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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.

Gertrude Greene: Purity of Form

Gertrude Greene - Construction 1946 - 1946 - Oil on wood and fiberboard - 40 1/8 x 30 1/8 x 5/8 in. (101.9 x 76.5 x 1.6 cm.) - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.American Abstract Expressionist Gertrude Glass Greene (1904-1956) was an abstract sculptor and painter from New York. Although she and her husband, artist Balcomb Greene (1904-1990), were heavily involved in political activism to promote mainstream acceptance of abstract art, Gertrude did not overtly express societal concerns in her art. However, she and Balcomb were founding members of the American Abstract Artists organization.

Gertrude was one of the earliest American artists to produce non-objective relief sculptures in the early 1930s. She synthesized Cubist and Russian Constructivists themes into her work, and was heavily influenced by what she saw as the “purity” of those two movements. By the 1940s, her work also revealed an interest in Mondrian and Neo-Plasticism. She produced her last sculpture in 1946. For the rest of her life she concentrated on abstract painting.


Quote of the Day

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” - Marc Chagall 


Jill’s Spring Classes at Cedar Lane Arts Center

(click photo for larger image)Spring is always a great time for new growth! Longer days and warmer temps encourage us to get out and do stuff.

Jill Kiefer is offering Oil Painting and Alternative Media classes this Spring, at Cedar Lane Arts Center! All of the info is on the flyer. Have any questions? Email Jill and she’ll be happy to answer them.

One Reminder: If you don’t have an Ossining Parks and Recreation I.D., you need to go there to get one (95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562). It’s free for Ossining Village residents but not for out-of-towners. Once you have that I.D. (or if you already have one) you can Register for the classes online, beginning March 20th.


Charles Henry Alston: A Pivotal Harlem Renaissance Artist

Charles Henry Alston - Painting - 1950 - Oil on canvas - 50 x 36 in. (127 x 91.4 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkCharles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was an African American painter, sculptor, and illustrator born in the early 20th century. He was an important artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, his father died when he was three years old. Soon after, his mother moved to New York and married Harry P. Bearden—the uncle of artist Romare Bearden (featured elsewhere on this site). Alston attended DeWitt Clinton High School, taught there, and graduated from Columbia University in 1929. In 1931, he received a master’s degree from Columbia’s Teachers College.

Alston directed art programs and community centers in the New York area including the Harlem Workshop. Jacob Lawrence (also featured on What About Art?) was one of his students at Utopia House. He directed the 35 artists who created the Harlem Hospital murals for the Federal Arts Project in 1935 and 1936, painting two of the murals himself. Many of Alston’ works were published in the New Yorker, Fortune, and Collier’s magazines. In 1950, he sold the painting featured here to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also became the first Black instructor at the Art Students league.

Alston later taught at the Museum of Modern Art and City College of New York. The winner of numerous awards, he was the first recipient of Columbia University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, bestowed on him in 1975. 

Alston and his wife, Myra A. Logan (a surgeon) died of cancer within months of each other in 1977.


Did You Know?

Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan creates artwork so small that he once inhaled one by accident. His sculptures will run you about $40,000.