Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center To Feature Diverse Visual Art Exhibit In February 2020

POUGHKEEPSIE — The Hall Gallery of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center located at 9 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie will be the setting for the

DiMarco Sisters Show – a collective art exhibit – opening on February 7 and running through March 28. On display

will be the works of artists and sisters Christina DiMarco, Andrea DiCarlo, Jean DiMarco, Victoria DiMarco Pilgrim, and Mary

DiMarco Vincent. An Opening Night reception will be held on Friday, February 7 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Hall Gallery

hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The DiMarco Sisters Show will feature artwork of various mediums, modalities and techniques of five members of the DiMarco

family. “Having six siblings and seeing their responses to living and their arts is always inspiring and has led to this art exhibit,”

explained Christina DiMarco who has been a teaching artist of the elemental arts of Turkish marbling and suminagashi,

bookbinding, and other media in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years. “My father’s and mother’s love of the arts, music and

nature has led to a lifetime of study that forever unfolds its mysteries just for the looking.” Ms. Christina DiMarco currently

teaches at the Garrison Art Center, Camp Herrlich, Mount Saint Mary College, the Desmond Enrichment Campus, area libraries

and in the Wappingers School System. She was also the co-founder of Clove Creek Artists, a small art school in Beekman, NY

and taught at the Mill Street Loft for 25 years.

Andrea DiCarlo majored in art at SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated from Towson University, Maryland. “I see the world with an

artist’s eye, although the medium I use has varied throughout my life – from oils, clay, printmaking, fabric, knitting, collage,

paper cut-outs, watercolor and pastels,” she commented. “Using color and simple forms, I create a world of spontaneity…the

spontaneity, freshness and timeless design of Matisse and Picasso, and the seemingly effortlessness brushstroke of Oriental

writings has been influential.” As a ceramic artist, Ms. DiCarlo ran the Flat Iron Clay Studios in New York City from 1991 to

1996. She also participated in Smithsonian and Baltimore Craft Shows and produced limited ceramic editions available in US

galleries and stores. Jean DiMarco, who has considered herself to be an artist from the moment she first held a pencil in her

hand, graduated from Millbrook High School with honors in Fine Art and Mechanical Drawing, and received her Associates

Degree in Fine Arts from Dutchess Community College. Drawing, oil painting, watercolors, sculpture, stain glass, paper

marbling, sewing and beading are her primary interests and she intends that her work “is seen and enjoyed as an expression of

joy through color, movement, flow, unexpected spontaneity and mystery.” She further explained, “The intention of creating

my art is as a continuing learning experience of being a Master of having a Beginner’s Mind…an artist’s beginner’s mind is

being open to allow what’s possible with intentional use of color, shape, medium and structure.” Ms. Jean DiMarco currently

lives in Red Hook, and as a former student of stain glass artist, Phyllis Clark, renowned sculptor, Joseph Finnelli, and

watercolorist, Betsy Jacaruso, devotes her time teaching others to learn the art of stain glass and volunteering her time at the

Red Hook Community Center teaching others how to sew. Victoria DiMarco Pilgrim studied painting, drawing, pottery and

printmaking at Dutchess Community College graduating with an Associates of Arts Degree in Humanities. As a longtime

resident of Maine, her artwork is “inspired and energized by the earth flora and fauna and magnetic energies of the rock walls

and ledges” that surround the Maine coast. By means of photography and painting with oil, acrylic, and watercolor as well as

restoring vintage sewing machines, and working outdoors in her gardens, landscaping and clearing trails on her property, she

channels that inspiration to create beauty and peace for herself, family and friends. Hailing from Dutchess County, NY, Mary

DiMarco Vincent is the youngest of the DiMarco siblings and specializes in fiber art. “I truly love all types of fiber art, the

colors, and what you can make with them,” she noted. “I also enjoy working with stained glass, knitting and sometimes

crocheting.” Ms. Vincent’s passion for crafting with fabric began while watching her grandmother make clothes on an oldfashioned Singer sewing machine and being taught by her how to crochet and knit. Building upon this foundation, Ms. Vincent

has crafted wearable pieces and now designs quilts and reupholsters furniture.

For more information on the DiMarco Sisters Show call the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center at (845) 486-4571 or visit cunneenhackett.org.

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