Art Attack

Three great opportunities to view world-class art are coming to Westchester starting June 8th.

Are you the type of person who sees things from every angle?  If so, you’re in good company.  From June 8th through July 31st, Gallery 25N in Peekskill (25 North Division St.) will host Painting from Three Perceptions 2004-2007, a one-person show by Peekskill-based artist Edward A. Burke—a painter with gift for multi-perspective observation.

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Burke studied studio painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  His “shtick” is that he paints objects in three styles: the way the object is observed in the external world, the way his mind’s eye sees the object, and the way his “id” sees the object.  The difference:

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“The first source is the most easily understood and forms the basis for most representational art. The second, the mind’s eye, is the store of observed images which each of us has from throughout our lives. Abstract works using this source will have recognizable images but will distort and manipulate them into new visual experiences.  Finally, works from the id attempt to completely shut down the first two sources and rely totally on the stimuli from the unconscious coupled with an aesthetic reaction to the marks accumulating on the canvas. Works from the unconscious grow organically and, in their purest form, have no reference to the external world either observed or remembered.”



Sort of nifty we think.  To check out Burke’s work, you can attend the artist’s reception on Friday, June 8th from 4-7 pm, or stop by the gallery on Saturday June 9th or Sunday June 10th from 12 pm to 5 pm, or visit from 5 pm to 9 pm on July 6th.  The gallery will also open by appointment on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  For more information call (914) 293-0811



Picture an elegant art gallery, with hoitey-toitey patrons quietly judging the works of artists who have nothing but disdain for every homemade art critic that passes by their “masterpiece” with a glare on his face.  Not for you?  Fear no more.  On June 8th and June 9th the Westchester Art’s Council will throw its annual ArtsBash party in the Grand Banking room of the Arts Exchange (

31 Mamaroneck Ave.

).  Twelve leading chefs from such notable restaurants as Trotters, Crabtree’s Kittle House, the Iron Horse Grill, MacMenamin’s Grill & Chef Works, Mulino’s of Westchester and more, will prepare food for the event, and guests will have the opportunity to preview Seeing Stories, an exhibition highlighting the work of Westchester-based artists.  Some notable presenters will include Jerry Pinkney, Yumi Heo, Susan Jeffers, Peter Sis, and Ed Young.


The festivities begin on Saturday at 6 pm (tickets cost $100 to the Friday event) and continue on Saturday starting at 12 pm (the Saturday event is free).  On Saturday, kids can participate in a comic book workshop with Nickelodeon Magazine contributor Charise Mericle Harper, have their faces painted, learn how to make a kite, or attend a reading with The Little Red Hen author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney.  For more information call (914) 428-4220.



The Neuberger Museum of Art (

735 Anderson Hill Road

) at Purchase College (known as “the Neu” to those in “the know”) kicks off an exhibition of noted American painter Cleve Gray this month.


Starting June 10th, work from the abstract American modernist will line the walls at one of Westchester’s most distinguished galleries.  Gray is famous for his color-based abstractions that were created based on inspirations from his many travels throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. 


Starting June 24th, the Neu will also exhibit 28 “monumental panels” created by Gray between 1972 and 1973 that reflect his feelings about the Vietnam war.


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