THEN NOW: Three Galleries, Three Exhibits- Sunday, April 15

This event explores the past and present operations of three venues, Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, The OUTSIDE IN, and Union Arts Center, with a day of art openings, workshops & closings taking place at each venue thru the day.



Volition Gallery at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts:  “Denim”. Once home to Udelco, a meca for recycled denim, Bell-ans’ Volition Gallery hosts “Denim”, an exhibit by The Bluefield Artists who explore denim through painting, photography, metal and pottery.  South Greenbush Road, Orangeburg, NY

Union Arts Center (UAC): “Channeled: Spiritual Energy Abstractions”. UAC pays homage to its past as home to the spiritual and artisinal group The Craftsmen with a reception with artist David Young (4 – 6) followed by an “Art Hang” with food and wine by Halo & Horns.

The OUTSIDE IN: “Origins”.  Uncovering the building’s roots as a flower and garden shop with botanicals & plants through art, workshops and tastings. Oil paintings by Dale Payson, reception 12n-4pm. (FREE demos, workshops & tastings thru the day.) 


“Origins”: Demos, Workshops & Tastings at The OUTSIDE IN, aka, “The Flower Pot”.

04.15.2018, 12n-4pm

 “Improving Your Soil – A Garden Is Only As Good As It’s Dirt”,  1pm. FREE 

A 20-30 minute workshop about preparing a garden, with focus on improving/building nutrient rich soils. Frankie’s opinion is that organic gardening, while fussy and complicated at first, is by and far the best way to yield the most lush, vigorous and productive plants possible. The goal of this workshop is to learn from each other’s experiences in the garden and to look at some tips from expert gardeners about how composting and good organic growing practices will dramatically increase your gardens health, beauty and harvest.

Instructor: Francesco Caruana.  Business: Frankie’s Peppers LLC – a small nursery for chile peppers

Francesco is a Sparkill native, born and raised, who began his obsession with gardening through cultivation of chile peppers. While purchasing a Mother’s Day gift several years ago, Frankie stumbled upon a simple habanero plant, which he bought and meticulously nurtured for the rest of that Summer, turning its fruits into sauces and fun pepper products. Frankie has been avidly growing peppers and other fruits/vegetables since then, each year expanding his arsenal and reading lots of material on soil and composting. Simple medicine:  Herbal Infusions, teas and nourishing foods.


Nyack Seed Exchange “Seed Swap” Kiosk at The OUTSIDE IN.  All Day.  FREE

Nyack Seed Exchange is brought to us by Jennifer Hausler of Cottage Creek Gardens, a new small home-based nursery in Valley Cottage, NY, that is currently establishing and propagating plants for a sales launch this spring.  The Nyack Seed Exchange is a place for gardeners to share seeds and experience. You can check out vegetable, flower &  herb seeds or donate them to the seed library.  The Exchange supports organic gardening, but accepts donations from all gardeners. Most of their commercial donors have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, and many of their seeds are organic.  If you would like to donate your saved seeds to the exchange, please make sure seeds are dry and you can print and fill out ahead the Seed Label Template.

“Simple Medicine: Herbal Infusions, Teas & Nourishing Foods”, 2pm.  FREE4 

Learn to nourish yourself with easy, cost effective methods of preparing health sustaining foods, simple teas  & nourishing foods. Plants are here to support us and when we use them as medicine and food we open up to the world in a new and life affirming away.  Please bring a favorite mug or cup as there will be several delicious teas to taste. Drinks served in combo with tea & espresso bar.

Instructor: Scott Massarsky combines his three loves of art, music and the healing plants as a teaching artist to give fun, unique and informative workshops, lectures and performances.  Scott graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation for both art and songwriting. He is currently a teaching artist with the Peace Garden Song and Mural project – where he brings murals, music and mindfulness into schools.  He has been practicing herbalism for the past 15 years and has apprenticed with Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett.

NOVA: The Hidden Power of Plants 1987 

“The Flower Pot”, a full day of ongoing plant workshops

Join our staff for a day of plants and planting prep in OUTSIDE IN care-free style.  Come have fun mounting epiphytes, propagating & mixing succulents’ while lashing & trellising bamboo for the seeds you will sew in your gardens this spring.


Happy New Year,

“The SOUK” is back for its 5th season!  Sundays (11 – 3) from January 7th through March 25th.  For details, check out the website.

For more about what’s happening at The OUTSIDE IN, stay tuned.. Lots of new things on the horizon.


New Holiday Hours

Starting the first week in December, we will be open Tuesdays – Sundays for your Holiday Shopping with extended morning hours and some evening hours.  Check out our FB page for updates!

Our espresso bar will be open as well with local fare – both sweet and savory.

Check out this video of some of the gift items we have available for your holiday shopping. 

Into the Ink: The Drawings, Paintings & Writings of Scott H. Massarsky.

Reception 09.23.17; 5-7:30p with album release performance @ 7:30 from Scott & His Tiny Instruments.

An installation of automatic works inspired by the gallery, patrons & pets.  Using outsider techniques, Massarsky pushes & pulls black ink over paper until images manifest which he then pairs with stories evoking the whimsical spirit of the child contrasted against the chaos and uncertainty of existence. The work is reminiscient of artists Shel Silverman, Tim Burton & Brian Andreas.

Scott H. Massarsky is an artist, songwriter and herbalist who graduated from The School of Fine Arts in Manhattan with a BFA in Painting, Book and Printmaking. Massarsky is an artist in residence with Peace Song and Mural Projects and has received grants fom the Puffin Foundation for both art and music.

Night Garden: Roisin Reilly


Blue/Black & White Minimal Paintings Inspired by the Dogwood Tree and its Blossoms

Night Garden: Roisin Reilly.   “This series of paintings was completed in the last year using a limited palette of mostly blue/black & white.  They were inspired by both the dogwood tree in my back yard and a desire to celebrate the beauty in its blossoms.  The visual components are simplified to a minimum of shapes in a nighttime theme, which adds to a dramatic sense of mystery and fantasy.” Reception: Saturday, 04/08/2017; 5-8PM at The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY.

Roisin Reilly received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and studied a year at Parsons in Paris, France.  Reilly participated in the   2016 Metropolitan of Art Individual Copyist Program, NYC. Reilly  is a decorative painter with 20+ years working in both California and New York on residential and commercial projects.  A longtime resident of lower Hudson Valley of New York the artist’s work can be found in private and public collections. (Artist Website)

The Act of Drawing: Grace Knowlton and Pat Hickman


The Act of Drawing: Grace Knowlton and Pat Hickman.  Recent pen and ink drawings from quiet afternoons the artists spent together at Knowlton’s residence in Sneden’s Landing, NY. Hickman is an admirer of Knowlton’s, “How to Draw Wrong”.  Their results emphasize the physical act of drawing itself as an essential aspect of a finished work. Reception 10/30/2016; 2-5PM at The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY.

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). Artist website

Knowlton received her Master of Arts in Art Education at Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York after earning a Bachelor of Arts at Smith College in Massachusetts and has taught at the Art Students League among other teaching posts.   Internationally known, Ms. Knowlton has been widely exhibited, and is represented in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; Yale University Museum of Art, New Haven; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City.  Knowlton has been featured in Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Arts Magazine, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine and Vogue. Artist website



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.

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

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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