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Ladies First…

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Women are an interesting lot. Like Sinatra sang in South Pacific, “There is nothing like a dame.” His was a sexualized version of what it means to be a woman. In truth however, there is nothing like a dame… or, more precisely speaking, nothing like a woman. Call the species what you will… women are […]

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A Force of Nature in Peekskill

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Twenty five years ago, the City of Peekskill announced a new vision. It would boost its revitalization effort by becoming an artistic outpost. At the time, Peekskill hadn’t yet met Livia Straus who, with her husband Marc, established the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill. Livia, a force of nature herself, proceeded to pepper the Peekskill landscape […]

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Summer’s Here – Inside and Outside

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Fifteen artists are showing contemporary landscapes at the ArtsWestchester galleries in our new exhibition, Revisiting Arcadia. Step into the woods or poppy fields at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains where the sun will be shining through the trees through August 29th. Share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Share with Stumblers Tweet about it […]

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Crossing Borders

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Many refer to America as a nation of immigrants. It is after all a country shaped by generations of people who have come here from somewhere else. Some have come seeking opportunity. Some have come seeking freedom. Some to study. Some to escape. Some against their will. It is an ever expanding diaspora phenomenon as […]

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The Bad Guys

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Who is the most powerful? In my family, it was my mother…but that’s another story.  According to Forbes, which loves to delve into power games, the most powerful person in the world is Vladimir Putin. It’s Putin who had the audacity to waltz into Crimea and annex it.  It’s Putin who stoked a proxy war […]

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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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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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