Top 5 arts picks in Westchester: Wood cut exhibition, Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, storytelling through music

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by County Legislator Terry Clements.


NOW THROUGH OCT. 18: Mapping Symmetries: A Woodcut Exhibition

Totemic17 and The Art Gallery at the Rockefeller Park Preserve present Mapping Symmetries, an exhibition of colorful woodcut prints. Artist Jeff White sponsored 17 excursions throughout the 2000+ acres of the Preserve’s carriage paths where strangers were paired to hike, lunch and participate by taking up to one hour to carve a line into their provided block of plywood. Social distancing and face coverings are required while in the Art Gallery at the Rockefeller Park Preserve.  The gallery is open daily from 9am-4:30pm.


This is a view of the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson on September 28, 2017.  (Photo by Tom Nycz)

NOW THROUGH SAT, NOV. 21: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze returns for another series of fall evenings at Van Cortlandt Manor. Audiences will walk through an 18th-century landscape and discover a display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved. Presented by Historic Hudson Valley, the event features synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. Times vary. Begins at 5pm.



FRI, SEPT. 25 THROUGH SUN, SEPT. 27: Online Arts & Crafts Festival

The Croton Council on the Arts presents Croton Arts Live, a virtual arts and crafts festival this weekend. The free program will include booths filled with arts & crafts, demonstrations and discussions with the artists and crafters, as well as live-streamed musical performances. Begins at 6pm.



SAT, SEPT. 26: A Virtual Moon Viewing Concert

Hammond Museum and the Japanese Stroll Garden presents its annual Moon Viewing concert via Zoom this Saturday. Acclaimed koto and shamisen master Masayo Ishigure will pre-record traditional Japanese music for the event. The program will use traditional Japanese stringed musical instruments, such as kotos and shamisens. Tickets can be purchased online. Begins at 7pm.



WED, SEPT. 30: Storytelling Through Music

Downtown Music at Grace will host a virtual series of musical vignettes based on real-life stories of immigrants from around the globe. The Wednesday program will feature live-streamed performances by pianist Pablo Mayor and flutist Anna Povich de Mayor, followed by a conservation and Q&A with the artists. This program is part of the “Unspoken Tales,” a multi-disciplinary musical theater project to be premiered in 2021. Begins at 12:15pm via Downtown Music’s YouTube page.


For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual events, click here.