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Turned Wood: Jim DeCrescenzo



Turned Wood: Jim DeCrescenzo. Handcrafted stools, pedestals and bowls honoring his legacy will be sold from the family estate to benefit his daughter Paula DeCrescenzo.  Including several unique wooden stools, tables and pedestals designed by Chris Lehrecke and turned for Ralph Pucci International, NYC. Reception 10/30/2016; 2-5PM, at The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY.

The late Jim DeCrescenzo was a lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley who turned many of his pieces from his studio in Saugerties, NY, until his early death in September of 2014.  DeCrescenzo’s master craftsmanship brought him to the attention of designer Chris Lehrecke of Hudson, NY and DeCrescenzo turned studio art stools, side tables and pedestals from Lehrecke’s designs for many years for Ralph Pucci International, NYC.  His turned wood pieces can be found in many national and international private and public collections including prominent NYC restaurants and hotels.

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Seeking Vendors, Sponsors & Volunteers for “The SOUK” 2017

2015_Souk_Graphics_Hirayama_Caravan_in_the_Desert Sundays, January 8 thru April 9; 11-3.

Dates have been set for the 2017 season and we are planning to make this the best “SOUK” ever with the addition of sponsorship and volunteering  opportunities.

Want to participate as a vendor?  Complete the application and send back to us by 9/15/2016.  Vendor Application

Want to support “The SOUK”?  Check out our sponsorship package. Your help will allow us to advertise so we can expand access and diversify clientele to provide critical revenue for our farm families, grow our local economy and build reciprocating relationships that sustain our community.  Sponsorship Packet

Don’t have the funds, wanna throw something on your resume or just have some fun?  Volunteer to help out, teach a class or perform. Volunteer Packet

Email or call us on 845-398-0706 if you have any questions or just wanna say hi.

All of us from “The SOUK” @ The OUTSIDE IN

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BIRDMAN: Eleanor Grace Miller

“Birdman Forest”, 2015. Oil on Canvas, 48” x 36”, EGM


BIRDMAN, a fanciful hybrid of new paintings from Eleanor Grace Miller that engage in senseless behaviors and contradictory impulse control.  Strangely captivating  and presented in brilliant, vibrant color, the forms in the BIRDMAN series evolve and re-shape themselves… they perform rituals, confront, wander and lurk.  Reception Sunday May, 22nd; 3-5P @ The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont  NY.

Miller uses BIRDMAN  to illustrate a fusion of human and bird forms that has existed in nearly every culture dating back to the Lascaux caves. These images are found in painting and sculpture, notably in totems and ceremonial masks. Perhaps the most animated figure being the hazmat suits worn by the 14th century Plague physicians (below) that characterized the chaos and instability of the period.

plague physician

A classically trained artist, Eleanor Grace Miller received her BA from Monmouth University, where she studied under Eleanore Mikus, a vanguard Minimalist, and Bernard Aptekar, one of the original SOHO Ten Downtown, and continued her studies at the National Academy School of Fine Arts. Miller has exhibited extensively throughout the East Coast, both in fine art galleries and corporate venues, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award from the National Arts Club, and the Gamblin Artists Award from the Salmagundi Club. Her work is in both private and corporate collections. She is currently on the faculty at RoCA and the Pelham Art Center.


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“The SOUK” Indoor Farm Market 01/10-03/20/2016

Visit The SOUK website for vendor list and weekly offerings.

Nyack Villager ad outside in souk 2016

SUNDAYS, January 10th-March 20th,  2016; 11 AM to 3 PM.

An indoor epicurean upmarket from farm fare to fresh baked, traditional to exotic, and savory to indulgent, served in the lively communal tradition of the ancient markets curated to transport you into the throes of delight.

Come escape the winter’s cold into a rich sensual oasis perfumed with spices, rich oils and artisan cheeses mingling into the smoky air with the irresistible aromatic mixtures from cauldrons of steamy simmering soups, roasted meats and fresh baked pies prepared to eat here or to take away.

Spend your lazy Sundays meandering a shifting, diverse labyrinth of weekly changing vendors through an exotic “open” air green house market space or choose to rest in conversation near the wood-stove’s burning fires with something warm, surrounded by the finest art and craft in the Hudson Valley.

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Happy Holidays 2015-Gift Ideas & Hours

h1Happy Holidays to You & Yours!

h2Come visit us for gifts you cannot find anywhere else!

Holiday hours: (thru 12/25/2015)
Tues-Sun 11-6
Wed til 8
by appt.


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Small Business Saturday & Functional Pottery Sale 11/28 & 29/2015


Shop Small, Shop Local & give back even more to your community with locally sourced handmade gifts @ OUTSIDE IN!

Join us this weekend in support of independent businesses across America.  We have a great functional pottery sale and are offering a 20% discount ALL WEEKEND on non-sale items for purchases over $100, extending the cash back reward offered by AmEx in promotion of Small Business Saturday (SBS).

SBS encourages people with monetary rewards to shop at the small businesses that help write the story of America. Developed by American Express to inspire customers to shop local & Shop Small, SBS has become one of the busiest days of the year for small businesses. This is the perfect opportunity to shop early for something truly unique for the holidays this year.

Thanks to our wonderful stable of artisans for making this happen and to our loyal customers that have supported our mission to make one of a kind locally sourced products available for the growth of our community.


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Encounter: Pat Hickman & David Soo


Encounter features new individual and collaborative works from both Hickman and Soo.  Introduced by the OUTSIDE IN the artists soon discovered a shared sensibility and an appreciation of what each was trying to achieve in their own work. This mutual understanding resulted in an unexpected conjoining of their materials-clay and animal membrane.  Reception 10/11/2015; 2-5PM, (artist walk through at 3pm) with closing talk on Sunday 11/15/2015; 3pm.

Artist Statements for Encounter:

Pat Hickman: My individual body of work grew out of an open studio residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME. The gift of time and focus there allowed me to confront the recent death of my 98 year old mother and visually reflect on this loss. Haystack encourages artists to move between studios and media new to us. In the Fab Lab, I used the laser cutter and in the graphic studio, explored embossing and printmaking with woodblocks carved using a digitized program, based on images of my mother’s last hand writing. New tools, new ways of working for me with welcome surprises. This new work spoke to me of my years of living in Hawaii, with proximity to Japan and aesthetic influences which crossed the Pacific. (Website)

David Soo: I manipulate clay atypically.  With all my work, I try to be respectful of the voice of the clay, examining the ways it behaves when either thrown or manipulated. Does it stretch, sag or tear?  I am interested in texture; rough, smooth or sharp and sensitive to how a sculpture touches its surface, as well as, its lines and negative space or the interaction with the air around it.  I paint the contours and surfaces of my sculptures with flame, accumulated ash and salt in the molten moving atmosphere of an ancient Japanese Anagama wood fired kiln. I find the natural ash glaze creates an Abstract Expressionist finish that corresponds to and accentuates my sculpture.  (Website)

 Artist CV:

Pat Hickman is Professor Emerita of the Art Department, University of Hawaii, where she taught for sixteen years. Her studio is now at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, NY and she lives nearby on the Lower Hudson River. Hickman’s work is in major collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Hawaii State Art Museum, among others. In Hawaii, Hickman’s commission, Nets of Makali‘i-Nets of the Pleiades, stands as monumental entrance gates for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.  Hickman twice received NEA Individual Artist’s Grants. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and she served as President of the Textile Society of America (2008-2010). Hickman curated two traveling exhibits: Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin (1987) and Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning (1993).

David Soo began working in clay in 1971 at age 9, and was introduced to Anagama wood firing in 1989. Education in a Summerhill-style school produced an inherent non-conformity in the way he views the creative process. This perspective, paired with influences from his Asian and European heritage, has developed David’s work into a synthesis of Abstract Expressionist Art and pottery. The co-builder of his Anagama kiln, David has had the opportunity to study with respected artists such as Peter Voulkos, James Makins, Lester Polakov, and Peter Leventhal. He has exhibited in museums and received a New Jersey Council for the Arts Fellowship for outstanding excellence in ceramic art.

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Studio Made: Locally Handcrafted Art Furniture


Studio Made:  Locally Handcrafted Art Furniture from Ralph Derven, Yoav Liberman & Richard Rose.

Opening reception 09/20/2015; 2-5PM, thru 10/04/2015.
Special preview event on 09/11/2015, 6-9PM; “Buy American”, a brief presentation by Liberman, 6-9pm, RSVP only.

Ralph Derven is a sculptor and contractor who collects and documents wood, preserving character and exalting flaw in a process of prolonged observation and problem solving notable for intricate joinery, bright colors, and unusual curves. RCD Woodworking

Yoav Liberman, an architect, educator, and acclaimed dumpster diver, transmogrifies the abandoned and obsolete, inspired by the hidden potential in objects redundant. Unique custom-fabricated hardwares provide integrity, focal interest and practical disassembly.  Yoav Liberman Design

Richard Rose, an architect with a fascination in Steam Era cast iron and industrial metals, reinvents and repurposes the discarded into utilitarian retro-futuristic assemblages attempting to retain markings and patina in a style some refer to as “Steampunk”.


Delah Brucelli –Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015 Best in Art


“Brucelli’s art explores the intersection between fine art and new media. Whether creating allegorical stories, brush-free abstracts, or mosaics of poured color, she constantly seeks to combine paint, photography, and new media. By using different techniques, Brucelli aims to create a multi-dimensional space within her art that elevates
the viewer to contemplate and transcend the physical.”

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