The New NY Bridge

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I got to thinking about bridges…both real and metaphorical…when I got a call from Andy O’Rourke. He’s the son of the former County Executive, who by the way, believed the arts were an important asset to Westchester.  Given that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I was not overly surprised to get a […]

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All Hail to Art Teachers

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Bravo Mayor Bill de Blasio for putting art teachers back in the classroom. They are some of the unsung heroes of our education system. Don’t take my word for it. Take the word of Carmen Fariña. Take the word of national studies that attest to the value of the arts in the classroom. Many professional […]

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Remembering Ruby

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Ruby Dee was never too busy. That is how I remember her. Would she record a TV spot for ArtsWestchester? Happy to do so. Would she say a few words at a local school? In a heartbeat! A poetry reading with her family at ArtsWestchester? Of course! Accept an arts award? Yes…but…heaven knows she didn’t […]

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Lefties Rock

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Some folks say lefties have more fun. With that in mind, and, because I had rotator cuff surgery on my right arm yesterday, I tested out that theory.  In between ice packs and Advil, I dusted off my best left-handed hunt and peck and soothed my anxiety about spending the next six weeks in a […]

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The Art of Listening

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Caramoor is truly a garden of sonic delights. It is a place where music fills our senses all summer long. Most of those delights are scheduled performances. But, what if we could have sonic delights at Caramoor every day, at any hour?  Well, now we can with the introduction of sound art, not to be […]

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Animating the Everyday

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Carefree. Playful. Insightful. Charming. A romp. Clever. Inventive. These are the words that came to mind seeing the work of Robin Rhode at the Neuberger Museum.  What a joy it was to viscerally connect with a fresh, new body of work that explores imagination with a piece of chalk and an urban street as a […]

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Bragging Rights

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Hundreds turned out at the Katonah Museum (KMA) last weekend to salute three of the museum’s stalwarts, among them Betty Himmel of Purchase, an ArtsWestchester board member who was instrumental in guiding and expanding the Katonah Museum of Art, first volunteering in 1968 and later becoming Board President in 1976, and again in 1991. She […]

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Moms

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This is the time each year when we all think about our moms. I think of mine, not just because of Mother’s Day, but also because of school graduations. Yes, my mother was a teacher. For more than 40 years, she was also a minor celebrity in the supermarket, since most of the checkout clerks […]

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