Murals of Kingston, New York: Stockade District

March 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

The O+ festival in Kingston is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event features many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music. The first Kingston O+ festival took place in 2010. The most visible aspects of the festival are the beautiful, and often large-scale, murals seen throughout the city.

 

Included in this post is a sampling of murals that can be found in, or close to, the historic Stockade District of Kingston. The streets are laid out today just as they were in 1658 when the village was formed. The district contains a mix of architecturally appealing buildings from across the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries, including stone houses, storefronts, office buildings, apartment buildings and former warehouses. The murals provide an interesting contrast of modern-vs-historic. The Stockade District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The large scale mural titled Pronkstilleven was created by Gaia, a Baltimore based artist and muralist, in 2015 as part of the 6th annual O+ festival in Kingston.PronkstillevenStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

The large scale, and visually stunning mural titled Pronkstilleven was created by Gaia, a Baltimore based artist and muralist, in 2015 as part of the 6th annual O+ festival in Kingston. The mural depicts John Vanderlyn, Kingston-born painter, and Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and women’s rights activist. The title is a Dutch word meaning “ornate or ostentatious, still life” and also describes a 17th century Dutch style of painting. Gaia created the impressive work on the side of the historic Stuyvesant Building in the Stockade District of Kingston. Gaia is familiar to the Kingston art community and fans of the O+ festival as the creator of the popular and equally impressive Artemis Emerging From the Quarry during the 2013 O+ Festival.

The O+ festival is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event featured many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music.
Pronkstilleven

The large scale, and visually stunning mural titled Pronkstilleven was created by Gaia, a Baltimore based artist and muralist, in 2015 as part of the 6th annual O+ festival in Kingston. The mural depicts John Vanderlyn, Kingston-born painter, and Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and women’s rights activist. The title is a Dutch word meaning “ornate or ostentatious, still life” and also describes a 17th century Dutch style of painting. Gaia created the impressive work on the side of the historic Stuyvesant Building in the Stockade District of Kingston. Gaia is familiar to the Kingston art community and fans of the O+ festival as the creator of the popular and equally impressive Artemis Emerging from the Quarry during the 2013 O+ Festival.

 

This interesting mural titled The Eye of Your Storm was created in 2015 by painter Kathleen Griffin in collaboration with government physicist Christos Kapetnakos.The Eye of Your StormStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

This interesting mural titled The Eye of Your Storm was created in 2015 by painter Kathleen Griffin in collaboration with government physicist Christos Kapetnakos. The mathematical formulas detail now de-classified aspects of the government’s 1980s-era “Star Wars” project. Merging space-related wind turbulence formulas with earth-bound tornados creates a dynamic and stark contrast. Visit Kathleen’s website at www.kathleen-griffin.com for more information on the artist and this interesting piece.
The Eye of Your Storm

This interesting mural titled The Eye of Your Storm was created in 2015 by painter Kathleen Griffin in collaboration with government physicist Christos Kapetnakos. The mathematical formulas detail now de-classified aspects of the government’s 1980s-era “Star Wars” project. Merging space-related wind turbulence formulas with earth-bound tornados creates a dynamic and stark contrast. Visit Kathleen’s website at www.kathleen-griffin.com for more information on the artist and this interesting piece.

 

The large scale mural titled Know Thyself was created by artist and Baltimore resident Ernest Shaw, Jr. in 2015 as part of the 6th annual O+ festival.Know ThyselfStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

The large scale mural titled Know Thyself was created by artist and Baltimore resident Ernest Shaw, Jr. in 2015 as part of the 6th annual O+ festival. Shaw has created murals throughout Baltimore, participated in Baltimore’s Open Walls project, and works as a teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences.

The O+ festival is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event featured many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music.
Know Thyself

The large-scale mural titled Know Thyself was created by artist and Baltimore resident Ernest Shaw, Jr. in 2015 as part of the 6th annual O+ festival. Shaw has created murals throughout Baltimore, participated in Baltimore’s Open Walls project, and works as a teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences.

 

Artemis Emerging From the Quarry street art mural painted by Gaia of Baltimore in the Stockade District of Kingston during the annual O+ festival.Artemis Emerging from the QuarryStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

This 6-story outdoor street art mural titled Artemis Emerging from the Quarry depicts the Greek goddess Artemis as she emerges from a stone quarry with her outstretched arms over New York City. In Greek mythology Artemis, daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo, was the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals; and fertility. The mural was painted by the emerging Baltimore artist Gaia and took nearly a week to complete. The mural is not without controversy, however, with some locals feeling that it is out of place for Kingston’s historic district.

The Artemis mural was painted in conjunction with the 2013, 4th annual O+ festival, a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event featured many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music.
Artemis Emerging from the Quarry

This 6-story outdoor street art mural titled Artemis Emerging from the Quarry depicts the Greek goddess Artemis as she emerges from a stone quarry with her outstretched arms over New York City. In Greek mythology Artemis, daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo, was the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals; and fertility. The mural was painted by the emerging Baltimore artist Gaia and took nearly a week to complete. The mural is not without controversy, however, with some locals feeling that it is out of place for Kingston’s historic district. The Artemis mural was painted in conjunction with the 2013, 4th annual O+ festival.

 

The Stockade District mural titled “SWAK” was created during the 2015 and 6th annual O+ Festival by artist and graphic designer Keith Carollo.SWAKKingston, Ulster County

The Stockade District mural titled “SWAK” was created during the 2015 and 6th annual O+ Festival by artist and graphic designer Keith Carollo. The mural is the first of a pair, the second SWAK mural being located in midtown Kingston.

The O+ festival in Kingston is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event features many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music. The first Kingston O+ festival took place in 2010. The most visible aspect of the festival is the large scale murals seen throughout the city.
SWAK

The Stockade District mural titled SWAK was created during the 2015 and 6th annual O+ Festival by artist and graphic designer Keith Carollo. The mural is the first of a pair, the second SWAK mural being located in midtown Kingston.

 

Carousel mural painted by Kimberly Kae in the Stockade District of Kingston during the annual O+ festival.CarouselStockade District, Kingston

This engaging Carousel mural, located in the Stockade District of Kingston, was painted by Artist Kimberly Kae of Ulster Park in collaboration with her husband Matt DiFrancesco. Kimberly received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington and trained in Italy for three years. She currently owns her own company, Murorosso, which provides custom interior murals and backdrops for homes and businesses.

This particular mural was painted in conjunction with the 2013 and 4th annual O+ festival, a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event featured many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music.
Bilancia

This engaging carousel mural titled Bilancia was painted by Artist Kimberly Kae of Ulster Park in collaboration with her husband Matt DiFrancesco. Kimberly received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington and trained in Italy for three years. She currently owns her own company, Murorosso, which provides custom interior murals and backdrops for homes and businesses. This particular mural was painted in conjunction with the 2013 and 4th annual O+ festival.

 

The BSP (Backstage Studio Productions) building in the Stockade District of Kingston first operated as a vaudeville and movie house and today serves as home to a dance venue and concert theater.SomewhereStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

The BSP (Backstage Studio Productions) building was constructed in the late 1800s, first operating as Cohen’s Vaudeville Theater. The building “originally served as a vaudeville and movie house for Kingston residents and tourists who came up the Hudson River by ferry. The building has gone through a number of changes, but its historical features and ornaments remain largely intact, including the awe-inspiring proscenium arch which still bears the marking “RKT” (Reade’s Kingston Theatre) at its crest.” By 1918 the building was home to Keeney’s Theater, and in 1926 it was sold again to the Walter Reade movie chain, which expanded the space to 2,500 seats and renamed it the Kingston Theater. During the 1960s, Reade sold all of its theaters, with sales contracts stating that the buildings could not be used as any sort of entertainment venue for 10 years. The building became a Standard Furniture show room until the 1980's and was then abandoned until 2001. Today the BSP building serves as home to a dance venue and concert theater for a range of performers and musicians.
Somewhere

Created by artist Erika DeVries, the pink-and-white neon sign Somewhere is based off her 6-year-old son’s handwriting. This edition of the sign was located at the BSP building in the Stockade District, an historic building constructed in the late-1800s which long served as a theater, became a furniture show room before today operating as a dance venue and concert theater.

 

This fading ghost sign for Standard Furniture is located in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York.After Dinner, Wash the DishesStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

This fading ghost sign in the Stockade District of Kingston offers a testament to the businesses of yesteryear. It advertised the business of Standard Furniture, which operated out of the BSP building on Wall Street for many years. Standard Furniture was founded in 1901 by Abraham I. Feinberg, who started by selling home furnishings door to door. By 1907, with an established loyal following, Feinberg has opened his first store located in Albany. The Kingston store, the company’s second branch, opened in 1939. Standard Furniture was once one of the top ranking furniture organizations in the country.

The BSP (Backstage Studio Productions) building, where Standard Furniture once operated, was constructed in the late 1800s, first operating as Cohen’s Vaudeville Theater. The building “originally served as a vaudeville and movie house for Kingston residents and tourists who came up the Hudson River by ferry. The building has gone through a number of changes, but its historical features and ornaments remain largely intact, including the awe-inspiring proscenium arch which still bears the marking “RKT” (Reade’s Kingston Theatre) at its crest.” By 1918 the building was home to Keeney’s Theater, and in 1926 it was sold again to the Walter Reade movie chain, which expanded the space to 2,500 seats and renamed it the Kingston Theater. During the 1960s, Reade sold all of its theaters, with sales contracts stating that the buildings could not be used as any sort of entertainment venue for 10 years. The building became a Standard Furniture show room until the 1980's and was then abandoned until 2001. Today the BSP building serves as home to a dance venue and concert theater for a range of performers and musicians.
After Dinner, Wash the Dishes

 

The large scale mural known as “Matt” adorns the side of brick building in the Stockade District of historic Kingston. It was created in 2014 by Nils Westergaard, a well known street artist and film mMattStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

The large scale mural known as “Matt” adorns the side of brick building in the Stockade District of historic Kingston. It was created in 2014 by Nils Westergaard, a well known street artist and film maker from Virginia.

This particular mural was painted in conjunction with the 2014 and 5th annual O+ festival, a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event featured many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music.

Matt

The large-scale mural known as Matt adorns the side of brick building in the Stockade District of historic Kingston. It was created in 2014 by Nils Westergaard, a well-known street artist and film maker from Virginia. This particular mural was painted in conjunction with the 2014 and 5th annual O+ festival.

 

Kingston, New York mural on a brick wall with a silhouette of a young man holding a sign saying “Your Slogan Here.”Your Slogan HereKingston, Ulster County

Your Slogan Here

 

The mural titled “Between Realms We Grow Roots” was created by artists Jia Sung and Sarula Bao in Kingston, New York in conjunction with the 2017 O+ festival.Between Realms We Grow RootsKingston, Ulster County

The mural titled “Between Realms We Grow Roots” was created by artists Jia Sung and Sarula Bao in Kingston, New York in conjunction with the 2017 O+ festival.

The O+ festival is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event features many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music. The first Kingston O+ festival took place in 2010. The most visible aspect of the festival is the large-scale murals seen throughout the city.
Between Realms We Grow Roots

The mural titled Between Realms We Grow Roots was created by artists Jia Sung and Sarula Bao in Kingston, New York in conjunction with the 2017 O+ festival.

 

“Vignettes of Home is a small, yet colorful mural by local artist Jane Bloodgood-Abrams located in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York.Vignettes of HomeKingston, Ulster County

“Vignettes of Home” is a small, yet colorful mural located in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York. The mural was created by local artist Jane Bloodgood-Abrams in conjunction with the 2017 and 8th annual O+ festival.

The O+ festival is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event features many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music. The first Kingston O+ festival took place in 2010. The most visible aspect of the festival is the large-scale murals seen throughout the city.
Vignettes of Home

Vignettes of Home is a small, yet colorful mural located in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York. The mural was created by local artist Jane Bloodgood-Abrams in conjunction with the 2017 and 8th annual O+ festival.

 

Located in Kingston, New York, this outdoor art tribute to the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. features his famous quote: “What are you doing for others?”What Are You Doing For Others?Stockade District, Kingston

“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment: Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ’What are you doing for others?’”

This famous quote was part of a speech called “Conquering Self-Centeredness” given by the influential civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 11, 1957 at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. This outdoor art display dedicated to that famous quote was located in the historic Stockade District of Kingston.
What Are You Doing for Others?

This famous quote was part of a speech called “Conquering Self-Centeredness” given by the influential civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 11, 1957 at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. This outdoor art display dedicated to that famous quote was located in the historic Stockade District of Kingston.

 

“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment: Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ’What are you doing for others?’”

 

The large scale Hobgoblin of Old Dutch Church, which overlooks Peace Park in the Stockade District of Kingston, was created in 2014 by Kingston native Matthew Pleva.The Hobgoblin of Old Dutch ChurchPeace Park, Stockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

The large scale Hobgoblin of Old Dutch Church was created in 2014 by Kingston native and SUNY Purchase graduate Matthew Pleva. The 50 x 28 mural, which overlooks Peace Park in the Stockade District of Kingston, features several icons of the Kingston landscape including the Old Dutch Church and Jansen House as well the famed hobgoblin of Kingston lore. Visit Matthew’s website at www.matthewpleva.com for more information about this amazing artist or visit him at his store, The Art Riot.
The large scale Hobgoblin of Old Dutch Church, which overlooks Peace Park in the Stockade District of Kingston, was created in 2014 by Kingston native Matthew Pleva.The Hobgoblin of Old Dutch ChurchPeace Park, Stockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

The large scale Hobgoblin of Old Dutch Church was created in 2014 by Kingston native and SUNY Purchase graduate Matthew Pleva. The 50 x 28 mural, which overlooks Peace Park in the Stockade District of Kingston, features several icons of the Kingston landscape including the Old Dutch Church and Jansen House as well the famed hobgoblin of Kingston lore. Visit Matthew’s website at www.matthewpleva.com for more information about this amazing artist or visit him at his store, The Art Riot.
The Hobgoblin of Old Dutch Church

The large-scale Hobgoblin of Old Dutch Church was created in 2014 by Kingston native and SUNY Purchase graduate Matthew Pleva. The 50 x 28 mural, which overlooks Peace Park in the Stockade District of Kingston, features several icons of the Kingston landscape including the Old Dutch Church and Jansen House as well the famed hobgoblin of Kingston lore. Visit Matthew’s website at www.matthewpleva.com for more information about this amazing artist or visit him at his store, The Art Riot.

 

Street scene on Fair Street in the historic Stockade District of Kingston, New York.Street SceneStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County Street Scene

 

An untitled mural by artists Geddes Paulsen and Raudiel Sanudo in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York; created for the 2011 O+ festival.Title UnknownStockade District, Kingston, Ulster County

Although the title of this mural is unknown and is tucked away off the street, it will still not escape attention from any Kingston visitor who stumbles upon it. The mural was created by artists Geddes Paulsen and Raudiel Sanudo in 2011 as part of the 2nd annual O+ festival.

The O+ festival is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event featured many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music.
Title Unknown

Although the title of this mural is unknown and is tucked away off the street, it will still not escape attention from any Kingston visitor who stumbles upon it. The mural was created by artists Geddes Paulsen and Raudiel Sanudo in 2011 as part of the 2nd annual O+ festival.

 


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