Hudson Valley History & Art is run by Blauweiss Media, comprised of Stephen Blauweiss and Karen Berelowitz and based in Kingston, New York with a new project in Leuven, Belgium. Our projects focus on documenting and presenting the arts, architecture, and history through engaging live and online presentations, short films, books, and museum-quality exhibitions. To view our short films about regional artists, please click here.
A native of Manhattan, Stephen Blauweiss is an historian with over 30 years experience as an independent filmmaker and graphic designer, encompassing all aspects from concept through final production, including photography and photo retouching.
Blauweiss produces work on a wide variety of subjects, from art and education to social and environmental issues. He has produced over 75 short films, including three features. Twenty of his short films about artists have aired on American Public Television and have been screened in museums and festivals across the U.S., Europe and Canada, including the New York State Museum, Mass Moca, the Albany Institute of History & Art, and the Dorsky Museum of Art.
He co-produced and co-directed the 2016 documentary Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal. Deeply immersed in the history of the Hudson Valley, Blauweiss and his partner Karen Berelowitz have published two books: The Life & Death of the Kingston Post Office in 2018 and The Story of Historic Kingston in 2022. They are currently working on a new book about Leuven, Belgium. Blauweiss is also directing Sharkey & His Pals, a feature documentary in production.
Originally from South Africa, Karen Berelowitz is an artist and entrepreneur with a nonprofit management background. She has been working with Blauweiss Media since 2016. She also has her own art business, Karmabee, since 2007, featuring her black-and-white drawings printed on notecards, clothing, and gifts. She ran her store in the Rondout neighborhood of Kingston, New York from 2011 to 2016.
She has a master’s degree in International Development, speaks Spanish, and is skilled in research, writing, editing, and project management. Berelowitz also teaches Business 101 for Artists & Makers classes and previously ran the Made in Kingston committee and annual event.
Berelowitz appeared in the Lost Rondout documentary and was a featured artist in one of Blauweiss’ artist profiles that aired on PBS. She co-authored with Stephen Blauweiss the books The Life & Death of the Kingston Post Office in 2018 and The Story of Historic Kingston in 2022 and is working on a third about Leuven, Belgium.