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Hudson Valley Future Summit

Art & Business

ODD COUPLES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

We have no shortage of creative types in the Hudson Valley. From painters to sculptors to potters to writers, everyone is an artist; and many are also business people. How can these two great endeavors be further integrated to make the Valley not only a creative hub, but a growth hub as well?

Melanie Cronin, Gallerist, Ryan Cronin Galleries

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

The Hudson Valley is the perfect spot to raise our family, while building our business. The New Paltz area in particular has a great school system, an engaged community, and offers an easy bus ride to New York. We love living in a community that is anchored with a University and has a strong tourist industry. The Hudson Valley is just close enough, and just far enough from New York City to be able to enjoy both worlds.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I own an art gallery in New Paltz with my husband, Ryan Cronin, where we focus exclusively on his work. We carry a line of brand driven products, while showcasing his original paintings and drawings in a salon style setting through our partnership with Atomic Modern, a Mid-Century Modern furniture dealer. We strive to blur the lines of the traditional art gallery by creating a space that feels welcoming and refreshing.

 

Ann Kalmbach ’72, Executive Director Co-Founder, Women’s Studio Workshop

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

After leaving New Paltz to attend Rochester Institute of Technology for graduate school I began to understand the value of this community. Returning to build an arts organization was part serendipity and part knowing that my skill set was needed to compliment what was available to artists in this community. The print department at SUNY in the 1970s was underdeveloped  -- nominal equipment managed by a dispirited faculty. I also realized, in short order, that the one thing about this community, its only truly distinguishing characteristic, is the richness and diversity of the artists living and working in the Hudson Valley.  I and three other women came here to be part of that '70s alternative idealistic community which allowed groups of people, like the founders of Women's Studio Workshop, to build the organization we have today.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I believe that the arts, all of the arts, are essential to creating a diverse and thoughtful community. I've traveled extensively, worked on State Arts Council  and national review panels and conferences, and participated in residencies around the world. I've guided WSW from a grass roots organization to become a leading,  internationally recognized institution that  'encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provides professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promotes programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.' We envision a society where women's visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history.  

 

Garry Kvistad, Owner, Woodstock Chimes

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

1) The incredible environment. 2) The artistic community. 3) Access to New York City.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

GARRY KVISTAD, founder and CEO of Woodstock Chimes®, has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians since 1979 and is one of eighteen to win a Grammy award for the recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.  He has been a member of the acclaimed NEXUS percussion group since 2002.  He has performed with both groups as soloists with preeminent orchestras throughout the world. Garry earned his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory and MM from Northern Illinois University. Formerly on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory and is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory. Garry and his wife Diane help support local arts and humanitarian causes through their charitable organization, the Woodstock Chimes Fund.

 

Alex Peh, Assistant Professor of Music, SUNY New Paltz

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I am a professor in the music department at SUNY New Paltz. I chose to work in the Hudson Valley because of the very special community that live and work here. My students continually inspire me with their creativity, artistry, and open-minded attitudes. There is a special energy here that inspires me in my music-making. 

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Dr. Alex Peh is a pianist and assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz who regularly performs throughout North America and Europe. A passionate lecturer and teacher, Dr. Peh draws on his richly diverse musical experience to inspire and educate future audiences of classical music. Peh has performed in the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals. He collaborated with toy-pianist and composer Phyllis Chen to premiere Columba for solo piano, commissioned by Harvard University’s FROMM foundation. He performed Columba at the Banff Centre for the Arts where he worked with acclaimed choreographer Jonathan Heginbotham to include excerpts in his newest ballet.  

 

Katherine Wilson, Assistant Director, Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I was drawn to the Hudson Valley for its long standing history of Arts and Crafts, and for its more recent digital and technological developments.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I received my MFA in metal at SUNY New Paltz in 2014 before I began working in my current position as the Assistant Director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center. I work with the Director of the Maker bot Innovation center, as well as the Director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing center to maintain the printers, over see interns ,  and work with business owners and community members to design and develop their concepts for anything from a prototype to an end use part.