Visit Bear Mountain Zoo - Trailside Museums and Zoo
January 06, 2015 - Bear Mountain
The Bear Mountain Zoo gives a safe home to a variety of injured and orphaned wildlife native to New York. Highlights include the zoo's black bears, coyotes, porcupines, otters, eagles, owls, and hawks. Also check out a terrific little Reptile and Amphibian House with lots of kid-friendly exhibits. The zoo is open daily year-round.
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art - Hudson River Museum
Through January 18, 2015 - Yonkers
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with this most glamorous of birds, a symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters.
Strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green feathers, the peacock symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books and myth, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock, Western artists and craftsmen chose the peacock as a multi-faceted motif for designs on canvas and for objets d'art in the home.
The Hudson River Museum presents Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art from October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Organized by the museum, it is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art.
Paintings and decorative objects for the home present concepts of beauty symbolized by the luxurious bird and its famous fan of feathers, from the 19th-century's Gilded Age and 1920s Art Nouveau and Art Deco, until Modernism's ethos of "less is more" caused a brief decline in the peacock's popularity. As the contemporary art world re-embraces beauty in a new "Gilded Age," the peacock struts its way back into the art world.
Among the highlights of The Peacock in Beauty and Art are images of women bedecked in peacock feathers, such as Robert Henri's full-length portrait of Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance, 1913; William Baxter Palmer Closson's Feeding the Peacocks, 1910; and Aubrey Beardsley's The Peacock Skirt, created for Oscar Wilde's Salome. The bird itself receives its own glamorous portraits in paintings like Louis Rhead's Peacocks, 1897; Jesse Arms Botkes' Black Peacock, c. 1930; and sculptures like Anna Hyatt Huntington's Peacocks Fighting, 1914.
Peacock feathers are extracted into beguiling geometric patterns in the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany and gilded Crown Derby porcelains. The peacock also appears to whimsical effect in parade costumes, pictures of Elvis, strutting peacock-style, and images of silent-era Hollywood starlets ready for their close-ups. The peacock's origins as a bird of the Indian jungles comes to the fore in Charles R. Knight's (famed for his murals at the American Museum of Natural History) fearsome Bengal Tiger and Peacock, 1928.
Contemporary artists show the peacock's gift of line: Laura Ball, Barbara Takenaga, and Federico Uribe find inspiration in the bird's striking feathers, brilliant coloration, and the sensuous s-curves of its body. Two Westchester-based artists highlighted in the show are Tricia Wright from Irvington, and Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag from Tarrytown.
The exhibition includes works from more than three dozen museums, galleries, and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Yale Center for British Art.
Bartholomew F. Bland, the museum's director of curatorial affairs, and Laura L. Vookles, chief curator of collections, are co-curators for the exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated 200-page catalogue co-published by the museum and Fordham University Press, and distributed nationally by Oxford University Press.
The exhibition and the accompanying catalog have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
River Vale Winter Market - River Vale Community Center
Through March 21, 2015 - River Vale
Check out the River Vale Winter Market for local vendors selling fresh baked goods, olive oil, pizza, sauces, soups, empanadas, pickles, wine, gluten-free products, breads, and prepared foods.
Nyack Winter Farmer's Market-Season Opening - Nyack Center
Through March 26, 2015 - Nyack
Nyack's famous farm market moves indoors for the winter. Shop for gourmet baked good, coffee, locally-made wine and cheese, and more. The market will continue every Thursday except for Dec. 25 through March 2015.
'Shabbaba' Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
Through June 27, 2015 - Orangeburg
This Saturday morning service is geared towards families with children up to age 5. The program follows an interactive and musical format that encourages both children and adults to explore the spiritual aspects of Shabbat. Through June 27, 2015.
Meet the Animals - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 27, 2015 - Cornwall
Join a museum educator to meet the live "animal of the week" each Saturday and Sunday. Families can learn characteristics of the animal and how it came to live at the nature center. Afterward, check out the nature center's current Mastodon and Brook Trout exhibits. Nature Center hours are Friday through Sunday, 12-4pm.
Sensational Tuesdays - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 29, 2015 - Valley Cottage
Bounce! Trampoline Sports has teamed up with Giant Leaps Occupational Therapy to offer a special evening for those with Sensory Processing Disorders and others with sensory challenges including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program is geared toward children with sensory issues and those on the autism spectrum. The the hour-long program will include decreased auditory and visual stimuli in a less crowded environment, structured group activities with limited class size, and an available quiet room with sensory manipulatives. Family members or buddies are invited to participate with those who thrive with 1:1 assistance.
Children's Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Through December 30, 2015 - Nanuet
Stop by the store's children's department for weekly storytimes. This ongoing event is held every Wednesday morning and afternoon. Call the store for information about special holiday events or costume character appearances.