Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hudson River monster returns ...

A colorful city of Poughkeepsie mural depicting "Kipsy," a mythical serpent that lives in the Hudson River, has been repaired, repainted and restored by students from The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft's chapter of the National Art Honor Society. The mural was originally created by Poughkeepsie artists Margaret and Richard Crenson in 1989 on the wall of the Hudson Valley Office Furniture building at the corner of Main and Crannel Streets. In consultation with the artists, more than a dozen student volunteers participated in the project, repairing damaged areas, erasing graffiti and touching up the sun-faded colors earlier this month.

According to a press release from Mill Street Loft, local legend holds that "the ancient creature is believed to have existed and was said to have been sighted by sailors on many vessels including Henry Hudson's Halfmoon, the Livingston's Clermont and even our own Clearwater. The 'Kipsy' mural features many familiar Hudson River images."

The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft is a pre-college portfolio development program for motivated high school art students interested in pursuing careers in the visual arts. Students accepted into the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) commit to participate in community service projects and the mural restoration project is one of them. The Art Institute offers courses in figure drawing and painting, metal welding, figurative clay, portfolio development and photography. For a full listing of Winter-Spring 2009 courses, visit or call 845-471-7477.

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