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“Working Hands” picture story exhibit at the Ossining Public Library


Meet international and nationally acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and local Westchester County resident Andrew Courtney on January 6th at the Ossining Public Library from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the opening reception of his month-long exhibit entitled “Working Hands.” One of the ‘working hands’ featured is Peekskill businessman Steve Erenberg of Early Electrics. 

As an artist, teacher and activist for social change, Andrew has documented life conditions in areas of the world where popular struggles for survival, independence and self-determination are the day-to-day experience of ordinary people. Some of his work has been in Viet Nam, Central America, South Africa, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the streets of the United States. Andrews’ work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions both domestically and internationally. And now, in 2024, Andrew Courtney will unveil “Working Hands” of the Hudson Valley and wider Hudson Valley region for a month-long exhibition at the Ossining Public Library. 

With so much attention recently on remote work, the zoom workplace and the potential of a four-day work week, the talk often overlooks the workers, performers, artisans whose work continues to be “by hand” any hour and any day of the week. Courtney ensures in this exhibit that the light of those “working hands” is never diminished.

At the opening reception of the “Working Hands” exhibit Courtney will unveil portraits of the “working hands” of people from throughout the Hudson Valley whose hands are their primary work and pleasure tool. He spent more than a year taking  portraits.  The reception will begin at 2:00 pm with a short 13 minute film in the Budarz Theater of Andrew Courtney’s work. Following the film,  Courtney will walk through the gallery exhibit of 46 portraits as attendees are serenaded to the sweet sounds of the Paraguayan harpist, whose work was used in the film. To learn more about the artist and his work please visit The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining, NY. In the case of inclement weather, the snow date is Sunday, January 7th, 2-4 p.m

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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]