Friday, January 16, 2009

Jennifer Bartlett and Richard Rizzi

Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 2pm

The Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints
84 Ten Broeck Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401

A $5 donation is suggested.

For directions please visit R&F’s website at

Jennifer Bartlett was a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. Her first collection of poetry is Derivative of the Moving Image (University of New Mexico Press, 2007). She has poems forthcoming in New American Writing. Visit her blog, a winter of wordless birds, at

Richard Rizzi was born in the back of a pool hall, on December 31, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. After serving in the United States Army in occupied Germany, he returned to the U.S. in the 1950’s and settled in New York City where he began a life long pursuit of study and exploration of music, poetry, visual, and performance art. He has been the founder or co-founder of numerous poetry reading series, benefits for the arts and artistic groups, including the Hudson Valley Poetry Society and the poetry performance group Outist Living in America. Over the last 40 years, he has periodically combined this eclectic mix of art forms to create several public live performance pieces being realized in both theater and nature.

Since the 1960’s Rizzi has traveled extensively to study visual and poetic arts, including trips to Spain to study Garcia Lorca; to Switzerland to study Paul Klee; to Amsterdam for Van Gogh. Between travels Rizzi is a resident of New Paltz, NY where he spends much of his time fostering the work of younger artist in his community with the same enthusiasm, dedication and curiosity that he brings daily to his own work. For the past seven years he has traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Denmark, performing with Trio CHROCH, a word/sound experimental improvisational ensemble.

In the Gallery at R&F:

More Sense Data an exhibition of paintings by Stephen Niccholls, February 7th - March 21st, 2009.

The paintings of Stephen Niccolls diagram a series of actions – he begins by making a gesture or form, and then responds to it somehow, maybe even by canceling it out and creating a void. And then he responds to the void by contradicting it, echoing its’ form, or harmonizing with it. These voids thus develop into central themes as the artist maps out his personal process of interacting with the world through his work. The accretion of forms and qualities in Niccolls’ work is like a record of a long conversation. Reflecting on an intuitive understanding of the processes of life, including organization, metabolism, responsiveness, movements, and reproduction, this new body of paintings seeks to understand life in a non-linear way.

Stephen Niccolls was born in Texas in 1949, to a family of ranchers. He studied and practiced visual art early in life, but began formal training in the 1970's, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1997 he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Since that time he has exhibited his paintings in a variety of settings around the United States. He has taught art courses and lectured in Massachusetts, France, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York. Mr. Niccolls currently lives in Kingston, New York and teaches at Marist College in nearby Poughkeepsie. Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, New York represents him.


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