Ned Reade has lived and worked in Pawling for over twenty years, and is known under several guises: at Trinity-Pawling he teaches studio art, art history, and has coached a number of sports, his passion being squash.
But off-campus Mr. Reade is probably best known for his landscape paintings that are sometimes on display at McKinney & Doyle. Mr. Reade had not always been a painter. He graduated from Wesleyan with a major in art history, and then continued his education while teaching at Trinity-Pawling, learning various disciplines and eventually achieving a master’s degree in pottery.
Giving back to the community is important to Mr. Reade. It’s why he puts so much effort into the Pawling Concert Series, which was originally started as a way to bring much-needed culture to the T-P curriculum. When he stepped in as president of the board, Mr. Reade would “strong arm” his students into attending, but the series’ audience has since turned farther away from the student body and closer to the greater Pawling and Hudson Valley communities.
The concert series remains a non-profit organization that is funded completely separate from Trinity-Pawling. The school lets Mr. Reade use its auditorium for free, but the series only remains financially secure thanks to the generous sponsorship of a few Pawling businesses. Mr. Reade was thankful for the patronage, but cited financial stability as one of the two great challenges in organizing the series. The other, he said, is finding interesting acts.
You can see Mr. Reade’s beautiful watercolor landscapes of Pawling in his portfolio at nedreade.com, and you can check out Sybarite 5 and the new season’s musical line-up at pawlingconcertseries.org.