New from ArtsWestchester – Arts Awards and ‘SHE’

Kudos to WAG cover photographer John Rizzo, one of the recipients of ArtsWestchester’s 2016 Arts Alive grants – which will be presented Friday, April 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. Rizzo – who will produce a documentary and photo exhibit, “Westchester Warriors,” about soldiers in Westchester County – joins fellow grantees Esther Lo, an artist who’ll create a series of clay busts exploring diversity, and Debralyn Press, a dancer who’ll choreograph a new work with an anti-bullying theme.

The grants are part of the Arts Awards luncheon. Donald Cecil and his late wife, Jane, will be honored with The Emily and Eugene Grant Arts Patron Award. Historic Hudson Valley will receive The Arts Organization Award. The Sills Family Foundation, the city of Yonkers and the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association will receive The Community Awards.

The Sophia Abeles Education Award will go to musician Ray Blue, while another musician, Fred Smith, receives one of two Education Awards. The other will go to the Rye Arts Center.

Though you may not be able to make it to the luncheon, don’t miss an opportunity to see “SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity,” through June 25 at the arts council’s Arts Exchange in White Plains. It’s a thought-provoking show about the traditional realms that have defined women – the body, nature, home, fashion – and the limitations of those realms. With the recent controversies in politics, sports and the media over gender issues and particularly the female gender, “SHE” is a timely show as well.

Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-6 p.m. Saturdays at the Arts Exchange, 31 Mamaroneck Ave. For more on ArtsWestchester, call 914-428-4220

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