Halloween Harbor

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Saturday, October 27th at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Performances, hauntings, tricks, and treats: experience it all at Halloween Harbor on October 27! We’ll have double the toil and trouble with activities all over campus from Art Lab, the Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum. We are grateful to NYS Assemblymember Matthew Titone for his generous support of this event. Tickets On Sale Now Tickets to Halloween Harbor are $8 per person in advance and $10 at the door. The event is free for children under 1 year. Tickets provide access to all Halloween Harbor activities, museums, and attractions during the event, and include access to all cultural sites and points of interest within the Snug Harbor campus. Members will be allowed free access to the institutions of which they are a member, but will need to purchase tickets and receive a wristband to participate in the Halloween Harbor activities. Tickets are available at halloweenharbor18.bpt.me. “We were so pleased with the overwhelming response to last year’s Halloween Harbor and are excited to bring the fun back this year,” said the executive directors of the partner organizations at Snug Harbor in a joint statement. “The event builds on our most recent campus-wide celebration, Big Picnic, held in June, and gives visitors a chance to enjoy many of the cultural institutions at Snug Harbor in a single day. This collaborative effort by the campus partners showcases the wide variety of visual and performing arts, family-friendly activities, historic buildings, and beautiful grounds that define Snug Harbor.” PUMPKIN PAINTING 11 AM – 5 PM or while supplies last, for families of all ages. Celebrate the harvest in this fun, creative activity. Get yourself a pumpkin and decorate it with paints and your imagination. HALLOWEEN FACE PAINTING 11 AM – 5 PM or while supplies last, for all ages. PHOTO BOOTH 11 AM – 5 PM, for individuals and groups of all ages. Get your photo taken in the depths of Shinbone Alley. The ambiance is just spooky enough to make this a Halloween to remember. Photos by Kris Johnson. PERFORMANCE and COSTUME CONTEST WITH THE FLESH JUNKIES 2:30 – 4 PM, for individuals and groups of all ages. Join us at the Shinbone Alley stage to hear the Flesh Junkies, Staten Island’s very own “Zombie Punk Cabaret.” Dare to participate in the Halloween Harbor costume contest as part of their set.

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Dutch Art Revival After 20 Years – Exhibition of Maritime Art

SnugHarborWhen – Sat, May 3, 12pm – 5pm
Where – Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, United States (map)
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is pleased to host Dutch Light Sails to New York a survey exhibition of maritime art by the Nederlandse Vereniging van Zeeschilders, a collective of contemporary Dutch artists. The new exhibition features oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, gouaches, etchings, aquarelles, collages and sculptures. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 5th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art on the Snug Harbor campus at 1000 Richmond Terrace in Staten Island.

SI SHARP Showcase is a Hit Again This Year!

via Michael J. Fressola/SILive.com

HARP artists Brighid Connors and Anna Souvorov strike a pose in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. (Courtesy Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden)

Relaunched for a little over a year now, the SHARP (Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program) series keeps topping itself.

This on-the-grounds working fellowship plants young artists on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden for six weeks, and then shows the public what they’ve grown during their stay.

What’s with all the horticultural imagery? Both of the current SHARP awardees are interested in living/growing things. It’s a smart choice for the Harbor, which has a two-acre working farm, a restored wetland, botanical garden and acres and acres of trees and lawn.

The place is alive.

But for painter Anna Souvorov, a recent Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts graduate, the Harbor really shines after sunset, by moonlight. Her representational approach is naturalistic but stylized and there’s a whiff of Rousseau in the graphic curves of her fronds and foliage.

A narrative, partly drawn from literature and partly from the life and time of local naturalist William T. Davis (1862-1945) underlies some of these elegant oil-on-linen paintings. The artist actually hired an actor to strike poses in the gardens after dark.

In a day-lit tribute, she reproduces a signature Davis moment from a famous photograph in which he is trying to net a butterfly. He was notoriously fond of them and cicadas (and was the source of the Staten Island museum’s huge cicada and insect collections.

In the painter’s revised version, a self-possessed rabbit is sitting quietly nearby, ignoring the proceedings.

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