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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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Chosen Family

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The idea that you can choose your own family…that you can reassemble your family structure into a more compassionate one than the one you were born with…that you can build your own safety net…has been around informally for eons. It was given a name in 1988 in a Canadian comic strip called “The Chosen Family”. […]

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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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Vickie Morris: Passionate Philanthropist

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    Next week, we will be celebrating philanthropy. Derived from the Greek words “philos,” which means loving, and “anthropos,” which means humankind, philanthropy is just that: a love for humankind. It is centuries old and crosses cultures. Conceptually it is not simply about “giving” but about improving the well-being of humankind. Each year, ArtsWestchester presents […]

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Freezing a Moment

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There’s something to be said for freezing a moment.  That’s what photographers do. One Westchester photographer I know has been freezing many moments as the construction of the new Mario M. Cuomo bridge has been underway. David Rocco, a retired civil service carpenter, is happy when he is photographing construction projects. For the past few […]

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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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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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