The art exhibition “Lost Landmarks of Bayonne” opens on April 12

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LaTourette House, a 19th century resort hotel which faced the Kill Van Kull. The hotel has attracted authors, statesmen and other famous guests. Image courtesy of Bayonne Public Library.

An exhibition entitled “Lost Landmarks of Bayonne” will be held in the O’Connor Gallery of the Bayonne Public Library from April 12, 2022. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Bayonne Public Library and the Bayonne Historical Society and will feature works that have rarely been exhibited together.

The opening ceremony for the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the second floor gallery of the library, located at the corner of 31st Street and Avenue C. The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony and are invited to visit the exhibition throughout April after the ceremony.

The exhibition includes around 40 paintings by Bayonne artist Andrew A. Walsh (1873-1940) and ten poems by his sister Mary A. Walsh. Mary A. Walsh donated the paintings and poetry to the Bayonne Public Library in 1949. The opening ceremony will feature poetry performed by Bayonne store owner Kathleen Hurley, another member of the same family . Works on display include pen and ink, charcoals, watercolours, gouache and oil paints. This is a rare opportunity to see all the artworks as a collection as the works are rarely exhibited together.

Throughout the exhibition, members of the Bayonne Historical Society will play the role of guides. They will virtually guide visitors on a tour of the 19th century landmarks of the small villages that combined to form Bayonne: Bergen Point, Constable Hook, Centerville and Salterville or Pamrapo.

The exhibition will be available until the end of April. Members of the public are welcome to schedule group tours during the day for everyone from school children to the elderly. Please contact Lee at 201-436-5978 for dates and times that free guided tours will be available to the public after the opening ceremony.

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