Newington-Cropsey Foundation Newington-Cropsey Foundation
25 Cropsey Lane Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
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September 12 - November 11, 2016

open weekdays from 1pm - 5pm, no appointment necessary

Closed for Columbus Day Weekend: October 7 - October 10


The Foundation first hosted the annual Birds in Art exhibition in 2007. It is with great honor that we continue this tradition with the 2015 edition of Birds in Art. We are grateful to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, WI, for again extending an invitation to the Foundation to be a part of their annual exhibition. As in the past, approximately 60 works were chosen for the exhibit via a juried selection from hundreds of entries.

Traditionally, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation has exhibited artists that depict nature in a representational fashion. Jasper Cropsey, whose home, studio, and artwork are the basis of the Foundation, deeply believed in the Hudson River School tenet that God can be found everywhere, in particular in Nature. Cropsey felt that depicting nature accurately was the highest form of art that an artist could aspire to. To that end he engaged in a serious study of geology, botany, and meteorology in order to gain a deeper understanding of nature and all its facets. His most rigorous study was reserved for the direct observation of nature, and many of his observations were meticulously rendered in pencil on site, later to be referred to for his finished watercolors and oils.

The level of detail seen in the artwork in the Birds in Art exhibition is reminiscent of the work of Cropsey and other Hudson River School artists. It is apparent that these current artists spend a great deal of time studying nature in successful efforts to render it truly and reflect its inherent beauty. The many different species of birds, often depicted in their natural habitat, reflect the effort of these artists as well as their artistic talents which are considerable. The Birds in Art series of exhibitions are very popular with our guests and patrons, as well as our staff, and we are indebted to the many artists that contribute to the exhibition as well as to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for continuing their fine tradition of presenting this annual exhibition.

Adelia Rasines, Executive Director
Newington-Cropsey Foundation
Autumn 2016

Hélène Arfi
b. 1957, France

Flamingos (ed. 8), 2015Bronze
Collection of the artist

The graphic morphology of the flamingo – long legs and the graceful lines of the neck – makes this bird one of the most beautiful and distinctive. I captured a specific moment in the slow and quiet walk of these two princely flamingos as they hold their heads high and proud.

Sean Murtha
b. 1968, United States

Boneys Before Bedtime, 2015
Bonaparte’s gull
Oil on canvas
Collection of the artist

I discovered Birds in Art when I stumbled across a 1991 catalogue. I was already painting birds, but the exhibition added a new focus to my attempts and a goal. I also was introduced to new and inspiring artists, including Barry Van Dusen whose watercolor of Bonaparte’s gulls represented his first time in Birds in Art. Now he’s a Master Artist as well as a friend. While Boneys Before Bedtime echoes aspects of Barry’s watercolor, it represents my personal artistic growth.
I am honoring my influences while expressing the years
of field work and observation that make it distinctly
my own.