One-of-a-Kind Events Planned for Friends of ArtsWestchester Group
“Friends of ArtsWestchester” is a group that consists of individuals who are committed to preserving and growing the arts in Westchester. Membership in this group, which aims to build private support for the arts, provides its members with exclusive access to unique cultural experiences throughout the year. On October 5, Friends will visit the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT to view the first public installation of the complete set of Robert Indiana’s ONE through ZERO, ten 6-foot-high Corten steel sculptures. On October 13, Friends are invited to an exclusive preview of the Westchester Open Studios event before it opens to the public. The event includes a private tour of four designer homes in Mamaroneck, where the works of eight curated artists will be exhibited, as well as a continental breakfast and the opportunity to meet the artists. To become a Friend of ArtsWestchester, contact Olivia Greco at [email protected] or 914-428-4220 x328.
Clay Art Center to Honor ArtsWestchester
Clay Art Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a “Birthday Bash” on October 19 at Willow Ridge Country Club. It will look at the past, present and future of the organization, community and of ceramic arts by recognizing four individuals: artists Rene Murray, Stephen Rodriguez and Jeff Schlanger, past board member Priscilla Young. It will also recognize two organizations: the Port Chester Village, which has been the Center’s home for all 60 of its years and ArtsWestchester, from which “contributions to the arts in the region makes it possible for [the Center] to forge into the future.”
ArtsWestchester and Regeneron Continue Arts and Business Partnership
ArtsWestchester and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals continue their arts and business partnership with a new series of work that is currently exhibited in Regeneron’s facilities. The work of four local artists from New York and Connecticut will be on display through July: Marlene Siff depicts personal events and psychological issues through geometric shapes, color, movement and more. Darya Warner’s series of digital prints are inspired by, and painted with, a genetically engineered bacterium that fluoresces under UV light. Corinne Lapin-Cohen’s paintings visualize the commotion of everyday life and the act of finding balance. Henry Mandell visualizes the power of the brain’s pre-cognitive knowledge when looking at complex visual abstractions. To partner with ArtsWestchester to bring artwork to your business space, contact ArtsWestchester’s Gallery Director Kathleen Reckling at [email protected].
Mount Vernon and Yonkers Arts Grant Initiatives
Yonkers Arts Initiative and Mount Vernon Arts Initiative grants support artists and arts activities in each city, including interactive workshops and the creation of public art. The two initiatives are designed to increase residents’ access to the arts and to promote the growth and development of local cultural groups and Westchester-based artists. Upcoming Mount Vernon events include free Hispanic Heritage Month workshops at the Mount Vernon Library, including flamenco and tango instruction and handmade paper crafts workshops; and PJS jazz concerts held at The First Presbyterian Church. Upcoming funded events in Yonkers include free arts workshops at Blue Door Art Center, and jazz vocal workshops at the Grinton Will Library, led by MJ Territo (not pictured).
First Image: (left to right) Mount Vernon Initiative grantees Nishan Stepak (Mount Vernon Public Library), James “Bujo” Williams (artist) and Brian Johnson (Mount Vernon Public Library) with Janet Langsam (ArtsWestchester CEO), Commissioner Darren Morton (Mount Vernon Dept of Recreation), grantees Eve Soto (artist), Marion Jones Archer (Revelators), Johnnie Bunting Jr. (New Flex Hoops) with Legislator Lyndon Williams, and grantees Nesta Felix (New Flex Hoops), Greg Koster (JPS Jazz) and Cornell Carelock (artist)
Second Image: Back row (left to right): Yonkers Initiative grantees Luis Perelman (Blue Door Art Center), Kathy Yacoe (artist) and Jacqueline Lorieo (Blue Door Art Center) with Legislator
Ken Jenkins and fellow grantees Joe D’Lando (Untermeyer), Dave Steck (artist), Ricardo Lima (Youth Theatre Interactions) with Robert Lee, from Philipse Manor Hall // Front row (left to right): Maria Cisneros and Julie Cousens (Blue Door Art Center), Bridget Griswold (Groundwork Hudson Valley), Mary Hoar (Untermeyer), Janice Paganelli (Actors Conservatory Theatre), Chelsea Freeman (Youth Theatre Interactions), Annette Volino (Yonkers Philharmonic), Holly Villaire (Hamm and Clov), Jerrard Joseph (artist)
A version of this article first appeared in the October issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.