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Who D’ya Know?

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What do John Shearer, Vickie Morris and Will Crutchfield have in common with Roy Neuberger, Ruby Dee and Sarah Bracey White?  Well, John Shearer was a famous photographer, while Will Crutchfield is an opera guy; and actress Ruby Dee and Roy Neuberger, founder of the Neuberger Museum of Art, might not have crossed paths.  But…they […]

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The Play’s The Thing!

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Denise Bessette is a modern woman. In fact, she is so modern that you might even consider her a 21st-Century feminist. As an actress, she made up her mind some time ago that she’d like to play the part of Nora, Henrik Ibsen’s character in A Doll’s House who leaves her husband and her children […]

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Get Ready to Tap Your Feet

Growing up in what may be considered the jazz era, I have learned to tap my feet in appreciation of most any old beat. In fact, it’s an involuntary action. It occurred to me that others may also have feet they can’t control, which led to ArtsWestchester featuring the best of jazz in our historic […]

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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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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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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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