Updated: Oct 25, 2022
On a sleepy afternoon last autumn I drove up to the Storm King Art Center in New York's Hudson Valley.
A sprawling outdoor sculpture park and museum, Storm King Art Center is a great day trip.
With clear views of it's southern lawns just off the interstate, I had often passed and wondered about it on trips to points north, and always vowed I'd visit one day.
Here are a few of the photos I took.
The Art Center is in New Windsor, New York just north of Cornwall , a great little river town. Beyond that is Newburgh, another remarkable place. Once grand and wealthy places during The Gilded Age, there is some serious architecture to be seen. A lot of Urban decay, too --Bannerman Island and Castle is a stunning example-- but I personally like that aesthetic. And all of it framed against the magnificence of the scenery.
Across the river and not far north is Beacon, a river town on the rise with a thriving art community and lots to do.
I only recently learned that Beacon is the adopted home of Richard Butler of
The Psychedelic Furs, a band I like a lot, and the first Post-Punk band I ever saw live back in the early eighties. I honestly had no idea that Richard Butler was an artist and always wanted to be-- more so than a musician.
I stumbled onto this video of him speaking from his Beacon studio. It's a nice clip:
Well, he found a great and interesting area to live and paint in.
So why not close with this dream-like song from Mr. Butler and his band. Appropriately animated for an art post, it's a nice soundtrack perhaps for that sleepy afternoon in The Hudson Valley.