BRONXVILLE, N.Y. For the month of July, Bronxville will play host to perhaps some of the best local art work throughout Westchester County.
From July 5 to 31, the Bronxville Women's Club will hold its 66th annual Beaux Arts Finale art exhibit featuring the winners from countywide competitions, raising scholarship money for women to attend Westchester Community College in Valhalla.
"The Beaux Arts is very special," said Joyce Balint, vice president of communications for the club. "It's really exciting. The artists are all excited."
The Westchester County Federation of Women's Clubs which is an umbrella for women's organizations, including universities and churches aims to raise scholarship money for women to attend college.
As one way to acquire funds for the scholarships, the federation created an art competition for Westchester's men and women older than 18. Each organization held juried regional exhibits. The winning art work from each organization will be highlighted at the Beaux Arts Finale in Bronxville.
The artists used a range of methods from watercolors and acrylics to pastels and photography.
Money raised through application fees and donations during the regional exhibits go to the scholarship fund. The Westchester County Federation of Women's Clubs' goal is to raise money for six $1,000 scholarships yearly. In past years, the Beaux Arts exhibits have raised more than $1,000 each year.
"The scholarships go to women who really, without that scholarship, would have found it very hard to attend the college," said Balint.
During the year, the Bronxville Women's Club invites the scholarship winners to attend its meetings to share their accomplishments since winning the grant.
"They're always very deserving and very nice," Balint said. "They always have high grades. And they're usually always working two or three jobs to help put themselves through school."
The Bronxville Women's Club is a quite fitting place to display the winners' art work. When it was built in 1928, Balint explained, the top floor was originally created to be an art gallery.
"When Bronxville was founded in 1890, it became an artist's colony," she said. "A lot of the houses still have beautiful studios and lights in the lofts. The very first art gallery in Bronxville was in the Bronxville Women's Club. And we've been having art exhibits here ever since. Ours is really a super special place to have the art show."
The gallery will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on July 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. The Bronxville Women's Club is at 135 Midland Ave.
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