Landscape painting lecture coming to Hudson River Maritime Museum

The Hudson River Maritime Museum offers more than just info about the river.

KINGSTON – The Hudson River Maritime Museum invites you to attend “Idylls of the Imagination: American Landscape Painting and the Shape of Memory,” a lecture by author Richard Friswell, hosted at the Wooden Boat School classroom, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020. 

American landscape painting was not always viewed as a legitimate form of the painterly arts; as it was largely de-valued in the earliest period of our emergence on the world stage. In this presentation, Friswell will trace the history of landscape painting as it slowly evolved in the United States—arising first as a decorative art, to then become the central defining element in our growing sense of national identity. 

Friswell will have his newest book, Hudson River Chronicles: In Search of the Splendid & Sublime in America’s ‘First’ River, available for purchase at a book signing after the lecture. Proceeds will benefit the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Tickets are free for HRMM members, $5 for non-members and include light refreshments. Registration for this and other lectures is available at or by calling 845-338-0071 ext. 16.

Richard Friswell is a Wesleyan University Visiting Scholar and Director of the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL), a multi-disciplinary, non-degree program of course offerings for the adult community. He is a publisher and managing editor of ARTES, an international fine arts e-magazine. 

This program supports the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, Water/Ways. The Water/Ways Traveling Exhibit is available at the Hudson River Maritime Museum until Sunday, February 23, 2020. Guests are encouraged to come early and see the Water/Ways exhibit before the lecture. 

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