Bay Ridge

Art on the Corner marks 10th anniversary with concert

February 5, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Violist Eva Gerard, (left), pianist Keiko Asakawa-Golden (center) and cellist Mary Robb performed in concert in October. Photo courtesy Art on the Corner
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An arts program that has been offering entertainment, education and enrichment in Bay Ridge for a decade is marking its 10th anniversary with a special concert that will also serve as a fundraiser.

Art on the Corner will present a concert featuring cellist Mary Robb, pianist Keiko Asakawa-Golden, violist Eva Gerard, harmonica virtuoso Jiayi He and other talented musicians on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Musicians from the church will also perform in the concert.

Art on the Corner is part of the arts ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

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“Our 10th anniversary concert acknowledges with thanks all who helped nurture Art on the Corner these past years and celebrates the many opportunities Art on the Corner offers people of all ages to enjoy live music, view art, take part in creative workshops, build community through its Live Performance Meet-up group, as well as other stimulating activities,” Artistic Director Rita Pihra-Majurinen said.

Following the concert, there will be a champagne reception featuring foods and desserts from Bay Ridge shops

Tickets for this event are $40 per person and can be purchased online at or at the office at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Art on the Corner is a community-based, non-profit program where local, citywide and international artists perform and share their art with residents in southwest Brooklyn. The goal of the program is to make the arts accessible to the community and to make the community accessible to the artists, according to Pihra-Majurinen. The program’s name stems from the idea that local residents don’t have to travel far to find great art because it’s right on the corner.

“Art on the Corner is more than its Concert Series,” she told the Brooklyn Eagle via email. “Other programs include SLICE Family Night, Kids Art on the Corner, Saturday Art, JAZZ NITE, and in the planning stages are the Soul Café Gallery Space and a World Musics program.”

The Kids on the Corner program has included ceramic classes for youngsters conducted by ceramist Ed Huml.

Pihra-Majurinen is also seeking neighborhood support of Art on the Corner in the form of tax-deductible contributions. She noted that the program’s efforts are coordinated by a staff of volunteers.

Funds raised will support and expand Art on the Corner’s programming, including developing a gallery space in Good Shepherd’s Soul Café. Donations will also support the beautiful building Art on the Corner calls home, Pihra-Majurinen said.

For more information about the Feb. 7 concert, or about Art on the Corner, call Pihra-Majurinen at 718-745-8520. 


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