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Nyack Window Project: Nighthawks

by Ashley Tedino
The Nyack Window Project, a streetscape exhibition that pairs visual artists with local landlords to create original installations in downtown storefronts,  features 16 locations featuring the work of 15 artists in  Nyack.
Conceived by award-winning set designer and village resident Joanne Howard, the Nyack Window project is in its second year. This week Nyack News And Views features the work of several of this year’s artists.

“Nighthawks” by Bill Batson

Edward Hopper’s famed painting, Nighthawks, was the inspiration for Batson’s multimedia collage which united with paintings from members in the Nyack Center’s after school program.
Hopper’s childhood home in Nyack has been renovated to an arts center located at 82 N Broadway. The Nighthawks window display was “constructed in three two-hour sessions.” Student and staff participants include Anngellica, Azaria, Darius, Janiya, Julissa, Julissa, Kimberlee, Leah, Malcolm, Max, Ronnie and Winter under the supervision of Bill Batson. During the village’s annual Halloween Parade, Nighthawks was also the theme of the Nyack Center’s float.
Since August 2011, Bill Batson has published the Nyack Sketch Log on Nyack News And Views. In December 2014, he published the book “Nyack Sketch Log, An Artist and Writer Explores the History of a Hudson River Village,” which was a collection of his sketches and short essays. Batson was the recipient of a Rockland County Executive Award in August 2013. He is a life-long artist and activist who is “dedicated to using the visual arts to promote preservation, cultural education and community empowerment.” At the Nyack Farmer’s Market, Batson is the artist-in-residence where he arranges entertainment, sells art, and expands promotional tools for the Village of Nyack.
Nighthawks is on display through the end of January in the windows of the Athene building at the corner of Main Street and Broadway in Nyack. Batson’s entry in the 2016 Nyack Window project was sponsored by Edward Hopper House.
Nyack Window Project 2016 Athene Panorama. Photo Credit: Dave Zornow
The project was coordinated by the Village of Nyack Recreation department. Nyack News And Views is a participating sponsor, along with The Time Nyack hotel, Christopher Street Financial, Rand Commercial Realty, Weld Realty, Nyack HospitalSenator David Carlucci, Nancy Blaker Weber, Kim-Adele Rosner, Nyack Mayor Jennifer Laird White, Don Hammond and Thom Kleiner, Amos Friedland and Phoebe Ryder, Denise and Adam Lipson, Jennifer Smith, Edward Hopper House and Maura’s Kitchen.

Nyack Window Project 2016 downtown map

2016 Nyack Window Project locations. Illustration by Shawna Handke.

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