Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is hosting an exhibit featuring the work of photographer James Kaval and the painter Jonathan Murray. The exhibit will be on display in the hospital Atrium during the month of December, 2007
James Kaval will be exhibiting a collection of photographs of “CROW HOUSE – Rockland ‘s ghost of the past.” Mr. Kaval worked as a stringer for the Journal News before attending the Rochester Institute of Technology, from 1974 to1978, where he studied photography both as a science and a fine art. He is currently the artist-in-residence at Crow House, the residence of late Rockland artists Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970) and Anne Poor (1918-2002). Crow House was and in some respects remains the epicenter of the artistic life of Rockland County. Mr. Kaval’s passion is uncovering and preserving historic architecture, especially photographically.
He recently stated, “Inspiration at Crow House simply requires you to go wherever it leads. Crow House gave me these images, which show you what it is and what it once was, with perhaps its last breath. Its fate, now, is up to the broad community of art lovers. The images, however, belong to Rockland County, as Crow House does.” Mr. Kaval added, “As far as my photography is concerned, I’m not looking to change history, I’m just here to record it before it disappears.”
The artist Jonathan Murray began his art career in tenth grade while attending high school at Newburgh York Free Academy in Newburgh, New York. A car accident soon after graduation derailed his plans and brought him to Helen Hayes Hospital for rehabilitation. Now, thirty –five years later, he is proud to exhibit his work for the hospital’ patients, staff and the community to enjoy.
The exhibit at the physical rehabilitation hospital is open to the public on a daily basis and is free of charge. For additional information, call the Public Relations office at 786-4225.