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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.

Made Your Summer Travel Plans Yet?

Shots from CArtsCon 2015: (l-r) Egg tempera workshop; Figural drawing workshop; Gullah rag-quilting workshop; Dr Matina Chronopoulou shows off her rag-quilting handiwork. (click photo for larger image)Warnborough College will be hosting its Graduation Ceremony on 16 July 2017, and CArtsCon - Our International Arts Conference, will run from 18-21 July, in beautiful Canterbury, U.K. The theme for this year’s conference will be Art for Change—and you can read all about it on the conference website. The conference offers a variety of wonderful programs related to all the arts. Interested participants also will have their works published, following the conference.

Canterbury is a beautiful, walkable medieval city—and truly is one of the loveliest spots on the planet. And…you can also travel to London in less than an hour, directly from Canterbury, on the high speed rail. Travel from there to Paris and other cities is also quite convenient.

Please do consider including us in your Summer travel plans. You’ll learn a lot, will have a great time, and will make new friends and contacts from all over the globe! You can participate (check the website for deadline dates) OR just attend. Either way—it’s a great way to spend your time.

There are plenty of lovely and affordable places to stay in Canterbury—and you won’t need a vehicle while you’re there. But…the city fills up quickly so it’s best to make your arrangements early. Tips are available on the website.


Did You Know?

(click photo for larger image)Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work—The Last Supper—which can be seen in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy—originally included Jesus’ feet. But in 1652, while installing a doorway in the refectory where the painting is on view, builders cut into the bottom-center of the mural, lopping off Jesus’ feet.


OAC ‘Art Speaks’ Program - Winter 2017

Here’s the flyer with details on the Winter 2017 program (click image for full size)‘Art Speaks’ is a series of stand-alone talks presented by the Ossining Arts Council. Each session includes an art history presentation delivered by Jill Kiefer—which is followed by a talk from the Featured Artist(s). Artists who participate bring in pieces of their art to discuss their inspiration and work process. Attendees are welcome to ask questions. Ours is a lively and supportive group. We hope those of you who are local will join us.

Programs are held at the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery and Admission is $5. All proceeds go to OAC. Light refreshments are served.


Aaron Douglas: Depicting A Social Narrative

Aaron Douglas - In an African Setting, 1934, gouache on board, The Art Institute of Chicago. (click photo for larger image)The flowering of African-American social thought that was expressed through the visual arts, as well as through music (Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake, Fats Waller and Billie Holiday), literature (Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.E.B. DuBois), theater (Paul Robeson) and dance (Josephine Baker) was known as the Harlem Renaissance. While this movement—and some of its practitioners—have been previously discussed elsewhere on this site, we haven’t yet looked at American painter and graphic artist Aaron Douglas (1899-1979), who played a leading role in the Harlem Renaissance.

“Douglas incorporated synthetic cubist forms with stylized and geometric shapes drawn from African art. He used the rhythm of circles, diagonals, and wavy lines to energize his illustrations, which are widely known for their tonal gradations and Art Deco-style silhouettes. Through these techniques, he addressed the aspirations of the “New Negro” and depicted the realities of the black struggle for political and creative freedom.”

From the time he returned to New York City from Kansas, in 1925, Douglas was busy creating paintings, illustrations, murals through numerous commissions. The WPA asked him to paint four murals for the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library. “Collectively titled Aspects of Negro Life, these murals represent the pinnacle of his artistic achievement, depicting a social narrative that places progressive African American experience squarely within the scope of the American dream.”

By 1939, with the depletion of the Harlem Renaissance, Douglas left New York City to teach at Fisk University, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he remained for the next 27 years.


Quote of the Day

“One eye sees, the other feels.” - Paul Klee