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.

All Art Galleries will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm starting June 25, 2022 through August 28, 2022 with the exception of July 4th weekend.  

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

Date: July 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022
Time: Hallway Art Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday / 9 am to 5 pm

“The Secret Garden” – Solo Art Exhibit featuring Ivone Milani in the Hallway Art Gallery @ 9 Vassar Street

July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Art Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 9 Vassar Street

Bullfrog by Ivone Milani

Ivone Milani, a Bronx, NY native, studied photography at Parson School of Design in Manhattan and specializes in photographing nature.  The Secret Garden exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is Ms. Milani’s first solo show and encompasses images set in nature taken in the Hudson Valley, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other surrounding areas.  “The idea is to capture hidden beauty that maybe found even in your own backyard,” she states. “To see a beautiful sunset, an Eagle with her young or a seal bathing in the sun…you see things differently and appreciate them.”  Ms. Milani has participated in group exhibitions at Bethany Arts Community, OAC and Beacon Arts with her most recent showing at Arthouse NYC in 2022.

Date: July 1, 2022 - August 31, 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

Ted Dixon – Solo Art Exhibit in the Hancock Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street

July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Art Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street

Painting by Ted Dixon

Ted Dixon is an acrylic and mixed media artist who uses a variety of applications on canvas, paper and board to create his compositions that are influenced by his efforts to capture moments in time, and a certain feeling and meaning.  He paints without a set road map but has a desired destination. “My goal is to create images that speak to a point in time that someone will enjoy, be moved by, and cannot live without,” he remarks. “My work reflects a ‘less is more’ attitude in times of visual and verbal overload…sending the viewer on a journey of clarity across the painting surface.”  Ted Dixon was born and raised in New York City and moved to the Hudson Valley in 1992.  He has exhibited his work at the Rosendale Café, Olive Free Library, Lace Mill Gallery, Artbar Gallery, Rhinebeck Arts, and Trans-N-Dance-N-Drum Gallery. Ted Dixon

Date: July 1, 2022 - August 31, 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

Sharon Frey – Solo Art Exhibit in the Reception Gallery @ 12 Vassar Street

July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Art Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 2022 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street

Thoughts Just Get In The Way by Sharon Frey

Sharon Frey is a portraiture and still life artist who has been studying anatomical figurative art at the Art Student’s League of NY.  Working in realism traditions and contemporary abstraction her work reveals interest in both, overlapping forms and direction of light, as well as broader design elements of shape, line and color relationships.  In a series focusing only on the body, the absence of head and face alludes to what she, like many creatives describe as a “flow state.” “During the act of painting itself, I describe ‘flow’ as a way of surrendering to the moment…of being fully present to the act of creation while my thoughts are temporarily suspended,” comments Ms. Frey.  Influenced by Euan Uglow, Jenny Saville, Alyssa Monks, Marshall Jones, Steven Assael, Aleah Chapin and Maggie Rose, she is dedicated to painting flesh and skin in new and interesting ways and agrees with the assertion by Willem de Kooning that “flesh was the reason oil paint was invented.” A social worker for 20 years, Ms. Frey found herself returning to her passion for visual art during a raging pandemic. She has since been painting in her basement and presenting out of her garage.  Sharon Frey