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Reception for Exhibition of Photography by Bronxville HS Senior Sophia Anagnostakis at Bronxville Women’s Club Sunday, February 12 PDF Print Email


By Lisa Sorensen, Local Artist and Photographer

Feb. 8, 2017:  On Sunday, February 12, there will be a reception for Bronxville High School senior Sophia Anagnostakis at The Bronxville Women's Club for an exhibition of her photographs titled Perspective. The reception will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sophia Anagnostakis is an honor roll student and a three-season athlete at Bronxville High School. Over the past two years, she has been studying photography under the direction of local artist and photographer Lisa Sorensen

Sophia has developed a passion for photography and a unique vision that is clearly revealed in her photos.

All of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to the nonprofit children's advocacy group the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), which is in East Harlem, for its community garden program. Sophia has worked at ABC as a camp counselor for at-risk youth and organized a book drive for ABC's Head Start program. 

Pictured here:  Bronxville High School senior and photographer Sophia Anagnostakis.  

Photo courtesy Lisa Sorensen

Lectures and Movies at the Bronxville Library in February PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 8, 2017:  The Basics of Alzheimer's:  On Thursday, February 9, at 1:30 pm, a program will be presented at the library that covers topics on Alzheimer's disease, such as warning signs, differences in dementias, how to get a proper diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research, and services to help. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

Sitting Better: The Feldenkrais Method of Movement:  On Tuesday, February 14, at 1:30 pm, Patricia Wahl, certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will hold an informative workshop on the Feldenkrais Method for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think, and feel.

Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at your computer, playing with your children or grandchildren, performing a favorite pastime, or healing from an injury, these gentle lessons can improve your overall wellbeing. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

Author Talk:  On Saturday, February 18, at 2:00 pm, Westchester author Jacqueline Goldstein will read excerpts from her book Ms. Murphy's Makeover.  A Q&A session will follow.

Learn to Paint Like Georgia O'Keeffe:  On Friday, February 24, at 10:30 am, a workshop will be held on learning to paint in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and learning more about the artist and her style of painting. No artistic experience necessary. Space is limited. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

The Adult Book Discussion Group:  On Tuesday, February 21, the Adult Book Discussion Group will meet in the library boardroom from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. "Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. 

Don't forget to check out our Adult Coloring Group, which meets every Monday at 1:30 pm, and our Social Needlers knitting and crochet group, which meets every Wednesday at 11:00 am.

Movies in February:

Thurs. 2/16:  The Hollars, 1:30 pm, PG-13, 88 minutes.

Wed. 2/22:  Wild Oats, 1:30 pm, PG-13, 86 minutes.

Tues. 2/28:  Miracles from Heaven, 6:30 pm, PG-13, 109 minutes. 

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

Opening Reception for 'Dreams & Reality: Vision of Urban Architecture' by Richard Haas to Be Held at OSilas Gallery Thursday, February 2 PDF Print Email



By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

Feb. 1, 2017:  An opening reception will be held at OSilas Gallery, on the campus of Concordia College, on Thursday, February 2, at 7:00 pm for an exhibition of works of art by noted American muralist Richard HaasDreams & Reality: Vision of Urban Architecture. Haas's art focuses on architecture.  

The reception is free and open to the public and will feature a brief talk by the artist. Free and ample parking is available on the campus of the college.

This exhibition was curated by Charles T. Little, curator emeritus of medieval art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Over the years, many of Haas's murals have been destroyed either by the elements or by building developers. There are blessings and curses that come with urban reform.

The exhibition features a variety of architectural drawings, maquettes, paintings, and prints.

Gallery hours:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: noon to 5:00 pm; Thursdays, noon to 7:00 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

To arrange a group tour of this exhibition outside normal gallery hours, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173.

Pictured here:  American muralist Richard Haas.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

Concordia College and Conservatory Announce Two Endowments in Memory of Mary C. Hoch PDF Print Email


By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Jan. 25, 2017:   Concordia Conservatory is pleased to announce it has established two endowment funds in memory of Mary C. Hoch: the Mary C. Hoch Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Hoch Chamber Music Endowed Fund. 

These funds will, respectively, assist need-based music students of all ages and ensure world-class chamber music at Concordia College. The endowment funds were donated by over 200 families and friends to Concordia College in Mary's memory.

Mary passed away from traumatic brain injury in August of 2016. Her influence on Concordia and the greater Bronxville community was extensive and profound. 

Mary and her husband, Jim, founded the Hoch Chamber Music Series in 2001, a premiere music series that has become one of the true treasures of the community and Concordia College. 

Mary's passion for providing high-level musical experiences for children and adults and cultivating the next generation of chamber music lovers is realized through these endowments. Mary's love for and dedication to music education will continue to enrich the lives of Concordia Conservatory students and audiences for generations to come.

Said Executive Director Kathleen Suss, "These two endowment funds empower the core of the Conservatory's mission to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music offering excellence in education and performance. Mary's profound impact will influence countless students and concert goers for many years to come. On a personal and professional level, I am so grateful for all that Mary has done on behalf of Concordia Conservatory and the community. As her devoted partner in these endeavors, Jim Hoch continues his dedication to outstanding music education and world-class performances at Concordia."

Pictured here (L to R): At the endowment signing are Jim Hoch, Kathleen Suss, executive director of Concordia Conservatory, Heather McGuiness, vice president for advancement, and Concordia College’s President Dr. John Nunes.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Hit Movie 'Sing' Inspires Mud Week Camp at The Picture House in Pelham PDF Print Email


By Amy Cole, Director of Communications, The Picture House Regional Film Center 

Jan. 25, 2017:  Whether your child likes to belt it out in front of a camera or prefers to shine behind the scenes, creative opportunities await at The Picture House (TPH) Regional Film Center's Mud Week camps taking place Monday, February 20, through Thursday, February 23.

Using the hit movie Sing as their inspiration, students will create a new music-themed video for each day of camp. After camp week has concluded, TPH's panel of experts will choose a winning video from each age group, which will play on the main screen before the run of Lego: Batman at The Picture House this spring.

Winners will be announced at our student showcase on March 25, where all student films from fall and winter semesters will have their moment to shine on the big screen. Parents will also receive a link to each video to share and download at their convenience.

Mud Week camp at TPH is open to students in grades K through 5. Camp will run from 9:00 am to noon with an extended day option available. With the extended day option, students may bring their lunch, have some popcorn on us, and enjoy watching Sing in our main hall or another fantastic children's movie in our screening room.

Lunch and movie are fully supervised, extended day hours are from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Mud Week camp is $65/student per day, extended day is $90/student per day. Picture House members at the Family Level and above receive a 10% discount.

All classes meet at our theater at 175 Wolfs Lane. Registration is available at or by emailing  CLOAKING  or calling 914-738-3161.

About The Picture House Regional Film Center:  Since 1921, The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Thanks to an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, TPH is also a thriving regional film center providing dynamic film and education programs to a diverse and multi-generational audience in Westchester County and beyond. In the 300-seat main hall and the luxurious 14-seat screening room, audiences see the best in new, independent, and classic cinema. TPH education programs provide students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science, and business of film. A community-based, mission-driven nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, The Picture House is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York 10803. Contact it at www.thepicturehouse.orgCLOAKING  or 914-738-3161.

Photo courtesy Amy Cole, Director of Communications, The Picture House Regional Film Center 

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