What’s Going on in New Rochelle 12-20-13

New Rochelle Public Library events
Library seeks public input for
five-year strategic plan

The New Rochelle Public Library has begun to develop a five-year strategic plan that will allow the library to best meet the needs of its ever-changing community. To gain maximum input from community members, the library is conducting a brief survey to hear suggestions and comments from residents. The 13-question survey can be completed from the library’s website at www.nrpl.org, or by visiting the library to complete the form on an electronic kiosk or on a paper copy.

In addition to the survey, which will be widely distributed through electronic and print means, the library is also looking for people who are frequent and infrequent users of the library and are willing to spend 60 to 90 minutes thinking about ways the library can improve its services, collections, policies and facility. These individuals will be invited to attend a small discussion and focus groups that will be facilitated by Library Development Solutions of Princeton, New Jersey. Those interested in participating in those groups should call the library’s community relations office at 914-813-3706 to learn about dates and times. The library will also be hosting two town meetings to which the entire community is invited to discuss the library.

New Rochelle Art Association exhibit and jurying-in of new members

The annual Adolph Grant Award Show sponsored by the New Rochelle Art Association will be featured in the Lumen Winter Gallery of the New Rochelle Public Library from Dec. 20, after noon, to Jan, 2, 2014.

The show is open to all exhibiting members of the Association with the grand prize of $75 reserved for a New Rochelle resident working in oils, watercolors, acrylics or pastels. This award was established by the New Rochelle Art Association in 1924 in memory of noted member Adolph Grant, and has been awarded annually to an outstanding New Rochelle painter ever since. Another cash award will be given for Best in Show, as well as ribbons for second, third and honorable mention for outstanding entries in all media and categories, regardless of the artist’s residence.

Artists who would like to become members of the New Rochelle Art Association are invited to submit three pieces of recent work not older than two years for consideration for membership at the Jurying-In of New Members on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the New Rochelle Public Library. All types of work will be considered–paintings, graphics, sculpture or crafts–as long as it is an original and not a copy. Photography and computer graphics will also be considered. Work should be brought to the meeting room on the first floor of the library. Artists selected by the jury will become exhibiting members of the New Rochelle Art Association.

Pelham Arts Center Events
Winter classes

Registration began Monday, Dec. 9 for Pelham Art Center’s Winter 2014 semester, scheduled for Jan. 6 to March 22. Registration for classes and workshops is ongoing throughout the term. Families, adults and children can choose from a variety of classes and workshops running morning, afternoon, evening and on weekends. Pelham Art Center Members receive 10 percent off classes. Need-based scholarships and payment plans are available. The winter catalog can be found on the art center’s website, pelhamartcenter.org/education, or call 914-738-2525 x111 to request one by mail or email. Students may register online, in person, by mail, email, phone or fax. Pelham Art Center administrative hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While your kids are having fun, they are also improving social and motor skills, personal expression, visual communication and application for digital skills. Statistics show that children involved in the arts improve academically. PAC instructors are great teachers, as well as professional artists in their associated mediums–so inspiring children, youth and adults alike comes naturally. Learn about some of examples of classes:

New youth classes include:

Art Around the World, flash animation, comics, digital photography, rainbow loom, making “reality TV” and Performing Poets

Popular youth classes include:

Music recording, ceramics (pottery/wheel throwing) & sculpture, cartooning, mixed media, game design, industrial design, digital fashion design, creative writing and much, much more.

New continuing courses for adults include:

Collage, millinery workshop, iMovie, writers circle, Explore and Enhance Your Creativity Workshop, pointed pen calligraphy corkshop

Popular continuing courses for adults include:

Ceramics in the a.m. or p.m., collage, memoir writing, digital photography and Simply Watercolor, just to name a few.

For more information, or to register for our summer workshops and classes, stop by the office, or call 914-738-2525 x111. You can visit our website www.pelhamartcenter.org. Need-based scholarships are available to all students who qualify.

Westchester Italian Cultural Center events
Exhibit: Presepio Napoletano

Nativity scenes are very popular in Italy and are generally found in every household during the holiday season. The nativity originated in Italy in the 13th century when St. Francis of Assisi asked Giovanni Vellita from the Village of Greccio to create a manger scene. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the nativity was turned into an art form in Naples and included representation of daily life in Naples at that time. Today, many artisans are dedicated to the craft of creating handmade figures for presepi. Presepio Napoletano represents our rich cultural and spiritual traditions. It portrays a bustling village located at the base of Mount Vesuvius. The landscape is handcrafted in wood, cork and paper mache. The figures are made of terra cotta, hemp and wire, many of which stand more than a foot tall.

Exhibit on view: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, through Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Exhibit Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Hours subject to change.

For more information or to schedule a guided tour or group visit please call 914-771-8700.

Suggested donation: adults $10, children 18 years of age and under $5.

Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place

Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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