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Local residents are invited to submit applications to hang their work in our gallery. For more information, please call Phyllis Gargiulo at the library.

On the Gallery Wall

July 2016, North Salem High School Digital Photography

The students of North Salem explored a variety of approaches in using principles through the medium of photography. With each new approach, the students personal voice is expressed.

August 2016

With advanced degrees in molecular biology, Shobha Vanchiswar is an award-winning artist, poet and author, photographer, garden columnist and prize-winning garden designer. Her art has been exhibited at various locations in Westchester County, NY and in New York City. Some of her works are in private collections.
She is a member of the New York Art Students League and the Northern Westchester Artists Guild. Selected art work is available in giclee prints, note cards and fabric designs.
Nature is the muse for all my creative efforts. Everything about this big, beautiful earth fascinates me. There is magic everywhere and every day is a miracle. How, what and why things are the way they are intrigues me. Simply put, I study life.
My paintings, writings and gardens are the convergence of both my artistic sensibilities and my scientific thinking. Beyond the visual, there is always a narrative in my work. Something to enjoy, something to learn and something to think about. ?In interpreting their own version of the narrative, the viewer/reader discovers a little more about her/himself. I try to expose the universality of human condition. What is dear or interesting to me is in all probability dear and interesting to others.

My botanical works are not scientific illustrations. Instead, they are botanical 'portraits' and represent but one member of a specific family . They are intended to give the viewer some insight and pique their curiosity. Only constant interaction with the actual plant itself will lead to real understanding and true appreciation.


In the Exhibit Cases

altDoll and handmade doll clothes belonging to Frances Close Andrews from the 1890's.

Helen Frisbee, the granddaughter of Charles Close (owner of Old Hundred Tea Room which was the house at the corner of Titicus and June Roads where the North Salem Center/post office now sits) has donated a doll with a complete wardrobe hand stitched by Mrs. Close. The skirts, dresses, coats, hats etc are remarkable items, intricately detailed with pleats and lace, in the style of the late 1800's. Helen is now 98 years old and still remembers vividly stories of her childhood at the Close Homestead.

In the Conference Room

Pictures of the restoration of the Cat Ridge Cemetery.