Listening to Land

Summer 2023 Workshop Series

July 22 Seed Stories with Sergey Jivetin
July 23 Basswood Cordage with Katie Grove
Aug 19 Feral Hues with Ellie Irons
Aug 27 Listening to Nonhumans with Kite and Robbie Wing

Ann Street Gallery is on the 2023
Upstate Art Weekend (UPAW) Program

Free public programming supporting ASG’s summer exhibition, Listening to Land, will include engagements with several regional artists, beginning with an interactive Seed Stories engagement with artist-miniaturist Sergey Jivetin on July 22 and a hands-on Basswood Cordage Workshop on July 23 with artist and educator Katie Grove during Upstate Art Weekend.

On August 19, Interdisciplinary artist and educator Ellie Irons will lead Feral Hues of the Hudson River Estuary, a hands-on foraging and paint-making workshop focused on the wild, weedy, and feral plants who green the city streets and shoreline of current-day Newburgh.

Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer, Kite, aka Dr. Suzanne Kite, and Robbie Wing, artist and musician from Oklahoma & Citizen of the Cherokee Nation will lead a workshop called Listening to Nonhumans on August 27th.

Kite will also present a Curated Reading List in our Open Reading Room at the exhibition’s opening reception.

Listening to Land - Seed Stories
Seed Engraving with Sergey Jivetin

Upstate Art Weekend
Saturday July 22nd
12:00-3:00 pm

There will be a limited number of customized seed engravings created for people who would like to bring sentimental seeds and share a relevant story.

For this free first-come, first-serve program, you must sign up in advance for your 45-minute time slot.

Email Sergey to reserve your spot starting Monday, July 17:

Hudson Valley-based artist-miniaturist Sergey Jivetin will bring his on-going seed story project to Ann Street Galley. Sergey will hand-engrave seeds with illustrations based on narratives about plants and their deep connection with farmers, seed savers, naturalists, and enthusiast gardeners who nurture and preserve them. If you would like to share your personal story of such a relationship between plants and people, bring a relevant seed and Sergey will illustrate your individual story then engrave his image on your seed!

Several works by Sergey Jivetin are featured in Ann Street Gallery’s summer exhibition, Listening to Land.

Sergey Jivetin makes artwork that blurs the boundaries of fine art, craft, and design. With extensive experience in the various formats of design and manufacturing, including fine and art jewelry, product design, and industrial and medical engineering, Jivetin embodies skillful and thoughtful approaches in both concept and execution of the work in a variety of formats from micro to macro scale. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1977. Living and working in the USA since 1992. Received MFA from SUNY New Paltz, NY, and BFA from Parsons School of Design, NY. Taught at SUNY New Paltz and NJCU, RISD, and Kean University.

Honors include: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation biennial award (2011), New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowships (2009 and 2005); Reed Foundation Individual Artist’s Grant (2007), Herbert Hoffman Preis, Germany (2005); Second Prize and Grand Prize at Itami International Jewelry Biennial, (2009 and 2005)

Work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Art and Design, Mint Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and Itami Craft Museum, Japan.

To learn more about Sergey’s work visit

Listening to Land - Basswood Cordage
with Katie Grove

Upstate Art Weekend
Sunday July 23rd
12:00 - 3:00 pm

Participants are invited to join for just a few minutes or the entire workshop period.

Free and open to the public.
No Reservation needed.

Cordage, made by twisting two strands of plant fiber together by hand, is one of the oldest technologies in human culture. In this drop-in workshop with artist and basketry teacher Kati Grove participants will learn to make cordage with locally harvested basswood tree bark fiber in an immersive, thought provoking, and welcoming setting. During the workshop the instructor will share stories of how she harvested and processed the fiber as well as the history of this material in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Several works by Katie Grove are featured in Ann Street Gallery’s summer exhibition, Listening to Land.

Katie Grove is an artist and educator whose passion is to inspire both viewers of her art and students in her basketry classes to build a relationship with the plants growing around them. She teaches from her studio in the beautiful Rondout Valley of New York State and enjoys a robust studio practice that merges traditional basketry techniques with sculpture. Katie holds a BF in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the NOMAD program at University of

To learn more about Katie’s process as an artist and basket maker visit

Listening to Land - Feral Hues of the Hudson River Estuary
A Workshop on Foraging & Making Paint with Wild Plants in Newburgh
with Ellie Irons

Saturday August 19
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public; Limited to 12 participants

Reservation required

Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh NY 12550 & Newburgh Riverfront

Confirmed participants will receive an email with schedule and meeting point

Interdisciplinary artist and educator Ellie Irons will lead a hands-on foraging and paint-making workshop focused on the wild, weedy, and feral plants who green the city streets and shoreline of

Ellie’s Watershed Topography drawings are featured in Ann Street Gallery’s summer exhibition, Listening to Land.

Ellie Irons is an artist and educator living and working on Mohican land in current-day Troy, New York, USA. From foraged watercolor paintings to un-lawning experiments, her work combines socially engaged art, ecology fieldwork, and embodied learning. She is a co-founder of the Next Epoch Seed Library and the Environmental Performance Agency, collaborations investigating relationships between humans and spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds). Her solo and collaborative work has been part of recent exhibitions on contemporary environmental art, including The Department of Human and Natural Services at NURTUREArt, Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator at Wave Hill, and Unsettled Nature at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Her work has been covered by publications ranging from Art in America to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Irons received a BA from Scripps College in Los Angeles and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. In December 2021, she completed a PhD in arts practice at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, focused on socially engaged environmental art. She is currently a community science educator and lab manager at the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s NATURE Lab.

Ellie's recent book Feral Hues: A Guide to Painting with Weeds will  be available for purchase. (Sliding scale $15-25)

Listening to Land - Listening to Nonhumans (Heard and Unheard)
A Workshop with Kite & Robbie Wing

Followed by a closing reception with gallery talks 4-5:30

Free and open to the public; No reservation required

Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh NY 12550

Note: this workshop includes 30+ mins of walking with a small group outside the gallery.

In this workshop, Kite and Robbie Wing will guide participants in listening to the knowable and the unknowable: listening with and through nonhumans in the physical world and nonhumans in the unseen world. This training proposes that the frameworks for ethical decision-making must be learned in relationship with nonhuman beings. Half of this training will involve outdoor soundwalks, the other half will involve dreaming and futuring. Listening to nonhumans, on earth and in the spirit world leads to knowing how nonhumans create new knowledge.

This workshop was developed thinking alongside the work of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, Leroy Little bear, Leanne Simpson, Dylan Robinson, Raven Chacon, Zoe Todd, AM Kanngeiser, Florian Malzacher, Jonas Staal; and Fondazione Sandretto.

Kite’s photograph and Curated Reading List 003, along with Kite and Robbie Wing’s 8-channel sound installation are featured in Ann Street Gallery’s summer exhibition, Listening to Land.

Kite (Dr. Suzanne Kite) is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition,and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal. Kite’s scholarship and practice investigate contemporary Lakȟóta ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance, often working in collaboration with family and community members. Recently, Kite has been developing body interfaces for machine learning driven performance and sculptures generated by dreams, and experimental sound and video work. Kite has published in The Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), with the award winning article, “Making Kin with Machines,” co-authored with Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, and Archer Pechawis. Kite is currently a 2023 Creative Capital Award Winner, 2023 USA Fellow, and a 2022-2023 Creative Time Open Call artist with Alisha B. Wormsley. Kite is currently Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Scholar at Bard College and a Research Associate and Residency Coordinator for the Abundant Intelligences (Indigenous AI) project.

Robbie Wing (Cherokee) is an artist, musician, and composer. His artistic practice focuses on immersive and spatialized sound installations, ecological sound art, and composition for acoustic instruments, electronics, and field recordings. Robbie holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sustainability and a master's degree in Urban Design from the University of Oklahoma where he developed sound art installations based on his research on environmental psychology and acoustic landscapes. Robbie has presented his work and performed at various venues, including the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Tulsa Artist Fellowship Flagship Gallery, Philbrook Museum, University of Kent in Chatham, UK, Institute for Advanced Studies in Kószeg, Hungary, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater and the Center for Arts, Research & Alliances.

Curated Reading List

Kite’s Curated Reading List 003 accompanies the 8-channel sound installation by Kite and Robbie Wing in our Open Reading Room. Kite’s reading list includes an introduction, title list, and annotations for each title. The installation in the Reading Room includes a selection of books on loan for the exhibition from Kite and Robbhie Wing’s personal library.

View or download the list here.

Return to Exhibition Overview

Ann Street Gallery wishes to thank our generous supporters for sharing their time and talents during our summer exhibition:
Exhibition support: Travis Schaben
Reception Documentation: Adam DuVuyst
Gallery Attendants: Alba Borchert, Erica Hauser, Pam LaLonde, Nancy Layne, Odessa Patmos, Anna Penny, Denean Ritchie, Jackie Skrzynski

Listening to Land is generously supported, in part, by: