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    “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.

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“A Look at the RTA Skill Wheel” - Sunday, Sept. 16th at 2 PM

(click photo for larger image)On Sunday, September 16th, OAC ‘Art Speaks’ will welcome Charles Moore of Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA).

“RTA's mission is to use the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community. RTA also seeks to raise public awareness of the humanity behind prison walls.”

The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) ( ) recently worked with RTA on it’s splendid exhibit, “Images From Behind Prison Wall” that featured artwork by participants in five correctional facilities.

At our ‘Art Speaks’ program, Charles Moore will talk about the relationship between RTA activities and the skills learned from them. RTA alumnus Takia Parham (Judah) will join Charles to share her experiences with us.

The program will take place at the OAC Steamer Firehouse, 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY 10562. Admission is FREE. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome.


OAC’s ‘Art Speaks’ Lineup for Fall!

(click photo for larger image)OAC’s ‘Art Speaks’ is a a program featuring a broad range of topics in the arts. It’s open to the public and admission is free. Attendees learn about the arts in our local community and beyond. Art doesn’t exist or operate in a vacuum. 

Our presenters include art lovers of all kind—patrons, collectors, critics, art historians, art teachers and, of course, artists. Come and find out what inspires people to enjoy and be involved in the art world.

Programs are always held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 PM, at the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery. Fall dates are: 9/16 - 9/30 - 10/21 - 11/4 and 12/2.



Quote of the Day

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” – Dr. Seuss


OAC Presents “Life in Pyro” - The Art of Mujgan Agardici - Sept. 5 - Oct. 4, 2018

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Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8th - 3:00 - 6:00 PM

S. Mujgan Agardici graduated from The Fine Arts Academy (Mimar Sinan University) in Istanbul – Painting Division - and she is also certified in Pedagogical Formation. She has worked as an interior designer and a teacher for many years. Her proficiency in art includes painting, miniatures, stained glass, and marbling (Ebru). Mujan taught herself pyrography, and has been consistently working on wood-burning artwork since 2015. Her passion is to elevate this technique to a Fine Arts form. 

Pyrography – “writing with fire” from the Greek “pur” (fire) and “graphos” (writing) is the ancient method of creating beautiful and unique works of art that never fade. This art form (also known as pokerwork or wood burning) requires a strong sense of design and patience. Like the silverpoint drawings favorited by the Florentine and Flemish masters of the Renaissance—a mark, once made, cannot be erased. 

Mujgan began her work in pyrography doing portraits and she now also includes other subject matter—both realistic and symbolic. Her current focus is on sepia works, which she creates using only an iron tool and a pencil. She’s fascinated with exploring light and texture in her work through the monochromatic palette.

Learning—and all things in nature inspire Mujgan’s art. 

"I still feel like a child who is excited about learning new artistic techniques, discovering different aspects of nature, and creating new projects. I love everything about nature, because nature is the finest of artists."

Mujgan will demonstrate pyrography at OAC’s September 30th ‘Art Speaks’ program, at 2 PM - OAC Steamer Gallery, 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY - FREE Admission.


Émile Lévy: An Academician

Émile Lévy - Mme Emile Lévy, née Céline Joséphine Bidard de La Noë - 1883 - Private Collection (click photo for larger image)French Academic Painter Émile Lévy (1826-1890) studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris under Abel Depujol and François Edouard Picot. In 1854 he was given the Grand Prix de Rome award and exhibited several times at the salons and the expositions, after 1859.  His work contains portraits and historical scenes under the influence of the Academism. He also created some poster designs.

Academic Art is the painting and sculpture produced under the influence of the Academies in Europe and especially France, where many artists received their formal training. It is characterized by its highly polished style, its use of mythological or historical subject matter, and its moralistic tone. Neoclassical Art was also closely associated with the French Academy and the 19th century Salons at which art was submitted for display and prizes were awarded. 

French Impressionism was the avant-garde movement that challenged Academic Art, and is now widely regarded as the first movement of modern art. As such, in the realm of art history, Impressionism very much overshadows Academic Art. However, it is important to remember that many highly talented and highly skilled artists were part of the academic tradition.