between the lines…GCCA thanks the Community
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between the lines
a party to remember
between the lines, held on May 16, 2015 was a party to remember at the Catskill Mill on Main Street in Catskill, NY. The fantastically well-attended event was bustling with dance and art devotees from all over the Hudson Valley. The evening opened with appetizers donated by the Catskill Mill Food Truck, under the attention of Chef Letty Andrade, who provided delicious fare in artful arrangements. Drinks were served by Doubles II Dance Club. Guests mingled in the store front room of the Catskill Mill, enjoying the live auction artwork and the elegant simplicity of the human-scale mangrove lamps, which are produced by artisans at the Mill.
When GCCA reported the high number of advance ticket sales to Nancey Rosensweig, Member on the Board of Directors and who conceived and directed the event, she and the dancers decided to put on two performances in a row, rather than one single performance. The actual attendance (over 200 people) at the event far exceeded expectations and the dancers all agreed to put on THREE performances as it became clear that two would not allow everyone to enjoy their creation.
Guests took turns as audience members in the theatre watching the performance inspired byKiki Smith’s original sketches of bodies in motion. Large-scale prints of Smith’s sketches adorned the walls around the theatre. Dancers Jean Churchill, Peggy Gould, Sondra Loring, Judith Moss, Donald Mouton, Nancey Rosensweig, Maria Simpson and Todd Whitley alternated in sweeping articulated movements throughout the space, using a collection of air mattresses and futons as stages, hiding spots, and places to rest. Collaborators Michael Moss and Billy Stein performed live music from a corner of the room, punctuating the movement with sensuous and haunting notes. The performance ended in a building crescendo of music and motion as a central dancer called out numbers of positions as the dancers bent and twisted on the floor in unison to match her directives.
The Live Auction was introduced by the Village of Catskill President, Vincent Seeley, who lauded the collaboration between these local artists, dancers and businesses who came together to support a fellow organization that in turn will be able to help support the arts community. Village Trustee, Jim Chewens, led the GCCA Live Auction for the second year in a row, encouraging friendly bidding and playfully threatening the crowd with parking tickets. Several pieces went into bidding wars, helping to raise nearly $3,000 for GCCA. Artwork made available for bidding was generously donated by artistsSarah Barker, Dina Bursztyn, Julie Chase, Marieken Cochius, Tasha Depp, Enrique “Kico” Govantes, Iris Kaplan, Polly Law, Joan Blazis Levitt, Stanley Maltzman, Claudia McNulty, D. Jack Solomon, Marilee Souisie, Molly Stinchfield, Draga Šušanj, Rob van Erve, Pamela W. Wallace and Wendy Ide Williams.
The finale of the event featured a dance party spun by Catskill Mill’s own DJ SuperBoom, who led a dedicated group of dancers late into the night with retro 70s funk, and 80s & 90s beats.
Dancers Responding to AIDS, producers of The Hudson Valley Dance Festival, donated two tickets to the third annual Hudson Valley Dance Festival to be held on October 10, 2015 at Catskill Historic Point. GCCA Intern Valerie Ohm drew the name of between the lines attendee and lucky winner-Lisa Fox Martin!
Linen otebags featuring a reporduction of an original sketch by Kiki Smith and designed by Tasha Depp are still available for $20 and $4 shipping. Proceeds directly benefit the GCCA Visual Arts Program.
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The between the lines event, which brought in over $10,300 for the GCCA’s Visual Arts Programs, would not have been possible without the following businesses and individuals. GCCA is so grateful to each of them for their support, time and efforts:
Dancers Jean Churchill, Peggy Gould, Sondra Loring, Judith Moss, Donald Mouton, Nancey Rosensweig, Maria Simpson and Todd Whitley
Musicians Michael Moss and Billy Stein
Catskill Mill Food Truck: Chefs Juan Lopez & Letty Andrade.
Doubles II Dance Club’s Sam Aldi & Michael DeBenedictus
DJ Super Boom
Tasha Depp, Graphic Design
John Sowle & Steve Patterson from Bridge Street Theatre, Lighting
Joe Donahue & Sarah LaDuke, WAMC
Jillian Sutton, WGXC
Auctioneers Vincent Seeley and Jim Chewens
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and
Denise Roberts Hurlin, Sarah Cardillo and Chris Davis of Dancers Responding to AIDS, producers of The Hudson Valley Dance Festival
Dr. Richard Collens
Duke Dang & Charles Rosen
Robert Epstein & Amy Roth
John F. Shaughnessy III Leis
Dr. Lawrence Perl & Jennifer Houston
Larry & Nora Rosensweig
David & Linda Roth
Todd Whitley Consulting: Wired to the Cause
Creative Dance Studios, Coxsackie, NY
Empowered Body, Catskill, NY
Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts, E. Tagckanic NY
Jennifer Muller/The Works, New York, NY
Petite Productions, Catskill, NY
Saugerties Ballet Center, Saugerties, NY
The Athens Cultural Center’s Presque Ballet, Athens, NY
Individual and Business Partners
Susan Barton & Senay Goffin from Eileen Fisher
Matt Smallwood from Maybelle’s Restaurant
Dena Moran from Olde Hudson
John Sowle & Steven Patterson from Bridge Street Theatre
Ryan Scott from Pro-Printers
Dan Arshack, Anne Christman, Bryan Fox, Kristi Gibson,
Scott Langley, Valerie Ohm, Draga Šušanj, Doug Theis and the unending efforts and dedication of
Artists Who Donated Their Artwork to the Silent Auction
Sarah Barker, Dina Bursztyn, Julie Chase, Marieken Cochius, Tasha Depp, Enrique “Kico” Govantes, Iris Kaplan, Polly Law, Joan Blazis Levitt, Stanley Maltzman, Claudia McNulty, D. Jack Solomon, Marilee Souisie, Molly Stinchfield, Draga Šušanj, Rob van Erve, Pamela W. Wallace and Wendy Ide Williams.
Liz Kirkhus, Nancey Rosensweig, Laura Segall,
Molly Stinchfield, Sheila Trautman and Todd Whitley.
GCCA Board of Directors
David Slutzky, President; Bill Deane, Vice President; Paul Poplock, Treasurer; Larry Krajeski, Secretary;
Jeff Friedman, Kico Govantes, Liz Shaw Kirkhus, Nancey Rosensweig, Laura Segall, John Sowle,
Brenda Taylor and Sheila Trautman.
Kay Stamer, Executive Director; Sharon Hulett-Shepherd, Assistant to the Director, Membership and Arts Alive Editor; Molly Stinchfield, Visual Arts Director; Colette Lemmon, Director Community Arts Grants; Sara Pruiksma-Rizzo, Coordinator Community Arts & Arts Education Grants; Renee Nied, Coordinator Community Arts Grants for Schoharie; Patricia Britton, Bookkeeper; Donna Trunzo and Dale Loughran, Co-Directors Sprouts, Fawn Potash, Masters on Main Street Coordinator.