“Through Her Eyes” Opens At Elisa Contemporary 

Photo: Elisa Contemporary 

“Through her Eyes: A Southern California Perspective of our World” is on display at Elisa Contemporary Art.  The show features artists Kimber Berry and Stephanie Cate.  The exhibition runs through May 25th. 

Berry creates colorful abstract paintings of this world and our human involvement, while Cate’s black and white drawings on wood study the texture and solitary mood of Jupiter.  

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Holidays Events Around Riverdale 


Photo: NYBG

Nov 19-Jan 31st

25th Annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

Dec 1st-Jan 8th

Bronx Zoo Holiday Origami Tribute.

Dec 2nd-31st

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum: Holiday Trees Past, Present, Future.

Dec 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 30th

Bar Car Night at NYBG

Dec 3rd

Bronx Museum Winter Wonderland.

Bronx Littly Italy Tree Lighting.

Tabletop Holiday Topiary at NYBG.

10th Annual Pre-Chanukah Boutique at the Riverdale Jewish Center.

Dec 4th

Holiday Greens Workshop at NYBG.

Wave Hill Swingtime Big Band Concert.

Dec 6th

Bronx Terminal Market: Light Up The Holidays.

Dec 10th & 11th

Bronx Museum Holiday Market.

Wave Hill Holiday Workshop Weekend.

Dec 11th.

The Bronx Concert Singers Holiday Concert.

Project Hope Chanukah Package Delivery.

Dec 14th

White Christmas: New York Style at NYBG.

Dec 18th

Winter Harmonies Concert at NYBG.

Dec 21st

Dreidl Ball Hosted by the Bronx Jewish Community Council.

Dec 30th.

Kwanzaa: Songs of the Soul with Ruben Studdard at The Natural History Museum.

Dec 31st

Kidville Riverdale New Year’s Eve Bash.

Another post will follow with more event listings as they become available.  

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‘Journey Around the World’ At Elisa Contemporary


Elisa Contemporary Art’s exhibit “Journey Around the World” explores different locations and cultures through photography and art.  Featured photographers include John Conn and Cheryl Koralik as well as artists Alexis Duque, Yasemin Kackar Demirel and Ferdinanda Florence . This international group highlights Cuba, South America, West Africa, the Middle East and the United States.

The exhibition runs through December 17th.

Dive In To Summer

Moon Lighting, Oil and Acrylic on Wood Panel, 40×60. Carol Bennett

Dive In opened at Elisa Contemporary May 23.  The exhibit features underwater swimmers, poolside scenes, and beach-inspired artwork. It’s the perfect summer experience.  Featured artists are: Carol Bennett, Martha Hughes, Jeffrey Palladini, Matt Story and Mark Van Wagner. 

The gallery is open Thursdays 12-5pm or by appointment. Dive In will run through October 6.

An Illustrated Riverdale 

The Bell Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark in Riverdale. Designed by architect Dwight James Baum and completed in 1930, the tower is a hub of daily activity for Riverdale residents.  People wait at bus stops, families cross the street on their way to school and work and cars circle around the tower towards Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil or onto the Henry Hudson and beyond.


A view of the Hudson River, New Jersey Palisades and Northwest Riverdale from Solaria.

Menchie’s is a favorite froyo spot on Johnson Avenue just a short walk from Solaria.

Named after European explorer Henry Hudson, the bridge spans the Spuyten Duyvil Creek connecting the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan with Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.

Wave Hill is a hidden gem that Riverdalians are blessed to have in their own backyard.  The public garden and cultural center is on the site of an historic mansion.  The center offers educational programming, hiking trails, gardens and greenhouses and panoramic views of the Palisades and Hudson River.

The Moss Cafe on Johnson Avenue is a welcome addition to the Riverdale community.  The eatery features organic slow food in a neighborhood that is reinventing itself with an influx of new residents seeking more affordable living outside of Manhattan.  Stop by for a morning coffee and pastry,  a healthy lunch or dinner or Sunday Brunch.  The menu is dictated by the season and the availability of local foods.

As you drive over the Henry Hudson Bridge, you can’t miss the patina bronze monument of Henry Hudson looking confidently into the offing like a true explorer.  The monument overlooks Spuyten Duyvil where he docked during his discovery and voyage up the river that bear his name.

Shoshi’s Market brings the delicacies of Israel and the Mediteranean to Riverdale. Located on Riverdale Avenue, the market offers an array of kosher products and fresh foods. 

A family-run business since 1953, Liebman’s is the quintessential Jewish deli.  It’s longevity and defiance of trend makes it a classic staple in the community. 

There are a lot of pizza joints in New York, but Salvatore’s of Soho doesn’t feel like one.  The restaurant offers an Italian menu that caters to pizza lovers as well as those seeking a more sophisticated dish.  With outdoor seating in the spring, summer and fall, its corner location is a nightlife hotspot for families and couples. 

Day Trip To Storm King 

Just an hour north of Riverdale, take a day trip to Storm King Arts Center to experience the grounds and sculpture through music, with six bands playing six different genres of music at six locations throughout the center. Musicians will perform country, swing, jazz, world, oldies, and rock.  A teaching band will lead educational workshops throughout the day at the festival’s main ‘marquee’ tent.

To purchase discounted admission in advance visit http://sixbands.eventbrite.com. Rain date, 6/12.

Richard McBee: Relative Narratives at The Derfner Museum

Richard McBee, Leah and Rachel Pregnant, from The Story of Asenath, 2014, oil on canvas

Photo: Derfner Museum

Artist and writer Richard McBee has been using Jewish biblical subject matter in his work for decades.  He has written about Jewish art for such publications as  The Jewish Press, The Forward and The Jewish Week.  McBee founded the American Guild of Judaic Art and continue to work within the Jewish art community.  

He learned to paint at the Art Students League of New York and his work reflects a commitment to traditional oil painting and representational Jewish subject matter.  The traditional medium and his choice of subject matter is not just about documenting a pictorial history, but also about using Jewish history to meditate on contemporary life.

His exhibition Relative Narratives at the Derfner Judaica Museum features two of McBee’s narrative painting series, Sotah Series, 2009, and The Story of Asenath, 2014.  The exhibition opened in April and is on view through August 10, 2016.

The museum is open Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.