Monday, March 1, 2021

New York City Center, a decorative marvel

 

New York City Center (study)
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

New York City Center is a Moorish Revival eye-catcher located on 55th Street in Manhattan. The decorative flourishes both on the exterior and interior of the performing arts space are quite unique and beautiful. 

Having been fortunate enough to have attended several wonderful music and theatrical productions in this massive space I'm looking forward to the day when this venue, like so many other performing arts spaces, will once again be open to the public and putting on the great shows they are known for.

This small study does not do justice to the magnificent and detailed surfaces and I hope one day to create a larger painting capturing more of the detail up close.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Macy's Ladies

 

 

Macy's Ladies II
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

I decided to revisit this old favorite, Macy's on Herald Square. The beautiful Beaux Arts architectural details always catch my eye and make me smile. Built in 1902, this building is a familiar sight to many during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, but not usually from this viewpoint. 

Macy's remains my favorite place to shop as so many of the grand department stores I knew growing up have disappeared. Abraham and Strauss. B. Altman's, Klein's, Korvette's, Alexander's, Martin's, Mays, Gertz, Orbachs, just to name a few. There is something wonderful about going into a brightly lit department store and browsing the racks. Even more wonderful is finding just the right piece of clothing that fits perfectly and enjoying some amazing sales.

Back in 1979, I created this painting of the softly golden lit main floor interior. It has hung in my home ever since.


Macy's 1979
Oil on canvas
35x48 inches

With so many brick and mortar store closures, especially as the buying habits have shifted to online shopping, I remain hopeful that Macy's on 34th Street will stand proud for many years to come, continuing to offer great retail therapy excursions.





Thursday, January 21, 2021

Katz's That's All!

 

Katz's That's All!
Oil on panel
8x8 inches
 
The first painting of 2021. I have wanted to do a painting of Katz's on Houston St., corner of Ludlow for many years and have finally gotten around to fulfilling this goal. I have so many memories of going there as a kid with my family on a Sunday for lunch. After a hearty meal we'd go shopping on Orchard Street, when the clothing was hung outdoors and the owner's stood outside, inviting you in to purchase and haggle over price.
 
One memory that comes to mind is when I had an exhibit at the NoHo Gallery in the 1980's when the gallery was located then on Mercer Street in SoHo. I was sitting the show on a Sunday afternoon and it could be quiet when there were no people in the gallery. My Dad came to visit and keep me company and he brought lunch from Katz's, which was located a few blocks away. I still remember that turkey on rye, french fries and a Dr. Brown's cherry soda. He was born on the Lower East Side and I believe that Katz's was and remained his favorite restaurant. While at the gallery that day a young man, stopped in out of curiosity when he saw my name on the sign outside. His last name was Florin too, and he wondered if I might be related to the family, Well, my Dad and he got to talking and it turns out that his father and my father were first cousin's. They had lost touch and hadn't spoken in years. Phone numbers were exchanged and my Dad and his cousin Wilber caught up with one another, all due to a chance meeting. 

Founded in 1888, Katz's isn't what it once was, today's prices are high and it is a popular tourist magnet (pre-Covid). People still hanker for the food though, and when I took the photo that this painting is based on, folks were lined up, wearing their masks and waiting to go inside and order something tasty. I still enjoy going there every so often as it evokes so many memories for me. The interior is little changed, the countermen are still slinging those sandwiches, the signage - "Send A Salami to your Boy in the Army" still adorns the walls along with the framed photos the many notable people who've eaten there over the years. A new high-rise building looms next door dwarfing the low-rise building and there was talk that Katz's was going to disappear during construction but thankfully it is still around.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Hudson Yards A'Building

 

Hudson Yards Ironworkers
Oil on panel
6x6 inches mounted on
8x8 inch panel

One of the small studies in my end of year sale that has headed to its new home. Hudson Yards which I see daily is still a construction zone, rising on Manhattan's west side. Lots of cranes, ironworkers and general hubbub in the area. A friend whose windows face the Yards consider these new buildings her urban mountain range and marvels at how much the scene keeps changing as each new building rises. With the advent of Covid, the tourists and visitors have pretty much disappeared and the high-end retail isn't doing much business these days. It remains to be seen what the future holds for this major real estate development project in the months and years to come.

 

Friday, December 4, 2020

End of Year Small Works Sale

 

For a larger view of each painting visit small works page on my website http://sharonflorinart.com/small-works.html

 

What a year it has been! Living through the triple whammy of the Covid pandemic, never-ending election coverage and the economy roller coaster has definitely been a challenge. How to survive as an artist? When New York City locked down last March, I had no art supplies at home so spent a good amount of time firing up the sewing machine and working on quilting and fiber art projects. 

 

In addition, with the help of my friend Sandy, I created the book, Sharon Florin’s New York-A Retrospective, highlighting several paintings from each of the 40 years I’ve been working in my LIC studio. The book is $25.00 which includes shipping and a limited amount of copies are still available.

 

When NYC began to slowly open up again, I purchased a small tabletop easel and art supplies to keep on hand at home and have since created many small “kitchen table” paintings, often working on the week-end as I’ve been able to get back to my studio most days. This has been a year of working small.

 

The oil on panels are 6x6 and 8x8 inches. The 6x6 inch paintings are mounted on 8x8 inch panels and are easy to hang from the keyhole on the back or can be displayed on a small stand or easel.

 

These small studies are affordably priced at $225.00 - $400.00 which includes shipping and handling and applicable taxes. Payment can be made by check or PayPal. Please feel free to contact me for information on availability and pricing of this new selection of small works.

 

As we’re nearing the end of this truly unforgettable year I want to thank all those who’ve purchased a copy of my book and/or added a “Florin” to their collections. Your support during this turbulent year has been so gratifying and very much appreciated.I would so love to find good homes for them.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 30, 2020

City Cherubs

 

Cherubs Uptown
Oil on panel
6x6 inches
mounted on an 8x8 inch panel

Another small study of some wonderful architectural details - cherubs, rams heads, aristocratic ladies, etc. Always enjoy the finding these gems on the facades of the older buildings in the city.

This painting will be included in an end of year small works sale, info to be posted soon. During this age of Covid, I've been working on these small studies with plans to one day paint larger paintings of some of these subjects.



Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Sylvan Terrace

 

Sylvan Terrace Study
Oil on 6x6 inch panel
mounted on an 8x8 inch panel

Up in Washington Heights I stumbled upon Sylvan Terrace - a mews right out of the 1800's while exploring Harlem and Washington Heights with a friend on a sunny Saturday. Colorful green wooden shutters, hobbit sized street level doors, old street lamps, a cobblestone street. So unexpected to see this charming relic from an earlier time in New York City architecture.