Harmony in Blue and Gold
About the Piano
Our Piano was inspired by the views of Lower Manhattan surrounding the piano studio and, in particular, by the architectural details of the former Chase Manhattan Bank building located across the plaza on Pine Street. The elegant motifs of the 1928 setback skyscraper suited the Piano's subtle lines and scale. The blues and golds come from the surrounding sky and the sunlight reflected in the windows below.
About the Artist
Sundays at JASA is a one of a kind college level continuing education program for adults 55+. It offers a forum for older adults to pursue their interests, and facilitates the development of a wider circle of friends and fellowship among the members. Established in 1982, the program serves on average, between 350 and 400 people each year from throughout the City of New York. The program’s location at John Jay College affords us the opportunity to have the number of classrooms necessary to accommodate the number of courses offered and the growing number of participants.
JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving over 43,000 older adults in the New York area each year. Our mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy.
Sundays at JASA artists are Darlene Adelson, Sheila Halem, Leslie Ogan, Marie Gammello, and Victoria Gammello.
This piano was created with the guidance of Pamela Koehler. Pamela Koehler is a New York based artist who’s work explores both the natural and built environments. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University, and has presented lectures, talks and art workshops at a variety of museums and cultural institutions in New York, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Morgan Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Nassau County Art Museum, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. She teaches a weekly course for Sundays at JASA called Art in the City, which focuses on art and exhibitions in New York's museums, galleries, and public spaces. She is delighted to have had the opportunity to work with artists from that wonderful organization on the 2016 Sing for Hope Pianos project.