Happy Birthday to Us! Exhibit and Reception


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Friday, March 27, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is celebrating its 40th year with a mixed-media fine arts exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY). The exhibit, “Happy Birthday to Us!,” pairs a photo-montage retrospective of NRCA’s past productions, created by artist Charles Fazzino,  with works created by NRCA member artists which are “inspired” by other historical artists, arts movements and/or incidents in their lives that motivate them to create art in their chosen medium. The exhibit is on display from March 3rd through March 27th. An artist’s reception will take place on Sunday, March 8th at 5 pm following the annual members showcase performance in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater.

“Happy Birthday to Us!” was curated by NRCA members Michael Dandry and former president Judith Weber with assistance from Joe Dolice, Susan Nagib and Charles Fazzino. “To mark our 40th year, we chose the word “inspiration” as a theme to motivate artist members to look back and reflect as we experience the four decades of the work of the council,” explained Judith Weber. Indeed, NRCA members and the community at large has been inspired over the past 40 years by NRCA productions across all genres including fine art, sculpture, film, theater, dance and literature. Judith Weber added a special thank you to NRCA board member Laura Falb, who collected 40 years of NRCA memorabilia, and to Barbara Davis, Community Relations Director at the Library, for maintaining and cataloguing relevant materials. “Thanks to them we now will have an opportunity to “revisit” decades of marvelous productions.”

“I think we’ve all been inspired by the limitless creativity of former NRCA program director Thea Eichler and the founding members,” said Theresa Kump Leghorn, current NRCA President. “New Rochelle has always nurtured the arts, and that is the common thread that binds Norman Rockwell, Frederic Remington, E.L. Doctorow, Charles Fazzino, Allan Menken, Frances Sternhagen, David Tobey, Carlotta Santana, the Hudson Park Bandshell, Jesse Sanchez, Tony Vaccaro, Arthur Rubenstien, Arturo Toscanini, and even Mighty Mouse, all of whom have been featured in first rate NRCA productions and exhibitions over the last 40 years”.

“We invite the community to join us at our March 8th performance and reception, which will feature a perfectly appropriate Birthday Cake!”

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for 40 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and the popular Emil Paolucci Summer Concert Series at Hudson Park. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art — like the engaging Fleur-de-Lis sculptures downtown — and created ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. The NRCA website www.newrochellearts.org has become major resource for artists and art lovers – the “go-to” place for information about the arts. Membership in NRCA is open to artists and non-artists alike, with members receiving special discounts and invitations to networking events and studio tours. For more information visit NRCA on the web at www.newrochellearts.org.

NRCA’s programs are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government, the City of New Rochelle, and the support and participation of NRCA’s membership.






Event Location and Ticket Information

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The New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Friday, March 27, 2015
Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: New Rochelle Council on the Arts
Presenter Website: www.newrochellearts.org

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