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Top 5 Arts Picks: September 8-14

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NOW THROUGH SAT, SEPT. 23: The Charm of Westchester’s Historic Towns

Through September 23, Mamaroneck Artist Guild presents Reflections, an exhibition that features painter Laura Renee. Renee finds her inspiration from her new hometown of New Rochelle and the nearby towns nested along the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. She captures the old-world charm of these historic towns. Her warm color palette, expressive brushwork and unique use of perspective gives a fresh interpretation to these communities’ cherished landmarks. An opening reception will take place this Saturday, September 9. Gallery hours: Tues- Sat: 12-5pm.

FRI, SEPT. 8 AND SAT, SEPT. 9: Storytelling, Artwork and Pie

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center will host a two-night event that will showcase multiple art forms. On Friday, the Pros(e) of Pie storytelling group will present prose submissions and the artist collective Totemic17 will display woodcut prints by Finnish artist Tuukka Peltonen, all with a side of pie (8pm). Both the prose and artwork will center on the theme of “This is Where I Lost It.”  On Saturday, a reception will feature Peltonen’s prints as well as the “best of” from the previously submitted flash-prose (6-9pm).

FRI, SEPT. 8 THROUGH THURS, SEPT. 14: Artwork by Mental Health Recipients

Beginning this Friday, Rockland Psychiatric Center and ArtsWestchester will present Visions 2017: Art Odyssey, an exhibition that will feature more than 120 artworks by more than 60 artists. These artists are all recipients of mental health services in Westchester County. The annual exhibition, on view through September 14, is a celebration of the long-standing partnership between ArtsWestchester and Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri: 12-5pm, Sat: 1-6pm.

SUN, SEPT. 10: Senior Artist Panel Discussion

On Sunday, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art will present “Tradition and Chaos,” a panel discussion that will explore the work of senior artists who are exhibiting work in the Center’s current “Between I & Thou” exhibition. The panel will focus on the diversity of experience among them as they offer insight into their lives and discuss the challenges and advantages of continuing to work as older artists.  Begins at 2pm.

WED, SEPT. 13 THROUGH SUN, SEPT. 17: Five Days of Jazz in White Plains

The annual Jazz Fest White Plains will return with a new line-up of jazz concerts at different venues throughout downtown. This five-day celebration of jazz will showcase different musical styles, from straight-ahead sounds to Latin beats. A midday concert by Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble will kick off the festival on Wednesday. The following days will offer performances from saxophonist Ray Blue, Colombian pianist Pablo Mayor, Cuban American saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and more. Jazz Fest White Plains will culminate in a free outdoor festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 17. Jazz Fest White Plains is presented by ArtsWestchester, White Plains BID and the City of White Plains.  Locations and times vary.

For the full calendar of arts events, click here. 

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