ArtsWestchester will honor Scarsdale residents Doreen and Gilbert Bassin during the upcoming 2011 Arts Awards luncheon banquet on April 6.
In all, five organizations and five individuals will receive awards for outstanding contributions to Westchester County’s cultural and artistic life.
ArtsWestchester has presented awards for 33 years.
The Bassins will be awarded for their significant contribuion to the arts “through his/her extraordinary leadership, personal commitment and philanthropic activities, thereby advancing artistic excellence and enriching the community.”
Doreen and Gilbert Bassin, who have lived in Westchester for nearly 50 years, are avid collectors, appreciators and benefactors of the arts, and have served on boards and councils of the Neuberger Museum, Smithsonian National Museum for African Art, MOMA and the New Museum. Their private collection, which is open for select groups, includes the works of Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Huma Bhabba and Arshile Gorky.
(Doreen and Gilbert Bassin, photo courtesy of ArtsWestchester)
Other honorees include Pleasantville resident Benjamin Cheever, who will receive the artist award; Emelin Theater in Mamaronmeck, winner of the arts organization award; Mount Vernon’s O’Bey Foundation, founded by Abishai Ben Ruben and the New Rochelle Opera Company, slated for the community awards; Rye’s School of the Holy Child, the Smart Girls Program of the Katonah Museum of Art and the Mount Vernon School District’s Innovative Strategies Program, expected to receive the education award; and Greenburgh Academy Teacher Jessica Fuentes, who will receive the Sophia Abeles Award for Community Arts.
Tickets for the event, set for 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, are $65 for individuals and $40 for artists and non-profits. For information or tickets, call 914-428-4220, Ext. 326 or visit www.artswestchester.org