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Bronxville's OSilas Gallery Opens Exhibition for Muralist Richard Haas

Photograph of one of Richard Hass's Gateway to the Waterfront murals.
Photograph of one of Richard Hass's Gateway to the Waterfront murals. Photo Credit: Charles T. Little
Photograph of one of Richard Hass's Gateway to the Waterfront murals on Main Street in Yonkers.
Photograph of one of Richard Hass's Gateway to the Waterfront murals on Main Street in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Charles T. Little

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- OSilas Gallery at Concordia College in Bronxville will host an opening reception for renowned American muralist Richard Hass's exhibition, "Dreams & Reality: Visions of Urban Architecture," on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.

The reception will feature a brief talk by Haas. The reception and the exhibition are both free and open to the public.

Haas’s work focuses primarily on architecture, and he is best known for his trompe l'oeil murals on the exterior of buildings, according to a release from OSilas Gallery.

While his murals can be found in cities across the United States and abroad, residents of Southern Westchester are probably most familiar with his Gateway to the Waterfront murals, which were three trompe l'oeil murals painted on the exterior of buildings on Main Street in Yonkers, the release said.

The building on which the center mural was painted was knocked down in October 2016 when new owners bought the building.

Over the years, Haas has seen many of his pieces destroyed either by building developers or the elements. "Dreams & Reality" will examine the many blessings and curses that come with urban reform and will showcase a variety of Haas’s architectural drawings, maquettes, paintings and prints, the release said.

Charles T. Little, curator emeritus of Medieval Arts & The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the curator of "Dreams & Reality."

"The artistry of Richard Haas poignantly captures the architectural life and fabric of the urban landscape," said Little. "The city becomes much more than a canvas for his art, but also a platform for social commentary, historic memory and preservation.”

"Dreams & Reality" will be on display at OSilas Gallery through Saturday, March 4.

Gallery hours are noon - 5 p.m., Tuesday /Wednesday /Friday; noon - 7 p.m., Thursday; and 2 - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Call Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at (914) 337-9300 x 2173 for more information or to make arrangements for group viewings of "Dreams & Reality" outside of regular gallery hours.

Visit osilasgallery.org for more information about exhibitions, special events and programs. All exhibitions at OSilas Gallery are free and open to the public.

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Rd., Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library.

Free and ample parking is available on campus.

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