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APRIL 2012 news in brief

Back by Popular Demand, Ailey II Dance Returns to Emelin

Summer Sing series, and is the cho- rus in residence at the Westchester Music Conservatory. For more info, visit

Sarah Lawrence Hosts New York State’s Largest Free Poetry Fest

Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Schwartz, a professor at Steinhardt’s

Department of Art and Arts Professions at New York University and member of the ArtsWestchester Board of Trustees, received this coveted honor for her repu- tation for increasing public understand- ing, awareness and appreciation of the rich history and traditions of ceramic crafts.

Sylvia Waters, Artistic Director, Ailey II

Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, returns to the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck on April 13 at 8pm. Back by popular demand, the company is universally renowned for merging today’s best young dancers with outstanding emerging choreographers.

The Emelin performance procedes the farewell season of Ailey II’s esteemed Artistic Director Sylvia Waters, April 18-29, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. Waters brought Ailey II to prominence as one of today’s most popular touring companies.

Westchester Choral Society Celebrates 70 Years

Nikky Finney will perform at this year's Poetry Fest (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Unleash your inner wordsmith at Sarah Lawrence College (SLC)’s Ninth Annual Poetry Festival, beginning Friday evening, April 20, and running through Sunday, April 22, at the SLC campus. The largest free poetry fest in New York State, this year’s event features some 16 leading poets,

including 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney.

“This year's festival will draw poets from across the country and the Atlantic,” said co-director, Joey DeJesus, a second- year graduate student in poetry.

The weekend’s events will include a book fair, a dinner reception on Saturday evening, a panel discussion on Sunday, and poetry readings throughout. For more info, call (914) 395-2412 or e-mail

The Westchester Choral Society (WCS), under the direction of Frank Nemhauser, will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a recital of Brahms’ beloved classic Requiem.

Set for Sunday, April 29, 3pm at Irvington High School, WCS president Elaine Laurence says of the concert, “We have been rehearsing very hard and getting diction lessons to master the German pronunciation for the piece. I am sure it will be as beautiful as Herr Brahms intended.”

Started in 1942, WCS now presents two annual concerts, sponsors a popular

Smithsonian Honors Judith Schwartz

Illustration from The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Thomas Locker

Judith Schwartz

Judith Schwartz, an accomplished educator, author and speaker on the history and significance of ceramic art, has been awarded the Distinguished Craft Educator Award from the Renwick

The art world has lost a visionary in Thomas Locker, acclaimed author and artist who passed away on March 9, at age 74. Known for his gorgeous nature illustrations in children’s literature, the first book he worked on, Where the River Begins, was named by the New York Times as one of the 10 best illus- trated children's books of 1984. The Hudson River was a favorite subject of Locker, who used the river as inspira- tion for many artworks and writings.

Locker illustrated over 30 works for young readers, many of which he also wrote. He also held more than 50 exhi-

“Working in a marvelous three-dimen- sional plastic medium like clay connects artists to the community, world cultures and the earth,” says Schwartz. Within the context of art activism, her interest is to encourage ceramists to use clay as a platform for social commentary by revealing personal struggles and experi- ences in their work.

Schwartz is also a recipient of the JD Rockefeller III grant in arts education and served as a Fulbright Specialist at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, among many other accolades.

In Memoriam: Author and Artist Thomas Locker

Matt Markey at the Beverly Hills Film Festival

Filmmaker Matt Markey—a White Plains native-turned Los Angeles resident—recently sold his film Ricky, which premiered at ArtsWestchester last September, to Independent Television Network for world-wide distribution.

Markey wrote, produced and acted in the comedy, which takes its inspiration from the classic movie, Rocky. Ricky will likely be released in America and Canada in June.

"I hope I can be an inspiration for people to believe in their dreams and have the courage to follow them,” says Markey. "It would be the ultimate to shoot another film right here in my hometown of White Plains."

bitions and garnered numerous honors. Paula Wiseman, VP and Publisher of Paula Wiseman Books at Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing said, “[Thomas] captured nature as a living thing in his paintings and had a way of seeing and rendering that beauty that is a gift to anyone who read his books or knew his paintings.”

Native White Plains Filmmaker Sells Movie By Chris Chagaris

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