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White Plains Exhibit Features Works Inspired by Nature

"Revisiting Arcadia: Contemporary Landscapes" will be on view from July 16 to Aug. 29.
"Revisiting Arcadia: Contemporary Landscapes" will be on view from July 16 to Aug. 29. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County has long been valued for its picturesque landscapes and has served as an inspiration to artists. ArtsWestchester’s summer exhibition, "Revisiting Arcadia: Contemporary Landscapes," on view from July 16 to Aug. 29, offers fresh perspectives on this ongoing love affair between artists and Westchester’s natural settings.

The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Wednesday, July 15, from 6-8 p.m.

"Revisiting Arcadia" presents diverse responses to today’s environments. Exhibited artists employ a wide range of mediums, techniques and styles. For example, Lauren Sansaricq paints pristine yet engrossing scenes that pay homage to the 19th century’s Hudson River School art movement.

Photographer John Shearer, best recognized for his portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her family at the funeral of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, will debut part of a new body of conceptual photographs that explore nature-made abstractions in ArtsWestchester’s gallery.

In addition to photographic and two-dimensional works, the exhibition includes sculpture and installation. Christine Aaron’s “Murmur,” a collection of 9-foot-high hanging monoprints, creates a sense of walking through a forest. Leigh Taylor Michelson’s ceramic sculptural installation, “Papavar,” will cascade across the walls, placing visitors within a field of poppies.

At the center of ArtsWestchester’s Peckham Gallery, Diane Mitchell will present a video projection that will envelop visitors in an imagined landscape.

Judith Economos will create a site-specific mixed-media installation in part of the gallery’s bank vault, which remains intact from the bank that previously occupied ArtsWestchester’s building. The piece will address changing tides and the effect global warming is having on local water levels.

Michael Torlan presents a triptych of monotype prints that reference the way so many Americans experience the landscape – through the windows of their cars.

The 15 artists in "Revisiting Arcadia: Contemporary Landscapes" include: Christine Aaron, Andre Baranowski, Hilda Demsky, Judith Economos, Christopher Magadini, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Diane Mitchell, Joy Moser, Lawrence Salley, Stefan Radtke, Lauren Sansaricq, John Shearer, Barry Shenkman, Michael Torlen and Mansheng Wang.

To RSVP for the July 15 reception, contact LHanley@artswestchester.org. ArtsWestchester is at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday from noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit artsw.org/arcadia .

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