POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge's Susan Manpeizer is one of 26 artists in the exhibit "Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains."
The exhibit is at ArtsWestchester’s Peckham and Shenkman galleries at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains through July 13. In the exhibit, artists examine one-square block in White Plains, and imagine creative public art projects for key locations.
“This invitational show was conceived as part of an ongoing conversation to re-examine the potential of downtown White Plains as a cultural destination,'' said exhibition curator Nazanin H. Munroe.
The 26 proposals represent the wide range of possibilities for public art in the city. Sculpture, landscaping, video projection, and murals are among the varied ideas to animate and enliven the streetscape. The exhibition features artist renderings of the potential artwork on site, as well as scale-models.
Manspeizer said her sculpture, "New Growth" "embodies the concept of growth and development, a phenomenon experienced by all cultures. I see the city of White Plains personified as a maturing living being, having journeyed through childhood, as a risk taker and now finding new discoveries. It has the ability, as I have as a mature woman, to make choices in its development."
"As all humans, in our experience," she continued,"we can be wistful of the past, get stuck in the past, or embrace adulthood with vigor and vibrancy. White Plains has chosen the latter to become a great city teaming with cultures of all ethnicities that are represented in the arts, restaurants, residencies, businesses, and entertainment. It is a fabulous metropolis…Rather than go back to former days, when the area was covered in trees, my sculpture serves to remind us of the tremendous growth that has occurred in this vibrant city."
"We are focusing," she said, "on where we are going and not what we have lost. Life in White Plains is resonant, as it holds discovery and growth in all seasons. Botanical life in the city is essential, in my view, to acknowledge rebirth and the joy of living. As you look at "New Growth" and feel its soaring energy, you are able to sense that you too, can reach your goals and see your dreams realized. My sculpture is lofty, elegant and feminine."
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