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Art By: George Ortiz

gallery265 at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater

Posted on : 07/18/2016

Arc of Westchester’s gallery265 recently celebrated the opening of our art exhibition “African Masks & Art – Life in the Village” at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, NY. The opening of the exhibition coincided with a beautiful performance from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a four-time Grammy winning vocal group based in South Africa.

All of the artwork in the exhibit was created by Arc of Westchester’s Day Habilitation participants, staff and volunteers at our Ann Manzi Center in Mount Kisco, NY. Paintings, masks, figurines and other pieces were created to capture the mysticism of African Culture. Inspiration for the exhibit started with a program on diversity, including the examination of different cultures and masks from around the world. After this program, staff and participants focused on an in-depth research project on African masks with great interest in the history and meaning connected to each design and material use.  The majority of the pieces displayed were created with upcycled and natural materials such as; laundry detergent bottles, brooms, rocks, fabric, cardboard, and more.

Those who attended the Ladysmith Black Mambazo performance were delighted to spend their moments before the show enjoying the creativity and detail of each piece of art. Going to a show at the Paramount soon? Make sure you check out the exhibit on the second floor! The “African Masks & Art – Life in the Village” exhibit will be on display at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater until Tuesday, July 26th 2016.

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