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Dorsky showcases regional, aboriginal & photo works

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (SDMA) has embarked on a summer filled with events related to current and upcoming exhibits devoted to local artists, photography and aboriginal art.

Brian Wallace, SDMA curator, said, "There is a lot to explore at the museum this summer from Australia to the Hudson Valley." There are guided tours at the museum for those looking to gain a deeper understanding of the work in "Noongar Boodja: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Ecology and Culture," which opened on July 11, added Wallace.

Tours related to the exhibit, which was curated by Alice Wexler (Art Education), are scheduled to take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on the following Sundays: July 20, 27 and August 3, 10.

In addition, a series of gallery talks related to "Hudson Valley Artists 2008: The Medium is the Message" will take place on Thursdays in July: Tatana Kellner, Christopher Haun and Laura Moriarty on July 17; Kathleen Anderson, David Bush and Robert The on July 24; and Iain Machell, Deborah Davidovits and Allen Bryan on July 31. Wallace said the talks will provide museum visitors with a look at how artists choose which medium to use to represent their visions.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., Wallace will be joined by Ariel Shanberg, executive director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, for a special conversation about the exhibit they organized, "All Hot and Bothered: Photographs from the Center for Photography at Woodstock," which opened on June 27.

Also taking place this summer will be a reception for "All Hot and Bothered" and "Noongar Boodja" from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Artists from "Noongar Boodja" will give a discussion on their works from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 18.

Other exhibits currently open are "Reading Objects 2008" through Sept. 28 and "Defining Art: Recent Acquisitions 2005-2007" through Dec. 14.

All exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.newpaltz.edu/museum.

"This is a beautiful way to celebrate a great guy," said Kirschner.