Community Art Day
June 2, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Pelham Art Center hosted its first annual Community Art Day on Sunday, June 2nd, from 12-4pm. The Art Centerkicked off summer with all-afternoon art festivities throughout the courtyard, gallery, studios and media lab.
Interactive art filled the Fifth Avenue courtyard, where attendees took part in a number of colorful community projects. Brooklyn artist Niki Lederer assembled a recycled art installation onsite, making a vibrant reflection on environmental impact. Attendees witnessed the spirit of spontaneity and sustainability in Lederer’s work. “By bringing attention to [discarded] materials I also hope to suggest a humorous approach to the futility of mass consumption of material resources in contemporary life” says the artist. Her sculpture gave a sneak peek of her coming exhibition in Wolfs Lane Park this summer. By the end of the day, the Art Center courtyard was adorned with art made by community participants.
Beloved face-painter and balloon artist Donetta Riley, who often leads Art Camp at the Center, shared her creations. Donna Ross led participants in all-day studio art projects, while the 2019 Alexander Rutsch Award exhibition of works by winner Sarah McKenzie and Alexander Rutsch was on view in the gallery. The Pelham Memorial High School Acapelicans gave a special performance, sparking a sing-along and some community jamming on the drums. Guests explored the many opportunities to win prizes, get creative, and support the arts. Several community members walked away with awesome winnings–a week of Kinetic Sports Camp, a year membership at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, a craft beer basket, a $25 Art Center Voucher, the 50/50 cash prize, and even a delicious homemade carrot cake!
Community Art Day is a celebration of Pelham Art Center’s mission to strengthen community by fostering arts participation and appreciation. In anticipation of its 50th Anniversary, the Art Center welcomed its old friends and newcomers alike to experience all that the Art Center offers. Looking forward to the semi-centennial, Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin says, “We greatly hope to see you and share our visions for the Art Center at Community Art Day. Being relatively new to Pelham and the Art Center, I embrace opportunities to meet our constituents and supporters. This event recalls our roots in the 1970 Pelham Art Happening.”