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FEBRUARY 2017 EXHIBITS
Celebrate Black History Month
Several of these images were created by notable African American artists as part of the
Picturing America series created by the National Endowment of the Arts. The series was designed to
showcase American history through art masterpieces.
Also featured is a poster of CHURCH PICNIC STORY QUILT, 1988 created by African American artist/author Faith Ringgold.
“What Wood You Make?”
Artist Andy Komonchak Offers Works of Art in Wood
An exhibit by Bloomingburg resident and artist Andy Komonchak called “What Wood You Make?” is on display in the lobby gallery of the Newburgh Free Library through the month of February. His handcrafted wooden bowls and everyday items can be viewed as utilitarian as well as works of art. In addition to his work as a wood turner, Komanchak is also known a furniture builder, a watercolorist, and a pen and ink artist.
Komonchak says he finds beauty in “ugly and scruffy” pieces of wood. “I really enjoy the ability to go out into my woods and find a log that I cut to put on the lathe and turn into something beautiful and utilitarian,” he said.
Komonchak has lived in Orange County for 28 years and is the owner of ARK Graphics, Inc. Marketing and Design Business, a commercial arts company. He was a Founding Board Member of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. and presently serves as its executive director. His awards include the Orange County’s Pinnacle of Leadership Award (2010) and the Orange County Citizens Foundation Ottaway Award (2014). In 2016, he was honored with the Tuskegee Airmen Leadership Mentor Award. In addition, he was a founding member of the Orange County Arts Council and served on the committees of the Orange County Citizens Foundation Marketing Committee, the STEWMAC – 105th Air Wing – Stewart Military Affairs Committee, the Hudson Valley Honor Flight Board, and is currently the Board Chair of Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 3.
He attended SUNY Cortland and SUNY Farmingdale, and received a degree in Commercial Art and Design.
For information, call 845-563-3619 or 845-563-3600.
For more information, call the Newburgh Free Library at 563-3619 or 563-3600.
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 563-3639. 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.