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Juried Art Program

Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Many Facets of Abstraction” paintings by Hilda Green Demsky at the Harrison Public Library on view May 5-31, 2019; meet the artist May 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:  Change is a very important concept in nature and in my art. My painting has evolved over seven decades and now, in 2019, I am leaving behind my impressions of landscapes and my love affair with painting the various characteristics of water. I have embraced and returned to abstract expressionism. The uniqueness of painting without imagery transports me into a world of emotions and reflections. I am relying solely on my choice of vibrant colors, attention-grabbing shapes, and wiggly lines that move in many directions. This freedom allows me to paint with emotion, energy and spirit. Sometimes, reading the newspaper inspires me to visually express in paint my thoughts about the bright and the dark issues of our times. My paintings loosely relate to the outside world but also express my inner experiences.

Hilda graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Design.  She earned her Master’s Degree at Hunter College.  Hilda is an award-winning artist who has exhibited and taught extensively.  She is a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Katonah Museum Artists Association, Women in the Arts Association, the National Association of Women Artists, and Pleiades Gallery in New York City.

The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30am to 9:00pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9:30am to 5:30pm and Sundays 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  For info call the Library 914-835-0324 or see

Calling All Artists!

Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY for approximately one month during 2020 are invited to submit samples of their artwork for review by a Juried Art Committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts.

Eleven artists will be awarded one person shows by our jury, with three alternate artists chosen as well should unexpected circumstances prevent artists from exhibiting according to schedule. Group shows will also be considered provided these artists register and submit work together. For group shows, all entrants must be chosen.

If you are interested in competing for one of these shows, please bring samples to the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY on Friday, May 17, 2019 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All artists must pick up their samples on Saturday, May 18, 2019 between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Please submit your resume, two actual art pieces (preferably framed) and 12 different examples of your work in the form of photographs, prints, or digital images on a CD (all different/representational of the artist’s work). Only two-dimensional art is eligible.

If you choose to participate, you will be notified of the jury’s decision by mail no later than June 30, 2019. If awarded exhibit time, you will be asked to contact Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace at the Library (914-835-0324) and provide three months that you would be able to exhibit in 2020 (we cannot guarantee a specific month; March is not available).

When we confirm the date of your exhibit, you will be asked to sign and return a completed Art Exhibit Agreement to the Library. The applicable fee is due three months prior to the exhibit date.

For more information contact Connie Perrotta (914/315-1922) at or Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace at the Library (914/835-0324)

2019 Jury Members

HOPE FRIEDLAND is an award-winning watercolor and mixed media artist and instructor who favors bright colors, rich textures, fluid brush strokes and bold impressions. Hope received a Masters degree from Columbia University and did additional graduate work in Florence, Italy.

Her awards include the Gorfinkle Excellence in Teaching Award, mention in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, membership in the Kappa Pi National Art Honorary, Best in Show from the Scarsdale Art Association, and First Place in Watercolors from the Scarsdale Art Association.  Hope teaches for Cunard and Crystal Cruise lines.

TRACY GILMAN, a B.F.A. and M.S. graduate of Pratt Institute, currently teaches Studio Art and Ceramics at Harrison High School. Prior to teaching in Harrison, Tracy taught in various museums and alternative educational settings, joining the New York City public school system in 1999.

Tracy has been a working artist since 1995, having shown her work throughout Westchester, New York City, Detroit, Sweden and Japan. She was a founding director and exhibiting member of the Rider Project, a mobile art gallery in New York City, as well as an original member of Fakework, an Artist Collective.

FRANK SIERZEGA, a graduate of Harrison High School, received his BA from Fredonia College in upstate New York. He also attended the College of New Rochelle, and studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Frank worked as a free-lance illustrator and graphic artist.  In 1987, he became a full-time staff artist for JA Sexauer Inc., of Scarsdale, NY and was responsible for designing and illustrating brochures and catalogs, many of which included “Kicker,” the super mule mascot. In June 2006, Frank became a full-time worker in the Harrison DPW, in the Parks Division.  He retired in 2016.

Juried Art Program

The policy of the Harrison Public Library is to exhibit work by local artists, professional or amateur, which meets objective standards of excellence and artistic quality.

The purpose of the program is to make available to the community artistic experiences which will enhance its appreciation and understanding of various art forms and to give recognition to local artists whose talent and work are of such quality as to warrant the respect of their fellow artists and the general public.

All shows must meet these standards. Generally, acceptance for exhibit is considered the hallmark of excellence and prizes or awards are not given. Since the show is juried, the panel of jurors will also be local artists in the field whose reputation as leaders in their own field is generally acknowledged. Specific guidelines and rules for various kinds of shows follow. The Library reserves the right in all cases to veto any detail of or arrangement for any exhibit, which does not conform, to its policy.


The Library does not carry insurance on artwork loaned to the Library for exhibit. The exhibitor must arrange insurance, and if obtained, the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library must be named as additional insured on the policy. An exhibitor must sign an Agreement to exempt the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library from all liability with respect to items on exhibit.

Price Lists

An exhibitor must provide a one-page typewritten price list of the work to be shown. This price list should include the name and contact information of the artist with a statement indicating that for those interested in purchasing any of the art, they must contact the artist directly. Twenty-five copies of this list will be supplied free.

Sales and Fees

Works may be sold from the Library. No commission is asked. Fees to exhibit are charged as follows and are payable three months prior to the exhibition date: One exhibitor, $75; two exhibitors, $40 each; group exhibitions $25 each exhibitor.

Opening Reception

The appropriate staff member will be happy to schedule an Opening Reception for you. The exhibitor provides refreshments and paper goods. Mondays or Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. or Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. are recommended.

Guest Book

Supplied by exhibitor for personal record.

Display Card, Printed Announcements, Business Cards

An 8”x10” display card stating the artist’s name, theme of exhibit, date of reception and duration of the exhibit is to be provided by the exhibitor. This card will be placed on the table in the Community Room. If provided by the artist, a supply of the artist’s printed announcements (postcards) and business cards will be placed on this table along with the price lists mentioned above.

Printed Brochures

The exhibitor is responsible for providing and mailing any printed announcements, and, if these are used, we request that some be provided to the Library for in-house distribution.

Entry Procedures

Contact the appropriate staff member to obtain information on the entry procedures. Artists from Westchester County and neighboring areas are encouraged to submit samples.

Space Available

Artists are welcome to visit the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building Community Room where the exhibitions are held. The Community Room is used for Library programs as well as art exhibits and is furnished as is.

Exhibition Duration

Exhibits are scheduled for a period of one month, usually from the first Saturday afternoon in a month, to the first Saturday morning of the following month, subject to holidays and special closings. Artwork may not be hung before 1:00 p.m. on the first day of an exhibition and must be removed by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of exhibition.

Setting Up

Artists must arrange time for hanging and are responsible for proper and safe framing and hanging of work. Chains and S-hooks are provided by the Library to hang from picture moldings. NO TACKS, NAILS OR TAPES ARE PERMITTED ON LIBRARY WALLS.

The Library does not provide porter service, storage space, or special furnishings such as easels. Furnishings and decor in the Library proper are not available for use in the Community Room.


The appropriate staff member will write and submit publicity to the Library’s usual publicity outlets and to any others specifically requested by the artist. The exhibitor must provide a resume giving personal background, description of work, information on past exhibitions, etc. If supplied by the exhibitor, a sample of the artwork will be submitted with publicity. The appropriate staff member requires this material at least three months in advance of the exhibit.

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