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Mount Vernon Art Exhibit Entertains And Educates

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon residents descended on the city’s public library Thursday night to view an art exhibit that also educates about the environment.

Known as “Fish Tales Around Westchester,” the exhibit features prints from various locations around the county. Show Curator La Benida Hui said the purpose of the show is to give people an opportunity to have something important to say while bringing awareness and understanding through public art.

“It could be something simple, like how the fish swim,” Hui said. “What lives in the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound is all related to our backyard.”

Artist Haifa Bint-Kadi displayed a print of a mosaic she made for the Peekskill Train Station. She said she created the mosaic after spending hours in the New York City Public Library looking at maps drawn by ancient mariners. Bint-Kadi said that her art is about social engagement and her obsession with maps led her to create this piece.

“I was looking at maps that Henry Hudson probably saw,” Bint-Kadi said. “The piece envisions what Hudson was up against. He must have been hopeful that the river would get bigger, but it turns out it doesn’t.”

Millie Burns, a trustee of the Mount Vernon Public Library, said the exhibit is through ArtsWestchester, adding that the role of libraries in communities has expanded from what it used to be.

“We have an opportunity to present contemporary art in a setting like this,” Burns said. “A broad range of patrons probably wouldn’t take it upon themselves to go to a gallery or a museum, so this is a chance for us to show contemporary art in the community.”

The exhibit will remain at the Mount Vernon Public Library, located at 28 S. 1st St., until Sept. 7. For more information, visit the library website .

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