What’s Going On in Harrison

“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 with an opening reception on Wednesday, July 9, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“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.

“Taking Time for Reflection” art exhibit

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Taking Time for Reflection,” paintings in Parks by Hilda Green Demsky at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Ave. June 4 to 27.

Demsky began her professional life as a visual artist with a BFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon University. Three artists she studied with who strongly influenced her art were Josef Albers, Tony Smith and George Sugarman. Demsky has been painting “en plein air” in and around Westchester County parks. There are paintings from the Sheldrake Environmental Center and Memorial Park in Larchmont, the serpentine walk at the New Dawn Foundation, Hudson Beach and the reservoir in New Rochelle, Wampus Pond Park in Armonk and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River.

Demsky is inspired by the open natural surroundings of our local and county parks. Her primary reason for painting is to express feelings related to nature, to ecological concerns, and to celebrate life.

Demsky has been the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and residencies, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to paint in Italy. Some career highlights were an invitational exhibition in Greece focusing on pollution and the marine environment, an exhibition and presentation of her environmental art at the World Fulbright Conference in Budapest and the exhibition of her waterfall paintings at the Galeria Nacional in Costa Rica.

As a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, Demsky visited and painted in a satellite factory in England, at Stonehenge and at Yellowstone National Park. She has exhibited extensively in New York, New England, Pennsylvania and Washington. Demsky is a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Katonah Museum Artists Association, National Association of Women Artists, Pen & Brush Gallery and Pleiades Gallery in New York City.

The exhibit may be viewed Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information call 835-0324 or see harrisonpl.org

Manhattanville College now offers professional development

With the establishment of the Manhattanville Education Institute—MEI—the college’s School of Education now offers professional development courses for educators.

The new entity offers approximately 30 courses that mix theory with practice and deals with issues educators face on a regular basis. Classes include topics such as cyberbullying, integrating technology in the classroom and study strategies for school success. All of these are topics specific enough to be talked about in the classroom, but not offered as standalone courses.

All teachers need professional development in order to maintain their certification and MEI offers them a way to do that. Interested educators should seek the approval of the school district they work for prior to registering for MEI courses.

All courses are available to be taken online as well as on campus.

To register for courses with MEI or find out more information visit meicourses.com or call 855-584-1431.

The Harrison Players present Open Mic Night

Great entertainment for just $5 per person

Got a dance routine you’re dying to try out? Wrote a poem, or did you read one that you want to share? Do you love to sing, and want to do it on stage? Got a guitar or other instrument solo to test out?

Well, come on down and show us what you’ve got. All we ask is that you keep it clean and appropriate for all audience members. Bring your family and friends; it’s going be fun. Come even if you’re not performing.

$5 admission for all.

Performers must arrive at 7 p.m. to sign-in

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Saturday, June 28

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Veterans’ Memorial Building

210 Halstead Ave.




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