On the George Washington Bridge Project: Hey, Someone Else Is Obsessed with the Bridge (Local Art Openings)

10Nov08

In which a painter is also obsessed with the George Washington Bridge.

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So on Saturday when we were walking around in the rain, we were kinda shocked to stumble upon this rather swank gallery on Riverside Drive and 181st Street in Washington Heights.

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We knocked on the door and they let us in, even though they were setting up for an opening slated for this Thursday night from 6 – 8. Here’s a self-portrait of the artist, Bennett Vadnais. According to his bio, Bennett was born in 1978 and has been pursuing art srsly since his early teens! (When we think of what we were doing in our early teens, it usually involves a hockey rink.) For the past year or so, he’s been painting all of our favorite haunts around Wahi, including the river, the bridge and Ft. Tryon Park.

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Here’s a most excellent painting of the bridge! It was great to look through the window at the real thing, too, because really, how often do you get to do that?

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And here’s another painting of some trees down by the river, just before you get to the tennis courts. This is truly one of the most beautiful parts of Manhattan; if you’ve never had a chance to visit, you really should. Who knows — you might even pick up a paint brush!

K.B. Gallery
875 West 181st Street Unit A  (at Riverside Drive)
212-543-2393
Bennet Vadnais opening reception: Thursday, November 13, 6-8

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