Peekskill Project V Offers Workshops, Exhibits, Yoga

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill continues Peekskill Project V programming at the center as well as around town. HVCCA is located at 1701 Main St. in Peekskill. The museum is open Fridays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday by appointment. For more information, contact HVCCA at 914-788-0100 or [email protected], or visit their website,

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.

All Things Clay With Jo-Ann Brody

A work by Brie Ruais at HVCCA

A work by Brie Ruais at HVCCA

Workshop #1 will take inspiration from the work of Peekskill Project V artist Brie Ruais. The class starts with a look at a video of Ruais creating her piece, and then participants use their hands and fingers to experience pushing, pulling, and manipulating colored clays on a board. The results will be fired and glazed and can be picked up mid-February.

Workshop #2 explores the Hudson Valley landscape. Participants will choose an image to draw and paint on a clay tile in glaze. The resulting tiles will be fired and assembled into a mural on South Street in Peekskill.

The workshops are open to kids of all ages, but parents must supervise children under 5. They are free with HVCCA admission ($5 adult, $4 seniors, $2 students), but members are always admitted free. Space is limited for both workshops; reserve places by contacting Cora Harris at [email protected]

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Book Club on Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo

The HVCCA holds free monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesdays of the month to informally discuss a selected work of fiction or non-fiction focused on the visual arts. New readers are welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

Opening Reception: The Power of Place

This group exhibition of works by members of the Peekskill Artist Club opens in the HVCCA Mezzanine Gallery and will be on view through April 28. Artists include Gulgun Aliriza, Emil Alzamora, Cristina Alvarez Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Andrew Barthelmes, Geoff Feder, Philip Hardy, Katherine Mangiardi, James Mulvaney, Adam Niklewicz, Jason Repolle, Shara Shisheboran, Tim Smith, Ken Vallario, and Michael Zelehoski.

A recent meeting of the Peekskill Artist Club

A recent meeting of the Peekskill Artist Club

In May 2010, a group of young artists began meeting at HVCCA once a month to critique each other’s works, to continue the dialogue with their peers that had been cherished during their school years, and to move along a road of constant growth and improvement. Over two and a half years, the Peekskill Artist Club has grown, gaining from group critique and constructive self-analysis. This exhibition is a culmination of their time together, a step along the path to greater artistic growth, self-knowledge and creativity.

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m.

Support the Arts Vinyasa

Partnering with iHARTyoga, HVCCA will begin offering a vinyasa yoga session open to all levels on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Drop-ins cost $15; the six-class series is $50. A minimum of 10 people is needed to run the series. Portions of the proceeds are donated to HVCCA. For more information or to make reservations, call 212-767-9979.

The New Hudson River School

Through July 28

Detail of 'Swarm' by Diana Cooper in 'The New Hudson River School'

Detail of ‘Swarm’ by Diana Cooper in ‘The New Hudson River School’

The New Hudson River School, in the main gallery of HVCCA, addresses the landscape but goes beyond the heritage of putting brush to canvas, embracing the use of found materials and new media, including video and installation. Several works investigate the region by literally digging into its history and archaeology, addressing the grittiness of its urban sites. Others highlight the bucolic splendor of the riverfront, estates, waterfalls, mountains and valleys.

Peter Daverington: Arcadia, 2012

Through Feb. 3

Showing in the HVCCA video room, Arcadia is an audio-visual meditation on a basic unit of perceptual reality, the Monad. In science, the Monad is often used to describe the primal unseen entity of creation, which has led some people to describe it as the God particle.

Arcadia begins as a single point in the nameless void from where a linear narrative develops, suggesting that all things are intricately connected. It follows a line that develops from a point in space to a complex hypercube, traveling through the microcosmic labyrinth of quantum physics and out into the landscape. The landscape represents the sublime — a reference to the romantic portrayal of nature by the Hudson River School painters.

Peekskill Project V at The Peekskill Coffee House

Through Jan. 31

The HVCCA partners with The Peekskill Coffee House to stage an exhibition of photographs by Peekskill Project V artists Ben Altman, Sara Hart and Shara Shisheboran. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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