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Members Only Garden Party

June 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

JuliaDillon_1Join trustees, our museum director and volunteers for a Sunday afternoon party at Bevier House where we will gather to enjoy refreshments and conversation in a delightful period garden setting.

At 3:30 p.m. Sanford Levy of Jenkinstown Antiques will give a presentation on Hudson Valley artist Julia Dillon (1834-1919), known for her floral still-lifes, and her lifetime association with two other significant Kingston artists, her cousin Jervis McEntee (1828-1891) and their friend Joseph Tubby (1821-1896).

Mr. Levy’s talk gives a perspective not only Julia and her cousin’s lives as members of a successful and long established Hudson Valley family, but also the environment in which they were to flourish, the Rondout of the mid-nineteenth century where authors, social reformers, spiritualists, artists, and people from all walks of life crossed paths.


Julia, like many women artists of the period, concentrated on still-life paintings.  Julia lived and kept a studio in New York City (on East 10th Street) during the 1870’s and 80’s but, in 1893 returned to Kingston. The three friends often spent time together in the Rondout neighborhood and New York City, frequenting operas and spending hours in the studio comparing painting influences. Julia, Jervis and Joseph remained friends all their lives.

JuliaDillon_2Sanford Levy, who opened his first New Paltz antique shop in 1974 is the owner of Jenkinstown Antiques, located in the 1792 ‘Hallock House’, a building which was relocated to the property from Orange County in the 1980s. He is an expert on antiques from the Hudson Valley and is a well-known dealer in regional artists such as D.F. Hasbrouck, T. B. Pope, Michael Kelly, Joseph Tubby, and Julia Dillon. Levy also specializes in furniture from the Valley, including kasten and country pieces in original surfaces.

This event is free to UCHS members and their guests.


June 7, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm