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      September 22, 2019

      Sunday   2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (daily until September 29, 2019)

      27 South Greenbush Road
      West Nyack, New York 10994

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      3 exhibits open at RoCA

      This September Rockland Center for the Arts will present three exhibitions: Route 66: Outside In, Chronicles of a Life, and Cotemporary Rockland Artists. Each will be on view September 7 – September 29, 2019 with an opening reception: Sept. 7th, 2:00-5:00pm.
      Ellen Galinsky’s exhibit Route 66: Outside In presents photography of time erased and nature’s erosion and recreations. Her photos seek answers to some of life’s most seemingly intractable questions. The questions she pursues are: what happens to what we try to create, try to maintain, try to preserve?

      We spend a great deal of time striving to leave indelible footprints that will outlast us but time will erase and nature will alter those footprints after we are gone. She has spent the past five decades photographing this nexus between decay and rebirth. These photos trace the process of change, as nature reclaims human creation – the tenacity and triumph of nature to invade walls, to crack even the strongest of structures, and ultimately, to make its own creations out of ours.
      This exhibit focuses on Galinsky’s photography along Route 66 since 2008. The outside-in reflections – look inside abandoned buildings to capture the highway’s iconic history, and simultaneously catch reflections of modern life. She gives us the perspective of “what is” through the lens of “what was.” Displayed on duratrans LED lightboxes they present a fractured picture of where our past and present co-exist.

      Sergio Castillo, from Rockland’s Living Museum, chronicles his life and that of his community. Sergio probably did not set out to be an artist but he has developed into one. Art was the main vehicle through which he found purpose, meaning, and a means of communication to the outside world.

      Born deaf in a hearing household, he learned to communicate using American Sign Language. Even with the help of an ASL interpreter, he can be difficult to understand. Since 2013, Sergio has been attending the Rockland Living Museum, an open art studio for adults at Rockland Psychiatric. When he arrived, he was very shy and uncommunicative with limited sign language skills. His first paintings were of buildings, churches, skyscrapers, airport terminals, mosques, spaceships, and futuristic buildings revealing his skills in 3D perspective. At the time, there were no people in the paintings. As he became acclimated to the Living Museum community, people started to show up in his paintings. Now there were people on the streets waiting for taxis, people driving trucks. Kings and Queens drink coffee in their palaces. Astronauts drink coffee in spaceships. As people crowd onto the canvases, Sergio began to socialize. He bloomed into a new person who was engaged in life, taking initiative, and becoming empowered. He has become a central artist at the Living Museum.

      As an outpatient Deaf man living in residence, Sergio has managed to develop an entire narrative about himself and the experience of his community that appear through his paintings. Using photographs taken of his community and himself along with other images he has created a living pictorial of his life, in an illustrative chronicle, made into a collage type of folk story. The chronicles are playful interpretations of trips and outings mixed with fantastical depictions of historical and even futuristic figures.

      This exhibit addresses the question: In challenging events in our lives how can exercising our creativity and imagination help us to heal? Through the act of creation, art puts us in touch with who we are and connects us with others.

      Contemporary Rockland Artists: RoCA Faculty Exhibit celebrates the present vision of the teaching artists at RoCA. The exceptional faculty actively creates, teaches and exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley and the U.S. We are proud to list just a few of their accomplishments: Mari Ogihara’s ceramics have been exhibited at the Aldrich Museum and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. Margery Theroux has been an exhibiting artist and art teacher for 20 years. She is a former curator at the Hopper House and Center Gallery at TASOC. Eleanor Miller is a classically trained artist, having studied under Eleanor Mikus, a Vanguard Minimalist, and Bernard Aptekar, one of the original SOHO Ten Downtown at Monmouth University. She continued studies at the National Academy School of Fine Arts. Miller has exhibited extensively throughout the East Coast and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award from the National Arts Club, and the Gamblin Artists Award from the Salmagundi Club.

      We invite you to join us for an artists Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 2:00-5:00pm to experience these three exhibits and extraordinary artists of Rockland. The Exhibits will be on view Sept. 7 – Sept. 29. Free to the general public.

      RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Art Galleries & Exhibits | Neighborhood

      This event repeats daily until September 29, 2019:

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.