HVCCA Holds Free Arts Day on Dec. 2

Window installations on view in December

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) takes part in Free Arts Day on Dec. 2. The day includes a docent tour of HVCCA exhibitions at 1 p.m., education workshops 2 – 4 p.m., and a 4 p.m. screening of the documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, followed by a Q&A with Director Tamra Davis.

In one of the 2 p.m. education workshops, Director of Education Jo-Ann Brody will take participants on a mini-tour of the Peekskill Project V exhibition, focusing on artists working with collage and assemblage. Afterwards, participants explore methods of creating their own collages. The workshop is open to kids of all ages; children under 5 require parental supervision.

In another education workshop starting at 2 p.m., participants explore ideas about how people inhabit space and the objects that surround them, led by Peekskill Project V artist Elisa Pritzker. Participants can then create small sculptures inspired by Pritzker’s installation Eclectica Store at 417 Main St. The workshop is open to ages 10 and up, including adults.

Space is limited for the workshops and documentary screening. RSVP to Jo-Ann Brody at [email protected]. Visit its website, hvcca.org, for more information.

Peekskill Project V windows

The HVCCA is partnering with The Peekskill BID to make Downtown Peekskill a destination for contemporary art this holiday season. Window installations will be on view Dec. 1 – Jan. 1.

As part of the project, HVCCA will give a guided tour of 14 installations in downtown storefront windows on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 – 6 p.m. Meet at The Peekskill Coffee House (101 South Division St.). The evening will conclude with a public reception at the Pop Up Gallery, located at 906 Main St.

The Pop Up Gallery will be open Saturday, Dec. 8 (1 – 8 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 9 (1 – 6 p.m.) only.

ArtCrawl and Pop Up Gallery artists include John Agne, Hu Bing, Nancy Bowen, Jo-Ann Brody, Marcy Chevali, Kerry Cox, Ada Cruz, Ad Deville, Chantel Foretich, Philip Hardy, Sarah Haviland, Ryan Humphrey, Carla Rae Johnson, Barbara Korman, Nelson Loskamp, Luis Maldonado, Eva Mantell, James Mulvaney, Martha Mysko & Willie Wayne Smith, Gene Panczenko, Daniel Phillips, Don Porcella, Elisa Pritzker, Gae Savannah, Christine Sciulli, Jonathan Stanish, Tim & Talia Trewhella and Song Xin.

Membership special

HVCCA is a not-for-profit, membership-supported organization. Memberships help to support the center in grant applications and to develop exhibitions, educational programs and public events.

Members who renew or people who become new members before the end of the year receive a free gift upon their first visit to the museum. Additionally, a second membership may be purchased as a gift for a loved one (at any level) with a 25 percent discount through Dec. 31.

HVCCA is open Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.; and Tuesday through Thursday by appointment. Offsite venues (189 & 190 N. Water St., 417 Main St., 1453 Main St., 1698 Main St.) are open through Dec. 9 on Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday by appointment.

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