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Jill Banks, Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Armonk is on the Map with Outdoor Art Show
By Rich Monetti

September 24, 2017
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon Armonk played host to the 56th annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show. “This one of the top rated art shows in the country,” said the event’s co-chair Stacy Wilder. “It has really put the tiny town of Armonk on the map.”

Of course, the map has responded in kind. “The show draws artists from all over the world,” Wilder added.

Michel Delgado’s Key West origins spoke directly to the diverse billing, while his favorite piece of visual art was all about the human double take. “Called Unconditional Confidence,” he said, it’s about the relationship between the self and the ego. The ego is convinced that it can catch up to the self but never can. So there’s always a competition.”

The lack there of is why Mark MacKinnon especially likes this event. “It’s solely an art show and concentrates on the artists rather than other festivities,” said MacKinnon who exhibited photographic landscapes and beach front settings.

Yelena Synkova’s inspiration was less pristine. Her display of wooden bowls were all shaved from fallen trees. “I turn them on a lathe,” Synkova revealed. “I like to work with wood and see how each one comes out different from the previous.”

A day away from the bustle of Boston was welcome too. “Being here in the country is a nice change,” said Synkova.

Jill Banks made the trip from Virginia, and the third time was as much a charm as the previous two. Her impressionist art was also meant to evoke movement and include the observer. “I’m trying to draw attention to the parts of the scene by having objects in and out of focus,” she said. “So I want you to think about what’s going on and become involved by filling in the blanks.”

Elena Serdyuk definitely felt part of the storyline and had plenty to take away.  “There’s so many styles and mediums. It just inspires creativity,” said the Rye Brook art lover.

The sedate setting was plenty to get sculptor Charles Strain to set down again from Harrisburg Michigan. “The laid back atmosphere in the backyard of New York City is great,” said Strain.

A steady stream of sales hasn’t hurt either. “Armonk has been a home away from home, because people really respond to what I do,” he said.

Ray Forgione was also about reacting to the joy of being surrounded by art. “We come every year and are never disappointed,” said the Stamford Connecticut resident.

More importantly for the artists, he and his wife are usually ready with the checkbook, and this year is no exception. “We have our eye on a few things,” he said.

But what can’t be purchased may be what really keeps them coming back. “Every year you think you’ve seen it all, and then you find someone else bringing the art in a complete way,” he said.

The expectation should hold next year and for years to come.

Armonk Art Show
Armonk Art Show
What’s New at The Armonk Outdoor Art Show

Sept. 18, 2017
This year’s Armonk Outdoor Art Show is on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The show has been in existence for more than half a century, yet the group of over 300 volunteers create new twists every year to delight attendees. There are 185 artists this year, with 35 new artists. There will be photography, jewelry, drawing,
mixed media, pastels, printmaking, wood work, crafts, clothing, digital art, fiber, painting, drawing, and sculptures.

The kids’ activities will be free. There will also be craft beer and wine for the first time, in addition to some great new food vendors.

As always, there’s plenty of parking, and continued design service, and shopping assistance. Just stop by the information booth to inquire. While you are there, visit the neighboring raffle booth for chances to win from a selection of fine art work.

All this at the art show, and much more, supports North Castle’s public library branches.

General admission to the show is $12. Save two dollars off of admission with an entry coupon here.

Continue the Art Show weekend festivities with world class musicians at a free concert at the Armonk Library on Saturday September 23 at 8:00 p.m. when Charlie Lagond and Friends will be playing.