Gotta Have Arts
Editor’s Note: We are delighted to present the plans for the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, as described by the Show’s Executive Director, Anne Curran.
Also, since the time the print editions were released, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show has added safety measures to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our volunteers, guests, artists, and sponsors.
Masks are Required for all attendees over the age of 2, and masks must cover nose and mouth while on show grounds and on buses.
Social Distancing is encouraged throughout all areas of the field. Our new layout of artists’ booths with wide aisles will allow visitors to comfortably browse.
Following an online show last year, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show returns to the great outdoors in its beautiful tree-lined setting, at North Castle Community Park, 205 Business Park Drive in Armonk. For tickets: https://mailchi.mp/armonkoutdoorartshow/2021-10402562
Typically, the show draws thousands of art-savvy visitors from the tri-state region. Many patrons look forward to the show to reconnect with favorite artists and to discover new, talented artists. First-time attendees will be wowed by the quality and scope of this treasured annual art event.
A welcoming environment with great food, drinks, and family fun
A spacious field layout will allow added safety protocols and the opportunity to comfortably browse exhibitors’ booths. When it’s time for a break, visitors can enjoy a selection of great food and beverages, including beer & wine.
Free family activities will include take-a-away art kits, a scavenger hunt of clues within artist’s displays, an interactive art installation, fun photo ops, and visiting artists who will guide creative pursuits.
Fine Art and Fine Crafts for every taste, décor, and budget
The top-ranked show presents 160 juried artists from across the U.S. and Canada, exhibiting original artwork across multiple medium, including Fine Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking/Drawing/Pastels, Sculpture, Photography/Digital Art, and Wearable Art.
Artists, happy to chat with observers, often explain the technique, process and inspiration involved in their work. Personal interaction with artists opens the eyes of the beholder to the creator and encourages discovery of art that brings joy with added perspective and appreciation.
Be inspired and plan to purchase great art
There are tools that provide ways to connect with favorite artists, glimpse new exhibitors, help plan a visit to the show and ultimately find artwork that you love.
Follow @armonkoutdoorartshow social media for daily inspiration that will inspire artistic preferences and provide previews of artwork and artists. Save your favorite artists and plan to visit their booths.
Explore the armonkoutdoorartshow.org website to explore the full roster of exhibiting artists, peruse images of their work, and connect directly with them in advance of the show. Don’t miss the five 2021 Featured Artists that are profiled with a short description and video.
Download the field diagram and mark your must-see artists’ booth locations to guide your visit.
Purchase discount tickets in advance at armonkoutdoorartshow.org
The Armonk Outdoor Art Show, nearly six decades strong, is fueled by talented artists, dedicated volunteers, art-savvy patrons, and generous sponsors, who are committed to presenting an independent, nationally acclaimed Art Show.
Every year, net proceeds of the Art Show support the North Castle Public Library, funding educational and entertainment programs for all ages, and The Armonk Players theater group.
This is a special year of reuniting on the field in appreciation of great art, camaraderie, and staging of another great show!
The 59th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Community Park, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Shine or Rain ~ Sorry, No Dogs
At the Event: $15, Seniors: $13
Online in Advance: $13
18 and under: Free
Credit Cards Preferred
Discount Tickets at armonkoutdoorartshow.org
Photos Courtesy of the Armonk Art Show
Starting this July, LawnChair Theatre is back for its 16th season, with a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s renowned fantasy-comedy that the whole family can rock out to. Featuring a cast of 23 pro-am local performers and 17-person crew, Westchester’s best traveling summer entertainment is a true community venture featuring live band performances of songs by the legendary rock group Queen.
Adapted and directed by veteran theatre actor and director Mat Young, with music arrangements and direction by The Who’s global tour conductor and Broadway professional Keith Levenson, the show will run about 120 minutes and feature Queen hits like, “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Show Your Love with “Live Aid” Adoptions Putting the “fun” in fundraising, this year LawnChair audiences are invited to support the production by “adopting” favorite parts of the show! Visual Aid supports sets, costumes and lighting; Roll Aid helps trucking and traveling; Band Aid benefits musicians and equipment. Shows are free but tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted on site. Visit www.lawnchairtheatre.org for more about how to donate, plus parking, raindate and venue details.
LawnChair Theatre is a partner organization of the Rye Arts Center. The company is fully vaccinated and follows the latest CDC guidelines for audience, cast and crew safety. All performances begin at 6:30 pm.
7/22: Village Green, Rye
7/23 & 7/24: Rye Town Park
7/25: The Armory, New Rochelle
7/28: Rain Date, Rye Town Park
7/29: Private Benefit Performance
7/30: Recreation Field, Chappaqua
7/31: Bedford Playhouse Lawn
8/01: Bedford Rain Date
IRVINGTON, NY – Christina Franklin has been training and working in New York’s theater scene since she was eight years old – starting out in the rehearsal studios of TADA! Youth Theater (whose notable alumni include Kerry Washington and Jordan Peele) and taking her gift for storytelling all the way to Broadway. Irvington Theater is thrilled to bring Franklin’s newest play, Cleanse, to virtual audiences from May 21-23.
In Cleanse, Franklin’s main character Courtney loves the internet but hates what it’s doing to her. In order to reclaim control of her offline life, she must face her online past – the awkward chats, the software fads, the moments of immense discovery, and, of course, the trolls. Full of humor, humiliation, and heartbreak, Courtney’s journey to digital deactivation requires a whole lot more than the click of a mouse.
“Christina is such an energetic, current voice for the theater world,” says Irvington Theater Manager Greg Allen. “IT is lucky to premiere this new work that she has been writing throughout the pandemic. I can’t wait for folks to see it!”
Christina Franklin is a Brooklyn-based theater artist and educator. Her work has been produced and developed with National Black Theatre, Royal Family Productions, and Out of The Box Theatrics, where Franklin served as associate director on last month’s critically-acclaimed streaming production of The Last Five Years. Her other assistant and associate directing credits include Coal Country and White Noise at The Public Theater, Slave Play at New York Theatre Workshop, and the upcoming Broadway revival of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
Franklin directs her self-described “semi-autobiographical” play, leading a vibrant, young cast that features Regan Sims, Subiya, Isabel Hilario, Nicole Johnson, and Will Callahan.
Cleanse will be available to stream on demand from Friday, May 21 at 12:01am EST through Sunday, May 23 at 11:59pm EST. This play contains strong language that may be unsuitable for younger audiences. Purchase your $12 per-household ticket to receive the viewing link and password at irvingtontheater.com/cleanse.
Irvington Theater is home to a diverse range of innovative programming that entertains, enlightens, and inspires, establishing itself over its 118-year history as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. The theater continues its tradition with unprecedented reach though its all-virtual season, #IrvingtonAnywhere.
Drew Bordeaux recalls a time when the music scene in Northern Westchester and its environs was bustling. The Mount Kisco born and bred singer/songwriter who plays both guitar and violin would play upwards of 150 gigs a year at local venues including the now defunct Winston’s in Mount Kisco, Village Social in Mount Kisco and Lucy’s in Pleasantville. At these smaller venues, he enjoyed getting to know his fan base. But he also played larger venues in the tri-state area with some well-known musicians including Lauryn Hill, Boz Skaggs, KT Tunstall and the Gin Blossoms.
All this, in addition to holding down a job in his boutique digital marketing firm, Silver Rush Media, and doing fashion photo shoots and portraits of celebrities like actor Kiefer Sutherland, and musicians including Grace Potter, Ani DiFranco and Steve Earle. To say that he’s a Renaissance man is an understatement. And COVID hasn’t stopped him from creating and coming up with innovative solutions to continue his many creative pursuits albeit in new formats.
A Musician at Heart
The eloquent Harvard educated Bordeaux first fell in love with playing violin in first grade. He recalls many afternoons spent at the Westchester Conservatory of Music and Hoff-Barthelson Music School. Growing up blues music was a fixture in his household. “BB King was my first concert,” he recalls.
After picking up guitar and playing in some indie bands in college, he credits musicians such as John Mayer and Dave Matthews for influencing his music. He played at several Manhattan venues in the eponymous Bordeaux Group post college such as The Bitter End and the National Underground. The managers from those venues recommended him for several gigs which led to a jam-packed gig schedule “much to the chagrin of my friends and family,” notes Bordeaux.
A Pandemic Pivot
But of course all of that came to a screeching halt in March of 2020 and with that Bordeaux’s gigs. In the beginning of the pandemic, he was literally itching to perform. “Every day felt like a year.” But after talking with his fellow creatives, he decided to experiment and try new platforms to perform. By April, he was performing from his Tarrytown home via Livestream. “This gave me the opportunity to be in pajamas one minute and performing the next.”
Bordeaux used several of his Livestream performances to raise funds for causes near and dear to his heart such as MusiCares COVID-19 Relief, a Grammy created program to help music industry professionals during the pandemic and also a local beloved landmark, Tarrytown Music Hall. “It was great to have family and friends donate too to these causes who normally might not be able to see me perform.”
A silver lining of the pandemic is that Bordeaux has had time to finally start working on an album which will be released this spring titled Impulse/Instinct. Bordeaux fans will be happy to hear him playing loop-based acoustic guitar a la Ed Sheeran. “If you’ve seen me perform, it won’t deviate too much from that.” He’s been busy researching platforms for him to release the album himself like Spotify.
He’s also found that the pandemic can actually be liberating for creatives like himself. “Now is the time that we can literally do anything–all preconceived notions about what would or wouldn’t work have gone out the window.” For instance, he has been doing virtual Zoom photo shoots. One photo shoot featuring local Chappaqua fashion model Danielle Zinaich wound up in Vogue.
Elevate20 Photography Project
Bordeaux also used his photography skills this past summer for a photo series project he titled Elevate20. Bordeaux’s wife Tammy started working at the Tribeca Film Festival about three weeks before the pandemic hit. They watched a Tribeca-produced documentary in partnership with MCM about the music and fashion scene in NYC together called “The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion” and Bordeaux was instantly inspired by this amazing community of musicians and fashion designers.
“The Elevate20 series was the nexus of my photography with the Black Lives Matters movement,” he explained. Bordeaux posted to his Instagram this summer that he was looking to do pro bono photo shoots for 20 Black creatives. So for instance if a model needed to update his/her “look book” or a musician needed a new album cover, Bordeaux would photograph it. “I wanted to uplift people and do my best work for people of color. I met amazing musicians and designers through the project.” Photos from the series can be viewed on drewbordeaux.com.
Raising Awareness About Racial Inequality
The subject of race also propelled him to write several essays on the topic after the George Floyd killing this past spring. “When the video came out, I didn’t want to watch it. I was cynical enough to know how it ends. But when I did see it, it was a turning point.
I had friends calling me and asking me what they could do to help. My Facebook became a diary and chronicle of my thoughts and feelings about the social unrest that was happening and a way to have a dialogue with people [about race] at a time when I didn’t necessarily feel it was that safe to go out and protest.”
His social media feed and essays caught the attention of editors at Bedford & New Canaan Magazine and they approached him about becoming the arts/culture editor there as well as photographing for various stories. “Any chance I have to be creative this year, I’m like, let’s go,” he explained.
Obviously, Bordeaux has a lot on his plate but when he has downtime, he enjoys spending time at the Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow (TASH) farmers market of which his wife is co-president. With both in creative fields, they’ve had to pivot and rethink how to approach their jobs. “The Tribeca Film Festival this year is going to be this immersive and reimagined experience. I can’t wait,” he said.
Like all of us, Bordeaux is waiting for some sense of normalcy to resume. Once Covid is behind us, he wants to go to his favorite restaurant Mint in Tarrytown for brunch with his wife. “I just want to sit in our window seat and feel transported like you are in Europe.” He also wants to go to a rock concert. “That was one of the last things I did before the pandemic started and I remember standing there thinking this is the last time I am doing this for a while. I just want to feel the music wash over me again.”