Our 2 galleries feature works from local and regional artists. Each exhibit normally runs for 6 weeks. Most exhibits are sale/showings, with Cunneen-Hackett receiving 25% of the proceeds. The “Hallway Gallery” at #9 Vassar street is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and the “Reception Room Gallery” at #12 Vassar street is open week-ends. Both are open by appointment.

Interested artists should call Cunneen-Hackett
in regard to galleries.

Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 1-4pm

Holly Pierce Photography Show

“An Uncommon Angle”, a photography exhibit by Holly A. Pierce now through February 15th. Artist’s Reception Saturday 1/12/19 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at 9 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie.

An Uncommon Angle

I think we all often fall into a routine of how we see things in life. Ordinary everyday elements, objects, and places can become virtually invisible to our daily perception.

I wanted to challenge myself and look at things not as just an ordinary object, but a potential piece of extraordinary art or sculpture. To see it as an element, rich with beauty, texture, color, content and shape.

As a photographer, and also a trained graphic designer, I seek to combine both these disciplines in how I approach the familiar. I do this by working to incorporate a dynamic “graphic” design view, through positioning, focus and framing; carefully choosing what to include, or not, in the viewfinder prior to taking the image. And again, to see the object beyond the norm; to see it as art.

This gathering of images is not just about an uncommon angle as a perspective (literally) but, also the uncommon angle of an adjusted view point on the everyday.

It is my hope and desire to challenge you, the viewer, to be repositioned and allow yourself to see a “common” object from an “uncommon” angle

Date: December 11, 2018- Jan 18
Time: TBA

You in Everything

For 9 Vassar Gallery
Dates are now through Jan. 18th.
Date: December 7, 2018
Time: TBA

Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative presents Luminaries

Art reception on Thursday 12/13 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 5-8pm

Cocoon Theatre presents Crossing The Line by Amy Trumpetter

Date: October 5, 2018
Time: 5-8pm

Poughkeepsie First Friday

This is “Poughkeepsie First Friday” which means there is an art opening and reception in the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center 12 Vassar Street galleries from 5 -8 pm presented by Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative: “Windows: Shrinking and Abstract” by Cathy Schmitz & Karl Schmitz.

Date: August 3, 2018
Time: 5-8pm

Rita Sherry

Cunneen Hackett Art Gallery
12 Vassar St.
Poughkeepsie, NY

Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative
will present drawings, paintings and sculptures
of Woodstock based artist Rita Sherry
From August 3 to the 26th

Please join us for the opening reception
Friday August 3, 5 to 8pm,
and August 24th for a closing
with poetry reading
by the artist and friends

Gallery hours:
Fri-2 to 5 pm
Sat & Sun 1 to 5 pm
or by appointment.

for further information contact Andres San Millan:
andrescocoon@gmail.com 845 663-6273

Date: July 6, 2018
Time: Fri- 2 to 5 pm Sat & Sun 1 to 5 pm or by appointment.  




Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative

            presents the work of

            Carolyn Edlund and

                  Staats Fasoldt

                   from July 6 – 29


Gallery hours:

                Fri- 2 to 5 pm Sat & Sun 1 to 5 pm or by appointment.  


Date: July 6, 2018
Time: TBA

Anna Sergeeva: The Space Station & Floral Photography

An Exhibit through July

Anna Sergeeva: The Space Station & Floral Photography



July 6th #FirstFriday


Photo captions

“Floral Photography” and “The Space Station”

The Tyan-Shan Highland Research Station in Kazakhstan belonging to the P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics was started in 1958 when countries fought for priority in the space and research. Being first in the cosmic race was very important. The purpose of the station is to investigate cosmic rays and their wide range of energies both astrophysical and nuclear; their physical aspects, their interactions, and accompanying phenomena. Most scientists named this place Space Station.


In 1990’s most of the scientists who were working on the project were sent on leave without pay (due to the economic shortages of the period). In 2011 was launched a unique installation named Horisont. The device is more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider. This device has made great contributions to the world of science and taken research of the highest-energy particles to a new level.


Artist Bio

Anna Sergeeva is a freelance photographer currently based in New York. She specializes in editorial, news, feature and sports assignments. Anna has covered assignments during the Sochi Winter Olympics for RIA Novosti Agency in 2014, IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships 2016 for Getty Images and worked for Adidas. Her works have been published in different magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Polska and China NewsWeek, Russian Reporter, RBK, The Players Tribune, BBC News, The Score, CBC Sports, NHL, The Hockey News, PyeongChang Olympic news and others.

Date: June 1, 2018
Time: 6-8pm

Freedom Story exhibit

Freedom Story exhibit at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center from 6pm-8pm during Poughkeepsie’s First Friday event on June 1st.
We will present a performance art piece (spoken word and music, about 20 minutes) at 6:30 and 7:30. 
Date: May 7th to June 12th, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 pm 




Past, Present, Future

May 7th to June 12th, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, May 10th from 5 to 7 pm 




Basha Ruth Nelson




 “…I’m delighted to be able to have your portfolio in our files…”  wrote renowned architect Cesar Pelli



Sculptor and installation artist Basha Ruth Nelson received her Master of Arts Degree from New York University [NYU]. Her sculptures and works on paper are exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and are held in public and private collections including the Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art [HVCCA]/Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill, NY; Woodstock Artists Association and Museum [WAAM], Woodstock, NY; Brooklyn Art Library, NY; Coral Springs Museum & Cultural Center, Coral Springs, FL; New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, NYC; Woodstock Historical Society, Woodstock, NY; US Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas.


Her solo exhibitions include the Noho Gallery, 60 Washington Square East Galleries and the Julio Valdez Project Space in New York City, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY, The Desanti Plaza Public Sculpture Project, Hartsdale, NY, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY, Pritzker Studio & Gallery, Highland NY, Flemington Gallery of the Arts, Flemington, NJ and US Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas. Group exhibits in Florida include North Miami Museum and Art Center, Continuum Gallery, Grove House, in Palm Beach and Norton Gallery & Museum of the Palm Beaches. In New York, the Woodstock Historical Society, Woodstock, Akin Museum, Pawling and Hammond Museum, North Salem. Among international group exhibits, her work was showcased at the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Biennale in Florence, Italy, the Matinee Art Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas and Procida, Italy.


Awards include the Lorenzo Il Magnifico Sculpture Award from the Biennale in Florence, Italy and the Welfred McGibben from the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, FL. Her work was published in The Sourcebook of Architectural & Interior Art, 20th Edition; New Art International; Gallery Guide; Who’s Who in American Art (since 1991); numerous newspapers and magazines from local to international. She lives in Ulster County and her studio is at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory in Poughkeepsie, NY.







Past, Present, Future

its abstract idea, its concrete necessity in current times.


Basha Ruth Nelson creates art as an integral way to make visible her feelings about freedom and to find those feelings in others. Nelson presents this exhibit in search and discovery of thoughts, feelings, and emotions both personal and social.
She separates the materials in her work from their common uses, thrusting them into new relationships, new concepts; making rules and breaking them.   
Nelson invites visitors to be active participants within her art installation by expressing her own experiences, their ideas and dreams of freedo.  By inviting people to be creators with her, she breaches the wall between artist and viewer.


She opens the dialogue around the past, present and future of freedom.

What happened? What did we learn? What do we do?

We say, “never again” … instead let’s say “never again” and…this is what I can do.


One person at a time,

One action at a time

Creation a better world.


Creating our Freedom Story.


Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 5- 7 pm

Franc Palaia: Cuban Murals

Location: 12 Vassar St

Date: May 3 – June 30, 2018

Opening Reception, Thursday, May 3, 5- 7 pm to be followed by an artist’s talk on Cuban Murals and Street Art in the theater from 6:30-7:30pm. Refreshments provided by the Barrett Art Center. This exhibit will be part of the Poughkeepsie Open Studios on June 16 & 17, 2018


For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018

The Cunneen Hackett Art Center, the Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative and the Barrett Art Center are proud to announce a solo show by award winning photographer and muralist, FRANC PALAIA

When: May 3 – June 30, 2018,
Opening Reception, Thursday, May 3, 5- 7pm to be followed by an artist’s talk on Cuban Murals and Street Art in the theater from 6:30-7:30pm. Refreshments provided by the Barrett Art Center.

This exhibit will be part of the Poughkeepsie Open Studios on June 16 & 17, 2018.

Where: The Cunneen Hackett Art Center, 12 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 845-486-5471, Hours: Friday – Sunday, 1-5pm and by appointment.

What & Who: FRANC PALAIA will present a sampling of his photographic series on Cuban Murals and Street Art. The show includes an unorthodox combination of manipulated color photographs of Cuban street art Mashed-Up with street art from other countries and states such as Italy, Sardinia, New Jersey and other locations. The show will fill both theater galleries and will consist of mixed media photo-works that are highly manipulated with paint, collage, sanded surfaces, cut and torn and finally presenting

them on odd shaped plywood and cement board mounts. Palaia will debut two new large free -standing two-sided photo sculptural works as well. A Power Point talk on this series by the artist will follow the opening in the theater at 6:30pm -7:30pm.

Mr. Palaia is an accomplished multi-media artist with an extensive record of hundreds of solo and group exhibitions on four continents. Some of his exhibits include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, the Whitney Museum Annex, Newark Museum, The High Museum of Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum, the New Museum, PS 1, Exit Art, OK Harris gallery, Artists Space, Fundacio Salvador Dali in Spain, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the International Urban Art Fair in Paris, Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Italy, Vassar College, Center for Photography in Woodstock, the Jersey City Museum, the Neon Museum in LA, Grounds for Sculpture and the White House.

He is a recipient of 21 grants, fellowships and residencies in several categories; they include photography, murals, sculpture, public art, artists books, and curating and they include the Rome Prize, L. Comfort Tiffany grant, two Polaroid Sponsorships, a Puffin Foundation grant, Rutgers

Printmaking grant, Ludwig-Vogelstein grant, three NYFA grants, three Executive Arts Awards, three Dutchess County Arts Council grants, two New Jersey Arts Council grants among others.

His artworks are in many public collections that include the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Newark and Montclair Museums, Johnson & Johnson’s, Prudential Insurance, Kean University, Robert Wood Medical Center to name a few. In 2017 Franc’s photographs were featured in the film, “Shadowman” by Oren Jacoby and was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hi murals have appeared in feature films and NBC TV. For more information contact: Franc Palaia 845-505-3123,

Date: April 6, 2018
Time: 5-8pm

The Cocoon Theatre Presents: Evocative Fragments

Date: April 2- May 31, 2018
Time: TBA

Penny Dell

April 2- May 31, 2018

Hall Gallery at 9 Vassar St.

A b o u t P e n n y  D e l l

Educated at Simmons College in Boston and City College and Lehman College in New York, Penny Dell was born in Mexico and lived there until she was thirteen. The artist Francisco Dos Amantes and the zoomorphic figures of Aztec friezes influenced her early work. Dell studied art at the Triveni Kala Sangam Akademi in New Delhi as well as other art centers. She was a bi-lingual teacher in the New York City schools.

 For many years she taught printmaking and cartooning to adults and children at the Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest and at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford. She also presented Polaroid and other image transfer  workshops at the Hunterdon Museum, The Printmaking Center, Soho Photo,  Rockland Center for the Arts, and other organizations in the New York metropolitan area. 

As the former Director of the Gallery and Special Projects at OCCC, Curator at the Williams Center for the Arts, as well as at the Haworth Municipal Library she put together hundreds of exhibitions.


Her prize-winning prints, hand-made artist’s books and paintings have been exhibited widely, winning numerous prizes. She has been honored with residencies at the Woman’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale NY in 2003 and 2008  and at the Vermont StudioCenter in 2004 and 2008. On the Board of the National Association of Women Artists, she served as President from 2005-2007.




Simmons College, Boston, MA:

City College, NYC and Lehman College, Bronx NY Graduate Credits 1970-1975

Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, Demarest, NJ

Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India, 1981 (6 months)

Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ                     


Artist Statement

My latest work recycles patterns from the interiors of security envelopes — pattern against pattern. Some are collaged onto woodcut or monoprint backgrounds and integrated into work reminiscent of patchwork quilts. 

Date: February 2-28, 2018
Time: 6-8pm

LAS MAJAS (kill the virgin)

Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm

Gallery: Christina Kading and Arianna Sufka

12 Vassar Street-Christina Kading and Arianna Sufka. 


Opening Reception is Saturday Dec 2nd at 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. 


Christina Kading is a 26 year old from Millbrook New York. She has been practicing the art of sacred geometry for 7 years. She is greatly Inspired by geometry in nature. She experiments with different mediums such as mosaic art, painting, and pen and ink drawings. She looks forward to perusing her career in art in the years to come.
Date: November 17-December 31st, 2017
Time: Opening Reception Friday November 17 at 6:00 pm

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in partnership with Cocoon Theatre presents the world of acclaimed artist Tarryl Gabel

November 17 to December 31st with an Opening Reception Friday November 17 at 6:00 pm with musical accompaniment by The Ben Basile Jazz Duo. 


Gallery hours Fri-Sun 1-5 pm, during theater events and by appointment.  Call Curator Damon Crumb 845 287-3014 for more information.

Location: 12 Vassar St


Arianna Sofka is a student at SUNY New Paltz studying Anthropology. She’s connected her interest in osteology and floral growth with her passion for art, using mediums sicu as ink, pencil and watercolor.


Date: September 30-December 31, 2017
Time: Artist Reception date to meet the artist is Saturday October 28th at 5:00 pm

Gallery: Michael Anzalone

Michael Anzalone Gallery Showing: 9/30-12/31/17

Reception Date: Receptions on Saturday 10/28 from 5-7 pm AND on Sunday 10/29 from 2-4 pm
Location: Hall gallery at 9 Vassar

Michael Anzalone will be displaying his beautiful artwork in the hall gallery at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center located at 9 Vassar Street. Among Michael’s many talents, he works in the wardrobe department at Saturday Night Live. His showing will be up September 30 through December. Artist Reception date to meet the artist is Saturday October 28th at 5:00 pm! All art sales benefit the artist and Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center.

Death and Rebirth – An Artist Statement by Michael Anzalone

I’ve always had a conditional response to New York Winters. The darker hours and gray skies change the landscape and the indoor air makes me want to hibernate. Then the seasons change and Spring like hope is eternal, life continues. I started painting this Spring at the first signs of color from mother earth. Whispering Spring became the trajectory for my summer and this exhibit. The Heather Gardens of Fort Tryon Park is an oasis overlooking the New Jersey Palisades on the Hudson River and home. Here nature has a timeless consciousness that creates its own beauty into form. I always work from life. I paint in the way that nature expresses itself to me and this is why some of my work is representational and some abstract. This exhibit evolved in my home and in the atelier studio space of The Arts Students League of New York. My canvases were painted using my drawings, photographs and memory. As an addition to these 2017 works on canvas I am presenting Plein Air watercolors of the same subject from 2014.

As nature has expressed itself to me, art makes a personal statement public.

Date: Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017
Time: TBA

Karen Gersch for the #12 Vassar St Gallery exhibition

Karen Gersch for the #12 Vassar St Gallery exhibition forSept. 5 through Oct. 19th


DUAL EXHIBITION at Cunneen-Hackett

by Karen E. Gersch

Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017

“Ruins of War”

Sadly, the connective tissue of war – ANY war = or act of terrorism, genocide,

conscious violence against a culture, a community, an ethnicity; still prevails and still

shatters us on a daily basis. The obliteration of and damage to lives and families, whole

neighborhoods and races, creates pain, destruction and unfathomable loss. The world orbits

in ignited fury.

Global leaders cannot or do not seek intervention, curative actions, pragmatic

solutions. The wounded and slain have no voices and little means of recovery, let alone

restitution. I have no answers. No blueprints for healing or stopping the evil that causes one

society to assault another. I can only offer portraits of wounded lives and the smoldering

aftermath. An insight into what remains when the smoke and ashes of fallen cities, lands

and people, dissipate.

If only, as John Lennon sang, we could “give peace a chance”.

Karen E. Gersch



DUAL EXHIBITION at Cunneen-Hackett

by Karen E. Gersch

Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017

“Circus Lives”

There are people who liken circus to chaos and pandemonium. One often hears – in

instances of frenetic activity – that a situation is “just like a circus”. It’s really an unfair

reference. Circus is the most precise and orderly world I know.

Having traveled with, performed in and chronicled – through sketches and paint – the

lives and spirits of its denizens for forty years, I can attest that circus artists and their acts

are as finely tuned, disciplined and practiced as any surgical, engineering or military

endeavor. Even better, circus is a universal art form. There are no barriers to appreciating

its beauty and mystique; neither age, language, ethnicity nor religion.

I recall an old episode of the Mod Squad, whose closing line still haunts me: “Men go

to the moon and wonder. Children go to the circus and understand”.

Welcome to my favorite place – the round world – where flight, risk and comedy

pirouette. From the back lot to the center ring, it’s an empire full of visual heroism and

grace. While its artists possess a vitality that seems superhuman, their movements and skills

appear effortless.

In the early 80’s, I toured southern France with a small, one-ring tented show. My

moonlit portraits of that “sleeping circus” depict a life that seems to hover in mist, gentle as

dreams. But the quietude outside the tent always struck me in contrast to the fiery energy

within. Between sequins and sawdust, there always swings a visual impact of color, line and

light. From the communion of acrobats midway in flight to the complex simplicity of

clowns. From the moment before an aerialist descends to the jubilant balance of dancers on


It is this suspense and magic I strive to capture. To depict not just the craft, but to

invoke the power and passion that makes circus such a vital entity. Any circus, well presented,

will lift its audience out of their seats and into its charged air. I hope that these

artworks will do the same.

Karen E. Gersch


Date: August 1-September 22, 2017
Time: August 1-September 22 at 9 Vassar Street

Liliana Washburn’s Paintings

Born in Brazil and living in New York, Liliana Washburn’s paintings are intuitive and surrealistic evoking in the viewer a sense of mystery and fantasy. Through a collection of works she calls: “Human Nature” she invites the viewer to a journey into the subconscious mind. For five years she owned and operated The Pawling Printery a print shop in the Village of Pawling in New York. That experience gave her the knowledge of commercial print and graphic design leading her to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts. In 2007, she received a scholarship from Vassar Collage: Exploring Vassar Transfer. In 2012, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz being awarded the “Summa Cum Laude” Latin Honors. In 2016, she attended her first residency in Poland. She is the holder of 2016 Pawling Public Radio Award Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. and it is part of several private collections, Her early artistic expression consisted of: building kites she flew in kite competitions, create cake design decorations and cloth flower arrangements. She also worked as a trade fair coordinator for Reliance America in Brazil. There, she received a BA in Licentiate in Letters and a BS in Computer Science. She has visited several countries including: Egypt, Spain, Austria, and France among others. She likes to be called “Lili” her nickname since childhood. She is a resident of Holmes, New York where she lives near a lake with her husband of fifteen years.


Artist Statement

My desire is to bring beauty and happiness into people’s life.

Art is therapeutic. It has the power of healing the most profound wounds and promoting insight. Through colorful water-media, I express my deepest emotions.

I paint because it makes me feel happy. It is my hope that when you look at my work, we can share that moment of happiness.

Date: April 15, 2017
Time: She is doing a performance at 8:00 pm after her art reception which starts at 6:00 pm.

Patti Rothberg

Patti Rothberg


Singer-Songwriter / Multi-Instrumentalist


Touring continues in support of Patti’s 1/8/16 CD release, her sixth full length album, ‘Ulterior Motives’!

Patti’s first book is here, ‘Extra Awesome’, the ultimate multimedia rock n roll journal! Now available at Barnes and Noble online http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/extra-awesome-patricia-l-rothberg/1122726616#productInfoTabs www.pattirothberg.com and all shows and signings!



Patti Rothberg’s recording career goes back to 1996, with her debut on EMI Records, ‘Between the 1 and the 9’, which refers to the time she spent performing in New York City’s 14th Street subway station. The title track relates some of her experiences, when EMI executive discovered Patti performing there. Seemingly overnight, Patti Rothberg achieved the kind of worldwide success one could only dream of. Critically acclaimed, Between the 1 and the 9 was an instant hit, and remains a timeless classic. The success of Between the 1 and the 9 had Patti touring quite non-stop from 1996 through 1997, and into 1998. She toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

While Patti promoted the record on the road, the song “Inside” reached #25 on Billboard in America, while in Europe, the song “Treat Me Like Dirt” went all the way to #1. A cover of “Kung Fu Fighting” was featured in the 1997 release of Beverly Hills Ninja, and her song “Forgive Me” was featured in the 1998 film The Misadventures of Margaret.

Taking some time from the road, Patti followed her success with the release of Candelabra Cadabra (Cropduster 2002) and Double Standards (Megaforce 2008). This was an intense writing period for Patti, and she found herself working with vocalist Andre Blacksugar, contributing songs and vocals to his Black Sugar Transmission record titled Use It, released in 2009.

Overnight Sensation is the title of Patti’s 2011 release, reuniting her for the first time with Between the 1 and the 9 producer, Dave Greenberg, the product of their reunion yielding a pop powerhouse. It was Rothberg’s beautifully emotive voice, and brilliant songwriting, coupled with Greenberg’s melodic pop sensibility and production, that were the backbone of this magical recording, reminiscent of the undeniably infectious melodies and intelligent lyrics that first put Patti on the charts in 1996.

Rothberg’s 2013 release, her fifth studio album, ‘Black Widow’, explores moody and melodic , piano based acoustic pop, and signature guitar rock, marking a first time collaboration with producer, Lyle Puente, generating this unique, seamless brand of music.

From the basement studio called “Off White Trash” Records, comes Patti Rothberg’s January 2016 release, ‘Ulterior Motives’, her 6th full length album. Patti mixes styles and metaphor, fast paced rock and pathos to bring both guitar driven hard rock and melodic piano. Accompanied solely by preceeding album’s producer engineer and drum programmer Lyle Puente, Patti plays every instrument, whatever it called for, bringing us another melodic, lyrical listen, exploring vintage sounds such as a nod to indie band “Ratcat” on the song “Brainwash”, and the stripped down “Harlemonica”, which is a tribute to her life’s path. Ulterior Motives shows us a honed songwriting craft, from the very raw to the epic “Hollywood Ending”.