What’s Going On in Harrison 7-25-2014

Harrison Library events

Friday, July 25

10 a.m. Open play at the library

Monday, July 28

4 p.m. Board games at the library

Tuesday, July 29

10 a.m. Train Time for Tots

10:30 a.m. Computer orientation

Wednesday, July 30

10 a.m. Movers and Shakers

11 a.m. Lap time

11:30 a.m. Stay and Play

Thursday, July 31

3:30 p.m.Westchester Children’s Museum Presents “Peek-a-Boo, I See Germs” for first to fifth graders.

What are germs? What do they look like? Find the answers to these questions and more through guided discussion and observations through a microscope.

Hadassah Film Festival

You may bring a bag dinner. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Aug. 6 at 6:45 p.m.

“When Jews Were Funny” explores the role of Jewish comedians in the history of North American comedy and humor.

Aug. 13 at 6:45 p.m.

“Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.

Aug. 20 at 6:45 p.m.

“When Do We Eat” is the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family at its first Passover Seder held after three years. An old-fashioned Jewish father struggles to bring the entire family together after being slipped a dose of what his son believes to be a combination of ecstasy and LSD. As the night continues, each family member reveals secrets that cause tension, but in the end it just brings them closer together.

“Art Stories”

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Art Stories” paintings by Alla Goldburt at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave. on view June 30 to Aug. 1.

“Art Stories” is presented in two contrasting media, ink and oil, and explores images in the dreamlike state of one’s imagination. The viewer is invited to step into an elusive world of pictures that seem to transform and change in the midst of observation. Be it the soft shimmer of oils flowing like transparent silk, or the precision of fluid black ink lines twisting into capricious shapes, both form stories that arise from viewer’s perspective and imagination.

“Art Stories” not only shares its tales, infinite and mutable, it also summons the viewer to respond in kind, adding one’s own stories to the vast collection.

Alla Goldburt was born in Petrozavodsk,
Russia in 1961. The following year, her family moved to Gomel, Byelorussia. Alla was growing up in a family of an artist and a psychiatrist. Her mother Berta Goldburt-Kuznetsova was a renowned artist of the realism and expressionism. Her mother was her teacher, colleague and friend.

In 1980, Alla’s family immigrated to the United States and settled in New York. Alla graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1985. She has been working in different mediums for many years. For a long time, her favorite medium has been pen-and-ink miniatures. She has experimented with other mediums, such as silk screening, graphics and ceramics. Alla has exhibited in the tri-state area as well as other venues and her work is in many private collections.

Exhibit hours are Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For information call 835-0324

or see harrisonpl.org.

The Art Of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker & Friends

July 13 to Sept. 28, 2014

In the wake of devastation wrought by World War II, European artists who were part of the Zero movement attempted to re-harmonize the relationship between humankind and nature, proclaiming the “zero hour” of postwar art.

In the late 1950s, progressive artists developed a new visual language to create a “new art for a new age.” Using industrial materials and technology they explored light, kinetics, and structure in a minimalist practice as they distanced themselves from Expressionism. For Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker, who made up the German inner circle, the word Zero was complex. As a number, it represented nothing, a zone of silence. But as a shape, it represented an endless form, a zone of pure possibility.

Beginning July 13, the Neuberger Museum of Art will present the exhibition The Art of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker & Friends, featuring 22 iconic works by Group Zero artists that have never been shown together in this context. The works are selected from the Neuberger Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection, and more specifically from the George and Edith Rickey Collection of Constructivist Art. Almost all of the works in the exhibition were gifts to Rickey from fellow artists in the spirit of collaboration and exchange, a philosophy of the Zero movement.

The Art of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker & Friends is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY and curated by Assistant Curator Avis Larson. Generous support for The Art of Zero is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Purchase College Foundation.

Dementia seminar

Dr. Tom Adamski, a practicing psychotherapist in New York City, will explore the dynamics of dementia, explaining how it starts and how to identify symptoms in a free program on Aug. 6 sponsored by at Home on the Sound.

His presentation, called “The Memory Game,” will consider five of the most common types of dementias and their causes. He will also explain how memory works and provide some organizational tips and tricks as well as treatment options.

Dr. Adamski is the director of psychiatric programs for Jewish Home Lifecare Community Services. He is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of mental health, HIV, addiction and bereavement. He is a past professor of psychiatric nursing at New York University and currently a preceptor of graduate nursing students at Hunter College of the City of New York. He completed his doctorate in psychiatric nursing at Teacher’s College Columbia University.

The program is being held in the meeting room of Sts. John & Paul’s rectory, 280 Weaver St. and is open to the public. For more information, go to athomeonthesound.org.

Call for artists and writers

The Blue Door Art Gallery in Yonkers is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue of the Blue Door Quarterly Journal’a new literary and art publication.

The Journal, which will be available in print and online, will feature work from new and established artists working across various mediums:

-Fiction

-Nonfiction

-Poetry

-Photography

-Fine art

Each issue of the publication will have a different theme. For our inaugural issue, the theme is community.

Show us your community and what it means to you. How do you define community?

Submission deadline: Aug. 10, 2014

Submission guidelines:

-Three submissions per artist.

-Word count limit for fiction/nonfiction work: 2,000

-Previously published work not acceptable.

-All submissions must be original work of artist.

-We accept the following formats: PDF, DOC, DOCX, PNG, JPG.

Include the appropriate category of your submission in the subject line.

Additionally, please include your name, phone number and other methods of contact, should we publish your work. All decisions will be made by Sept. 1. If your work submitted to the Journal becomes published elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

For more information about the Blue Door Quarterly Journal, or to send a submission, please email BlueDoorJournal@gmail.com.

Honor flight

Hudson Valley Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that offers American World War II veterans a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials. The organization is partnering with Westchester County Veterans Service Agency to make the trip out of Westchester County Airport possible on Oct. 18.

Volunteers are needed to help:

-Fundraise

-Contact local businesses and organizations to seek sponsorship opportunities

-Locate interested veterans

-Coordinate travel information

-Escort veterans to and from Westchester County Airport

-Serve as a voice to the veteran community

Funds will send WWII veterans to Washington D.C. Individuals interested in volunteering should visit HVHonorFlight.com. or call 845-391-0076. Additional information is available at westchestergov.com.

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