About Blue Door Gallery
Blue Door Gallery has the opportunity to showcase accomplished and emerging artists with unusual or experimental vision.
Artists and writers find a supportive environment in the gallery's intimately scaled exhibition space. It's really about them; their approaches and inspirations, their techniques and material, all of which is shared with the public.
We invite talent of all kinds to fully participate in all the gallery's activities. Our exhibitions, workshops, Open Mics, and performances have made Blue Door an outstanding cultural and educational resource in Yonkers and the Tri-State region.
History of Organization
The Blue Door Artist Association was founded in the fall of 2002. Its founders were former directors and staff members of Art on Main Street/Yonkers, a community-based arts organization and gallery that had an important presence in Yonkers, for more than seven years.
The mission of the Blue Door Artist Association is to bring the arts to local communities throughout Westchester, especially those that are underserved by cultural organizations. We do this through exhibitions, public art projects, children’s programs, workshops and special events.
In March 2009, The Association opened Blue Door Gallery as one of its main projects, and has had many widely attended and critically acclaimed exhibitions. In addition, the association has organized numerous exhibitions throughout Downtown Yonkers in venues such as the Yonkers Riverfront Library, Philipse Manor Hall, the Downtown/Waterfront BID, Beczak Environmental Education Center as well as in stores and lobbies.
In 2005, The Blue Door Artist Association began several public art projects. With the support of ArtsWestchester, the City of Yonkers and New York State legislative grants, the Association has worked with local artists to create murals and decorate concrete planters and receptacles in Southwest and Downtown Yonkers. Since 2007, the Association has been arranging the installation of outdoor sculptures, made by local and regional artists around Yonkers City Hall and at the Yonkers Waterfront.
In the last four years The Association has initiated a number of programs for Yonkers youth, including poetry readings and workshops at the gallery and at local street festivals. In 2007, with the support of Domino Sugar, the Yonkers Green Wall project was completed. Over 100 students from five high schools created murals on global warming that have been displayed in various outdoor locations in Downtown Yonkers.
The Association has now grown and reorganized as one of five divisions under the new BLUE DOOR ART CENTER, which includes Blue Door Gallery, Blue Door Art School, Museum of Contemporary Art Yonkers, and the Yonkers Film Festival, an international film festival with film showings and workshops at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.
BLUE DOOR GALLERY
Arlé Sklar-Weinstein, Director: BDG
Tina Garforth, Gallery Manager
Phylisha Villanueva, Gallery Assistant Manager
Golda Solomon, Poet in Residence
BLUE DOOR ARTIST ASSOCIATION
Bob Schor, Executive Director: BLUE DOOR
Luis Perelman, Director: BDAA
Leslie Miller, BDAA Membership
Kathleen Yacoe Skura, Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy Tuber, Development
Yolanda Lewi, Finance
13 Riverdale Avenue
5 Hudson Street