Legacy of John Gould opens Sept. 14 at RiverWinds Gallery

RiverWinds Gallery opens another show celebrating Beacon’s Centennial by featuring the work of John F. Gould. Famous for his paintings of the historic Hudson River, he often painted local Hudson River Valley scenes including the Beacon Incline Railway and the Ferries that crossed the Hudson. The show opens from 5 to 8 p.m. on Beacon Second Saturday Sept. 14, and runs through Oct. 6.

"Dutchess Ferry" painting by John F. Gould (Image courtesy of RiverWinds Gallery)

“Dutchess Ferry” painting by John F. Gould (Image courtesy of RiverWinds Gallery)

Gould had a long career in art, both as an artist and art instructor. In the world of fine arts, he was a successful painter. His oil paintings and watercolor are in many private collections. For subject matter, he was partial to historical subject, especially the Hudson River Valley.

Born in Worcester, Mass., in 1906, he studied art at Pratt Institute, and later instructed at Pratt for 22 years. He was a prominent illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post for more than eights years and an illustrator for many national corporations. For more than 20 years, Gould was an art consultant for General Electric Company.

His paintings of locomotive and rapid transit subjects can be seen in executive offices of railroads worldwide. In 1957, he established a gallery in the Hudson Valley, which still features his work. He passed away in 1996, but sons Robert and Paul have kept his legacy alive. They have assembled this wonderful collection of their father’s work for RiverWinds Gallery.

RiverWinds Gallery is located at 172 Main St., Beacon. Call 845-838-2880 or visit riverwindsgallery.com. Hours are Wednesday – Monday noon to 6 p.m. and Beacon Second Saturday noon to 9 p.m.

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