ArtsFest in New Rochelle, set for Sept. 22 and 23, has grown so large that it will spill over into Pelham this year.
Visitors will be treated to a car show, jugglers, fire-spinners and balloon artists from the National Circus Project, and a tour of pop artist Charles Fazzino’s studio. (Fazzino is famous for creating those quirky, highly detailed cartoon 3-D scenes.)
Venues will include the Thomas Paine Cottage, Iona College, City Hall, Lincoln Park, downtown New Rochelle, the Pelham Arts Center and more.
For a complete schedule of venues and events visit the New Rochelle Council on the Arts website here.
(The photo shows visitors at Fazzino’s studio.)
There’s also plenty of information in the press release here:
ArtsFest in New Rochelle and Pelham
September 22nd – 23rd
Preview “Gallery Night” Thursday, September 20th
ArtsFest returns September 22nd and 23rd, reaching beyond New Rochelle’s borders this year to include venues in Pelham. Among the weekend’s highlights will be an antique car show, a behind-the-scenes tour of world renowned pop artist Charles Fazzino’s studio, free performances at the PAC House Theater, a celebration of African dance and drums at Lincoln park, pop-up circus performers all around downtown, and, for the first time, a Thursday night “preview” offering a sneak peak at some of the art exhibits. It’s all part of the fourth annual “ArtsFest” on Saturday September 22nd from 12:30 to 7 pm and Sunday, September 23rd , from 12:30 to 5:30 pm.
Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, with support from Bellas Artes, Meridian Risk Management, New Rochelle Chevrolet, Charles Fazzino’s Museum Editions, On the Waterfront restaurant and Sound Shore Medical Center, ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle, with free art exhibits, programs, performances and activities that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the city’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. A free “Culture Trolley” will provide “hop on – hop off” transportation to the activities taking place in public and private cultural institutions throughout the city. For a complete schedule of venues and events visit www.newrochellearts.org.
“New Rochelle has always embraced the arts,” says Judith Weber, President of NRCA. “and this year we are delighted to have a “Title Sponsor,” Belles Artes, and five “Trolley Sponsors,” Charles Fazzino Museum Editions LTD, Meridian Risk Management, New Rochelle Chevrolet, On the Waterfront restaurant and Sound Shore Medical Center, each of whom stepped up to make an investment in the arts and in our community.” Also providing support for ArtsFest are “Event Sponsors” TransFORM, Iona College, Posto 22, the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence and Patch. “Supporters” include the College of New Rochelle, the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District, Alvin & Friends restaurant, Modern Paint and Hardware, and Blackboard Pizza. “Business Supporters” include the Friends of New Rochelle Public Library and R Patisserie.
Among the highlights of this year’s ArtsFest will be the Gallery Preview Night on Thursday, September 20th, with an evening trolley connecting downtown galleries from 6 to 9 pm for a self-guided tour. Among the participants will be the Castle Gallery and the Mooney Center at the College of New Rochelle, the Iona College Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, the Museum of Arts & Culture. Backstreet Gallery, Media Loft, Knickerbocker Arts and the Knickerbocker Lofts, transFORM, Charles Fazzino’s Museum Editions showroom, the Pelham Art Center, MODHarts at 2 Division Street, and Jesse Sanchez Art Studio, with others to be announced.
Then on Saturday, September 22nd the city will be bustling from one end to the other with special events and performances. On the north side of town Thomas Paine Cottage will be open for tours, there will be an exhibit – “Concept Cubed” — by recent alumni at New Rochelle High School’s Museum of Arts & Culture, and the Huguenot Children’s Library will once again host LEGO© Day, featuring Block Busters. In addition to art exhibits at Iona College’s Art Center and City Hall’s Rotunda Gallery, AJ’s Burgers will host “The Art of the American Automobile,” an invitational show of iconic automobiles in the Hamilton Avenue parking lot adjacent to City Hall from 11:30 to 5 pm, and restaurants along the North Avenue corridor will be creating a food festival.
On Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 5 pm visitors to downtown New Rochelle will be treated to pop-up performances by jugglers, fire-spinners, unicyclists, balloon artists and clowns along Main Street and throughout the downtown area. The performers, part of the National Circus Project, are being sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District, which promises dazzling stunts, amusing encounters, fearless fire tricks and loads of free balloon animals. Among the other downtown highlights, Consignment on Main (543 Main Street) will host an illustrated lecture by City Historian Barbara Davis on the artists and architects who contributed to New Rochelle’s development. No balloon animals, but free refreshments and a chance to soak up some history. And Just Funki (37 Division Street) will host a Wearable Art Copper Fashion show and a wine tasting on Saturday from 2 to 7 pm, with wines provided by AOC Fine Wines; owner and jewelry designer Rhonda Hamilton will be on site to talk about the special properties of copper. Internationally acclaimed pop artist Charles Fazzino will host an open studio, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating 3-D art, while other galleries — including transFORM Showroom and Gallery, MODHarts at 2 Division Street, Media Loft and Knickerbocker Loft — will also be open.
At the PAC House Theater (311 Huguenot Street) Monroe College’s Drama Club will present Act I from David Auburn’s play Proof at 12:30 and a scene from Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love at 1:30 pm; they will also be performing Proof at 3 pm at Garito Manor.
The Lincoln Avenue Arts & Culture Fest 2012 will take place from noon to 6 pm: St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church will house the Museum of Arts & Culture’s original exhibit on the Lincoln School desegregation case of 1961; Bethesda Baptist Church will host dance performances by New Beginnings Dance Troupe, a film screening, and a photo exhibit; while Lincoln Park will be the site of an arts & crafts fair featuring dancers, drummers, vendors and food. grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden will host percussionist Damon Jackson who will transform the garden into a drum circle.
In Pelham the Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue in Pelham) will offer a free “Maps as Art” workshop from 12 to 2 pm on Sunday, an extension of its exhibit “Anywhere But Here” featuring 16 artists who explore maps and elements of cartography in their work. There will also be a performance by the Westchester Harp Ensemble from 2 to 4 pm. And the Pelham Picture House will be participating with a series of Student Short Films on Saturday between 12 and 2 pm, followed by showings of The Shovel in the Screening Room every half hour from 2 to 5 pm. On Sunday The Shovel will again be shown every half hour from 12 to 5 pm in the Screening Room, while The Bayadere, a film of the final major work of legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, will be shown in the Main Hall at 3:30 pm. (Nureyev had long dreamed of reworking Marius Petipa’s seminal ballet, which tells the story of impossible love set against the backdrop of lush, exotic India; he died less than a year after the premiere.)
Other participants in ArtsFest 2012 include the Empty Hand Zen Center; Paine Cottage ; Westchester Yoga Center; Garito Manor; and Bethesda Baptist Church Family Development Center. For a complete calendar of venues and events visit www.newrochellearts.org.