ARMONK, N.Y. – More than 8,000 people visited the 51st Armonk Outdoor Art Show Saturday and Sunday to support the North Castle Public Library and artists from across the country.
“It’s been such a success this year,” said Sylvia Rogers, co-chair of the art show. “We have more people here than ever.”
The two-day show featured the work of 185 artists from across the country and Canada and proceeds from artists’ booth rentals and admission will go to the Friends of North Castle Public Library. Rogers said she expects the show to raise $200,000 for the library.
“We want to keep the library viable,” Rogers said. “It’s the hub of Armonk and we want to keep it that way.”
Christine Bartling traveled with her husband from Park Ridge, Ill. to sell her jewelry at the art show.
“It’s my first time here,” Bartling said. “The show is extremely high-quality. I was extremely pleased to be accepted.”
Bartling said she first started making her own jewelry after years of working for other jewelry-makers. She said she is fascinated by line, speed and movement, and often tries to capture a musical element in her designs.
While many of the artists at the show displayed more traditional types of art, like painting and photography, there were also some unconventional pieces as well.
Arny Weinstein, a Yonkers resident, was selling his handmade wood kaleidoscopes at the show. Weinstein said he works with different mirror systems to create different images that fulfill his desire to design and create things.
“It always amazes me – the diversity of the human imagination,” said Patricia Wilder, a photographer from Victor, N.Y.
Although many of the 185 artists at the show utilize digital technology in the creation of their art, Wilder said she prefers to take a more traditional route and only uses traditional darkroom techniques to make her art.
“I prefer the slower, more hands-on technique rather than pushing buttons,” Wilder said.
Wilder said the art show is like having 20 galleries all in the same place, which attracts the right kind of crowd.
“It’s a wonderful matching up of high-quality work and high-quality patrons,” said Wilder, who has been selling her photographs at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show for eight to 10 years.