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NOVEMBER 2012 news in brief

College of New Rochelle Gets Ansel Adams Photographs

Susan Manspeizer, Recipient of Epstein Award

second anniversary, the exhibition is dedicated to the issue of human rights and will feature Italian art by the Arcane Movement group.

Susan Manspeizer's sculpture, Expressive Red

College of New Rochelle President Judith Huntington with Ansel Adams photographs

The College of New Rochelle (CNR) has received one of ten existing Museum Sets of 75 signed photographs by renowned American photographer Ansel Adams. The set is a compilation of Adams’ land- scapes, including his classic Moonrise, as well as photographs of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The collection, appraised at $2.5 million, was donated by the former faculty member Caryl Horwitz in memory of former college president, Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, who died in 2009.

“We are an extremely fortunate institu- tion to have received such an important gift from the Horwitz family,” said Katrina Rhein, Director of the Castle Gallery at CNR. “I look forward to displaying the entire collection in the near future.” For more info, visit:

Village Squares Quilters presents Quilt Celebration XII

Village Squares Quilters will hold their 12th quilt show at Greenville Elementary School in Scarsdale on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, from 10am to 4pm. Featuring more than 100 quilts from bed-size to wall and art quilts, the celebra- tion will include raffle prizes, a sales boutique, children’s scavenger hunt, Quilters’ Café, and quilting demonstra- tions. A portion of raffle proceeds will benefit the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless and the Quilters’ ongoing outreach programs. For more info, visit

ArtsWestchester roster artist Susan Manspeizer has received the Beatrice K. Epstein Memorial Award for her sculpture, "Expressive Red." The piece was recognized at the National Association of Women Artists' 123rd Annual Members Exhibition this September. Manspeizer, who recently had her work exhibited in ArtsWestchester’s spring exhibition Sculpture: On and Off the Wall, spoke of the piece, saying, “I have taken the concept of the shell as a metaphor for the human emotions of life, at a stage when one's vitality has diminished.” She has exhibited extensively through- out New York, the Northeast and the Midwest, with an international exhibit in Tokyo, Japan. You can view her work at

Italian Art by the Arcane Movement on View at ArtsWestchester

A highlight of the evening will be a special live painting and performance: Master of the Arcane Movement, Roberto Guadalupi, will paint to the music of Rondò Veneziano and Ennio Morricone, accompanied by two Italian dancers. The celebration continues November 19-21, and 26-28, with a Masterpieces of Italian Art exhibition also at ArtsWestchester, featuring 90 works by the Arcane Movement's five member artists. To RSVP and for more info, please call the Puglia Center at 212-726-2547.

Leigh Taylor Mickelson Appointed Executive Director of Clay Art Center

White Plains Hospital Unveils Winning “Think Pink” T-Shirt

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(l to r) White Plains Hospital President and CEO Jon B. Schandler, ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam, and contest winner Cynthia Pena

White Plains Hospital kicked off its month-long breast cancer awareness initiative, "Painting the Town Pink," with the announcement of their "Think Pink" T-shirt design contest at the Dickstein Cancer Center. The winning design, by Cynthia Pena of Yonkers, depicts a woman blowing flower seeds shaped like Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbons into the air, with the slogan “The Seeds of Hope.” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam participated in the judging.

“I have met a lot of wonderful women… that are cancer survivors who are fight- ing right now, which makes this logo even more special to me – for them,” says Pena.

For more info, visit: Leigh Mickelson, Executive Director, Clay Art Center Roberto Guadalupi

The Puglia Center of America, in collaboration with the Sangiorgio Art Gallery, will present a special November 16 event and exhibition at ArtsWestchester, Human Contrasts: Intellectual Social Responsibility – A Perspective in Art. In celebration of the United Nation's Academic Impact's

The Clay Art Center (CAC) in Port Chester welcomes new leadership this month, naming Leigh Taylor Mickelson as its Executive Director, effective November 1. Mickelson, who served as CAC Program Director for six years, replaces Reena Kashyap, who served as Executive Director for 15 years. “Aside from growing and strengthening our exhibition and educational programs," said Mickelson, "my hope is to increase our presence in Westchester County as a dynamic destination for meaningful ceramic arts experiences.”

Before CAC, Mickelson served for nine years as Exhibitions Director at Baltimore Clayworks. She has curated dozens of ceramic exhibitions for gal- leries across the U.S. and exhibited her own work widely. For info on CAC, visit:

Rip Van Winkle operetta in New Rochelle

Rip Van Winkle awakens at New Rochelle’s Daniel Webster School this month, in a two-act operetta version of Washington Irving’s beloved tale. With performances on November 16, 17 and 18, the production is a collaboration between Songcatchers, Tutti Bravi, Dance Connection and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. The operetta fea- tures students from Songcatchers, the Daniel Webster School, Albert Leonard middle school and local high schools and colleges playing principle roles. Directed by Tutti Bravi founder Billie Tucker, the operetta includes original music by late composer Nicolas Flagello who lived in New Rochelle for many years. Songcatchers Director Sr. Beth Dowd, will conduct the live community-based orchestra for the show. For more info, visit:

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