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Magic, Music, and Art at Rockland Center for the Arts

The fall season kicks off this weekend at Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) with an opening reception on Sat Sept 7, from 2-5p, for three new exhibits: Route 66: Outside InChronicles of a Life, and Contemporary Rockland Artists: RoCA Faculty Exhibit.

Albatross MO by Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky’s exhibit Route 66: Outside In presents photography of time erased and nature’s erosion and recreations. Her photos seek answers to some of life’s most seemingly intractable questions: What happens to what we try to create, try to maintain, and try to preserve?

Sergio Castillo’s exhibit Chronicles of a Life chronicles his life and that of his community. Sergio didn’t set out to be an artist but he has developed into one. Art was the main vehicle through which he found purpose, meaning, and a means of communication to the outside world.

RoCA’s Faculty Exhibit celebrates the present vision of the teaching artists at RoCA. The exceptional faculty actively creates, teaches, and exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley and the U.S. All three exhibits will be on view through Sept 29 and are free to the general public.

After the opening reception, family-friendly favorite Mario the Maker Magician returns to RoCA for an evening of magic on Sat Sept 7, at 6:30p. Seen on Sesame Street and Sprout, and live on tour with David Blaine, he is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM initiatives and his integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement, with a healthy dose of hilarity. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age, with a mad inventor twist! The show is ideal for ages 3-10 and their families and runs approx. 50-60 minutes, without intermission. Tickets are $15 per child and $20 per adult and are available at

And looking ahead … On Sat Sept 14 legendary Hudson Valley singer/songwriter John Hall performs at 7:30p in The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. Best known as the founder of the band Orleans, with hits including: “Still The One” and “Dance With Me.” Hall has written songs for Janis Joplin, Seals & Croft, and Bonnie Raitt.

Tickets are $35 a person/$40 at the door ($15 for students and veterans), and dinner for an additional $20 plus a cash bar. V.I.P. tickets are $100 per person and includes a meet & greet with John Hall, front row seats, one drink, and dinner. Tickets are available at The V.I.P event begins at 7p. The rain date for this event is Sat Sept 28.

For more information on any of these events, contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877,, or visit Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4p.

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