Riverdale Arts Festival Takes Place this Weekend

By Jeanmarie Evelly on October 12, 2012 9:15am 

RIVERDALE — The Bronx art scene will be on full display this weekend as the Riverdale Festival of the Arts takes place Sunday.

The celebration will showcase cultural groups and artists from across the borough who will exhibit their work along Mosholu Avenue, between 255th and 256th streets, and on the grounds of Riverdale Neighborhood House. 

“Many roads lead out of Riverdale, as opposed to leading into it,” said Lisa Cooper, one of the festival’s founders and the owner of Riverdale gallery Elisa Contemporary Art, which will be exhibiting the works of three artists at the event.

“A lot of people will go to Manhattan or Westchester,” for their arts entertainment, Cooper said, “not really realizing everything that we have right here in the community. We have many world-class artists and musicians.”

This is the third Riverdale fall arts festival of its kind. The event is organized by Cooper, Tracy Shelton of the Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development Corporation and Linda Manning, a playwright and performer active on the local music scene.

Art and cultural organizations from across the Bronx will participate in the festival, including Bronx Museum of Art, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Dynamic Expressions Art Gallery, Blue Door Gallery and Pasos Peace Museum.

The musical line-up includes performances by singer Suzanna Choffel of NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” and classical tunes from the Bronx Arts Ensemble.

“The day will be filled with performances that enliven the spirit for all different tastes of music lovers,” Manning said in a press release.

For the kids, interactive art projects will be led by Scribble Art Workshop at Kidaroo, Hudson River Arts Workshop, Adventure Center and the Riverdale Y.

Cooper said the festival is a chance for community members of all ages to come out and experience their local art scene. And for seasoned art lovers, everything on exhibit will be available for purchase.

“It’s an opportunity to see and to look and get inspired,” she said. “And if you love something, you can take it home.”

The Riverdale Festival of the Arts will take place this Sunday, Oct. 14, on Mosholu Avenue between 255th and 256th Streets, and on the grounds of the Riverdale Neighborhood House, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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