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Omi Party in Ghent

Sarah Todd reports from Ghent.
Tucked away amidst the rolling farmlands and firefly-lit trees of Columbia County, OMI International Arts Center is a place where global creativity meets rural charm. On Saturday, July 13, the arts nonprofit kicked off a vibrant weekend in celebration of the 31 visual artists gathered for its international residency program. Guests toured artists’ studios in OMI’s converted barns, stopping to admire imaginative creations like a row of gently hopping ferns by Japanese-American artist Kazumi Tanaka. Afterward, party-goers fortified themselves with mahi-mahi, apple-glazed pork loin, forbidden rice, and curried tofu before kicking off their shoes and dancing the night away to the Latin-Afro-Caribbean beats of Brooklyn band Cumbiagra. Artists from Israel, Belgium, India, and Barbados mingled with supporters and staff like Art Omi director Claudia Cannizzaro (left, with fellow OMI workers Nicole Hayes and Carina Kaufman). Many a proud OMI fan mentioned that Rural Intelligence named last year’s bash one of the top parties of 2012. This year’s only half over, but the odds of a winning streak are looking pretty good.


Artist Aideen Barry and John Bosquet-Morra; artist Janet Echelman and Omi founder Francis Greenburger.


Isabelle Autones, artist Kinga Czerska, and interior designer Rene Desjardins; Lori Burnett and Omi trustee Bruce Burnett.


Omi board members Jennie Lamensdorf and Julianna Obeid; Miss Timmins’ School for Girls author Nayana Currimbhoy with artist and board member Margaret Evangeline and hospital administrator Jane Ehrlich.


Dan Long, Ricki Long, Walter Corwin, and artist William Corwin.


Artist Remy Jungerman, Omi architecture resident Brian Brush, and Amy Oliver; Nick Nelson and New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett.


Midwife Martha Roth, actor Bill Irwin, and Omi’s Debbie Gardner; Benoist Henrot with artists Veronique La Perriere, and Kama Sokolnicka.


Food in Motion’s Lloyd Zimet and Michelle Lovelace with Hudson Food Studio‘s Dexter Zimet


Beth Downing, Explorations Academy assistant principal Robert Drach, Scott Downing, and Omi administrative director Ruth Adams; Omi staff Rose Vining and Megan Van Alstyne.

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