Artists, Linda Rahl-Nadas and Russell Astrab display their work
at the Newburgh Free Library
Linda Rahl-Nadas has samples of her work on display in the glass case in the Newburgh Free Library entrance. The work is high temperature stoneware. She hand builds and works on the potter’s wheel.
Rahl-Nadas is a graduate of the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York. She has a Master of Fine Arts Degree; the degree is equally in ceramics and graphic design. Rahl-Nadas studied with Charles Harder, Dan Rhodes, Robert Turner, Ted Randall, John Wood, Val Cushing, and Clara Nelson.
The Orange County Arts Council is sponsoring an Open Studio Tour this fall. The Rahl-Nadas studio will be open for visitors on Sept.13 and 14. The studios are mainly open for the public to see what kind of art is happening in Orange County. For more information, contact the Orange County Arts Council. Rahl-Nadas’ website is lindarahlnadas.com.
Russell Astrab is exhibiting his oil paintings in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library. Astrab was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. He currently resides in Salisbury Mills. He attended Saunders Technical School where he studied architecture. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Russell retired in 1997 from working in Nuclear Power for 35 years and started painting soon after when his wife, Lorraine, gave him art lessons as a Christmas gift. He has studied with Paul Gould and Andrew Lattimore. He has attended many workshops, some involving travel to Jackson Hole, WY., Ireland, and Italy, as well as locally.
Astrab paints primarily in oils and has shown his work in various shows throughout the area (i.e. the Kent Art Assoc., Mt. St. Mary’s, Newburgh Town Hall, and the Howland Cultural Center) and he has won various awards. He hopes to continue painting and improving as an artist, and believes that there is no age limit on learning and growing. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, you may contact the artist at email@example.com.
A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events.
The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3619 or 563-3645. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled.
In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3619 or 563-3618.