Hersh chosen to paint rail-trail mural

DELMAR — Andrea Hersh, a Bethlehem resident and artist, will paint a mural at the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue in Delmar on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

Hersh was chosen from among 17 artists who submitted work by Art on the Rail Trail (ART), a committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.

“The mural site is the most travelled part of the trail. With this in mind, I decided to create a landscape,” said Hersh in a release from the committee.

Describing her work and the plans for the mural, she said, “My work is based on imagined worlds with part-human and part-plant figures. The scale of the mural will allow the viewer to imagine walking directly into the landscape. The yellow, greens, and blues will blend into the actual landscape in the summer months and then the painting will burst with color when we so desperately need some in the winter months.”

Hersh has an undergraduate degree in printmaking and painting from Skidmore College and an master’s degree in fine arts in painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been shown throughout New York State and across the country. She is a longtime resident of Bethlehem. Those interested in her work can visit her website at www.andreahersh.com.

Work is expected to start in late September and visitors to the rail trail will be able to watch the mural as it is created. A public unveiling and celebration is planned for late October.

The committee plans to continue fundraising and supporting local and regional artists by planning for sculptures, paintings and other works of art.

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