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SDMA Hosts Poetry Reading and Gallery Talk - Artists Reveal Life Along Hudson River

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NEW PALTZ -- On Sunday, September 9, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art will host a poetry reading and gallery talk to accompany exhibitions that are currently on view.

Poet and award-winning author Nancy Willard who collaborated with photographer Eric Lindbloom in the interdisciplinary exhibition "The River That Runs Two Ways," will present a reading of her poems on Sunday, September 9 at 2pm. "The River That Runs Two Ways" is currently on view in the museum through September 20.

Later the same afternoon, artists Tom Nozkowski and Judy Linn will present a gallery talk to accompany their exhibition "An Autobiography: Paintings by Thomas Nozkowski and Photographs by Judy Linn." Their talk begins at 4pm on Sunday, September 9 and the exhibition is on view through September 28.

Nancy Willard is the author of many poems, novels, and award-winning children's books, including "A Visit to William Blake's Inn," which won the Newbery Award in 1982 and was a Caldecott Honor book. "The River That Runs Two Ways" is the result of many journeys taken and impressions registered by the poet and the photographer in the landscape of the Hudson Valley.

Thomas Nozkowski and Judy Linn collaborated on a series of abstract paintings and photographs based on geographic regions along the Hudson River.

The exhibition records, in abstract representation and photographic documentation, the sites and events that shaped Nozkowski's life. Each painting is defined by a different five-mile increment of the valley. After finishing the series, Nozkowski invited Judy Linn to interpret the region in photography. Working without having seen the paintings, Linn's photographs are also defined by the same five-mile increments.

Both gallery talks are free and open to all. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is located at SUNY New Paltz. Museum hours are Tuesday - Friday, 12-4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm. For additional information please call 257-3844 or visit the museum's Web site

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