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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.