Nyack’s Edward Hopper House Art Center: “The Year of Painter Edward Hopper”

Honoring a local legend in Nyack


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One of America’s most celebrated painters, Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is well known for his land- and seascapes, as well as his brooding depictions of everyday life. The Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, which is located in the artist’s childhood home, has declared 2011 the Year of Edward Hopper and will pay homage to him by hosting everything from poetry readings to lectures and exhibits. But the highlight is a new show opening this month that features more than a dozen of Hopper’s early works (including never-before exhibited drawings), as well as boyhood memorabilia.

Everyone who visits the 1858 house this year can pick up a tour map, which highlights locales that influenced Hopper’s art — including several buildings in Nyack and Rockland County. Clearly, the light in his hilltop house and the riverside town greatly influenced the painter. “He had a view of the river from his window,” says Hopper House Executive Director Carole Perry. “The water served as a big inspiration on his work during his life.”

Edward Hopper, Prelude: The Nyack Years runs from May 21-July 17. Edward Hopper House Art Center. 82 N. Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0774 or www.edwardhopperhouse.org

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