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Orange County Arts Council, in partnership with Gritworks Newburgh,, presents Artists Conversation with Industry – Galleries, on Friday, July 9 at 5:00 pm. This virtual panel discussion will discuss how galleries curate artists’ works for shows as well as how an artist can approach a gallery, how galleries are moving forward after COVID, especially with issues of diversity and inclusion. Panelists include Carolina Wheat and Liz Nielsen of Elijah Wheat Gallery, Mae Shore of Cheymore Gallery and Dorothy Szefc of SUNY Orange. Orange County Arts Council members may attend for free; $10 suggested admission for nonmembers. Registration is mandatory.



Carolina Wheat is based in Brooklyn, NY and is cofounder and director of Elijah Wheat Showroom. Wheat writes about art  and culture and has curated numerous political and socially conscientious exhibitions in Detroit, Berlin, London, Chicago, and New York. She is one of the original founding members of the Nasty Women Exhibition movement and continues to work with artists, collectors, and activists internationally. 

Liz Nielsen is an experimental photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her photographs are most often made without a camera and can also be described as light paintings. She works in the analog color darkroom exposing light sensitive paper and processing it through traditional photographic chemicals. Liz has exhibited her work extensively including recent solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Paris. 

Mae Shore is the founder and director of Cheymore Gallery and Shore Publishing, located in Tuxedo Park, NY. Founded in 2011, the gallery is committed to bringing contemporary fine art to the Hudson Valley region featuring local artists, New York City-based artists and beyond. The gallery hosts a program of four exhibitions annually ranging from group exhibitions to solo shows. Shore Publishing prints are in the collections of The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dorothy Szefc is the Cultural Affairs Coordinator for SUNY Orange in Middletown, NY. She conceptualizes and administers all aspects of programming art and other timely exhibits with receptions, lectures, concerts, film, poetry exhibits/readings, theatre and more. An multi-award winning leader in the Orange County Arts scene, she strives to create better and more robust programming every year by bringing highly qualified professionals to share their knowledge in an ever-changing learning environment.

This program is made possible from donations from the public and people like you. Admissions to these events go towards Orange County Arts Council. Registration is required. Visit www.ocartscouncil.org for registration and more information regarding participating artists and this event.

Clockwise from top: Dorothy Szefc, Cultural Affairs Coordinator, SUNY Orange; Carolina Wheat, Elijah Wheat Showroom; Liz Nielsen; Mae Shore, Cheymore Gallery

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