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Concordia's Resident Artists from India Paint 'Plein Air' at Bronxville Sidewalk Sale PDF Print Email


June 8, 2011:  Greenwich Village it isn't, nor the Left Bank in Paris, but Pondfield Road in the Village served well as an artists' venue Saturday, June 4.  South Indian artists attending Concordia College's first International Artist Residency participated in a day of plein air painting in the Village. (That means "outdoor" for those who have forgotten their high school French.)

The program, as described by Concordia president Dr. Viji George, is designed to "foster cultural exchange and understanding, as well as provide an opportunity for emerging artists from distant lands to gain exposure to the art scene in North America, and share their work with American art aficionados."

If there were art aficionados along Pondfield Road Saturday, they were outnumbered by bargain-hunting shoppers examining sidewalk sale wares.  Still, the artists painted away and Patricia Miranda, director of Concordia's O'Silas Gallery, reported that several commissions and sales were made.

S. Elayarja set up his easel outside the Running Store.  This is his first trip to the United States, though he has visited Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.  One of his paintings provides the cover for a striking catalogue for the residency program, titled South Indian Neo-Realism: Tradition and Naturalism Revisited.  He teaches at the Government College of Fine Arts in Chennai, from which he received a master of fine arts degree.  He has received several awards, and his works are in private collections in India and abroad.

N. S. Manoharan occupied a somewhat perilous site at the entrance to the Metro-North underpass.  His easel faced across the roadway to the wedding gown emporium, House of Botticelli.  His watercolors cover a variety of themes--rural sites and linear figure compositions and drawings, as well as domestic animals, such as goats.  He, too, was graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Chennai.  His work is in the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and various private collections.

As did his colleagues, he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and plans to visit the Museum of Modern Art and museums in Washington.  He and his colleagues report seeing no Indian works in the Metropolitan.

A third artist, A.Z. Ranjit, worked from the lawn outside the Bronxville Library, and his subject clearly was The Reformed Church.

Concordia's OSilas Gallery was transformed into a working artists' studio throughout the three-week residency and was visited on certain days by community members and school groups.  Some of the work they produce in this period is being donated to the college, and the proceeds from the sales of others will be split between the artists and the college.

The artists' work will be displayed on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 pm, at a reception in the OSilas Gallery.  It will feature a talk on Indian art by art historian Dr. Ashrafi Bhagat, who accompanied the visiting artists from India.

Pictured here:  One of the Concordia artists in residence, A.Z. Ranjit, drawing the Bronxville Library.


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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


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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
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