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A Force of Nature in Peekskill


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


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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Treasure Island


Touring Ridge Hill, an oasis on a hill in Yonkers, is a shopper’s delight.  But it also has some hidden treasures (besides H&M, Lord & Taylor and The Limited).  Smack dab in the middle of this elegant island of retail is a Tom Otterness playground for children.  It’s huge feet have little people in between […]

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The Queen of Collage

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Ann Ladd is known around our digs as the Queen of Collage.  That’s because she trolls her White Plains neighborhood for what she calls “bits and pieces” that she turns into works of art. Recently, her work was on view at my local Chappaqua Library, in a show curated by artist Larry D’Amico who keeps […]

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Crossing Borders


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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Katonah Museum Honors Regional Artists


Walk into Kiyoshi Otsuka’s studio (if you can get past the door) and you’ll be reminded of Jackson Pollack. The paint splattered floor is dripped with layers of spattered hues, all of which are colors of paintings past and present. Stacks of work line the walls and fill the overhead shelves making it somewhat of […]

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The Bad Guys


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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What’s in a Name?


What’s in a name? Plenty if the name is Henry Moore. He’s the famous sculptor that greets you at the entrance to our own SUNY Purchase campus.  I never thought we’d be so lucky to have one of his drawings in our ArtsWestchester gallery.  But we do courtesy of the Bank of New York Mellon […]

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