Story by Lourice Angie
At the start of the Village of Greenwood Lake Board meeting on Mon., Oct. 17, Village Mayor Jesse Dwyer spoke of a recent experience that led to an epiphany as he discovered part of the artistic heritage of Greenwood Lake.
The Village is steeped in rich art and cultural history. Mayor Dwyer incidentally learned of this when he took a New York City history course while attending college in Manhattan. As a course requirement Dwyer was to go to a museum of his choice and do research on items in the museum.
He decided to go to the New York Historical Society Museum on Museum Row. He ended up benefiting greatly from his choice, when he stumbled upon a room containing art by the painters from the Hudson River School.
While browsing the room, one of the paintings that resembled Greenwood Lake immediately caught his attention. After taking a closer look, Dwyer realized that the painting was, in fact, of Greenwood Lake, and had been painted by Jasper Francis Cropsey, a famous painter during the mid-19th century.
Since then, Greenwood Lake has been home to many artists for years as well as an inspiration for artists. Most recently, in the artistic endeavors of the Village, the Board saw a project undertaken by local artist, Chris Vanvooren.
The project was commissioned by local business owner Jamie Hannouche, of “Cuts and Styles by Salon Marwan.” The project is a mural which was painted on the side of the hair salon, located at 130 Windermere Ave., next door to the Greenwood Lake Senior Citizen Center. The mural/art project was sponsored by several local businesses including: True Value Hardware (who secured all of the Benjamin Moore paint for free), Kwik Mart, Streamline Auto, The Helm, Temple Fitness, Anton’s on the Lake, Casper Enterprise, Ophelia’s Floral Design, Jersey Paddle Boards, IK Auto Sales, Village Vape Shop and the Irish Whisper.
Mayor Dwyer commended the work done by everyone, and said the Board is excited and pleased by the final result.
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