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Explore 'Art From The Shadows' At Peekskill's Field Library Gallery

A sample of the work that will be on display.
A sample of the work that will be on display. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Field Gallery is presenting two artists from historic Peekskill area families in "Tenebrarum: Art From the Shadows."

This pairing runs from May 21 through June 25, with an opening reception from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 21. They will also be present for Peekskill Open Studios on Saturday, June 4, from 12 to 5 p.m.

Barry James Lent has been creating visual art for nearly twenty-five years. He is a Peekskill native and descendant of one of the original Dutch settlement families, The Van Lents, who have lived in the area since the 1650s. His work has been exhibited and published in the United States, Europe and South America, and he creates commissioned work for a diverse array of musical artists. Lent explains, “I believe that art should be thought provoking, provocative, sensuous, angry… there is a beautiful side to our inner ugliness. An inseparable humanity. A universal dance of creative and destructive energies.”

Barbara Doherty has created sculptures, intricate organic masks and fantastic apparel since 1991. A native of the Peekskill area, she is descended from several of the area's historic families dating back to the mid-1700s. Doherty’s work has been exhibited in the United States where she has also been a contributor to various cultural events for over 30 years.

Doherty explains, "There is a subconscious unity among all life. I believe the desire to communicate with the cosmos is instinctive to all, not only the mystic and shaman. Cloaking oneself as another being creates empathy with that being. In the past we needed this intuitive ritual tool to survive nature. Now we must listen once again, to create the tools for nature to survive us."

The Field Gallery is in The Field Library at 4 Nelson Ave. in Peekskill. For further information call Alicia Morgan, Curator, at 914-862-3287, or email

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