Five Corners Exhibit Opens at Hudson Valley Hospital Center

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (August 29, 2012) – Lynne Schulte’s mother adored hot pink so when a fuschia-colored Adirondack chair mystically appeared during a summer retreat to Maine after her mother’s death, Schulte took it as a sign that their relationship was not over.  

The chair, which appears in a series of her paintings, has led Schulte on a journey of discovery and acceptance that are at the heart of her traveling exhibit “The Pink Chair Project.”

“People can see whatever they want to see in my pink chair paintings,” said Schulte. “But I want them to know what I see, what I have learned in the process. I want them to hear my story and understand the healing energy of grief, of how important it is to remain open to the spirit. If this exhibit helps anyone work through loss and grief, I will be happy.”

Schulte is one of five local artists whose work will be on display at Hudson Valley Hospital Center as part of its latest “Art for Health” exhibit “The Five Corners.”

The works will be on display starting September 17 at HVHC’s Art for Health Gallery in the main lobby and hallways and can be viewed 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public can meet the artists at an opening reception that will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2. Visitors may also view the permanent “Art for Health” collection, which includes 250 pieces of original art throughout other public areas of the hospital


About the Artists featured in “The Five Corners Exhibit” :


Lynne Schulte has presented several solo exhibitions across the United State including Kansas, Washington DC, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Primary among her themes are fluid water images inspired by the rocky shores of Maine. She works in many media including photography, monotypes mixed media pieces, oil, watercolor, and pastels. The “Pink Chair Project” which includes 25 paintings, is a small part of her body of work.  The Massachusetts artist has shown her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, has received many fellowships and residencies, and is an art educator as well.

Larry D’Amico’s interest in the play between representational imagery and the more abstract qualities of color and form is evident in his Impressionist-style paintings. The use of color in his oils, acrylics and pastels simulate light and create atmosphere. His work has been shown extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area and across the United States over the last 20 years in both solo and group exhibits.  He has taught painting, drawing, and sculpture at all age levels through the Westchester Arts Council and Silvermine Artists Guild. In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work, with paintings in several corporate collections.  He received his B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and has also studied at the New York School of Visual Art and San Francisco Art Institute.Besides his painting career, D'Amico is also an instructor, curator, printmaker, President of the Peekskill Arts Council, and organizer of other group artistic and beautifying projects.

Brook R. Maher has been working from her studio in Peekskill's Flat Iron Building for close to 20 years. “My love of bold color, line and shape as well as intricate, fabric-inspired patterns, gives my work a graphic quality. My work is joyful. Stylistic influences include Japanese prints, European and American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, medieval illuminations and tapestries, 20th century African-American artists, ‘primitive’ and ‘folk art’ designs and textiles from around the world. There is always an element of story-telling to my art.” Maher’s colorful acrylic portraits include a number of private commissions, including the Peekskill Shopkeeper Series. She also works in graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor and fabric arts and has set up a studio in Taos, New Mexico.

Ms. Maher recently completed a privately commissioned mosaic mural based on Google Earth images of the Hudson Valley. She designed, worked on and acted as artist/consultant for an 8 by 24-foot mosaic mural at Walter Panas High School and Peekskill’s Riverfront Green features a mural of the Hudson designed by Ms. Maher.

 Raymond Howell paintings based in realism are infused with surrealistic impressionism.  He used collage, mural painting, and the perfecting of a new serigraph printmaking process to expand his artistry. African American subjects are his focus and he created a wide range of images including a series of works on innovative jazz musicians. Mr. Howell, an Oakland California native, was a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene in the mid 1960s Haight -Ashbury era when he opened and operated Art Associates West, a gallery and art school.  His painting, The Brown Family was purchased by the Oakland Museum as part of its permanent collection.  Widely exhibited throughout his career, he was honored in 1999 when Stanford University presented a 40 year retrospective of his artwork. September 7, 2002 was remembered as Raymond Howell Day in San Francisco, reflecting his long and successful contribution to the art world.

Anthony Volpe is a visual artist working primarily in pencil. Mr. Volpe lives in the Lower Hudson Valley where he pursues his art full time. He holds a BS and MS in Art Education with postgraduate work at NYU, the Palazzo Grazzi and Segno Graphico in Venice and art history studies in Florence and Urbino. As contributing editor to The Magazine Cucina Italiana, his botanical drawings were featured in site-specific regional articles of Italy. His work has been exhibited in several one-man and group shows both here and in Italy and is in collections in the US, Italy and the UK. His work was recently seen at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY. "Many of my drawings have to do with the sensuous forms found in nature; the visceral, vivid colors and textures and the effect light has on them. Travel, outdoor farmers' markets and early 19th century botanicals poke at me and inspire. Humor and just plain whimsy have a place on the page as well.”

“Art for Health” curator Suzanne Bohrer Ashley said of the show, “Hudson Valley Hospital Center is pleased to bring this exciting exhibition with an extremely diverse group of artists and art work to the community. Many of the works depict the healing properties of nature while other works focus on the human joy of experiencing simple pleasures.’’

 To learn more about exhibiting your work or donating art to the “Art for Health” program, contact the curator at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .



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