Westbury Arts celebrates official opening with mural and reception

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The new Westbury Arts Center grand opening in June

The “unveiling” of a huge outdoor mural, Meet the Artist, and a weekend of activities for adults and children on Saturday, June 120 and Sunday, June 13, mark the opening of the new, permanent home of Westbury Arts, 255 Schenck Ave. (just off the main street of Post Avenue),

Since 2013 Westbury Arts, originally known as The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts has been operating out of borrowed space throughout Westbury.

“Now we have a centralized location to continue to bring art, music, dance, theater and literature to our community and beyond,” says director Julie Lyon. “Many thanks to the Village of Westbury, Mayor Peter Cavallaro and the Westbury community for their confidence in Westbury Arts and support of our mission and vision. Together we create Westbury!”

A highlight of the official opening weekend is the Saturday, June 12 open house from 1 to 5 pm is the opportunity to meet artist Francisco Ciccio Poblet, the last living apprentice of Salvador Dalí.

From 7 pm to 9 pm, the theater premieres an original comedy in one-act by Meagan J. Meehan entitled “The Values of Gold, Silver & Bronze,” followed by musical performances by Carle Place High School students Devin Eichel and Antonio Urrutia.

On Sunday, June 13, a “Family Fun Day” is planned with kid-focused arts and crafts, exercise, story reading, cupcake decorating, games and a dance party.
Space is limited for the play, solo performances and Sunday kid’s day so preregistration is mandatory. To register and for information: https://westburyarts.org/

Across the street from the Westbury Arts building (covering the entire sidewall of Jin’s Apple Farm) is a 53-feet-long hand-painted mural.

The design for the mural was decided by local middle school students based on the village of Westbury’s motto: “A Community for All Seasons.”

The colorful mural depicts a joyful change of seasons from Winter to Autumn in a style that blends realism, abstraction, and animation. The painting of the mural was led by artist Marie Saint-Cyr and Westbury Arts Board of Directors members Meagan J. Meehan and Chris Hobbs, the Vice President of the organization.

The mural took six weeks to complete and community members and Westbury Middle School students participated in the painting. Filmmaker Kyle LeClaire, son of movie maker Doug LeClaire, filmed the progress of the mural with the intention of creating a short documentary based on the project, which will be aired at a later date.

The Westbury Arts mural project was made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.

To learn more about Westbury Arts–which is a 501 (c) (3) organization–and get up-to-date information on activities, visit the organization’s official website: attachehttps://westburyarts.org

 

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