I am a member of an artist group in Long Island City (where my studio is located) that meets monthly to support each other, discuss art and our artwork. Recently, our fearless leader (thank you, Phoebe) organized a field trip to two museums in Long Island City. We started at the SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street. “SculptureCenter’s space was built as a trolley repair shop for the subway system in 1907, but never used as such. In the 1940’s, the building was used for the manufacture, assembly, and repair of derricks, hoist, and cranes, which the facade reflects with the original signage from that era”(1). Most of the sculptures displayed were a little too avant-garde for my taste, but I loved the building space with its exposed original brick and steel construction.
Our second stop was at MoMA PS1, “an exhibition space that devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art”.(2) I found the artwork at MoMA PS1 to be more polished and the conceptions behind them better expressed, but still very experimental. My favorite work, a brightly colored web by Escobedo Soliz Studio, was strung in the entrance courtyard. “This woven canopy encourages visitors to slow down, potentially reframing how they interact not only with each other but also with the landscape and sky”. (3) I relaxed outside with my art group at the museum’s cafe to enjoy this canopy, a cold beer, and some great conversation.
What museums, galleries, parks, and other sites are in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored?
(1) http://www.sculpture-center.org, (2) http://www.momaps1.org, (3) the information plaque in the courtyard.
Members Salon Exhibition at the Falchi
Long Island City Artists has secured a wonderfully large space to feature the artwork of ALL its members in a month-long exhibition at the Falchi Building in Long Island City. This salon-style exhibition runs from Sunday, October 4 through October 31.
I will be showing my painting “EU Timetable“, a mixed media diptych, 24″x48”, $2000. I created this work after a group tour of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I loved the cobble stone streets, the gold-leafed churches and the colorful fishing boats. However, I was unprepared for the hectic pace of traveling with a tour group with timetables and schedules that were inflexible. My painting incorporates all these elements into a colorful, energetic collage. Look closely to see some of my travel maps I incorporated into the work.
As a side benefit, The Falchi Building is also the home of The Doughnut Plant where you can get your fix of gourmet fancy doughnuts. Known for their unusually creative flavors such as Tres Leches, Creme Brulee, Rose, Hazelnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam and much more, I can assure you that your tastebuds won’t get bored.
The Falchi Building and The Doughnut Plant are located at 37-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. The exhibition is open on weekends from 12-6 pm.
I am exhibiting with sixteen other Queens artists at the CitiGroup building through June. All the artists are past or current board members of the Long Island City Artists organization. Stop by and have a look.
Last Thursday night, it was a whooping 8 degree Fahrenheit in New York City. But that didn’t stop the art lovers from turning out to attend the Atlantic Gallery’s “Over the Bridge” exhibition in Chelsea. I was fortunate to have two paintings in this show, along with 38 other Long Island City artists. The wine was flowing, the crowd was enthusiastic and the art was excellent. I’ve included photographs of that night “before” and “during” the opening to show you the crush. There is still plenty of time to see the exhibition on display until January 17th at Atlantic Gallery, Suite 540, 548 West 28th Street, New York City.
I’m so excited! I am exhibiting in my first Chelsea art gallery in New York City. I feel like the Chelsea neighborhood is the heart of contemporary art in the Big Apple. Please stop by the “OVER THE BRIDGE” show at the Atlantic Gallery between January 5-17. Join me at the artists’ reception on January 8, 2015! Atlantic Gallery is located at 548 West 28th Street, Suite 540, New York, NY.
One of my favorite things is attending art openings, especially if I’m one of the exhibiting artists. Add a little champagne to the mix, and the evening is perfect. Unfortunately, I was out-of-town for this opening so no champagne for me :(. However, an artist friend of mine, Marjorie Van Cura, also had work in the show. She snapped some photos of the event to share with me. “Circle Invasion”, the long blue painting happily sold two days before the opening. That’s worth toasting with champagne! The exhibition continues through August 31 so drop by Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery at 37 Popham Rd, Scarsdale, New York (open Tuesday-Saturday) to view some interesting contemporary art at excellent prices.
Still looking for something fun to do during the day this weekend? Check out the Long Island City Arts Open and visit my open studio (Reis Studios, 43-01 22nd St., LIC) as well as 160 others. Click here for details.
The 4th Annual LIC Arts Open is happening May 14-18 and it is the biggest open yet. Over 250 artists will take over 54 venues across Long Island City, from factories and warehouses to a glass tower on LIC’s developing waterfront for a total of over 85 exhibitions and events. Over 160 artists will open their studio doors for the Open Studios weekend. The full 2014 Festival Guide is found HERE. Simply put, it’s a massive party with music, art, dance and even a light show. Check out www.licartsopen.org to see all the events and details.
For my part, I will be hosting an open studio this Saturday and Sunday (May 17 & 18) from 12 – 5 pm. Please stop by to take a peek. There are over 160 open studios so it is well worth the trip. I’m in the Reis Studios Building (Studio 225) at 43-01 22nd Street, LIC. It’s a breeze to get here, just one subway stop outside of Manhattan, (an easy drive here as well but limited parking). Directions are here with information including how to use the free shuttle once you get here. I’ve got some paintings on sale too so stop by for a great deal.