No classes 9/21
and 9/22 for
Rosh Hashanah



Rockland Center for the Arts presents an exhibition on the ‘Home’.  
Artists explore what ‘Home’ means?  Our home interiors create our environment and state of mind.  It is often the place we associate with our identity.    How does our interior home space affect our emotional and mental outlook on life?  Is our living space affected by the outside environment or does the home environment affect how we interact in the outside world?   Is it a sanctuary, a creative space, a place of conflict, new beginnings, endings, or memories?  The artists in this exhibit explore the home and its environment.

The exhibit is on view October 8 through November 19, 2017, with an opening reception October 8th, 1-4 pm. 









“A Distant Embrace”, works by Robert Hite.  

Hudson Valley artist Robert Hite grew up in Virginia but has traveled the world.  Hite is interested in exploring issues of local knowledge, memory, transience, environment, disenfranchisement and domicile as living art through sculpture, painting and photography. Much of his photographic work juxtaposes the artificial and the natural and play with architectural scale.

Hite’s cottages and cabins, many on stilts, have a lopsided, somewhat ramshackle air to them, as if nature is slowly reclaiming the buildings.

William Lynn wrote of Hite “These sculptures and photographs are not adequately interpreted in terms of landscape art or sustainability alone. Rather Rob visually resituates human endeavors as part of a more than human world…. His whimsical, mythological forms allow us to step back from current architecture and landscape development. To remember bedtime stories and ethnographic traditions, real or imagined. Rob scales us down to size, visually, aesthetically and morally. He envisions a more humble humanity.”    (William Lynn of Ethics and Politics of Sustainability.)

Hite has shown his work widely, including a solo show at The Nassau County Museum of Art, the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum. Hite was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.

The exhibit is on view October 8 through November 19, 2017.

Fall Exhibitions @ Rockland Center for the Arts

Rockland Center for the Arts will be kicking off its fall season of exhibits to celebrate the Contemporary Artists of Rockland.

In that spirit, our first exhibit “The Poetics of Place”, drawings by Bill Batson in Gallery One.  These drawings are careful examinations and visual interpretations of our built and natural environment in Nyack.  Each of these drawings creates a unique record that gives an insight into our history and who we are as a community.

Bill Batson, a resident of Nyack, is dedicated to using the visual arts to promote preservation, cultural education and

community environment.  He serves as the artist-in-residence at the Nyack Farmer’s Market, publishes a weekly sketch and essay of the village of Nyack in Nyack News and Views, serves on the Board of the Historical Society of Nyack, the Nyack Center and the Nyack Art Collective.  In 2013 Batson received a Rockland County Executive Arts Award.  In 2014 he published a collection of 55 sketches and short essays, “Nyack Sketch Log, An Artist and Writer Explores The History of a Hudson River Village.”

“Rockland Reverso” is an assemblage of photographs by Laurie Peek, all taken in Rockland County.  Peek’s photojournalistic work straddles the line between documentary and fine art, subtly transcending the ordinariness of its subject matter.  The photographs are vibrant, fluid surfaces that animate the inanimate with gestural boldness.   These documentary photographs of real places, are allusive images that convert the mundane into the magical.  The resulting dream-like, painterly abstractions invite the viewer to see the world afresh and speculate on the unrevealed referent.  

Peek received her MFA in Photography from SUNY Buffalo and has worked for publications that included The Brooklyn Paper and The Village Voice covering crime, protests and politics.  Her work has been featured in such publications as The Village VoiceThe Progressive and The New York Times.  She was in the Oscar-nominated documentary film “Tupac: Resurrection” and the 2012 documentary film “Koch.”

 “Contemporary Rockland Artists”, in the Emerson Gallery, celebrates the present vision of the teaching artists at RoCA.  Early founders, Rockland residents and patrons – Helen Hayes, Henry Varnum Poor, Aaron Copland, Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith had a goal “to make use of the abundant artistic talent available by offering courses of instruction, arts and crafts exhibitions, lectures….courses of instruction for children and adults of arts and crafts under teachers of a caliber seldom available outside of New York City.”

 Seventy years later, RoCA is very fortunate to be continuing the legacy of our founders.  The exceptional faculty here actively creates, teaches and exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley and the U.S.  We are proud to list just a few of their accomplishments:  Pottery teacher Don Bradford has exhibited in the NJ State Museum and Morris Museum.   Creative writing instructor Sally Lipton Derringer’s poems have appeared in Poet LoreThe Los Angeles Review and The New York Quarterly.  Painting instructor Karen Edelmann teaches in the U.S., France and Italy with Artists Abroad and Afield.  Paula Maddawick, drawing instructor, apprenticed to Jasper johns and Robert Rauschenberg.  Her drawings have exhibited at Castelli Gallery, Matthew Marks, Silvermine and the Edward Hopper House.  Howard Nathenson’s paintings have been shown at The Whitney Museum while Mari Ogihara’s ceramics has exhibited at the Aldrich Museum and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan.  Painting instructor John Rosis is a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant recipient and has exhibited at the Berkshire Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 We invite you join us at the opening reception, Sept. 10th, 1-4 pm to experience these extraordinary artists of Rockland.  Contemporary Rockland Artists will be on view Sept. 10 – Sept. 24.  The Poetics of Place and Rockland Reverso will be on view Sept. 10 – Oct. 1, 2017.  An opening reception will be held Sept. 10,    1 – 4 pm. 


Jacques Jarrige Kinetic Sculptures at RoCA : CURVES #1, #2, #3

The Rockland Center for the Arts presents new work by Jacques Jarrige.

Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) is pleased to collaborate with Piermont Straus Gallery in Piermont, NY, and the Valerie Goodman Gallery in NYC to present the sculptural works of French artist Jacques Jarrige.  This three-part celebration begins with the unveiling of Jarrige's sculptures at RoCA, a house tour of Goodman's Jarrige "art-house", and finally a champagne reception at Piermont Straus Gallery.  

 Opening event: September 23, 2017 2-5 PM at RoCA

Jacques Jarrige has created a site-specific work for RoCA’s outdoor sculpture garden to be on display from September 23, 2017 until June 30, 2018.   

Entitled CURVES #1  the main piece evokes the surface of a frozen wave captured in hand wrought aluminum placed in a naturally formed apse of three trees – a sculptural expression of energy flow, light and nature.  Two additional hand hammered aluminum sculptures incorporating the kinetics of wind and sound vibration, CURVES #2 & #3 will be installed in the nature trail.  

Jacques Jarrige’s work over the last thirty years has always focused on the dialogue around the relation of person and objects. In all of his endeavors from sculpture, to design and fabrication of objects for the home, to independent artistic interventions; he has sought to find a balance between disparate qualities of artist, viewer, and object. 

 In each medium, a sensual, often hesitant line strives to embrace an elusive volume. The tension between minimal solid shapes and expansive open space is at the heart of his three-dimensional expressive drawings in which he feels it is the medium that dictates his every move. At the end with the artist’s process retained in the object he invites the viewer to freely continue the dialogue.

 Piermont Straus Gallery will showcase his drawings, sculptural jewelry, miniatures and documentation of process.  Gallery Owner Valerie Goodman will open her home in Piermont to present the interior design work of Jacques Jarrige.  Later in September, Jacques will be facilitating a private workshop for artists of the Rockland Living Museum.  See a schedule of events below.

 Join us for a weekend of events celebrating Jacques Jarrige’s art:

Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2-5 pm, Rockland Center for the Arts, (27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack) will have an opening reception of Sculptures by Jacques Jarrige in the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park and in our Nature Trail.   Free to the public.  A tour will be given in French by Valerie Goodman the day of the opening.

Saturday, Sept. 23rd, from 4 to 5 at RoCA  Jacques will invite participants to create their own sculpture inspired by his vocabulary using material he will provide.  Jacques, at the same time will create small sculptures on the spot that he will autograph.

Sunday, Sept. 24th, 11-2,  Rockland tour of Valerie Goodman House of Jacques Jarrige architectural work and furniture.  ($25 per person, advanced registration required).

Sunday, Sept. 24th, 2-5,  Piermont Straus Gallery, 10 Roundhouse Rd, Piermont, NY is the opening of Jacques Jarrige jewelry, miniatures and drawings. 

The exhibit is on view September 23, 2017 – June 30, 2018, free to the public.  To purchase tickets to the house tour go to“Support RoCA” tab or contact RoCA at 845-358-0877.  


Juried Art Exhibit & Sale to Benefit Rockland County Pride Center
Sunday, June 4 - Sunday, June 18
Opening Reception:
Sunday, June 4, 2017 1pm - 5pm

Featured Artist: Mary Ann Heinzen


Fragments of Imagination:  A Vignette of Repsychling
February 19 - April 23, 2017
Opening Reception, Feb. 19, 1-4 pm

Mark Khaisman
Will Kurtz
Sui Park
Federico Uribe

Curator:  Vida Sabbaghi

This is the fourth stop of Repsychling, the third major exhibition of An Inclusive World Project from COPE NYC.  Contributing artists Mark Khaisman, Will Kurtz, Sui Park, and Federico Uribe are known for their imaginative use of repetition, recycling, and repurposing.  Numeracy and materials are recurring themes throughout Fragments of Imagination: A Vignette of Repsychling. The use of materials by the artists demonstrates how the medium itself can extend and reinvigorate the subject matter in ways that allow for a deeper understanding. The medium enables the artists to take their creativity to a higher level.  The exhibit is on view February 19 through April 23, with an opening reception Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-4 pm.

Will Kurtz forms realistic figures from newspapers, magically morphing his chosen material into skin, fabric, and hair. Newspaper is his medium of choice because it gives a raw, imperfect ephemeral presence. The artist selects and creates uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality.
Ukraine born Mark Khaisman composes portraits of Film Noir stars by layering translucent packaging tape onto clear backlit Plexiglas panels. Works are categorized into several archetypal groups: fragmented Hollywood rags, film noir stills, and iconic objects of prestige from art history and pop culture.
Federico Uribe, originally from Bogota and now living in Miami, multiplies the most common tool for creating two dimensional artworks - the pencil - into the building blocks of his large-scale sculptures and collage sculptures, which bristle with a kind of staccato energy. His sculptures are not sculpted but constructed and woven, in curious, unpredictable, and repetitive, almost compulsive, ways.
Sui Park’s work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. They represent transitions and transformations in nature.The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, inexpensive and easily consumed.





Activism in Art:  Art Changes Things

February 19 - April 23, 2017
Opening Reception, February 19, 1-4 pm

Vera Aronow
Michael Fischerkeller
Roger Grange
Simone Kestelman
Lisa Levart
Francesco Mastalia
Sarah Mondale
Wilfredo Morel
Jessica Putnam Phillips
Loren Schwerd
Maria Silverstein

Curator:  Barbara Galazzo and Daly Flanagan

The artists in this exhibit respond to social injustice, environmental issues, and our food supply while using their art as a weapon to bring to the forefront issues they’re most passionate about, bringing about community healing and change.  Activism in Art: Art Changes Things looks at art that transcends boundaries,  operates as an empowering agent of change, presenting work that challenges notions of socia and environmental issues.  This work is meant to start conversations. Activism in Art is on view February 19 through April 23, 2017, with an opening Sunday Feb. 19, 1 - 4 pm.

Jessica Putnam Phillips uses her art as a reflection of her own experience in the military as an intelligence specialist in the US Air Force deployed to the Middle East. She explores the juxtaposition of US service women in combat with the domestic and decorative nature of heirloom tableware. 

Wilfredo Morel is a highly acclaimed artist and community activist known for his sculptures utilizing recycled materials, related to the communities where the materials are found.  He raises awareness of healthcare, AIDS and the seasonal migrant farm workers who maintain Hudson Valley farms by combining communication and the use of arts as a conduit for health care disparity of farm workers. 

Loren Schwerd brings to light issues concerning water and the environment of her beloved Louisiana Coastline. Through sculptures, she depicts the visible effects of BP’s Macondo well oil spill and presents the language used by scientists and journalists to communicate the scale of the crisis and its dire effects on the coastal region, its wildlife and economies. 

Vera Aronow, Sarah Mondale and Roger Grange wrote, edited and directed the film MEGAMALL. Aronow, a Rockland resident, kicks off the film as the mall developer comes to West Nyack and follows it through its development.  The film encourages people to think of themselves as citizens and to take action in their own communities..

Simone Kestelman creates art that addresses the disabled and the plight of women and children who are victims of violence. Kestelman’s art gives survivors not only a voice, but also a way to raise consciousness and, allows children to understand their experiences. 

Lisa Levart uses the art of photography to portray the female Goddess archetypes embodied in contemporary women. She expresses a powerful creative voice to express the fierce, tender and joyful spirits of creative and impassioned women.

Marisa Silverstein uses art to bring to light the senseless loss from gun violence. Heartbroken and weary of hearing of yet another shooting in our country, she was spurred to find a way to represent visually the sheer number of victims of gun violence in the U.S.  She creates paintings with folded paper, 92 in each piece, representing the number of Americans killed each day by gun violence.

Francesco Mastalia set out to wrestle with the surviving meaning of the word “organic, one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today.”  Using an antiquated 19th-century wet plate collodion process, he photographed the Hudson Valley chefs, farmers and food artisans who held sometimes strong and sometimes evolving notions of what the word meant to them and their work.

Michael Fischerkeller brings an uncomfortable truth to a street art aesthetic. His paintings capture a shared social conscience and offers truths of increasingly complex and significant political, economic and social issues of our time.  Referencing values, he satirically  tackles the current imbalances of the sexes, government and  our climate.




RoCA Members Exhibit
January 15th - February 5, 2017

Eleanor Grace Miller

Peter Strasser

Mark Attebery

Mary Marzolf Smith

Doris Shepherd Wiese

Dan Lukens

Patricia Catanzaro

Ann Adelstein

Artist’s Eligibility:    

Open to all artists (18 years and over) who are members of Rockland Center for the Arts.  The membership fee is only $25 and may be purchased at the time of drop-off.

One piece per member.  

Artwork Requirements:
Artwork is limited to paintings, drawings, graphics, mixed media, ceramics, photography & video. Video artists will be required to supply their own equipment.  Wall work must be framed with hanging hardware affixed to the back.  Size may not exceed a 42” dimension in width and 56” in height.  Photographs must be matted and framed.  Due to limited gallery space, sculpture is limited to pedestal or hanging pieces.  Artwork must have been created after January 2014 and not previously shown at RoCA.  We will not be accepting any reproductions of original artwork.

Sales:  RoCA receives 33% commission on all sales. Not for Sale (NFS) is an option, indicate accordingly. 

Artists exhibit at their own risk.
Artwork is displayed at the discretion of RoCA.

Your entry implies agreement to the above conditions. 


Artwork will be accepted only during the following hours:  
Tuesday, January 3, 9:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday, January 4, 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, January 5, 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday, January 6, 9:00am-5:00pm


Artwork must be picked up during the following hours:  
Monday, February 6, 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday, February 7, 9:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday, February 8, 9:00am-5:00pm 

Please feel free to contact Barbara Galazzo at (845) 358-0877 x.15 with any questions.

Download the Application here