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New Exhibition Celebrating Human Rights Opens at OSilas Gallery PDF Print Email


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

Sep. 26, 2018:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of the academic year, Our Rights, Our Freedom, Always: Celebrating Human Rights Through the Camera Lens, curated by Maria Mann, director of international relations at the European Pressphoto Agency ("EPA"), in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Office. Our Rights, Our Freedoms will be on view through November 17 and is free and open to the public.

This exhibition was originally on view at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva in 2015. Our Rights, Our Freedoms was curated with the intent of making people aware of the International Bill of Human Rights and to remind the viewer of the continuing struggle many around the world face in securing their rights and freedoms.

The International Bill of Human Rights is composed of three constituent documents. The first is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948 and attempted to set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The other two documents are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, both of which were adopted in 1966 and set forth in greater detail rights to be protected.


The photographs selected for inclusion in Our Rights, Our Freedoms come from the EPA archives and seek to illustrate the rights and freedoms that underpin the International Bill of Human Rights in a contemporary context. In this, the 70th anniversary of the International Declaration of the Human Rights, these photographs remind the viewer that many people around the world are still deprived of the rights and freedoms that the International Bill of Human Rights decades ago declared should be universally protected.

Our Rights, Our Freedoms will be on show through November 17 at OSilas Gallery, which is on the campus of Concordia College at 171 White Plains Road in Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. Free and ample parking is available on campus and is accessible via the entrance on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road.

Gallery hours are Tues./Wed./Fri., noon to 5:00 pm, Thurs., noon to 7:00 pm, and Sat., 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Please see for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs.

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

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Art Restoration and Framing

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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