Each First Friday of every month, we invite you to join us for Gallery Talks, and Receptions for our Artists of the Month whose art we are pleased to display in our Museum Shop.
Friday, June 1, 2018
6 PM – Reception for Artist of the Month Win Zibeon
Win Zibeon was born in Brooklyn, NY and was one of the first men to attend Hunter College at a time when major New York artists were teaching there. Win was especially encouraged by his teachers Tony Smith and Robert Morris. He worked through an abstract phase right through to his present day trompe l’oeil style. He was awarded the William Graf Memorial Scholarship for graduate study in painting. He lived in downtown Manhattan for a number of years before moving to his present studio – a barn in Rockland County, NY where he started painting his anti-landscape series. He has won many prizes and is included in many collections both in the US and overseas. Last year he won best in show at the "H20" national juried competition at East End Arts, Riverhead, NY. Recent group exhibitions include "Current Hues of the Hudson" at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY, "Between Realities" at the Peter Marcelle Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY. and "Contemporary Trompe l’Oeil" at the Peto Museum in Island Heights, NJ.
7-8 PM - Gallery Talk: ‘Eyes on America’ – a Special Drawing Project
Maxine Nodel will share her passion and artistic thought process for her Eyes on America’ Portrait Project, her new emerging initiative celebrating the beauty, fragility, and exquisite uniqueness of American diversity during tumultuous times. Maxine received her BFA from Cooper Union and exhibits and sells her work nationally and internationally. She was also an award-winning arts educator and founder and principal of a NYC arts high school funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant. In 2009, her school received the Lincoln Center Institute First Place Award for Most Imaginative Curriculum in NYC.
Friday, July 6, 2018
6 PM – Reception for Artist of the Month Michael Witte
Michael Witte is one of America's preeminent comic illustrators. Witte is a native of St. Louis and was Art Editor of his university's humor magazine. After flunking out his senior year (he eventually returned to graduate), Witte moved to New York City where he serendipitously discovered that a market existed for his non-academic talents. His work has since appeared in national publications such as The New Yorker, TIME, Harper's, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Fortune, Money, Business Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine among many others.
The recipient of numerous art direction awards, Witte has also garnered a PAGE ONE Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York and consecutive National Headliner Awards as America's top illustrator.
Witte is the father of three sons and resides in South Nyack, NY with his psychologist wife, Sally and fiercely protective lap dog, Bernie.
7-8 PM - GALLERY TALK: Michael Witte
Friday, August 3, 2018
6 PM – Reception for Artist of the Month Rui DoCouto
Rui DoCouto was born in Terceira, one of nine volcanic island in the the Azores. His parents migrated in the 70’s to Califonia and later to Boston. Rui attended The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and moved to New York City in the late 80’s to continue to paint in his woodshop/studio in first Harlem, West Village and later Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In 2007, Rui showed his first full collection of whimsical sculptures called “Childhood Memories”, these beyond human sized bugs were not only friendly but they captured world-wide media attention from publications such as New York Times, Esquire, Dwell, Interior Design, Harbars Bazaar and others internationally.
Rui’s work since his early years in art, whether painting, sculpture or designing furniture have been about movement. The exclusive and limited edition pieces made for The Hopper House, artist of the month are promised to do the same.
Friday, September 7, 2018
7-8 PM - Concert of Spoken Words: Tony Howarth, Wayne Miller
Tony Howarth, a playwright, director, former journalist, retired in 1991 after 28 years as a high school teacher of English and theatre at Woodlands High School in Westchester. He began writing poetry in 2009 after a visit to William Wordworth's Dove Cottage, in England's Lake District.. Much of his poetry focuses on the pleasures and perplexities of growing old. His work has appeared in a dozen magazines, including Obsessed with Pipework, a UK publication, and The Connecticut River Review, which nominated him twice for a Pushcart Prize. His narrative poem Thrownaway has been presented, with fellow poet Wayne Miller drumming beside him, at several venues in the Hudson Valley. His chapbook, As the Glider Glides, was published in 2013 by The Last Automat Press. Theatre credits include a dozen plays, both one-act and full lengths, including Thornwood, which won a Drama League grant, produced at Circle Rep and the Mint Theatre in New York City, colleges across the U.S., Amsterdam, Tanzania, made into an award-winning indie film, Slings and Arrows, and revived this past April at Quinsigimund Community College, Worcester, MA.
Wayne L. Miller is a writer and poet from Northern New Jersey. His work has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, Turtle Island Quarterly, and various other journals and anthologies. When not writing poems, Wayne plays djembe in local bands and volunteers at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.