Date: February 1, 2017 until the end of the Month
Time: 9am-5pm Monday through Friday

Discovering the Long Path

Cunneen-Hackett Art Center and NY-NJ Trail Conference Present “Discovering the Long Path”

An Interpretive Exhibit of New York’s Greatest Trail Featuring Photographs by Steve Aaron

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the Cunneen-Hacket Art Center will unveil an interpretive photo exhibit featuring images by award-winning Hudson Valley landscape photographer Steve Aaron together with maps and notes that explain the significance of each picture. Entitled “Discovering the Long Path: New York’s Greatest Trail,” the exhibit showcases the stunning natural beauty of the Hudson Valley parks and preserves that this 358-mile trail crosses on its way from New York City to the outskirts of Albany.

“Having hiked many sections of the Long Path, I’ve always been fascinated by the geographic and scenic diversity of the terrain the trail encompasses,” said Aaron, a Trail Conference member. “I hope to be able to share the scenic beauty and diversity of the Long Path through this exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Art Center.” Artist’s reception is Saturday 1/21 at noon before the matinee production of Lion King Jr. presented by Standing Room Only Theater..

Spanning from New York City to the John Boyd Thacher State Park west of Albany, the Long Path connects some of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful natural areas, including the Hudson Palisades, Harriman State Park, Schunnemunk Mountain, the Shawangunk Mountains, the Catskills, and the Schoharie Valley. It was first conceived of in the 1930s as New York’s own long-distance trail, and it was championed by Trail Conference founder Raymond Torrey. Since then, it’s been routed, blazed, and built by the Trail Conference and its volunteers, 250 of whom are involved in maintaining the trail.

Trail Conference board member, Kenneth Posner added, “The Long Path is New York’s own version of the Appalachian Trail, and it supports a vibrant community of hikers, runners, and volunteers.”

The exhibit will run through February and is scheduled to travel thereafter to the Cornwall Library, the Catskill Interpretive Center’s Erpf Gallery, and other locations in the Hudson Valley.

For more information on the Long Path, visit or the Facebook discussion group “Friends of the Long Path”

Date: Show: Jan. 21-March 31, 2017 on Feb 11: Meet the Artist
Time: 2-4pm

Meet the artist at the Valentine’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Saturday 2/11/17

Willow Trees

By Matthew Zappala

Jan. 21-March 31, 2017


I first began painting a lone willow tree growing by the roadside. It was early spring and the leaves had just turned light green. As the seasons changed I revisited the tree.

At times the paintings demonstrated subtle changes. At other times the works reflected distinct seasonal changes. Later I painted a group of willows, changing the composition by altering the distance as well as the time of day.  Sometimes my eye was drawn to a group of branches within an individual tree. 

There was a balance between the tree’s branches and trunk and the pattern the leaves made.  The trees and leaves dominated the picture as the background and foreground played a less important role in the composition. The brushwork lends itself to a post impressionist style; colors are bold allowing some areas to delineate movement and others to fill in sections as texture. 

While Monet consciously painted haystacks in each season, I

painted a few willow trees and only  later on did I start the process of painting them as the seasons changed. 

Meet the artist at the Valentine’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Saturday 2/11/17 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm- 9 Vassar Street Poughkeepsie, NY  12601


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Date: March 1-31, 2017
Time: The galleries are open during weekend performances and M-F, 9-5 by appointment.

Celebrate: Women’s History Month

Celebrate: Women’s History Month

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s galleries at 12 Vassar St. with an eclectic collection of female artists displaying and selling their artwork.  The local artists receive 75% of the proceeds and the Arts Center 25%.  This is a great way to show your support and contribute to the arts community.  The galleries are open during weekend performances and M-F, 9-5 by appointment.