For immediate release Fri. Oct. 7, 2016    

Information: 845/331-2238  pat@courtneystrong.com

Ferrovia Studios To Co-Host Annual Celebration of Kingston’s Maker Community

 

Kingston, NY – Local arts businesses will gather Thursday, Dec. 8th for an expo of all things made in Kingston at a new studio space under development in Midtown, the city’s up-and-coming arts district.

The fourth annual Made In Kingston event will be co-sponsored by the City of Kingston, Kingston Midtown Arts District, Arts Mid Hudson, the Business Alliance of Kingston and TRANSART. The event continues the momentum that has been building since planning for a Midtown arts district began two years ago

The 4 to 8 pm event is open to the public. In addition to more than four dozen artists, the evening will feature food, beverages and musical entertainment. Attendees will set up their wares on the 1st floor of Ferrovia Studios, an artist-owned and occupied former warehouse with entrances both at 17 Railroad Avenue and 22 Thomas St

The 15,000 square foot building has had former lives as a coat factory, roller rink/bowling alley and an antique restoration business. Angela Rose Voulgarelis, a visual artist, will be managing Ferrovia Studios, and will be working with the architect Turu Illgen on renovations. The building will offer a select number of artists’ studios, exhibition space, a large ground floor space and two storefronts. A 75 kW solar installation acting as a canopy for parked cars on Railroad Avenue will provide electric power to the building

The Made In Kingston event will highlight the work that dozens of volunteers are doing to form a Midtown Arts District. In keeping with its roots, the event is taking place in a Midtown building that is very much a work in progress, as was the former Ulster Lighting Co., which had just been bought by Joseph Deegan and Bob Ryan when the first Made In Kingston was held there in 2013. That building is now the Finkelstein Partners law offices, 572 Broadway.

“We couldn’t be prouder to support such a homegrown event that continues to expand every year, showcasing the diverse offerings made in Kingston and by ‘Kingstonians’,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “The event has transformed office buildings and warehouses into pop up boutiques overflowing with locally made products sought after by visitors from throughout the region and beyond. Kingston’s economy is growing stronger every day and it is thanks to the unwavering commitment and investment in our community by our local business owners and entrepreneurs. I look forward to supporting each of them at this exciting event.”

“Over the last few years, we have come to realize just how great the resources are that we have here in Kingston,” said Richard Frumess, a co-founder of the Arts District. “Chief among them is the unique wealth of art manufacturing and crafts industry that is showcased by the annual Made in Kingston event. With our City officials, we are working hard to realize the creative potential the District represents for revitalizing the City.”

For further information, call 845/331-2238 or see www.madeinkingstonNY.com and www.facebook.com/MadeInKingston. A link for artists’ registration is here.