Council for the Arts

Council for the Arts

The Council for the Arts is a group of volunteers from the College and the surrounding communities that foster and encourage an appreciation and enjoyment of the fine and performing arts. The council's ultimate goal is to develop a lasting love for the arts in SJC students and in the larger community, which will encourage their active involvement either as participants or as informed spectators.

Ramona Candy, Director
Phone: 718.940.5351
Fax:  718.636.4314
Email[email protected]

Semester Art Shows

What is Joy

October 24 to November 29
Alumni Room Gallery, Tuohy Hall

“Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

With great strength and determination, my very close friend, on her journey, is fighting a battle with cancer. “Mother, live your life with joy.” are the sweet wise words from her daughter. Hard to consider, but if we understand that without sorrow, there is no joy, without pain, no peace, not so hard after all. Daughter was speaking of the illness but also to encourage in spite of the state of the world today. Most of us hope that all our dark days will give way to a new life and, along the way, we will continue to find opportunities to be joyful. – Ramona Candy, curator

Artists, Jorge Valdes, Sarah J. Hall, Mark Blackshear, Jimmy James Greene, C Bangs, Brittan Blasdel, Willie Mae Brown, Ava Tomlinson, TAFA and Ellen Coleman Izzo are asked to pose – or to answer -- the question, What Is Joy?

Gallery hours are Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. For more information, contact Ramona Candy at [email protected].

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Council Members

Ramona Candy
S. Susan Wilcox 
Jane Beckwith 
Roberto Figueroa 
William Trevino 
Maria Montoya 
Christian Branch 
Sarah Carrier 
Leon Bernardyn 
Michael Banach 
Jaime Vacca 
Kean Hawker 
Peter Lin
Maribeth Flynn
Wendy Jones