgh Free Library, Lydia Adams Davis

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  1. mel says:

    Wow! What an amazing turn out. So heartwarming, my cheeks are only now recovering from all the smiling I did. Thank you everyone for sharing this day with us, and celebrating the arts in Orange County!

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Shout It From The (rooftops) a.k.a. the SIFT Project

How often have you heard news lately that just made you want to SHOUT to the world? I declare this the PIPE UP decade! People seem to be doing that in even the most constricting situations lately. They seem to be shouting a collective NO to despots, and YES to freedom.

You have something to say, so lend us your lungs!

SIFT Project is a collection of crowd-sourced, quotes, headlines, comments, expletives, exasperated musings, declarations, poems, haiku, and even songs. We hope to perform on actual rooftops some time soon.

SIFT aims to provide impetus for critical, independent thought as a catalyst for collective action.

If you are interested in joining the SIFT team, please let us know. We just finished our very successful maiden voyage on Governor’s Island in NYC at the interactive, free, Figment Festival.

 

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The Latest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melanie Gold
Project Director
greenwoodlakemuralproject@gmail.com

LOCAL ARTISTS, LOCAL BUSINESSES, LOCAL MUSICIANS
HELP LOCAL FARM WORKERS

PUBLIC RECEPTION: October 15, 2011, 2pm – 5pm

GREENWOOD LAKE, NY, October 3, 2011 – Greenwood Lake businesses and local artists will host a benefit for Black Dirt region farm workers on Saturday, October 15th from 2 – 5pm in the Village of Greenwood Lake. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Black Dirt Region’s Farm Workers.

Hurricane Irene had a devastating effect on the people of Orange County. This is particularly true for the farms and farm workers of the Black Dirt region. Stripped of their jobs just before the critical fall harvest, these workers were left “high and dry” – quite unlike the drowned fields they would like to be working.

Supporters are invited to enjoy music by Joe and Gabriele Tranchina and Steve Rubin at The Inn at Long Pond, meet Greenwood Lake artist Sonia Centenno-Dainty, view her “Springtime in Greenwood Lake,” the latest addition to the Greenwood Lake Mural Project’s outdoor exhibit, and participate in a silent auction of the original painting, then enjoy mingling at The Village Buzz Café.

The “Springtime in Greenwood Lake” panel will be on display Saturday, October 8 – Saturday, October 22 at 89 Windermere Avenue, then will join the other panels of Greenwood Lake Greetings – the locally inspired outdoor art exhibit featuring other works by local artists, Louis Delsarte and Gad Nusinov, currently on display at 673 Jersey Avenue.

Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are being accepted now through the event on October 15th at any of the following locations: The Village Buzz Café, The Inn at Long Pond, and Greenwood Lake Garden Center.

EVENT DETAILS
2 – 3:30 pm The Inn at Long Pond – 92 Windermere Ave.
Music by Joe and Gabriele Tranchina, and Steve Rubin of the Warwick Jazz Festival

3:30 – 3:45 pm “Springtime in Greenwood Lake” Panel Viewing at 89 Windemere Avenue
Meet artist Sonia Centenno-Dainty and view the new panel

3:45 – 5pm The Village Buzz Café – 91 Windermere Ave.
Silent auction of Sonia Centenno-Dainty’s original painting

*ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS PURCHASE OF FOOD ITEMS!

# # #

About The Alamo Farm Workers Community Center
The Alamo – Farm Workers Community Center on 890 Pulaski Highway, Goshen, NY, serves about 2,000 people a year. It provides a place to gather, for recreation, clothes, food, drug and alcohol prevention, English as a second language classes and an office where the State Department of Labor matches workers and the farmers who need them. It plays a vital role for many people and families working on the farms in this region, as well as for farm owners who use its services. The Alamo is also the site of a government funded medical and dental clinic which serves anyone, whether they are farm workers or not, taking payment on a sliding scale.

The image above was chosen by YOU from these three options. Thank you for participating in our poll, and supporting our cause!
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2 Responses to The Latest

  1. mel says:

    So far, we have 5 votes for the third one, 5 for the first, 2 for the middle. Check us out on Facebook to put in your vote! http://tinyurl.com/3r368cj

  2. mel says:

    The winner is the third one! Working on getting it to print now. If you’d like to support this project, there is one week left to do so. Thank you for all that you do.

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Points North

This collection was gathered for it’s lush colors and relaxed tones.

Please use the contact page to inquire about these photographs for your home or business. They are available in many sizes, using various media. Serene nature scenes beautify as well as inspire, and create a welcoming atmosphere in any setting.

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Artists Bios

Eileen MacAvery Kane
A Hudson Valley Native, Eileen MacAvery Kane is a photographer, graphic designer, and educator. Her work involves photography, digital collage, and prose. She is inspired by the people and places of the Hudson Valley. An aspiring Buddhist, she firmly believes sometimes not getting what you want is a stroke of luck. (Dalai Lama).

Tom Holmes
Tom Holmes is an artist, sculptor and musician living and working in the North Eastern Pennsylvania valley. “I am drawn to working in the elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water. I love the crisp colds of zero or below for icing in the winter. The summer brings outdoor work and construction, waterfalls and stone work. Spring and fall are transition times that tie the year together with welding, sand blasting and finishing.” Process is the essence of Tom’s art.

Leslie Hanes
Leslie Hanes is a fine art photographer and artist who draws inspiration from nature, dance, and artistic traditions such as still-life. She is grounded in traditional photography, drawing, and painting. Ms Hanes enjoys exploring deeper levels of meaning which are not easily put into words—memories, symmetry, order and chaos, color/contrasts, wonder, focus, quiet, and hidden aspects of the self. “A photo is not so much taken as revealed.”

Randall FitzGerald
Randall FitzGerald is a biologist, behavioral ecologist and environmental educator. He has pursued the fine art of photography for over 40 years, photographing a variety of subject matter. Most of his fine art images reflect the intimacy he enjoys with the natural world. Taking full advantage of the digital tools available today, Randall seeks to create images that transcend traditional visual media.

Michael Malandra
Michael Malandra is a freelance photographer based in Suffern, NY offering Fine Landscape, Adventure, Travel and Architectural Photography. He hopes viewing his work gives you the same emotional response he feels when creating it. He challenges you to go out and experience the wonders of nature for yourself, and believes you will find it is worth protecting and preserving!

Deb Holton-Smith
Deb works from her Warwick, NY studio. Initially a self-taught “Landscape” photographer, her mentorship under Nick Zungoli & work at The Exposures Gallery has broadened her professional digital scope. Deb’s natural eye for light and composition captures nature in its glory. Besides contributing to local Orange County publications, her photo cards and prints can be found throughout the Warwick Valley and her native state of Vermont.

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Greenwood Lake Mural Project

New York Times Article by Peter Applebome

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/nyregion/17towns.html?_r=1&

The Timeline

The building below once housed a bowling alley. Now it’s a wallpaper printing factory, providing a blank wall, so inviting, that even a performing artist like myself wanted to paint it. Last summer (April, 2010) I got a grant from Orange County Tourism to help make that vision a reality.

Kickstarter is a DIY funding site, and was a fantastic way to add funds to the grant. There, your project only gets funding if it reaches its goal within the time limit you set yourself. Scroll to the bottom to see a link to it. (It’s a great site to explore.) In the links section below, read the New York Times article on this project for a great synopsis.

Thank you soooo much for helping us reach our goal!

Greenwood Lake will now be home to a unique outdoor art installation featuring digitally printed, over-sized reproductions of paintings by local artists.

“Greenwood Lake Greetings” was dedicated to Trustee Agnes Kilduff’s tireless commitment to the Village of Greenwood Lake.

WHAT AN AMAZING TURNOUT DESPITE HORRIBLE WEATHER, FILLING THE PARKING LOT TO CAPACITY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT EVERYONE!

The first 3 panels were installed on February 6th, 2011

BEFORE:

AFTER (final panels added):

Final wall all 5 panels

THE ART

Gad Nusinov’s “Fall”

www.gadnusinov.com

Louis Delsarte’s “Greenwood Lake”

www.louisdelsarte.com

As of June 2nd, 2013 all four seasons have been added.  And “Winter” painted especially for the project by our very own MaryJo Ben-Nun is the jewel in this crown.  The way our lake looks in Winter, even with detailed renditions of MaryJo’s husband and daughter.  Greenwood Lake now has a new and very dynamic Mayor who is making the youth of this village his first priority.  He is very supportive of the project.  Who knows, maybe more art is in store ….

Sonia Centenno Dainty - Springtime in Greenwood Lake

Sonia Centenno Dainty – Springtime in Greenwood Lake

http://www.askart.com/askart/d/sonia_centeno_dainty/sonia_centeno_dainty.aspx

MaryJo Ben-Nun - Winter

MaryJo Ben-Nun – Winter

http://warwickartleague.com/2009/01/31/prints-and-paintings-by-mary-jo-mazella-at-the-works-of-art-gallery/

The following PDFs will provide details about each of the events and decisions made by the Village leading up to the final settlement of the case.

Village board meeting 09/20/10

Public Hearing Results in Moratorium on Creation and Display of Art 11/01/10

Press Release 02/17/11

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE BY PETER APPLEBOME

Public Hearing 03/21/11

PUBLIC HEARING ON ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Village Board Meeting 03/21/11

GREENWOOD LAKE PUBLIC ART INITIATIVE

FINAL PRESS RELEASE DETAILING CONDITIONS OF THE SETTLEMENT

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Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Melanie has worked with adolescents and teens for over 20 years.  In that time, she has written, devised, produced, choreographed, directed, stage managed, and taught countless productions with young people.  She has studied with the famed Herbert Berghof, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, preformed for young audiences around the US, interned with a youth theater company in Cork, Ireland, and spent the bulk of her career working with middle school students in New York City on both musical productions and self written performances.

Since the inception of the Greenwood Lake Mural Project, Melanie has branched out into numerous other disciplines and mediums of creative communication, including community organizing, production of public art, creative activism, arts advocacy, and other curatorial pursuits.

Mission Statement

To promote freedom of expression, independent thought, curiosity, critical thinking, responsibility, positive and collaborative problem solving, acceptance, tolerance, empathy, and creativity.

Responsibility stems from empathy. Interactions at the core of all collaborative creative endeavors engender empathy.

~Melanie Gold

 

 


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