First Friday Exhibit Showcases Washington Park

washington-park.jpgFor her project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, Meghan Murphy put together a major art display as part of Albany, New York’s prominent First Friday art festival which takes place each year on the first Friday in November.

Murphy’s exhibit featured art of Albany’s famous Washington Park, which has been a centerpiece of the city for 300 years. Used in prior times as a parade ground, cemetery public square and even a welfare farm, for the last 140 years the park has been a manicured combination of gardens and lawn landscaped in the Victorian tradition, resembling a botanical garden with its 100 species of trees from throughout the world.

The leading newspaper of Albany, the Times-Union, wrote a piece about Murphy’s contribution to 1st Friday.

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Drawings by 40 people ranging in age from 3 to 73 will be exhibited as part of Albany’s First Friday. The works about Washington Park are the product of a three-month art project conducted by Meghan Murphy, an artist and teacher, in the park as part of a Landmark Education’s Self Expression and Leadership Program. She provided the art supplies and invited people at random to create a drawing based on their reaction to being in the park. The collection includes landscapes created with pastels, pencils (including colored ones) and charcoal. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Judy Rosen’s Real Estate Office, 352 State St. at Lark, Albany. mpkmurphy@gmail.com.

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