Bronxville Artists and Friends: Legacies Past and Future
September 2 – October 10, 2008
Gallery Talk, and Reception
Tuesday, September 9, 7-9 PM
Jayne Warman, Independent Curator
This exhibition is in partnership with the Bronxville Historical Conservancy, established in 1998 to further understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of Bronxville.
The golden age of art in Bronxville is attributed largely to William Van Duzer Lawrence, the developer whose vision of a planned community of talented individuals was the creative impulse for the establishment of Lawrence Park in the 1890s. Most of the artists who were a part of the community had known each other through travels and studies abroad, New York’s studios and professional organizations, and other art colonies, and their relationships deepened through their association in Lawrence Park.
Among the more prominent figures were landscape artists Henry Hobart Nichols, Otto Henry Bacher, Bruce Crane, and Walter Clark. Portraitist William R. Hamilton benefited from the patronage of Alexander Masterton, owner of the Tuckahoe marble quarries and one of Bronxville’s “first families”; his 1834 family portrait of the Mastertons now hangs in the Los Angeles County Museum. Francis W. Edmonds was known for his genre paintings. Charles Hinton excelled in a variety of media and was a highly respected art instructor at the National Academy of Design, Cooper Union, and New York University. The animal sculptures and drawings of Charles Robert Knight and Alexander Phimister Proctor were in demand; Proctor’s friezes for the elephant and primate exhibits at the Bronx Zoo are fine examples of public sculpture, and Knight’s murals portraying prehistoric man at the Museum of Natural History established a relationship with the museum that lasted for decades.
The Park’s artists eventually became a nationally recognized art colony that endured into the 20th century. They were a vital force in the community, and their tradition continues with the many individual artists who currently call Bronxville their home. Just as the last of the original Bronxville art colony was fading, a new and vibrant group of local artists emerged. In 1955 a group of Bronxville painters, most of them neighbors, began to meet regularly under the tutelage of artist Donald Pierce, and they eventually became known as Plateau Cirque. This group has continued for more than five decades. In 1994, nine women artists founded the October Group, and often have opened their studios to the public. Other Bronxville artists work on their own without any formal local affiliation.
Artists included in the exhibition: Robert Abele, Elena Agostinis, Jorie Andrews,
Otto Henry Bacher, Gitte Blass, Max Bohm, Walter Clark, Ann Crane, Bruce Crane,
Francis W. Edmonds, Anina Porter Fuller, Randy Frost, George Howell Gay, Hershell
George, William R. Hamilton, Charles Louis Hinton, William Henry Howe,
John Isaac, Charles Robert Knight, Mary Fairchild (MacMonnies) Low, Will Hicok
Low, Henry Hobart Nichols, Orrin Sheldon Parsons, Alexander Phimister Proctor,
Milne Ramsey, Hal Robinson, Herman T. Schladermundt, William Thomas Smedley,
George Henry Smillie, Amy Bright Unfried
Music in the Gallery
Sunday, September 21, 4 PM
Hometown Song Book
A concert series showcasing Concordia Conservatory faculty brings the visual and performing arts together in the spectacular OSilas Gallery.
Soprano Brook Packard and guitarist Andrew Dickenson perform a program of American works from folk to jazz.
Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children and seniors
Tickets available at the door
For tickets and information: 914-337-9300 x2173
Children in the Gallery: ARTyFACTS
Saturday, September 29, 3-5:30 PM
Join us in the Gallery to explore and learn about the Bronxville Artists Exhibition, followed by a hands-on art project in the Concordia Studio inspired by what you’ve seen.
Children ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult
Reservations required: 914-337-9300 x2173