Thursday, May 18, 2017

Plastique Deux group exhibition LIC Arts Open 2017

A Long Island City Sampler
Installation composed of 37 individual pieces
Fabric, Plastic, Inkjet Prints, Panels
Approx. size 6x6 ft.

Yesterday afternoon saw me wheeling my handcart through the streets of Long island City, on my way to install my artwork in the group exhibition, Plastique Deux, on view during the 2017 Long Island City Arts Open. My "sampler" is composed of who I am - a long time LIC artist and quilter/fiber art maker. I created 16 12x12 inch quilted wallhangings featuring prints of some of the LIC-themed paintings I'd created since finding my studio in 1980. In addition, there are 16 6x6 inch panels and 5 12x12 inch panels covered with fabric, Queens imagery and plastics. The challenge was to incorporate plastic material manufactured by PLAXALL, a local business in the area for 70 years and very supportive of the artistic community. I used a variety of clear and multicolored sheets of plastic pill holders throughout in the installation.

Once I arrived at the Anable Basin Space, 4-40 44th Drive, a huge space down on the East River waterfront, I set to work measuring, climbing up and down a ladder, bending, and hammering. 4 hours later the artwork was installed and today I have an aching back as a result. The price we pay for art.

On Friday, May 19th from 6-9pm we will have our opening reception and I hope some of you can stop by. Here is a link to an article on the exhibit.

I will also be having an open studio on Saturday and Sunday. Lot's going on in the nabe these next few days, it promises to be a busy and artful time.

For more information on Plastique Deux and the 2017 Long Island City Arts open click here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Long Island City Arts Open 2017

The 7th Annual Long Island City Arts Open will take place on May 17-21, with artists open studios on May 20-21 from 12-5pm.
I will be opening my studio to the public this year. For more information on events, directions and an artists directory click here

In addition, my work can be seen in a group exhibition, Plastique2, in a large space down by the waterfront. I've created an installation which includes 37 components using imagery of my paintings combined with fiber art and plastics. Plaxall, a Long Island City manufacturer of plastic materials, donated the space for the exhibition. Wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline can be seen here as well. This was a bit different from my usual artmaking activities. Plastique2

Friday, May 5, 2017

Exhibition on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

Soho Hula Reflections
Oil on canvas
30x24 inches

Soho Hula Reflections is one of fifteen paintings currently on view in the office of Weill Cornell Medical Associates, located at 12 West 72nd Street (opposite the Dakota) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I've chosen a diverse group of New York themed paintings. Hope they will be enjoyed by the physicians, nurses and patients frequenting this busy practice. You are welcome to stop in and see the artwork while it is up from May - July, 2017.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Here's looking at you on 22nd Street

22nd Street Gargoyle
Oil on canvas
24x24 inches

A new painting today. This view is of one of the gargoyles flanking the sides of a building on 22nd Street. I find it so interesting that many architects of the buildings constructed during the late 1800's-early 1900's thought to embellish their facades with all manner of caryatids, architectural oddities and gargoyles. Endlessly fascinating. I never know when I am going to chance upon one and it always makes me smile. This fellow is on the side of an apartment building featuring red and gray brickwork with ornate wrought iron fire escapes.

Just next door is a beautifully converted former carriage house and a for sale sign recently appeared. Huge north light windows were added during renovations and I can't help but imagine what it might be light to set up my easel and paint by that light. I'm sure it is priced at many millions of dollars, way out of my price range.

Photo of carriage house on 22nd Street

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In Your Easter Bonnet

Easter Bonnet
Oil on canvas
36x24 inches

As this is the Passover/Easter holiday week, I thought it might be nice to revisit this painting of the Met Life Building lit up in colors that reminded me of an Easter bonnet. I always enjoy seeing the iconic towers of the city lit up in colors celebrating a specific holiday or event.

I've recently joined a group of artists showing their work on the website. My artwork is reproduced on various types of scarves and clothing and Easter Bonnet is one of the images I selected. If you would like to take a look, click here and search for my name where you will see several items featuring my artwork.

Wishing you all a happy holiday.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ten years of blog posts and counting

I recently checked my records and was more than a little surprised to learn that I have been sharing my art on this blog for 10 years. The first posting was on March 18, 2007 and this is the painting I chose to open with.

Midtown Artist
Oil on canvas
10x10 in.

There have been a lot of paintings posted over the years and I hope you have enjoyed seeing the New York urban landscape through my painter's eyes.

I sometimes wonder who is reading and following this blog and why they choose to do so. On this is ten-year anniversary, I would so appreciate it if you would take a moment and leave a comment, letting me know that you enjoy following my painting endeavors and musings.

Thanks much and look forward to sharing more new work with you soon.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Empire Quilters 2017 Urban Inspiration Exhibit

Remembering the City Quilter
Machine Pieced and Quilted wall hanging
14x14 inches

In addition to being a painter, I've also become something of a quilter/fiber artist, a medium that I love working in. I am a member of the Empire Quilt Guild and next week-end, April 1st and 2nd, the members will be having their bi-annual exhibit at FIT. I will have 2 quilts on view, this one being a small wall-hanging for the President's Challenge. The City Quilter was a wonderful store on 26th Street which sadly closed it's doors last year after 20 years in business. Although they do have an online presence, it is not the same as going into the shop and being surround by fabrics, colors, notions and knowledgeable and talented quilters, ready to help and answer questions and offer advice.

Hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday, 10-4.

FIT is located at 28th Street and Seventh Avenue and there is a $10.00 admission fee.

In addition to many beautiful quilts on view, there will be a raffle quilt as well as vendors selling all kinds of wonderful stuff. I am always awed and inspired by this show and it was at an exhibit several years ago that I saw a quilt that got me started on my own quilting journey.