Monday, March 19, 2007

Richard Rizzi and Maureen Thorson

April 14, 2007 at 2pm
The Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints
84 Ten Broeck Avenue
Kingston, NY

A $5 donation is suggested.

For directions please visit R&F’s website at

Richard Rizzi was born on New Year's Eve 1936, in the backroom of a pool hall in Brooklyn, NY to an unwed factory worker,Vera, and the gangster Duke Rizzi. After serving in the United States Army in Occupied Germany he returned to the US to pursue his career in Jazz as a tenor and alto saxophone player. From 1947 to the present he studied the arts and literature and wrote poetry. He also studied Zen Shiatsu with the late Master, Masanaga and Master Yuho. He has traveled the world extensively in pursuit of artistic knowledge. In addition to writing poetry, Richard has spent the last 30 years as a Performance and Multi Media Artist. He currently lives in New Paltz, New York.

See his work at:

Maureen Thorson is the author of two chapbooks: Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling Presse) and Mayport (Poetry Society of America). She lives in Washington, D.C., where she practices law and runs the tiniest press in the world, Big Game Books. Visit her press ( and blog (

Check out Maureen's work at:

In the Gallery at R&F beginning April 7, 2007:

What is it that drives artists to persist in rendering the world around them in paint, despite the rise of photography, which is a more accurate, and far easier way to record exterior reality? The exhibition Get Real brings together a group of artists who are enamored with landscape, still life and figure study, but who also impart something new into the standard formulas instead of just recalling a heroic past. By doing this, they're creating uniquely contemporary works that broaden the conversation around representational art. Featuring: Lea Bozman (Rosendale, NY), Matt Duffin (Nevada City, CA), Kevin Frank (New York, NY), Tom Sarrantonio (Rosendale, NY), Wayne Montecalvo (Rosendale, NY), and Margaret Crenson (Pleasant Valley, NY).


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