Some Stained Glass Windows

Here are a few of the renowned stained glass windows in Briarcliff Manor Congregational Church. I would have liked to have taken pictures of all of them, but I was attending a concert and couldn’t get to a number of them without going through the orchestra. I tried, but after inadvertently lowering a music stand and knocking over a flute, decided it wasn’t a good idea. After the concert it was dark outside and impossible to take more pictures.

Above: Christ Blessing the Children 1895-1899*.

“The Briarcliff Congregational Church (BCC) is endowed with many wonderful gifts both spiritual and material. One of the church’s priceless treasures is its collection of stained-glass windows, spanning more than 100 years of stained-glass art. All the windows were donated as memorial gifts, a tradition started by the church’s benefactor, Walter W. Law. Most represent specific biblical stories; some show historic persons; one or two allow the viewer’s imagination to have a go; others’ symbolism have multiple interpretations. All are beautiful to see; all change as the light moves with the day. The windows at The Briarcliff Congregational Church are also a reflection of the history, life, and traditions of the church as well as that of the community.

There are 17 stained glass windows in all, representing several well-known studios and decorative arts companies: J&R Lamb, NY; William C. Willett, Philadelphia; John Hardman Studios, Birmingham and London; Woodhaven Studios, Bermuda. Perhaps the most well-known among these is Tiffany Studios. BCC has 7 magnificent Tiffany windows, installed between 1898 and 1906.” (Briarcliff Manor Congregational Church Website).

Jesus and Nathaniel, 1906*.

The Boy Jesus in Jerusalem, 1963.

Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Post 1915.

Supper at Emmaus, 1902*.

The East Transept, 1929.

* indicates a Tiffany window.

For more information on the church together with some interesting historical pictures and some beautiful color photographs of the magnificent Tiffany (and other) stained glass windows see “Glory in the Glass. A Celebration of the Briarcliff Congregational Church 1896-1996”, Edited Karen M. Sharman. Copies may still be available from the Briarcliff Manor Congregational Church at 30 South State Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510. Phone: 914-941-4368, Fax: 914-941-1513, Church Office Hours:Tuesday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

The “Windows of the Soul” section of the church’s website briefly explores 10 of these magnificent windows: their art, history, biblical reference, and meaning.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 R

A found still life

A came across this on an exterior wall of my friend’s house. I’ve categorized it as “still life” although I’m not convinced that this is the right term for it. But I can’t think of anything better at the moment. As you can see it’s made of tiles and other pieces of pottery with a scattering of sea shells along the bottom. I just liked the way it looked.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon/Samyang AF 24-70 f2.8 FE

A Visit to Olana – Finally at Olana – Some interior shots

“The house contains many canvases by Church, as well as works by friends, a collection of old master paintings, and furniture and decorative arts that Frederic and Isabel Church collected over the course of their lives. Today the experience of visiting the house remains remarkably unchanged, for the rooms look much as they did in the 1890s. From these intricately-decorated interiors visitors can look out on panoramic views of the Taconic Hills, the Hudson River, and the Catskill Mountains, vistas that are also much like those that Frederic Church enjoyed.” (Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios).

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

A walk around Dobbs Ferry – Leaving Dobbs Ferry

It was time to return home. Here’s one of a number of murals at the Dobbs Ferry train station. The series is called “Floating Auriculas” and its done under the auspices of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Art in Transit project. They were created by Nancy Blum. Her website describes them as follows:

Installed in the spring of 2007, this piece spans a large retaining wall that runs parallel to the Hudson River. Commissioned by the Metro Transit Authority, Arts For Transit, the work is located at the Dobbs Ferry train station along the New York Hudson Line. Installed are seven full and partial ‘auricula flowers’ at 8 feet in diameter. They are made out of a combination of Italian glass and marble tile.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

A visit to the Museum of Modern Art

I recently went into New York City to meet up with a friend for drinks. My plan was to go in early and walk around taking some pictures. Unfortunately it turned out to be a very hot, humid day and I didn’t feel much like walking around. It occurred to me that I could take refuge in an air-conditioned museum, but which one? Since I hadn’t been to the Museum of Modern Art for about a decade I decided to go there.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XF 18mm f2 R