The Scarsdale Art Association has members from all over Westchester County. Its purpose is to spread art appreciation and encourage its members to practice the visual arts through lectures, demonstrations and art exhibitions. Two major exhibitions are held each year, one for Juried members, and the other for all members including Associate members, who have not as yet been juried in. A favorite annual event is an outdoor show and sale in September at Chase Park in Scarsdale. Artists’ work is displayed on snow fences, as it has been every year since 1952. An annual dinner has been held each spring at the Leahy Gallery Girl Scout House on Wayside Lane since the 1970’s. (Pictures of the 2015 dinner are available on the website). The Jeannette Leahey Gallery provides the Association a place for meetings, lectures, and small exhibitions. Large exhibitions are usually held at Scarsdale Library.
Our demonstrations take place at the Girl Scout House. We have had such artists as David Dunlop and Patti Molicka. Our members also demonstrate their talents. Miriam Schulman demonstrated how she approaches a watercolor portrait and Naomi Shriber gave us an acrylic demonstration.
A critique group for members has recently been inaugurated at the request of members. It meets once a month at the home of its members. Problems with works in progress can be helped or solved by member discussion. Plein Air painting and sketching at the Duck Pond in Scarsdale was a recent success and we will continue to schedule outdoor events.. A recent open meeting at the Girl Scout House was well attended and some interesting and thoughtful suggestions were made to the Board. This openness to positive suggestions is a hallmark of the Association, and probably the reason it is still such a viable group after all these years.
Board of Trustees
President - Patricia Meller
Vice President - Bjoern Kuhn
Treasurer - Barbara Shay MacDonald
Secretary - Patricia Gast
Membership - Debora Solomon
Naomi Shriber Kitt
Board Member- Toby Garfinkel
President Emeritus - Marie Murray