ARMONK, N.Y. -- Thousands descended on Armonk for the 58th annual Armonk Outdoor Arts Show, with artists and patrons giving it rave reviews.
The show, which benefits the North Castle Public Library, has become an institution in North Castle and also throughout the country, attracting artists from all over, representing everywhere from Niles, Mich., to Chattanooga, Tenn., and points in between -- and beyond.
Local artists were also well-represented in the show. Rosalind Oesterle, an Armonk native, has been doing the show for many years, and was a prize winner last year. Oesterle does water color and oil paintings.
"This is a wonderful show," Oesterle said. "The quality of artwork is terrific. The crowds are great."
Oesterle, who attends other art shows in the tristate, said the Armonk Outdoor Arts Show is the best in the area.
"You couldn't ask for anything more," Oesterle said.
Oesterle said she enjoys seeing her fellow artists and customers year after year.
Another Armonk native, Caroline Percello, was selected from Purchase as one of its emerging artists.
"It's weird," Percello said. "I grew up here. I used to come to the art show every once in a while. This is a big deal, I knew I had my work cut out for me."
Percello sad she had received good traffic so far and she enjoyed meeting people. Percello's acrylic paintings are often inspired by comic books.
Harvey Milman, a White Plains, native, was making his debut at the art show.
"This is wonderful," Milman. "It's so well run and organized. The attendees seem very interested in your art."
Milman, who also does acrylics, said he was thrilled to be in the show, and seeing how people reacted to his work. He said he got into acrylics, because other types of paint were too flammable.
"It allows you to do things you can't do in oil," Milman said. This is a great day. I am happy as a lark."
Lila Turjanski-Villard, a Yorktown resident, was displaying her sculptures at the art show. Another first-timer, Villard said she was looking forward to a wonderful weekend.
"I am surrounded by people who have a nice interest in the arts," Villard said. "It's very exciting."
Villard works with space and movement, often using different materials for her sculptures.
Jeanne Melillo was selected for the art show after several years of applying. The Norwalk, Conn., native was displaying her fibers.
"This is great," Melillo said. "It's such a beautiful weekend. It was so great to finally be selected. It's nice to have art shows like this in the area."