Category Archives: Past Events

Sing Time Sessions with Eve Zanni

Fridays at 4:30 – 5:30pm
Oct 9 – Nov 27, 2020

Contact Eve Zanni
212 228 1141

Sing Time Sessions with live piano accompaniment, vocal warm-ups, rhythmic body movement, ear training and improvisation. No Experience Necessary!

Eve Zanni, jazz artist and Somatic Voice teacher, has taught voice for over 2 decades, directed choirs for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and teaches Circle improvisation.

Lessons are sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council and a grant from NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Balance and Strength
with Jennifer Gibson

Mondays at 2:00 – 3:00pm
Oct 7 – Nov 23, 2020

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson is certified through the reputable Integral Yoga Institute of New York City, which served the West Village community and surrounding areas for over 50 years.

Jennifer has been a Yoga Instructor since 2005, specializing in yoga for seniors since 2011.
She is thrilled to share the tools of yoga with seniors for balance and building strength. In Jennifer’s current work with seniors, what began as one class quickly grew into three different classes per week, each packed with 20-30 students. Participants range between the ages of early 60s to early 90s and have a wide variety of ability.

Jennifer is passionate about making the practice of yoga accessible to everyone. She loves how appreciative seniors are to learn yoga and how much they look forward to every class, and she is excited to bring the benefits of yoga to the Westbeth community.

Sponsored by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council and a grant from NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson

Flute Concert
Louna Dekker-Vargas

Music by Ravel and Bach. “These flute classics speak of perseverance, stamina, and rigorous beauty. I would love to share them with you.”

Originally live streamed on March 19 on YouTube.

Louna Dekker-Vargas is a flutist, chamber musician, improviser and composer. Her open, curious ears have led her into adventures with classical, jazz and experimental music. She has traveled around the U.S. and Canada as a chamber musician, soloist and teaching artist.

Louna has served as a substitute flutist for the International Contemporary Ensemble, and is a regular substitute for the Broadway musical, Wicked. She also plays with NY jazz quintet Atlantic Extraction, led by bassist Nick Dunston. Her minimalist composition Ah was commissioned for chamber orchestra by Mind on Fire in September of 2018.

Her duo, The Witches, with Ledah Finck combines classical chamber artistry with inquisitive free improvisations and their own compositions for flute, violin and voice. The duo has performed in the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, Spectrum, the High Zero stage at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, the Red Room, Rhizome, Andrea Clearfield’s Salon Series, The Union Square Chamber Music Series (Baltimore), and at the Baltimore Art Museum. Their album project Behind the Curtain: New Music on Women was the recipient of a Johns Hopkins Research Grant.

She is also a founding member of Trio Jinx- a flute, double bass and viola trio active from 2015-2018 performing residencies at the Sikta Chamber Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, the Mesa Performing Arts Center, and the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

Joan Hall
Reading and Book signing

Date: February 4, 2020 at 7PM

At: Westbeth Community Room

Presented by the Westbeth Literary Arts Committee, Joan Hall, poet and collagist, will read from her new book of poems, “Journey to Somewhere”.

Guest readers include Roger Braimon, Pique Kelly-Buford, Joel Rooks, and Reef Hall.

Native New Yorker Joan Hall is a pioneer in the field of collage and assemblage illustration. Known for her collages and assemblages, she has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
Along with careers as a mime, teacher, artist, and lecturer, Joan has also been writing poetry since she was a child.
She is a winner of the 2018 Miriam Chaiken Foundation Award for her poetry. “Journey to Somewhere” is a collection of those winning poems.

Westbeth Community Room
155 Bank St
between West and Washington Its
enter through courtyard

The Textile Study Group of NY:
The Gold Standard of
Textile and Fiber Art

Ingenuity writ large; technique knit large

Show Dates: Feb 5 – Feb 23, 2020

Special Closing Event

The Gold Standard: Juror and Artist Talk
Sunday February 23rd from 1pm to 5:45 pm

Between 40-45 artists will be at the gallery on Sunday 23rd to talk about their work.

1:00pm to 3:00pm artists-with name tags on will circulate or be by their work to discuss it with interested viewers.

3:00pm to 3:30pm Lauren Whitley, the juror will speak in the main gallery.

3:30pm to 5:45 pm artists will be by their own art work to speak about it to interested folks and to answer any questions.

6:00pm the show closes

Questions please contact:

Westbeth Gallery and The Textile Study Group of New York are pleased to announce an exciting new show that explores the visual, dimensional and artistic language of fiber and textile.

“At a time when our collective attention is dangerously adrift, trapped in the freefall of our social-media feeds and snared in a pit of fake facts, handwork provides a firm anchor. It cannot be spun. It gives us something to believe in.”
Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar,
Yale Center for British Art

How do 80 artists, working primarily in fiber, hone their conception of beauty and truth while integrating a mixture of materials ( both natural and synthetic ) with technique? The amazing feature of this show is how the work of individual artists working within the same medium can be totally different… even provocative.

The debate about fiber art as fine art is, thankfully, moot. Contemporary fiber art prioritizes aesthetic value over utility. Manual labor, choice of materials, and process are prized elements of a work’s significance. Dialectical thinking guides the work of these multi-layered artists in a way demonstrating that ingenuity triumphs over all.

For example, who knew that cable ties could be employed in such a seductive way? Who knew that leather and suede cut with an xacto knife could express so much about urban life… while weaving in social commentary? Who knew that electronic sensors cold be seamlessly integrated into an alluring form? We could go on and on.

Handwork cannot be described. It must be seen. “It gives us something to believe in.”

The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) in its 42nd anniversary this year, is dedicated to the study and appreciation of fiber arts in all forms, from historic cloth to contemporary installation, from textile design to tensile architecture.

Show Juror: Lauren Whitley, senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, helps oversee a global collection of 55,000 textiles, costumes, and accessories. She has curated more than 14 exhibitions including #techstyle and Hippie Chic. A Ph.D. candidate, she is focusing her research on textiles at the 1933 New York World’s Fair.


Liz Alpert Fay, Ludmila Aristova, Meredith Armstrong, Kate Barber, Polly Barto, Katherine Bennett,Stacy Bogdonoff, Allegra Brelsford, Eva Camacho, Sayzie Carr, Leonie Castelino, Anne-Claude Cotty, Don DonCee Coulter, Virginia Davis,Rachael Dorr, Chiaki Dosho, Emily Dvorin, Patricia Frik, Jayne Gaskins, Irene Gennaro,Sandra Golbert, Joyce Goodman, Carolyn Halliday, Liz Hamilton Quay, Marilyn Henrion, Susan Hensel, Pat Hickman, Eileen Hoffman, Leslie Horan Simon, Lauren Horowitz, Mary Jaeger, Tracy Jamar,Ruth Jeyaveeran, Setsuko Jimbo, Mo Kelman,Julia Kiechel, Judy Kirpich, Nancy Koenigsberg, Dianne Koppisch Hricko, Lisa Lackey, Fannie Lee, Janet Levine, Elaine Longtemps, Mary Lor,Patricia Malarcher, Saberah Malik, Ruth Marchese,mDorothy McGuinness,Susan Moss, Yasuko Okumura, Sui Park, Helen Perry,Bonnie Peterson, Tanya Prather,mEllen Ramsey, Szilvia Revesz, Patricia Rogers,Kari Roslund, CARO, Lois Russell, Ellen Schiffman, Robin Schwalb, Chizuko Sekiguch, Julia Shepley, Adrienne Sloane,Elizabeth Starcevic, Hillary Steel,mAmy Supton, Kim Svoboda,Naomi Tarantal,Sumiko Tasaka, Charlotte Thorp, K. Velis Turan,Betty Vera, Ann Vollum, Shari Werner, Saaraliisa Ylitalo, Ada Yonenaka, Pamela Zave, Betti Zucker.

Show Dates: Feb 5 – Feb 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday Feb 5 from 6PM – 9PM

At: Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune St
between Washington and West Sts.

More info on The Textile Study Group of New York HERE

For information on the show:
Harriet Cherry Cheney
C:914-330-3335/T: 914-591-0198

After February 10,
Contact Ann Vollum

West Village Wellness
present Mental and Heart Health

When: Sunday Feb 9, 2020 from 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Where: Westbeth Community Room 155 Bank St between West and Washington Its, enter through courtyard

Grove Drugs and Westbeth Artists Residents Council present West Village Wellness, a free monthly event that deals with health issues of interest to the community. It is led by Ilana Aminov BSPharm RPH of Grove Drugs, the neighborhood drug store on 8th Avenue near 12th St, hosted by Michael Embrey and catered by Michael Stewart of

For years, doctors thought the connection between mental health and heart health was strictly behavioral – such as the person who is feeling down seeking relief from smoking, drinking or eating fatty foods.

That thinking has started to change. Research shows there could be physiological connections, too. The biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues also could influence heart disease.

“The head-heart connection should be on everyone’s radar,” said Barry Jacobs, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and director of Behavioral Sciences at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa. “It’s not just being unhappy. It’s having biochemical changes that predispose people to have other health problems, including heart problems.”

Play reading

Orphans deals with Operation BabyLift, the name given to the controversial mass evacuation of infants and children from South Vietnam.

In the play, three sisters must come to terms with the past when an unexpected guest forces the family to face an unsettling secret.

Joel Shatzky was Professor of English at SUNY Cortland for 37 years before moving back to NYC and teaching Writing and English at Kingsborough Community College.In addition to his role as Professor, Joel is an accomplished Playwright and Author. He has a half-dozen novels, scholarly, and topical studies to his credit, Shatzky has published articles on theatre and education in the New York Times , Jewish Currents , Studies in Jewish American Literature , Players , and a half dozen other journals. As a playwright, Shatzky has written eight produced OOB shows, among the most recent, “Amahlia,” at 13th Street Rep.

Beth Griffith has performed with Vox Novus, Cosmic Orchid, Brooklyn New Music Collective, Medicine Show Theater, DownTown Ensemble, New York City Opera, Johannes Wieland Dance Company, FullStop Collective, Theater for the New City, HERE, Clubbed, New Georges, Rady & Bloom Collective, Communal Spaces Garden Play Festival, Sachiyo Ito’s DanceJapan, Nylon Fusion, a.o.