Remarkable Achievement

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    The word is out, and it’s good news…for the arts…for a change.  It seems the NEA is here to stay.  At least that’s what we’ve been told by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) as they announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 funding increases for a number of federal agencies […]

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Becoming Tiffany

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Until last night, I didn’t know Louis Comfort Tiffany was as Hudson School painter. But thanks to Howard Zar, who is the Tzar of Lyndhurst I was charmed by a series of Tiffany’s landscapes, presented in a stunning exhibition of his work, and his relationship to the Gould family, whose Gothic Revival style home in […]

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The Power of Mentoring

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                    As a modern mom, I wanted my daughters to be independent. Powerful. Strong. Confident. Rich in knowledge and understanding. Yesterday, those words were echoed (and then some) as sixty-one young ladies gathered to celebrate the completion of a year-long mentoring program with the organization Her […]

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Over the Moon

Wane One is a happy fella.  In fact, he’s over the moon, so to speak, about the street mural he and his crew are painting in front of the ArtsWestchester building on Mamaroneck Avenue.  Wane One, the name, is actually the “tag” of Wayne Peterkin, who began his artistic career using spray cans to paint […]

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Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

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    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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A Celebration of Life

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There’s a book of adjectives that I draw upon to describe our friend Eugene Grant, who passed away recently, some three months before his 100th birthday. The word “giant” comes to mind.  In physical terms, it would be an exaggeration, as Gene was medium in height. Yet his stature was gigantic. This heft was in […]

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Can A Building Have A Birthday? 

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Whenever I want to escape from my office to a cool, loft-type space, I take the elevator in our building from the lobby to the 7th floor. It’s a journey in time through our 90-year-old building — entering the antique brass elevator doors only to be emptied into the contemporary atelier of John Sullivan, a […]

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Reshaping the Funnies

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Have you ever hid a comic book under your mattress? Of course, why would anyone do that? Better than reading a book—or so I thought at the time. When your mother is a teacher, comic books are “a corrupting influence that encourages children to look at pictures, ignoring the words that are basic to reading, […]

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