gaga-logo.jpgLight on New Netherland:  Official Holland on the Hudson exhibition about the fascinating 55 years of the Dutch in New York and Dutch consciousness in all media, a group exhibition of contemporary Dutch artists Now Through June 14, 2009 Dutch Consciousness in All Media through July 5, 2009 Haverstraw, NY - The Town of Haverstraw, Howard T. Phillips, Supervisor and GAGA Arts Center celebrate Henry Hudson's discovery of the Hudson River with the opening of the Official 400th Anniversary traveling exhibition*, Light on New Netherland, sponsored by Heineken. GAGA Arts Center hosts this extraordinary exhibition, produced by the New Netherlands Institute, which traces the years the Dutch ruled in New Netherlands -- from Henry Hudson's discovery in 1609 to Peter Stuyvesant's surrender of the colony to the English in 1664. The exhibition features 26 museum-quality story boards researched by noted Dutch scholar and historian Charles T. Gehring, and includes paintings by artist Len Tantillo, the foremost painter of Dutch-period artworks whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is also a fascinating 20-minute documentary about the Dutch, their adventurous sea exploration, and the creation of New Netherland. GAGA bridges the historical Dutch past to the Dutch present with an evocative group exhibit of Dutch contemporary artists. Dutch Consciousness in All Media explores Dutch consciousness, their way of life in today's Netherlands, and its impact on the United States. This perspective, by Dutch and Dutch American artists, is presented through painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance and a video/film program.  Several international artists, including Vangeline Theatre, will present Dutch-inspired performances.  Call for further information about the performance schedule. More!  During Flotilla Weekend on Sunday, June 7, 2009, visit artists' open studios, tour GAGA Creekside Nature Walk & Sculpture Trail and enjoy organic/free trade coffee, lemonade, iced tea and pastries at the GAGA Coffee Bar! Gallery Hours: Gaga Arts Center:  Gallery Hours: May 15-June 14, 2009 on Fridays 4-8pm; Saturdays 2-6pm and Sundays 12-4.  SPECIAL FLOTILLA WEEKEND HOURS: Saturday, June 6th 12 noon-8pm, Sunday, June 7th 10am-6pm. Special Note:  Dutch Consciousness in All Media will run through July 5, 2009. Location and Contact Information: GAGA is located at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, 55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, Village of West Haverstraw, Rockland County, NY 10923. For directions and additional information, call 845-947-7108 or visit FLOTILLA WEEKEND:  TAKE THE HAVERSTRAW MARINA BUS FROM DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS located in Stony Point at the former Stop & Shop on Route 9W and the James W. Farley Middle School on Route 210; and in Haverstraw at the Knights of Columbus Parking Lot on West Broad Street.  BUS PASSENGERS WILL BE DROPPED OFF AND PICKED UP AT GAGA ARTS CENTER, THE HAVERSTRAW MARINA AND EACH DESIGNATED PARKING AREA. * Light on New Netherland has already traveled to the New York State Museum in Albany and the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford. Following its stay at the GAGA Arts Center, Light on New Netherland will travel to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, Federal Hall in New York City and the Historical Society of Delaware in Wilmington, among other destinations. Contact: Robin E. Rosenberg, President, GAGA Arts Center (845) 947-7108 Or The Town of Haverstraw, (845) 429-2200