ARToberfest! Come Celebrate German Folks Arts at Pelham Art Center

Pelham Art Center

Oct. 18, 2014, 12:00 am

155 5th Avenue

With a Dance Performance by The Bavarian Edelweiss Westchester- Volkstanzers Group plus Bavarian Tyrolean Felt Hats and Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Hands-on Workshops

Free and open to all ages!

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1:30-3:30PM

Celebrate, learn about, and try your hand at traditional German folk arts at ARToberfest on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1:30-3:30PM, a German folk arts celebration with a free dance performance and hands-on art making workshops. ARToberfest is the newest addition to Pelham Art Center’s continuing free Folk Arts Series. This event will include a performance by The Bavarian Club Edelweiss Westchester – Volkstanzers Group who will perform two traditional dances and share the history of both the dance and their traditional outfits. Bring your dancing shoes as the audience will be invited to participate! MaryLouise Gladstone, an art educator well versed in multi-cultural arts, will lead a traditional folk arts workshop in Scherenschnitte paper cutting and Bavarian Tyrolean Felt Hat making. Scherenschnitte, which literally translates to scissor cutting, was developed in the 16th century in Germany and Switzerland. Tyrolean Felt Hats, also known as Alpine hats, are typically worn during the Bavarian 16-day festival known as Oktoberfest. Since 1810, this event has been held annually in Munich from late September until the first weekend in October. Join us for this memorable event!

About The Bavarian Club Edelweiss Westchester – Volkstanzers Group

Bavarian Club Edelweiss Westchester started the Volkstanz Group (German folk dance) in 1993. This club grew out of a Schuhplattler Group that was formed 60 years earlier. Schuhplattler is a traditional folk dance popular in the Alpine regions of Bavaria and Austria where the dancer strikes the soles of his shoes (‘Schuhe’) with his hands held flat (‘platt’). The founders agreed to uphold and preserve the Bavarian traditions and customs and perform for the enjoyment of the public. Former Schuhplattlers dancers saw the benefit of a Volkstanz Gruppe, which would keep them active and healthy.

About the Artist

MaryLouise Gladstone is an artist, and an arts educator who has served in the New York City and Westchester public school systems as a teacher and resident artist since 1967. In addition, she has a commitment to teaching at the community art level, leading workshops and semester-long classes for all ages. As an artist she specializes in murals, quilts, jewelry and book-making. Awards and grants include, ArtsWestchester ARTS AWARD 2005 for Community Arts; ArtsWestchestesr Arts Alive Project Grants 2004-2006, 2008, 2010; and ArtsWestchester Arts Partners Challenge Grants 2007-2009, 2011,2013. Gladstone served as the President of the Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow ARTS Council from 2000-2013.


Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue Pelham, NY 10803 914-738-2525 [email protected]

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm

Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop

These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin’s Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

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