Art and transportation come together at two local sites — one old, the other new
At first glance, the Ulster County Area Transit Center at Golden Hill and the Tuxedo Train Station have little in common. The first is a brand-new office building and bus garage; the second, a circa-1886 structure that has recently been completely refurbished. Besides helping people travel from one point to another, the two buildings have another common trait: They each showcase the work of local artists.
Located in Kingston, the UCAT Center houses the county’s transit administration and buses. It is also home to artworks created by painters Stacie Flint and Franc Palaia, sculptor Diana Bryan, and mixed-media artist Fawn Potash. Quite different in style, the pieces are organized around a transportation theme, and range from Flint’s colorful scenes of bus riders (shown above) to Palaia’s more realistic depictions of vehicles past and present.
Last May, the town of Tuxedo unveiled its newly renovated train station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now — as part of the town’s revitalization plans — has been painstakingly restored to its Victorian-era grandeur. Besides offering shelter to those waiting for a Metro-North train, the station contains about two dozen works by printmaker and artist Robert Bero, a town resident for more than 30 years. Bero’s etchings, wood-block prints, drawings, and watercolors often focused on the Valley’s landscape, especially the Ramapo Mountains and Tuxedo area. Writing in the New York Times in the 1970s, chief art critic John Canaday characterized Bero as “an absolutely first-rate artist, who brings to the world around us a unique sensibility.”
Both buildings are open to the public, and the works at each site can be viewed during normal business hours.