Painting of Hudson Valley Residents Discovered on Jigsaw Puzzle
There's an extra piece to this puzzle that has deep roots in the Hudson Valley.
A jigsaw puzzle being sold by the New York Puzzle Company is turning heads at a local store. It turns out that the man and young boy depicted on the box are from right here in our area.
In a posting on the A.L. Stickle Variety Store's Facebook page, it was revealed that the 100 Years of National Geographic puzzle features a painting that was created by a Rhinebeck resident. James Gurney painted the picture in 1988 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of National Geographic Magazine. The painting was displayed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachusetts, and the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.
But what's really interesting is that the painting is of two Rhinebeck residents. The man in the picture is Donald Kallop, the grandfather of the current owner of A.L. Stickle. In the painting, Kallop is shown in the attic of a house leafing through old copies of National Geographic Magazine. An unnamed boy, who was also a Rhinebeck resident, is reading over Kallop's shoulder.
The puzzle is currently in stock at the Rhinebeck store on East Market Street and available online from the New York Puzzle Company.