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Weekender Recommendations: RoCA’s Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar

by Amy Alinkofsky

Looking for a piece of unique art or pottery for a fabulous holiday gift for friends and family?

Just in time for holiday shopping, Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) is holding its annual Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar featuring regional artisans and their wares.

The Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar opens on Sat, Dec 5 and continues through Wed, Dec 23, 2020 with beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics ready for home use, paintings, holiday ornaments, and more. This holiday give something memorable that will last and increase in value with time. Shop for unique handcrafted artwork for a loved one and support an artist at the same time.

Masks and social distancing are required, and there will be limits to the number of people in the gallery at one time.

Don’t want to go out to shop? This year, RoCA will also feature items from the Bazaar on its website. Order from the site and your item will be packed up and ready for you to pick up, or delivered to you in the parking lot.

Walter Cain’s wREath Exhibit

Walter Cain’s exhibit, wREath, is a sampling of holiday decorations made for his home in Piermont. In recent years, these decorations were assembled from everyday waste materials, reflecting an increasing awareness of the environmental footprint left by discarded catalogs, plastic bags, construction materials, travel amenities, and packaging.

“These pieces are confessionals about consumption,” Cain explains. He continues:

Not pointing fingers at others but demonstrating waste in systems we participate in every day. They push back against typical cycles of globalized production (cheap ornaments made in Asia) and disposal (putting tinsel out on the curb). These wREaths rescue materials from burial in a landfill and give them alternative lives in a place of honor on the front door. The constraint of ‘making do with what we have’ harkens back to simpler times when people made their own decorations by hand, as my grandmother did during the Great Depressions and continued to do the rest of her life. Finally, they are design exercises, teasing out the aesthetic possibilities of mundane objects, finding latent beauty. This year, these ideas seem particularly fitting as we are forced to retreat from holiday norms, instead seizing the season to expand our environmental and artistic consciousness.

wREath will be featured in Gallery One from Sat, Dec 5 and continues through Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Rockland Center for the Arts is the oldest arts organization in Rockland County, presenting outstanding programming in the arts for over 70 years. RoCA is located at 27 South Greenbush Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994. RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.

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