It’s National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. Here are 5 places to get creative near North Salem.

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January 31 is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. The day was established to encourage people to ponder how art affects our hearts. Proponents of the arts insist that you do not have to be an accomplished artist to experience the profound positive effects that art can have. A 2017 paper published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy found that spending just 15 to 20 minutes engaged in creative self-expression or art-making tasks can result in people perceiving themselves as having good ideas and being able to solve problems.



Read on to discover five local spots where you can immerse yourself in art for the benefit of your health.

Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah)
The Katonah Museum of Art is a non-collecting institution geared toward visual arts. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that cross a spectrum of artistic disciplines, cultures, and historical periods. The museum’s popular Young Artists exhibition will be on display from February 6 - 27. The exhibition features the work of senior high school artists from nearly 40 local schools. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. Passes for free admission are available through local libraries.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT)
The Aldrich is one of the oldest contemporary art museums in the United States and the only museum in Connecticut solely dedicated to contemporary art. Located in downtown Ridgefield, The Aldrich presents work by emerging artists, established artists and themed group exhibitions. The museum also has a makers studio where visitors can participate in workshops or create art through a self-guided activity. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Advance ticket registrations are encouraged. Members of the public can visit for free every third Saturday of the month.

Railyard Arts Studio (Croton Falls)
The founders of Railyard Arts Studio in Croton Falls wanted to create a place where people could create art in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere. Artists of all types and skill levels are welcomed at this expansive space that includes studio space, lounge and boutique. The Studio has an extensive art education program designed to expose kids, teens and adults to various materials and mediums. The Studio hosts regular workshops and classes on art ranging from pottery to bookmaking, knitting and crochet, acrylic painting and much more.

Little House of Ceramics (Somers)
This family-run business in Somers opened during the pandemic to give local families an accessible and affordable place to be creative. The paint your own pottery studio offers classes, camps and parties for children and adults. Seniors can paint for 15% off every Wednesday.

Studio Around the Corner (Brewster)
Situated in the Village of Brewster, the Studio Around the Corner hosts various arts and community related events including exhibitions, workshops, receptions, lectures and concerts. Part of the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition, a 501c3 nonprofit, the Studio makes its facilities available to individual artists, cultural arts and community groups on an as-requested and as-available basis.

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