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No-calorie treats for an anniversary

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Some of the treats painted by Beverly Shipko.

Imagine being able to consume all the cookies and cakes and icing you want without having to worry about gaining even a tiny fraction of a pound. You can do it as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Studio Tour that is coordinated by RiverArts, the nonprofit that serves communities along the Hudson from Hastings to Tarrytown. The only catch: you have to be content with consuming them visually, through the artwork of Beverly Shipko, one of the participants in the studio tour.

Shipko at work.

She’ll be opening her studio at 36 Shelton St. in Ardsley to the public on April 21 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shipko, a long-time member of River Arts who gave up her career as an advertising executive to become an artist, paints in both large and small formats, offering a broad selection of dessert art ranging from cookie, pies and birthday cakes to bowls of strawberries and blueberries topped with mounds of whipped cream.

RiverArts expects about 80 artists to open their studios to the public during this spring’s tour. 

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