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November 1 - 29, 2015

Selections from the Nyack Sketch Log
by Bill Batson

There is an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 1-3pm

The public is invited.


Bill Batson is an artist, writer and activist. He has worked for non profits, labor unions and government in New York State as an organizer, writer and public relations specialist.

Bill is the co-publisher of NyackNewsAndViews.com where he illustrates and writes a weekly column called Nyack Sketch Log and edits the weekly Local Arts Index.

He is also a contributor to New York History Blog.

On May 10, 2012 Bill became the artist-in-residence at the year-round Nyack Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers’ Market. You can visit Bill at his booth every Thursday from 8am–2pm at the municipal parking lot from May until November and at the Nyack Center at Depew and South Broadway from December until May.

On June 16, 2012, Batson produced the world’s first “Flash Sketch Mob” in Nyack.

As a Trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, Batson curated: African Americans in the Nyacks 1800- Present.

In 1988, as the Art Coordinator for the New York City Housing Authority, he founded the Harborview Arts Center, a fully equipped visual media training center that provides art programming to support community and senior centers staff across the five boroughs. The year round arts program conducts staff development workshops, distributes art supplies to community centers, and organizes a Summer Art Camp with museum tours.

Bill’s writing has appeared in Essence Magazine, New York’s Amsterdam News, and The Argus in Cape Town, South Africa. While in South Africa, Bill received the Bertram’s Young Writer Award and won first place in the Sidelines Journal Student Essay competition. One of his essays, “In Africa Men Hold Hands” is included in a college text book written by Susan Ankara and published in 2003 by Bedford St. Martin’s.

Bill’s work as an artist has been profiled in New York Newsday (6/27/99), Daily Heights (6/16/05), Brooklyn Rail,(12/04/06) and The Journal News (2/26/05). His exhibition of Hopper inspired drawing and writing “Hopper Country” is on display at The Edward Hopper House Art Center.

All of Bill’s recent work was inspired by Hopper Happens, a series of public art events, including pop-up projections and flash mobs commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Edward Hopper House Arts Center organized by multimedia artist Kris Burns.

Nyack Sketch Log
An Artist and Writer Explores the History of a Hudson River Village

Bill Batson has his book available for purchase.


You can pick one up at the Circulation Desk.
Pay by cash or check.


Clay, Beads, Semi-Precious Stones
by Joan Brill-Pavlovic

This exhibit is comprised of a series of clay discs essentially intimating images relating to the sun. The project was begun to replace a cheerful ceramic sun wall hanging that was lost in a relocation. Joan has subsequently evolved her work from whimsical to more serious. She started using clay, working from memory and impulse. She moved on to include decorative beads. As she got more involved, she researched ancient and international disc and mask representations of the sun and incorporated elements from her research. As a consequence, later pieces reveal a more serious approach to their design. her choice of beads also became more committed through her most recent, exclusive use of natural embellishments, including jet, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, tiger eye, lapis lazuli, garnet, shell bone, varieties of quartz, jasper and amazonite.

Joan studied painting and drawing privately; at the Arts Students League, Hartford Art School and Cornell University; and jewelry-making at SUNY Buffalo and Hofstra University. Her drawings have been exhibited in SOHO at the Explorations and Lighthouse Galleries and in a solo exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She is a resident of Great Neck, NY. Carole Brill, who manages the Young Masters Recital Series at VC Library, is her sister

This exhibit is in memory of the renowned Maya scholar and archaeologist Andrea Stone, PhD. Dr. Stone authored several authoritarian books and articles on Mayan painting and art. Joan conferred with Dr. Stone about Mesoamerican influences on her sun discs shortly before her untimely death n 2014. Dr. Stone was Joan's beloved cousin.

For more information, contact Joan Brill at joanbrill@gmail.com
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