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Art Gallery


Higher Power: Elvira Clayton
Thursday, April 15 – Saturday, June 19, 2021

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 24, 1-4:30 pm
Second Saturday Reception: Saturday, May 8, 1-4:30 pm
Live Artist Talk: Friday, May 14, 1 pm
Closing Reception: June 19, 1-4:30 pm

Higher Power is a retrospective by artist Elvira Clayton representing years of practice as a New York City-based artist.  The work includes photography, collage, assemblage, large-scale artist books, and installation.

Artist Statement

My art pieces are ritualistic vessels holding stories of overlooked and forgotten people. Within the narratives of their lives, the truths and richness that define humanity can be found.

My practice is research-based and is inspired by ancestral reverence. Working across mediums including installation, photography, and assemblage, I explore personal, historical, and re-imaged memory.

I am interested in illuminating that thread that connects us to our past while showing how our present is shaped by political and social history.

Meditative Art Mondays on Zoom
Every Monday, 6-8 pm

Join meeting via Zoom with ID 954 9969 4895

A safe and quiet meditative space to explore various forms of collage. 

Supplies needed are:
Collage papers, old magazines, wrapping paper or book pages

Glue, glue stick, Modpodge
Cardboard or watercolor paper
Black or white gesso
Wipes or old rags for clean-up
Paper or plastic to cover your work surface


Folk Art Fridays on Zoom
Every Friday, 9-11 am

Join meeting via Zoom with ID 941 9076 1394

Join us every Friday for a fun and creative journey exploring and learning bookmaking and printmaking traditions from around the world.  No previous experience necessary.

A selection of the following materials will be used every week:
Glue stick, Mod Podge
Gelli Plate
Acrylic paint
Watercolor paper
Drawing paper


Applications for exhibits may be sent in digital form to: thegallery@ypl.org

Application packages may be addressed to: 
Gallery Committee, Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers NY 10701.

Applications should include:
• Artist’s statement on the work to be presented
• Artist’s C.V.
• Up to three references from other galleries and/or peer artists.


The Riverfront Art Gallery is located on the 4th floor of the Riverfront Library, the main branch of the Yonkers Public Library. It opened in 2009.  The gallery exhibits contemporary, nationally and internationally acclaimed artwork. The mission of the gallery is to present a diverse and balanced schedule of exhibits of high caliber, progressive artwork and related programs not frequently seen in Yonkers and surrounding communities. The exhibit schedule is managed by a committee that is appointed by the library director.  Haifa Bint-Kadi is the curator for the gallery and head of this committee. 
**Tag us using #RiverfrontArtG in any of your photo uploads and comments
pertaining to past and future exhibitions.