Rocks of ages

The Pelham Art Center is back with three Community Art Days on the first Sundays of June, July and August featuring socially distanced art-making that in part revolves around rocks.

On these Sundays, PAC teachers will be in the center’s courtyard at 155 Fifth Ave. doing live painting demonstrations, which you can observe from a distance. You’re also invited as part of the “Pelham Art Rocks!” project to take a rock, paint it and leave it under the center’s iconic red arch. Or you can take one, paint it at home and return it at a later date. (Those painting from home should consider using acrylic paints with paint markers perfect for details. Suggestions for designs include mandalas inspirational words, and spirals. (And don’t forget a top coat of clear acrylic sealer.) 

The rocks will become the basis of an Art Rock Garden, a symbol of the strength and beauty of the community.

The Community Art Days, which began last year, will be held 1 to 3 p.m. on June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2, with rain dates on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.

This is just the beginning of activities at the center this summer. Playful sculptures by Don Porcaro form the courtyard exhibit “A Short Story: Childhood’s End & Nomads,” on view from July through the fall.

The center’s annual Student Exhibition will be an online virtual exhibition with a virtual opening on July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students of all ages who took a class with the center between summer 2019 and spring 2020 are invited to participate.

The USPS Art Project, a collaboration among artists across the country designed to draw attention to the struggling United States Postal Service, will have its first physical exhibition in the center’s gallery for the month of August. There will be a virtual opening reception on Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more, visit pelhamartcenter.org.

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