You can’t eat the art, but you can eat on the art at Hudson Street Café in Cornwall. There, chef/ owner Donna Hammond, has been commissioning local artists to design art for her tabletops for the last four years. This year, there will be 14 in total.
“We were painting the tables solid colors, and we have so many artists in here that one day, I said, ‘Paint this for me, will you?’” Hammond says. “Every table has a story.” The tabletop artists include professional photographers and painters, art students and local art teachers.
“We’re trying to showcase the artists in the Hudson Valley,” Hammond explains. “It was really just saying, ‘Help me out here, and I’ll help you out.’ It’s so much of who we are.”