GWL Greetings Exhibit – Updates


Contact: Melanie Gold
Project Director


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.

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!

Project Director


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.

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


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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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