By Tanya Postian
An art lover’s paradise, the 58th annual Armonk Outdoor Art show hosted beautiful art pieces of all shapes and sizes this year. There was something for everyone, from woven baskets and jewelry to black and white photography.
The outdoor show took place on September 21st and 22nd in the IBM Business Park, the perfect location for admiring works of art on a beautiful sunny day. Unsurprisingly, the show was ranked as the nation’s second-best art show by Sunshine Artist Magazine both this year and last year, and it was considered one of Westchester Magazine’s “Must Do Events” of 2019. All net proceeds of the art show, i.e. Entrance fees and Exhibition fees, were donated to the North Castle Public Library right off of Main Street, and for both community members and artists, the cost was definitely worth the experience.
The Armonk Outdoor Art Show included works from professional artists, such as painters, sculptors, and photographers who traveled far and wide to present at the show. Their work captured the attention of many community members who enjoyed and appreciated the experience. In fact, sophomore Edith Bachmann, commented that “The art never fails to amaze me. I love being able to make my own Shibumi Silk piece and see all the paintings, photography, and sculptures.”
Edith Bachmann was one of the many volunteers running the Armonk Outdoor art show. It’s thanks to such community volunteers that our town was able to host such a great opportunity for both artists and art lovers alike. Volunteers dedicate their time and effort to setting up the lot and organizing the event, and making sure that everything ran smoothly. It is certainly rewarding for these volunteers to see their hard work pay off and see members of the community enjoy the Art Show year after year. Edith explained, “I enjoyed volunteering at the art show because I got to meet a lot of different people and artists. I volunteered at the children’s tent, so it was wonderful to see all the kids get excited about art.”
Not only did these volunteers prepare the IBM park for professional artists, but many of our own Byram Hills art students showcased their own work at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. The art show was a great way for BHHS art students to exhibit their hard work outside the school walls and share it with the community.
This art show, however, was far more than a fair where Armonk community members judged which pieces they personally liked the best. In fact, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show gave professional artists a chance to compete for a place within the seven different mediums presented at the show. Artists vied for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in wearable art, sculpture, printmaking and pastels, photography, painting, mixed media, and fine crafts. Two final awards were given to two artists that exemplified creativity and ingenious new talent in their displayed works. This year, Richard Wilson won the “Sylvia Rogers Best New Artist” for a painting that was part of his “Southern Girl Series”, and Chris Rom and Geoff Buddie both won the second first place award: the “Alan C. Solomon Best In Show” award for their rotating interactive sculpture.
Overall, the annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show never fails to provide both professional artists and art lovers with the opportunity to explore various mediums of creative expression. Junior Lilian Rolfs commented, “Each person had a completely different vision; it was incredible to observe.” The variety of mediums and quality of art displayed at this art show creates an inspiring experience for students and aspiring artists. Through The Armonk Outdoor art show, our community can continually explore others’ intrinsic creativity and appreciate their stunning works of art. As Lilian says, “The Armonk Outdoor Art Show is not something to miss, it’s an inspirational, fun, thought-provoking gathering of very talented artists from all over the world.” Make sure to mark your calendar for next year’s art show to experience a collective celebration of beautiful art and expression!
Winner of the Sylvia Rogers Best New Artist Award
Winner of the Alan C. Solomon Best In Show Award