Art in Store (AIS), a project to showcase art in vacant storefronts and enliven the main streets in the Town of Bedford launched in Katonah on May 22 in conjunction with a revival of the Katonah Art Stroll. Three empty storefronts in the Katonah Commons (179-252 Katonah Avenue) were filled with bold and colorful quilts by seasoned Westchester artists.
The AIS launch featured quilts by Donna Chambers, a Westchester -based and nationally renowned artist who taught quilting at Antioch Baptist Church. The second storefront featured the quilts of Brazilian artist Arlete Chaves, an Ossining-based quilter whose handmade bags have been a favorite at the Community Center of Northern Westchester’s Shop. The third storefront exhibited quilts crafted by incarcerated women from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
“Art In Store has been an amazing collaboration with landlords, artists, community members and town organizations,” noted Mindy Yanish, founder of KBBAL. “This project not only will attract visitors and shoppers to our main streets and beautify our physical spaces, but also will cultivate equity and inclusion by showcasing art that reflects our shared humanity and unites the community.”
The May 22nd festivities featured live music performed by New MUSE4tet, an improvising string quartet that offers 20th and 21st century works and original compositions as a vehicle for social activism. Hear some of their work on the KBBAL ‘Music Hall’ under presentations!