Homage to Mlle Pogany, sculpture by Victoria Thorson
Homage to Mlle Pogany, sculpture by Victoria Thorson

RIVAA artist and Island House resident, Victoria Thorson will have her sculptural artwork, BassWood Bodies, on view at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, beginning August 11th.

"Thorson studied at the National Academy of Design with figurative sculptor Bruno Lucchesi and at the Art Student League. Thorson started by modeling the figure in clay and practicing anatomy drawing. Later, Thorson’s study with Peter Gourfain was marked by an increasing pull toward idiosyncratic figurative abstraction," according to a press release from the Art Center.

"Thorson’s work moves along the trail of post modernism still unfolding in our time. She writes, 'I do not innovate to confront or shock but seek to soothe the human psyche. I create to enter a spirit world. Sculpture occupies our space and is the implicit mirror of the god within. If a viewer incrementally rotates my columns, changing aspects, interaction and flexibility follow.'”

Oculus, a sculpture by Thorson, is on view in the lobby of the Octagon. Here, she explains her work at Gallery RIVAA...


Garrison is a graceful hamlet in Putnam County, across the Hudson from West Point. Visitors can easily fill a day touring historic locations before wrapping up at the Garrison Art Center.

Get there in a little over an hour by train, or drive the Sprain Brook Parkway, roughly an hour and a half from Roosevelt Island.