Archive for May, 2009

Happy Artists at a Happy Opening

May 7, 2009

Happy Artists!!

Happy Artists!!

Claire, John and Wendi having a great evening at the UNconventional Portrait Show. They are standing in front of Claire’s painting on the left and John’s on the right. Amazing likenesses, don’t you think?


Opening Reception for ‘Loud & Clear: Art Provides A Voice’

May 7, 2009

Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, May 7 from 6 to 9pm.

Kids in Crisis, opening reception May 7th

Kids in Crisis, opening reception May 7th

“Loud & Clear:  Art Provides A Voice,” an exhibit of the artwork of the teen residents of the temporary shelter at Kids in Crisis.  The exhibit, which will be open to the public May 7 – May 17, 2009, will showcase the teens’ work created through the Kids in Crisis therapeutic art program.The art therapy program is conducted in partnership with Open Art Studio, NYC, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to offering participants of all ages and backgrounds a creative outlet to foster individual choices and to provide a safe space for personal transformation.

“Loud & Clear:  Art Provides A Voice” will feature dozens of different pieces by the Fairfield County children impacted by abuse, neglect and severe family conflict who seek refuge at the comprehensive Kids in Crisis campus in Cos Cob.  While children are temporarily in residence at Kids in Crisis, they receive a full spectrum of support – medical, educational, and therapeutic care, including the innovative program directed by Open Art Studio and generously supported by an anonymous private donor.

Open Art Studio, NYC recognizes the uniqueness of each individual’s psychological, spiritual and emotional needs.  Participants are exposed to an artistic process that can serve as an emotional outlet and as a means of self expression.  “Creating art offers the comfort of touch, the freedom of expression, the reduction of stress and the opportunity to exercise control,” said Mandy Weil, founder and director of Open Art Studio.  “The introduction of art materials and activities fosters individualchoices that help build self-esteem, a vital element of the care and support provided to the residents of Kids in Crisis.”

The mission of each of the two art organizations is closely aligned.  “The Loft Artists Association (LAA) is comprised of a group of men and women who, almost more than anything else, passionately believe in the power of art,” said Alissa Siegal, President of the LAA.  “Art as a declaration of one’s self, as a way to connect with those you have never and may never meet, art as able to express what words cannot.  This life giving and life sustaining act of expression becomes more deeply meaningful when shared with others.  The LAA is honored to display the work of the youth of KIC, and completely excited to partner with these children to make art.  This act of joint creation and self expression brings empowerment to all involved.”

The new relationship between Kids in Crisis and the LAA is a powerful one.  In addition to hosting “Loud & Clear:  Art Provides A Voice,“ members of the LAA will begin working individually this month with Kids in Crisis residents to provide an additional opportunity to experience different artistic techniques and styles and offer the chance to create new pieces amidst the LAA environment.  The LAA studios and gallery have been located in a warehouse in the South End of Stamford for the past 25 years.

“Giving our children the ability to see their work prominently displayed, to acknowledge the hard work they put forth in healing themselves and their lives is a meaningful gift,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis.  “We are most appreciative of the support provided by the Loft Artists Association and the attention and care they are providing to families and children in crisis.”

Francine Funke at Contemporary Printmaking

May 7, 2009

Francine Funke has been chosen to exhibit two works from her “Mechanical Botanical” Series in the 7th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition.

The distinguished jurors were Lisa Hodermarsky, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photography, Yale University and Craig Zammiello, Master Intaglio Printer.

The exhibition will be held at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park,
299 West Avenue in Norwalk Connecticut from May 28th – August 15, 2009.
The Opening Reception is Thursday, May 28th from 4-7 PM.

Judith Lambertson “Best in Show”

May 7, 2009

Judith Lambertson’s “After the Rain” receives “Best in Show
Judith Lambertson‘s “After the Rain” oil on linen received Best in Show in Spectrum 2009  juried art exhibition ( May 3-June 7,  Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT)
Juror Barbara Grossman “The painting is structurally beautiful with it’s hot and cool temperatures and the very subtle difference in values. You have a sense of place and the deep and shallow space creates an exciting tension.”

“View from Ledge Road” in permanent collection
“View from Ledge Road” oil on paper has entered the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Mass and will be exhibited in “Woman Artists” in the collection of the Cape Ann Museum, October 24, 2009- January 31, 2010 .”

Renee Kahn visits “La Ruche”, an artists’ complex in Paris

May 7, 2009

Renee Kahn and her arts-writer daughter, Eve, went to Paris together this February. The high point of their trip was a visit to an artists’ complex called “La Ruche,” the Beehive,  located at the outer edge of Montparnasse. Put together out of recycled buildings and artifacts from the 1902 World’s Fair in Paris, it was designed to provide inexpensive places for impoverished artists to live and work, a function it still serves today. Among the early residents were Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine and Brancusi, a stellar cast. They interacted with the poets who lived there and produced some of the best work of their careers in that fertile atmosphere. Eve managed to charm her way in (it’s private) and we got to see inside. The pair of caryatids flanking the main entrance in the photo were also salvaged from the World’s Fair. Read more about La Ruche in Wikipedia

Wendi Ohlson’s Landscapes

May 7, 2009

Wendi Ohlson‘s work will be featured twice in one weekend at the Bartlett Arboretum‘s  “Plein Air Auction” (Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford CT, Saturday, May 16, 5:30pm) and Angell Fine Arts’ “Celebration of the Senses…” (Angell Fine Arts, East Greenwich RI, Friday, May 15, 4-7pm).

Kevin Robinson “Black Madonna” Exhibit

May 7, 2009

In the show “Black Madonna” curated by Lisa Paul Streitfeld and H.P. Garcia, Kevin Robinson is in great company with artists like Marshall Arisman and Andres Serrano. The show runs from May 6 through  August 1 with a reception on Wednesday, May 13, 6-11pm. HP Garcia Gallery, 580 Eighth Ave at 38th Street, NYC.

Kevin Robison in Black Madonna Exhibit

Donna Hargrove: Art to the Avenue

May 6, 2009

Donna Hargrove has work at NYSC on Liberty Way in Greenwich as part of the Art to the Avenue.

On May 7, 2009 “Art to the Avenue” officially opens with a gala street festival turning Greenwich Avenue into a strolling art gallery. Musicians, dancers, singers, jugglers, bands, and other entertainers fill the streets from 5:30 to 8pm. In addition, many events, programs, performances, and workshops are scheduled for artists and the public during the month of May. “Art to the Avenue” is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the region.

Catherine Horan’s Graduate Show

May 6, 2009
Maine Harbor© by Catherine Horan

Maine Harbor© by Catherine Horan

Catherine Horan exhibits work in the Graduate Show at the College of New Rochelle.
A closing reception will be held Monday, May 18, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Mooney Center Lounge. All are welcome to attend.

The College of New Rochelle Graduate School Division of Art Communications Studies presents “Creative Streams ~ The 2009 Spring Graduate exhibit” from April 22 – May 18, 2009.

The annual spring exhibit provides the CNR community and the general public the opportunity to view original works of art created by graduate students from the Studio Art, Art Therapy and Therapy Counseling programs.

College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805