Claire Lambe- Eye of the Beholder: new exhibition at the Uptown Gallery

August 21 – September 29

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6,  5―8 pm

Claire Lambe is an Irish artist based in Woodstock; she is a graduate of Ireland’s premiere art school, the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She has exhibited her work locally, including at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, nationally and internationally, and was twice selected for Ireland’s National Portrait Exhibition.

The majority of Lambe’s subjects are local to the Hudson Valley – they aren’t luminaries although some faces may be familiar to local people. Among them are Woodstock artist and bicycle-repair man Michael Esposito, Woodstock Reggae-singer Phyllis Kelley, Kerhonkson ballad-singer and Pete Seeger collaborator Sarah Underhill, Olive-based Broadway actor/singer, Byron Utley, and Red Hook’s Peabody award-winning radio-documentary maker Trey Kay. The exhibition includes works from Lambe’s ongoing 12″ x 12″ project, a series concentrating on close-ups of heads. The works are in oil or acrylic and, in some cases, both. The portraits exhibit a vivid lifelikeness without being photorealistic. Lambe has developed a singular style that creates depth, shadow and brilliance as much through color as through line. Some viewers have remarked that they resembled people that they knew; others that they seemed like celebrities – a comment that the artist is perfectly happy with (although none of the subjects are ‘celebrities’ in the sense of being nationally well-known), since it does evoke the quality that she seeks to give to each of her sitters, that image of themselves that most imprints itself on the mind of someone looking at them. Lambe has an intense relationship with each of her sitters as sitters, and this shows in her work.

The Uptown Gallery, also the HQ of the Kingston Festival of the Arts, is located at 296 Wall St. Kingston, NY 12401. The gallery is open during Festival events and  by appointment Call Gloria Waslyn- curator 845 331 3261 or 917 697 6916

A Night in Rio! Next Culinary and Musical Salon. June 20th!

Friday,  June 20th, 7:30PM

The Uptown Gallery, 296 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401

This time the Village Garden shines a spotlight on the cuisine and culture of Rio de Janeiro. Guests are invited to dress up Mardi Gras style.

Tickets $40 online
or Tel: 845 3313261

Join us at the Uptown Gallery for our fifth monthly culinary and musical salon-a fun and fascinating integration of music, culture, art, cuisine and conversation.

Chef Ken Foo is our guest chef for the evening. Chef Foo is a green, organic chef who concentrates on healthy and macrobiotic cooking styles. He is the former owner of the Waterfall cafe in NYC.

Chef Foo is an Ikebana expert and would like to invite everyone to a free Ikebana class at the Uptown Gallery on June 19th at 3PM. Arrangements will be centerpieces at the Rio dinner and sold with proceeds going to Opera Theater of Kingston.

International opera singer, Kerry Henderson will be joined by Uptown Gallery pianist Peter Cody, young songstress Rosa Henderson, International singer Elaine Raichlin, soprano Samantha Christina Fusco and friends for the musical part of the evening. Other performers to be announced. This is also a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the current exhibition at the gallery which feautures the work of artists Douglas James Maguire, Eugene Gregan, Roberta Sickler and Sean Bowen.


The menu for this carnival- inspired feast will be added to until the time of the dinner.

1. On Table: Five types of Exotic Mushrooms

2. Brazilian Plantain and Spicy Dip

3. Kingston Farmers Market Salad

4. Cool Brazilian Chicken Breast in Special Wine Sauce

5. Portuguese Fish and Seafood Stew with Smoke Salmon, White Fish, Shrimp, Scallops and Lobster

6. Fresh Fruit

Chef Foo will provide a healthy mushroom tea supplied by Mushroom Kings of Kingston.

Fundraiser for Opera Theater of Kingston.

April in Paris Culinary Salon coming April 18th!

April 18th, 7pm
The Uptown Gallery
296 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Tickets: $35 online click here or  call 845 331 3261

Spring has finally sprung and there’s no place in the world like April in Paris!

Next best thing- join us at Kingston’s most artful new event space for a taste of French cuisine, opera and song!


Our Village Garden monthly culinary salons are a winning combination of fine dining, music, art and conversation- book early to avoid disappointment. Menu tba soon. Please choose vegetarian option when booking.

This month chanteuse Elaine Rachlin performs Jaques Brel and baritone Kerry Henderson is joined by friends (tba) in famous arias, songs and duets from and about France. Gallery pianist Peter Cody plays the gallery’s 100 year old Knabe grande.

Our Parisian banquet is courtesy of Chefs Curt Robair and Wendy Grossman.

Bon Appetit!

Fundraiser for Opera Theater of Kingston.

Next Village Garden culinary salon, Aloha Dreams-A Voyage to the South Pacific!



March 21, Friday,   7pm @ The Uptown Gallery, 296 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Tickets: $35 click here or call 845 331 3261

Leave the winter blues behind and immerse yourself in the aromas and flavors of the South Pacific! Journey with us to the happy isles of Oceania and savor tropical cuisine, cocktails and music as they join together with vibrant art and sparkling conversation.

Chefs Curt Robair and Wendy Grossman return to the Village Garden culinary salon bringing you an island feast created with the freshest organic vegetables, tropical fruits and meats. Vegetarian options available- (please select at checkout). Wine and tropical cocktails  available! Menu to be announced soon.

Operatic baritone and Opera Theater of Kingston founder Kerry Henderson  performs highlights from “South Pacific” and other sun filled music of the tropics together with Uptown gallery pianist Peter Cody and friends.

If you’re brave,  wear your best Hawaiian shirt, Hula skirt or South Pacific inspired outfit .  Prizes for the best dressed on the “cruise”!

New Zealand themed culinary salon, Friday 21st Feb. 7pm


David Temple- classical guitar

The Uptown Gallery is becoming quite the multi arts space in Kingston. Our Village Garden salons are the latest addition to the fascinating array of events we’re putting on. This coming Friday is exciting- if you’ve never been to New Zealand and only have some vague idea of New Zealand culture gleaned through “Lord of the Rings” this is an opportunity to get to know a little more about real New Zealand cuisine and culture. Douglas Lilburn is one of New Zealand’s most famous composers and his setting of Dennis Glover’s poems “Sings Harry” are hauntingly beautiful- evoking the New Zealand landscape, a sense of sparseness, loneliness and isolation that could only come through living in a country surrounded by seas on the edge of the world-also a profound connection with nature and its relationship, often at odds, with the stresses of the man made world , so perfectly expressed by Harry, a rugged, individualistic old time New Zealander. I will be singing these songs accompanied by David Temple on guitar- in a new transposition with permission of the Lilburn Trust.

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Weekly Salsa Lesson and Latin Dance Party with Carlos

Every Saturday at the Uptown Gallery at 8pm!

$12 per person
Wine available.

Bring out your Latin spirit!salsa saturdays

Join Carlos Osorio, Founder of the Cumbia Spirit School of Dance for a fun, all levels salsa class and then dance the night away at Kingston’s most artful new event space .

Carlos studied with Dorian Uribe, the artistic director of Estampas Latinoamericanas dance company in the 1980′s. After his arrival in New York, Carlos continued studying Afro-Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Ballroom and other Latin dances in NYC and the Albany area.

Carlos creates Cumbia choreographies for the Albany based group ‘Ritmos Colombianos’ and has performed solos, duets with Elena Mosley’s Kuumba Dance and Drum Company at several venues.

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