An Uncommon Man

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Alfred B. DelBello was an uncommon man. Most people remember him as a public servant – Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester County Executive and Lieutenant Governor in the Mario Cuomo Administration. In recent years, as attorney, strategist, County Association president, deal maker and influencer, he left an indelible mark on Westchester’s landscape.  In the arts community, we […]

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Them Thar Woods

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The sound of a jackhammer is as unmistakable as Beethoven’s Fifth. At least, so I thought. Lolling around one morning, I felt my bed shaking with a rat-a-tat. I knew the sound well. It was the sound of a jackhammer. Years ago, when I bought my home in the woods of Armonk, I hired a […]

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Here’s to the Ladies

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It was all about the women, according to George Christian Newlin, first president of ArtsWestchester, which 50 years ago was inaugurated as the Council for the Arts in Westchester.  The women were, starting with his wife Jean Newlin, Mrs. Walter Thayer (also known as Jeanne) whose husband headed the Herald Tribune; Helene Trotsky, an accomplished […]

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Putting Two and Two Together

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Strictly speaking, I am not a math person. But I do love to put two and two together. So I listened astutely this morning as six urban leaders discussed the future of Westchester’s economy at a Key Bank/Business Council of Westchester breakfast. It started on a somewhat grim note about the ongoing exodus to Florida […]

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Painting on a Larger Canvas

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  Many years ago I gave up painting.  I became an administrator…a manager…a person whose livelihood was more consistent for a mother of three. I comforted myself with the notion that I would be helping other artists. I even went so far as to delude myself with the fiction that I would be painting on […]

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Charleston

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The sun is shining in Charleston, South Carolina. How I know that is because I am here in this holy city of thousands of churches of every denomination  awash with architectural details of bygone eras. The historic city has wrought iron fences and benches around every corner. There are beaches and sea creatures. oysters and shrimp, […]

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Artists Rock Too

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The influential artist Marcel Duchamp once said “I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.” Although Duchamp was only half right, he made an important distinction between art and artists. Here at ArtsWestchester, we too believe in artists. They are an essential force in any creative community. Many venerable artists and philosophers have tried to explain the value […]

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In Memory of Sylvia Rogers

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It is spring, theoretically, that is, and I suppose it is time for me to put it out there for all to know. As a golfer, my game leaves a lot to be desired.  What leads me to this admission are my thoughts about my dear friend, former board member and good humored golf companion […]

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