On Sunday, May 20, the Bronxville Historical Conservancy partnered with the Bronxville Public Library to share insights and images of the village’s extraordinary artistic heritage. The afternoon event began in the Yeager Room of the Library, where art historian and curator Jayne Warman presented a narrative of Bronxville’s early artists and a selection of their works.
The afternoon was designed to celebrate two truly remarkable public art collections that represent a long-standing legacy of art patronage and dedication to a shared cultural history, dating as far back as the mid-19th century. “The first of these collections can be appreciated right here in the Bronxville Library,” Warman began. “It is a fine assemblage of late 19th/early 20th-century American paintings, prints and sculpture, largely donated by private Bronxville citizens. The second is a growing collection of paintings and works on paper acquired by the Bronxville Historical Conservancy since its founding 20 years ago. Several works were executed as early as the 1830s, although the majority were by Bronxville’s later artist colony painters. A few of the works hang upstairs in the Burt Gallery, but most enhance the walls of Village Hall.”
“These two remarkable collections are the product of a shared love of art and history, fostered and encouraged by our resident artists and effectuated by a long line of civic minded leaders and caring villagers. We are very fortunate indeed,” said Warman as she ended her presentation.