Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The NEW LIC and the 2014 LIC Arts Open

Diego's Place II
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

A few months ago I completed a commission for a LIC building owner. He then asked me to create a painting of another property he owns in the neighborhood. This is new construction on a side street filled with older buildings, formerly the scene of much manufacturing of goods. This building does stand out with it's angles, brick and large glass windows.

I continue to wander around Long Island City, camera in hand, amazed at all the development that continues on non-stop. Speaking of new development, I am one of 5 artists who will be exhibiting artwork in the upcoming Long Island City Arts Open 2014 in spanking new studio apartments in a brand new T.F. Cornerstone building on the waterfront. There will be a reception on May 14th during Vernon Blvd Nabe Night and the exhibit will be up throughout the festival. Fabulous views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as some wonderful artwork on display. More info to come soon.

LIC East River Photo
©Sharon Florin

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.