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Museums in my backyard

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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.

 

 

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Visit hundreds of Open Studios, including mine!

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Hundreds of open artists’ studios, dozens of art exhibits, live dance, music, and performance art will be happening during the LIC Arts Open 2016 from May 18 – 22. At Reis Studios (where my studio is located), there are 200 artists in my building plus many other artists in nearby studio buildings participating in the LIC Arts Open Studios.   If you collect art, it’s an easy way to see a wonderful variety of art to add or start your own art collection.  I will be demonstrating my collage printmaking techniques during this weekend, May 21 & 21 from 12-6 pm, making free one-of-a-kind cards for all interested visitors.  Come by and get one.  Or just stop by to say “hi”!  I’m in studio #225.
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Reis Studios, an International Community of Established and Emerging Artists, is located just blocks from P.S.1 and one stop from Manhattan.  Here’s how to get to  Reis Studios #225, 43-01 22nd Street, Long Island City. 11101

Making your next bank visit more fun

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Making your next bank visit more fun

I’m participating in a group show at the CitiGroup Building in Long Island City for the next six weeks.  Along with other LIC Artist Members, my work is showcased in the Atrium adjacent to Hall Galleries.  Stop by for a look and lunch (they have a great food court).  The artists’ reception is this Thursday, May 15 from 5-7 pm.  Exhibition details below:

CITIGROUP BUILDING, SHOWCASES: SELECTED SMALL WORKS BY LICARTISTS MEMBERS
1 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101
6 showcases, the Main Floor Hall Gallery

May 12 – June 30, 2014

Hours Open: 7am -7pm , M-F

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Swirl Across, Mixed Media on canvas, 16″ x 12″, $250

Open Studio Tour this weekend

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If you’re in NYC this weekend, stop by my studio and say “hi”! LIC Arts Open is this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Over 200 artists in Long Island City are opening their studios to the public and I’m one of them. It’s just one subway stop out of Manhattan in Queens. Take the E, F or M train to the Court Square station, then it’s only a three block walk! Drop by my studio at Reis Studios (43-01 22nd St., LIC) .  I’m giving away free candy…okay it’s not much of a bribe but it’s better than nothing!

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