“Cats and Dogs” exhibit at Hudson Valley Hospital Center

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (February 26, 2014) – Animal lovers will delight in the antics of lovable cats and dogs captured in artwork currently being featured as part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s new exhibit, “Cats and Dogs, Winter and Spring.”

The exhibit, which showcases the works of five local artists, is on display through April 28 as part of the Hospital’s “Art for Health” program curated by artist Suzanne Bohrer Ashley. The public can meet the artists at a reception in the Hospital lobby on April 19 from 4- 6 p.m.

The works on display range from oil and acrylic paintings to photographs. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a series of animal portraits by photographer and animal advocate Liza Wallis Margulies.

“Whether I’m photographing people, dogs, cats, frogs, sunsets, streams or cloudy mornings, I hope to develop a rapport that goes beyond our roles as photographer and subject. It’s in that rapport that I work to reveal that which lay just beneath the surface,’’ said Margulies of her work.

The exhibit can be viewed by the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the lobby gallery and along the main corridors of the Hospital. Visitors may also view the permanent “Art for Health” collection, which features 300 original works in 17 gallery spaces throughout the campus. Artists interested in exhibiting at the hospital should contact curator Suzanne Ashley at the hospital. Contributions of art are also welcome.

About the artists:
Joy Tobin lives and works in Brewster, New York. She has been an artist and art teacher for over 25 years and is named in Who's Who among American Teachers. Joy has taught watercolor workshops at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY and continuously on various international cruise ships. The artist has a BA and MA in art and has studied with watercolorists Mel Stabin, Judy Wagner, and Judi Betts. She has had numerous solo exhibits and has been featured in galleries in New York, Connecticut, and also in the Bahamas. Her paintings can be found in collections throughout the United States and also in Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.
Basia Goldsmith lives on Riverside Drive in New York City where she enjoys a splendid view of the Hudson River. She was born in Poznan, Poland. As a child and her family were sent to an internment camp in North Africa before being relocated to Scotland where she grew up on a farm and attended a Catholic boarding school in London.

At the age of 16, Basia attended London's Central School of Art. After graduating, she moved to France and became a textile designer in Paris. In her early 20,s Basia moved to New York City where she continued her work as a freelance textile designer. She has since devoted her time exclusively to painting.

Ginny Howsam Friedman has exhibited throughout New York, New Jersey, Conn. and Massachusetts and is a member of the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery in Piermont NY. She talks about her work with enthusiasm.
"Mother Nature understands the effect of complementary colors. . . .I’m excited when I see light flash or a woods backlit or muted tones on a foggy day. And I love a view with the excitement of light bouncing all over," she says.
Liza Wallis Margulies says she loves photographing faces and would rather do that than just about anything else. “My main photographic interests are portraits, animals, night time,’’says Margulies. “My favorite subject is faces, all kinds, all shapes, all ages, all species. I can't recall a time when I didn't have an interest in photography.”
Robert Uricchio's passion for photography began at an early age as he focused on his hometown of Jackson Heights, NY. After a 20-year career with the New York City Police Department, he has once again gone back to what he enjoys most, photography. He is currently manager for an architectural website in addition to doing some film editing as well. He has photographed several famous museums and major works of art and edited videos about museums, their art, artists and architecture.

For more information on Art for Health or the artist reception, call 914-734-3557.
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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org