The Hudson Valley is home to many beautiful ruins. They’re easy for New Yorkers to miss or overlook. But this past Saturday, the New York State Museum unveiled a photography and architecture exhibit dedicated to these sites: Hudson Valley Ruins features over 80 photographs by Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi documenting forgotten historic sites and cultural treasures in the Hudson River Valley.
The League Residency at Vyt presents their first summer exhibition featuring over 30 diverse works from artists living in and influenced by the rich artistic culture in the lower Hudson Valley. The exhibit will be held in the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery and curated by Art Student’s League Artist Naomi Campbell. There will be an opening reception on July 11 from 2-5p
Calling all artists living in Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Passaic and Bergen counties: The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at Vytlacil is looking for submissions for their Summer 2015 exhibition featuring works from artists living in and influenced by the lower Hudson Valley. All submissions must be received by Friday, June 12, 2015.
by Gerald McCarthy
A unique art collaboration between students at St. Thomas Aquinas College and the Blue Rock School celebrates the life of author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The public is invited to an opening for this exhibition at 5:30p on Friday, June 28 at Maria Luisa Boutique.
As part of a project to study and research Home and Homecoming in African American Writers, I wanted to engage college students with middle school students. My idea was to have both groups read Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography and create collaborative art that reflected what they felt in a very sensory way about Douglass’ life, literacy and freedom— especially in respect to having a home. At the core of this inquiry is my own interest in what both groups collectively would come to understand about slavery and its enduring impact on American history.
For over a century, our region has been the home of extraordinary artists from the major disciplines such as: performance (Helen Hayes), visual arts (Edward Hopper), literature (Carson McCullers), and music (Kurt Weill). Local Arts Index, a new weekly feature on NyackNewsAndViews, highlights the work of an artist who continues our community’s rich creative legacy.
Ed Kirkland graduated from Nyack High School. He has studied language at San Jose State, California and computer animation at Pratt Institute, New York. Kirkland’s work was recently on exhibit in It’s All About Me: The Art of the Self Portrait at St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Azarian McCullough Art Gallery from Nov.-Dec. 2012.
by Bill Batson
Until recently, painters in Nyack were second-class artisans. Nyack’s musicians could fine-tune their instruments at Long Island Drum Center. Local writers could always haunt the stacks at Pickwick Book Shop. Our thespians were able to find an audience at Elmwood Playhouse. But Edward Hopper, were he alive today, could not have bought a paintbrush in his hometown. Tracy Kachtick-Anders appreciated this irony when she came to Nyack two years ago. In September, Tracy opened the doors of Nyack’s only art supply store.
by Jocelyn Jane Cox
I recently acquired a limited edition print by Nyack artist and illustrator, Shawna Handke. It’s called, ‘€œThe Lone Bird and his Trees.’€
I first saw Shawna’s work at the new location of Maria Luisa Boutique on South Broadway last February. While Maria was getting the new space ready, Shawna’s large-scale illustrations were covering the windows, creating quite a bit of intrigue.
by Dave Zornow
Upper Nyack, May 19 — Over 120 original works of art inspired by parks, historic sites in the region and views from surrounding areas will be on display this weekend at Nyack Beach State park during the annual Artists In The Park (AiP) event.
Although Rockland County may not be aware of James Garvey’s dispute with his Orangetown neighbors, the artist/blacksmith’s land use case is getting the attention of lawyers as far away as North Carolina.
No doubt, Bernie Williams hopes to add more lifetime hits in his second career. But this time instead of hitting them, he’s playing them.