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Westchester Insurance Office Open To Public During 'Pop-Up' Art Gallery

Sculptor Al Landzberg is unveiling this new artwork called “Raceway. He says it is the first in a series of three related pieces, forming “The Highlands Trilogy,” on display June 2 and 3, during a "pop-up" art exhibit in downtown Peekskill. Photo Credit: Provided
Roshi Newman with one of her paintings to be displayed to the public June 2-3 during a unique pop-up art gallery at her son, Charles J. Newman's Peekskill insurance office at 906 South St. Photo Credit: Provided

The City of Peekskill opens its arms to art lovers this weekend, June 2 and 3. That’s when more than 100 local artists open their workspaces for free public viewing, at the 21st annual celebration of creativity known as Open Studios.

Roshi Newman is a lifelong Peekskill artist who doesn’t have her own studio. What she does have is a son who happily serves as a de facto promoter of her artwork.

Chuck Newman is a prominent insurance agent whose offices in downtown Peekskill include permanent displays of his mother’s oil paintings. His space also showcases the metal sculptures of another veteran artist in the family: his wife Carol’s father, Al Landzberg.

Impressed by the wall-to-wall artistry at The Charles J. Newman Co. , the Peekskill Arts Council invited Chuck Newman to add his location at 906 South St. to the other destinations on the walkable, downtown circuit of Open Studios. The result is pop-up “Gallery 906 South,” otherwise known as the day-to-day headquarters of the insurance company owned and operated by Newman, now in his 26th year as a certified insurance agent.

Roshi Newman is part of the history of Peekskill’s decades-long evolution as a Hudson Valley mecca for artists. In the mid-20th Century, along with a handful of others, she helped found the city’s first fine arts group. In the latter part of the century, touting its convenient location and affordable living space, Peekskill’s growing art community convinced New York City artists to relocate to the riverfront city.

Mrs. Newman has been painting for a half-century. She specializes in landscapes and what she calls “mindscapes” of the Hudson Valley and of Puerto Rico, where she lives part of the year.

Among her works on view at Gallery 906 for Open Studios will be what she considers her favorite work, titled “Rivertown.” She also paints silk scarves and other art wearables, which will be on exhibit, and for sale, at Artisan Boutique, at 925 South St. For more details, click here:

In addition to four of his sculptures on permanent display at the Newman insurance offices, Al Landzberg is unveiling for Open Studios a new work, “Raceway,” that he says is the first in a series of three related pieces, forming “The Highlands Trilogy.”  Using aluminum, the sculptor has etched an image of the Hudson River where it narrows at the Highlands, with contours of surrounding mountains that include Breakneck Ridge, Storm King and Anthony’s Nose.

Landzberg said the sculpture “sits in a large metal box and is backlit within the box, illuminating the contour lines of the Hudson River. Many people will view it as they see a painting.” Landzberg has permanent sculpture installations at Charles Point in Peekskill and at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field in Yorktown Heights. For more details, click here:

Chuck Newman is an avid collector and exhibitor of early- and mid-20th Century artifacts of workplace culture (“objets d’office”), and of vintage photographs of Peekskill history. Visitors to his insurance company offices always are fascinated by the multitude of his memorabilia, and their pristine condition.

Galleries participating in Open Studios can be viewed from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more details on Open Studios, click here:

Stop by the Gazebo at the corner of Central Avenue and Division Street for a map for self-guided tours and PAA-sponsored walking tours. The two-day event is rain or shine.

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