This year marks the 10th annual “ArtsFest,” a weekend-long celebration of the arts in New Rochelle and Pelham organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, and NRCA has plenty of exciting surprises in store, including the unveiling of a street art mural project that will bring an international group of street artists to the Queen City to create murals celebrating New Rochelle.
ArtsFest 2019 will kick off on Friday, October 4th with an Arts in Oktoberfest Gallery Hop will let participants sample local craft beers and ciders at a variety of arts venues before ending up at ArtsFest Comedy Night, which will feature 5 comedians and a DJ. Then ArtsFest will continue all weekend with a full calendar of art events and activities, from behind-the-scenes tours of working artists’studios — including world renowned 3-D artist Charles Fazzino’s Museum Editions studio, where visitors can meet the artist and dabble in interactive arts projects – as well as a visit from ArtsWestchester’s ArtsMobile, a Classic Car Show, a performance by Ajkun Ballet, a spoken word event curated by READ650, an ArtsFest Dance Festival featuring performances by four companies and an ArtsFest Acoustic Music Festival featuring an eclectic group of local musicians.
Also on the menu are art exhibits at the Rotunda Gallery and the New Rochelle Public Library, pop-up art exhibits at local restaurants, interactive activities at the Pelham Arts Center all weekend, an expanded Artisans’ Crafts Market, a workshop for young artists on how to market themselves (which will include free photographs they can use in their portfolios) and a free trolley providing transportation between major points both days.
“It’s amazing to me that this will be our tenth annual ArtsFest!” said NRCA President Theresa Kump Leghorn. “We started out in 2009 with 14 venues, and this year we will have 45 representing the work of hundreds of visual artists and performers.” The ArtsFest steering committee includes Leghorn and NRCA Board members Margaret Chadwick, Justin Christopher, Michael Dandry, Monica Deane, Selena Evans, Charles Fazzino, Beth Feldman, Lynn Honeysett, and Melisa Panszi Riebe along with Barbara Davis, Dave Fabris, Candice Sanchez McFarlane, Julie Maner, Michelle Marterre, Charlotte Mouquin, Scott Seaboldt and Victoria Rolett.
An official ArtsFest calendar will be mailed to city residents and available at venues as well as online at NRCA’s website www.newrochellearts.org. “Designing, printing and mailing the calendar, plus the cost of renting the trollies and other equipment really adds up, so we’re very grateful to the generous sponsors who make ArtsFest possible,” added Leghorn. ArtsFest sponsors so far include Gwendolen Appleyard Trust, Charles Fazzino, ArtsWestchester, Alvin & Friends Restaurant, Thornton Donovan School, Gallery Roc, and AJ’s Burgers.
Participating artists and venues as of press time include Alvin & Friends Restaurant, the Classic Car Show sponsored by AJ’s Burgers, Ajkun Ballet, Atelier Crashcup, Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts, Diner Brew Co. Tap Room, Enchanted Flowers, Charles Fazzino Museum Editions Studio, Flowerbake by Angela, Flowers by Sutton, French Ridge/Glenwood Lakes Artists, Fuller Center, Gallery Roc, Ground Floor Co-Working, the High Brook Highline, High Brook Studios, Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse, Hugh Doyle Center, Huguenot Children’s Library, Jolo’s Kitchen, Amelia E. Jones Studio, Lord and Andra Gallery, Museum of Arts & Culture, NRCA Rotunda Gallery at City Hall, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle Public Library, New York Sports Club, Pelham Art Center, the Rock Club at Pine Brook Fitness, Pizzeria LaRosa, Queen City Gallery at Montefiore NR, Fred Spinowitz Studio, St. John’s Wilmot Episcopal Church, Successful Vision, TF Andrews, Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, R Café and Tea Boutique, Thornton Donovan School, VAEA Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts, Martha Valenzuela Studio.
Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle and Pelham, with art exhibits, programs and family-friendly activities at nearly 40 venues that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the city’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. The celebration will include live music, great food, exciting performances, and eclectic shopping. Visit the NRCA website at www.newrochellearts.org or email [email protected] for more information.