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Faces & Phases ~ paintings and hand-painted mannequins by Barbara Graff

Come and explore a mysterious world of dark forests, twisted tree roots, forgotten slippers, full moons, and the changing night sky, viewed through the oil & mixed media artworks by Barbara Graff. These nature paintings, which search for and celebrate the beauty of the earth, are shown in partnership with elegant hand-painted mannequins, also the works of Graff who is one of the most sought after “makeup” (oil paint) artists for mannequins worldwide.

In this solo show "FACES and PHASES," “Strong women, in veils and capes, are presented in all stages of aging. Men, in the form of Father Time, exist only as memories or shadows as Time presides over all,” according to Graff. The exhibit installation is on view Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 17 through Nov. 18 in Kaplan Hall.

Visitors to the Mindy Ross Gallery can walk amidst these real-life sized mannequins who are draped in magnificent fabrics and accessories and represent different cultures and races. The mannequins are Rootstein mannequins all of which begin as sculptures of live models. Models are chosen not just for their looks, but for the spirit they embody. The production process is done by hand by workers trained in the artisan tradition.

A reception at which the artist as well as one of the mannequin artisans will be present, is planned for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. During the reception musical performances will be offered by Master Michael Quinn, Jeff Allyn Szwast, Danielle Cardona, and Martine Luque. In addition, readings of related poetry will be done by students. This event as well as the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at or call (845) 341-4891/9386, or visit the Cultural Affairs website

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs