Julia’s Sneak Peek

The mural “What it’s Like to Be a Fish” (created by J.Sverchuk & E.Peña) illustrates the underwater worlds of salt water and fresh water.  It meets at the center, representing the estuary that makes up the LI sound. The window in the middle of the mural is utilized to provide daylight to the translucent section (of the mural), giving off a stain glass effect.


Julia Sverchuk; Artist of the Week

Julia Sverchuk is an illustrator and art director specializing in digital advertising. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to New York with family in 1994. She started drawing as a teenager and after finishing high school in Brooklyn, went on to receive her BFA in Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design. Julia is currently taking post-graduate classes taught by Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst at Dalvero Academy. During free time, she sees a lot of live music and cultural events and draws on location. Julia also loves to draw on the iPhone and iPad using the Brushes app. She blogs about her art on juliaidrawings.blogspot.com

Wilfredo Morel’s Sneak Peek

The Tree’s core, branches, and organically wrapped elements create a constant fluid battle between human industrial movements and nature’s survival.  Stretching out from within emerges a human limb gently holding a piece of history; a rivet from the World Trade Center.  This 9/11 part to the Tree symbolizes mankind embracing structure; it’s the harmony, appreciation, and respect we need to pay to our planet.  After all, we can only create from what it gives.

Artist of the Week: Steel Imaginations Inc. Founder Wilfredo Morel


Inspired by Picasso and the Age of Iron, Wilfredo Morel has been creating metal sculpture installations throughout the Hudson Valley since 1991. His creations range from semi-abstract images, to representational bronze sculptures and metal wall reliefs. Morel’s sculptures can be viewed at both private and public installations along the Hudson River. His sculptures are created from metals which were at one time used for functional purposes in the communities in which they are discovered, incorporating his love for community and art. Morel’s philosophy is to use art as a “vehicle of hope demonstrating the evolution of purpose in the lives of all things and beings.”

Big News From Whole Foods Market

Did you know Whole Foods Market is one of Fish Tales: Around Westchester’s sponsors?

As the pacemaker for sustainable choices in our daily lives, Whole Foods was a natural partner for Fish Tales’ educational outreach programs. Their sponsorship is helping ArtsWestchester and R.A.R.E

This week, the leader in organic, all-natural and sustainable foods made a big announcement:

As of Earth Day 2012 (that’s this Sunday!) Whole Foods Markets will no longer carry “Re-Rated” wild-caught fish.

What does this mean?

“Red ratings typically suggest that the fish is overfished or caught in ways that harm other marine life or habitats.”

In other words, Whole Foods will only carry fish that is raised/fished in ways that will sustain the future of the species and Earth’s water ecosystems in general.

Thanks Whole Foods!

As a shopper, this means you won’t be seeing the following red-rated species in your White Plains or Yonkers Whole Foods:

  • Atlantic Halibut
  • Grey Sole (Atlantic)
  • Octopus (all)
  • Skate Wing
  • Sturgeon
  • Swordfish (from specific areas and catch methods rated “red” by our partners)
  • Tautog
  • Trawl-caught Atlantic Cod
  • Tuna (from specific areas and catch methods rated “red” by our partners)
  • Turbot
  • Imported wild shrimp
  • Rockfish (only certain species)

You can read more about Whole Foods’ commitment to a sustainable planet and their decision to remove red-rated wild-caught fish from their stores: HERE.

A little love from the produce department of Whole Foods White Plains. And a whole lotta love for Whole Foods' sustainable choices!

Seahorses swimming at the Hudson River Musem this past week

This past (spring break) week at the Hudson River Museum, R.A.R.E. in collaboration with ArtsWestchester was invited to participate in their SOSI program.  Museum attendees were invited to work on an arts and crafts project involving one of our local fish neighbors in the river, the seahorse.  The wonderful junior docents educated and inspired the attendees about the species which led into some meaningful craft making.  The craft was followed up with learning how we as individuals can make an impact in our local environment for the better.  As a result we have some wonderful schools of seahorse that will be swimming in ArtsWestchester “waters” that suggest ways in which we can make a difference.  Those who donated their seahorse can come search for their “pet creation” at the gallery.


Tova Snyder’s Sneak Peek

In taking a look at the universal picture, Tova concludes that besides there being a dialog involving scientists, economists and politicians – it comes down to the individual and our individual choices which have the power, when unified with others, to avert disastrous climate change.  By using elements of fantasy and found objects within a ‘fun house’ theme, viewers walk through an installation that asks them to place themselves directly within current events and to speculate on personal decisions, while offering suggestions for individual and community action.

Artists of the Week: Tova Snyder

 Tova Snyder lives in Pigna, Italy, and in Rye, NY. Her main studio is in Port Chester.  She has worked on site specific art installations in the United States, Europe, and South America. Her most  recent installation, constructed out of bamboo and mylar sheets which were written and drawn by the public in workshops she conducted, was exhibited at the NYC Battery Park Gardens of Remembrance during the 10th anniversary com- memorations of the 9/11 events. Locally, her artwork can be seen at the Harrison Metro North train station. Her designs for the 12 faceted glass windows in the station house and elevator towers were commissioned by the MTA/Arts for Transit program.

Green Chimney’s Fish Tale

Meet Shirawani (it means sand tiger shark in Japanese).  She is still taking shape with her recycled material body and getting to know her new home at Green Chimneys.  Here, The Shark Finatics have an amazing tale to share about the sharks home in the Long Island Sound and it’s inhabitants.  This story can be viewed along with Shirawani at the Fish Tales exhibit.

This is their personal story.  The journey of the Shark Finatics began with unknown answers to one of this planet’s most extraordinary creatures. Through passion as well as compassion, we work hard to educate others. Our mission is to keep sharks in our oceans, where they belong.
Learning, Teaching, Saving is our motto. Through education, of ourselves and others, we hope to help ensure the continued existence of sharks in our oceans, an endangered species.
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Eileen’s Sneak Peek


As an artist I respond to emotional stimuli in a way that is surreal and dreamlike through figurative abstractions of shapes and color. The vividness and variations excite me. I am drawn to the beauty and expressiveness of the gentle juxtaposition of the real with the unreal, the narrative and the symbolic.