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May 22, 2021

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sponsorship & Support Opportunities Available !


Pelham Art Center is pleased to present “The Art Happening”–an all-afternoon, outdoor community art festival on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The Art Happening brings together community members of all ages to create, witness, celebrate and support the arts in all forms. The festival will take place at Pelham Art Center on 3rd Street and the adjoining municipal lot from 12:00 to 5:00pm.   

Event admission is $10, and children under 12 may attend free of charge. Admission includes access to all event activities and performances, which include:


12:30pm Welcoming Ceremony

Award presentation to the original 1970 Art Happening Co-chairs Peggy Nicholson and Clue Noble, followed by remarks from local public officials.



Live Painting Competition 


Pelham Art Center is inviting professional artists and teen artists to join a live painting competition! All attendees will have the chance to cast their votes in the pro and teen categories, with the winning painters being announced at 4pm. Apply now to participate!


Creation Stations

Make art all afternoon at The Art Happening Creation Stations! Make art in a variety of media with Pelham Art Center instructors and volunteers. Go home with a colorful collection of your very own creations. 


Live & Interactive Art

The Art Happening will include several temporary installations and live art performances by professional artists. Capucine Bourcart will perform “THANK YOU!”, an ongoing project in which the artist knits together white “Thank You” plastic bags into a large blanket, signifying the habitual use and ongoing struggle with consumer plastics.

Professional dancers from Accent Dance NYC will give a performance combining elements of ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance, followed by an interactive dance workshop for all in attendance. Established in 2018, Accent Dance NYC is a movement-based educational and professional performance initiative rooted in the spirit of collaboration and cultural convergence.

Maria De Los Angeles will be constructing one of her wearable sculptures throughout the event.

Kris Campbell will present some of her tapestries in a temporary installation for The Art Happening.


“Happy Faces” balloon artist Mariana de La Rosa will be making inflatable creations 12-3pm. DJ Stephen Byfield will be on 3rd Street all afternoon to keep the block bumping! Before the party is over, don’t forget to make a mark on the big community canvas and to stop inside the Pelham Art Center gallery where works by Alexander Rutsch and the 2021 Rutsch Award winning painter Matthew Cole will be on view. 


Enter The Art Happening Raffle
for a chance to win amazing prizes! A signed Shepard Fairey “OBEY” print, Pelham Art Center merch, unique artwork and more will be up for grabs.


PLUS! Buy a Pelham Art Center membership at The Art Happening and get 3 additional months of membership FREE!




Come support arts in our community!

If you’re and artist who wants to get involved with The Art Happening, fill out our participation form.

(Live painting spots are limited, apply now!)


For interested partners and sponsors, contact to speak with the Executive Director