Dear Friends,

A new season at the Crawford House is upon us! We are looking forward to re-opening for 2024 with an Open House scheduled for Sunday, April 7 from 1-4 pm

We have an exciting opening day planned! Our day begins at 1 pm with a concert in our parlors with Anastasia Solberg (viola) and Marcia Gates (flute) performing selections of early nineteenth-century classical and romantic compositions. 

April 7 will also mark the opening of our new 2024 exhibit in the Stone Floor Gallery, on display from 1-4 pm. This exhibit, entitled "From Farm to Ferry: The Newburgh Art of Charles Keller, 1951-1961" features the work of the late artist and activist Charles Keller who made Newburgh home in the mid-twentieth century and sketched and painted different scenes around his home at the Danskammer Farm in Roseton. The exhibit showcases works recently donated to HSNBH by the Keller family, as well as additional pieces specially selected for this show. 

Our Gift Shop will also be open and features a brand new range of spring-themed gifts and wares from local artisans and vendors. Be sure to stop in and see what is new.

Come and enjoy an engaging afternoon of history, art and music at the Crawford House at 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh! Light refreshments will also be provided.

This event is free and open to the general public. 

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands

Anastasia Solberg, violist, completed her graduate studies in performance at the Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin and was founder and director of mixed chamber ensembles including “Ensemble Solange” and “The Ellenville Chamber Players”; She was also a part of “VIOLent PERseCution”, a duo with Christopher Earley (percussion), and was the violist for the American Festival of Microtonal Music for over 20 years. Currently she performs in "Duo Solitude" with violinist David Fiedler. Anastasia is an active chamber musician and has many solo/chamber world premiers and commissions to her credit. She is also the founder/director of the Music Institute of Sullivan and Ulster Counties (MISU) in Ellenville, and the director of “Music on Market”, a concert series based at St Johns Episcopal Church, Ellenville. She is an Adjunct Professor of Music at SUNY Ulster and teaches at Northern Academy of the Arts in Middletown New York.

Marcia Gates, principal flutist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, studied music at Eastman and Ithaca College. An active chamber musician in the Hudson Valley, Marcia is a member of the Pone Ensemble for New Music and of Hudson Valley BachFest since its inaugural year. She has recorded on the Soundspells and Parnassus record labels, including a CD of music for flute and harp entitled “Angel’s Serenade”. Marcia was selected by the renowned flutist Julius Baker as a soloist and first prize winner in his master classes and has been Personnel Manager of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic since January 2016. She is a retired instrumental music teacher from the Hyde Park CSD, New York.

Charles Keller (b. 1914, d. 2006) was a New York-born artist trained at Cornell and the Art Students League in the depression years of the 1930s through 1941. The employment hardships and labor activism of those years inspired an increase in membership to the Communist Party USA (CPUSA); Keller himself joined in 1940, remaining a committed member all his life. His politics influenced his life’s work as a political draughtsman, cartoonist, printmaker, painter, and editor for several significant socialist publications. Keller’s political activism made him a target during the McCarthy era and his passport was revoked by the State Department until 1961 after which the family decamped from Newburgh to Rome, where they remained for the next twelve years. Back in America in 1973, Keller taught at Vassar, Hofstra, and Parsons, while remaining very active in CPUSA and the People’s Daily World. His works are included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the British Museum, and the New York Public Library, among many others.

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