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ArtsFest 2014 at Pelham Art Center

July 2014

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Gail Heidel, Gallery and Public Program Manager

ph 914-738-2525, fax 914-738-2686, email [email protected]

Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803


Pelham Art Center Announces

ArtsFest 2014 Line-up

September 27, 2014, 9AM – 4PM


Special One-Day Events

Hands-on Workshop: Hot Metal Pour, 9AM-2PM

Performance: Westchester Harp Ensemble, 12PM


Visual Art

In the Gallery: Natural Enemies

Public Art in the Courtyard: Stuffscapes

The Storefront Project: Outside-In

SAVE THE DATE! Pelham Art Center will be a vibrant part of ArtsFest 2014, a one-day two-town art adventure on September 27, 2014 from 9AM – 4PM. The day will be packed with art-related activities at Pelham Art Center (PAC), so arrive early and stay late. Experience public art in two locations! First walk across the street from PAC to The Storefront Project where you can view a pop-up art exhibition in the windows of the empty storefront: Outside-In, a group exhibition with each artist’s work occupying a window space presenting three unique perspectives on landscape, and running through October 17. A companion show will be on view in the PAC courtyard titled Stuffscapes, a six person outdoor exhibition with sculptures made from diverse materials such as cast metal, repurposed wood and found objects.

The show, on view through December 20, demonstrates commitment to material engagement while exploring a dialog of personal and cultural significance of the sculptural object.  From 9AM-2PM, watch Stuffscapes artists present Pelham Art Center’s first Hot Metal Pour in the courtyard. Learn how some of the sculptures were fabricated by observing the metal casting process. For a $20 materials fee, visitors can make their own metal pour sculptures by carving molds, and then watch the artists pour the liquid metal into their molds right there – and then take them home!

Running concurrently in the gallery is Natural Enemies. This group exhibition explores the inherent conflicts in human nature and the prevailing ideologies that influence and motivate our existence on an emotional and intellectual level. To round out the afternoon, Lois Colin will conduct the Westchester Harp Ensemble. Enjoy this performance beginning at noon by student and professional harpists in the gallery surrounded by angelic sounds and fascinating art.

About Natural Enemies

Pelham Art Center is pleased to present Natural Enemies, opening on September 12 and running through October 25, 2014. An opening reception and free all ages art workshop will be held on Friday, September 12 from 6:30 – 8PM with an artist and curator talk at 7PM. A panel discussion will be held on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30PM. One artist group and seven artists will exhibit a diverse collection of artwork ranging from performance artifacts from an Ideological Tug of War to sculptural wooden wall objects; and viewers can explore a Collage Formation with sculpture based on a chicken liver to the duality of Martha Stewart vs. Martha Rosler. This group exhibition explores the inherent conflicts in human nature and the prevailing ideologies that influence and motivate our existence on an emotional and intellectual level. Curated by Elizabeth Saperstein.

About Stuffscapes

Stuffscapes is a six person outdoor sculpture exhibition in the courtyard. The six sculptors, David Alban, Margaret Coleman, Stephen Eakin, Liz Ensz, Coral Lambert, James Lentz each present a new sculpture that explores the significance of an object in relationship to permanence and temporality and our cultural perspective on the environment and the materials we use. From cast metal to repurposed wood and found objects, the show reflects a broad span of materials exploring the continuum from which all manmade materials are ultimately derived from an organic natural resource. It further explores the relationship between the natural process of geological evolution that creates our natural materials and the artist’s interventions that mold and shape them for cultural purposes. With each sculpture, the show strives to present an object of cultural significance that considers the resources we have, and uses them in new and exciting ways. The opening reception will be part of ArtsFest and will include a community aluminum pour organized by the Stuffscapes artists. Come see the sculptures, meet the artists, carve your own wall tile, and watch it be poured in aluminum. (cost is $20 to make a tile). Curated by ArtShape Mammoth

About Outside-In

Outside-In, a three person landscape exhibition located across the street from PAC in The Storefront Project featuring the work of Phil Laughlin, Scott Robinson, and Katie Urban. Each artist’s work will occupy a window space presenting three unique perspectives on working with landscape. Phil Laughlin is a landscape painter living in rural Vermont, painting from everyday experience and surroundings while Scott Robinson, from Brooklyn, paints from found images, inserting abstract shapes over the composition. Katie Urban approaches the topic from a more abstract perspective at large, viewing landscape as a connecting element between the material and the spiritual, using it to reflect emotional and psychological states. Each window in the Storefront shares a different way of considering landscape, in the hopes that the viewer will walk by, stop, and consider different ways of seeing the world around them. Curated by ArtShape Mammoth.

About Westchester Harp Ensemble

The Westchester Harp Ensemble began in 2004 and is comprised of students who study with Lois Colin.  The purpose of the harp ensemble is to offer students performance opportunities. The Westchester Harp Ensemble has performed at the following places: Senior centers throughout Westchester County, NY; Westchester Children’s Hospitals; The Northern Westchester Center for the Arts; Sunday Service with the Children’s Choirof Briarcliff Congregational Church; Eastchester Public Library; Irvington Public Library, Rye Public Library; Larchmont Public Library annual March concerts with Pam’s Piper’s; New Rochelle High School; Hartsdale Outdoor Concert Series; Thomas Paine Cottage, Colonial Fair.


Pelham Art Center   155 Fifth Avenue   Pelham, NY 10803   914-738-2525   [email protected]

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm

Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop

These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin’s Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.