Our three galleries – The Hallway Gallery located at 9 Vassar Street, and the Hancock Gallery and the Reception Gallery located at 12 Vassar Street – feature works from local and regional artists. All proceeds from artwork sales help both the artist and the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center.  If you are interested in displaying artwork in our galleries please email us at CHACexhibits@gmail.com

The Hallway Art Gallery at 9 Vassar Street is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Art Galleries at 12 Vassar Street are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and can be accessed by calling the CHAC Office at (845) 486-4571, as well as during events at the VBI Theatre.

Visitation Safety Protocols 

The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center requires the adherence of the following Visitation Safety Protocols:

  • ALL VISITORS and TENANTS ARE ADVISED TO WEAR FACIAL PROTECTION (masks or cloth covering) inside Public Areas  – Art Galleries, VBI Theatre, Grand Parlor, Conference Room, Halls, Restrooms, Kitchen, Elevator and Stairwells – of the 9 and 12 Vassar Street buildings of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center and practice social distancing.   
  • ORGANIZATIONS/PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES WHO RENT THE VBI THEATRE for their productions MAY REQUIRE ATTENDEES/AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION STATUS and WEAR MASKS.
  • ATTENDEES to ART OPENING RECEPTIONS or SPECIAL EVENTS HELD INDOORS ARE ADVISED TO WEAR MASKS EXCEPT WHILE ACTIVELY EATING OR DRINKING.
  • PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING CLASSES in the DANCE STUDIO are advised to CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR for CLASSROOM SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
Date: May 2, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Time: Hancock Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 (call 845-486-4571 for access) and during events at the VBI Theatre

“TIME & TEXTURES” – Group Art Exhibit featuring Carrie Decker, Joanne Thorne Arnold, and Cheryl McBride in the Hancock Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street

May 2, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Art Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022 / 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street

Carrie Decker was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in the Hudson Valley region earning her BA in Art History from SUNY New Paltz.  She has been in several shows in New England as well as on the internet.  While living in the New England area she worked in technology but continued to volunteer in several museums. After relocating back to Dutchess County, she founded Crazy Over ART on Tour – a non-profit art mobile that brings art to communities with limited access in the creative field. “In my art, I capture genre in interesting objects and familiar places,” explains Ms. Decker. “Different mediums let me explore new chapters of creativity…I am creative first and artist second.” Crazy Over Art on Tour

Joanne Thorne Arnold is an oil painter from Binghamton, NY who specializes in color.  Her paintings are a direct response to the natural beauty of the outdoor world usually with a little added twist. “I capture and create the essence of atmosphere by layering colors with rhythmic lines and points,” she remarks. “The sky and the earth are fundamental to my approach…I am drawn to both the morning and evening light with an equal sense of awe and the sky from twilight to dusk always gives me reflection especially when the clouds put on a show.”  Ms. Arnold has exhibited her work throughout the United States and is currently represented by the Dryden Gallery in Providence, RI.  She has been awarded numerous painting residencies and her works can be found in many public and private collections. The Artwork of Joanne Thorne Arnold

Cheryl McBride is a Long Island art professor whose work is based on data driven responses of societal ills. Inspired by the W.E.B DuBois exhibition at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris, her work is conceptual, thought provoking and invokes conversation. “I consider myself to be a graphic designer and an ‘artivist’, someone who combines art and activism,“ she comments. “It is my hope that I will increase many peoples’ awareness of social inequality as it exists today by offering my artwork as a way to connect to relevant data in a visually meaningful experience.“ Ms. McBride is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Art League of Long Island and has participated in many art exhibitions that include the Patchogue Arts Council/MOCA LI, the Cooperative Gallery 213 (Binghamton, NY),  and St. Joseph’s College Long Island’s Women of Color Exhibition (2020).   

Date: May 2, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Time: Hallway Art Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday / 9 am to 5 pm

“SOULFUL RENDITIONS (in turbulent times)” – Solo Art Exhibit featuring Harriet Forman Barrett in the Hallway Art Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street

May 2, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Art Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 9 Vassar Street

We Shall Rise by Harriet Forman Barrett

Harriet Forman Barrett is a multi-disciplined artist whose works of art encompass oil paintings, jewelry design, and sculptures in bronze. Attending the High School of Music and Art in NYC and receiving a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Pratt University, her life work of 52 years has always been about spirituality and the feminine as well as the metamorphosis of a person. “I’ve always worked to provoke conscious thought of our struggles and dualities we endure,” she states. “Each of the artworks, be it jewelry, sculpture, oil paintings, or oil pastels, represents all of the elements encompassing our life struggles and the power within.”  Ms. Barrett’s exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, SOULFUL Renditions (in turbulent times), includes poems about her paintings by Maura McMahon O’Meara. Harriet Forman Barrett

Date: May 2, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Time: Reception Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 (call 845-486-4571 for access) and during events at the VBI Theatre

“THE WHISPERER OF SECRETS” – Solo Art Exhibit featuring Helena Palazzi in the Reception Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street

May 2, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Art Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street

Others by Helena Palazzi

Helena Palazzi is a photographer and mixed media artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia, Umbria. Born in Sweden, she relocated to NYC in 1998 and pursued a career in commercial and fashion photography working with some of the world’s most renowned clients and creatives. Now residing in the Hudson Valley, she owns two studios, Yellow House Production and Art by Helena Palazzi, and regularly participates in several group shows and exhibitions in the area. Ms. Palazzi’s current exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center entitled The Whisperer of Secrets encompasses encaustic photography – an ancient painting technique used by the Greeks in the first through third centuries A.D. “I weave layers of images together with encaustic medium, cold wax, paint and pigments and thus explore the ‘divine feminine’ through my study of runes, Norse art, folklore tales and myths,” she explains. “My artistic journey is somewhere at the confluence of the peeling and adding layers and the seconds ticking away and ties in with my fascination with time, how it is measured and defined and inadvertently leaves an imprint.” art by helena palazzi