Experience Fall through Jervis McEntee’s Eyes at New Paltz’s Dorsky Museum through Dec. 13

  |  October 8, 2015

Jervis McEntee Autumn Reverie, 1880 Oil on canvas 20 1/8 x 31 7/8 in. David and Laura Grey Collection

During the 19th century, the painters of the Hudson River School captured the beauty of the Hudson Valley and Catskills in the form of landscape portraits, providing a glimpse into an area before populations flourished and development began to spread. Kingston native Jervis McEntee was one of those Hudson River School painters, and throughout his life and before his death in 1891, McEntee wandered the countryside around the Rondout Creek and the Hudson River communing with nature and gathering artistic fodder for his own landscape paintings. The golden glow of autumn in the Valley was his favorite subject, and he created a number of works featuring his vision of fall, some of which are currently on exhibit at SUNY New Paltz’s Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art through December 13. 

Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School, curated by Lee A. Vedder, Ph.D., gives art enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime look at McEntee’s work, exclusive only to the Dorsky Museum and its companion exhibit Jervis McEntee: Kingston’s Artist of the Hudson River School at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery in uptown Kingston through October 31. The Dorsky also offers a number of tours, lectures, and classes with this exhibit, including plein air painting with guest educator Kevin Cook on Saturday, October 17, free gallery tour on Sunday, November 1, and gallery sketching with Cook on Saturday, November 14. Don’t miss out on this unprecedented opportunity to see autumn’s majesty through the eyes of McEntee, one of the Hudson River School’s most unsung artists. 

Visit the Dorksy Museum Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm. Suggested donation for admission is $5. For more information on the Dorksy Museum and the Jervis McEntee exhibit, visit www.newpaltz.edu/museum, call 845.257.3844, or email sdma@newpaltz.edu.

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