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Mount Vernon's Barry Mason Featured In White Plains Art Exhibit

Mount Vernon's Barry Mason is one of the artists with a piece in the exhibit "Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains."
Mount Vernon's Barry Mason is one of the artists with a piece in the exhibit "Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains." Photo Credit: Contributed by ArtsWestchester

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Barry Mason of Mount Vernon 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 intriguing 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.

About his work, Mason said: "As a painter and photographer, this is new territory for me. I am researching stain glass style fabricators to give insight on job and materials. Animate the vacant glass building on the NW corner of Main near Court Street through ''digital sketches,' installed on its windows.  One digital sketch depicts a large landscape of colorful flowers and green bushes and trees within the huge landscape. A bluish Z like shape of landscape laying on its side."

"Green, yellow, and red stain glass on side and front of building." he added. "Sprinkled with diamond-colored abstractions spread out on front side of building. Possible backlit at least at night for viewers to see. Could potentially include an installation of TV screens with a looping movie of ocean waves and sound."

More information is available on the ArtsWestchester website . ArtsWestchester is also encouraging people to take an online survey about public art.

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