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Local artist exhibits Paterson Great Falls paintings


Joseph Coco’s paintings of the “Paterson Great Falls” series, continues at the Paterson Courthouse Rotunda, 79 Hamilton St., Paterson, N.J., through March.

The show opened in October 2018, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the falls’ inclusion in the National Park Registry, as of February 2009. Admission is free.

Coco, of Frenchtown, N.J., is the first artist since the late 1800s to create the largest panoramic views of the Paterson Falls. At 70- by 48-inches each, four paintings depict the four seasons at four different times of day/night.

Coco was inspired by the commanding 18th and 19th century canvases of the falls by Hudson River School masters William Merritt Chase, Edwin Church, Ralph Andrew Blakelock in the collections of the Lambert Castle Museum, Paterson Library and Paterson Museum.

Seated on the Passaic River, The Great Falls is the second largest cascade on the Eastern Seaboard, surpassed only by Niagara.

Four smaller paintings from Coco’s “Ancestral Falls” series are included, celebrating the Lenni-Lenape tribes who considered the Great Falls their ancestral birthplace – sacred ground for birthing and marriage ceremonies.

Also a musician, Coco composed and recorded instrumental music for the images, creating the films “Sound Image’ and “Falls River” using analog video with the first digital desktop Apple and PC computers in 1984-86.

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