Sad News From The New York Times

We are deeply saddened by this announcement from The New York Times: “As of August 29th, The Times will discontinue the regional editions of the Metropolitan section of The New York Times, which includes Connecticut, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey. Those areas will receive the Metropolitan edition that currently circulates in the five boroughs.” This news hit arts organizations in the […]

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Love of Country

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By nature I am a channel surfer. I like to keep up with the news. So this week, I bounced back and forth between two battlefields: the Olympics and the elections. Remarkable. Both were about love of country. One was a picture of hope; the other of struggle. I found myself in awe of those […]

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Saying Hello to Art

Janet's blog-Onsite exhibit

Happily we drove to, and then trekked to, the Katonah Museum (KMA). We were on a mission to check out the Arts and Craft Beer Fest and a Caramoor concert.  Approaching the site, we were greeted by a giant yellow “thing.”  Yes it was a sculpture, but it was also a huge yellow personae leaping […]

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Woman to Woman

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In 1984, a gal I knew from Queens, New York, where I grew up, became the first woman to be nominated and run for Vice President of the United States of America. What an honor it was knowing Gerry Ferraro. Thirty-two years later, I watched TV as a neighbor of mine in Chappaqua was nominated […]

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My First Piano

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My first piano came with the house that my mother rented, with an option to buy, on Deerfield Road in the Wavecrest section of the Rockaways. The landlord, Mr. Silverstein, insisted that the piano was key to the deal (no pun intended there). It was a George Steck baby grand, which took up half of our […]

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A Good Man

Sondra and Larry Salley at ArtsWestchester's 2010 Gala

They say a good man is hard to find. So when Sondra found Larry Salley some 42 years ago, she married him because Larry Sally was truly a good man.  I am told that a good man is a good son, a good father, a good brother and a good friend. Larry Salley was all […]

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Collective Healing

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In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, I ask myself again a question that I ask myself frequently: “What is there about art that makes us turn to it in times of tragedy?” Governor Cuomo turned to the arts this week when he announced a million dollar art project to honor “all victims of hate, […]

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Finding a Cure For Terrorism

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When I think about the epidemic of violence that now grips our country, I reflect on the reign of terror that marked my childhood in the 1950s. It was called infantile paralysis, or polio, for short. It inflicted more than 100,000 between 1952 and 1954. Parents and children were terrified. It was thought that the […]

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