Rhinebeck, New York (Hudson Valley)….The Gallery@Rhinebeck, located on East Market Street in Historic Rhinebeck, has announced plans to kick off its signature Hudson Valley Celebrity Series this month. The series is designed to provide people throughout the Hudson Valley region with an opportunity to learn more about the work and inspiration of their celebrity neighbors. The Gallery@Rhinebeck, a commission-free venue designed to showcase the fine art, sculpture, and handmade jewelry of local artists, is a not-for-profit organization with three components: art, public performance, and community outreach.


“We are launching this series with two very famous faces: renowned illustrator and fine artist James E. Ransome, and famous photographer/photojournalist Brian Hamill. These two are widely known and deeply respected, and we are really excited to connect their fellow locals to their work and their messages,” said Pat D’Antonio, executive director at Gallery@Rhinebeck.


According to D’Antonio, James E. Ransome is among those named as “seventy-five authors and illustrators everyone should know.” Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book, The Creation. He is also the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop which was selected as an ALA Notable Book and is currently being shown as a feature on Reading Rainbow.


In 1999 Let My People Go received the NAACP Image Award for Illustration and Satchel Paige was reviewed in Bank Street College of Education’s “The Best Children’s Books of the Year.” In 2001, James received the Rip Van Winkle Award from the School Library Media Specialists of Southeast New York for the body of his work. How Animals Saved the People received the SEBA (Southeastern Book Association) Best Book of the Year Award in 2002. Ransome’s work is part of both private and public children’s book art collections.

Brian Hamill, a native New Yorker, will speak about his new book, Woody Allen at Work. Hamill has been the longtime photographer for Allen; the association began in 1976 when Hamill’s brother, writer Pete Hamill, introduced Brian to the director. Within a few months, Hamill was on the set of “Annie Hall” and went on to shoot still photographs on the next 22 films Allen made.


As Pat D’Antonio pointed out, “Woody Allen is such a notoriously private filmmaker, it’s not surprising to learn that once he found a set photographer he trusted, he never used another one.”


The long association between Hamill and Allen has been documented in an exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. Featuring 80 photographs, the show is drawn from “Woody Allen at Work: The Photographs of Brian Hamill,” a comprehensive survey of Hamill’s work with Allen published by Abrams.


Hamill’s work has also appeared in numerous other books, publications and many group and solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Santa Fe, La Jolla and Austin; he is famous for his “Tests of Time” images of John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Robert De Niro from “Raging Bull” and Woody Allen from “Manhattan” and “Annie Hall”.


In addition to his movie work, Hamill has a collection of photographs that includes the “Troubles In Northern Ireland – 1972”, rock & roll, boxing, and travel photographs from around the world, as well as a collection of nudes from the 1970’s to the present, which are expected to be included as part of a forthcoming book.


The events will be held on the following dates: An Evening with James E. Ransome: March 30th at 7pm; An Evening with Brian Hamill: April 13th at 7pm. Location is Gallery@Rhinebeck, 47 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572; tickets are $15 per person.


To purchase tickets for the upcoming events or to learn more, visit or call 845.876.1655.

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