Art Exhibits, Tiny Roost & Display Case

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Botanical Hybrid Herbarium (and other realted work) by Cynthia Winika
October 2 through December 31
Reception: October 7th, 2 - 4 PM


A tongue-in-cheek show of Cynthia's recent work using pressed plants arranged as hybrids and grafts in the form of loose pages from a herbarium bundle and inspired by the botanic herbarium collections at the Paris Botanical Garden. Different pressed plant species were put together to make new hybrids, sometimes adding drawings or rubbings of unexpected animals: bats, a three-toed sloth, an armadillo skin, a butterfly. At first glance, the pieces appear as if a botanist preserved them. Upon closer inspection, more is revealed. Each piece is saturated in beeswax and damar resin, which preserves and imparts a look both luminous and tactile.

The entryway display case exhibit has some of Cynthis'a works on paper book arts, a shadow box, and a botanical hybrids (an exploded herbarium).

Cynthia Winika has been a Gardiner resident, living with a view of the Gunks, for 45 years. It's been easy to be influenced by nature here. Her gardens have ebbed and flowed over the years and walking in the woods has been her pleasure. Cynthia studied art at SUNY New Paltz, in Taiwan for 2 years, WSW Rosendale, and through self and peer learning and has taught in art-related places most of her life.

Cynthia Winika has exhibited her work in museums, universities and public galleries. Her work is in many collections: SUNY New Paltz, MOMA, Cleveland Art Institute, Harvard, Yale, Skidmore, Vassar Fine Arts Libraries, and many more university and private collections here and abroad. She has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn for many years.


Tiny Roost Gallery

Roost Studios has created a fresh way to show, see, experience and interact with art outside the traditional gallery or museum model. Roost worked with Ryan Solomons, a 3-D fabrication design artist to make the first Tiny Roost: Art on the Outside gallery installed outside the Gardiner Library.


The tiny gallery is a 24"x 36" moveable clear art gallery box that sits on a 36" high steel and wood base. It is weatherproof, powered by solar energy, and has both permanent and changeable signage, LED lighting and audio capability. It will house rotating exhibitions by various artists focusing on a variety of relevant themes.

Contact: Marcy Bernstein at or Nicole Lane at


Tiny Roost: 2023 Spring Exhibit
The Seeing I by Annie O'Neill

Artist Statement:
When I wander along the sea's shore or the river's bank I am in awe of the treasures swept up and shaped by currents and rifts, waves, water and churn.

I am possessed by the possibilities of transforming these wonders from my seeing eye into totems for you to see.

Nature provides all that the imagination needs to begin the proces of creating.

Visit Annie's studio during Gardiner's Open Studio Tour (GOST) on May 6th and 7th.
Learn more about Annie at:

Annie O’Neill is a sculptor and ceramic artist. For many years she made large scale intricately cut birds in mild steel, and currently has a steel mule and hoggee sculpture she designed outside the D & H Canal Society in High Falls. She has been making highly-decorated functional ceramics for many years. Her art background started when she was very young and continued at the High School of Music and Art, Sarah Lawrence College and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a passionate environmentalist and was a local rock climber.


Art Policy
The primary purpose of the Gardiner Library Policy on Art Exhibits is to enrich the library experience of the Gardiner Library Patrons, particularly:

To enhance and increase community appreciation of the arts, to present a variety of exhibitions by artists in the visual arts as well as exhibitions of educational and/or historical significance, and to help local artists increase their public exposure.

Art Exhibit Policy and Application  


Display Case
It is the policy of the Library, as part of its mission to enrich the quality of life, to provide space for exhibits and displays from the Library's collection and through those of other local community agencies or individuals.

Display Case Policy and Application