YORKTOWN, N.Y. – An art show was held in the Yorktown Community Church on June 9 and 10.
Members of the Huntersville Association, the recently installed pastor, Joseph Vigilante, and his parishioners, and longtime resident artist Dianne Aronian joined to celebrate a new beginning for the historic little neighborhood church at 1645 Baptist Church Road.
The show included more than 60 plein air oil paintings by Aronian of farms, bridges, historic structures and private homes, which are “All in the Neighborhood.” Aronian has been a resident of Yorktown for 35 years. She turned to oil painting in 2007 following her retirement. All of the proceeds from the show will benefit the centuries-old church, originally called Yorktown Baptist Church.
The art show also served as an introduction of Vigilante to the community. Vigilante was a youth pastor for 12 years in West Milford, N.J. He was then called to pastor the Evangelical Fellowship Capel in Parsippany, N.J., where he remained for 22 years. He took a sabbatical, during which he met his wife, Sharon. He joined her at the Community Bible Church in Ossining, where he served as an elder. He felt the call to re-enter the ministry, bringing him to Yorktown Community Church, where he and his wife ministered together beginning in November. In January, Vigilante was asked to serve as pastor of the church.
All photos were taken by Tabitha Pearson Marshall of Yorktown News.