Exhibition: Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River

Watercolor of Rip Van Winkle Bridge by Otto Miranda

We are pleased to announce the installation of “Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River,” an exhibition of the work of artist Otto Miranda. This exhibition consists of 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that all pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds. The bridges represented include vehicle, railroad, pedestrian, and even a troop bridges. They will be on exhibit in the library’s Community Room from Friday, January 5, until Wednesday, February 28.

The artist, Otto Miranda, has been a watercolor artist for 18 years. He moved to Columbia County in 2009, where the wonderful mountains and the Hudson River inspired him to take on this project. He spent 15 months researching and then traveled with his wife Dale, and her GPS, from the river’s beginning to the lower end. Together they photographed many of the existing bridges, which Miranda then painted. Bridges no longer in existence are painted in sepia tones. Miranda states, “My greatest expectation and satisfaction is to show this project at as many libraries, museums and other venues as possible so everyone can enjoy the history as much as I have preparing it for presentation.”

The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible.  School groups are also invited to view this important local interest exhibition for discussions on history, engineering and art. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.