The Akin Free Library on Quaker Hill is a historic eclectic late Victorian stone building in the hamlet of Quaker Hill, town of Pawling, Dutchess County, New York, USA, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic place of local significance since 1991. Bibiana Mattheis has just curated an exhibition of 49 artists that intends to creat a dialogue with the historic and anthropological collection that exists in the library/museum.
Exhibit Title: Meeting Past at the Akin Library and
Museums – 49 contemporary artists find resonance between their work and
the historic artifacts
Opening: Friday, September 14th – 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibit Dates and Times: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 21 from 1PM to 4 PM
Location: 378 Old Quaker Hill Road in Pawling, NY 12564
In 2011, the first “Meeting Past” exhibition featured sixteen artists
at the Akin Library and Museums. The event drew an unprecedented 700
visitors to the Akin, making it one of the biggest fine-art exhibits in
Pawling’s history. Once again, the Akin Library and Museums will host 49
contemporary artists to find resonance between their work and the
historic artifacts and natural history objects. Participating artists
from around the region, and the nation, will establish a connection with
the important Pawling landmark and cultural site.
Curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis, a Pawling resident, the exhibit is
focused directly on the special historical environment and content of
the Akin Library and Museums. With the thematic “Meeting Past” the
artists set out to either create artwork specifically to fit the place
and subject, or they selected fitting artwork to harmonize with the
environment, juxtaposing “new” to “old”. The effort was to combine art
with the 19th Century natural history objects, furnishings and books of the Akin building.
The artwork includes all types of fine-art media including:
paintings, photography, sculpture, drawings, and mixed media
construction – encompassing many styles and directions, from traditional
to modern, from realistic to conceptual. Visitors will be encouraged to
discover the artists’ creations interspersed throughout the permanent
The exhibit is dedicated to Amanda Akin Stearns, sister of Albert J.
Akin and Civil War nurse at the Armory Square Hospital, Washington, DC,
from April 1863 to July 1864.
The Akin Library & Museum on Quaker Hill is a historic late
Victorian stone building in the hamlet of Quaker Hill, listed in the
National Registry of Historic Places. The Akin Library was a gift from
the Quaker Albert J. Akin (1803–1903), founder of the Bank of Pawling
and the Mizzentop Hotel on Quaker Hill. The building was designed by the
architect John A. Wood. The library is located on the first floor of
the building. The Historical Society Museum occupies the second floor.
Its collections include objects pertaining to the local history. The
lower floor of the building houses the Olive Gunnison Natural History
Museum, which displays birds, rocks and minerals.
For details see: www.MeetingPast@blogspot.com. For more information contact: