Countdown to Grand Opening: Bridge Art Show

Arts in the region “brings us closer to our neighbors on the other side of the bridge,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said. “Artists love to draw the bridge: it’s symbolic of connections and metaphorically working together.”

"Tappan Zee Bridge and Lighthouse"/© Ylli Haruni

“Tappan Zee Bridge and Lighthouse”/© Ylli Haruni

Beautiful and intriguing, the scenery has long been a subject for artists; though it’s changing, fascination continues.

As a way to link the bridge project to creative populations in Nyack and Tarrytown, officials invited painters photographers and sculptors to send their interpretations of the three-mile span — new design or current — to the 2014 Bridge Art Show, a collaboration with ArtsWestchester, Rockland Center for the Arts, Rivertown Artists Workshop, and Nyack Art Collective.

“This is a nice way to join the Westchester and Rockland arts communities,” RoCA Executive Director Julianne Ramos agreed. “Artists appreciate the opportunity to say they were in a show, and have their work recognized.”

The response was overwhelmingly positive.

Foggy night, Tappan Zee Bridge/ ©2011 Ali Perretz

Foggy night, Tappan Zee Bridge/ ©2011 Ali Perretz

Photography, paintings — watercolor, oil, acrylic — and sculpture: 52 entries from Westchester and Rockland Counties, two from Connecticut, one from Pennsylvania, and one from New York City were submitted electronically within two months. A few people inquired after the final date (July 31) if they missed the deadline, which indicates the enthusiasm and interest in very idea.

All submissions were reviewed and accepted; artists received congratulatory letters asking them to bring their display-ready work to the Community Outreach Centers by August 24. The project’s Visual Quality Panel — including RoCA Board of Directors President Robert L. Fellows — will review all entries and select a Best of Show and two runners-up.

“Art is your interpretation. I see things as I believe other people see them, NAC member Ken Burns said. “It’s a creative idea to have this show, and I feel people will be interested in seeing it.”

Encaustic painting: "Rainy Afternoon on the Tappan Zee Bridge"/© Heather Leigh Douglas, 2012

Encaustic painting: “Rainy Afternoon on the Tappan Zee Bridge”/© Heather Leigh Douglas, 2012

Engaging and connecting neighbors, comparing and appreciating how they see a shared focus.

The original idea was to display work from Westchester artists in Rockland, and
vice versa, to stimulate a connection between them, to promote economic development, and to open horizons for each to visit the other’s county.

RAW Co-Director/Founder Naomi Vladeck felt the group’s establishment in the Sleepy Hollow cultural community is a bonus. RAW advocates for local artists to demonstrate their performance work, “(And) we’ve met a lot of visual artists doing that,” she said.

“Collaborating with local arts groups helped link the New NY Bridge project directly to the extremely talented artist community here in the Hudson Valley, and create even more excitement and interest in this historic project. The 2014 Bridge Art Show has proven to be extremely popular and we look forward to displaying the 50-plus submissions at our Community Outreach Centers in Nyack and Tarrytown next month.” — Brian Conybeare, Special Project Advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo

Get ready for a post-Labor Day grand opening of a unique show that will run for two months at 142 Main St., Nyack, and at 303 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. Both Centers are open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Psst. Word has it a book sculpture of the bridge was especially created for this show. Which one? We’ll  have to wait and see.

These Hudson Valley artists might spark a memory or two, or show you a new vision, or the familiar in a new light. And who knows? Perhaps this show will set a precedent. All art is for sale, too, so if a specific work catches your eye, say so.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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