ArtsNews: Westchester Arts Events and Cultural News

ArtsNews is ArtsWestchester’s award-winning monthly publication covering the arts in Westchester.

Welcome to our digital issue of ArtsNews, your source for Westchester-based arts news and events. Read through the issue via the flip-book below, download a PDF version, or click on the article previews below.  Get ArtsNews delivered directly to your inbox, submit your email here!

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Barbara Takenaga, Blue Rails (White Plains) at the Metro North Railroad Station in White Plains. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. (photo credit: Steven Bates)

What is Serious Fun?

White Plains gears up for a five-day fall arts festival, Serious Fun Arts Fest, thanks to a $500,000 grant award to ArtsWestchester by I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism.

Cleve Gray, Threnody, 1972-73. polymer acrylic, Duco enamel and oil on canvas. 28 panels, 20 feet x 250 feet. Collection Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. Gift of the Artist with support from the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art. (photo credit: Jerry Thompson)

Friends of Neuberger: Capturing a Contemporary Spirit

The Neuberger Museum of Art presents an exhibition that spotlights its permanent collection for the anniversary of its Friends group.

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Rising From the Ashes

KinoSaito hosts an installation and several performances by artist Naama Tsabar, who explores connections between destruction and creation.

Tony Vaccaro, Leonard Cohen (photo courtesy of Rye Arts Center). This exhibition includes photographs drawn from 
the Monroe Gallery of Photography Collection, Santa Fe, NM, USA, and the Tony Vaccaro Studios, New York City, USA.

Photographer Tony Vaccaro: Still Searching at 99

Rye Arts Center’s Portraits, Personalities, Passion: The Photography of Tony Vaccaro exhibition showcases portraits of prominent artists, scenes of war and a selection of the artist’s cameras and personal memorabilia through May 13.

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Diving Deeper Into Shared History

ArtsWestchester’s upcoming programming delves into the themes of the organization’s current Who Writes History? exhibition. A series of in-person and virtual programs bring music, fashion, poetry, lectures and more together in an effort to create a rich and diverse conversation around the different interpretations of a shared history.

Audience members enjoying a screening at the Bedford Playhouse (photo credit: Rhonda Smith)

The Bedford Playhouse: 75 Years Young

The legacy of The Bedford Playhouse is a storied one. It spans 75 years, six million dollars of renovations and one incredibly supportive community.

ABOVE: Chee-Yun (photo source:

Graced With Midday Music

Downtown Music at Grace has been entrancing noontime audiences for thirty-four years and counting. Four concerts take place throughout May.

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Ossining Audiences Get an Attitude Adjustment

Through May 8, as WCT presents its annual festival of one-act plays. Attitude Adjustments will premiere five new plays that are written, directed and performed by local members of the theater.

Isabel Lavery (photo courtesy of Isabel Lavery)

The Search for Costumes Gathering Dust

Croton-Harmon High School student Isabel Lavery created Star2Star, a dance costume drive to collect new and gently used costumes, which she plans to donate to local dance schools.

A small group of Arts Ambassadors met at Pelham Art Center earlier this year to discuss the upcoming year of the arts in Westchester.

Calling All Arts Volunteers!

Spring is finally here and, after an extended isolation, many people are finding that there is a need to re-engage with life in the “outside world.” In Westchester, that re-engagement is being powerfully driven by the arts.

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Who Writes History?

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam reflects on the theme of the organization’s new “Who Writes History?” exhibition.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra (photo credit: Steven Schnur Photographer)

Artist Opportunities: May 2022

A sampling from ArtsWestchester’s “Artist Opportunities” page, on which artists in all disciplines can find nearby working opportunities that will help to strengthen and further their careers.

Photo by Jerry Spette (courtesy of the artist)

An Abundance of Spring Beauty for Photographers

Color Camera Club of Westchester’s Jerry Spette encourages interested photographers to explore the beauty of Westchester in the springtime.

Mural by Victor Ash in New Rochelle photo credit Theresa Kump Leghorn

News Briefs: May 2022

Marsha on the Move reflects on “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; Katonah Museum Announces New Evening Hours; MuralFest Coming to New Rochelle; Drumming Residency Creates Opportunities for Special Needs Community; Two Westchester Cultural Institutions Listed on State’s New Historic Businesses Preservation Registry; Calling All Interested Interns

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam and New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at ArtsWestchester’s Restart the Arts press conference (photo credit: Margaret Fox)

New York State Legislators Restart the Arts

New York State legislators helped to secure a $1 million allocation in the State’s budget to be regranted to arts groups in Rockland and Westchester counties for COVID-19 recovery. now grantees are telling us how the funds will help them survive.

Colin Smith at KinoSaito

News Briefs: April 2022

“Harriet Tubman: The Journey to freedom” comes to White Plains; Legislator Colin Smith highlights his visit to KinoSaito Art Center; Marsha Gordon gives her take on Netflix’s  “Munich: The Edge of War” and Songcatchers are searching for a new home in New Rochelle

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How To Get Your Events Listed in the ArtsNews Calendar:
Every issue of ArtsNews features a comprehensive calendar of arts events, exhibitions and workshops taking place throughout Westchester County. Want your events included? Here’s how:

  • First, you need to be a member organization of ArtsWestchester.
  • As a member organization, you will have the ability to post your events and programs to our online events calendar. For instructions on how to post, please visit our step-by-step guide: Adding Art Events Guide.
  • You must post your events online. The deadline for each issue is the 5th of the previous month. (For example: for inclusion in the March 2016 issue, all events that take place in March must be posted to the online calendar by February 5).

That’s all there is to it! Posting your events online has added value too: Your programs become accessible to ArtsWestchester’s large online audience, and your events may also be considered for inclusion in our weekly arts e-newsletter.

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