Art can portray the world’s most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with today’s Groupon to Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get an individual-membership package (a $95 total value), which includes the following:
- Two individual memberships (a $35 value each)
$25 worth of books, postcards, and gifts at the house’s shop<p>
- For $44, you get a family-membership package (a $110 total value), which includes the following:
- Family membership (a $60 value)
- $50 worth of books, postcards, and gifts at the house’s shop<p>
Originally the birthplace of its eponymous artist, the not-for-profit Edward Hopper House, built in 1858 by Hopper’s maternal grandfather, now exhibits work by emerging and established artists and hosts educational workshops and jazz concerts. The green-shuttered, white-clapboard abode, which renowned painter and printmaker Hopper called home from 1882–1913, fills its first-floor art center with exhibits previously featured in the New York Times and Hudson Valley Magazine. One of the current exhibits, Edward Hopper at Home: Selections from the Arthayer R. Sanborn Hopper Collection Trust, lets visitors glimpse Hopper’s ink-and-paper sketches of nautical subjects and the artist’s very first horseless hovercraft, as juxtaposed to the upcoming Max Greis: Allegory and Fantasy in Nature, which delves into multimedia landscapes.
Members enjoy free admission to the Edward Hopper House, open Thursday–Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and take advantage of discounted workshops, whose subjects range from crafting romantic origami books around Valentine’s Day to Shakespearean and stage-combat acting for middle schoolers and lily-livered worsted-stocking knaves. A monetary credit and 10% off at the gift shop facilitates the acquisition of books such as Edward Hopper’s New York by Avis Berman ($30), postcards ($1–$2), and fair-trade jewelry ($10). Rounding out each membership package are discounts at local retailers and restaurants that unlock art supplies and café fare, and select reciprocal benefits at Rockland Center for the Arts continue the expansion of cultural horizons and let patrons decide which center’s artists have the pointiest teeth.