POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Join with the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and help “Raise the Roof” at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb on Thursday, May 13, from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Enjoy one more Late Night at the Art Center before the building is closed for roof repairs from May 18 through January 2011. This special evening will include a performance by noted blues musicians, the Chris O’Leary Band. Masks of some of the most famous faces from the Art Center’s permanent collection will also be available for visitors to try on and take home to enjoy. The event is open to the public without charge.
“Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” is a popular series that has extended the public hours of the Art Center, so the galleries are open every Thursday evening until 9:00pm. The Poughkeepsie Journal cited the Art Center as the “most accessible museum for 9-to-5ers.” Every “Late Night” program offers unique entertainment, including music, docent tours, performances, and refreshments, in addition to the chance to view the collection and exhibitions in a relaxed setting. This fall, the Art Center will host monthly Late Night events at alternate locations across campus
“Since its inception, we’ve been thrilled with the response to our Late Night program that we've received from both the Vassar and Hudson Valley community,” said James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the museum. “These extended hours and special programming have given very busy people a chance to appreciate all that the Art Center normally has to offer during the week after their working day. Although this will be the last Late Night in the Art Center until next January, we do plan to provide a selection of Late Night events throughout the fall, during the time the Art Center is closed for roof repairs.
For more information on “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” and The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, please check the Art Center website at http://fllac.vassar.edu. Late Night at the Lehman Loeb is made possible by the generous support of the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.
About the Chris O’Leary Band
Blues harp player/vocalist Chris O'Leary and his seven-piece band have been impressing audiences around the Hudson Valley and Capital Region with blues and roots music since their debut just over a year ago. O’Leary’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for Levon Helm and The Barnburners. O’Leary has also appeared on stage with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Albert Lee, James Cotton, and Dave Edmunds.
The Chris O’Leary band includes Chris Vitarello on guitar, Sean McCarthy on drums, Frankie Ingrao on bass, Chris DiFrancesco and Andy Stahl on baritone and tenor sax, and Vassar alumna Willa McCarthy ’92 providing vocals. Sitting in with the band will be keyboard player Jeremy Baum, currently on tour with Grammy-nominated blues singer Shemekia Copeland, and subbing for Sean McCarthy on drums, will be Mike Bram, the drummer and musical director for 2010 Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz.
The Chris O’Leary Band will celebrate the release of their first CD at the Towne Crier on May 1. The band’s website is www.thechrisolearyband.com.
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th- century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The art center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. Please note that the Art Center will be temporarily closed for roof repairs from May 18, 2010, through January 2011. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit http://fllac.vassar.edu.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.