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Tenafly Historian Joins Love Of Food, Painting

Alice Rigney
Alice Rigney Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rigney Family
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paintings Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Stefanowicz
paintings
paintings Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Stefanowicz
paintings
paintings Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Stefanowicz

TENAFLY, N.J.– Alice Rigney has combined her two biggest loves with a "Food in Art" exhibit at the Tenafly Public Library.

"Not only has food always been a necessity but it seemed always to hold a certain fascination for me," said Rigney, who is also the borough historian.

As a child in her high chair, Rigney demanded more Cream of Wheat.

Her father was a specialty foods importer.

Rigney's first job after college was at Bellow's Gourmets' Bazaar on 52nd Street between Park and Madison avenues in Manhattan. Shortly after, Rigney was invited to be a hostess for the Wine and Food Society of New York

Later, she started her own business, The Stone House Kitchen, catering dinners and parties. Rigney also provided cooking lessons.

"But while this was going on, the paint brush was always forefront waiting for its moment," she said.

Having her work displayed is "one of the most pleasurable experiences of my life," Rigney said.

The exhibit runs through the end of June.

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