Riverarts celebrates a new season of art, performance, education and conversation

RiverArts kicks off its 59th season in October 2021 with a first fall edition of its annual studio tour. This will be the first full season of programming under the direction of Artistic Director Kate Ashby and Managing Director Josh Suniewick.

RiverArts’ 2021-22 season offers a rich variety of artistic events and performances, giving Rivertowns audiences the opportunity to experience the diversity of art, music, theater and dance, and the chance to engage with artists in the community. We are returning to in-person programming for our flagship events including studio tours in the fall and spring, chamber music series, new theater production, artist conversations, music tour, dance. and more. The RiverArts music program continues to provide high quality music education to children and adults. Workshops and art classes provide enriching experiences for everyone.

“We are thrilled to offer a new season of arts events and educational programs and to bring our community together through the arts. We are especially excited to return to the live events and continue to connect artists and audiences through the Rivertowns. We are grateful to everyone who made this season possible through their continued support of our programs. We look forward to a bright and inspiring year to come! ” noted Artistic Director Kate Ashby.

The annual RiverArts Studio Tour is a popular and free event, now in its 26th season, engaging artists and art lovers in the villages RiverArts serves, from Hastings-on-Hudson to Tarrytown. After a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Studio Tour will return for a special fall edition and welcome guests to tour the studios of over 70 visual artists who live and work in the Rivertowns on Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m. at 18 o’clock.

“The Riverarts Studio Tour is something I look forward to every year. It has helped me to track my progress and growth as an artist as I prepare for it every year. Collecting it this fall makes me feel like a bit of normalcy is back! ” Kit Demirdelen, Studio Tour Artist and RiverArts Board Member.

Studio tour previews and welcome reception

Sunday October 3, Hastings on Hudson Municipal Building

RiverArts kicks off the 2021-22 season with a reception and exhibit at the Hastings-on-Hudson Municipal Building, in partnership with the Hastings Village Arts Commission. This event celebrates the return of the RiverArts Studio Tour, with a preview exhibit featuring works by artists from Rivertowns, music with The Kat Gang, and refreshments. The afternoon includes a preview of upcoming events and an opportunity to meet the artists and management team of RiverArts.

The celebration continues with the Dobbs Ferry preview reception on Thursday October 7th at 7pm at the Dobbs Ferry Library.

Mandatory masks

Artist’s Conversation with Malcolm MacDougall, III

Sunday October 17 at 3 p.m.

Discover new perspectives on art as acclaimed sculptor Malcolm MacDougall shares his inspiration and artwork in his riverside studio at Dobbs Ferry in a chat with RiverArts Artist Conversation Producer , Marie-Louise Miller. The public will have another opportunity to get to know the artist through a question and answer period.

Tickets $ 15 at www.riverarts.org

Proof of vaccination and compulsory masks to attend.

Recording available online after the event

RiverArts Studio Tour

Saturday 23 October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Discover the diversity of art in the Rivertowns as more than 70 local artists open their studios to visitors. This multi-village adventure offers a true treasure hunt through industrial lofts, home studios, outdoor facilities, storefronts and galleries stretching from Hastings-on-Hudson to Tarrytown. The tour provides the opportunity to chat with local artists in an intimate setting, learn about their process and inspiration, and meet many art lovers along the way. Participants can explore a wide range of mediums and unique works, and if you’re lucky you’ll take home something to cherish for years to come.

Multiple locations – Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Irvington, Tarrytown.

Information and interactive map of places – www.riverarts.org

Mandatory masks

Return of the chamber music series

Sunday November 21 at 1 p.m.

The first concert in the series, the Annual Fundraiser, features two rarely performed works: the late Romantic masterpiece by Arnold Schoenberg in its original format for string sextet and the passionate and exuberant Piano Quartet by Richard Strauss . The Newington Cropsey Foundation, historic home of Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, will host this beloved annual event, returning after an absence in 2020. Performers include Rivertowns residents Sylvia Volpe, artistic director of the chamber music Peter Seidenberg and other distinguished performers from near and far.

Tickets at $ 100 each will be available soon on RiverArts.org

Proof of vaccination and compulsory masks for attendance.

Visit riverarts.org for more details and to make your reservation.

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