New ArtsWestchester exhibit explores artists' experiences in 2020
A new art exhibit in White Plains speaks to the past year we have all lived through.
Co-curator Kathleen Reckling gave News 12 a tour of "Together apART," the first exhibit to open in over a year at ArtsWestchester.
It features the work of 224 artists from the Hudson Valley, who turned their experiences in 2020 into something more.
Artist Heather Miller, from Mount Vernon, was one of the first to contract coronavirus, and reflected on her experience by making this mosaic of broken glass.
"I had time, nothing but time on my hand, so it was just throwing pieces on there," says Miller.
The pieces reflect a hectic year in which the Black Lives Matter movement also gained ground, which as a Black woman, Miller documented through poems.
"There is a lot of pain in my writing," says Miller. "I was trying to tell them that I am so sorry that they paid a price for me. And for all of us."
"It's this beautiful bright sort of joyous in light and it's suggesting the hope in this new year right with the vaccine with the easing of restrictions," says Miller.
This exhibit is open to the public and it runs through Aug. 1.
Arts Westchester was able to open back up, thanks to a $1 million grant program. The money helps arts organization across Westchester and Rockland counties open and restart the arts.