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Harrison Library Director Grateful For Art Exhibit

HARRISON, N.Y. – Harrison Public Library Director Galina Chernykh is thrilled to see the works of Westchester-based artists in her gallery on a monthly basis through the Harrison Council for the Arts.

“It’s good to have it here,” Chernykh said. “How often do you go to New York City art galleries? Not very often, right? This gives an opportunity to local artists to display. We’re supporting them and giving them exhibit space. To try and book it in New York City – it’s probably terribly expensive, and this is for free.”

White Plains resident Lorie Gurian’s “Natural Fractions” paintings will be displayed until Sept. 7 in the library gallery. Her oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, many of which are for sale, are based on nature.

Chernykh is looking forward to the reception for Gurian’s works because “a lot of people come” to such events. Gurian’s reception is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“It is kind of a big deal because the reception is advertised in the local newspapers and our website. It’s time to meet an artist, ask questions, and if you want to purchase something, then you can discuss it,” Chernykh said.

The Harrison Council for the Arts books the monthlong exhibits a year in advance. After meeting with artists countywide for two weeks and looking at their portfolios, the council decides which artists will be displayed at the Bruce Avenue library.

While Chernykh enjoys hosting the artists and the publicity and exposure that comes with it, she is looking forward to the day when the gallery is better suited for the art.

“We can do better. We can do more. Unfortunately we are just trapped,” she said. “I wish it was a more modern gallery. The lights have to be proper, and our light feature is outdated. We don’t have up-to-date technology for the art gallery. That’s why we’re saying that renovation is crucial, because we have a 21st-century library in a 20th-century building. It’s a problem.”

When the gallery is upgraded, she envisions a designated space where local artists can help Harrison children and adults improve their artwork. Until the library is renovated, Chernykh is glad to see the artists’ work from around Westchester.

“We’re doing a great job and the Council for Art is doing a great job,” she said. “The previous exhibit was so popular that it was featured in The New York Times, which doesn’t happen very often. The art was extraordinary.”

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