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Becoming Tiffany

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Until last night, I didn’t know Louis Comfort Tiffany was as Hudson School painter. But thanks to Howard Zar, who is the Tzar of Lyndhurst I was charmed by a series of Tiffany’s landscapes, presented in a stunning exhibition of his work, and his relationship to the Gould family, whose Gothic Revival style home in […]

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Over the Moon

Wane One is a happy fella.  In fact, he’s over the moon, so to speak, about the street mural he and his crew are painting in front of the ArtsWestchester building on Mamaroneck Avenue.  Wane One, the name, is actually the “tag” of Wayne Peterkin, who began his artistic career using spray cans to paint […]

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State of Voting Rights Inspires a Call to Artists

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Isn’t it ironic?  We are getting ready to celebrate the Centennial of the legislation that gave American women the right to vote, and yet… there are still barriers to the ballot box for many Americans. That’s the subject of “Give Us the Vote,” ArtsWestchester’s compelling fall exhibition. To celebrate the suffragettes, and to gauge the state […]

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Overheard at ArtsWestchester

This week’s blog is a story overheard and shared with me by my executive assistant Megan Thomson Connor.  Artist Evan Bishop had a grand idea. He brought it to ArtsWestchester and was awarded an Arts Alive Individual Artist grant for his “100 Words of Wisdom.” It is a “body art” project in which Bishop is […]

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The Folk Arts of Hip Hop

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This week’s post is by guest blogger Elena Martinez, Guest Curator for ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts program. Graffiti is only one component of what has come to be called hip hop. Most people agree that the graffiti writer is one of four main “elements” of hip hop’s aesthetic expression. There is also the MC, who “raps” […]

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Making Music in Westchester

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  In today’s technology-driven world, making music can be done from anywhere. That’s in part why Crain’s New York Business is reporting that 20% of the New York City’s recording studios have disappeared over the past decade, and 25% of live-music clubs have shut down since 2000. The culprit appears to be rising rents and changing entertainment habits. That may […]

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It’s Worth Remembering

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Hard to believe that tonight is the 18th year ArtsWestchester is hosting its popular ArtsBash. But, it’s worth remembering that in 1998, we had just purchased a nine story old bank in “as is” condition. For the uninitiated, “as is” means everything is on its last legs in a building that has been vacant for […]

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The NEA at Its Best

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When I think of Romare Bearden, I can actually reproduce in my mind colorful depictions of African American factory workers going about their laborious routines. I am less familiar with the artist’s abstract works, which are at the root of his vision. Now, in part through a $45,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts […]

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