Top Arts Picks: Events in Westchester August 5-11

Top Arts Picks: Events in Westchester August 5-11

Looking for arts events in Westchester this week? Here’s our curated guide to in-person and virtual arts happenings. The list below includes: exhibitions near you, kids activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, art galleries, arts festivals, artist workshops and more! For more Arts Picks, read the Dec/Jan issue of ArtsNews.

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Looking for arts events in Westchester this week? Here’s our curated guide to in-person and virtual arts happenings. The list below includes: exhibitions near you, kids activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, art galleries, arts festivals, artist workshops and more! Want more arts news? Read this month’s issue of ArtsNews here.

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Please check with organizations to confirm event details.

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FRI, AUG. 5: Afro-Peruvian Ensemble in Yonkers

This Friday, Hudson River Museum will present a performance by the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble as part of its 2022 Summer Amphitheater Series. The ensemble will bring the joyful sounds of the Peruvian coast with a contemporary treatment rooted in the rich Afro-Peruvian tradition. The ensemble’s repertoire includes uplifting festejos and zamacuecas, Peruvian waltzes and hypnotic landos, as well as other classic Afro-Peruvian folklore sounds. Begins at 8pm at the Museum’s Amphitheater. For more free and affordable outdoor arts events, read the summer issue of ArtsNews or visit the “Music in the Air” directory.

Participants take part in Public Sewing Day events with Amanda Browder (photo credit: Aaron Paige)

FRI, AUG. 5 THROUGH AUG. 22: Public Sewing Days in Westchester

Through August 22, ArtsWestchester and partners around Westchester will host Public Sewing Days, during which community volunteers will organize, pin and sew monochromatic stripes and shapes for Amanda Browder’s upcoming fabric installation, Metropolis Sunrise. The large-scale sculpture will be draped on the front façade of ArtsWestchester’s historic nine-story building in downtown White Plains, where it will be on display beginning in October 2022. This Friday and Saturday, sewing programs will take place at the Katonah Museum of Art and the James F. Galgano Senior Center from 10am-4pm. Learn more about the sewing program in the summer issue of ArtsNews.

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SAT, AUG. 6: Experimental Musical Performance and Sculpture Opening

On Saturday, Nowodworski Foundation, in partnership with Night Multimedia Art and Gooseberry Studio, will host an opening reception for Ballad of Cyclic Change, an interactive acoustic sculpture series inspired by biogeochemical cycles and how they mirror cycles in daily human life. The instrument sculptures, which are built from upcycled materials, reinterpret everyday items as vibrant resources for musical play. During the event, an electroacoustic performance and interpretive dance will be led by NYC-based musician and composer Jacob Elkin. The sculpture will be on view until spring 2023 at the Rye Arts Center. Begins at 11am.

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SAT, AUG. 6: Jazz Concert in Ossining 

Westchester Collaborative Theater’s Music in the Box series will present a jazz concert by award-winning trumpet player Ingrid Jensen and her band. The Ossining native is known for her forward-thinking post-bop jazz that ranges from soulful to contemplative. Begins at 7:30pm.

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NOW THROUGH AUG. 14: Painting Exhibition on View in Katonah

Through August 14, Chroma Fine Art Gallery presents It Was Once, an exhibition that explores color, tone, materiality and visual effect through the diverse works of Oscar Hammerstein, Greg St. John and Moshe Bursuker. Hammerstein, who has an interest in color theory and ocular neurology, juxtaposes colors in his paintings to yield a variety of visual vibrations. Greg St. John’s recent paintings are inspired by his emotional response to the landscape near him. Bursuker’s glasswork is known for its combination of tall sinuous form with distinctive color technique. Gallery hours: Tues-Sun: 11am-5pm.

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Artsy Staycation: Featuring an arts event and nearby restaurant for your next outing! 

Westchester County’s Heritage of India Festival will celebrate Indian culture this Sunday, August 7 at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. The celebration will include a live Indian cultural performance, Indian cuisine, an Indian merchandise bazaar, mehendi (henna) art and children’s arts and crafts. Begins at 12pm. Guests can also get a taste of India at Mughal Palace, a fine Indian Cuisine restaurant with antique décor located at 16 Broadway, Valhalla.

For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual and in-person events, click here.

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Developers are teaming up with ArtsWestchester to commission temporary and permanent murals, and sculptures in downtown White Plains. ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam discusses how and why. 

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