I haven’t had time to update all the shows at the Mothership so for recent events go to mothership events on facebook

 

it’s now 2017 and it was 2013 a paragraph down. the 2015-2016 showing season netted 40 something shows and a bunch of events, usually piggybacked on openings and closings.

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Mothership is my social sculpture. It is avowedly multi-use and functions as a B’n'B on weekends and an ‘Everything Center’, mostly a gallery with openings and closings Tuesdays and Sundays 6-8 so far. There are plans to expand the types and hours of programming.

Originally funded by Ralph Schiano it opened on 10/7/07 with a laughter performance by Linda Montano and closed April Fool’s Day 2009 with a call from the building inspector and an eviction notice. The credit freeze of ’08 froze poor Ralph, whose record company went under too. That entity, called Woodstock Mothership was more of a concert venue although still my social sculpture back then. I rented it as my studio in 2009 and did sporadic Mothership programming until I had to let go of it in 2012. The landlady’s sister moved in and they put in the kitchenette and bathtub which enable me to rent it out as a B’n'B. Lucky or what? I post facebook events and have a page Mothership Events, which I refer you to for all of the shows in the last longish while -cuz i get them up there but don’t get to this page regularly.

LUCKY OR WHAT? and grateful!

I’ve lived at 6 Hillcrest Ave in Woodstock since All Saints Day 1996. The building was for sale and there were some people who want it and wanted all of us who live here now to leave. It was making me sad to think of leaving. My girls who are twelve came here from the hospital and we like it here. I meditated in the morning and fervently wished that our lives could continue on more or less just the same because we have a good life here. I was $100,000 short of being able to buy it myself. I sent out a call to my list that I wanted them to pledge to buy art or music or other things from me and if I got $100,000 worth of pledges I would hold them to it and buy the house. I watched in awe as my friends started sending pledges. I felt so loved. After an hour or two I was up to a couplathree thousand in pledges and an old friend emailed, “You need $100,000 to buy your house? I can front that.” And she meant it and we’re doing it and my prayer is answered to the letter, because things can now go on just the same as they were going as it appears that we can stay and except for the beautiful gift nothing much really changes.

mothership gallery shows are happening weekly, opening tuesdays from 6-8 and closing sundays 6-8. 

next:

January 5, 10  Fred Duignan

recents:

December 29, Jan 3   Licia Atelier Icons

December 15, 22   Christina Varga

December 8, 13   Michael Esposito and Lou Pollock

December 1, 6   Bronson Eden

November 24  (one night only)  Sean O’Brien

November 17, 22  Bart Thrall  United Nations of Love

November 10, 15  Fools on the Hill: a group show of current and past denizens of the mothership; Shiv Mirabito, Amanda Jo Williams, Tigerhawk, Gayle Two Eagles, Paul, Ginger and Hominy McMahon, Gina Funk, Melissa Eppard, others; an amalgam of works by woodhood peeps from the 90s hang, and associated Poetry Reading starring Andre Claussen and Pamela Twining

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BART THRALL    

THE UNITED NATIONS OF LOVE

 

BART THRALL OPENING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 6-8

Artist Statement: Bart Thrall

The painting show date is November 17 to the 22nd. Guaranteed.
[unless the Asteroid hits. In which case, every one is on their own.]

If you showed up Tuesday night [the 17th] at 6 or 7 PM, I would be there to say hello and like that.
I think the theme of the show will be “Women”. Although the name of it will be “The United Nations of Love”.
Paintings are always better seen in person as opposed to seen in photos.
See what I mean?

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Show runs thru November 22

facebook event link

BART https://www.facebook.com/events/1006964692659964/

 

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10-15

 6 pm  FOOLS ON THE HILL, a group show of current and past denizens of the mothership; Shiv Mirabito, Amanda Jo Williams, Tigerhawk, Gayle Two Eagles, Paul, Ginger and Hominy McMahon, Gina Funk, Melissa Eppard,  others; thru Sunday the 15th by appointment 845-679-3392

8 pm  POETRY PARTY, featuring Andy Claussen and Pamela Twining plus all of the alums of the PP ‘zine, “of the Beet and Po Tree”and anyone who brings something to read.

In 1997 or 8 it seemed like the whole 18-24 set suddenly got fixated in poetry. They were all poets suddenly. They wrote it and read it to each other. What to do? I know! Let’s have a party! So the poetry parties were born. There must have been at least six of them because that’s how many zines we have. Gina Funk and Chandeen Santos started churning out these lovely ‘zines with a funny name. Rachel Marco-Havens was also integral in getting OF THE BEET AND PO TREE off the ground. Within a year or so the poetry bug left town as quickly as it had arrived. All that’s left is these magazines which also include the writings of Allen Ginsberg and Ira Cohen (Ira may have come to one) as well as the rest of us: Xhosa Frasier, Jeremy Bernstein, Ben Sebastian, Magnolia Santibanez, Damian Abrams, Tom Rogers, Simon Felice, Melissa Palmatier Eppard,  Wayne Waller, Paul McMahon, Journey Blue Heaven, Drew North, John Fay, Mila Funk, Max, Heidi Abrams, Lisa Patrick, Freya Joslin, Krista, Ginny Riker, Cheryl Dodds, Aren Striebl, Phil Levine, Gabor Rex Funk.

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OPENING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17    6 PM til 8

BART THRALL

“The United Nations of Love”

The painting show date is November 17 to the 22nd. Guaranteed.
[unless the Asteroid hits. In which case, every one is on their own. ]
6 Hillcrest Ave
Woodstock, NY 12498

If you showed up Tuesday night [the 17th] at 6 or 7 PM, I would be there to say hello and like that.

 I think the theme of the show will be “Women”. Although the name of it will be “The United Nations of Love”.

 Paintings are always better seen in person as opposed to seen in photos.

 See what I mean?

 

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INSTANT SHOW JUNE 25 6-8

CHIMI    MUSIC ON THE PORCH AT 7

 

PAUL MCMAHON       BRAND NEW ART

 

          STARFEDERAZI FLAGADOCCIO     JUNE 24 2015

REESE WILLIAMS PAINTINGS AND SOUND COMPOSITIONS

TUESDAY JUNE 23 7-9 PM   

https://www.facebook.com/events/1438173513171774/

Reese Williams will show 8 paintings and perform ambient sound compositions. I first met Reese through Richard Prince as the publisher of WILD HISTORY at Tanam Press and then through Dorit Cypis as a healer, which he has been for me for over 30 years. His healing work, paintings and sound works are all radically relaxing. So get comfy…

#33 (2014) 21x22″, acrylic on board                                     reesewilliams.net to hear sound works

STUDY HALL        

FRIDAY JUNE 19       9-12 AM

Bring your laptop, device, phone, whatever you’re working on to the Mothership and do your work. There will be a very good young computer expert here to troubleshoot the issues all of us have with computers. For a charge of $1 per minute he will answer questions, reset preferences and help you understand how and why things work the way they do. If you can please show up for this. I’d like to see it work right off the bat. ( ;p

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1595582974043417/


6/16/15  PETER MAKELA  New Work  

   https://www.facebook.com/events/857362527634626/

6/15/15 9:30 am STUDY HALL POSTPONED

Our techie isn’t feeling well. Will post new time when he’s better. Perhaps Wednesday or Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1595582974043417/

In his mighty quest to right the wrongs of WhereWhenWhateverland the mighty Paul McMahon has instituted a program of computer aid for the misbegotten analog stragglers of Maya. Be healed -but you gotta show up! Bring your laptop, device, phone, whatever you’re working on to the Mothership and do your work. There will be a very good young computer expert here to troubleshoot the issues all of us have with computers. For a charge of $1 per minute he will answer questions, reset preferences and help you understand how and why things work the way they do.

 

FRIDAY JUNE 12 2015 6-8 PM SEAN OBRIEN ART

LES BICYCLETTES BLANCHES MUSIC

details below

mothership

june 2015

The Mothership is back for sporadic events in June and then will be on vacation until September, when you can check back and see what’s going on.

6.10.15 6-8 PM: THE FIRST OF THE ONE NIGHT ART SHOWS PAIRED WITH A CONCERT ON THE PORCH WAS A SMASH HIT!

BRONSON EDEN SHOWED 40 CANVASES AND VENTURE LIFT PUT ON A STELLAR SHOW!  HERE’S A TASTE   venture lift 61515

      

 

 

 

ONE NIGHT ART SHOWS:

Paul McMahon has been putting on one night art shows ever since 1972, when he noticed that 90% of the people that see any show see it at the opening. In 2012 he revived the practice at the Mothership in Woodstock, on Tuesdays at first….

and again in June 2015 the opportunity has arisen.

BRONSON EDEN            WEDNESDAY JUNE 10 6-8 PM  

MUSIC BY VENTURE LIFT         www.youtube.com/watch?v=3agw0fQ-6UA      this is the only Venture Lift track I’ve played on (so far).

So I say thank you and thank you and thank you and thank you great mysterious principle of causality, for this wonderful and beautiful universe which appears and disappears.

 

 

2012

THE MOTHERSHIP IS OUT OF COMMISSION AS OF AUGUST 2012. PAUL MCMAHON HAS KICKED HIMSELF UPSTAIRS AND IS WORKING ON OTHER PROJECTS. WOODSTOCK IS PICKING UP THE SLACK. IF YOU HAVE A MOTHERSHIP AND ARE LOOKING FOR A NICE HOME FOR IT I’LL TELL YOU WHO TO CALL <3

[ps- luckily we were able to save the world again, and just in time! things was gettin' grody]

 WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE WAY IT WAS:

-an ‘everything’ center for changing times; a social sculpture dedicated to the potential of love, creativity and transcendent wisdom; aka Paul McMahon’s studio at 6 Hillcrest Ave., Woodstock.

Mission Statement

“Mothership Aloft” Paul Smart     WOODSTOCK TIMES     February 23, 2012

 A very short History of the Woodstock Mothership, without many details.

COMING UP:
 
 
DEAN BOWMAN at the Mothership
 
 

DEAN BOWMAN IS OFFERING VOCAL CLASSES ON SUNDAY MARCH 25, APRIL 1 & 8

Absolute no hiding place down here!

10am program 
and 2pm -- 5pm workshop

money is not an obstacle, free love offering

In keeping with a tradition begun 40 years ago with a series of one night shows Paul McMahon organized at Project Inc. in Cambridge, Ma. he is presenting one night shows at the Mothership on Tuesdays.

MARCH 20

AMANDA JO WILLIAMS


 

BFF BABYMOM <WTFLOL> AMANDA JO WILLIAMS IS PERHAPS MY FAVORITE FORM OF THE GODDESS. SHE’S SORT OF A FEMALE JOHNNY CASH AND MIGHT BE THE MOST CREATIVE PERSON PRETENDING TO BE A PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE. SHE’S ABLE TO PICK UP A NEW MEDIUM AND TURN OUT WORLD CLASS PRODUCT VERY QUICKLY. SHE HAS DEFINITELY PUT HER FINGER ON SOMETHING WITH HER BRAND NEW A55 and Cr0tch Series.

SHE WILL ALSO SHOW T-shirt Series.

A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!!

Bart Thrall’s Tuesdays show was enhanced by the first meeting of

Hipsters for Obama: oratory by Brother Sparrow

More Hippies!: Bart Thrall, Paul McMahon, Linda Mary Montano

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RECENT MOTHERSHIP  EVENTS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16

Lunchtime video:

12:30 PM: BEAUTIFUL PAINTED ARROW/JOSEPH RAEL;Part 1 of his THINKING ALLOWED interview, 30 min.

1:00 PM: J KRISHNAMURTI in conversation with David Bohm and David Shainberg

Beautiful Painted Arrow

Discussion to follow.

Please bring food/refreshments to share.

Barry Samuels successfully launched WOODSTOCK UNIVERSITY here in November with classes in all things Woodstock, from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez as kids to Pump 2 in Pumphouse 1 (or vice versa) drilling down another fifty feet.

FEB 3; 8 PM: OCCUPY THE CONVERSATION
The Occupy movement has been a gamechanger in the national dialog, introducing the issue of income disparity, for example. A young friend active in the movement told me he didn’t plan to vote this year. I decided to hold this meeting because I think the young who elected Obama don’t appreciate the amazing difference between this president and any Republican, and I want to speak my piece and hear what others are thinking. How can we decide on right action if we can’t agree on what reality is?

SWAMIJI BHIMA SEN
THURSDAY DEC 1 AT 8PM

OM FELLOW SEEKERS!

SWAMIJI BHIMA SEN will give a one more program at the Mothership before departing our area for points west. He will speak on his philosophy and experiences over many years with great spiritual masters. He will also be taking questions from the audience.

Swamiji has fallen in love with Woodstock and refers to it as the Rishikesh of the US. Rishikesh is the holy city at the foot of the Himalayas, where the Ganges emerges. As a pilgrimage point, Rishikesh greets many devout Hindus and wandering sadhus (holy men).

Like Rishikesh, Woodstock has a higher density of ashrams, monasteries, and spiritual centers than anywhere else I can think of in the US.

Let’s come together to enjoy the blessing of Swamiji’s wisdom before he leaves for the winter.

HARI OM!

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BIG FUN!

Swamiji Bhima Sen, disciple of Sivananda and a delightful visiting Indian 70-something will grace the Mothership this coming Friday night, September 30 at 8 pm, with stories of his powerful experiences with Sivananda and Neem Karoli Baba. He will speak of his experiences with one of them and then with the other. After each he will allow a short period for questions and answers.

 
 
 

Meet and Greet at the Old Mother’s Hip

There was a lovely gathering of folks, notably Calvin Pompana, a Dakota man from Winnipeg who is a Sundance Chief. He is in town doing sacred ceremony. I am so grateful for that beautiful inipi (sweat lodge) on Tuesday night at Bella’s in the remnants of Lee, a week after Irene. The rain was pretty constant and the beauty of the people working together to build a fire, protect it with a tarp, and then there was this one stone which was so beautiful glowing red. That was the moment I realized I had forgotten about the rain, floods and the idea that Mother Earth is angry with me. Calvin is a very gentle and compassionate soul who has only one round left of a sixteen year commitment to host a sundance every year since 2000. There is a great deal of intentional suffering in the Sundance and they say the purpose of dancing is “So the people may live.” He talked about the Unity Ride, which has been going on for quite a few years, to commemorate the 38 Santee (Dakota) Sioux that were hanged in 1862 in the largest mass execution in American History. 10 Native riders will be in Woodstock on October 29 with 7 wild horses. They will be enroute to the UN. Watch for updates.

ONGOING PROJECTS:

ALL WOODSTOCK MUSICIANS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO GIVE TWO @ OF EVERY RECORDING OF YOURS TO THE  WOODSTOCK LIBRARY FOR AN ALL WOODSTOCK MUSIC SHELF.

THE FIRST COPY WILL BE FOR THE REFERENCE SHELF, WHICH VISITORS CAN LISTEN INHOUSE ON THE COMPUTERS. THE OTHER COPY WILL CIRCULATE.

THE LIBRARY WILL PAY $10 FOR ONE OF THE TWO AND WOULD LIKE MUSICIANS TO DONATE THE OTHER.

THIS REPRESENTS THE FIRST STEP OF LARGER PROJECT TO CREATE A TRANSPARENT SITE DOCUMENTING/HOSTING EVERY WOODSTOCK MUSICIAN, WITH THUMBNAIL PICTURES, A SOUND SAMPLE AND LINKS OF THE MUSICIAN’S CHOICE. EMPHASIS ON THOSE CURRENTLY RESIDING HERE WHICH IS A MIND-BLOWING LIST  BY ITSELF, AND YES, MR. JONES, YOU DO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE.  SO BIG STARS TOO, AND WHY NOT FORMER RESIDENTS LIKE DR. JOHN WHO WAS ON PM’S MAIL ROUTE FOR A FEW YEARS? THIS PROJECT WILL EXPAND TO MORE DIRECT SOCIALLY ORIENTED ACTIONS. ROSENDALE ARTISTS LIKE THE HARMONICA VIRGINS COULD MAKE A CASE FOR INCLUSION, OR BETTER YET AN ALL-ROSENDALE MUSICIANS SHELF AT THE ROSENDALE LIBRARY.

coming attractions:

things we’d like to develop further:

REMEDIAL COMPUTER HELP FOR ADULTS TAUGHT BY KIDS

OM ROOM: WIFI/COUCHES/WARM/WINTER

ENTREPENEURS CLUB; VISUALIZING THE SHAPE OF FUTURE PROSPERITY

PHILOSOPHY: NAME THAT SCRIPTURE: KRISHNAMURTI CLUB:

LISTENING ROOM: BYO FILES,DISCS,CASSETTES,VINYL

YOUTUBE LUNCH

OCCUPY: BRAINSTORMING: WOODSTOCK: WTF?

ARMY OF LOVE: RECRUITMENT OF VOLUNTEERS WHO BELIEVE IN THE REDEMPTIVE AND ABUNDANT POWER OF LOVE

WORK CREWS FOR THIS AND THAT: ON THE THEORY THAT THERE ARE IMPORTANT AND WORTHWHILE THINGS TO DO AND IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE NOT TO APPROPRIATELY MANAGE THE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS OF THE PLANET BECAUSE IT DIDN’T PAY WELL ENOUGH

EVOLVE OR DON’T: IS  IT UP OR OUT FOR ‘US’?

HOW AND WHY OR WHY NOT TO SAVE YOUR SELF/COMMUNITY/HUMANITY/PLANET/UNIVERSE/LIFE/AWARENESS

COMING UP:

PROJECT INC. REVISITED

FIRST WEEK OF JULY AT CHURNER AND CHURNER

Many years ago Paul McMahon noticed that well over 90% of the people who see an art gallery exhibition see it at the opening. He found a  way to put on one night shows of many of his favorite artists and friends at Project Inc. in Cambridge from 1972-75. He was interested in Conceptual and Performance Art and there was little awareness of it in Cambridge at the time. As a result artists such as Laurie Anderson, Dan Graham and Sol Lewitt, who today are world renowned showed their work to audiences of as few as three people. Recently the archives of the series, which numbered over 30 shows, were acquired for Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies by Ann Butler. Project Inc. was recently brought to the attention of a wider public in Douglas Eklund’s catalog of the PICTURES GENERATION 1974-1984 at the Metropolitan Museum in 2009. McMahon will present Project Inc. Revisited, a fortieth anniversary show, at Churner and Churner April 3-8, 2012. Many of the 37 artists who showed at Project Inc. will participate.

 

Recent Events:

HEAVY LIFTING:

VOLUNTEER WORK CREW

Kudos to Puppy John, Damian A twice, Max, Ziggy, Myles, Devin, Alex, Cameron, John, Matt and Tyler for working hard for a good cause


WORLD PEACE MEDITATION

The 7th of every month people meet in chambers like the one in Wittenberg, light a fire and chant, pray for world peace and for healing and purification of the ocean of awareness. Our friendly neighborhood chamber is in need of repair and in the meantime meditations are being held in the backyard of the Mothership, 6 Hillcrest Ave. Just so you know, there is another chamber near Albany called the House of Mica, which is active on the 7th and has other ceremonies and programs. Dozens of chambers have been built worldwide pursuant to a vision of Joseph ‘Beautiful Painted Arrow’ Rael.

The Beautiful Voice of:

Dean Bowman

Wednesday July 27 8pm

Return engagement for this self-styled
a capella gospel singer who knocked
socks off in several impromptu venues
around town on 4th of July weekend.
Don’t miss!!!

photos by Christina Varga

BEGINNER’S MINED

SATURDAY JULY 23 6-8 PM

and closing Thursday July 28 at 6 pm:

a group show of Utes of all Ages and AGendras

In the late 90s a curious phenomenon occurred in Woodstock. Suddenly everyone who was a few years either way of 20 decided they were poets. A similar moment seems to be occurring now, only this time many of the younger set in town have decided they are artists, perhaps inspired by the explosive energy of Christina Varga’s outsider gallery. Jason Cavallo’s Beginners Mind gallery has showcased many of these young artists and McMahon pays tribute to that in his show title. These instant artists and anyone else* is invited to participate in an instant art show a la his Project Inc. series. He is inviting people to bring an artwork and hang it in the Mothership after 4 PM, on the date of the show. The show will open to the public at 6 and close at 8, at which point everyone will de-install their work and take it home. If you sell your work there is a suggested commission of 25%.

There are ways for those who would like to participate but who will not be able to be present to ‘send’ work.


e new people who signed up for these monthly emails after viewing Joseph’s chant on YouTube. For more information about Joseph Rael and his teachings, go to www.josephrael.org.

If you know someone else who might be interested in receiving these Peace Group messages, pass this one on to them, and they can sign up at peace@counciloakbooks.com.

SWAMI BEYONDANANDA WAS FABULICIOUS!

TUESDAY JUNE 14TH

Cosmic Comic Swami Beyondananda Brings His Evolutionary Up-Wising to Your Town.

As anyone who follows the news can attest, we are living in serious times. The antidote? Serious laughter. Take it from the Swami himself: “The best way to overcome gravity is with levity.”

If you love to laugh — or, if you need to — don’t miss the opportunity to get struck by enlightening and laugh till the
sacred cows come home.

Accompanying the Swami was an instant art show -one night only -of paintings by local outsider artist Sam Friedland

collection of Ira and Sophia Schepetin

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TOM DAVIS

Tom Davis (of Franken and Davis) had his first art opening at the Mothership in Woodstock Saturday April 23. The sculpture, JESUS WEEPING INTO THE TACONIC WHILE THE DEVIL WATCHES NEARBY, is Davis’ first and only so far. It was 16 years in the making, constructed entirely of objects found in and beside the Taconic Creek that runs through his property in upstate New York.

PAUL McMAHON’S STUDIO KNOWN AS THE MOTHERSHIP AT 6 HILLCREST AVE. WOODSTOCK NY 12498 IS A SOCIAL SCULPTURE POSING AT VARIOUS TIMES AND FUNCTIONING ALBEIT WITHIN A QUASI-FICTIONAL CONTEXT AS A
GALLERY, STORE, CLASSROOM, MEETING SPACE, PLACE OF WORSHIP, CONCERT HALL, RECORDING STUDIO, VIDEO/FILM/PHOTO STUDIO,  SOCIAL CLUB, RENTAL SPACE