Culture Club

Bid, surf, listen, look, appraise. Or shop.


 Auctioned Arts

Clarke Auction Gallery hosts its Seventh Fine Arts Auction Monday, November 16 at 6pm. View and bid on a Masterpiece or a just pretty piece.  You can bid in person, by phone, or on line.  

Loop readers are invited to an opening reception Saturday Nov. 14th at 6pm – wine, hors d’oevres and an eyeful of art.  20 North Avenue, Larchmont. For more information, 914-833-8336 or


No Man is an Island 

Go on a virtual visit to New Rochelle’s Davids Island and learn its place in U.S. Army

History, from the Civil War through the Cold War.  Puts history right in the backyard:


Lincoln Douglas Debates in Mamaroneck 

The Rivalry comes to the Emelin November 13-14, turning the 1858 debates between rival candidates, and talented orators,  Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, into a theatrical experience.  Along with the performances, you also can view authentic Lincoln documents and relics in the Emelin lobby including:  the Lincoln-Grimsley Trunk (where Lincoln packed his personal effects before setting off to begin his presidency); a page from the final State of the Union Address in Lincoln’s own handwriting; original Harper’s Weekly newspapers and more.  For information on the performance and exhibit schedule, check out the Emelin website 


Art-ique Roadshow

Find out the value of your artwork  . . . Sunday November 22 from 1-3pm at Kenise Barnes Fine Arts, 1955 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont.  For a $20 donation expert Appraiser Kathleen Guzman will give you a verbal appraisal on two pieces of art.  All proceeds will benefit the Larchmont Arts Festival by funding the newly established Kenise Barnes Fine Art Award for an emerging fine artist from the area who will be featured at next fall’s arts festival.  Contact the gallery for more information at 914-8384-8077 or 


There’s No Place Like Home

Home Sweet Home, Pelham Art Center’s annual artisan exhibit and sale, is a contemporary look at traditional craft through goods and objects that remind us of the comforts and discomforts of home.   The exhibit and sale run December 1, 2009 through January 16, 2010 with an Opening Reception and FREE all-age art workshop Sunday December 6 1:30-3:30pm.  155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham.  

  While there, you can also see Photovoice:Questions answered, a exhibition of photographs taken by five students who participated in the Photovoice program this summer.   

  Also at the Pelham Arts Center on December 6, New Rochelle writer Cynthia Ozick will present a reading from 2:30-3:30 as part of a new collaboration with the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. 


Free Art

Sunday December 6 . . . yet more events as it is ArtsWestchester’s Free Arts Day in the County.  Enjoy free concerts, dance performance, storytelling, tours of historical sites, kids events, exhibitions, films and more.  The Free Arts Day program was initiated eight years ago in response to the after effects of 9/11. Free Arts Day offers free admission to museums, art workshops and live performances throughout Westchester in an effort to bring the community and family together and to “feel free to feel better” by enjoying cultural experiencesDetails 


 Money for Art

Five Westchester arts organizions received a total of $35,000 from JP Morgan Chase as Capacity Building Awards for making an economic impact in their communities. Here are the recipients:

The Blue Door Art Association ($5,000) recently opened a new gallery in downtown Yonkers and has worked in conjunction with The Downtown Yonkers Waterfront BID to increase visitation to the area.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art ($7,500) led the bi-annual “Peekskill Project,” a public art festival that takes place in the streets of Peekskill, as well as recently opened a large-scale exhibit showcasing contemporary Dutch artists.


Jazz Forum Arts ($10,000) continued to provide free summer concerts throughout Westchester towns like Ardsley, Tarrytown, Irvington and its home, Dobbs Ferry—and encouraged residents to patronize local businesses prior to and following the concerts.


New Rochelle Council on the Arts ($5,000) put together “New Rochelle Arts Fest” this past October, which featured numerous events that could be accessed by a free trolley, bringing thousands of visitors to the area.  


The Tarrytown Music Hall ($7,500held dozens of performances and film showings year-round, proving to be a cultural anchor in Westchester, and provided abundant business to Tarrytown’s Main Street and surrounding area.


The art of shopping

Not really art at all, but Soho shopping in an art gallery space.  Thanksgiving weekend, the 3rd Rail Studio in New Rochelle hosts Mott Street’s True Boutique – offering women’s fashions (sizes 00-16), on-site free tailoring, along with glasses of Prosecco.  49 Plain Avenue, New Rochelle, November 27-29, 11am-8pm.  For information contact True Boutique, 212-431-7709 or







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