Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle and Pelham, with art exhibits, programs and family-friendly activities that spotlight the community’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. ArtsFest will feature art installations in traditional spaces as well as downtown windows, tours of artist’s studios, live music, great food, exciting performances, eclectic shopping and a free “Culture Trolley” providing “hop on – hop off” transportation to the activities taking place in public and private cultural spaces.
“New Rochelle has always embraced the arts,” says Judith Weber, President of NRCA. “and we are delighted that this year so many businesses and organizations have stepped up as sponsors. We are especially grateful to our “Trolley Sponsors” Charles Fazzino and New Rochelle Chevrolet, and our “Event Sponsors”, Iona College and Health Republic Insurance of New York. These business believe, as NRCA does, that the arts are essential to healthy communities: They bring people together and spark dialogue, which generates community spirit. And the arts can be an engine for economic growth as well.”
ArtsFest will kick off on Friday, September 27th at 4 pm with the installation of a sculpture by Charles Fazzino at New Rochelle’s City Hall. The sculpture, created to celebrate the City’s 325th anniversary, will on permanent display at City Hall.
On Saturday and Sunday ArtsFest gets underway with dozens of venues welcoming visitors from 12:30 to 5 pm: Participants in ArtsFest 2013 include the New Rochelle Public Library, the Huguenot Children’s Library, which will be sponsoring its annual LEGO ® Day, the Museum of Arts & Culture, the College of New Rochelle, Iona College Council on the Arts, Media Loft, the New Rochelle Art Association, Charles Fazzino Studio/Museum Editions, TransFORM Showroom and Gallery, Backstreet Gallery, New Beginnings Performing Arts Studio, Westchester Yoga Center, Garito Manor, Songcatchers, PAC House Theater, Thomas Paine Cottage, New Roc Gallery/2 Division Street, BID Artists 81 Centre Street, High Brook Studios, Lincoln Park Festival, Grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden, Bethesda Baptist Family Center, Alvin & Friends Restaurant, Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art, and Recologie. In Pelham the participants include Highbrook Studios, Pelham’s Picture House and the Pelham Art Center. For a complete calendar of venues and events visit www.newrochellearts.org.
Adding to the fun this year artist Charles Fazzino has created an ArtsFest Scavenger Hunt: Pick up a free card at one of 18 venues, and add stickers from each venue you visit. Once you’ve collected 10 you are eligible to win an original 3-D limited edition work of art by Charles Fazzino: Simply fill in your name and address and leave the stamped card in a specially marked box at one of the 18 participating venues. The winner will be notified at the conclusion of ArtsFest.
ArtsFest is made possible by the support of local businesses and organizations, including the two Trolley Sponsors, Charles Fazzino and New Rochelle Chevrolet; the two Event Sponsors, Iona College and Health Republic Insurance of New York: Community Sponsors including Alvin & Friends Restaurant, the Business Improvement District, the College of New Rochelle, Homeowners Sernechia Bosco, Hooperstown, and TransFORM; and Supporters including Bistro Rollin, the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library, the Museum of Arts & Culture, the Pelham Weekly, The Picture House, the City of New Rochelle’s 325th Anniversary Committee, Wells Fargo, WVOX Radio 1460 AM and ArtsWestchester.