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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.

Jill’s Summer Classes at Cedar Lane Art Center

(click photo for larger image)What About Art? Director Jill Kiefer will be offering four-week sessions at Cedar Lane Art Center (CLAC) in Ossining, NY this Summer. Please have a look!


Did You Know?

Auguste Rodin‘s work, The Age of Bronze, was so realistic people though he sacrificed a real person inside the cast.


Alfred Sisley: The Unheralded Impressionist

Alfred Sisley - Boats on the Canal - 1873 - Oil on canvas - 46 × 65 cm. - Musée d'Orsay, ParisFrench Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1889) was yet another artist who studied in Charles Gleyre’s studio in 1862, along with fellow painters Monet, Renoir, and Bazille (all of whom are discussed here on What About Art?). Born in Paris to wealthy English parents—Sisley’s pursuit of painting began as a hobby. His family intended for him to go into commerce. However, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 brought financial ruin to the Sisley family and caused Sisley.  At this period of crisis, Sisley fled to London and decided to make painting his full-time career. The rest of his life was a constant struggle against poverty. It was only after his death, that Sisley’s talent began to be widely recognized, and the price of his work rose sharply. Even to date, he is under-studied and under appreciated when compared to the other Impressionists.

Primarily a landscape painter, Sisley work is distinguished by those of his Impressionist contemporaries by his use of softly harmonic values and a restricted and delicate palette.


RTA: Rehabilitation Through the Arts

Artwork created by men and women while incarcerated in New York State prisons will be featured in an exhibit presented by Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) July 1-31 at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY.  

A free wine and cheese reception in the library gallery will be held Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 5pm.  Guests will be able to meet and speak with formerly incarcerated artists who are graduates of RTA art courses. All the artwork will be available for sale, with proceeds going toward the purchase of art supplies for RTA prison art programs.

In addition to RTA, sponsors of the exhibition are the Ossining Arts Council, the Sing Sing Prison Museum, and the Ossining Public Library.  For more information, email


Quote of the Day

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” - Bob Ross