Top Arts Picks: January 15-21

Top Arts Picks: January 15-21

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.

A child coloring into a notebook.
Things to do in Westchester: Blue Door Art Center's Kids Art Workshop via Zoom

SAT, JAN. 16: Zoom Children’s Art Workshop  

This Saturday, Blue Door Art Center will present a virtual children’s art workshop with artist T​amarah Bridgewater of ​ArtinaBoxCo. Using found items at home, participants will create an abstract piece of art with circular patterns and colorful creations.  Begins at 10:45am via Zoom.

Pianist Gilbert Kalish, who will perform a livestream concert in Westchester, standing next to a Steinway piano.
Things to do in Westchester: Friends Of Music Concerts presents a livestream concert with pianist Gilbert Kalish

SAT, JAN. 16 THROUGH FRI, JAN. 22: Livestream Concert: Schubert & Brahms 

Beginning on Saturday, Friends Of Music Concerts will present a streaming concert with pianist Gilbert Kalish, an artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The program will include George Crumb’s Three Early Songs, Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock and Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 by Brahms. The performance will be available on the organization’s website through January 22.

A drawing of a hand with orange, aqua and black colors and patterns.
Things to do in Westchester: Nowodworski Foundation's free Zoom art workshop for children and families

WED, JAN. 20: Free Zoom Art Workshop: Hand Prints

Nowodworski Foundation will present a free Zoom art workshop for children and families. Participants will create a print of their hands using colored paper, scissors and a variety of patterns in the shapes made by the intersecting lines. To participate, email at [email protected]. Begins at 3:30pm.

Gallery exhibition in Westchester: Celadon-glazed porcelain art piece and celadon-glazed porcelainous stoneware piece in a glass box
Fun things to do in Westchester: Virtual Tour and Presentation of Katonah Art Museum's "Hands & Earth" Exhibition (photo by Margaret Fox)

THURS, JAN. 21: Virtual Tour & Presentation on Contemporary Clay Art and Japan’s Ceramic Traditions

On Thursday, Katonah Museum of Art will host a virtual tour and presentation that will explore contemporary clay art and Japan’s ceramics tradition. The event will include a tour of the Museum’s Hands & Earth exhibition, followed by a presentation by Leila Philip, author of The Road Through Miyama. Philip will discuss her book, which tells the story of her apprenticeship with a master potter in Miyama, a town in rural Japan with a centuries-old ceramics tradition. Begins at 2pm.

Westchester musician Adam Hart posing with a guitar in his hands
Fun things to do in Westchester: Virtual Open Mic Night with Adam Hart

THURS, JAN. 21: Virtual Open Mic Night with Adam Hart

RiverArts‘ Music Tour Producer Adam Hart, a folk rock singer-songwriter, will present a virtual open mic night next Thursday. Viewers will will be able to listen along or perform with local musicians and fellow music lovers. Comedians, poets, spoken word artists and singers are all welcome. Begins at 8pm.

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

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