2003-10-10 / Community

Exhibit Celebrates Gateway National Recreation Area

Exhibit Celebrates Gateway National Recreation Area

The work of eleven artists who are inspired by the Gateway National Recreation Area will be on view in a group show at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum from October 11, 2003 to January 11, 2004. Among the works shown will be photographs, paintings, and drawings. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This art exhibition celebrates the connection between two gateways of the New York harbor: Gateway National Recreation Area, encompassing areas at the entrance to the harbor; and Ellis Island, the historical immigrant gateway to the United States.

Viewers have the chance to see the beauty of one urban National Park service site, Gateway National Recreation Area; within the context of another, Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

"Gateway To Nature: The Art of Gateway National Recreation Area" brings together a diverse group of visual artists whose works reflect their relationships with Gateway National Recreation Area, and demonstrate the great wealth and diversity of experiences offered by the park. Gateway National Recreation Area, America’s first urban national park, consists of twenty-six thousand acres of parkland in New York and New Jersey. It includes sites of great natural, cultural, and historic significance.

The eleven artists whose work is included in the exhibit are: Martin E. Demmel, John Frohnhoefer, Alice M. Hughey, Martha Elliot Killian, Alan Messer, Jeffrey Rabkin, Joseph Rothenberg, Tadeusz Strzelecki, Dave Taft, Stephen S. Yaeger, and the late John Kominski. This group of artists, in addition to their past exhibits at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, exhibit widely in other venues.

As an inaugural project of the National Parks of New York Harbor, this National Park Service initiative introduces the many resources of the National Park Service to the residents and visitors of New York City.

"Gateway To Nature: The Art of Gateway National Recreation Area" can be viewed in the Dormitory Galleries at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The park is open daily except December 25. Call for hours and other information, or visit www.nps.gov/stli. Access to Ellis Island is only by Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Ferry, Inc. Ferries depart from Battery Park in lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

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