A New Rochelle art fair more than a century in the making


NEW ROCHELLE, NY – A more than a century-old jury art exhibit is back, with a new digital art category to keep the 106th annual event young for its age.

The New Rochelle Art Association (NRAA) officially opened its 106th annual Open Juried Show on
September 22 at the Lumen Winter Gallery of the New Rochelle Public Library. The show will run until October 23. Art lovers are encouraged to view the entries during normal library hours.

More than fifty artists have submitted works in nine categories, according to NRAA President Kat Sayegh. Categories include: acrylics and oils, watercolors, sculpture, pastels, crafts, mixed media, graphics and photography. New this year, a digital artwork will also be eligible for prizes.

“In-person exhibit will herald another year of exciting exhibits,” NRAA Board Member
said Fred Spinowitz. “We’re back and better than ever, continuing the proud tradition of supporting the arts in New Rochelle.”

All submissions will be judged on October 5 by Pelham Art Center Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin. Cash prizes will be presented at a reception hosted by the NRAA at the library on October 16.

The NRAA sponsored its first annual jury exhibition in 1914 to celebrate the opening of the brand new municipal library. Some of the well-known participants in this 140-entry exhibition included sculptor Robert Aitkin; painters G. Glenn Newell, Remington Schuyler, Alta West Salisbury and AG Heaton, as well as illustrators Norman Rockwell, Joseph C. Leyendecker and Victor Forsythe.

Since its informal beginnings in 1912, the association has continued to count among its members a who’s who of internationally renowned painters, illustrators and sculptors. The NRAA has maintained a long local tradition of promoting and supporting artists and the visual arts.

“While the nature of a group show is to represent many artists using many mediums, the one thing all the work has in common is that each piece represents the artists’ best attempts to explain, express and communicate something. of great personal importance, “said Board Member Susan Kaufman.


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