Myths & Legends
stories of Edward Hopper as remembered by his Hometown
Our Myths & Legends storybank is a documentation of local histories, memories, and fascinations of community members from Nyack, NY. Through the collection of these stories, we exchange information between our museum and the public, offering an opportunity for us to create a shared history of Edward Hopper and his hometown.
Ursula D'Auria serves as a member of Edward Hopper House's Visitor Services through which she regularly speaks with the public about Hopper's life and the history of Nyack. As a Nyack native, Ursula has championed historic preservation in the village for decades.
ArtHur H. Gunther
Art Gunther is a retired editor of the Editorial Pages, columnist and staff photographer of the original Journal-News in Rockland County, New York, where he served with the newspaper for 42 years. He began his career in 1964, first in the mailroom and then in the 53 Hudson St., Nyack, newsroom, eventually working his way through various positions. Gunther wrote more than 6,000 pieces for the newspaper, including about 2,500 weekly columns. In 2006, a collection of those essays was published by The Historical Society of Rockland under the title, “The Column Rule.” As a newspaper photographer, he took more than 8,000 pictures. In retirement, he produces and exhibits abstract/primitive paintings at various galleries and art centers. He also publishes a weekly essay at thecolumnrule.com. A third-generation Rocklander, he was named literary and visual artist of the year in Rockland, 2005 and 2010, respectively. Gunther is a former trustee of the Edward Hopper House in Nyack and serves on the Rockland County Historic Preservation Board as well as in the volunteer Rockland Breakfast Program as Tuesday chief cook.
WINSTon "WIN" C. Perry
Win Perry is a local historian, with particular interest in the Dutch Colonial culture found in the Nyacks and the history of the Hopper family. He was the President of the Historical Society of the Nyacks and former President of Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation. A retired architect and a singular community advocate, Perry was a leader in the rehabilitation of the Edward Hopper House in the early 1970's. Perry was instrumental in founding Head Start of Nyack and rehabilitating the John Green house. The house that Edward Hopper used as a model for his painting, Seven A.M., may be seen from Perry's front porch.