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US Army's Art Curator & Artist-in-Residence

MEDIA ALERT - for Immediate Release

The Historical Society of Rockland County announces evening presentation by:
The US Army Art Curator and The US Army’s Artist-in-Residence

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm

The Historical Society of Rockland County
 continues its popular lecture series “Another Thursday at HSRC” on August 11, 2011 at 7:00pm with a special presentation of Art in the Army. Sarah Forgey, Curator of the Art Collection at the US Army will introduce the Army Art Collection and discuss the history of the artist program from WWI to the present, showing examples of art from each period.

In addition, MSG Martin Cervantez, will discuss his experience as the Army’s only Artist-in-Residence, showing photos from his deployments and examples of his artwork as well as his approach to the responsibility of documenting history.

The presentation will take place at:

The Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road in New City, NY. 

Press contact for information about the presentation: Dorice Madronero at 845-504-0034.

The event is FREE to the public, however, space is limited.
Please RSVP by August 9th to 845-634-9629 or to

Following this presentation, you are invited to the gallery to view our current exhibit: 'The Ghost Army'. (see exhibit description below)
For more information, visit


About 'The Ghost Army' Exhibit:

This most interesting exhibit tells the story of how in 1944, a battalion of artists and actors were sent to Europe with rubber tanks, phony artillery and a cache of sound effects. Their mission was to deceive and divert the enemy. They also packed their sketchbooks. While impersonating many different army units, they painted and sketched their way across war-torn Europe. Their story is one of 'smoke & mirrors.' Their artwork is a unique glimpse into Europe during the war.

After the war, many of the  
Ghost Army veterans went on to make names for themselves. Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelley, Arthur SInger, Arthur Shilstone, John Masey, Art Kane and Victor Dowd all had been members of the Ghost Army. Two of the veterans are from Rockland County -- Bill Sayles of South Nyack and Ned Harris of New City and John Jarvie is from Kearny, NJ. All three men went on to have successful careers in the art field and are being honored along with all the Ghost Army veterans with this landmark exhibition.

Award-winning author and documentary filmmaker, 
Rick Beyerwho is working on an independent film documentary 'The Ghost Army," co-curated this exhibit along with Valley Cottage resident Elizabeth Sayles, a children's book illustrator and author, and the daughter of Ghost Army veteran, Bill Sayles

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The Ghost Army exhibit continues until Sunday, October 16 and is open during regular museum hours, Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 4pm. Groups may arrange tours of the exhibit by special appointment. Call Joanne Potanovic at 845-634-9629 or e-mail:

MEDIA: To request high-resolution images of artwork from the exhibit, call 845-429-2020 or e-mail:

For more information, go to the HSRC website:


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