New Rochelle and Pelham will show off their creative side for people to see, hear and taste this weekend as the annual ArtsFest fills venues throughout the community.
An antique car show, a look at pop-artist Charles Fazzino’s studio and a celebration of African dance and drums are just a taste of the offerings people can enjoy from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A “culture trolley” will make the rounds among the venues, and people can hop on and hop off at the various public and private venues.
This year, the festival is part of the city’s 325th anniversary celebrations. It begins at 4 p.m. Friday in City Hall, 515 North Ave., with the unveiling of a new sculpture installation by Fazzino, famous for his colorful, almost chaotic 3-D collages.
Also as part of it, a boutique gallery moving into Lawton Street, Recologie, will open its doors for an early opening.
Here’s a press release about the festival:
ArtsFest in New Rochelle and Pelham
September 28th – 29th
New Rochelle Council on the Arts Presents
Annual Weekend-Long Celebration
“ArtsFest” returns on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, from 12:30 to 5 pm
each day, with a weekend of special events including 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, and a celebration of African dance and drums at Lincoln Park.
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 spotlight the community’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. ArtsFest will feature
art installations in traditional spaces as well as downtown windows, tours of artist’s studios, live
music, great food, exciting performances, eclectic shopping and a free “Culture Trolley”
providing “hop on – hop off” transportation to the activities taking place in public and private
“New Rochelle has always embraced the arts,” says Judith Weber, President of NRCA. “and
we are delighted that this year so many businesses and organizations have stepped up as
sponsors. We are especially grateful to our “Trolley Sponsors” Charles Fazzino and New
Rochelle Chevrolet, and our “Event Sponsors”, Iona College and Health Republic Insurance of
New York. These business believe, as NRCA does, that the arts are essential to healthy
communities: They bring people together and spark dialogue, which generates community spirit.
And the arts can be an engine for economic growth as well.”
ArtsFest will kick off on Friday, September 27th at 4 pm with the installation of a sculpture by
Charles Fazzino at New Rochelle’s City Hall. The sculpture, created to celebrate the City’s 325th
anniversary, will on permanent display at City Hall.
On Saturday and Sunday ArtsFest gets underway with dozens of venues welcoming visitors
from 12:30 to 5 pm: Participants in ArtsFest 2013 include the New Rochelle Public Library, the
Huguenot Children’s Library, which will be sponsoring its annual LEGO ® Day, the Museum of
Arts & Culture, the College of New Rochelle, Iona College Council on the Arts, Media Loft, the
New Rochelle Art Association, Charles Fazzino Studio/Museum Editions, TransFORM
Showroom and Gallery, Backstreet Gallery, New Beginnings Performing Arts Studio,
Westchester Yoga Center, Garito Manor, Songcatchers, PAC House Theater, Thomas Paine
Cottage, New Roc Gallery/2 Division Street, BID Artists 81 Centre Street, High Brook Studios,
Lincoln Park Festival, Grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden, Bethesda Baptist Family Center,
Alvin & Friends Restaurant, Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art, and Recologie. In Pelham the
participants include Highbrook Studios, Pelham’s Picture House and the Pelham Art Center. For
a complete calendar of venues and events visit www.newrochellearts.org.
Adding to the fun this year artist Charles Fazzino has created an ArtsFest Scavenger Hunt:
Pick up a free card at one of 18 venues, and add stickers from each venue you visit. Once you’ve
collected 10 you are eligible to win an original 3-D limited edition work of art by Charles
Fazzino: Simply fill in your name and address and leave the stamped card in a specially marked
box at one of the 18 participating venues. The winner will be notified at the conclusion of
ArtsFest is made possible by the support of local businesses and organizations, including the
two Trolley Sponsors, Charles Fazzino and New Rochelle Chevrolet; the two Event Sponsors,
Iona College and Health Republic Insurance of New York: Community Sponsors including
Alvin & Friends Restaurant, the Business Improvement District, the College of New Rochelle,
Homeowners Sernechia Bosco, Hooperstown, and TransFORM; and Supporters including Bistro
Rollin, the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library, the Museum of Arts & Culture, the
Pelham Weekly, The Picture House, the City of New Rochelle’s 325th Anniversary Committee,
Wells Fargo, WVOX Radio 1460 AM and ArtsWestchester.