1. Virtual Artist Talk via Zoom With Barbara Smith Gioia & Diane Churchill Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00pm Free of Charge

    Virtual Artist Talk via Zoom With Barbara Smith Gioia & Diane Churchill Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00pm Free of Charge

    To celebrate the potential in all things, RoCA presents two exhibits centering on light and color, join RoCA on Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00pm for a free virtual discussion. These two womens' art bring a sense of relief to the senses with their work: awash with true joy, rinsing away the past year's psychic debris caused by isolation and worry. Fragments of Alliance, works by Barbara Smith Gioia and Gold: Pages from a Lost Book, works by Diane Churchill.

    Barbara Smith Gioia invites her audience into an abstract space that communicates potential and possibility, humanity and joy. Gioia draws from the essential line and uses unconventional techniques of "silkscreen unhinged" as an improvisational approach dovetailed with her interest in collage. Mining printed papers, she discovered that fragments were powerful when liberated from the whole and found new life in her paintings, when paired with or incorporating other fragments from completely different prints. The physical rhythm of printing begins the process of translating marks, paint, and color into a free-form dance. The result is a world that is open to interpretation and possibility.

    Diane Churchill explores the pigment, reflectivity and symbolic meanings of gold. Something precious is suggested, reminiscent of ancient documents with a form of writing unknown to us. Her artist's mark and the marks of codified writing are an interplay of languages. With the reverential qualities of the Divine, gold is transcendence, its inexpressibility, its permanence. During this pandemic, the artist needed to depict light and paint as aspirational. Gold in her work does not suggest material wealth. Rather, she hopes these "writings" speak to people's minds and hearts.

    Join us for a discussion with both women as they share their inspiration, intents and ask: What were the artists' inspiration for these series? How can art relieve our senses? How does art lift us up? Can color change our perspectives? How did art help them through the pandemic? What do these series of paintings mean to the artist?

    Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.

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  2. Blown Before Your Eyes

    Blown Before Your Eyes

    Join Moshe Bursuker again on Friday, May 21 @ 7:00pm as he opens up his studio for a live virtual Glassblowing Demonstration-Fundraiser for RoCA crafted as you watch.

    The fundraiser is 3 tiered:

    You can see these pieces being made live during the demonstration in Bursuker’s glass studio. This is a fundraiser for Rockland Center for the Arts: your purchases support RoCA’s extensive programs.   

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  3. Inside the Artist's Studio with J Henry Fair, Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00pm Fee: $10

    Inside the Artist's Studio with J Henry Fair, Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00pm Fee: $10

    Tuesday, April 27
    at 6:00pm via Zoom
    Fee: $10

    Join us for a virtual tour of J Henry Fair's studio (via Zoom)! J Henry Fair is an American photographer and environmental activist. Known for his "chillingly beautiful" (Audubon Magazine) environmental aerial photos, Fair has called attention to environmental and political problems in different regions of the world. Fair is the winner of the 2019 "Environmental Photographer of the Year" and the 2012 "Earth Through A Lens" Award. In 2020, Fair was featured as one of the 12 most influential nature and conservation photographers of our time in the newly released book­"Human Nature". The book received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Among the 3 solo photo books Mr. Fair has published, he is best known for his "Industrial Scars" series, about which, Roberta Smith, chief art critic of The New York Times said "The vivid color photographs of J Henry Fair" lead an uneasy double life as potent records of environmental pollution and as ersatz evocations of abstract painting ... information and form work together, to devastating effect." Fair's work is widely published: from The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, TIME, and New York, to Die Zeit, The Guardian, Le Figaro, and Art. He has been featured on European Television networks like Arte, and TTT, and American programs like CBC, Today and Marketplace, television and radio, respectively.

    Since 2011, Fair has had numerous touring exhibits in major galleries and museums across the USA, Europe, and Asia. Recent career highlights include solo exhibitions in the Natural History Museum of Berlin, The German Environment Ministry in Dessau, Umbria World Foto Festival in Italy, Xposure Photo Festival in the United Arab Emirates, Arts House in Singapore, Gerald Peters Gallery and Mass Moca, the SFO Museum in San Francisco, etc. His selected works can be found in the permanent collection in the History Museum of Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Museum of Oil in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, to name a few. Mr. J Henry Fair was born in Charleston, South Carolina and holds a degree in journalism from Fordham University. He is currently based in New York City and Berlin.

    Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.

    ASG logoThis virtual program is made possible thanks to
    a generous sponsorship from the Art Services Group.
    Rockland County Tourism
    NYS Council on the ArtsThis program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland. 
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  4. Magic in the Making: A Free Virtual Fundraiser for Rockland Center for the Arts

    Magic in the Making: A Free Virtual Fundraiser for Rockland Center for the Arts
    Join us for
    Magic in the Making
    A Free Virtual Fundraiser for Rockland Center for the Arts
    Saturday, April 17 @ 7:00pm
    With special performances by: 
    Jon Pousette-Dart
    Johnny Irion
    Emotions Physical Dance Theatre
    and Carlo Pellegrini of Amazing Grace Circus
    To register to receive the link to this special event, visit 
    https://rocklandartcenter.org/roca/magic-in-the-making-a-free-virtual-fundraiser-for-rockland-center-for-the-arts.html
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  5. Eva Zeisel: A Virtual Chat (via Zoom) with Jean Richards

    Eva Zeisel: A Virtual Chat (via Zoom) with Jean Richards

    This lecture is part of RoCA’s new series: The Luminary Artists of Rockland.

    Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm (a Q & A will follow the presentation)
    Tickets: $10

    Self-declared "maker of useful things" Eva Zeisel was a Hungarian-born American industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she emigrated to the United States. Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships, unusual and inviting takes on what we take for granted. In the middle years of the 20th century, Zeisel’s works could be found on the tabletops of many homes. Her designs are not only prized by collectors but continue to be sold today. What once was merely mundane and blandly functional suddenly had a magic beyond mere purpose.

    This lecture, packed with examples of Zeisel’s works and details both personal and professional, presents her to new and established devotees. Hosted by Jean Richards, actress, Eva Zeisel expert—as well as her daughter and executor of her estate—this lecture brings scholarly insight into Eva Zeisel’s life and work: a woman who survived imprisonment in the revolutionary tumult of the Soviet-era, who journeyed to the United States and concocted legendary designs that redefined housewares, forever impacting American arts and culture during the post-war years—who was also a wife and a mother. 

    Zeisel’s acclaim is worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collections of such museums as the Met, MoMA, and the British Museum. She has also received the two highest civilian awards from the Hungarian government, as well as honorifics from numerous art and design schools from the world over. Eva Zeisel’s fame and influence will likely continue for years to come. This lecture makes the case for her as a titan of design. 

    Jean RichardsJean Richards is an actress and author of several children’s books.  She appeared in the original Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Rothschilds, and in many off- and off-off Broadway productions. Throughout her career she specialized in a variety of voice-overs: from medical demos to children’s stories.  Jean is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. 

    Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.

    The Luminary Artists of Rockland is made possible through a generous grant from The M&T Charitable Foundation and sponsorship from Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman, PC.

    RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.

     

    Rockland Center for the Arts § 27 South Greenbush Road § West Nyack, NY 10994
    Phone: 845-358-0877 § Fax: 845-358-0971
    Website: www.rocklandartcenter.org

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  6. Edward Hopper: A Virtual Lecture (via Zoom) with Juliana Roth, Chief Storyteller, Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center

    Edward Hopper: A Virtual Lecture (via Zoom) with Juliana Roth, Chief Storyteller, Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center
    This first lecture is in partnership with the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center as part of RoCA's new series: The Luminary Artists of Rockland.

    Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm
    Tickets: $10
     
            
                                                                                                                                 
    Using Hopper's paintings as inspiration, this talk will explore the ways stories are constructed by and for the subjects held in iconic Rockland-raised painter Edward Hopper's frame. We will also discuss the lives of Marion Hopper (his sister) and Jo Nivison Hopper (his wife, a fellow painter) who kept very detailed journals and logs, asking what it takes for an object to be considered art and how we can explore the possibility for art within our own lives. We will complicate the idea of the domestic and create a fuller picture of the Hopper legacy.
    Juliana Roth portrait
    Juliana Roth is an artist currently based in Nyack, NY. She is curious of the possibilities for telling stories across genres. She is most passionate about collaborating with others and likes to apply art and storytelling for transformation, to build community, and as a pathway for creative social change. Currently, she works with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Rivertown Film Society, and Leftfield Productions to do just that. Sometimes, she acts. Mostly, she writes. She was selected as a 2020 VIDA Fellow with Sundress Publications for her fiction.

    The Luminary Artists of Rockland Virtual Lecture Series is made possible through generous funding from M&T Bank and Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman, P.C.

    Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.
     
    RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for its programs from The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, M&T Bank, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., the Rea Charitable Trust, Golden Artist Colors, Inc., QuietEvents, Rockland County Tourism, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting Services Inc., Sarah and Stephen Thomas, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland,  The Family Fjord Foundation, Simona and Jerome Chazen, Art Services Group, RoCA members, donors and business members.
     
    RoCA's programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.
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  7. Virtual Chinese Brush Painting (all levels)

    Virtual Chinese Brush Painting (all levels)

    Virtual Chinese Brush Painting (all levels)

    Jane Chang     $170 / seniors $160

    Originating in 8th century, Chinese brush painting is one of the most renowned approaches to painting. It unifies what were considered the highest forms of creativity in China: painting, poetry, and calligraphy. Known as the "Three Perfections," the painting style combines these disciplines to depict nature as a stylized extension of the emotional world of the artist.

    For the beginner, you will learn the "Four Gentlemen," each a representative of the four seasons: wild orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom. We will focus on the quality of strokes, color preparation, rhythm, movement, energy, composition, and more! As for fun-loving experienced students, you will have chances to explore traditional flowers, birds, animals, landscapes, and beyond. Special attention will be paid to individual development. Let the spontaneous harmony and rhythm of Chi (life energy) dominate and flourish. You will learn and master the beauty of this timeless medium in no time. This class is for both watercolor and Chinese-style brush painting students. No painting experience required. All levels welcome. Zoom* information will be sent upon registration. Registration for this class begins Thursday, November 19 at 9:00am. 

    M77B 6 sessions starting Wed. Feb. 24 1:00–3:00pm

    Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.

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  8. NEW! YogArt for Teens

    NEW! YogArt for Teens

    NEW! YogArt for Teens

    Tenley Marshall Escoffrey        $125 (plus $35 materials fee)

    Discover creativity, flow, focus, and intuition through the practice of yoga, the journalling of the imagination, and the creation of art.

    Each virtual class on Zoom, will focus on the stimulation of physical strength, emotional balance, and self-confidence. Drawing on individual experience, this teen class will explore the physical and philosophical practice of traditional yoga.  Teens will develop body and mind strength and flexibility through yoga poses and sequences, breathing exercises, meditation, visualization, and relaxation. Journaling, discussions, and art activities will create a positive environment that supports self-esteem, body appreciation, and tools for stress management.

    All levels of artists and yogi's welcome!

    Projects Include Buddha Books, Zines, Journaling Visual Body Scans, "Chakra Catchers"l, Sound Healing Cards, Accordion, Half-Fold, and Flipbook forms of journaling. A kit with all supplies needed can be purchased for $35 picked-up at RoCA.

    M24 6 sessions starting Thu. Jan. 7  5:45-6:45pm

    Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.

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  9. Glass Bead Workshop

    Glass Bead Workshop
    Virtual Artist Talk 
    with Kris Campbell & Leslie Fandrich

    Thursday, September 24 at 4:00pm
    Free of charge


    In celebration of the year of the women's movement, join RoCA on Thursday, Sept. 24th at 4:00pm for a free virtual discussion on two exhibits by women. Each explores how women are seen and perceived: LOOK AT ME: Works by Kris Campbell and THE FEMININE PERCEPTION: Beauty and Nonsense, Works by Leslie Fandrich.

    Kris Campbell takes a delicate, nominal craft, and, using yarn on mesh screens assembles large works that take up space and demand to be seen.  Her exhibit asks the viewer to go beyond judgment to become aware of what is seen, how something is seen, while actively engaging in the experience of the outward — and inward — gaze.  All the artworks are of women: some confront us, some accept, and some beckon to us to suspend judgment and look within.

    Leslie Fandrich tells stories of the feminine deploying collage, by drawing connections to the female body and ways in which women are viewed – or not viewed – in today's society and the media.  Her modern and timeless work explores the ways in which our visual language has provided a disservice to more than half the human population.  Her intent is to question and transform the way women are respected in our culture and reflected in our media.

    Join us for a discussion with the artists as they share their inspirations, intents, and ask the questions:  What do women need to do to hold power?  How do powerful women make others feel?  How does feminism intersect with racism, gender roles, and other forms of oppression?  How do women increase their value in a society that frequently de-values them?  How do we perceive gender?

    Exhibits on view through October 3, by appointment.
    To register and receive Zoom information for this program, 
    call (845) 358-0877.
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  10. Support RoCA

    Support RoCA

    The Rockland Center for the Arts enriches the life of our community because of generous support from our members, individual donors, local businesses, foundations, and state and local government.

    Membership
    Membership has its privileges! Join at the level of your choice and access an array of benefits for you and your family. Please consider joining the community of individuals who support the arts through a RoCA membership.

    Donate
    Your donation supports arts education outreach, provides need-based scholarships to children for our art summer camp, and increases access to the arts through free and low cost events in our galleries and performance spaces.

    RoCA is your link to the creative spirit that does so much to enhance the quality of life here in Rockland. Every contribution matters. Make a donation today.

    Business Membership and Sponsorship
    Become a Business Member and provide a solid foundation for RoCA's work while offering an exciting and creative benefit for your staff and their families.

    Get noticed as a RoCA supporter! Sponsor a program, performance or exhibition and gain appreciation from RoCA's thousands of loyal members, supporters, and visitors. It's a great way to give back to our community and gain positive visibility for your business.

    Planned Giving
    Long-term support of The Rockland Center for the Arts through a planned gift ensures that we can continue and improve our programs and services to the community. Learn how you and your family can benefit from making a gift through Planned giving.

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