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7/14/16 11:12 AM

Mike Hortens of Nyack gets advice from instructor Eleanor Grace Miller during a painting class at the Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack June 27, 2016. (Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)"“This is a retreat for a lot of people; they come here to get away and do something for themselves,” says Flanagan. Retired graphic designer Ellen Rifken was taking the drawing in color class where students create using color pencils. “I never knew about this type of art — this is my third time and I really liked it,” she says. “You meet other people; I think it’s a wonderful thing, entertaining and interesting.”

The nurturing and supportive environment is what attracted Deborah Ivry of Nyack who has been taking painting classes at RoCA for 15 years. “I don’t think about it anymore, I just do it.” She calls it a zone or a moment of zen when she paints. “Eleanor is probably the most amazing instructor I’ve ever had; it’s a freedom coming here, you get to come here and get away from the rest of your life.”READ INSIDE FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE.

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RoCA's Summer Arts Day Camp has been nominated for one of the Top 20 Places for Kids in the ‪#‎HudsonValley‬!

If you have a chance and love our camp, please go vote! Read inside for the link!


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Rockland County Art in Public Places announces a Call for Entries for a pair of artist designed sculptural benches for the front courtyard of the Fire Training Center in Pomona, New York. Read inside for more!

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HathorTwo of ROCA’s iconic sculptures by artist Donna Dodson will be leaving us after gracing the beautiful Catherine Konner Sculpture Park since 2010.  “Panda” with her elegant black gloves and “Hathor” have given so much joy and welcomed inquiring minds. This is the last week ( til April 28, 2016) to see “Panda” and “Hathor” by the wonderful Donna Dodson.

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Save $50 with coupon code "camp16" when you register for camp and pay in full by April 17th! Read inside for more!

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New to Camp This Summer!  Digital Art for ages 7 and up! - Meet the Instructors this Sunday, March 13th from 2-5pm at the Summer Camp Open House - read inside for more!

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“Reciprocal Ladder to Climb” by Steve Rossi"When two separate and recognizable objects — human hair and brooms, silverware and a rake — are combined into one, sometimes artistic alchemy occurs and a new unique concept emerges.

“Beautiful Nonsense: The Absurd Object,” a collection of such works curated by artist Norm Magnusson of Rhinebeck, opened at Rockland Center for the Arts last Saturday. The show features numerous artists, each whose works play tricks on how we perceive familiar objects by adding to — or taking away from — them to create their new reality.

Installations varied from Christ Victor’s reductive “Milk Crate” to Eleanor White’s inclusions (pins added to objects) to Karlos Carcamo’s sculpture created from popular ethic vinyl records and Jared Handelsman’s Truck

RoCA was standing room only, and despite arctic temperatures the crowd included guests from as far away as Beacon and Kingston, New York. “The parking lot was packed, and cars were parked in the street,” RoCA artistic director said." Read inside for more!

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All photographs by Kevin Paulsen.Kevin Paulsen's art, Winter Theorems, is currently on exhibit at RoCA through April 3rd, 2016. "I have a massive crush on the work of American artist Kevin Paulsen. He’s perhaps best known for his murals and decors for early American houses. But while Paulsen’s schemes reference and honour the work of the naive journeymen painters associated with the period, they simultaneously remain true to his contemporary vision, evidencing the post-modernist’s disposition toward playful reinvention..." Read inside for more!

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Jared Handleman's "Driving Around""Keetra Dean Dixon specializes in impossible symmetrical objects: a cigarette with two filters, one at each end (Every Breath You Take); a balloon with two openings (Dubloon). Peter Iannarelli offers a similar concept: two hammers joined at the "face." (The face is the part of the hammer you hit the nail with.) Steve Rossi's "Reciprocal Ladder to Roll" is a circular red ladder, seen feet in diameter, designed to be rolled down the street. All these self-contradictory objects appear in "Beautiful Nonsense," a show at the Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack starting February 13..."   Read inside for the full article as published on Chronogram.com

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Rockland County’s congenial Art in Public Places Committee now has an opening on its eleven member committee of volunteers.  AIPP commissions, selects and places works of art at public sites throughout Rockland County.  Artists, architects, graphic designers, art teachers, art historians, curators, art administrators and others in the fine and applied visual arts are welcome to apply. Details inside!



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