A winter’s day at Wave Hill

WAG had a lovely, leisurely spell at Wave Hill earlier this week, visiting for a feature to appear in our April issue.

A surprise was that the public garden and cultural center was anything but dormant on the sunny winter’s day.

Visitors meandered through the grounds, a school group was on-site for a program and the café space was bustling. As part of our informal tour, we were treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the second session of the Winter Workspace program, when Wave Hill uses its “off season” to host artists, turning Glyndor Gallery space into studios.

We spotlighted the first session here a few weeks ago, so it was an unexpected pleasure to see the site-specific work now being created by the second session’s artists. These include Ashton Agbomenou, Michele Brody, Tamara Kostianovsky, Athena LaTocha, Yelaine Rodriguez and Maika’i Tubbs, and we had the chance to briefly meet most of them and hear about their work. (Visitors can do the same on “drop-in” Sunday afternoons, with the program culminating March 24 with an Open Studios event held in conjunction with Cactus & Succulent Day).

With Wave Hill offering a wealth of programming all year, we also heard about an event that promises to be an informative and elegant way to spend an afternoon.

Here’s how the organizers describe March 9’s “The Garden and Beyond: An Afternoon of History at Wave Hill:”

“This elegant and intimate afternoon celebrates Wave Hill’s rich historical legacy and extraordinary gardens. Relish a light-fare buffet – inspired by a traditional afternoon tea – as you enjoy a historical lecture and behind-the-scenes tour of the early spring gardens. The presentation takes place in the Mark Twain Room, the former library of the estate, and continues outside with a walking tour of working areas of the garden. The afternoon concludes in The Shop at Wave Hill with a complimentary gift and a 10-percent discount on all purchases.”

The Wave Hill House event will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. The cost for nonmembers is $50.

For more, visit wavehill.org; registration can be completed online or in person at the Perkins Visitor Center.

– Mary Shustack

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