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An Artistic Journey


Hudson Valley

ust two hours north of Manhattan lies the Hudson Valley—a retreat from city life. It is a world By Jessica Licciardello away from skyscrapers, yet everything is equally of grand scale. The massive Hudson River and the rolling mountains are all reminders that we are a small part of a grand design. There is something stirring within this energy, an incubator for creativity and thought, education, culinary expression, and visual art. I visited the Hudson Valley this past winter with the intention to document some of these burgeoning expressions, as well as traditional historic institutions in the area. Poughkeepsie tastemaker and mixologist Erin O’Neill led my personal tour, and she complemented my knowledge of art with her culinary and cocktail expertise. 80

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