Visiting KinoSaito

County Legislator Colin Smith beamed as his mother, Dolores Smith, wandered through the building of a former parochial school in Verplanck, where she was a student years ago. The school, most recently transformed into a contemporary gallery and artistic space, still had elements of its former youth, such as blackboards and other manifestations of its […]

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An Artistic Tour of Africa

Life can be all about connecting. By that, I mean we all strive to work together with people who are on our own wavelength. The moment I met her, I knew that Rose Luangisa and I had something in common. We both had a passion for fashion. My passion comes from life experiences in the […]

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Bursting at the Seams

It has been so sweet to see arts organizations in Westchester coming back stronger than ever after Covid. I recently witnessed this at the Clay Art Center, which had an exhibition opening in sweltering July that kept no one from attending and purchasing inspiring clay objects on sale. It is clear to me that kilns […]

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Girls

There was anger on the walls. There was pain in the room. There was understanding, courage and occasional triumph, as girls at The Children’s Village reclaim their lives moving on from the horrors of being trafficked. When is an art show more about tears, stories, abuse, denial and revenge? These are the words that came […]

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Mi Amiga, Isabel Elsa Villar

Westchester County is mourning one of our most devoted community members, Isabel Elsa Villar, who recently passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Isabel, mostly notably remembered as the founder and Executive Director of El Centro Hispano (El Centro), worked tirelessly to educate and improve the lives of the Latino community in the […]

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Juneteenth and the Rights of American Citizenship

Though Juneteenth was intended to become a singular national holiday to be celebrated on the 19th of June, towns, villages and cities in our county are providing celebrations, remembrances, and activities during the entire month of June. This variety of events is good as it allows each community to create its own vibrant “Juneteenth” celebration. […]

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Puerto Rican Artists Take Center Stage at the Arts Exchange

Before ArtsWestchester moved into its current headquarters, the building was known as the Peoples National Bank & Trust Co., where White Plains residents gathered to transact business and safeguard their savings. We cherish this bank’s bygone name because we feel the building belongs to the people of Westchester.  That’s what we had in mind when we purchased the building […]

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Rothko’s Chapel

Many artists long for financial success. Their integrity is often a barrier to such a result. Such was the case with Mark Rothko, who received a commission of $35,000, which was unheard of in 1958, to create a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan, part of the then-new Seagrams building designed […]

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