ALL DISTRICT MIDDLE LEVEL ART SHOW AT THE NEWBURGH FREE LIBRARY
NECSD Fine and Performing Arts Department presents the All District Middle Level Art Show, featuring artwork done by students from Heritage Middle School, Temple Hill Academy, Meadow Hill School, South Middle School, and Gidney Avenue Magnet School.
Artists Kitty Alber and Sylvia Houston display their artwork at the Newburgh Free Library
Watercolors by Kitty Alber and Sylvia Houston Foster are on display in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library throughout the month of June.
Kitty Alber took an interest in watercolor many years ago, admiring the work of others but only trying it for herself two years ago. Her interest stems from the work of Kelly Knowles in Orleans, MA and that of her friend for over 40 years, Sylvia Houston. Knowles and Houston have encouraged and inspired her. Alber has been taking classes with Susana Cremin, an artist and instructor from Stuart, FLA.
Sylvia Houston began watercolor painting five years ago when she retired from the Newburgh City School District, where she had taught for twenty years. Her painting hobby started and continues with a Life Course taught by Len DiVirgilio at The Desmond Center of Mount Saint Mary’s College. Houston has traveled to study with Sterling Edwards, Barbara Nechis, Tony Couch, Karlyn Holman, and others. Learning different painting techniques and styles helps her grow as an artist. Houston’s work focuses on landscapes and florals which are inspired by her love for gardening and the beauty of the Hudson River Valley.
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 563-3645.