Rockland Center for the Arts will be kicking off its fall season of exhibits to celebrate the Contemporary Artists of Rockland.
In that spirit, our first exhibit “The Poetics of Place”, drawings by Bill Batson in Gallery One. These drawings are careful examinations and visual interpretations of our built and natural environment in Nyack. Each of these drawings creates a unique record that gives an insight into our history and who we are as a community.
Bill Batson, a resident of Nyack, is dedicated to using the visual arts to promote preservation, cultural education and community environment. He serves as the artist-in-residence at the Nyack Farmer’s Market, publishes a weekly sketch and essay of the village of Nyack in Nyack News and Views, serves on the Board of the Historical Society of Nyack, the Nyack Center and the Nyack Art Collective. In 2013 Batson received a Rockland County Executive Arts Award. In 2014 he published a collection of 55 sketches and short essays, “Nyack Sketch Log, An Artist and Writer Explores The History of a Hudson River Village.”
“Rockland Reverso” is an assemblage of photographs by Laurie Peek, all taken in Rockland County. Peek’s photojournalistic work straddles the line between documentary and fine art, subtly transcending the ordinariness of its subject matter. The photographs are vibrant, fluid surfaces that animate the inanimate with gestural boldness. These documentary photographs of real places, are allusive images that convert the mundane into the magical. The resulting dream-like, painterly abstractions invite the viewer to see the world afresh and speculate on the unrevealed referent.
Peek received her MFA in Photography from SUNY Buffalo and has worked for publications that included The Brooklyn Paper and The Village Voice covering crime, protests and politics. Her work has been featured in such publications as The Village Voice, The Progressive and The New York Times. She was in the Oscar-nominated documentary film “Tupac: Resurrection” and the 2012 documentary film “Koch.”
“Contemporary Rockland Artists”, in the Emerson Gallery, celebrates the present vision of the teaching artists at RoCA. Early founders, Rockland residents and patrons – Helen Hayes, Henry Varnum Poor, Aaron Copland, Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith had a goal “to make use of the abundant artistic talent available by offering courses of instruction, arts and crafts exhibitions, lectures….courses of instruction for children and adults of arts and crafts under teachers of a caliber seldom available outside of New York City.”
Seventy years later, RoCA is very fortunate to be continuing the legacy of our founders. The exceptional faculty here actively creates, teaches and exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley and the U.S. We are proud to list just a few of their accomplishments: Pottery teacher Don Bradford has exhibited in the NJ State Museum and Morris Museum. Creative writing instructor Sally Lipton Derringer’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Quarterly. Painting instructor Karen Edelmann teaches in the U.S., France and Italy with Artists Abroad and Afield. Paula Maddawick, drawing instructor, apprenticed to Jasper johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Her drawings have exhibited at Castelli Gallery, Matthew Marks, Silvermine and the Edward Hopper House. Howard Nathenson’s paintings have been shown at The Whitney Museum while Mari Ogihara’s ceramics has exhibited at the Aldrich Museum and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. Painting instructor John Rosis is a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant recipient and has exhibited at the Berkshire Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
We invite you join us at the opening reception, Sept. 10th, 1-4 pm to experience these extraordinary artists of Rockland. Contemporary Rockland Artists will be on view Sept. 10 – Sept. 24. The Poetics of Place and Rockland Reverso will be on view Sept. 10 – Oct. 1, 2017. An opening reception will be held Sept. 10, 1 – 4 pm.
Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S. Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat 1-4, and Sun 1-4 pm. For more information visit www.rocklandartcenter.org or call 845-358-0877.