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artsCultureWestchester County gets rave reviews for top-quality performances, films and fine art featured at its theaters, studios and galleries. Browse the impressive possibilities on Arts and Culture Venues.

The Katonah Museum of Art, which has a sculpture garden, is dedicated to the visual arts, while the Neuberger Museum of Art showcases African art and contemporary and emerging artists. The Clay Art Center recently added 650 square feet of gallery space to display and sell the work of nationally recognized ceramic artists. And Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, has Picassos, Warhols and other works by celebrated artists within a mansion surrounded by extraordinary gardens.

Many venues, such as The Arts Exchange, home to ArtsWestchester and dedicated to showcasing local artists, are available to rent for events.

Wildcliff Art and Entertainment
Come to Wildcliff in New Rochelle for yoga in the morning, a visit to the sculpture garden in the afternoon and the sounds of live music in the evening.  Wildcliff is open to the public. Tickets are sold for the open-air concert series.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center features shows that have gotten a lot of Tony Award attention, including “Lend Me a Tenor” and “The Secret Garden.”

The Copland House in Cortlandt Manor, where famed composer Aaron Copland lived for the last 30 years of his life, is now restored as a creative center for American music.

The Westchester Philharmonic delivers a scintillating schedule of classical music and pops pieces, with guest performances by such stars as violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The Westchester Chamber Symphony, formerly an orchestra, is now a full-fledged symphony. If you love listening to music outside, check out the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, home to well-known summer and fall music festivals featuring classical and jazz music.

The Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck explores a little bit of everything for every taste – jazz, folk, pop, bluegrass, classical, comedy, dance and many familyfriendly productions. You can also visit the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, the largest regional performing arts center located between New York City and Canada.

See a movie in style at Pelham’s Picture House, which recently reopened after a $1.1 million renovation. Enjoy venues designed for a specific genre, such as the Axial Theatre devoted to showcasing new plays; the Jacob Burns Film Center, which brings independent films to the public, often followed by Q&As with the director and board member Janet Maslin, a former film critic for The New York Times; and the Taconic Opera, dedicated to producing three fully staged performances per year.

For something a bit different, visit the charming and teeny Union Church of Pocantico Hills – “the Rockefellers’ church” – to admire six stunning Chagall stained-glass windows plus one magnificent Matisse window.

Did you know...
Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, who lived at Ever Rest in Hastings-on-Hudson, died in anonymity in 1900, but his brilliant landscapes were rediscovered in the 1960s. His work now hangs in the White House and many museums across the country.

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