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Rainmaker

Last week, ArtsWestchester lost a dear friend. Bill McNamee, our board member for nearly ten years passed away all too soon. As a busy senior executive, he travelled the world for Citigroup, yet always found ways to help ArtsWestchester, and in doing so, helped thousands. More often than not, he’d return our calls from some […]

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A Poet’s Job

Loss is always sad.  It is especially so when the loss is someone who was an inspiration to others.  Brenda Connor-Bey was that kind of someone. Brenda wrote poetry. She taught poetry.  She read poetry, both to herself and aloud to others.  Robert Frost noted that “a poem begins with a lump in the throat.” […]

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The Wild Things

Like many parents of my undisclosed vintage, I raised my kids and grandkids on Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. His books inspire imagination. They also encourage parents to value their children’s imagination.  And, not for nothing, they create an interest in nature. Naughty Max is sent to bed without his supper, yet alone […]

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Ted Mann Remembered

Most of us know Off-Broadway as a creative energetic theater movement of the Fifties. Some say it started as a reaction to the constraints of the commercial theater. Most acknowledge that Theodore Mann, founder and artistic director of the Circle in a Square Theatre, who passed away this week was a dominant force in this […]

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A Legacy for the Arts

I never met Margot Irish. She was a teacher and volleyball coach in Sleepy Hollow. She lived in White Plains.  She passed away in 2009. She may have graduated Horace Greeley High School. I am not certain of that, but according to a tribute on the school’s website, she loved the arts.  I believe this […]

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Remembering 9/11…Tile by Tile

What’s in a number? Sometimes it tells a story. 1800 is the number of tiles in the original 9/11 People’s Memorial Wall constructed in 2001 on Central Avenue in Richard Presser Park in Greenburgh. 1711 is the number of tiles salvaged, repaired, cleaned and reassembled tile by tile by Sarah Bracey White and 41 volunteers who […]

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Historic houses reflect lives well lived

Although I am a great admirer of Edward Hopper’s work, I had never been to his birthplace, a historic house located in Nyack. However, with a Facebook nudge from artist Andrea Kantrowitz, I headed across the bridge to Rockland on a recent Sunday to see “Edward Hopper Reimagined” a group exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary […]

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Pelham Art Centers says farewell to Lisa Robb

Yesterday was Lisa Robb Day in Pelham.  I know this because I heard it proclaimed last night at a farewell party for Lisa who has left the Pelham Art Center after 11 years as the Director. The Pelham Art Center is a family affair. Our hosts, Paul Francis, former treasurer of the board (last century) […]

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