Sunday, January 10, 2010


New show in the BCW gallery:

Ne : Neon
Contemporary Paintings - Prints - Ceramics by Local Hudson Valley Artists

Lauren Aitken
Margaret Clapp
Tim Keenan
Kate Kosek
Jason Linguanti
Maria Taylor

Opening is Saturday January 16th 2010 6-9pm.

This exhibition is on view until February 14th 2010. Gallery is open during open studio hours listed on blog.

Please call BCW if you have any questions: 845-471-0407

Painting : Tim Keenan

Painting Detail : Margaret Clapp

Print: Jason Linguanti

Wednesday, December 30, 2009



Monday 3:30-5:30pm Mana Watsky
Tuesday 4:00-10:00 pm Lauren Aitken/Kelly Esposito
Wednesday 2:00-5:00 pm Carol Ditulli
Thursday 3:00-8:00 pm Kari Temming / Renee Ortiz
Friday 1:00-4:00 pm Marilyn Fino
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm Kirsten Olson
Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm Kirsten MacDonald



Monday, October 12, 2009

In The Gallery: The Story of Dr. Lupenheimen M.D., D.D.S. and his patient Barbara

     On view October 17- November 14th
OCT 17th 5-7 pm

 Please join us for an opening reception and guided tours by Emily Ward Bivens, CRp, Mid North East regional representative of the Dr. R.F.L. Foundation on Saturday October 17th 5-7 pm.
 The exhibition explores the life and work of Dr. Lupenheimen and offers insight into his intriguing combination of dentistry and psychiatry. This exhibit has been made possible with the generosity of the Dr. R. F. L. Foundation. Garnered from two treasure troves of evidence found 2562.99 miles apart, this exhibition offers reconstructed dialog between the doctor and his long-time patient, Barbara, artifacts from the doctor’s office, and artifacts from Barbara’s hidden closet donkey alter.  A reconstruction of the donkey that Barbara created in her hidden closet donkey alter will be erected on-site.   

Contributions to the Dr. R.F.L. Foundation capital campaign will help fund a permanent location for the exhibition and the publishing of Dr. Lupenheimen’s romance novel based on the dreams Barbra discusses in her postal correspondence therapy sessions.  

For more information on the foundation please visit our website.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Open Studio Sessions of Mondays have been canceled until further notice.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In The Gallery: Madeleine Segall Marx

Portraits of People and Others
By Madeleine Segall Marx

September 19-October 10th

Saturday September 19th

Our Very Own Madeleine Segall Marx will be exhibiting her bronze and terra cotta figurative sculpture at the BCW Gallery.
Maddy Segall Marx’s figurative sculptures have won critical acclaim with over 40 national sculpture awards that include 10 Medals of Honor and first place awards. Locally she has been the recipient of the Dutchess County Executive Award to an individual artist.

Working in her SoHo, Hyde Park and Pietrasanta, Italy studios Maddy is in the 7th year of a grant-winning award project on the concept of “enemies” and yet finds the time to teach classes on figurative sculpture.

In October and November the Barrett Clay Works offers a Figurative Sculpture class with Maddy ( former students RAVE about her classes).
Visit for more information and call The Barrett Art Center to register (845) 471-2550.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Barrett's Bowling Night Part 2

Come and join the party at Barrett’s Bowling Night Part 2!

Bring a snack, bring a friend, bring a date, or come solo, as long as you’re ready to make, glaze, trim bowls, or be a muse we’ll be happy to see you.

When: Thursday, August 13th
Where: Barrett Clay Works 485 Main Street POK
Who: You!

Be there or be…
See you soon!!!!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Currently in the Clay Works Gallery

Curated by Jeep Johnson, this exhibition is in conjunction with the Poughkeepsie Stained Glass Window Tour July 31 and August 2, 12-4pm. The tour is one of the events to celebrate The City of Poughkeepsie Hudson ,Fulton, Champlain Quadricentennial this year. Other events including the Upper Landing Dedication, 77 N. Water Street, 12 noon, July 31 can be found at:
Stained glass tour maps will be available at the Upper Landing Friday July 31 and on Sunday August 2, 12-4 pm.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bowling for Barrett

Come join us for our very first Bowling Night at the Barrett Clay Works on June 23rd (THIS TUESDAY!!!) from 5pm to 9pm and help us make fabulous bowls for Barrett Art Centers annual Chili Bowl Dinner.
No experience necessary!!! Just wear clay clothes, bowling shoes, and a party hat and you’ll be good to bowl. Oh, snacks are good too!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Meet the Artists in Residence:

The Summer Artist Residency program at Barrett Clay Works is designed to provide emerging artists with the opportunity to further develop their work by providing them with a studio space and free firings. The resident will also gain the valuable teaching experience and will be an essential part of the BCW community, contributing their technical knowledge and expertise.

Lauren Aitken

Lauren Aitken is a contemporary ceramic artist. She was born and raised in Accord, in Upstate New York and earned her B.F.A. in Ceramics this spring and is finishing up her B.S. in Art Education this Fall from The State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work ranges from functional pottery, to tiles, and installation art.
Her recent work has examined the wheel as a tool in the creation of her stacked sculptural forms. Outside influences of architecture and color aid to create distinctive lines and patterns that give an illusion of “the object within the object.” Taking photographs of her surroundings while she travels, she uses these documents as reference in understanding form and pattern. In her work she creates a dialogue or story between her objects, a story that has to do with the dialectic of connection and disconnection and the presence and absence in relationships.
Her work has been included in exhibitions that include Domestic Architectonics Thesis Exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Really Raw and Notkin Inch exhibitions at the East End Gallery in New Paltz, NY, Permission (taken for) Granted at NoSpace Gallery in Rosendale New York, and the Whats Good With Wood exhibition in the Smiley Student Art Gallery.

Kirsten Olson

Kirsten Olson was born in 1982 and grew up in Newburgh, New York. She was raised in a historical home surrounded by antiquities. The home had a stream that ran along the boarder of the property where Kirsten spent much of her youth playing.
Kirsten always had a strong interest in art, her passion for ceramics started when she entered the three-year ceramics program offered at her high school, Newburgh Free Academy.
A strong interest in ceramics lead her to attend Alfred University’s New York State School of Ceramics for her undergraduate studies. While at Alfred Kirsten studied mainly ceramics but also explored metalsmithing, stonework, and neon and glass art. During the summer of her junior year Kirsten did an internship in Jonathan Kaplan’s Ceramic Design Group.
Currently she is teaching art in Wappingers Central School District and finishing up a Masters in Studio Art from SUNY New Paltz. Kirsten has been developing a body of interactive ceramic work that floats in water.
Recently Kirsten work has been in group shows at G.A.S. Visual Arts and Performing Space and Barrett Clay Works.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kids Clay Camp at Barrett

Kids Camps run from Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 11:30 am. The $150 camp tuition includes clay, glaze, and covers the firing fee.
Teens Wheel Camp: Learn how to make your very own mug from scratch! Wedge, through, trim, pull, attach, and glaze. (ages 11-15)
-Session 1: June 15th-19th
-Session 2: July 20th-24th

Creative Clay Camp: Express yourself in clay. Learn how to coil, pinch, and slab build in our creative environment at the Barrett Clay Works. (ages 6-12)
-Session 1: June 22nd to 26th
-Session2: July 13th to 17th

For more information and to register please call the Barrett Clay Works at 845.471.0407.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Studio Spaces Available for Rent!!!

Come join our inspiring artist community!!!

We Have 2 Private Studios available for rent, both are 150 square feet, on the 3rd floor, big windows, beautiful natural light, $300 a month + $15 for utilities (includes wifi).

In our community clay studio on the 2nd floor we have semiprivate spaces ,80 square feet at $150 + $10 for utilities, and shelf spaces $ 70 + 5 for utilities, available.

We have an office space, 150 square feet for $325 + $15 utilities on the 2nd floor.

*Month to month lease, no long term commitment necessary.

Call us at 845.471.2550 for more info or to schedule a time to look at the spaces.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Monday 3:30-5:30pm Mana Watsky
Tuesday 4-10 pm Lauren Aitken/Kelly Esposito
Wednesday 6:30-9 pm Deborah Papperman
Thursday 3-6 pm Kari Temming
Friday 1-4 pm Marilyn Fino
Saturday 10-1pm Kirsten Olson
Sunday 1-4 pm Kirsten MacDonald

Sunday, May 17, 2009



Created by the members of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project for their annual Soup-A-Bowl fundraiser in August.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Barrett Clay Works Open Studio Sessions

Open Studio Sessions at BCW is a time when individuals, students and kids are able to utilize the studio independently. There is no formal instruction during this time. Studio Monitors are available to answer questions, sell clay, collect firing fees, and give some technical guidance if needed.

Adult Pricing: per session

Students currently enrolled in a class at BCW FREE
Members of BCW and BAC $18
Non Members $20
10 Session Card for Members $150
10 Session Card for Non-Members $170

Children’s Pricing: per session (age 5-15)

Children currently enrolled in a class at BCW FREE
Per Child $8
3rd Child & 4th Child FREE
Children under 5 years old are FREE.
*All Children must be accompanied by an adult, 4 Kids maximum per adult.

Monday 3:30-5:30pm Mana Watsky
Tuesday 4-10 pm Lauren Aitken/Kelly Esposito
Wednesday 6:30-9 pm Deborah Papperman
Thursday 3-8:30 pm Kari Temming/Rene Ortiz
Friday 1-4 pm Marilyn Fino
Saturday 10-1pm Kirsten Olson
Sunday 1-4 pm Kirsten MacDonald

Please note: This schedule is subject to change. Please call the BCW at 845.471.0407 to confirm the time prior to coming in. Any changes and cancellations in the schedule will be recorded on our answering machine or posted on at least 24 hours prior to a listed session.

Open Studio Policies:


BCW does not supply clay for open studio participants. Clay may be purchased at $10 per 22lbs bag. Please do not bring clay you purchased elsewhere to our studio without prior permission from the studio manager.

BCW has community tools available for your use during open studio. If you prefer using your own tools BCW has tool kits available for sale at $15 per kit.

During open studio participants have access to wheels, work tables, wedging boars, glaze room, slab roller, and communal tools. All participants are responsible for cleaning all tools they used and all areas they worked in. Our motto is: “Leave it cleaner than you found it! “

BCW provides shelf space for open studio participants. Work and clay left on shelves unattended for more than 2 months will get disposed of, recycled, or claimed by BCW.

BCW is a community studio. Please be mindful of others around you. The studio space and communal tools are for all to share.

Music: You may listen to music during open studio as long as other participants are OK with it. Please be sure to ask all others present if they mind.

Have fun!!!!