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Arts Council Opens Exhibit On Ossining Fishing Legend Henry Gourdine

Ossining fishing legend Henry Gourdine spent a lifetime fishing the waters of the Hudson River. His story is being told in a visual and performing arts exhibit.
Ossining fishing legend Henry Gourdine spent a lifetime fishing the waters of the Hudson River. His story is being told in a visual and performing arts exhibit. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- A visual and performing arts exhibit to honor a Hudson River fishing legend with associated artwork is about to take place in Ossining.

"Fishing On Henry's Hudson," which honors Ossining's master fisherman Henry Gourdine, opens Friday at the Ossining Arts Council's Steamer Firehouse Gallery.

The gallery will become a replica of the fishing shanty built and operated by the commercial fisherman, boat builder, net maker and employer.

Within the shanty, visitors can take a tour of Gourdine's life through a multidisciplinary exhibit that recounts the story of commercial fishing on the Hudson.

It will be a glimpse into the river's past and include a juried show of river-related artwork and a video of Gourdine talking about his life.

"Henry Gourdine was one of Ossining's most influential businessmen and educators who contributed substantially to the river's commercial fishing industry during the 20th century," said Arts Council President Mark Sarazen.

"Fishing on Henry's Hudson" will be on view Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 9, 16 and 23 at 3 p.m.

A special event associated with this exhibit is the Off the Hook Fish Fry and Henry Gourdine reception Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

The OAC Steamer Firehouse is at 117 Main St.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for the Oct. 15 fish fry and reception.

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