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January 10, 2015, 1 pm – 5 pm



The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Presents

Live Art Fest

   An art making event for everyone!

Local artists:

In addition to the artists above, artists include: Ori Alon–writer, Andrew Barthelmes–painting, Collective Settlement with Felicia Ballos, Jean Brennan, & T. Charnin Lewis–’dance installation’, Elizabeth Castagna–drawing, Jessica Dubin–potter’s wheel, Guy Felixbrodt–poetry, Natalie Jonas & Angela Helland–dance, Courtney Watson McCarthy–paper engineer, Riisa Tochigi–painting, Edwin Torres–poetry, Dan Weiss & Kalene Rivers–painted wood installations, Yardena Youner–collage, Wizard of Oz cast members–musical performance, and the Orange Splot Mobile Art Lab. Stay tuned for more to come.

Imagine the excitement of watching the creative process unfold right before your eyes, as works of art are created from start to finish on one winter afternoon. Engage with professional painters, welders, sculptors, potters, dancers, and spoken word artists as they make works of art, step-by-step, with your participation!

Not only will the artists be sharing and showing us their methods, but we will also get to participate in the movement of dance, help make a clay book, and work with paint brushes among other engaging artwork activities—directly with each artist!

Live music! Food! Drinks! Fantasy face painting!



HVCCA members& Peekskill residents with valid ID: $5 each

FAMILY DISCOUNT for members and Peekskill families (up to five people): $15

Non-members: $10 each

FAMILY DISCOUNT for non-member families (up to five people): $25

Supported by the generosity of these worthy local businesses:





February 14, 2015, 5 – 7 pm


Love is Coming on Valentine’s Day!

robert_indiana_love_red_blue_d5437589h© 2014 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Love: The First of the 7 Virtues

Opening reception: Sat, February 14th, 5 – 7 PM

Exhibition dates: February 14th- December 6, 2015


It is with great enthusiasm that HVCCA launches a year of exhibitions and education programs exploring the artistic representation of Love: The First of the 7 Virtues and its antithesis, Seven Deadly Sins: Lust (scheduled to open April 19, 2015). Developed as an FWMA (Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance) collaboration, each museum will explore a different sin and, in some instances, its parallel virtue.

Love takes many forms, but in the 20th-21st centuries varying kinds of love are more overt in presentation and more openly discussed. Love involves heterosexual, homosexual and transsexual relationships; it speaks to inter- family relationships; love can involve an adoration and anthropomorphic view of nature; love of God and religious devotion can carry the intensity of emotion, comparable to the strongest of human relationships, and love of animals can sometimes go well beyond those of an inter-human nature.

From Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture that manifests the power of the word ‘LOVE’ to the poignant red roses of Jackie O. in the sculpture of Keith Edmier, from the bucolic scenes of Hernan Bas and the empathic painting of Richard Wathen to the religiously charged work of Djordje Ozbolt, HVCCA invites the viewer to walk through the power of LOVE to build bridges to understanding and to an appreciation for the diversity of human nature.

Artists included in the exhibition are drawn from communities around the globe:
Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, Emil Alzamora, Matthew Barney, Hernan Bas, Marius Bercea, Derek Boshier, Birgit Brenner, Skyler Brickley, Ross Chisholm, Debbie Davis, Keith Edmier, Carole Feuerman, Moyna Flannigan, Stefanie Gutheil, Dieter Hacker, Bendix Harms, Ridley Howard, Robert Indiana, Sam Jinks, Sherry Kerlin, Angelika Krinzinger, Keegan Kuvach, Charles LeDray, Marin Majic, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nick Mauss, Shirin Neshat, Jonathan Newman, John Newsom, Joel Otterson, Djordje Ozbolt, Paul Pretzer, Saul Raskin, Nathan Ritterpusch, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Athi-Patra Ruga, Helen Sadler, Maria Tomasula, and Richard Wathen.

HVCCA would like to thank the following sponsors:



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Lana Yu’s What Matters Mural is now on view! Check it out!

Lana Yu’s What Matters Mural has been unveiled on the Park Street Garage in Peekskill, NY.  Lana You new What Matters

In collaboration with HVCCA, artist Lana Yu presents What Matters Mural, a 28 x 10 foot mural. 

What Matters is an on-going interactive public art project that affects people’s lives in surprising and unexpected ways. Through live events and a public mural, the project invites people of any age, background or culture to write a few words answering the question, “What matters?”

The objective is to give all people, including those who may not normally have an opportunity to express themselves, a chance to contemplate what they find meaningful in life.

In doing so each participant enriches their own existence for a moment and in turn enriches a moment for another who will read what they have written.

Since the project’s inception in 2012 the public has been invited to come sit and write a few words of reflection in any language. The project kicked off in the summertime where seventy youths wrote words of What Matters on the sidewalks of Main Street, Peekskill.  Since then it has appeared at multiple arts and community events throughout the Peekskill area. Through these live events and the project’s website, over one thousand participants from all walks of life have shared their thoughts. Since December of 2013, over eighty individuals have helped paint the What Matters mural. The mural is comprised of painted text becoming a focal point of contemplation that represents the individual voices of the community. And, like many of our thoughts, they are at once personal and also universal.

When the words are shared in a public forum we communicate our thoughts and feelings with one another. In this way the installation breaks down barriers of perceived separateness and unifies the community, both local and further flung. Learn more about the What Matters project and how to contribute at

“HVCCA is the most dynamic contemporary art site in Westchester… Maybe one day, these regional, more experimental art places might supercede art-stately New York City.” —Ben Genocchio, NY Times