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Announcing Arts Alive Grants

Black Marble

    In order to learn about Baroque music, I checked in with Karen Marie Marmer and Jorg-Michael Schwarz of the duo the Black Marble, who tell me that Baroque music, popular from about 1600 to 1760, is “absolutely glorious…a blending of different voices…and emotional without being melodramatic.” These two musicians take their Bach and Handel so […]

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Graduation is Like a Pink Sack of Flour

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Graduation season is daunting for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that every family I know is boasting at least one graduate. So bragging rights were out the window, even though I had two beautiful graduates to brag about this June. As I wallowed alone in that oh-so-mushy nostalgic feeling, my emotions […]

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Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

“Hudson Fragmentation” by Rosalind Schneider

    Ella Fitzgerald sang it. So did Sarah Vaughan and Carly Simon. Even Deana Durbin. And we are singing it too. The fact is that “spring will be a little late this year.” All through April, the weather teased us with a few balmy days, but in the end, it was fake weather news.  […]

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Reflections on President’s Day

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“First in war. First in peace. First in the hearts of his countrymen.” That’s George who, as our first president, set the tone and the bar for the Office of the Presidency. On and about President’s Day, it’s worth reflecting on George Washington’s historic legacy, eulogized above by his friend Henry A. Lee.  Washington’s character […]

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Lifting Voices

JL BLOG_Sharisse Campbell at AW’s 2017 gala (photo credit Leslye Smith)

Seeing as this is the season for lifting voices, I started to think about my own voice. As the youngest in my family, a girl, I hardly had a voice – or at the very least, my voice was muffled by others who had more authority than me. My reflection on this topic was prompted […]

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The Weather

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When I reflect on Harvey, and then on Irma, I can’t help thinking aloud: “So, who’s creating all this disturbance anyway?”  Well perhaps it’s that nasty woman – Mother Nature – making a fuss about the state of the environment and calling on us to do our civic duty. Am I naive to believe in […]

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Honoring The Bridge

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Can a bridge be a work of art? At ArtsWestchester, we think it can. That is why we will be honoring the New New York Bridge at our upcoming 2017 gala on November 18 at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. Like most creative people, designers of public works aspire to create uplifting, aesthetically pleasing […]

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A New Old Art City

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Art in public places never ceases to surprise and delight me as it did in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. A stroll down the main shopping street exhibits store windows laden with Nordic designed sweaters and blankets. I duck around a corner and run face first into an outdoor wall mural almost cartoonish in its style. […]

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