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A Hero in Her Own Time

A bronze sculpture of a woman wearing a hat by artist Vinnie Bagwell

Vinnie Bagwell is finally coming into her own, and all her admirers (I am one of them) couldn’t be happier. I might even be bold enough to say that this may be her year. On April 7, ArtsWestchester will bestow upon her its Artist Award, given annually to an extraordinary artist who has created a significant […]

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ArtsWestchester Announces Major New Social Justice Artist Grant

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ArtsWestchester announced a major new competitive artist grant program, which will award three artists with $10,000 each to propose and actualize new works related to social justice.

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Culture in the Age of Covid

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In the northern part of Westchester, where I live, spring is announced by the high tones of the chipmunks and the baritones of the bullfrogs. I watch the little creatures scurrying about all day and at night. I listen to the groans of the bullfrogs. For me, these signs of re-emerging life are a metaphor for […]

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Instead of Hate, Celebrate

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If you’ve been walking to or from The Westchester mall en route to do your holiday shopping, you may have noticed some painterly action on Hale Ave., Maple Ave and South Broadway. For sure, things are beginning to look a lot more colorful in this neighborhood. In fact, three artists are outside painting new murals […]

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Opportunity Knocks! Who’s There? Artists!

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Opportunity is knocking on the door of New York State artists. And it is time to consider making a proposal -or two. Developer/builder Martin Ginsburg Companies (GDC), is well-known for integrating art into his projects. This time, he has partnered with ArtsWestchester and the City of White Plains to commission a public sculpture for GDC’s […]

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Jellyfish at Playland

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If you ever swim in the Atlantic Ocean as I do, you may relate to the slippery sensation of a jellyfish lodging itself between you and your bathing suit. Artist Tatjana Kunst remembers well the bugger that stung her across her midriff when she was six years old and swimming in the Mediterranean. Rather than […]

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Art on the Beach

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  As a kid from the Rockaways, I’ve got a lot of sand in my toes…so much so that when Catherine Cioffi, Chief of Communications for Westchester County Executive George Latimer suggested a gallery at Playland we agreed to trek over there to give it a “look see”. What we found was a space too humid […]

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Everyone Loves a Pop-Up

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  Back in the day, the term “pop-up” usually referred to the ubiquitous Pillsbury doughboy. In today’s world, it has taken on new meaning. Many a pop-up gallery has come and gone in empty storefronts around the city. Enter the New Rochelle Arts Council taking the concept to a whole new level by introducing artist-made […]

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