PEEKSKILL PROJECT V BRINGS URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART TO THE PUBLIC By Terri Prettyman Bowles
"Peekskill Project V," a public city- wide exhibition of art and perfor- mance arranged by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), continues its slate of events held on the second and third Sundays of each month through July 2013.
"Project V" features the works of more than 100 contemporary artists work- ing in the Hudson Valley region and New York City and includes sculp- ture, photography, painting, video and performance art. The festival show- cases the work in public spaces such as parks, local businesses, vacant lots and HVCCA-affiliated galleries. Exhibition site partners include Field Library, Westchester Community College, downtown Peekskill, the Peekskill waterfront and others.
RYE ARTS CENTER: 12 Abstract Artists WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA "Peekskill Project V," The Golden Mean by Carole
The event, now in its fifth year, offers community members and art lovers an opportunity to experi-
To bolster funding for the project, HVCCA launched a month-long cam- paign on Kickstarter.com
, an online fundraising platform, with a pledge goal of $10,000. The campaign exceeded its goal, taking in nearly $11,000 that the organization devot- ed to the event’s kickoff weekend. “'Peekskill Project V' was a project larger in scope than any of the pre- vious installments,” said Ellis. “We realized that to be able to do the
Event highlights for the month of November include Daniel Phillips’ Water Street installation; a perfor- mance of Postcard People by Andrea Bianconi; an educational art work- shop open to children age 10 and up; and Free Not Free, an interac- tive performance with Marcy B. Freeman. Additionally, artists Ian Swanson and Martha Mysko each will give performances on November 11 that correspond with their instal- lations. Venues around Peekskill featuring various other works and performances are open through- out the month. For specific loca- tions, times and more details, visit: www.hvcca.org
A selection of abstract artwork will be on display from November 18- January 5 at the Rye Arts Center (RAC). The new exhibition, From Where I Stand, will explore twelve artists’ individual perspectives of their immediate and outlying worlds. Curator Katharine Dufault explains that she “felt this style of work had been quite under- represented and…will show the range and accessibility of abstract art in a variety of media to a new audience who may not be familiar with [it].”
The Garden (detail) by Tess Recordon
RAC has taken this mission to heart by representing abstract works in a number of different mediums— oil paint, monoprint, digital print,
and encaustic. Aside from various media, the works create a statement of the artists’ viewpoints by using color, form and line to represent visual refer- ences to the real world in a skewed style.
An opening reception will take place on November 18 from 3-5pm. For more information about Rye Arts Center, visit: www.ryeartscenter.org
On December 1, Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a 10th Season Retrospective: Our Greatest Hits concert at Irvington Town Hall Theater – the same venue where they played their first concert in 2003. The 16-piece group, known for its twist on Brazilian and American pop, infuses big band life into compositions by jazz greats like John Coltrane. WJO has made a reputable name for itself with its col- lection of commissioned arrangements and, more recently, original works.
Ten years later, bigger and better than ever, WJO is still experiencing firsts: it has the honor of introducing its first guest conduc- tor–multi-Grammy Award-winning arrang- er, pianist and conductor Alan Broadbent. Broadbent has worked with arrangements for world-class musicians, from Sir Paul
McCartney to Natalie Cole. Also helping WJO to kick off its 10th season is jazz radio personality Gary Walker. He will host the 8pm “best of” show which, in part, will highlight WJO’s critically-acclaimed Maiden Voyage Suite album, released last year. The performance will also revisit band and audience favorites from throughout the past decade. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit: www.westjazzorch.org
ence Peekskill’s vibrant arts legacy, patronize local businesses and sup- port the city’s cultural treasures. "Project V" expands significantly on previous years’ events, which were held on a single weekend. “We estimate that about 2,000 peo- ple visited some part of the city- wide exhibition,” HVCCA Executive Administrator Katrina Ellis said of the event’s September 28-29 kickoff.
programming and events the way we had envisioned for the opening week- end, we would need additional fund- ing, and Kickstarter seemed an ideal venue to try to raise those funds.”
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