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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

New Artist Residency Program at Manitoga

Jul 02, 2014 01:57PM

House exterior at Manitoga

A new program at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY, invites artists to celebrate the site and embrace designer Russel Wright’s legacy of creative experimentation. Visual and sound artists, composers and choreographers will explore the intersection of art, innovation, and nature through a work inspired by Manitoga and a culminating public event on the grounds.

 “We’re thrilled to launch the program this year with the works of artist Melissa McGill and composer Ben Neill, each exploring the element of sound,” says Board President David McAlpin. “In 2015, Manitoga will host Stephen Talasnik, a structural artist who engages the natural environment.”

Organizers say the artist residency program is in keeping with Manitoga’s legacy as a former industrial site, transformed into a place of beauty by Wright’s vision and efforts. Early years there featured performances by Pete Seeger and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and the work of avant-garde choreographer Simone Forti.

Located approximately one hour north of New York City, Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center offers public tours, programs and events. Four miles of woodland paths are open to the public year-round.

For more information visit RusselWrightCenter.org, call 845.424.3812 or email [email protected]