Art Exhibit Meeting Past at Akin Museums

Local artists among 95 exhibiting work in Pawling

This is the fifth year that artist/curator Bibiana Huang Matheis has organized the Meeting Past exhibit at the Akin Library and Museums in Pawling. The works of 95 artists are included in the exhibit, including art by Philipstown’s Jayne Gillman Crimmins, Garrison’s Sheilah Rechtschaffer and Beacon’s Eleni Smolen, Nestor Madalengoitia and Rieko Fujinami.

The exhibit is on view from Sept. 18 through Oct. 18 at the Akin Library and Museums, 378 Old Quaker Hill Road in Pawling. The building, an elegant late Victorian stone structure on Pawling’s Quaker Hill, holds the Olive Gunnison Natural History Museum, Historical Society Museum and the Akin Library. Organizers say that adding contemporary artworks infuses the space and permanent collections with new meaning. Some artists will create site-specific artworks that appear to have been part of the collection, adding to the visitor’s experience of looking through all three floors of artifacts for the artworks.

Exhibit hours are Friday through Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., with music on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about the venue, call 845-855-5099.

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