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Art Beat

TEN YEARS AFTER: This Wednesday, April 7, the College of Saint Rose is hosting an International Day of Reflection on the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. From April to June 1994, between 800,000 and 1 million (mostly) ethnic Tutsis were murdered by the ruling Hutu nationalists. The idea for the event came from Eugenie Mukeshimana, Saint Rose student and genocide survivor, as she thought about the upcoming anniversary and reflected on her life: “I was trying to figure out what I did in the last 10 years, if I should even do this.” Mukeshimana decided, however, that a memorial was necessary, adding “I’m only doing this so people could learn from it.” It will be an all-day event. From 9 AM to 2 PM there will be (according to the schedule) “ongoing, informal” presentations by Mukeshimana and artist Catherine Wagner Minnery, who will be exhibiting her work from a 2002 visit to Rwanda. At 3 PM, Saint Rose professor Vanetta Palecanda will read survival narratives, and Mukeshimana will speak of her personal experience of the genocide. There will be a memorial Mass at 4:30 PM, followed by a reception at 5 PM. Finally, at 6 PM, the day will conclude with the screening of a PBS Frontline documentary. All events will take place in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary (College of Saint Rose, 959 Madison Ave., Albany). For more information, call 454-5250.

Painted Walls L.A. at the C + CC.

CITY VIEW, STRAIGHT UP: The Chapel + Cultural Center, the multipurpose church-and-arts-venue on the RPI campus, hosts an exhibit of urban photography beginning today (Thursday, April 1). Curated by Metroland contributing photographer David Brickman, Urban Visions: Photographs of City Life is, according to Brickman’s curatorial statement, “a representative sample . . . of contemporary trends in unmanipulated (straight) photography of cities.” That means no chemical or digital manipulation—what you see is what the photographer shot. The featured photographers are Ron Force, Kersten Lorcher, Curt Miller, Jeffrey Milstein, Ben Palmeri and George W. Simmons; pictured is Milstein’s Painted Walls L.A. The Chapel + Cultural Center is at 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, and the exhibit runs through April 30. There will be an opening reception tomorrow (Friday, April 2) at 7 PM. For more information, check out their Web site at www.rpi.edu/web/C+CC/ ccc/ccc.html, or call 274-7793.

YOUNG ARTISTS, ACCLAIMED: On Saturday, March 27, the Sheffield Art League announced the winners of the annual High School Art Scholarship. Out of 17 contestants from all over Berkshire and neighboring counties—who submitted a total of 64 pieces of art—there were three winners and four honorable mentions. Pei-Jung Karen Hsieh (of the Berkshire School) won first prize, $1,200, for “extraordinary” paintings and sculptures; Ms. Hsieh is now fielding offers from a number of top design schools. Second prize (a not-too-shabby $800) went to Skidmore-bound Kylie Paul of Chatham High School for her work in oil, pastel, mixed media and watercolor. The judges praised her work for showing a “great variety of technique and originality.” Ms. Paul has done time in this office as a Metroland intern, earning acclaim for her perfection in preparing the movie schedule. (We only hope she doesn’t forget that while art is certainly a fine avocation; data-entry is a marketable skill.) We’re all delighted to learn that she has inherited the family’s artistic bent—her father, Trevor Paul, is an award-winning illustrator and production artist here at Metroland. Anyway, back to the deserving winners: Lauren Newey of Monument Mountain High School won third place, and the honorable mentions went to Kate Ritter, Lily Thorne, Jonathan Candee and Danielle Lessnau. Information about the Sheffield Art League can be found at: www.sheffieldartleague.org.

ATTENTION AGING HIPPIES: The folks at the New York State Museum wants to borrow your high-quality Woodstock junk. They’re getting ready for the upcoming exhibition Spirit of the Woodstock Generation: The Photographs of Elliott Landy. Elliott Landy was one of the festival’s two official lensmen, and the exhibit of his work is going to run from June 19 through Sept. 6, dovetailing with the festival’s 35th anniversary. The plan is to complement the photographs with actual artifacts of the three days of peace and love: rock & roll memorabilia, ticket stubs, posters, programs, Polaroids, jewelry and clothing (with or without authentic 35-year-old mud). They’re not interested in everything Woodstock-related—certainly not any grown-up children conceived on Yasgur’s farm—but if your stuff is choice, contact the museum at nysmweb@mail.nysed.gov by May 1.

—Shawn Stone

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