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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.
Friday
Mar242017

CArtsCon 2017 - The Countdown is ON!

The March 31st deadline is approaching for proposal submissions to the annual international arts conference in Canterbury, running from 18—21 July 2017. You can read more about CArtsCon HERE and you can visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE for any other info you may need.

This year’s event is shaping up to be truly exciting! We already have a variety of presenters lined up—focusing on Film, TV & Radio—Creative Writing—Art History—Opera—Theology—Fine Arts and MORE! Our program will include a Short Film Festival, A Musical Preview, A Café Book Reading/Signing Event, a Student Art Competition, and an Art Exhibit.

You don’t want to miss CArtsCon 2017! Airline and Lodging rates will increase in April, so make your arrangements (and submissions) now. Even if you don’t want to present at the event—you definitely do want to attend the conference and explore beautiful Canterbury. (London is also only a 1-hour train ride from Canterbury.)

Remember—the deadline for initial proposals is 31 March 2017. Please read the Entry Guidelines and Make Your Submissions HERE ASAP. Don’t forget to send us a current photo and a brief bio, too, so we can feature you on the website! You can send those to Jill Kiefer at jkiefer@warnborough.edu.

Wednesday
Mar222017

Did You Know?

Artist Edgar Degas was so fascinated with ballet dancers that he became obsessed with representing them in his art. It is estimated Degas made approximately 1500 paintings, pastels, prints and drawings of dancers.

Monday
Mar202017

“Eclectic-Spective”

“Eclectic-Spective” is an exhibit of work by teaching artist, art historian and What About Art? Director, Jill Kiefer. Her work is inspired—in part—by some of art’s great Masters, and also by lines and shapes, bits and pieces, and unusual materials.

There will be paintings and two-dimensional designs geared toward grownups and children alike—ranging from storybook animals to abstract blocks of color. So feel free to bring your kids and grandkids along with you—because there will be something for Everyone to see—and buy! Prices are affordable, so this will be a fine opportunity for the “young” and the “old” to pick out some artwork for themselves.

The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 3:00-6:00 PM. All are invited—so bring your friends. We hope you’ll join us for this fun event.

The OAC Steamer Gallery is located at 117 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY.

The show will run through May 7th—and anyone not able to attend the Opening is welcome to schedule a viewing appointment. Just contact Jill at jill@whataboutart.org.

Friday
Mar172017

Floreine Stettheimer: An Idiosyncratic Style

Florine Stettheimer - The Cathedrals of Art - 1942 - Oil on canvas - 60 1/4 x 50 1/4 in. (153 x 127.6 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY (click photo for larger image)American painter, designer, and poet Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944) developed a highly personal and idiosyncratic style that was characterized by vivid color, a purposeful naiveté, and whimsical humor—often in the service of wry social comment.

Stettheimer received training at New York’s Art Students League, where she studied from 1892 to 1895. In 1906 she moved to Europe with her mother and two sisters. While living abroad, she continued her studies in painting and was exposed to the work of the Symbolists and the Postimpressionists. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the family returned to New York City, where the Stettheimer women began hosting salons for Modernists. 

Stettheimer did receive some recognition during her lifetime. In 1932 her work was included in the First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painters at the Whitney Museum. Her most ambitious work was a series of four canvases (one of which is featured here) in which she glorified and critiqued the cathedrals of the modern city: the financial district, the theatre, department stores, and the art museum. In this series, Stettheimer created extraordinary composite visions of New York’s economic, social, and cultural institutions. 

The Cathedrals of Art is a fantastical portrait of the New York art world. Microcosms of three of the city’s major museums and their collections are watched over by their directors: the Museum of Modern Art (upper left), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (center), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (upper right). A gathering of art critics, dealers, and photographers of the day, including Stettheimer herself (lower right), appears around the Metropolitan’s grand staircase. She was still working on The Cathedrals of Art when she died.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Quote of the Day

 

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso