5 days ago
It's time for another... People of Hashtag #Peekskill !⠀
If you've spent any time in Peekskill, chances are you've encountered Andrew Barthelmes ( @andrewbarthelmes ). Not necessarily the man (although he's been a presence in town since he was born here in 1974) -- but his art, which graces some of Peekskill's most popular establishments. Most of his paintings, like those found at Peekskill Coffee House and BeanRunner Cafe, seek to capture the quiet moments of modern life in the Hudson Valley. His work for Fin & Brew, depicting a Kraken attacking Henry Hudson's Half Moon, reveals a darkly humorous edge to the art and the artist.⠀
That edge is on full display with Andrew's massive and imaginative oil painting entitled "Indian Summer" which is now up for auction, with proceeds from the sale going to support Riverkeeper ( @riverkeeper ). At first glance the bright colors and idyllic setting conjures feelings of nostalgic Hudson River summers of yore, but a closer look actually reveals a darkly fanciful vision of the future. In this future, Peekskill's atomic neighbor, the Indian Point nuclear power plant is shuttered has been retrofitted into an amusement park -- much like the one that used to draw visitors to Indian Point between 1923 and 1956, before the power plant was built. It's a clever mix of beauty, history and commentary on the environmental impact of life on the Hudson River.⠀
If you love all this as much as we do, please follow Andrew, check out his artwork around town, and spread the word about his Indian Summer auction for Riverkeeper. Andrew is hosting an opening on Saturday, October 19 1-4pm at his studio at 901 South Street in Peekskill.