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James Lettiere: Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art PDF Print Email

By James Lettiere, Art Specialist

Apr. 15, 2015:  The exhibition Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrating the centennial of the Met's Department of Asian Art, features three of the main themes in Japanese art: images of seas and streams, mountains and landscapes, and people at work and play.

Katsushika Hokusai's Under the Wave off Kanagawa, also known as the Great Wave, is from a collection called Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. It prominently showcases the blue ink so well recognizable in Japanese art, known as Prussian blue. Hokusai was a pioneer in its use after it was introduced through European contact with Japan.

This famous print's images of both sea and Mount Fuji are emblematic of Hokusai's work. The rich blue highlights the turbulence of the ocean and majesty of the mountain. His use of perspective is amazing; we are practically riding in the small boats at sea while viewing the almost perfect triangle of Mount Fuji in the distance. He was deeply moved by the mountain and incorporated it into many of his prints along with common men and women.

He is not the only artist in the show. The exhibition includes over 200 works from ancient to modern times and "explores the trends that shaped art collecting and the reception of Japanese art in the United States," as the Met's website describes. The works of other artists are on par with his.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 27, 2015

Concordia Conservatory Presents Band Concert 'Tour de Force 2015' Sunday, April 12 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Apr. 8, 2015: Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art presents Tour de Force, a concert featuring its three bands, Roof Top Rush, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, and Critical Point, on Sunday, April 12, at 6:00 pm in the Schoenfeld Campus Center at Concordia College. 

The three bands are composed of performers ages 10 to 17 from Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Pelham, Yonkers, and the Bronx.

Tour de Force will feature varied pop and rock repertoire ranging from rock, British invasion, and funk rock to 90s alternative, punk, and modern pop. 

The band members are listed below.

Roof Top Rush: Coleman Breining, Jazmyn Gyapong, and J. T. Meyer

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: Yasmine Arnwine, Dara Burke, Daniel DeGenaro, Sam Inperato, and Matthew Pytosh

Critical Point: Abby Carter, Tashi Dhargyal, Jim Grant, and Luke Gray

The program at the conservatory was born eight years ago as part of the conservatory's chamber music program. Since then, the bands' activities have grown into a year-round program, coached by conservatory guitar faculty member Bob Gingery.

The program is open to experienced vocalists and guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion, and woodwind players. The program runs throughout the academic year, and the conservatory offers a four-week Camp Band Bash as part of its Summer at Concordia program from June 30 to July 25. The camp program culminates with a concert and recording session.       

Tickets are $5; call 914-395-4507 or go to to purchase tickets.  

Pictured here: Guitar player at last year's concert.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Bronxville High School Junior Caroline Schetlick Named to All-Eastern Mixed Chorus PDF Print Email

Written by Donna Devlin, Volunteer, Bronxville High School Music Department    

Mar. 25, 2015: Bronxville junior Caroline Schetlick has been named to the 2015 All-Eastern Mixed Chorus. The announcement came from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which sponsors a biennial festival for exceptionally talented high school musicians from twelve states, the District of Columbia, and Europe at its Eastern Division Conference.

This year, 810 singers and instrumentalists were selected to perform in one of five All-Eastern Honors Ensembles in concerts on April 11 and 12 in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.

The 350-voice mixed chorus will be conducted by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, professor of music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and chorus master of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Schetlick is one of only 25 New Yorkers in the ensemble.

Schetlick, an alto, sings with the Bronxville High School Chorus and the school's select Chorale. She is a twelve-year member of the choir program at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. A veteran of nine Bronxville School Drama Department productions, she recently appeared in the high school's spring musical, Sweeney Todd.

She sang in the 2014 All-State Mixed Choir, in 2013 and 2014 Area All-State ensembles, and at the 2014 Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Conference.

Schetlick studies piano, conducting, and musicianship at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale. Pamela Simpson, director of the Bronxville High School Chorus, is helping her to prepare for the All-Eastern performance.

Schetlick plans to pursue her music studies in college, with a focus on choral music and conducting.

Pictured here: Bronxville junior Caroline Schetlick.

James Lettiere: Sculpture in the Age of Donatello at Museum of Biblical Art PDF Print Email


Written by James Lettiere, Art Specialist

Mar. 25, 2015: Currently on show until June 14, 2015, at the Museum of Biblical Art are works of art by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia, and others.

The museum's website says that these works "were made in the first decades of the fifteenth century for [the] Florence Cathedral ('Il Duomo'), which was then in the last phase of its construction. . . . All [were] created as components of larger programs for the exterior and interior of the Cathedral from around 1400 until 1450. . . . Also on view [are] two Brunelleschi wood models of the dome—one relating to the overall structure and the other to the titanic lantern—and three early fifteenth-century stone reliefs derived from scenes on Ghiberti's first bronze doors for the Baptistery facing the Cathedral."

As I learned, all of these artists knew each other personally and uniquely contributed works for the same project.

The museum is the only venue in the United States for this exhibition, and an opportunity to see the work of Donatello and Brunelleschi should not be missed.

Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Panel of Professionals to Discuss Business of Art at Concordia's OSilas Gallery Thursday, March 26 PDF Print Email

Written by Kathi Jahnke, Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College    

Mar. 25, 2015: Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, and such are the opportunities and risks of collecting art.

To explore some of the critical points of acquiring and transferring art, a panel discussion titled "The Business of Art" will take place at the OSilas Gallery on Thursday, March 26.

Assembled will be an exceptional panel of a contemporary gallery owner and an interior designer, both of whom help clients select and place art, a corporate curator for a world-class art collection, and a tax specialist focusing on the benefits and pitfalls of art and collectibles.


Brian Lang, Curator, Corporate Art Collection, BNY Mellon

Jere Doyle, Senior Wealth Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Kenise Barnes, Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Patricia O'Shaughnessy, Patricia O'Shaughnessy Design


Claire Brown, Associate Director, Business Development, Winston Art Group

This program is intended for those interested in art or collecting. Seating is limited for this free event. To RSVP, please call 914-337-9300, ext. 2173.

Pictured here: The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College.

Photo by N. Bower

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