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Bronxville School Arts Festival a Great Success: See Photos

By Sarah Loader

May 29, 2024: This week, on a beautiful, sunny day, the Bronxville School celebrated its third annual Arts Festival! On Monday, May 20, students, parents, teachers, and community members gathered on the Bronxville school's front lawn. 

While listening to live musical performances by elementary, middle, and high school recorder and orchestra groups, students created the sculpture entitled ‘Bronco in Bloom’.  This incredible eight foot wooden Bronco, the mascot of the Bronxville School, was designed and constructed with artistic genius by Bronxville parents Lyndal Vermette, Tom Dordevic, and Justine McEnerney.  Students of all ages threaded hundreds of colorful flowers through the structure of the Bronco until the sculpture came into full bloom!

Attendees lined up at the ice cream truck and then gathered for a lively performance by the immensely talented Bronxville High School Jazz Band. The Jazz Band performance was followed by a stunning fashion show, titled AWAKE, featuring the original designs of Bronxville High School student Jack Colangelo and modeled by high school students.

Jack’s collection, featuring dresses made from upcycled vintage nightgowns, pillowcases, duvets and sheets, commented on the power of sleep as a time that allows us to be free from expectations.

The fashion show was followed by the recognition of two Bronxville teachers that are retiring this year: Elementary School Art Teacher Ms. Kendall Fousek and Middle and High School Chorus Teacher and Musical Theater Director Ms. Pamela Simpson.  The Middle School musical theater cast of Shrek then performed energetic and uplifting songs for the audience, who clapped and danced along! 

Following the Middle School Shrek performance, an open-air Open Mic night was hosted by the Bronxville High School Arts Society club, emceed by incoming co-Presidents Stella Woolery and Madeleine Brandes. The Open Mic night included vocal, guitar, ukulele, and percussion performances by fifteen high school students, including original acoustic guitar songs composed and performed by high school junior Madeleine Brandes. 

Attendees were treated to these amazing performances while seated at beautifully decorated tables, enjoying food and treats from local food trucks. Trendy Bronxville Arts merchandise was sold, curated by PTA Arts Council parents Cara Martin-Rulli, Lina Lince and Katie McGrath. It was a very special day celebrating the incredible artistic talents of students at the Bronxville School.

A significant highlight and beloved school tradition was held on the second day of the Arts Festival – the Kindergarten through 12th Grade Art Show.  This Art Show is the annual presentation by the dedicated Bronxville School art teachers featuring artwork by every art student in the Bronxville School. 

Attendees of the Arts Festival could wander through the school atriums, hallways and playrooms to view the magnificent paintings, drawings, sculptures and creations by talented Bronxville students. The Art Show culminated in a presentation of impressive artwork by the AP (Advanced Placement) Art and Design students. The reception for the K-12 Art Show hosted by the PTA Arts Council was held at the school on Tuesday, May 21.

This spectacular two-day event in celebration of the arts at the Bronxville School was a collaboration of the Bronxville School, the Bronxville PTA Arts Council, and the High School Arts Society Club. 

Special thanks to Arts Society Presidents and seniors Aryia Banihashem-Ahmad and Jeffrey Rohr, Arts Society Faculty Advisor Courtney Alan, Performing Arts Director Uma Karkala, the Bronxville School art and music teachers, and PTA President Deirdre Doheny. 

Behind the scenes, many PTA Arts Council parent volunteers worked tirelessly to support the 2024 Arts Festival.  A big thank you to 2024 PTA Arts Council Chairs Kelly Fezza and Jennifer Jaquette.  The PTA Arts Council is delighted to witness the growth of the Arts Festival and the tremendous turn-out and community support for the artistic talents of Bronxville students.   

See Photos Below.  Photos by D. Fenner









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Bronxville Public Library
Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Concordia Conservatory
Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

171 White Plains Rd
Bronxville, NY

Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville
Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Objects and Images Fine Arts
Objects and Images Fine Arts

117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
Part of Concordia College New York, the OSilas Gallery integrates the visual arts into the cultural and educational life of our campus and community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content, and media. Our programs are memorable, thought-provoking, and spiritually enriching; and of artistic originality, integrity, and excellence.
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY
(914) 337-0199

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