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OSilas Gallery Talk on Thursday, October 25: There is Something That Doesn’t Love A Wall PDF Print Email

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By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director Osilas Gallery and Art Studio


Oct. 17, 2018:  Is justice in jeopardy in our time? What can we do daily to protect human rights? 

The next OSilas Gallery talk is on October 25 at 7:00 pm. It will bring to campus Rev. Dr. Philip Krey, noted author, biblical historian, and former president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  

Against the backdrop of the gallery’s exhibition Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always: Celebrating Human Rights Through the Camera Lens, Rev. Krey will share his insight into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the monumental recognition of inherent human dignity adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the document’s adoption and in tandem with the college’s 2018-19 theme of Borders and Boundaries, John A. Nunes, president of Concordia College, and Rev. Krey will together explore issues of justice and human rights in the present age.   

Doors to the gallery will open at 6:30 pm, and the presentation will begin at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

If you would like more information about this event, please go to www.osilasgallery.org or call Elizabeth Vranka, executive director, at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173. 

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Book Talk with Alexis Clark, Author of 'Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance,' at Bronxville Library Tuesday, November 13 PDF Print Email

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By Margaret Mager, President, and Irena Choi Stern, Publicity Chair, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library


Oct. 17, 2018:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library ("FOBPL") is encouraging book clubs to read Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance by Alexis Clark in preparation for a special conversation with the author that will take place on the evening of Tuesday, November 13, 2018, in the library’s Yeager Room. Clark will be interviewed by Bronxville’s Sissel McCarthy, distinguished lecturer and director of the journalism program at Hunter College, and the audience will participate in a book discussion.

“Twenty-five years before Loving v. Virginia, an African-American nurse named Elinor Powell and a soldier in Hitler’s army, Frederick Albert, fell madly in love against all odds in Jim-Crow Arizona. Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history in a U.S. prisoner of war camp and postwar American suburbs, full of expected racism and intolerance—sweetened by unexpected love, unusual pockets of racial harmony, and genuine romance,” said Walter Isaacson, the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci.

Enemies in Love follows their story as they have a secret affair and struggle to stay together in the face of tumultuous racial, geographical, and legal divisions every step of the way. Clark shares how Elinor and Frederick are separated after the war while Elinor is pregnant and how they are reunited and married in the U.S., nearly divorced when they moved to Germany, struggled to find schools and insurance for their interracial family, and finally settle in a rare interracial community in Connecticut with their two sons, Stephen and Chris.

Previously an editor at Town & Country magazine, Clark is a freelance journalist who has written for the New York Times, Yahoo, The Root, Condé Nast Traveler, and other publications. An alumna of Spelman College, Clark holds master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and Columbia Journalism School, where she is currently an adjunct professor.

The author Q&A will be followed by a reception. Books will be available for sale by Womrath Bookshop. The event is on November 13, 2018, and is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, click here.

To register for the following upcoming author events, email  CLOAKING :

Oct. 25: Christian Klose, author of Frack This.
Oct. 30: Carola Lovering, author of Tell Me Lies.
Nov. 1: Dayna Kurtz, author of Mother Matters.

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Midland Music 2018-19 Season Opens with Three Russian Pianists on Two Grand Pianos Saturday, October 27 PDF Print Email

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By Linda Smith-Shearer


Oct. 3, 2018: The opening concert of the Midland Music 2018-19 season will be on Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 pm at The Bronxville Women's Club in its Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House at 135 Midland Avenue.

For the first time in the history of the Midland Music Concert Series, this concert will feature two magnificent grand pianos and three illustrious Russian pianists, Vassily PrimakovNatalia Lavrova, and Oxana Mikhailoff. The club's new Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand will be showcased in this concert in honor of the donors and supporters who made the dream of owning it a reality. (The second piano is courtesy of Fleming's Piano Store in Engelwood Cliffs, NJ.)

The program will be all Russian and will include a transcription for two pianos of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 and Rachmaninoff's two suites for two pianos. To make the concert even more meaningful, Oxana and Vassily will bring two of their star pupils, Kate Saluti and Sonia Holder, who will each perform a piece written for one piano four-hands sharing the stage with her teacher.

For more information, call 914-337-3252, email CLOAKING , or go to www.thebronxvillewomensclubinc.org.

Pictured here (L to R): Oxana Mikhailoff, Vassily Primakov, and Natalia Lavrova.

Photo courtesy Linda Smith-Shearer


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

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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.

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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 osilasgallery.org 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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Concert of Famous Operas, Arias, Duets, and Trios at The Reformed Church on Saturday, September 29 PDF Print Email

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By Dr. Sándor Szabó, Minister of Music and Organist, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Sep. 26, 2018:  On Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 pm, The Reformed Church of Bronxville will present a concert of famous opera arias, duets, trios, and quartets sung by esteemed section leaders and guest soloists.

The wonderful singers for this exciting concert are Julie Diniz, mezzo-soprano, Savannah Greene, soprano, Jimi James, baritone, Christopher Lucier, tenor, Kyle Oliver, baritone, Jennifer Ribeiro, soprano, Lis Stevens, soprano, and accompanist Dr. Sándor Szabó.

Come and warm up your fall with this fun-filled opera concert. The performance will be held in the church's Edwards Hall, so please arrive early, as seating is limited. Admission is free, and a reception will follow the performance.

For more information, click here or call 914-337-6776.

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