“Bridging the Waters” is Grand Opening Success

Tarrytown residents Bill Murphy and his wife Mary were standing near the back of the room when the presentation began. “We got there at about 6:30 p.m., and it was mobbed,” he said. “And then I heard my name.”

Painting: "Farewell Old Tappan Zee Bridge"/© Janie Rosman

Painting: “Farewell Old Tappan Zee Bridge”/© Janie Rosman

Given the huge turnout Friday at the grand opening for “Bridging the Waters,” the 2014 New NY Bridge Art Show at the Nyack Outreach Center, they thought it best to stay where they were instead of make their way through the crowd.

Murphy earned Best of Show for his acrylic on muslin entry “Farewell Old Tappan Zee Bridge” that was painted from a picture he took last winter, and bordered by Heritage Frame & Picture Company, Inc. on Main Street in Tarrytown.

“There is an art to designing a beautiful bridge and an art to capturing it on canvas, in a photo or other media,” RoCA Executive Director Julianne Ramos said earlier that day. “The new and old bridges cross an expanse of the Hudson River that is particularly beautiful.”

"Earth Love the New NY Bridge" highlights the bridge and shore via black ink and pencil color/© Janie Rosman

“Earth Love the New NY Bridge” highlights the bridge and shore via black ink and pencil color/© Janie Rosman

Runner-up was a tie between first-time artist and Tarrytown resident Dhiru Gajjar’s environmental portrayal titled “Earth Love the New NY Bridge” — detailing the bridge, construction workers, river, and Rockland shoreline — and “Imagination’s Journey,” created from a 1932 edition of Roddy’s Complete Geography by Pennsylvania artist Jodi Harvey-Brown.

“It (the show) is a fitting way for the bridge to exit, to have its grandeur recognized as it nears its end,” VQP member Robert L. Fellows said. “It captured the majesty of the bridge, showed the light and surrounding environment.”

Both the Nyack and Tarrytown Outreach Centers became art galleries, thanks to thanks to Nyack Art Collective member Lawrence Hultberg. “Part of the skill of being able to hang a show is looking at the artwork, as well as the space, and taking into consideration the work in relation to the other work that needs to be hung,” he said.

New NY Bridge 3-D sculpture “Imagination’s Journey” was created from a 1950s geography book/© Janie Rosman

New NY Bridge 3-D sculpture “Imagination’s Journey” was created from a 1950s geography book/© Janie Rosman

“The talent was truly impressive in all the pieces,” Visual Quality Panel member David Aukland said. “More powerful was the range of insights and interpretations for the single topic of our bridge.”

The many moods and perspectives the contributors have shown us were very much appreciated which, Aukland said, made choosing among them difficult. “Congratulations are due to everyone.”

“Bridging the Waters” opens at the Tarrytown Outreach Center, 2 N. Broadway, on September 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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