Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recap of exhibit at Ten10 Studios, May 2012

The exhibit at Ten10 Studios in Long Island City last week-end was an absolute blast. I met so many people, young and old, from the LIC neighborhood and from many other places as well. Dan Dougherty, my collector and the curator of the exhibit went all out, working hard to make this show a success. The fun began with the reception on Thursday evening. What a spread, the food and beverages were plentiful and tasty. A guitarist added another element to the festivities. The show was installed beautifully by Dan's friends Debbie, Juan and Jorge. Hanging 50 paintings on two floors was a feat and they pulled it off. I left the reception at 10pm and they were still going strong into the wee hours. The following 3 days were spent in meeting more folks, selling a bunch of paintings and garnering some commission work. It was a lot of work for a 4-day exhibit, but it was worth the effort. Many thanks to Dan and his crew, Jesse Winter of Ten10 Studios, my friends and collectors old and new, and everyone who stopped in to see my exhibit during the LIC Arts Open 2012.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Manducati's Rustica in LIC

A new painting in my upcoming exhibit at Ten10 Studios

"Manducati's Rustica"
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches

My paintings are packed up and I'm ready to go. This painting is of a lively LIC restaurant on Vernon Blvd. The Manducati family has been in Long Island City since the 1970's with their restaurant Manducati's just down the block from my studio. Several years ago, daughter "Mamma Gianna" opened her own restaurant on Vernon Blvd. and it has become a very popular place. I decided to do a painting when I knew I would be having an exhibit in the neighborhood as I felt it would be a timely addition to my LIC-themed body of work.

The LIC Arts Open Festival kicks off tomorrow and I'm looking forward to not only my own exhibit opening on Thursday, May 17th and running through May 20th at Ten10 Studios, but also visiting several of the events and exhibits that will be on view. Of special interest is an exhibit of photographs of LIC artists in their studios taken by Orestes Gonzalez, on view at the Reis Studios, Experimental Space. Orestes is a terrific photographer who has been working on this project for several years.

For more info on the festival here is a link.