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Eastchester and Tuckahoe High School Students Create a 'Magical' Exhibition at OSilas Gallery PDF Print Email


By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College

Nov. 22, 2017:  The fifth annual pARTners exhibition opened at OSilas Gallery on November 16 and will be on view through December 16. This exhibition is an art installation created by Eastchester and Tuckahoe high school students. Given the theme of "Once Upon a Time," students with special needs, their peers, and art teachers created individual works of art that culminated in this imaginative installation in collaboration with Concordia College students. 

Danielle Cacace, Tuckahoe High School art teacher, Elizabeth Vranka, executive director of OSilas Gallery, and Matthew Robinson, Eastchester High School art teacher.

The students from Tuckahoe High School took their artistic inspiration from classic fairy tales and created stained-glass windows, shields, and a magic beanstalk that rises to great heights and disappears into the clouds. Tuckahoe art teacher Danielle Cacace said, "This year’s theme of 'Once Upon a Time' may have been the most exciting theme for students thus far." Of the opening reception, she added, "We are very fortunate to have a strong and supportive community of parents, teachers, staff, and administration at Tuckahoe High School that make the opening reception a night filled with fun and pride for our students. It is a heartfelt moment for both myself and the students being able to see all of the hard work and collaboration on final display in the OSilas Gallery."

The students from Eastchester High School created three-dimensional "tunnel" books for the exhibition that are based on regional folklore. The artwork they created for this exhibition references selected stories from an illustrated manuscript called The Crawbucky Tales. "These stories, mainly set between the time of the American Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, were compiled, re-told, and illustrated by a Westchester-area artist and historian, Frank H. Pierson, in the 1920s," explained Eastchester High School art teacher Matthew Robinson. "Because of the opportunity provided by Concordia College and OSilas Gallery, our students can share their own unique vision of stories from our local history."

pARTners 2017 is sponsored by The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. The mission of The Heart of Neiman Marcus is to help bring enriching arts experiences to youth "because ART changes lives." OSilas is very grateful for the foundation's support of the gallery's youth programs.


Once Upon a Time will be on view through December 16 at OSilas Gallery on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road in Bronxville. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, noon to 5:00 pm; Thursday, noon to 7:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The gallery will be closed November 23 to 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For more information about OSilas Gallery and its events and exhibitions, please go to

Pictured here:  pARTners exhibition at OSilas Gallery.

Photos courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College



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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708


Books & Culture

Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Womrath Bookshop

Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

(914) 337-0199

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Crestwood Music Education Center

Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.

453 White Plains Road
Eastchester, New York 10709


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