For Immediate Release
Contact: Jack Casey 518-274-4830 (office) 441-8685 (mobile)
TROY, N.Y. (09/27/13) — Troy novelist Jack Casey opens his home for Troy Night Out this Sept. 27 to display a series of Hudson River murals commissioned for an office in his downtown row house.
The public will also have the opportunity to tour a rare example of an ornate, second story urban horse stables undergoing restoration in Casey’s rear carriage house. The Open House will occur from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 47 Second St. in downtown Troy.
“The Hudson River is a great unspoken force that flows through all our lives,” Casey said. “It was sacred to the Native Americans who called it ‘the river that flows both ways’ because of the tide. It brought the Europeans here, engendered the Industrial Revolution and served as America’s first information highway with the opening of the Erie Canal. I have converted this back office into my study and in celebrating the river’s profound influence in our states history, hopefully I’ll draw influence for new work.”
The murals were painted by Troy artist Paul Bouchey. In Bouchey’s depiction, the river flows above the room’s chair rail and features depictions of Olana, the Clermont mansion, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and the bustling Troy river front in the heyday of steam power.
Bouchey earned a BFA from Pratt Institute, NYC, and has spent 25 years as a specialized decorative painter and designer. He has assisted in the restoration of two historic theaters, Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, N.Y. and Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vt.
“I’ve now visited the Hudson River three times as a mural subject,” Bouchey said. “The river is an endless source of fascination and inspiration.”
Laura Madia designed and hung the swags and draperies in the room with an early-American theme.
“I wanted to enhance and frame Paul’s beautiful work,” she said. “I accentuated the rich earthy tones of the reds and ochres with a bit of gold trim. The faded stars on the swags blend a feeling of the starry night sky above the sunny day in the rest of the room as the river flows through time and space.”
Madia is a free-lance artisan based in Troy, specializing in window treatments and slip covers.
Casey will also perform music from his new album, “Ya Don’t Know Jack!” Visitors will receive a free CD. For information and to listen online, visit: http://jackcasey.com/yadontknowjack
For high resolution photographs of Jack Casey’s Hudson River murals, the urban horse stables, an album cover and an author photo, visit:
ABOUT JACK CASEY
Jack Casey is the author of “Kateri – Lily of the Mohawks,” “The Trial of Bat Shea,” and “A Land Beyond the River,” historical novels about the Hudson-Mohawk corridor with themes of politics and social change. He also recently authored “A Parliament of Fowls,” a political satire loosely based upon his days as Parliamentarian to the New York State Senate when the Republicans staged a “coup” to seize back power after the first Obama landslide.
For information, visit: http://JackCasey.com