Barrett Art Centers Springraiser Showcased and Honored Local Professionals

Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive, addressing community members at Sundays Springraiser.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY: On Sunday, March 3rd, the Barrett Art Center hosted its Springraiser at the Locust Grove Estate. An action-packed afternoon was spent raising money for the organization.

Over 175 community members were in attendance. Mayor Rob Rolison hosted the event. Paul M. Sparrow, Director of the FDR Museum & Library, was honored for his hard work. There was a special exhibition of 12 New Deal-era works, alongside works by five contemporary, local Hudson Valley artists. Throughout the wine reception, attendees had the opportunity to bid on numerous prizes donated from local businesses at the auction. The Dave Henningsen Trio Plus One entertained guest throughout the event.

We are thrilled to have the support of Poughkeepsie’s leaders and all the arts community,said Joanna Frang, executive director of the Barrett Art Center. This sold-out event is a testament to the community’s commitment to the arts as a critical ingredient to the revitalization happening in Poughkeepsie.

The proceeds from the event will fund Barrett Art Centers free community arts programs, including a new after-school art and homework club and family arts days in the galleries. They offer free art lessons with artists Ben Arnold and Emilie Houssart, both of whom are artists in residence at Barrett Art Center. The funding will also go towards keeping their world-class exhibits free and open to the public.

Barrett Art Center is located at 55 Noxon Street. They currently have running exhibitions showcasing artist Mary Ann Lomonaco and the 32nd annual National Juried Photography Contest. They are open, free of charge, to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. during exhibitions.

About Barrett Art Center

Since its founding as the Dutchess County Art Association in 1935, the organizations mission has been to foster and perpetuate an appreciation of the visual arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Today, the organization operates under the name Barrett Art Center and interprets its mission broadly. It sustains its diverse contemporary art community through world-class art exhibitions that are free of charge and open to the public, and it maintains a strong presence in the community, bringing together thousands of participants each year through collaborative art and history programs to reach diverse audiences in its inner-city neighborhood. For more information, visit, find them on Instagram @barrettartcenter, Facebook @DCAAbarrett, Twitter @BarrettArtCentr, or call (845) 471-2550.