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Eclectic and welcoming: How Virginia Walsh and Ann Street Gallery brought first-rate art to a tough neighborhood

Eclectic and welcoming: How Virginia Walsh and Ann Street Gallery brought first-rate art to a tough neighborhood

One of this season’s most exciting art exhibitions is “Power and Politics” at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh. It includes paintings, assemblages, sculpture and prints. The strength of the exhibit is a testament to the curatorial talents and vision of Virginia Walsh, who has served as the gallery’s director and curator since its inception in 2006.

Home-movie footage of FDR’s 1940 Kingston visit found, put on DVD

Home-movie footage of FDR’s 1940 Kingston visit found, put on DVD

On the afternoon of Nov. 4, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s motorcade swept into Kingston, after traveling north over the Wurts Street Bridge on Route 9W. It stopped in front of the Gov. Clinton Hotel before the president, on the eve of his re-election, gave a brief speech at Academy Green, across the street. Local businessman William O’Reilly was there and stepped right up out of the crowd to the president’s car to film the scene. “People have said, ‘I can’t think of your father without that black movie camera in front of his face,’” recalled his daughter Patricia Murphy, former president of Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK).