Festival @ 51 and Plein-air Painting at Rye Arts Center

Donna Prizzi Painting in Plein Air for The Rye Arts Center

The Rye Arts Center (RAC) is proud to present Festival @51, a free hands-on day of art, music, theater and storytelling for the entire community on Sunday, September 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. Professional musicians and RAC students will be on hand to play jazz, rock, and classical music while local artisans sell their crafts and people of all ages join workshops conducted by RAC instructors. There will be opportunities to draw, paint, sculpt, make music and take part in a silent auction of more than forty paintings by regional artists. Gently used and donated items will be on display at a tag sale featuring art and music books and supplies, instruments, CDs, and DVDs. All proceeds will benefit the RAC scholarship fund for need-based students.

Then on September 24 and 25, more than 40 professional artists from the tri-state area have been invited to paint “on location” throughout the area. Rain or shine, artists will be out capturing scenic views of the Hudson Valley region from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. This is a unique opportunity to watch artists painting in the open air, with sites designated by Rye Arts Center (RAC) balloons and listed at ryeartscenter.org. The artists encourage passers-by to stop and observe the time-honored, very challenging art of plein-air painting.

The freshly painted works, including landscapes, historic sites and street scenes, will be delivered to RAC in time for a public exhibition, festive gallery reception and auction beginning Saturday at 5 p.m.  A professional auctioneer will commence the live auction at 6:15 in RAC’s Performing Arts Room. The reception is free, but anyone who wishes to attend the live auction will be asked to purchase a $10 bidding paddle. Guests are encouraged to purchase bidding paddles in advance, as seating is limited.

The Rye Arts Center is located at 51 Milton Road in Rye, NY. For more information call 914.967.0700 or visit ryeartscenter.org.

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