Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Fine Artist and Curator Jen Williams Dragon

Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Fine Artist and Curator Jen Williams Dragon

Jen Dragon is the artist-turned-curator who directs Cross Contemporary Art, a fine-arts organization currently operating in tandem with 11 Jane St., an installation and performance arts center in Saugerties, NY. A well-known figure in the fine art world, Jen has been teaching, curating and promoting art in the Hudson Valley since 1984, and in the last five years she has curated more than 58 exhibitions, exhibited nearly 90 fine artists, presented three Saugerties sculpture festivals, and installed 945+ artworks.

In this edition of our exclusive interview series, Get Loud!, we speak with Jen about the current state of the fine art market, the lessons she’s learned in her years in the industry, and what it means to be a female business owner in today’s still-male-dominated society. She also outlines how she uses marketing and social media to expand her reach, and that of the artists she represents.

Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Rockstar Chef Ric Orlando

Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Rockstar Chef Ric Orlando

Welcome to the Echo Sixty6 exclusive interview series, Get Loud!, featuring incredible professionals based in the Hudson Valley, known for their distinctive work — and their use of social media and digital marketing to spread the word and enhance their brand.

In our inaugural edition, we interview Chef Ric Orlando, a pioneer of the world-famous Hudson Valley farm-to-table movement. A renowned cook, restauranteur, writer and philanthropist with a rock-and-roll pedigree, showman’s personality and proven dedication to the people, places and products of the Hudson Valley, Chef Orlando has become a leading culinary spokesman and top draw for events, fundraisers and festivals locally and abroad.

Echo Sixty6 Completes Rebrand and New Website for Judy Steinfeld Luxury Real Estate

Echo Sixty6 Completes Rebrand and New Website for Judy Steinfeld Luxury Real Estate

Sometimes determining how a brand or individual differentiates herself can be challenging, but that wasn’t the case with Judy Steinfeld. A real estate salesperson and top-producing agent with Halter Associates Realty in Woodstock, NY, Judy expertly guides her clientele in all areas of luxury real estate, vacation rentals, and home design services in Upstate New York and around the world. Judy simply needed a better way to tell her story, so she retained Echo Sixty6.

The Top Six Tips for Improving Your Content Marketing Strategy

The Top Six Tips for Improving Your Content Marketing Strategy

We’re all sick of traditional ads. We’ve been inundated for years, on TV, on the radio, on billboards, in newspapers and magazines and, more recently, on websites, google searches and youtube videos. Consumers spoke up en masse, without even knowing it — we stopped responding. Simply, we stopped clicking; and, when we did click, we opted out before signing up or completing an order. We got smarter, which left a gaping hole for advertisers and marketers, both online and off…

A Conversation with Adam Clement, Creative Content Manager, AP Content Services

Echo Sixty6 Launches EVOLUTION Digital Trade Show and Web Solution for Fashion Retailers

Echo Sixty6 Launches EVOLUTION Digital Trade Show and Web Solution for Fashion Retailers

Samantha Chang, founder, owner and operator of EVOLUTION, retained Echo Sixty6 to strategize, design and produce an eCommerce-activated website that would encompass her multifaceted goal of serving as a modern one-stop shop for retail stores, as well as independent fashion brands. Echo Sixty6 worked with Samantha to fine tune her business strategy and create her website and mix of online business offerings.

Obsessions: Yayio Kusama

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Obsessions: Yayio Kusama

If I was in Las Vegas the first stop I would make is the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to experience two installations by Japanese artist, Yayio Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Narcissus Garden.

“Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” created in 2009, represents the eternal cycle of life over the span of just under a minute. The space represents Kusama's lifelong obsession with the dissolution of the self into the infinite.

According to the wall text, for Kusama, obliteration is a reflection on the experience of death and the potential of the afterlife.” In this case, Kusama was inspired by the tradition of toro nagashi, a ceremony to guide ancestral spirits back to their resting places on the last night of summer by floating paper lanterns down a river. As the lights fade and you find yourself surrounded by darkness, it’s not hard to relate to the artist’s spiritual vision.The experience takes place in an enclosed room made of a 13.5-foot cube, plated with mirrors on all sides. A narrow catwalk extends towards the center, allowing visitors to move through the lights into the center of the cube where 1-2 people are allowed to walk through at a time.

“Narcissus Garden,” features 750 silver spheres that form a lake on the gallery floor. A winding path invites visitors to stroll through the space and consider the distorted reflections staring back at them.

Having garnered international acclaim for her immersive infinity mirrored rooms, Kusama’s inspiration draws from a difficult childhood, according to “Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama 1958-1968,” published in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit of the same name. At age 6, she began experiencing traumatic hallucinations of being consumed by dots and nets. At age 10, she started to channel those visions into paint. Though her mother tried earnestly to stifle her daughter’s interest in art, she moved to New York in 1958, where she created her first infinity mirrored room, “Phalli’s Field.”

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
November 17, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Gallery Hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Echo Sixty6 Launches New Leaf Vegan Brand and Website

Echo Sixty6 Launches New Leaf Vegan Brand and Website

Living Vegan Has Never Been Easier!

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary reached out to Echo sixty6 to help create a Brand Identity and Website for its New Leaf Vegan mentor program. See the full case study here.

Dedicated to exponentially growing and espousing the benefits of going vegan the New Leaf Mentor Program created by Catskill Animal Sanctuary, connects individuals interested in veganism with a trained mentor for one-on-one individualized support.


Meet Your Match

The New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program matches mentors with mentees for as long as necessary, answering questions, sharing information and resources, discussing challenges, celebrating successes, and helping with shopping, dining, nutrition, networking, and more. To ensure the best fit for the mentors and mentees we integrated Chronus into the website.


Services Include:

Brand Identity, Tagline, Logo Design,  Illustration, Website, Copywriting, Design, Photo Procurement Coding, SEO and Third-Party Integrations

Visit the New Leaf Vegans Website to “Meet your Match