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Calling All Young Artists

    For as long as I can remember, once a year, a budding teenage artist gets to show his or her talent in Washington, DC as a guest of Congresswoman Nita Lowey. That’s because as busy as she always is representing the 17th Congressional District, she always shines a light on the folks back home. […]

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There Are Walls and There Are Walls

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Recently, I have been thinking about walls….not the Berlin wall, the Pink Floyd wall or even Robert Frost’s Mending Wall, but the ironic oppositional interpretations which love walls or hate them depending on their purpose. In this case, I am watching with excitement the new exhibition and partition walls going up in our gallery thanks […]

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Who is Family?

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    Was it by chance? Or, was it ordained… that I would meet the extraordinary widow of James Van Der Zee, the noted Harlem Renaissance photographer at an ordinary gathering of the Mt. Vernon Arts Council. As we went around the room introducing ourselves, I was pleased to meet Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee […]

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Laugh It Up

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Comedy has historically been a male-dominated pursuit. But of course, there are some very notable exceptions. Just remembering (I Love) Lucy’s antics can send me into stitches. What was so endearing about Lucille Ball was her ability to laugh at herself. One lady who has that same fervor will be taking the stage at ArtsWestchester […]

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LOVE is in the Air as Live Events and Public Art Inspire Connection!

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Walking along a busy NYC street and amidst the hustle and bustle, one may be reminded of the purest human emotion … Love. So many questions, thoughts and memories are often ignited at the mere mention of this powerful word. Witnessing this emotion is a reminder to stop, to reflect, and to feel. “Public art […]

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Remembering Lincoln

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History is a powerful teacher. I don’t know who, but someone must have said that. And isn’t it also true that history repeats itself? I was reminded of this when I received an invitation to an event taking place on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  It is a re-enactment of Lincoln’s brief visit to Peekskill more […]

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A Council With Any Other Name Would Be As Sweet

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Over many years, I have been asked: “what’s an arts council?” Having cut my teeth, so to speak, on the board of the Queens Council on the Arts, I feel qualified to say that at its simplest, it is a local arts agency that brings programs and resources to a particular locality. In the Sixties, […]

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Big Bang Postponed

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    It’s not every day that we blow up a bridge in Westchester. And although hundreds have been lining up for weeks to see the blow up of the last remnants of the Tappan Zee Bridge on Saturday, sorry to say, it’s not happening. So, Saturday is a bummer, not a blow up.  For […]

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