Where in the Hudson Valley Contest: Artist Nestor Madalengoitia’s Painting of the Hudson River Waterfront

Picture perfect: do you know where this lively mural is located?

Area residents may have a tougher time identifying the mid-Valley location of this colorful mural than tourists will — and that is exactly the point. Hanging inside a building frequented every day by travelers, the recently unveiled artwork (a detail of which is shown here) was painted to welcome out-of-town visitors to “our picturesque little paradise,” as artist Nestor Madalengoitia calls the region.

A Valley resident for the past 13 years, Madalengoitia spent two months working on the five-by-10-foot mural in his studio. Using acrylic paint on canvas, the artist depicts the Hudson River and both its eastern and western shorelines; besides the fabulous natural scenery, the tableau includes a pair of hot air balloons, the sloop Clearwater, a cruise ship — and a panoramic view of New York’s newest state park. Several of the figures in the mural — including a bicyclist, a jogger, and a child walking with a senior citizen — are representative of the new park’s logo, notes Madalengoitia.

A portrait painter by trade, the Peruvian-born Madalengoitia has contributed several other public murals to the urban area he calls home. One depicts his personal “heroes,” including Eleanor Roosevelt and Pete Seeger; another — more than 200 feet in length — shows children, civic leaders, and other local members of the community. The paintings, he says, “help humanize their location. And the arts play an important role in helping cities to develop.” Madalengoitia hopes that this newest work “expresses what the Valley is all about. For tourists, seeing the mural should encapsulate what they saw here, and help them remember it.”

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Think you know the exact location — the town and the building — that is home to this majestic mural? If so, send us your answer as a comment in the box below. The first reader with the correct response wins a prize. Good luck!

» Give up? Find the contest answer in our March issue


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