COLONIE In the winter and early springtime, the historic Pruyn House can see a lull in action, but the Colonie Art League gives the house some extra life as it transitions into the warmer spring months.
Through May 2, many different styles of artwork created by nearly 50 members of the Colonie Art League will be on display at the Pruyn House and open for the public to view.
“Our walls are pretty dull in the winter,” said Diane Morgan, curator for the Pruyn House. “I love when the art show comes in because it does give the house some color and life. It’s something different than the classic art we usually have.”
The Pruyn House takes down most of the artwork that is either from the 1800s or resembles art work that would have been in the 180-year-old summer home that belonged to Casparus Pruyn and was built between 1825 and 1830. The property, which had fallen into disrepair in the last century, was purchased by the town in 1983. It has undergone extensive renovations over the past 30 years in order to restore it to what it would have looked like when first built.
The Colonie Art League, which is 40 years old, has been involved with Pruyn House since the restoration process began.
“When the Town of Colonie decided that they wanted to buy Pruyn House and make it a cultural center, they had asked me to be on the steering committee since I represented the art league,” said Colonie Art League President Kris Woodward. “They also wanted the art league to use Pruyn House as their headquarters. That never came to fruition because we have too big a group.”
The art league has nearly 200 members who gather once a month at Colonie Town Hall and have different exhibits throughout the year.