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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Joanne Clemente

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Joanne Clemente

Realtor to Donate All Sales Commissions to Build School in Africa

Headshot of Joanne ClementeNYACK, N.Y. (Feb. 20, 2020) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury brokerage firm serving Rockland and Orange counties in New York’s Hudson Valley, today announced that Joanne Clemente has joined as a licensed real estate salesperson with an altruistic mission.

Clemente, executive director of Ventures for Good Foundation, a charity she founded eight years ago in Valley Cottage, New York, to provide education and technology programs to underserved U.S. and African communities, will donate all of her commissions to building a secondary school for science and technology in Uganda.

Clemente previously was a real estate agent in New York City and a teacher, professor and administrator at all levels of education including K-12, college and graduate school. She was director of online learning for Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York, from 2005 to 2015, where she administered online programs and training for faculty and students.

“Joanne is bringing together her love of real estate and her nonprofit work to achieve a noble goal,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “Clients will benefit from her business acumen, outstanding level of customer service and use of technology and innovation to market homes. We commend her dedication to making a lasting humanitarian difference in communities, locally and globally.”

Clemente earned her doctorate in instructional technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; a master’s degree in computer science at Pace University; and bachelor’s degree in biology at Hunter College, all in New York. She was recognized as a Woman of Distinction honoree by St. Catharine Academy, Bronx, New York.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences to serve my clients while contributing to a worthwhile and sorely needed educational endeavor to provide low-cost, technology-infused education and project based learning in underserved communities,” said Clemente.

A native New Yorker, Clemente resides near Nyack and Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Click here for Joanne Clemente’s Profile

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Nyack Partnership Raises $47,000 for Arts Education Program

Nyack Partnership Raises $47,000 for Arts Education Program

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised $47,000 during an event this month for the Edward Hopper House’s arts education program, which has supported over 3,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12.

Now in its fourth year, the Oct. 3 benefit held at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City drew over 100 attendees. Guests, who were able to view several of Edward Hopper’s paintings, also bid on several live auction items, including the opportunity to attend a brunch reception at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and preview priceless works of art during its impressionist, modern, contemporary and American art sale.

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $127,000 in the last four years,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “In an effort to bring more awareness of the arts education program to a new audience and key market, we hosted the event in New York in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers in Nyack and surrounding public schools.”

Rich Ellis at podium during gala to raise money for local arts education program

Richard Ellis, real estate broker and owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Special guests included Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum, who will curate its next exhibit about Edward Hopper in 2021. Conaty displayed four of Hopper’s paintings completed between 1910 and 1930 and discussed his inspiration and perspective of old New York. The live auction was hosted by Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services, with Elizabeth Goodridge, Sotheby’s assistant vice president and specialist in American Art.

Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum

Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum

Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby's vice president, museum and corporate art services

Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services

“The program has benefited over 3,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills, become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this partnership and to offer students a thriving arts education program that celebrates one of America’s most important artists.”

Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director

Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director

The arts education program initially was financed in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District. The program this year expanded to Orange County, New York, and Bergen County, New Jersey.

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farmhouses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Gala and Live Auction for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host its annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City on Oct. 3 to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

pupils attending class at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack

Strawtown elementary school pupils participate in the 2018 arts education program at the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack, New York.

The event, scheduled Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown, located at 30 Park Place in Tribecca, overlooks the historic Woolworth building, Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and Hudson River.

During the last three years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $80,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills, become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence.

Special guests will include Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who will curate the Whitney’s next exhibit about Edward Hopper in 2021. A live auction will be hosted by Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services, with Elizabeth Goodridge, Sotheby’s assistant vice president and specialist in American Art, attending.

Speaking of his firm’s support of Edward Hopper House, Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he “believes in the importance of art education, for both the emotional and educational benefits it can provide young adults and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.”

“Our vision is to build self-esteem in students K-12 in a supportive, creative partnership centered around art and the legacy of Edward Hopper. Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back through the years, and we believe this curriculum is important in creating a confident, well-rounded individual.”

“The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing not only great artists but also free, independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to think out of the box. We have proudly served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years and are committed to nurturing our future generations.”

paining of Manhattan Bridge

Edward Hopper “Manhattan Bridge” (1926) Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper. Digital image (c) Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a classroom lesson following the visit.

The arts education program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“The generosity of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership.”

Ellis added that the event is a “natural fit” for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty because the company’s culture is built around Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends

Limited tickets are available at $250. For more information, email hopperinthecity@gmail.com.

 

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farmhouses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Sharon Reidy D’Orazio

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Sharon Reidy D’Orazio has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker. Sharon Reidy associate broker at Ellis Sotheby's International Realty

She previously managed a real estate office in Rockland County, New York, recruiting coaching and training agents. A top producer, she has served in various facets of the real estate business for 20 years and was recognized with a President’s Award for sales. She is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a certified home stager.

In addition to real estate, her diverse background includes advertising, consumer research, marketing, sales and senior living.

“Clients will benefit from Sharon’s extensive expertise, effective marketing and sales campaigns and use of technology and innovation to market homes,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “Her business acumen, approachability and outstanding level of client satisfaction are a great fit for our office.”

Reidy D’Orazio is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service. She received her bachelor of arts from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences and passion for real estate to serve my clients,” said Reidy D’Orazio. “My clients always come first and can count on me to be there every step of the way to make sure no detail is overlooked.”

Reidy D’Orazio, who has resided in Rockland County for nearly 30 years, is also long-time supporter of the Rockland Business Women’s Network and Professionals in Aging.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes MaryBeth O’Hara

NYACK, N.Y. (March 8, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that MaryBeth O’Hara has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker.

MaryBeth O’Hara real estate broker

Prior to joining Ellis Sotheby’s, O’Hara managed a real estate office in Orange County, New York, coaching and training agents. She has been in the real estate business for 25 years, specializing in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

O’Hara represents a range of homes and price points, having sold luxury residential real estate, co-ops, condos, notable historic homes, classic townhouses in Manhattan and one-of-a-kind Hudson Valley homes.

“MaryBeth takes pride in doing her very best to represent each client, and no property is too big or too small,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “She is a polished negotiator, always looking for the most strategic approach to each deal and always respecting her clients’ privacy and individual needs.”

O’Hara, who has a keen eye for interior design and decorating, recently purchased a mid-century home in Sarasota, Florida. In the process, she has become very knowledgeable about the Sarasota real estate market and can guide and refer anyone interested in learning more.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences and passion for real estate to serve my clients, regardless of their price point,” said O’Hara. “Luxury real estate is less about price and more about delivering attentive service, innovative technology and personalized experiences.”

O’Hara is an avid and longtime supporter of The Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City and member of the American Irish Society, Classical Choral Society, Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the Marie Selby Botanical Garden.

She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

O’Hara resides in the Hudson Valley.

 

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Ellis Sotheby’s Reports Record Sale of $5.2 Million Estate in Upper Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the record-setting sale of a 6.5-acre, waterfront home on the Hudson River in Upper Nyack, New York, for $5.2 million.

641 N. Broadway

The luxurious estate at 641 N. Broadway, one of the largest privately owned parcels on the west bank of the Hudson, represents the third-highest selling price recorded by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service for all of Rockland County and the highest selling price recorded by the service since 2013, when Ellis Sotheby’s sold neighboring 649 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack, for $6.2 million.

“Upper Nyack, Nyack and South Nyack on the Hudson River are strongholds for estate properties selling at peak prices,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, which also listed and sold the home of comedian, actress and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell for $5.1 million in South Nyack in 2018.

“Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has sold the highest-price homes in Rockland County during 12 of the last 13 years,” he said. “This sale gives us confidence in the 2019 luxury market. In the last 10 days, we’ve seen more properties over $1 million dollars being shown and several offers made.”

Just 40 minutes from New York City, 641 N. Broadway occupies 723 feet of shoreline in a private setting that was a sandstone quarry during the 1800s. The home offers spectacular vistas of the river as well as Hook Mountain and features 30-foot ceilings with glass walls, antique barn beams and blue stone floors.

The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home also includes a spacious master bedroom suite that opens to the Hudson River and a rear yard that also faces the water. Amenities include a dock, in-ground pool and sandy beach.

Local artist Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America, painted the view from the home, and the British came on shore and fired their cannons there during the Revolutionary War, as documented in a letter to George Washington. “A cannonball was found at the property – truly a trophy home,” said Ellis.

Seta Tunnel of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was the selling agent. For more information, contact 917-575-2694.

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

 

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Nyack Benefit Raises Nearly $33,000 for Arts Education Program

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised nearly $33,000 during a recent event for the Edward Hopper House’s arts education program, which has supported over 1,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12.

The Oct. 6 benefit, now in its third year, drew approximately 100 attendees and raised nearly 25 percent more than last year.

Fundraiser benefit local arts education Nyack New York

Nancy Bunin, left, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development, joins Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty owner, and Jennifer Patton EdD, executive director of the Edward Hopper House, at a fundraiser to benefit local arts education in Nyack, New York.

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $80,000 in the last three years,” Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “This event single-handedly enabled us to start thriving arts education partnerships in Nyack and the surrounding public schools. We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers, integrating art to create an interdisciplinary curriculum.”

Guests bid on several silent auction items, including the opportunity to attend a brunch reception at Sotheby’s auction house in New York to preview priceless works of art during its Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale.

The Golden Age of Hollywood gala was held at Pretty Penny in Nyack, an 1858 Italianate Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River once owned by actress Helen Hayes, the “first lady of American theater,” and later by comedian, actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell. Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur, entertained numerous celebrities there, including Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, Cole Porter, Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ed Sullivan, Madonna and President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. The home is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,995,000.

Ellis Sotheby's International Realty fundraiser to benefit local arts in Nyack New York

Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty owner, addresses guests at a fundraiser to benefit Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, held at the historic Pretty Penny estate. Over $33,000 was raised to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

Pretty Penny was painted by Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America. It was his only commission.

“The art education program has been a tremendous success,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Executive Director of Edward Hopper House. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership, and we look forward to expanding our curriculum and offerings to benefit even more students.”

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurring themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by a museum director, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson followed by a visit to the Edward Hopper House and another classroom lesson and visit by an artist-in-residence to strengthen the learning through hands-on art making.

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle and Sleepy Hollow School District.

 

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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Fundraiser Seeks to Preserve Nyack’s Historic John Green House

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced a fundraiser to preserve the historic John Green House, one of Nyack’s oldest houses and one of the last in the Hudson Valley to represent original Dutch-style architecture. With roots dating back to the early 1800s, the home is listed on the New York State and National registers of historic places.

Rendering of Restored John Green House in Nyack

Rendering of Restored John Green House in Nyack

The event, sponsored by Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at another important home ingrained in the history and development of Nyack, the Bennett-Deyrup House at 309 N. Broadway in Upper Nyack, where the Johnson/Deyrup family lived for almost 100 years. Its patriarch, Alvin Johnson, was one of the co-founders of the New School for Social Research in New York City and the University in Exile program that saved 3,000 German-Jewish professors from the Nazis during the 1930s.

Two of Johnson’s daughters were artists, Astrith and Dorothy Deyrup. The fundraiser will sell original artwork by Astrith Deyrup, priced from $80 to $500, thanks to the generosity of a John Green House supporter who donated about 60 of her paintings. Proceeds will go to John Green Preservation Coalition, which needs $300,000 to $500,000 to preserve the home.

John Green was a businessman and a founding member of the community and Nyack Steamboat Association. He oversaw the construction of the Nyack Turnpike, which later became Route 59. Manufactured goods and farm produce were transported across Rockland County and shipped downstream to New York City using the road he built and the boats he funded, including the Orange, Nyack’s first steamboat.

“John Green revolutionized Rockland County’s economy, and his former home, dating back to the early 1800s, is historically significant and worthy of preservation,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “As the oldest sandstone house in Nyack, the structure’s architecture is unique to this part of the country and is the last surviving example in Nyack of the design and construction employed by the early settlers of the area, who were of Dutch ancestry. John Green successfully accomplished his dream to make Nyack the commercial hub of Rockland County, and it remained so for 100 years. Having served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years, we are committed to doing our part to restore this local landmark.”

The Paganos family, current owners of the Bennett-Deyrup House, also has a collection of Dorothy Deyrup’s paintings in their home. The fundraiser will be the first time since 1918 that sisters’ Dorothy and Astrith’s paintings will be displayed together.

“John Green, Alvin Johnson and sisters Astrith and Dorothy Deyrup are all important figures in the development of Nyack, and they will be reunited in spirit on Oct. 20 and 21,” said Ellis. “Astrith’s love of nature and the Hudson River clearly demonstrates both her talent and connection to the Lower Hudson Valley. Now you can own a part of her passion and love, for a nominal price.”

John Green House Under Restoration

John Green House Under Restoration

The first floor of the Bennett-Deyrup House will be open for viewing during the fundraiser on Oct. 20, from 11 to 4 p.m.. On Oct. 21, the fundraiser will be held in the rear yard and lower level from 11 to 3 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

The Bennett-Deyrup House is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $5.2 million. Please contact Richard Ellis with inquiries at 914-393-0438.

The John Green Preservation Coalition acquired the house in severely dilapidated condition. With donations of in-kind labor and materials, contributions from individual donors and foundations, a grant from the Preservation League of New York and a grant from the Community Benefit Program of the New York Bridge, the coalition stabilized the building and installed a new cedar shingle roof. The next pressing challenge is to repair the venerable stone walls, substantial parts of which must be rebuilt using the original stones and matching new stones as required.  Donations can also be sent to: John Green Preservation Coalition, P.O. Box 378, Nyack NY 10960.

 

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Red Carpet Gala for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Red Carpet Gala for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students
Hollow High School students engage in arts education program at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack with Jennifer Patton, executive director of the center.

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host a Golden Age of Hollywood-themed fundraiser Oct. 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

Edward Hopper House Message in Bottle Art Photo

The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center partnered with seventh- and eighth-grade art students from South Orangetown Middle School on a project, “Memoirs in A Bottle,” inspired by Hopper’s written correspondence with a stranger who had written a letter in a bottle and thrown it into the Hudson River. Students were paired with senior residents from Dowling Gardens to each create a personalized bottle based on the senior’s life story.

During the last two years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $50,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills to become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence.

The gala will be held at Pretty Penny, 235 North Broadway, Nyack, an 1858 Italianate Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River and will include dinner, dancing, a martini bar and red-carpet welcome. The dress code is red carpet glamorous.

Edward Hopper Painting of Pretty Penny

Pretty Penny, painted by Edward Hopper, is in the collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles MacArthur (Helen Hayes LHD, class of 1940)

Once owned by actress Helen Hayes, the “first lady of American theater,” and later by comedian, actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell, the historic home was named Pretty Penny supposedly for the amount it cost to buy and maintain it. Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur, moved into the home in 1932 during the Golden Age of Hollywood. There they entertained Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, Cole Porter, Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ed Sullivan, Madonna and President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, among other celebrities. The home is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,995,000.

Pretty Penny was painted by Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America. It was his only commission. It now is in the collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, Hayes’ alma mater.

Speaking of his firm’s support of Edward Hopper House, Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he “believes in the importance of art education, for both the emotional and educational benefits it can provide young adults and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.

“Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back through the years, and we believe this curriculum is important in creating a confident, well-rounded individual – or maybe even the next Edward Hopper. The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing not only great artists but also free, independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to think out of the box. We have proudly served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years and are committed to nurturing our future generations.”

Sleep Hollow high school students at Edward Hopper House in Nyack

Hollow High School students engage in arts education program at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack with Jennifer Patton, executive director of the center.

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a classroom lesson following the visit.

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“The generosity of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Executive Director of Edward Hopper House. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership.”

Ellis said Pretty Penny is the “ideal venue” to celebrate both art education and history, given its special connection with both Edward Hopper as well as to the current owner, art dealer Graham Arader, owner of Arader Galleries in New York City, a leading dealer and auction house of rare maps, prints, books and watercolors of the 16th through 19th centuries. “As the culture of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is built around the Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends, leading this event is a natural fit for us,” he said.

Limited tickets are available. For more information, email hollywoodgalainfo@gmail.com. To purchase tickets, click here.

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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