What's Porn...What's Not?


This Wednesday, August 5th, at 7pm, local resident Constance Slater hosts a wide-ranging discussion exploring the differences between pornography and erotica. It's the first in our mid-summer "Talks at the House" series, running every Wednesday through August.

Slater's 1997 book “Kaleidoscope: Sex, Healing and S&M” set a new standard for understanding the psychology of sexual practices. She recently presented a highly successful one-day-only (and adults-only) exhibition at The House of her extensive personal erotica collection.

A question-and-answer session follows. Although the event is free, contributions are welcome. For more information, call Constance Slater at (845) 436-6309.

“Expressions...” Exhibit Opens Friday


A new exhibit, by two women whose lives overflow with rich and rewarding experience, opens this Friday, July 31st. Photographer Beth Green joins painter Lynn Kaplan to show works, both bold and muted, that represent key events in their multi-faceted careers. It's titled "Expressions of the Moment."

“Our photos and canvasses capture the moments that have touched our spirits,” says Green, who at MIT interned in art photography under Ansel A...dams and Minor White. “This work presents our highs and lows, and all the emotional shades of life in between.”

Green was both a United Press International staffer, and a Newsweek photo editor. She went on to photograph Queen Elizabeth, Pope John Paul II, various U.S. presidents, and countless sports events. Today, her images are “quiet and more peaceful,” she says, with a focus on architecture and corporate work.

Painter Lynn Kaplan’s mother was a Catskills “Borscht Belt” regular, their house always filled with music. Her painting lessons began at the age of nine; her summers were spent at Northeast art camps. With degrees in literature and education, she moved to Pratt for her Masters, specializing in interior design.

Their exhibit opens with a 7-10 pm wine-and-cheese reception Friday, and a second 1-4 pm reception the very next day. Thereafter, visitors can call (917) 499-9700 to view the show throughout August by appointment. Find full details on our "Events" page.

Artistic Egg Hatching on Saturday


Mary (left) and Melinda

A huge artistic egg hatches on Saturday evening, July 18th, at the Hasbrouck Old Stone House.

That’s when Melinda Wallach and her mother, Mary, open their extraordinary exhibition of “biomorph” life-forms. Some of these truly strange sculptural creatures resemble oversized organisms that might have hatched instead beneath the deepest ocean -- or inside the darkest dream -- while others look friendly, welcoming, even all-warm-and-fuzzy.

The doors to the art show and a gala reception will be open from 6-9:30 pm, and the exhibition -- titled Incubation. Creation. Community. -- will continue 12-4 pm the very next day, plus the following Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment on weekdays till the end of July.

The two artists gave birth to their biomorphs using everyday objects and supplies, including items discarded as trash, or on the way to the dump. One relative enjoys dismantling machines, and passes along interesting pieces. Bubble wrap, thrift-shop clothing, scraps of fabric, and odds and ends from yard sales, all find places in this unusual new family’s DNA.

A real deep-sea creature (left) and a biomorph.
“Our show celebrates creation itself,” says Melinda Wallach. “It stems from the Big Bang of biomorphs and, once their little universe expanded, shows them experiencing daily existence just like us, with all its assorted joys and sorrows, conflicts and resolutions.”

And the show garnered lovely front-page coverage in the Tri-Valley Townsman, true testimony to its unusual character. Be sure to put this memorable event on  your own calendar!