MAHOPAC, N.Y.-With sketchbook in hand, Ted Berkowitz captures the energy and movement of the game of polo. These sketches, as well as several prints and acrylic paintings, are on display in the Third Floor Gallery at Mahopac Library. His work captures the color and pageantry of the game, and the majesty of the thundering horses. Berkowitz’s show will remain on view at the library through Thursday, March 29, and can be seen during regular library hours.

Berkowitz aptly describes the excitement of the sport of polo.

“Animals come to an abrupt halt, veering to the left, to the right, or spinning around in the blink of an eye,” he said. “Players swinging their mallets from every angle: left side, near side, neck shot, ride off, bumping—lift side—and thwack! The ball goes sailing as much as 60 yards—through the goal post—SCORE!”

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Born in the Bronx, Berkowitz attended the University of Texas in Austin, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He created his own management consulting company, and, since 2003, has devoted himself full time to his art, which has been exhibited at many sites including the Andrus on Hudson, the Greenburgh Library, Iona College Art Center, Ossining Library and the Hendrick Hudson Library. 

Berkowitz has won a number of awards, including All Army Artist (1968), III Corp., Fourth Army. A number of his paintings can be found in various military venues such as the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Gordon in Georgia.

For further information about this and other exhibits in the Third Floor Gallery, call 845-628-2009, ext. 108.