Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced the opening of the new art exhibit “A Long Drink of Water: Views of Esopus Creek” Saturday, May 6, during a reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the WPA Gallery at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River.

Art Exhibit Opening at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Gallery“I invite everyone to enjoy this wonderful visual tour of one of the many beautiful areas for which New York is so well known,” Astorino said.

The exhibit features watercolor paintings by Parker Gambino, who is a field associate at the American Museum of Natural History, a sketch artist, a practicing entomologist and a former biology teacher. He uses watercolor, ink and, occasionally, colors refined from locally-sourced soil to create his works.

Gambino began displaying a keen interest in art during an extended camping trip in the late 1990s at Esopus Creek in Oliverea, NY, a stream that flows from the flank of Panther Mountain in the Catskills to the Hudson River at Saugerties.

The breathtaking beauty of the vistas he encountered along the creek’s banks inspired him to put paint brush to paper. As with many other landscape artists, Gambino has discovered that even a single scene can offer panoply of colors and textures when viewed at different times of the year. The majority of his landscapes along this pristine stretch of Esopus Creek have spanned 17 years.

“A Long Drink of Water: Views of Esopus Creek” runs through Sunday, June 19, and is on view daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a Westchester County Park located at the junction of Routes 35 and 121 south in Cross River.

More info at parks.westchestergov.com.

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