The Arts Scene in downtown New Rochelle continues to thrive.
Downtown New Rochelle’s summer Resident Artists will hold their July Open Studio event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Arts at 5 Anderson, where visitors will help create a clay-slab construction of their community.
At the same time, the artists’ program will present a cultural cooking performance at the nearby Grand Market. The events are part of the joint arts initiative of the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District and Residency Unlimited.
At the studio, resident artist Victoria Estok will host her participatory event, Ideally Yours, to collaborate with the public in re-imagining the downtown area of New Rochelle. Visitors will be invited to work hands-on with the artist to create a clay based slab construction of their community. Simultaneously at the Grand Market, Thiago Goncalve will feature a cultural cooking performance, featuring Acarajé, a traditional shrimp dish found in Brazil.
Two art works that debuted as part of Art at 5 Anderson remain on display in the courtyard of the building. They are a work from artist Gustavo Prado’s series, Measure of Dispersion, and artist Brandy Bajalia’s installation Horizon Summer. Prado’s work uses a collection of concave mirrors to fragment images. Bajalia’s installation features sprigs of mint suspended from hundreds of strands of string.
The artists will continue to present new works throughout the summer, culminating at ArtsFest 2016, September 23-25, a project of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.
Admission is free and open to the public.