Arts in Everyday Life: Rockland Traditions

2006 Exhibition Arts
March 01, 2006

Rockland is defined by its diversity, home to a population that ranges from commuting professionals to traditional farming communities to recent and early immigrant groups, as well as the descendants of some of America's earliest settlers.

The exhibition "Arts in Everyday Life: Rockland Traditions" examines some of the history of these groups through the traditions, performances, and arts of Rockland's communities. Although we may take many of our "everyday arts" for granted -- the ways we celebrate special occasions or tell our children about the countries their grandparents left behind -- in this exhibition they are the “artifacts” of Rockland's rich contemporary history.

Co-Curated by Delia Tolz and Michael Murphy, this rich and varied exhibition featured many local artists, including:
  • Piñata making by Aurelia Fernandez.
  • Wood carving by the Mid-Hudson Carver’s Guild.
  • Ukrainian Easter traditions & pysanky art by Marion Dolhun and Patty Wiszuk-Deangelo.
  • Balinese art & carvings by Tjok Gde Arsa Artha.
  • Islamic calligraphy by Elinor Aishah Holland.
  • A Torah Mantle by Ruth Geneslaw.
  • Latin costumes and instruments from the Latin Passion for the Arts.
  • Haitian Creole dolls, paintings and art carvings.
  • Iconic art by Laura Josephson.
  • Sacred cross-based pieces by Jody Richards and Capoiera.


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