Public invited to help create artwork 4 to 6 p.m.

This February, Gallery 66 NY will participate in the village’s daylong Winter First Friday, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. As part of the festivities, Gallery 66 will have the public create a piece of art with “snowball pigment throws” from 4 to 6 p.m., Feb 6. For a list of the activities throughout the day, visit the Facebook page of the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

The opening reception of Show the Love will follow at 6 p.m., featuring 30 artists who live and work in Cold Spring, including Thomas Huber, whose unrelated drawings and imagery utilize natural and biological forms; Russ Ritell, whose social and political graphic work of the punk scene creates a raw edginess in his paintings; Richard Bruce, whose paintings reflect the essence of nature and its abstractions; and works of Carl Van Brunt using digital fractal repetition to create otherworldly abstract images.

All 30 artists, in keeping with the “love” theme of February, will feature works that celebrate the “rouge” tones of red, purple and pink.

The month of love is also celebrated in the back gallery with Puttin’ on the Ritz, paintings by Holly Markhoff. Through her use of acrylic, oil or mixed media with paints, paper and layers of gloss, she creates a translucent glassy effect with many of her paintings.

The exhibit will be on view Feb. 6 through March 1, with an artist’s reception Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular winter hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 845-809-5838 or visit

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