Annie Lombardi has built an ever-expanding personal community for art lovers on Instagram. Her IG account, #umadesigns has almost 19,000+ followers since she started curating photographs of art 18 months ago. A single post has gotten as high as 7,500 likes. She began curating artist to share her own experience of art with others. Her IG posts focus on a single artist with three shots on a single day. Sometimes she posts a second set of three on the same artist a day later. She covers painting, watercolors, street art and sculpture among many other art genres. The IG posts are more than an archive of her interests; they are like going to an online museum.
Celebrate September and Back To School week with a drive up movie and a Nyack Street Fair. The Friday night free outdoor feature is The Wizard of Oz. There is a theater opening, a WWI exhibit opening and three art opening receptions. Need more diversions? Do the downward dog at the Palisades Center or sing some Stevie Wonder at a popup chorus. To get you through the week, the Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally band will bring their joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, Americana, roots, swing, jazz and the blues to the Turning Point Cafe on Thursday.
by Bill Batson
There is a delicate equilibrium between the wheeled-vehicles that share our roads. A recent Facebook post by Nyack’s Ken Sharp describing the loss of a loved one reminded me of this dangerous dynamic.
On Sunday, August 27, Sharp wrote “my brother in law was killed by a car while on his daily cycling route. He was a cautious, experienced cyclist that never deviated from that route. The loss is devastating needless to say…..” The accident happened in Brewster, NY. The victim, David Eric Wellin was a highly-regarded Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon.
It’s Labor Day weekend and First Friday in Nyack and while it may be the unofficial end of summer, there’s still music and art to enjoy and the outdoors to explore. Nyack’s own indie band Regret The our returns to the ‘hood to play the Hudson House. There’s also modern country, classic rock, folk and new age music. You can kayak along the Nyack shore or visit a fun and funky pop up park. If you’re a poet (and did or didn’t know it) there’s a poetry slam to show off your talents.
by Bill Batson
When I draw a building, the inhabitants are mostly strangers to me and the people who built the structure are like phantoms who interact with us solely through their creations. If it’s an official structure, the name of the builder is on a corner stone, but typically, residential dwellings aren’t signed. Unless it is the work of a renowned architect, the identity and the vision of the builder is unknown. When you see the house above on Catherine Street, you immediately want to know who built it and what inspired them. I was lucky. I recently met the architect and builder. This house was built by Vas.
by Charlotte Murray
The hills above Marydell Faith and Life Center will come alive with the sound of beautiful music on Sunday, September 17 at Star Fest VIII, a concert to benefit One to One Learning.
There are only two weekends left before Back To School season starts and Off-On-Vacation season ends. Savor the last seconds of summer by listening to salsa, Sinatra, jazz, folk or Irish tunes. Learn to row, row, row a boat or join a community bike ride over hill and dale to Hillsdale. When you’ve had enough of the great outdoors, come inside for The Last Chance to see Sally Savage’s photography exhibit or take in an independent filmfest.
This weekend see Nyack with a Hudson River perspective in a kayak, take a bike and spin to NYC or through the Ramapo Mountains, watch a movie in the garden, or find a new best friend that says woof or meow. The music scene has some unique offerings from a first time Rockland appearance to a 91 year old jazz guitarist.
Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) has named Daly Flanagan as its new Executive Director.
Ms. Flanagan is excited to reinstitute community collaborative partnerships to present programs that best meet the needs of our community. She has already reinstituted the music series at RoCA. She is one of the founding members for Rockland Culture and is a board member of Rockland21C Collaborative for children and youth. She is committed to the process of experiencing, responding to, creating, and exhibiting art.
This weekend is perfect for a staycation where you can travel to Elizabethan England, the Lower East Side of the early 1900s or the beach without ever leaving Rockland. There’s an opening reception for an art exhibition, a group art show and plenty of music to satisfy all tastes.