Oil-Painting Residency Benefits Eastchester Students

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Artist Leah Lopez works with Eastchester High School senior Joe Boscia during the program.
Artist Leah Lopez works with Eastchester High School senior Joe Boscia during the program. Photo Credit: Contributed
Eastchester senior Jung Park will have her work displayed at Concordia College.
Eastchester senior Jung Park will have her work displayed at Concordia College. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Following an oil- painting residency with Leah Lopez in the fall, several Eastchester High School art students will have their work displayed at the OSilas Gallery at Concordia College.

The seven session residency in “still life painting with oils” began in late November with demonstrations, followed by painting sessions with students.

Participants worked in controlled lighting setups and painted the lights and darks in Old Master style. Students from drawing and painting, advanced studio and portfolio preparation participated in the unit.

Lopez, who currently teaches at the New York Academy, has had her paintings represented at galleries around the country, from Pasadena, Calif. to Bronxville. She’s earned awards from organizations such as the Scottsdale Artists School, American Women Artists, National Association of Women Artists and others for her work.

The Eastchester Schools Foundation and the High School PTA funded the residency. Sophomore Olivia Hughes and seniors Raylla Chan and Jung Park will have their paintings displayed at the OSilas Gallery until Jan. 27 as part of the Regional High School StArt Exhibit. Many student projects will also be exhibited at the annual Eastchester Arts Festival in May.

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Last November, I was invited to teach my painting methods at Eastchester High School. It was my pleasure to work with their highly committed teachers, Sylvia Vigliani and Dorothy Johnson. I was very impressed by the students' level of interest and how well they carried out their assignment. Many thanks to all the creative students who participated, I thoroughly enjoyed watching your work progress. Congratulations Olivia Hughes, Raylla Chan and Jung Park!