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Once Upon a Mattress

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I am a great fan of the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress. It is a hilarious, somewhat silly romp in which a princess is authenticated by her ability to detect a pea under twelve layers of mattresses. ArtsWestchester’s own somewhat-silly romp began when someone found a mattress hidden out of sight in our building. […]

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Healing and Art

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Some people believe that healing is an art. Others insist it is a science. I prefer to think about healing as both an art and a science. Intellectually, I take for granted the science part. Yet, perceptually, I continue to be fascinated by the impact of the arts on wellness. One can look at leading […]

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Witches Brews and the Like

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Remedy is a new exhibition at ArtsWestchester, the focus of which is art and healing. This is not a new topic. In fact it has been pondered for centuries. So, we asked our newly arrived folklorist Sharna Brzycki to tell us about “Remedy and Folk Medicine.” Here’s what she had to say. Monkey gallbladders, once a prevailing facet of Chinese folk […]

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Mark di Suvero: Drawings in the Sky

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A feisty man with a wide-brimmed hat breezed into my office one day in 1978 at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He walked with a cane while playing a harmonica to my staff’s delight. That is how I first met Mark di Suvero, the sculptor whose work will be on view at […]

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Tough Choices

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  It’s going to be a tough choice no matter how you slice it. No, I’m not talking about the election. I’m talking about the weekend. Jazz Fest is sizzling this weekend in White Plains with a terrific line-up of musicians from Brazil, Africa and New Orleans. Two outstanding evenings are Friday with the Gary Smulyan […]

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The Evolution of Public Art

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The evolution of public art is an interesting journey that began as a way to memorialize and revere individuals, sometimes war heroes, for their service to the public. During the New Deal, public art was used to put artists to work during the depression. They created works of art in conjunction with public construction projects. […]

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A Stroll in the Park with Henry Moore

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The PepsiCo sculpture garden in Purchase will reopen to the public in March, according to a statement by a PepsiCo spokesperson reported in The Journal News. I say “Bravo”! The collection is one of the most brilliant displays of 20th century sculpture, juxtaposing the individual works against an encyclopedic background of monumental sculpture of our […]

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Sad News From The New York Times

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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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