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Coming Up: New Rochelle Arts Fest- Sept 27, 28

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The Villalobos Brothers will perform a free concert in Library Green on Sunday September 29th, as part of ArtsFest.


Check out this incredible list of participants in this weekend’s local Art Fest.

from New Rochelle Arts:

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ArtsFest” returns to New Rochelle and Pelham on Saturday, September 27th and 28th, with a full menu of art events and activities, from behind-the-scenes tours of artists’ studios —  including world renowned  3-D artist Charles Fazzino’s Museum Editions studio – and  a free guided trolley ride through historic sites in downtown New Rochelle and Pelham, to a classic car show. Hand-son activities include LEGO ® Day at the Huguenot Children’s Library, a community painting project at Library Green guided by Art Par-Tay, a hot metal pour at the Pelham Art Center, a free belly dancing demo class at Westchester Yoga Arts, and the 3rd annual  Lincoln Avenue Festival (sponsored by grow! Lincoln Community Garden/Park Conservancy) with garden tours and demos, food and music. Participants will also have the chance to take in a movie – there’s a Sherlock Holmes film festival at the New Rochelle Public Library and screenings of two indie films at The Picture House – and walk through the recently re-opened front doors of New Rochelle’s City Hall to enjoy the Rotunda Gallery’s exhibit “Camera’s Eye View.”

The weekend concludes with a free concert at Library Green on Sunday afternoon featuring the Villalobos Brothers, a trio of virtuosoviolinistssinger-songwriterscomposersarrangers, and multi-talented instrumentalists  who have performed at venues as varied as the Latin Grammy ® Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center and the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium. Known as one of the leading s=esembles of world music, they have accompanied and collaborated with many artists, including Palooma San Basilio, Paddy Moloney and The Chieftans, and Dolly Parton.

Making this year even more delicious, ArtsFest will be sandwiched between two New Rochelle Restaurant Weeks (September 22nd to 26th and September 30th to October 2nd) featuring special menus at 10 participating downtown restaurants.

Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle and Pelham, with art exhibits, programs and family-friendly  activities that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the city’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. The celebration will include live music, great food, exciting live performances, and eclectic shopping.

“There is a breadth of arts experiences available this year, including more interactive art projects,” says Theresa Kump Leghorn, President of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. “For example, Highbrook Studio, which is home to five working artists, will have a still life display set up all day so that visitors can draw along with the artists. There’s also a hands-on workshop and “hot metal pour” at the Pelham Arts Center.  And we’ve organized a community “paint-in” with Art Par-Tay at Library Green on Saturday afternoon so that anybody who is curious can try their hand at creating their own work of art.”

“There is truly something for everyone at ArtFest this year,” adds Judith Weber, NRCA’s immediate past present who is co-chairing the event with Theresa Kump Leghorn. “from the opportunity to meet Caldecott Medal winner Anita Lobel, who will be reading and signing her books at transFORM Gallery, to being part of an African drum circle at the Lincoln Park Arts and Culture Festival. “

ArtsFest will also highlight some of NRCA’s most recent contributions to the arts, including the Fleur de Lis project, a collaboration between NRCA, the Business Improvement District and the City of New Rochelle to celebrate the city’s 325thanniversary.  “You can take a self-guided walking tour and see all of the five-foot-tall sculptures – each decorated by a different artist – that have been installed downtown,” explains Leghorn. “And NRCA’s Rotunda Gallery at City Hall will be accessible through the building’s newly-refurbished front doors, which will re-open to the public in September.”

Making ArtsFest possible this year are “Patron Sponsors” Charles Fazzino and Mercedes Benz of New Rochelle; “Event Sponsors” Alvin & Friends Restaurant;  the New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID); The College of New Rochelle; Iona College;  transFORM Showroom and Gallery; “Community Sponsors” Dino DiFillippis DDS and the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence;  and “Supporters” including the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library; AJ’s Burgers; Art Par-Tay; The Picture House; and ArtsWestchester.

For a complete calendar of venues and events visit


Participants in this year’s ArtsFest include:

Trolley Tours NRCA presents a free trolley ride through history: Jump on at Library Green  between 10 am and 2 pm for a 45-minute guided tour around local historic sites. NOTE: Trolley will NOT be stopping at venues this year.

Art Par-Tay ( Library Green) 3 to 5 pm Art is for everybody: Come and get your paint on. Materials and instruction provided, no experience necessary. Register in advance at (TK)

Backstreet Gallery: (43 Lawton Street)  Exhibit of works by David Bush

Classic Car Show(Parking lot across from AJ’s Burgers adjacent to City Hall) Accompanied by auto-inspired original photographs by Steven Garnett. 

Charles Fazzino Studio at Museum Editions, Ltd.  (32 Relyea Place)  Meet one of the world’s premiere pop artists, learn about his process and take part in an interactive demonstrations.

College of New Rochelle  Castle Gallery & Mooney Gallery (29 Castle Place, NR, 654-5423,  “Intersecting Editions” in the Castle Gallery, 12 to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday;  “A Retrosepctive: Harriette Chelnik” in the Mooney Center Gallery, 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Fleur de lis Walking Tour Pick up a brochure at the New Rochelle Public Library and take a self-guided tour of the city’s latest public art project “Fleur de Lis”: View a dozen five-foot-tall fleur de lis sculptures, each individually decorated by local artists.

Ground Floor Coworking  (547 North Avenue) “Entre” New Rochelle’s Historic Entrance Signs, stylized illustrations of the city’s ten historic signs. 12 to 5 pm Saturday, 12 to 4 Sunday

High Brook Studios (222 HighBrook Avenue, Pelham) Open studios 10 am to 5 pm Visit the studios of working artists Scott Seaboldt, Victoria Rolett, John Mignault, Kathy Rutsch and Stacy Miller. Visit displays of work by Mesh Prints of New Rochelle andMateo Mattia, a designer and crafter of handmade leather bags and other goods. HighBrook Studios will have a Still Life set up for an all day drawing session : artists of all ages and skill sets are invited to come and draw.

Iona College Council on the Arts (665 North Avenue) Exhibition “Sacred Silence: The Practice of Iconography” featuring the work of local icon painters, curated by Chantal Heinegg.

LEGO  Fun with Block Stars at The Huguenot Children’s Library (794 North Avenue)   An afternoon of creative fun building with the colorful plastic blocks provided by Block Stars.  Sponsored by the Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library. 12:30 to 4 pm

3rd Annual Lincoln Avenue Arts & Culture Fest  Hosted by grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden; Noon to 6 pm.  Food, games for kids, garden tours and demonstrations, a DJ and musical entertainment.

MODHArts Gallery of Contemporary Realism (43 Westchester Place, New Rochelle)

New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza) The 99th Annual Juried Exhibition of the New Rochelle Art Association, 10 am – 5 pm, with Reception 5:15 – 7 pm featuring live music and refreshments. Sherlock Holmes Film Festival, 1 – 4:30 pm: Join The Three Garridebs, members of the Westchester section of The Baker Street Irregulars, for their third annual film festival. The line-up will include John Barrymore’s silent film, Sherlock Holmes and  films starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes. A variety of Holmes-related shorts, clips, cartoons and such will round out the lively program. Ossie Davis Theater. Free.

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum (20 Sicard Avenue) Historic house museum featuring artifacts relating to our Colonial and Revolutionary War history and New Rochelle’s Huguenot settler founders, plus a tour of an authentic 19th-century one-room schoolhouse.

Marcelo Pablo Pittari Studio 312 (81 Centre Avenue) Drawing and painting studio

Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) Special One-Day Events: Hands-on Workshop: Hot Metal Pour, 9AM-2PM;  Performance: Westchester Harp Ensemble, 12PM;  Visual Art:In the Gallery: “Natural Enemies”; Public Art in the Courtyard: “Stuffscapes”;  The Storefront Project: “Outside-In”

RECOLOGIE (49 Lawton Street) Exhibit: “Beyond Tile: Retrospective of Art Tile by Judith Weber” Open house for Fair Trade Boutiuque, café tasting, workshops and music.

Rotunda Gallery at City Hall (515 North Avenue) Celebrate the re-opening of City Hall’s grand doors and visit NRCA’s Rotunda Gallery, featuring “Camera’s Eye View” featuring works by 18 photographers.

Jesse Sanchez Art & Design (519 Main Street, NR) Recent work including book jacket designs, paintings and mixed media art. 12 – 5 pm Saturday

Song Catchers  (Garito Manor, 180 Union Avenue) 1:30 pm. Intergenerational Concert “Music Makes the World Go Round” by three groups (Songcatchers, Garito Manor and Hugh A. Doyle Center) performing a musical trip down “Memory Lane.” Audience participation welcomed.

transFORM Gallery (20 Jones Street, New Rochelle) Book reading and signing by renowned children’s author and  illustrator (and Caldecott Medal winner) Anita Lobel,creator of such classics as Alison’s ZinniaAway from HomeOn Market StreetOne Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award.  4 pm.  Closing reception for exhibit “2nd Nature, Beauty in the Ordinary” from 5 to 8 pm.

Westchester Yoga Arts (49 Lawton Street, 2nd floor) All regular classes just $5; Children’s Acting Academy free program for ages 4 – 16  from 11 am to noon; free Belly Dance Basics at 2 pm and free Yoga Beginner’s Class 3:30 pm; exhibit “Exploring OM” 5 to 7 pm with free refreshments and live music and performances



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