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Stephen Blauweiss + Karen Berelowitz, "The Life And Death of The Kingston Post Office"
Focused on the beautiful old post office in Kingston, New York, this 180-page full-color book delves into twentieth century history, both in New York and throughout the United States. With a passion for history, and expertise in graphic design, filmmaking, research, writing and storytelling, the authors created a visually stunning book with over 275 rare photographs, 85 of which have never before been published. The book also features historic postcards and artifacts that will entertain and inform area natives and newcomers of all ages
STEPHEN BLAUWEISS is a native of Manhattan and a Kingston resident since 1999. A graphic designer and independent filmmaker, his twenty-five years of experience in both mediums encompass all aspects, from concept through final production, including photography. Blauweiss designed Special Sections for the New York Timesfrom 1995 to 2002; other clients included PBS, CBS TV, and top magazines and advertising agencies. He also taught graphic arts for over twenty-five years, with a decade at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Blauweiss produces films on a wide variety of subjects, from art and education to social and environmental issues. He has produced over seventy-five short films, three features, and several music videos, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Mid-Hudson. Twenty of his short films on artists aired on PBS and have been screened in museums as part of exhibitions and festivals across the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Blauweiss co-produced and co-directed Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, which screened throughout the Hudson Valley, Albany, and New York City, and won various awards. Blauweiss also produces theatrical events and museum-quality exhibitions on local history, architecture, and the arts.
KAREN BERELOWITZ is an artist and entrepreneur with a nonprofit management background. She has her own art business, Karmabee, featuring her black-and-white drawings printed on notecards, clothing, and gifts. She ran her store in the Rondout neighborhood of Kingston from 2011 to 2016, and continues to sell her creations at the Kingston Farmers Market and in stores throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Originally from South Africa, Berelowitz was previously a manager at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, co-director of the Riecken Foundation building libraries in rural Central America, and a consultant for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. She has a master's degree in International Development and is skilled in project management, writing, editing, research, social media, Spanish, and small business. Berelowitz also enjoys teaching basic business skills to artists. She serves on the Board of the Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) and the Made in Kingston committee. Berelowitz joined Blauweiss Media as Producer and Studio Manager in 2016. She also appeared in the Lost Rondout documentary, and was a featured artist in one of Blauweiss Films artist profiles that aired on PBS.