By invitation of the City of White Plains and the Sculptors Guild of New York City, White Plains
Beautification Foundation partnered with them to bring world renowned sculpture to our city.
Originally conceived by Norman Adler and Eli Schonberger in memory of Schonberger’s wife
Lois, a 42-year resident of the city who was devoted to public and private education and the
arts, this program was introduced at the White Plains Library Plaza in September of 2004. In
essence, sculptures are borrowed from artist members of the Sculptors Guild on a temporary
basis to create the sculpture gardens.
The Westchester Arts Council presented the White Plains Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Committee with a Community Award in 2006 for demonstrating “extraordinary vision and
leadership in using the arts to enhance community life,” increasing “access to cultural
experiences” and “enriching the county’s cultural heritage.” White Plains Beautification
Foundation Board members, including then President Dorothy Schere, Ann Edwards, Sally Coe
and Kathy Masterson served on this committee.
Sculptures on display have included “Mother Playing, “a bronze work by Chaim Gross; “Sag
Portal,” a large stainless steel sculpture resembling a gateway by Mr. Van de Bovenkamp;
and “Rouget,” a welded aluminum piece by Robert Perless.