Monday, April 14, 2014

"An Alternate Vision" at the Morris Museum

This week-end I paid a visit to the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ to view An Alternate Vision: National Association of Women Artists, Inc. 125th Anniversary Exhibition, 1889-2014.

My painting, Flatiron Bird's Eye View was one of the pieces selected for this exhibit along with artwork from both current and former members of this longstanding group. The work was very varied, from realistic to abstract, paintings, works on paper and sculpture.

The other exhibits in the museum were pretty interesting. I especially enjoyed the exhibit featuring work of New Jersey high school students. There is a lot of budding talent out there and and I was heartened to know that the art education in NJ schools is strong. Sadly, that is not the case in many of the New York City schools these days, a terrible shame. Art adds so much to a child's development, just the opportunity to think creatively with pencils, paint, clay, whatever. I was so fortunate to have some really fine art teachers while I attended school, a big factor in my becoming a working artist.

The field trip to Morristown with old friends was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The exhibit is on view through June 15, should you find yourself in the neighborhood.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New York circa 1979

Outside Madison Square Garden
Oil on canvas
22 x 28 inches

Time to do some studio spring cleaning. I pulled this painting out of the racks and once again enjoyed the color and activity of a busy street scene in Manhattan circa 1979. Seventh Avenue just outside of Madison Square Garden was teeming with passersby then as it is now, with many places to eat lining the opposite street and a glimpse of Macy's on the far corner. This painting has a simple, natural wood lattice strip frame. I offer this painting for sale to those of you who would love to have a colorful urban scene hanging in your home or office. It's an oldie but a goodie.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grand Central Centennial Quilt Exhibition

The New York Transit Museum located in Grand Central Station is hosting a wonderful exhibition through July 6, 2014 - quilts celebrating Grand Central's Centennial. The City Quilter in New York and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine organized the competition and the 30 finalist quilts on view are spectacular.

Time Flies But We Take The Train by quilter Amy Krasnansky, was the grand prize winner and it is a masterful quilt indeed.

Another favorite of mine was Ligaya Siachongco's marvelous quilt, Grand Central Terminal Mandala. Took my breath away. I had so many favorites, I just stopped counting and enjoyed each quilt as I came upon it.

I took a stab at this competition with my quilt GST II. As a fairly new quilter, I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with an idea. I used a pattern New York City Streets as a background and here is the result. After seeing the quilts on view in the exhibition, I know I have a lot to aspire to and I'm ready and eager to keep learning and honing my skills. I hope one day to be able to create quilts as stunning as the those that I saw today.

Monday, March 3, 2014

An LIC artists hangout

Diego's Place I
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches

Checking in as it has been awhile. I recently finished this commissioned painting of a building in Long Island City that is home to many artists studios. When I first came to LIC, artists were spread out in individual spaces. When an Open Studios event was held, visitors would walk from studio to studio to check out the artists works and explore the neighborhood. In recent years, several large buildings have been converted to primarily studio spaces for artists, so that now floor after floor are filled with people making art. Other businesses co-exist in these buildings as well, but much of the small manufacturing enterprises that were once prevalent in the neighborhood are long gone.

As Long Island City continues its rapid redevelopment - there are projects large and small underway on the main avenues and side streets - I continue to create a painted history of the neighborhood. I've only to look out of my window to see several new buildings under construction. No end in sight.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Signing Event December 21, 2013 Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill

On Saturday, December 21st, from 2-4, there will be a book signing and sale event for the Murray Hill book by Alfred and Joyce Pommer, featuring several of my paintings and pen and ink drawings. The original artwork will be on display, along with a selection of some of my NYC-themed pillows.

The event takes place at 315 West 39th Street, #1608.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Crescent Grill Brothers

Last Thursday's reception at the Dougherty Gallery at the Crescent Grill was a really nice event. The small exhibition was beautifully installed by the curator and the selection of urban-themed work was terrific. When I first walked into the restaurant, there on an easel was the painting I was commissioned to do of Dan and his brother Shaun in front of their newly-opened restaurant.

Pen and ink study for commission

Thought you might like to see the process of this painting's creation. I started with several photographs and combined two, doing a pen and ink study to make sure the composition worked well.

Crescent Grill
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Here is the finished painting. I do not consider myself a portrait painter by any means, but I do enjoy painting figures and have them show up in my paintings from time to time.

In the end, they were happy with the painting and I was relieved that they were. Now I'm looking forward to to some upcoming dinners with friends at the Crescent Grill during the holiday season.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Urban: An Explorationof New York's Landscapes

Five pieces were picked up today for the upcoming exhibit, Urban: An Exploration of New York's Landscapes at the Dougherty Gallery at Crescent Grill. The show will feature the work of 5 artists - paintings, pastels, and photography exploring the New York urban landscape, my kind of subject. The Crescent Grill is a newly opened restaurant space in Long Island City, owned and operated by Dan and Shaun Dougherty. Chef Shaun whips up the goodies in the newly designed kitchen while Dan is host. This family run-restaurant opened in an area of LIC undergoing a lot of development and there wasn't much in the way of dining choices until they came along. Dan is a long-time Long Island City resident and a great supporter of the arts - especially local artists. Hence, the intimate gallery space that was created when the restaurant was built.

The opening reception is on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6 - 9 pm and the show runs though February 2, 2014. Hope you can stop by.

For info on the Crescent Grill click this link.