Friday, November 29, 2013
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.
Posted by SJF at 12:15 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Today the blog Daytonian in Manhattan did a posting on Engine Company 33 located on Great Jones Street. After reading the detailed history, I was motivated to dig through my slide file and post this painting that I created in 1994 of the fire house. I was impressed by its stately architecture and the red really stands out on the block, especially when the sun is shining.
To read more about this landmarked building, check out Daytonian's post here.
Posted by SJF at 6:09 AM
Monday, November 18, 2013
Oil on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Last Saturday I attended the 100th Annual Exhibition of the Allied Artists of America. The exhibition took place at the venerable National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. Large turnout for a large show. This annual highlights the work of artists working in a primarily realist manner and the quality of work was quite good. As was pointed out by one of the speakers during the afternoon's awards ceremony, fewer and fewer of these types of exhibits are being held in respected institutions, sad to say. Galleries continue to struggle and close and opportunities for artists to show their work dwindles. As I read about the record breaking auction results of the past week - millions going for a Francis Bacon and an Andy Warhol - I realized that had nothing to do with me as a working artist, or with any of the other artists I know. Just imagine how those many millions of dollars could have been spent on supporting the arts and artists of today.
I was delighted when the President of the Allied Artists came up to me during the reception and presented me with a check for my painting, LIC Looking Northwest. It had been sold - a sale totally unexpected and very welcome. I'm glad that groups such as Allied are still around - 100 years is a real achievement!
Posted by SJF at 10:22 AM
Friday, November 8, 2013
Hot off the presses. I just received my copies of a new book by Alfred and Joyce Pommer, "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" for which I created several paintings and pen and ink drawings which appear throughout the book. I enjoyed exploring this historic Manhattan neighborhood and picked up a lot of new information on the history along with some interesting tidbits.
Oil on canvas
6 x 9 inches
One of the paintings is of Sniffen Court, located on East 36th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues. Originally constructed as stables for the nearby mansions, they were converted to residences and are a charming little enclave not far from the skyscrapers a few short blocks away. One of many notable people who populated the Murray Hill area was the sculptor Malvina Hoffman, who maintained a studio in Sniffen Court and lived nearby.
Posted by SJF at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sharing this photo of the iconic and gone old Pennsylvania Station. Fifty years ago today it was demolished. Grand Central almost met the same fate, but thankfully it was saved from the wrecking ball. I continue to paint New York and its architecture as it is constantly changing - and disappearing. My hope is that these beautiful, iconic and still useful buildings will find new life. I was too young and not yet a painter when this building was torn down, so I've never painted it. Thanks to folks like the New York City Landmarks Commission, some of New York's treasures will not disappear.
For an article and some wonderful photos of the old Pennsylvania Station, click here.
Posted by SJF at 1:45 PM
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thought you might enjoy seeing another creative venture. In addition to painting the New York urban landscape for many years I've now taken up quilting too. Just had to make some NYC-themed pillows and wall hangings, being the home-grown New Yorker that I am. Having a great time finding fabrics and then thinking about what I can do with them. I've just started an Etsy shop to show/sell my fabric artworks and hope you will stop by and take a peek.
Posted by SJF at 7:58 AM
Monday, October 7, 2013
Oil on panel
This small oil painting study is a view from the elevated train platform of the #7 Queensboro Plaza stop. A nice vantage point for some sweeping vistas of industrial New York.
This might turn into a larger painting, it has all the right ingredients.
Posted by SJF at 7:11 AM