Friday, February 2, 2018
6 PM – Reception for Artist of the Month Bill Batson
Through his Nyack Sketch Log, Batson has become one of Nyack’s archivists, chronicling the history of the village through his illustrations and essays weekly since 2011. He has a weekly column on a hyper local, NyackNewsandViews.com, is an author, artist, Trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, artist-in- residence for the Nyack Farmers’ Market and the chair of the committee that brought a Toni Morrison Bench by the Road monument to Memorial Park in Nyack honoring Cynthia Hesdra. Batson is also the director of the Nyack Record Shop Project, held in the window of Kiam Record Store on Main Street in Nyack in January 2018.
7-8 PM - GALLERY TALK: Marcus C. John
Poet and musician Marcus John, along with Edward Hopper House Nighthawks will perform their poetry in the gallery.
Marcus C. John is an American born Poet/Singer/Songwriter of Grenadian descent. Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, the youngest of seven, Marcus has always shown an interest in creative arts. Marcus started writing at the age of eight and began professionally performing at the age of sixteen. He has studied at Westchester Community College and Lehman College earning an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. After college, he formed and toured with a widely known band named “Speakers of the House”. In 2009 he started an open mic in Yonkers called The SouL Box. It ran from 2009-2013. In 2013 he expanded the idea into SouLBox Entertainment. SouLBox Entertainment is an organization of Educators, Musicians, Film/Vocal producers, Caterers and Event planners dedicated to outsourcing artists, teaching writing workshops, and servicing businesses in network expansion. Recently Marcus has served as the resident Teaching Artist at the Hudson River Museum instructing students at Palisade Prep, Riverside High, Martin Luther King Elementary, School 13 Elementary, and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. As well as serving as Community Partner and Production Programmer to Suny Purchase and The City of Yonkers at the PC4 Art Gallery on Warburton Ave. In May of 2016 Marcus lead his spoken word group “Finding Your Voice” with the students of Palisade Prep to publish their first poetry book as a class. The book is titled “Peak of the Palisade”.
Friday, January 5, 2018
6 PM – Reception for Artist of the Month Ray Wright
7-8 PM - GALLERY TALK: Ray Wright on Nature Photography
Ray Wright will share his insights and passion for nature photography, discussing how he goes about finding subjects to shoot, his process and photography tips, where the best places are in Rockland for nature photography, and more.