Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 13-16, 2023
Spent the afternoon interviewing at The Hamptons Fine Art Fair and enjoying all the beautiful Art!
HFAF is the brainchild of ArtHamptons founder, Rick Friedman and his team, who present an even more elite, momentous and trendsetting version. Successful past art fairs produced in The Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Palm Springs, Philadelphia and Jackson Hole.
Artist StephenJaskulski and Cognac
Artist Abby Modell and Cognac
Art Dealer Johnny Woo and Cognac
Kat O’Neill and Andrea McCafferty
Artist Dylan Smith and Cognac
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Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 13-16, 2023
ENJOYED INTERVIEW SEVERAL ARTIST INCLUDING STEPHEN JASKULSKI, ABBY MODELL, DYLAN SMITH AND ART DEALER JOHNNY WOO FROM DANE FINE ART.
Stephen Jaskulski, aka Jazz, is a self-taught painter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now based in Los Angeles California, his work and his life are from his stream of consciousness. By letting his natural process unfold, Jazz analyzes the inner workings of himself and the world around him while allowing the paintings to flow uninterrupted. His highest goal is finding a genuine connection with the viewer and to strike a chord deep in their soul, allowing them to find comfort or a sense of familiarity. Jazz' mediums consist primarily of oil sticks, oil paints, acrylics, and spray paint on canvas, wood, and paper.
To learn more please visit https://www.instagram.com/stephenjaskulski/
Dylan Smith is a Southern California based visual artist focused on illustration and mixed media works. Dylan’s vibrant, colorful and inspiring pieces have garnered significant recognition in the Coachella Valley, landing him a spot to create a work of art on one of the benches on Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs. Prior to landing in the desert, Smith had two solo exhibitions at Studio 35 and Starling Bar in Sonoma, California as well as a group show at Rancho Maria Winery. Dylan was honored to be part of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall exhibit at Art Queen in Joshua Tree and is set to have a solo exhibit and performance there as well once things are “normal again”.
For more info please visit https://www.hairpopoutmania.com/
Abby Modell’s ‘Galaxy Collection’ of hand-blown glass features her three-dimensional wall art, large sculptural objects and LED lighting. Inspired by formations of ultra-luminous swirling stars with their infinite dimension and ever-changing rotation, the artist focuses on transparencies, refracted light and modern forms.
Design, color, shape, texture and light merge together to reveal the intricate subtlety and beauty of the universe throughout her collection. Modell includes reflective surfaces in metallic hues to visually expand dimension. Matte, mirrored and gloss glass mixed with DiamondDust™ fire-polished glass assemblages and Swarovski crystals create textural galactic surfaces. Organic shapes push the boundaries of contemporary design. Ombre color palettes mixed with dichroic glass further reflect her unique expression, creating rainbows of light within many works.
Modell is proud to partner with a zero-waste certified sustainable glass finishing studio committed to reducing environmental impact on our planet. By recirculating applied glass into many of Modell’s pieces during their creation, the studio honors and preserves the earth and our resources.
Abby Modell is a widely collected and acclaimed glass artist. She has exhibited collections at numerous fine art fairs and galleries including Art Palm Beach, Scope Miami, Art New York, SOFA Chicago, Art Market Hamptons and Architectural Digest Design Show, NYC.
Modell’s work is in and has been exhibited at private homes, corporate collections and museums, including the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the world headquarters of Morgan Stanley in New York City, the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, the Wit Gallery installation at the Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA, and the First International Biennale of Santorini, Greece. Commissioned collections include the Bloomingdale’s Holiday Windows in New York City, Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas luxury cruise ship, and the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City.
Abby Modell works in New York City and welcomes commissioned projects.
Imagination and color captured in glass
For more info please visit https://www.abbymodell.com/
DANE FINE ART
Dane Fine Art gallery now consists of a staff of over 25 knowledgeable art professionals with in-depth knowledge and understanding in multiple fine art forms and mediums.
Today’s fine art marketplace is highly active and robust with limited editions and original art increasingly assuming the role of high-qualty investment that often results in a high return. Many Blue-Chip artists such as Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Picasso, Renoir, Rockwell, Degas, and Miro are great investments for art aficionados. Over recent years some of these artists pieces have seen a 20% to 55% increase in value each year.
As a global leader in fine art sales, we are constantly buying and selling. For sellers; our expertise and authority in the marketplace affords sellers of fine art art pieces, excellent valuation of their work and the highest fair market value prices paid. For buyers; our buying power and economies of scale afford the buyer with best possible pricing, a vast selection, reliable provenance and secure transactions.
Where most galleries negotiate the price between seller and buyer, and may not even own the piece they are marketing, we own well over 95% of the pieces sell or auction. This removes the “middleman”, minimizing the hassles of brokering and ensures you will not be investing in a “phantom” piece.
From the very start of your transaction to the very end, you will experience the utmost professional customer experience. Our professionalism and convenience has built a loyal consumer base of repeat clients and referrals. Because of this, we have the ability to sell highly sought after pieces for 30% to 50% cheaper than most anywhere else.
Our company’s unique process stems from our philosophy: to offer private, corporate and dealer clients the finest artwork at the most reasonable price points possible — simple and straight-forward.
FOR INFO PLEASE VISIT https://www.danefineart.com/
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A BRUSH WITH TIME
‘Notes & Dust Motes’
Paintings by Ann Lombardo
HAPPY TO COVER A SOLO ART SHOW BY ARTIST ANN LOMBARDO AT THE
The Water Mill Musuem
A BRUSH WITH TIME
‘Notes & Dust Motes’
Paintings by Ann Lombardo
Reception: Saturday, June 17, 4-6pm
Exhibit Open from June 15 to July 2, 2023
Artist Ann Lombardo and Cognac
Museum Director Rachel Verno and Cognac
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane
This is Artist Ann Lombardo's second Solo Show at the Water Mill Museum located at 41 Old Mill Road, Water Mill, NY 11976. Hours and more details at http://www.watermillmuseum.org Open hours are Thursday through Sunday, or by appointment. To make an appointment, write to her using the ‘contact’ link above.
Works are in oil, almost all new, many born out of personal images, emerging from life’s illusions. Some are recognizable, and others you’ll supply your own conceptions. Come enjoy the show.
Ann has worked in visual arts most of her life, first as a fashion illustrator. She took up oil painting in the representational style 17 years ago and has exhibited in local group shows. Favorite subjects include vintage and memorable still lifes and local landscapes. The works come in all sizes to purchase and take home, ‘off the wall.’
For more information please visit her website http://annlombardo.com/
The Museum opened in 1969 and strives to tell the story of the hamlet of Water Mill; its people, places and very industrious history. The building itself dates back to the 18th century and features a massive water-powered grist mill, exhibitions of local history, a colonial garden and more. Visitors travel back in time as they experience the mill that named the hamlet Water Mill.
The mission of the Water Mill Museum is to preserve it's historic water-powered grist mill, the other buildings at it's site, it's museum collection and inform the public about the history of the mill, the hamlet of Water Mill and the hamlet's cultural and natural heritage. The museum's collection will contain items: that best depict the many past uses of the water mill building; the agricultural base of the hamlet's first 300 years, and the commercial, cultural and social development of the hamlet of Water Mill from 1644 to the present.
To that end, the museum shall: keep in good repair all its buildings; collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret items and information related to the history of the mill and the hamlet; and provide educational programs and exhibits that relate to Water Mill's people and its history.
For more information about their exhibits please visit
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OAKCLIFF Spring Art Show 2023
The Spring Art Show is BACK!
ARTIST DIANE HANNA AND COGNAC
Artist Elena Kariyannis and Cognac
Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op
Spring Art Show WAS BACK! The event took place on April 1st 2023 from 11 to 3 and the public and art enthusiast were welcomed to join a display of wonderful featured artists both local and from the New York School of The Arts. All artists donated a portion of their proceeds to Oakcliff. The catering of James Muir returned with an elegant champagne brunch. Participants made a donation or purchased art at the event.
I had a chance to chat with some of the artists including Diane Hanna, Elena Kay and filmmaker Eddie Rocky Rivera.
As well as being an artist and photographer Diane is also an actress and has worked on independent films and appeared off-Broadway. In her films, each role brings a different side of her. In the future, She would like to play a very dramatic role. Currently, she working on many projects that that will touch hearts. She recently was cast in the role of Dona Rosella, the widow of my beloved Paulie in the off-Broadway Dinner Theater, “Murdered by the Mob.” She is currently working on several independent films.
For more info please visit https://www.instagram.com/dianehannaart/
“SPREADING THE LOVE WITH HER ART"
Elena Kariyannis AKA ‘erocksny’ is an American Contemporary Visual Artist internationally known, having exhibited in New York City and Europe.
Elena's art style is a fusion of Abstract-Expressionism and Pop Art. Her unique style of painting which is expressed powerfully through her art is mostly done with her fingers.
Her inspiration is fueled by everyday life experiences, by living in the moment, constantly moving and evolving. Her vibrant use of color evokes an intense energy that naturally captures the viewer and instantly makes one feels a part of the magical creative experience.
For more information please visit https://www.erocksny.com/
Eddie Rocky Rivera
Eddie is a director, film and music producer.
Eddie Rocky Rivera is known for The Streetz (2017), The Streetz 2 (2020) and The Right to Live (2017).
Cindy Mich is an award winning journalist and active media personality. She contributes to a cluster of online and offline platforms, and her radio shows, Cin's Chat Corner and Sons Spotlight, hold a total of 205,000 listeners spread across twenty states with a 15% international following. Cindy prides herself on performing and providing interesting and intriguing interviews on and off red carpets, and to her, every interviewee is a celebrity. Cindy has authored a teaching textbook for CNA's on the treatment of seizures in elderly patients, co-authored a mentoring manual for filmmakers, and has published three books. She has two short films due to be released in the next year. She has taught creative writing, broadcasting and publishing in both the public and private sector, and has acted as a professional model in the past. Cindy is also the founder and fueling force behind the NYC based independent film festival, Art is Alive, now in its sixth year, and Co-Founder of Bedford Falls Film Festival. Prior to starting her own festival, she has acted as a film judge/reviewer for a number of festivals, including AFI. She has also been an accredited media and film reviewer for Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, she launched her own publication, The Art is Alive Magazine.
Of all of the labors of love that she is embraces in her daily life, raising her beautiful children is her favorite and most fruitful job.
You can follow her at https://www.instagram.com/officialcindymich/
I also had a chance to chat with Sailor Molly Roy who works at Oakcliff Sales.
Oakcliff Sailing was founded in 2010 by Hunt and Betsy Lawrence in order to raise the caliber of sailing in the United States, Oakcliff Sailing has grown by leaps and bounds each year from offshore racing to high performance as well as inshore racing. Based in the North Shore of Long Island in Oyster Bay, Oakcliff hosts sailors from around the world filling the bay with sails through the summer.
Without exploring what Oakcliff Sailing has to offer, it might seem to be a lofty goal to restore American sailors to the top of the podium. But, with an expert collection of directors, coaches, industry leaders, and alumni, Oakcliff Sailing is the best suited sailing center in the country to do so. Sailors at Oakcliff have access to nearly 100 boats, including the largest worldwide fleets of Nacra 17s, 49ers, 49er FXs, and Match 40s. In addition to a fantastic fleet, a sail loft, and a workshop, the clinics and coaching at Oakcliff Sailing are also unparalleled. On a daily basis, students are coached by staff and world-class top coaches. The first American to compete in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread (now Volvo) Races, Executive Director, Dawn Riley, runs daily meetings and coordinates activities. Meanwhile, board member Dave Perry, who has written several books on sailing and match racing also leads match racing clinics throughout the season.
For more information please visit https://www.oakcliffsailing.org/
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2023 Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT BEYOND VAN GOGH
2023 Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Beyond Van Gogh is a new truly immersive experience. While other shows use virtual reality or still images, this immersive experience breaks barriers by incorporating both still and moving art. Masterpieces, now freed from frames, come alive, appear, and disappear, flow across multi-surfaces, the minutia of details titillating our heightened senses. The show is projected on every surface around you, this makes you feel as though you have stepped directly into a Van Gogh painting. We accompany the show with a beautiful score and include many other surprises!
When most people think of Van Gogh, they are immediately drawn to his emotional journey and his role as tortured artist.
For the first time we allow you to be fully immersed in the mind of Vincent Van Gogh. A virtual reality journey that allows Vincent, through his own letters and words talk you through his artistic process and how he navigates his mental reality and uses paint as the translator of Human Experience.
See the words from his letters be replaced with broad strokes of paint as they transform from the page onto the canvas and grasp the connection between reality and the world, he created for himself and, unknowingly, created in perpetuity for the rest of us.
“You tell me not to give myself too many worries and that better days will come again for me. I’d say that these better days have already begun for myself, when I glimpse the possibility of completing, to some extent, the work…”
300 ARTWORKS through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, Beyond Van Gogh breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh’s artworks. 30K SQUARE FEET Occupying over 30,000 square feet, Beyond Van Gogh is the largest immersive experience in the country, offering guests ample room to safely enjoy the exhibit.
4T CONTENT PIXELS Comprised of over 4 trillion content pixels, this high-resolution portrayal of Van Gogh’s work gives guests the opportunity to become one with his paintings.
Founded in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group is a full-service, diversified entertainment company, and home to four divisions: Artist Agency & Management, Theatre & Film, Brand Partnerships and International Exhibitions. The company focuses on maximizing opportunities to present and distribute the creative efforts of its producers, creators and artists on a global scale, contributing to their respective potential.
Pushing the boundaries of performing arts, entertainment, and public installations since 2009, Normal Studio believes in making life legendary. Using multimedia magic and fusing physical and technological elements to transform spaces into full-on immersive experiences, Normal Studio tells stories in new and different ways by reimagining what’s possible. The result is a unique adventure that sparks awe and wonder, making an unforgettable impact on people’s everyday lives.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT https://vangoghlongisland.com/
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ART TALKS AT THE SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER
CURATED BY PATON MILLER
Spent the afternoon at The Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY For Artists Talks
TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE
CURATOR PATON MILLER
PAINTING BY GEORGE SCHULMAN
EAST END COLLECTED7 exhibition artists Kelynn Alder, Glen Hansen, Candace Hill-Montgomery, as well as George Schulman will discuss their respective works during an intimate panel discussion. Moderated by curator Paton Miller and co-moderated by Christina Strassfield.
Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts. We present and produce inspiring, inclusive, socially and regionally relevant programs across all disciplines – welcoming, connecting, and collaborating with the diverse members of New York’s East End community and beyond.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT https://www.southamptonartscenter.org/
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Art Enthusiasts Gathered for an art reception benefitting
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation
Art enthustiasts and guests gather on Saturday, November 26th
3-6 pm for the opening reception
Beth O'Donnell Artist and Cognac
Christine Matthäi Artist and Cognac
Hans Van de Bovenkamp sculptor and Cognac
Art enthustiasts and guests gather on Saturday, November 26th
3-6 pm for the opening reception at the Hans Van de Bovenkamp Gallery Art Studio located at 93 Merchants Path Sagaponack, NY 11962 (entrance on Ranch Court).
After the success of our Premiere Gallery Exhibition, Hans Van de Bovenkamp once again is opening his studio to present the works of three distinguished contemporary artists:
ANAHI DeCANIO whose work draws inspiration from nature as well as urban landscapes. She explores the juxtaposition of feminine energy with graffiti like textures, patina AND text until the final richly visual story reveals itself in abstract form.
CHRISTINE MATTHÄI whose work is a form of meditation often combining spiritual influences with the natural beauty of the Hamptons, skillfully capturing the essence of light and water. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally.
BETH O’DONNELL whose multidisciplinary work blends a variety of techniques including pigmented encaustic wax on Japanese gampi rice paper, photography and mixed media. Inspired by New York City & the place she lives on the East End. A place of land, sea & sky.
HANS VAN DE BOVENKAMP whose contemporary abstract sculptures can be seen the world over, will present his extensive collection of sculptures, paintings and works on paper.
“Gallery @ Hans Van de Bovenkamp Studio” is situated on 7 acres of exquisite grounds and sculpture gardens.
Hans Van de Bovenkamp is renowned for his monumental sculpture created primarily for open-air public locales, Hans Van de Bovenkamp has been described as an artist- mystic whose work, with its signature power, lyricism, and grand proportions, heightens the viewer’s sense of fantasy, imagination, and discovery. This vivid monograph includes a de- tailed chronology highlighted by the artist’s personal recollections, and his creation of sacred space, monumental sculpture, and the seductive Menhir series. Fifty percent of book sale proceeds will be donated to the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.
For more information regarding the Hans Van de Bovenkamp please visit http://www.vandebovenkamp.com/.
A portion of proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to support The Ellen Hermanson Foundation
Committed to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay. All services though Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge. If you cannot attend but would consider making a donation, you may donate at www.ellenhermanson.org
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Art Market Hamptons 2022
Art Market Hamptons returned to the Hamptons for the twelfth edition in August 2022. The premier art fair was held August 11-14 in Water Mill. It featured 85 top galleries.
Below are some of the galleries and artists that I had a chance to chat with.
Caroline Crockett Kneese, Cognac
Albert Sultan and Cognac
Kat O’Neill, Andrea McCafferty, Cognac
Holly Suzanne Rader, Cognac
COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT ART MARKET HAMPTONS
Below are some of the galleries and artists that I had a chance to chat with.
Studio Artego LLC
I spoke to Gallery Owner Misong Park from Studio Artego LLC an Art Gallery in Queens, New York.
It is worth noting the history of galleries in New York City in recent decades where serious attention has been given to artists outside the cultural mainstream– not only Korean, but those emanating from diversified, unpredictable and culturally-laden backgrounds. This is not about the number of viewers, but about the importance of galleries, such as Studio Artego that engage artists from divergent cultural perspectives outside predictable exhibition agendas.
To find out more info about this gallery you can visit
The White Room Gallery
I had a chance to chat with Kat O’Neill, one of my favorite gallery owners in the Hamptons from the White Room Gallery.
The gallery features contemporary art with a provocative twist of inspirations. Exhibits include photography, mixed media, sculptures and all forms of painting. The gallery provides a wide array of styles featuring both well-known artists and emerging talents. They exhibit year-round with shows that are as diverse as they are dynamic. Elite art fairs include Art Hamptons and Art Basel. Our artists' work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Maxim, Luxe, Modern Luxury, Hamptons Magazine and numerous international fine art magazines as well as on a myriad of broadcast and online platforms. To see an interview of co-owners/co-directors Andrea and Kat go to Happening in the Hamptons @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhOldqcLu9w
Andrea McCafferty has over 20 years of being in the gallery business and has curated well over 300 shows, exhibiting several revered local artists including Eric Ernst, Paton Miller, Elaine Grove and Charles Waller with shows ranging from abstract to realism with provocative themes like Risque Sex and Cuban Cubism. Andrea is an artist as well specializing in photography and mixed media. She has given her time to curate shows for many charitable organizations including The Springs Invitational and Art in the Yard.
Kat O’Neill has over 20 years experience in the arts as an award-winning writer, playwright, photographer, mixed media artist and as a partner/svp/creative director at internationally-acclaimed agencies working on image accounts like Ferrari, Absolut and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Her work has been featured on numerous websites and publications including The New York Times and has been exhibited in galleries and museums. She has generated money and support for The New York Philharmonic, The Jewish Children’s Museum, Wildaid, Quail Hill Farm and Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue. Outside years of curating exhibits for The White Room Gallery, Kat has also curated fundraising art exhibits for St. Jude’s Children Hospital and The Retreat.
For more information please visit https://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/.
I also had a chance to catch up with Artist Albert Sultan owner of Sultan Chic who I interviewed 12 years ago at another Art Fair.
SULTANchic scours the globe for rare vintage furniture of unusual shape and form. We look for the hidden potential in overlooked pieces. Once acquired, the furniture is refinished and reimagined for a contemporary look. No detail is spared and we consider the transformed pieces couture fashion furniture for the home. Grab these one of a kind treasures for your design projects!
SULTANchic: An Artisan Workshop:
This branch of SULTANchic was founded by artist Albert Leon Sultan after many years of hands on experience in Decorative and Fine Arts. High profile corporate clients have included BARNEYS, Ralph Lauren, Tiffanys, as well as various fashion houses and Broadway producers. SULTANchic’s goal is to provide a one stop resource for Homeowners, Designers, Hotels, Restaurants, and Nightclubs, to carry out their artisan finishing needs. Each client and project requires a large range of unique creative skills. SULTANchic hands on experience allows for seamless execution of your design vision. Projects have included decorative painting/plastering, stenciling, upholstery, as well as metal leafing. This site showcases the scope of Sultan's work for over fifteen years. We hope that you will now have the confidence to embark on the various decorative arts projects you have imagined. Please feel free to contact SULTANchic with your specific needs. For larger projects SULTANchic is able to field teams of artisans worldwide. We take great pleasure in providing the finishing touches essential to good design. SULTANchic takes your vision and leaves your home, office, or establishment more complete.
Later that day I met and interviewed Caroline Crockett Kneese from Cerulean Gallery.
This gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery founded in Dallas, TX in 2006 by Caroline Crockett Kneese. Caroline closed the gallery doors in 2009 after a relocation to Amarillo, TX, where she opened a location in 2015. Caroline reopened Cerulean in its original Park Cities location in March of 2020.
“An amazing open, elegant space”
— TIFFANY HENDERSON BATEMAN
The gallery features the works of established and emerging local, regional, and national artists and provides over 20 years of personal consulting services for all levels of art connoisseurs. In addition, Cerulean Gallery is focused on giving back to the community and donates a portion of the proceeds from each exhibition opening to benefit various philanthropic organizations.
For more info please visit https://theceruleangallery.com/
ARTIST Holly Suzanne Rader gifted me this embellished aresol can that I displayed in my Pink Beauty Room
HOLLY WOULD STUDIOS
Although I did not have a chance to interview Artist Holly Suzanne Rader we did have a chance to meet. I was blown away by her creativity and perfection detail in the beautiful art pieces she creates.
Holly Suzanne Rader is an internationally exhibited contemporary American artist born in Appalachian Tennessee. Her work is inspired by fashion, nature, street art, pop punk culture, film noir, French and Americana romanticism. She began her fine arts career over 20 years ago as a classically trained portrait painter, but has since evolved to a mixed media artist who creates collage portraits using photo transfer techniques, acrylic, spray paint and cut crystal embellishments.
She has exhibited her work in New York City, Paris, Hong Kong, Atlanta and Norway.
She now works and lives with her husband John Bednar and two sons in the greater NYC area.
Holly was impressed with my fashion style and thats how we happen to meet at the Art Show. She was so generous that she even presented me with one of her pieces of art.
Education: MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design. BFA, Virginia Intermont College
Detour Gallery, Red Bank, NJ
Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Maison Masor Art, Montclair, NJ
Convey Art Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ
For more information please visit https://www.hollywouldstudios.com/
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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT THE HAMPTONS FINE ART FAIR IN SOUTHAMPTON, NY
LIUBOV BELOUSOVA Gallery Owner
Anatol Bekkerman ABA Gallery Owner
summer Dooleyy Loves Gallery
Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 14-17, 2022 |
Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 14-17, 2022 |
This year Art Collectors and Enthusiasts enjoyed Hamptons Fine Art Fair annual curated, high-caliber art fair.
The event was created for art enthusiastic Hamptonites to benefit from the East End’s widest and deepest selection of important art ever. It’s where the excitement, anticipation and drama of an international fair connects into the main thoroughfare in the Hamptons. Explore the spectacular Pollock and VIP Pavilions–filled with art discoveries and surprises around every corner. Uncover irresistible treasures.
I had the pleasure of interviewing several important gallery owners about their art pieces. Below are the galleries that I featured here at Cognac's Corner Magazine.
ABA GALLERY specializes in the finest examples of 19-and 20th century Russian Art. Over 30 years of experience. Assembles collections for private,corporate and museum clientele. Discreet consultations, valuations and acquisitions. For over thirty years ABA Gallery has been dealing in the finest examples of nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian painting and sculpture. During this time, the gallery has placed important and rare works of art in major public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Enormous interest in Russian art has flourished throughout the world as increasing numbers of Western museums mount extensive exhibitions of Russian art. ABA gallery has worked closely with these institutions in promoting and sponsoring exhibitions on important artists such as David Burliuk, Boris Anisfeld, Natalia Gontacharova and Boris Grigoriev, among others. ABA Gallery consults and makes recommendations to private and corporate collections, auction houses and art funds.
For more information please visit http://abagallery.com/
LOVES GALLERY is located in the HEART of the HAMPTONS!
50 Hill Street Southampton, NY
Owner/artist Jennifer Contini opened up her Pop Up Gallery in the summer of 2021.
The gallery represents several artists both locally and from around the United States.
Jennifer was born in a small town in Ohio and has carried on a love affair with New York City since she gravitated to lower Manhattan in 1993.
“I live and work in a place that beats to the same drum as I do. The fast urban pace of Manhattan is home, and my vibrant Downtown neighborhood defines and inspires my work. This is the space where my artistic vein finds higher meaning.”
While versatile in all mediums, her gallery work is concentrated in representational mixed media work.
Jennifer’s technique of using mixed media – including acrylics, metals, resins, plastics, marbles, maps and signs enrich her paintings. She expresses herself best through the diverse materials and objects that she interacts with everyday. Her canvases contain a myriad of messages that come from what the city transmits and also from her strong spiritual beliefs.
Jennifer is committed to supporting communities and often participates in and donates artwork to charity events.
In June of 2010, Jennifer curated and hosted “COMBINING GRACE: A Tribute to Gilda Radner.” A group show consisting of 16 female artists raising money for Gilda’s Club downtown New York City.
In July of 2009, a live-auction sale of Jennifer’s work raised thousands of dollars for a fundraiser to benefit a homeless shelter in Midland, Texas.
Jennifer has exhibited internationally in Rome, Germany and Paris, France.Her collectors are from all over the world. She believes that supporting charities that she cares about, is a big part of her inspiration, feeding into and motivating her art!
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Purchase College, SUNY, and is a mother to three amazing children.
For more information please visit www.lovesartgallery.com
BOCCARA ART Galleries - a global network of Modern and Contemporary Fine Art Galleries and exhibition spaces, dedicated discovering and showcasing talents in the Modern and Contemporary art world. In museum quality presentation style, we showcase an important collection of historically influential and emerging artists with wide international diversity.
BOCCARA ART Palm Beach galleries are complementing the list of corporations settling down in Florida and contributing to it's unprecedented cultural and economic development. In early 2022 BOCCARA ART Miami and BOCCARA ART New York Galleries relocated to Palm Beach. Following it's major clients to Palm Beach was an extraordinary movement in the history of the BOCCARA ART Galleries.
Today we have 2 active galleries in Palm Beach and a gallery in Brea, Los Angeles, with representatives in Chicago, Monaco and Seoul. BOCCARA ART is one of the first art galleries to open an innovative online platform under the name of "BOCCARA ART Mars Gallery" . Platform was launched in July 2021.
The BOCCARA ART Los Angeles Gallery, specialising in South Korean art, is located in South Brea, California, at 598 South Brea Lofts, Brea, CA, USA.
Since 2007, under direction of it's current owner LIUBOV BELOUSOVA, BOCCARA ART Galleries invested significantly in engaging the local art scenes. We encourage each of our galleries to source artists locally and offer them a worldwide visibility.
BOCCARA ART Galleries provide a variety of virtual art experiences such as virtual gallery tours and virtual exhibitions which are freely accessible online.
In addition to the extensive and varied curated program of exhibitions held within our galleries, we continue to establish museum partnerships and scouting representatives in major cities. In 2020 we established a collaboration with Neiman Marcus Group and Bergdorf Goodman with online sales platforms and a rotation of exhibitions that travel throughout the United States. BOCCARA ART Galleries participates in over 12 major international Art Fairs each year, including Art Miami, Asia Week New York, Art New York, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Fine Art Hamptons, LA Art Show, SOFA Chicago, ZonaMaco Mexico City, ESTRE Arte Uruguay, PArC Peru Art Contemporaneo, KIAF Seoul, Fine Art Asia Hong Kong, Art Shanghai and more.
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HAMPTONS FINE ART FAIR
RICK FRIEDMAN AND CINDY LOU
HOWARD SHAPIRO AND COGNAC
Tracy Turco and Cognac
Kevin Barrett, C-FINE ART, Cheryl Sokolow
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THE SOUTHAMPTON ART FAIR
50 dealers from across the nation/world offered important 20/21 century art pieces
Over 400 respected artists were on display, from renowned emerging, to blue chip masters. Meandering the aisles is an awe-inspiring, eye-opening experience.
Art enthusiasts enjoyed a final opportunity to explore the 4 buildings filled with art, and uncover exciting “must have” treasures. The fair was filled with amazing works of art, never seen prior, in the Hamptons
for an insightful panel discussion, A Passion for Art Philanthropy: Donors on Donating. with an esteemed lineup (4-5pm in the VIP Lounge) Aline Wealth Aline Wealth will graciously match the gate revenue received today as a donation SAC.
Supporters enjoyed the highest caliber of art, in a chic, trendy, and elegant art center setting, the former site of the Parrish Art Museum and food trucks offered delicious lunch and dinner options, al fresco on the relaxing Sculpure Park grounds.
A live jazz performance by a famous special guest, on the brick steps at the entrance, from noon-4pm
Covid safely protocols, with mask wearing enforced in each building.
All that participated celebrated the booming Hamptons art scene and indulge themselves, Why not we all deserved it!
Below are some of the art dealers and artists that I interviewed.
Black & White Gallery
Gallerist Tatyana Okshteyn has re-opened her beloved Black & White Gallery / Project Space in a new location in Southampton following the passing of her late husband, acclaimed artist Shimon Okshteyn, who was taken by the Covid-19 pandemic last year. The first two exhibitions at the new space are Shimon's first posthumous shows entitled Shimon Okshteyn: Natural Landscape and Shimon Okshteyn: Still-Lifes, currently on view online at http://www.blackandwhiteartgallery.com/ and through July 5, 2021 at the artist's former Southampton studio converted into exhibition space.
The new gallery space combines the bi-level barn with paint splattered on the first floor preserving the original marks made by the artist while working there and the sculpture garden surrounding the studio barn with the artist's sculptures scattered throughout the space.
C FINE ART Gallery
C Fine Art represents and exhibits the work of established, international artists with a focus on formal abstraction in contemporary, dimensional art.
Our appreciation for excellence in craftsmanship and insistence on originality leads us to artists who masterfully fabricate their work, reaching far beyond the boundaries of their chosen materials.
We excel in the integration of larger-scale outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural wall pieces in residential, commercial, and public environments, and welcome site-specific projects and commissions.
C Fine Art provides estimate reports for existing collections and offers consulting and advisory services.
Owner, Cheryl Sokolow is the founder and curator of the exhibition series, UNCOMMON GROUND I, II & III. The season long, outdoor sculpture exhibitions in Bridgehampton, NY have become an integral part of the Hampton’s cultural programming while making large-scale sculpture accessible to the community.
Cheryl Sokolow has over 20 years of artworld experience with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Art History.
Kevin Barrett was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1962; his family relocated to New York several years later.
Barrett studied sculpture at the Maryland Institute of Art as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York. Upon completion of his studies, he was employed by the Shidoni Foundry in New Mexico where he oversaw fabrication and bronze casting for many years.
Considered an expert in his medium, as a young artist he consulted independently with and built sculptures for a number of well-known artists in New York, New Mexico and Europe including Herbert Ferber, Tom Wesselmann and Alan Houser among others. He continues to be sought after for advice and consultation in creating and maintaining metal sculpture.
Barrett set up his first studio in Miami, before returning to New York where he has maintained a studio for over 20 years. He recently relocated to Duxbury, MA where he currently resides with his family.
Barrett’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the US and Europe and can be found in such collections as the Vero Beach Museum, The Interlocken Center for the Arts, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, The City of Coral Springs, and in private collections world-wide.
LAWRENCE FINE ART EAST HAMPTON, NY
After 20 years on Wall Street and nearly as long as a collector, Howard Shapiro decided to make a business out of his passion for fine art. His goal is to place quality, well-priced works of American and International art in the hands of discerning collectors and homeowners. He generally focuses on American Impressionism, tonalism, early modernism and WPA, as well as select international movements such as L'ecole de Paris or Latin American surrealism. He works with collectors and decorators. He also provides art consultation services, framing, conservation and restoration services.
Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of Yale University, cum laude. He worked for, among others, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.
Louis K. Meisel Gallery
In 1973 Louis K. Meisel Gallery opened its doors on Prince Street & West Broadway after five years on Madison Avenue as Meisel Gallery. The SoHo gallery currently occupies 20,000 square feet and continues to exhibit new paintings by many of the original Photorealist artists as well as a newer generation of the finest realist painters and sculptors in the world. Credited with coining the term “Photorealism,” Meisel became a pioneer of Photorealist art, championing the work of such renowned painters as Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Chuck Close, Charles Bell, Ron Kleemann, and Tom Blackwell. Meisel is the author of numerous books including the definitive volumes on Photorealism. Photorealism in the Digital Age, the fourth and final volume, was published in 2013 by Abrams. Meisel has also authored monographs on Charles Bell, Richard Estes and Mel Ramos, and deco pottery designer Clarice Cliff.
In addition to Photorealist works, Louis K. Meisel Gallery in SoHo exhibits The Great American Pin-up, a subset of vintage American illustration. Meisel has written about the lives and works of these artists of the 1930’s through the 1960’s with titles including The Great American Pin-Up, 1996, The Best of American Girlie Magazine, 1997, and Gil Elvgren – All his Glamorous American Pin-ups in 1999, all published by Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Cologne, Germany. In 1997, he wrote The Edward Runci Collection: Pin Up Poster Book published by Collectors Press, Inc., Portland, Oregon.
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Market Art + Design 2021
Market Art + Design, the East End's premier art fair, returns to The Bridgehampton Museum in August of 2021. Market Art + Design's eleventh edition will feature 80 top galleries presenting the best in modern and contemporary art and design in an expanded, museum-quality pavilion.
Renelio Marín Artist
GEORGE SCHULMAN ARTIST
Alysha Marko Artist
MONICA SHULMAN ARTIST
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MARKET ART + DESIGN 2021 Premiered in Bridgehampton between August 12-15, 2021.
I had the pleasure of interviewing several well known artist. Below are the artist that I featured in this year's Market Art + Design.
Alysha, originally from New Jersey, graduated with a B.A in Psychology from Seton Hall University. She has modeled for publications like Elle and Playboy and has appeared in films, television, and theater productions. While living in Los Angeles, she began working with John Cameron, who first taught her how to paint. She continued her studies in New York, taking courses at The Arts Students League while working for The Switzer Group, an architectual interior design firm. Design is a major influence in her works, and the methods of expression and communication that she learned as an actor allows her to build narrative and construct scenes as a painter.
Marin’s work can be found in the Rosanna and Giorgio Armani Collection, Giuliana and Fulvio Bracco collection, Rubin Foundation collection, Havana International Bank Collection, Banco Metropolitano – Havana, Cuba, Denise and Jacob Baal-Teshuva Collection, Manny Vidal Collection, Jorge Reynardus Collection, and Robert King Collection.
Renelio Marin (b. 1964, Graduate degree from San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in Havana in 1993. Received an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University in 2011. He also received a B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2009.
Renelio’s work is split into two directions – one where lines and drawing is the primordial element and the other in which painting and color are used as conveyors of emotion and expression.
The first direction of work is linked to the surrealist method of automatic drawing. Back in the early 1990’s in Havana, while Renelio was still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, the work of psychologist Carl Jung became a major influence as to the purpose of art. Automatic drawing became the method for accessing the levels of the mind. The narrative in his accumulative drawing series is based on association.
The other direction of work is painting. Painters and art movements that had a similar historical narrative to his life in Cuba during the Cold War years were his major influences. Those whose lives were entangled for many years with the politics of the Socialist/Communist countries of the Soviet bloc. Also, modern art and the impulse to better the world or at least improve life conditions. Painting for Renelio is not only a mode of expression or way to deal with personal traumas, it is also a way of becoming.
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Classically trained, Contemporary Master Fine Artist, George Schulman is acclaimed for his stand alone, wildly colorful, kinetic, exuberant, and at times visually tense signature style.
During the 80’s and 90’s, New York’s most creative era, Schulman held his own in Museum and Gallery shows, alongside friends and mentors, including new to the scene Jean Michel Basquiat. He continues to teach, motivate and inspire a new generation of artists and fans by his ability to stretch the boundaries of fine art.
Creative and theatrical, drawing with white shoe polish on discarded brown paper, at age 4 moved in with his Grandparent 2 blocks form his parents. After another violent rage of his WWII returnee father, Schulman packed has bags and moved in with his Grandparents and never yelled at him
A mannequin for his Grandmother, a wedding dress designer and seamstress and Grandfather a Dapper suit maker and tailor, Schulman was given the freedom to explore his creativity, The alley behind their apartment lived a huge feral black cat with one eye Cocky Eye, the King of the alley cats, who he was only allowed to bring in the house after school til bedtime.
Across the alley was a sweat shop with rows of Spanish woman siting in their underwear in front of their sewing machines. Crawling thru the window in support a innocent Schulman would strip down to his underwear, became fluent in Spanish and learned how to sew and knew he was loved and safe.
Time spent away was usually on weekends with twin sisters 7 years his junior or his favorite 1st cousin Freda Diamond, 20 years his senior. The Martha Stuart of her era, the Designer and Consultant lived and worked at her 5th Ave Brownstone. Working at her side surrounded by Museum Masterpieces and Home Goods, A Listers and Innovators Schulman received honest reviews and commissions.
Immersed in the Art Industry historically during one of New York’s most creative eras, Music and Art High School and Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts, Schulman’s earliest collections were shown in 1 man and group shows in Soho, 5th Avenue Galleries and at the Whitney Museum of Art. Respected by his peers, as Gallery Assistant for the renowned Marlborough Gallery, Schulman visited the 20th Century Master Fine Artist studios of William DeKooning, Jackson Pollack, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko and Basquiat.
Not feeling comfortable with an early his rise, feeling the need to evolve as an artist, then Manager for Jamie Canvas, a Soho Art Supply Store, Schulman struggled to find time to paint and find his own voice. Choosing a move to the Huntington Long Island home ownership rather than a Village corner building group buy, to keep a foothold in the Art Market, Schulman opening custom stretcher building company and began to teach.
Sacrificing family safety for a large studio, desperate for dedicated time, space and community Schulman began a 15 year exodus alongside a diverse and vibrant community of some of the world’s greatest artists. As a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, Schulman’s could work large started to evolve.
Influences of Matisse’s and sparks from contemporaries John Walker, Bill Jensen and Gregory Amenoff, known for their painterly impasto brushwork, quirky forms and unfamiliar abrasive colors shapes and patterns inspired by floral motifs, Schulman’s paintings fluctuate between elements of mathematical logic and the harmony of Apollonian planning.
Using exaggerated forms, colors and textures not unlike the Synthetic Cubism of Picasso, and lifelong friend, teacher and mentor Artist Knox Martin, whose own work was transformed through the works of his elders’ the Action Painters, whose work exists in flattened spaces. Schulman’s unique exuberant abstract paintings are far from flat.
For more information please visit https://www.georgeschulmanartist.com
Monica Shulman is a self-taught artist whose brand of gestural abstraction is a form of story-telling. She is known for her elaborate impasto technique that creates heavily layered and sculptural surfaces. Monica engages the medium itself, specifically oil paint and more recently oil pastel, as a participant in both her abstract and figurative works. Exploring themes of the human condition, identity, and self-reflection, her intuitive work is process-oriented and she learns through experimentation. Her world is best described as colorful and rhythmic. A first generation American of Cuban and Argentinian descent, who left her career as an attorney to focus on her art practice full-time, Monica lives and works in the lower Hudson Valley with her husband and their children.
Monica has been featured in various publications including Popular Photography, Westchester Magazine, Create Magazine and the Huffington Post. In 2019, the Director of PULSE Art Fair in Miami invited Monica to participate in the “Next Generation” exhibit to celebrate the fair’s 15th anniversary. Her work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, the National Association of Women Artists, Photo LA, Art Market Hamptons, PULSE Art Fair, and the New York Mercantile Exchange, among others.
For more information please visit https://www.monicashulman.com/
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The Finale of ‘Donald and Victor: Under The Influence’ With Artist Don Hershman At Salomon Arts Gallery-Post
Artist Don Hershman celebrated the finale of his latest collection of original pieces, as part of a retrospective series inspired by the late Victor Arimondi. In the show, Donald and Victor: Under The Influence, the inventive artist embodied his visceral need to pursue interests and creative expressions as he paid a loving tribute to his former partner who succumbed to AIDS in 2001. Hershman’s paintings recognizes the unique attributes of Arimondi’s work, featuring a display that is compassionate and reflective of our modern times. The exhibit can still be viewed until Sunday, June 27th, 2021. A feature film chronicling Don & Victor’s relationship, with a screenplay written by Don, is titled SHOOT ME BEAUTIFUL and is currently in preproduction. George Rush serves as executive producer.
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About Don Hershman:
Driven by a desire to continually improve the state of the world, Don Hershman lives out a fascinating dual life in grand succession that inspires his own artwork. He holds unique combined positions as both an illustrious artist and a renowned podiatric surgeon. Equal satisfaction is found when he paints, as well as when he performs surgery on patients.
Born in 1954 and raised in New York City, he received his BA in Pre-Med with Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo and trained in Podiatry at the College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco before establishing his own private practice there in the early 1980s. As the painter was building his medical practice, he was also evolving a body of artwork, exploring various media in the form of drawings and paintings, and finding his voice as an artist.
About Victor Arimondi:
Vittorio Maria Arimondi was born in a convent in Bologna, Italy in November of 1942. Later in life while in art school, Arimondi was discovered by an ambitious modeling agent, began fashion modeling to make a living, and soon became a notable member of the international fashion world – first in front of the camera, then behind it.
He modeled for the likes of Esquire and other high profile magazines, and would eventually produce photography for titles such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Arimondi was a genuine artist and ahead of his time. More important to Victor than the fame acquired throughout his modeling career was recognition for the singularity of his vision and need to create art. While living in Stockholm during the mid 1970’s, Victor and his photography, keenly exploring the male form, were discovered and utilized by Editor Bill Cuomo, who was creating a new genre of magazines as After Dark arrived on the scene. Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, to which Victor often contributed photography, quickly followed.
In 1980, Victor had arrived in San Francisco to shoot the book during a time of new growth and exploration in the gay community, and he became well known, both in his community and worldwide. This prompted increased demand for his photography from magazines, such as ongoing contributions and covers for The Advocate. After devoting much of his creative energy to the male figure, Victor shifted his focus to the streets, where he photographed workers, homeless and other struggling people in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, and his approach to this work belied his inherent gift for social commentary.
About Salomon Arts Gallery:
In 2003, Salomon Arts Gallery was created to showcase the works of emerging artists. The center hosts talented artists in many fields including painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. They also serve as a venue for dance, music, poetry, and film. Salomon Arts Gallery has supported the creative arts industry and those who have been living and working in Tribeca for over 40 years (since 1975). Instagram: @salomonartsgallery, Facebook: salomonartsgallery
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Presenting "Shades of Light" - Our New Virtual Exhibition!
Anne-Marie Zanetti Unfurling Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24 in | 76.2 x 61 cm
In these new times of sheltering-in-place and social distancing, we are excited to bring a wonderful new art collection to you to enjoy at home. Our latest exhibition, Shades of Light, is a virtual show to benefit The Retreat, an important organization that serves victims of domestic violence.
Shades of Light is a juried exhibition that received over 300 entries from which only the best 25 were chosen. The artists' works showcase beauty in all its forms, to inspire and delight the viewer. We invite you to see all of the works here and in a virtual exhibition opening next Saturday, April 18.
Find new art with prices for every purse. The gallery portion of sales will be donated directly to The Retreat to help women and children in critical need of support and a fresh start.
Take a break from the news and look at exciting new art from your home and let us know what you think - we would love to hear from you.
Stay safe, be well, and keep the faith!
With kind regards,
Richard, Joi and MAGO
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Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Reconfigured in the East Gallery featuring Marilyn Church and Basia Goldsmith And Seeing the Unseeabe at the Atlantic Gallery 2020 Juried Exhibition
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Bascia Goldsmith at Carter Burden Art Gallery
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Marilyn Church at Carter Burden Art Gallery
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Susan Rostow at Atlantic Gallery
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Walter Brown at the Atlantic Gallery
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Susan Rostow from Atlantic Gallery "Seeing the Unseeable"
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Theater Critic and Journalist Patrick Christiano and Publisher of Theater Life at Carter Burden Art Gallery
On Thursday I attended two fabulous exhibitions at Carter Burden Gallery and Atlantic Gallery. Below are highlights and descriptions of each one:
CARTER BURDEN GALLERY ANNOUNCES NEW EXHIBITIONS BY RE-EMERGING NYC ARTISTS
January 9 @ 6:00 PM - February 5 @ 5:00 PM
Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Reconfigured in the East Gallery featuring Marilyn Church and Basia Goldsmith; Small Disturbances in the West gallery featuring Andrea Lilienthal; and On the Wall featuring Robert Petrick. The reception will be held January 9, 2020 from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from January 9 through February 5, 2020 at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Marilyn Church presents large acrylic paintings of abstracted figures in Reconfigured. Although she occasionally strays into what seems like total abstraction, the figure has been a continuous theme throughout her career. The impact of the stories of victims and those charged, first fascinated her as a court room artist. A sense of intense emotion resonates in her works. Now, freed from any prescribed boundaries of subject matter, her work is based on improvisation, dream images and intuition. Church explains, “In this process of discovery, a narrative eventually emerges however illusive it appears. It is often cloaked in mystery, eroticism, and ambiguity.”
Church has taught at Pratt Institute and FIT and has been a courtroom artist for The New York Times and television, earning her a TV Emmy. Her drawings have been collected by both the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress, which has 4,500 of her pieces in their archives. A book of her work, The Art of Justice, was published in 2006.
Basia Goldsmith presents energetic, vibrant abstracted paintings in Reconfigured. For some time one of the recurrent subjects of Goldsmith’s paintings has been the cityscape viewed from her apartment. It encompasses Riverside Park, the West Side Highway, the Hudson River and, sometimes, the New Jersey and New York skylines. Goldsmith’s paintings depict the different colors of the seasons, time of day, and even the scaffolding in front of the window with painterly brushwork embedded with photos and articles that create a sense of dimensionality. Goldsmith states, “When I start to paint, I find myself in a constant struggle between my desire to have a conscious objective and the strong impulses from within, where I find myself painting in a subconscious state.”
Born in Poland, Goldsmith was sent to an internment camp in North Africa as a child, along with her family, and was later relocated to Scotland. She attended London’s Central School of Art and became a textile designer and painter. Goldsmith has exhibited extensively across the United States, including commissions by The Chrysler Building, Metropolitan Life Insurance, and many others.
In her second exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery Andrea Lilienthal presents dresses sewn from newsprint and thread in Small Disturbances. The forms highlight the images printed in The New York Times and call attention to life and nature under stress in many of the places the photographers focus their cameras on. Lilienthal seeks to transform images of sorrow and misery into a kind of beauty. She does so with the most transient material we throw away every day and gives it a new life.
The dress patterns themselves elicit memories and associations of an earlier time when immigration, deforestation, and climate change were not on the front pages. She states, “The grief depicted here contrasts with the innocence of the form to elicit outrage, empathy, and hope. We look so fleetingly at these images as the newspapers are discarded. Here we can contemplate the photographs and find meaning. The dresses serve as memorials to the lives depicted and to the photographers who captured their stories.”
Robert Petrick presents an installation that challenges perception entitled ART/LIFE in On the Wall. Alongside his work in nonobjective painting, Petrick has always been intrigued with words and letters in art and as an intrinsic artform itself. ART/LIFE is his latest effort in the form of “psychopoetic” word and illusion, illustrating words that are not always what they seem.
ATLANTIC GALLERY 2020 JURIED EXHIBITION SEEING THE UNSEEABLE
Artist Susan Rostow
The effects of time, nature’s cycles and how humans impact the environment are the themes that are repeated in my work. I invite the viewer to touch and interact with my sculptural books as the tactile qualities are not all visible or accessible at first. Surprise elements, small worlds, both intimate and bold, reveal themselves in the process of turning the pages. As the viewer becomes engaged in the sight, feel, and smell of the piece, they experience a sense of visiting a strange yet familiar place. The work is a reminder of the constant stream of change, which affects us all.
My creative process begins with a walk in the woods, beach, desert or city where objects such as plants, soil, shells, discarded plastics are collected. A series of drawings and prints are created from the found materials. The prints and drawings are bound together with the objects themselves, using a mixture of mud, glue and pigment to fuse the experience together. Paper, tree fungus, roots, soil, bones, sand, shells, and bits of plastic merge together, growing into the sculptural book. With the addition of each object, a new dialog begins, and the piece evolves telling its story. The work becomes a document, recording a culmination of events that have taken place between nature and myself.
Susan Rostow is a New York City based artist working mainly with printmaking, drawing and sculptural books. She is a NYSCA/NYFA 2017 Artist Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts and a Pollock-Krasner grant recipient. Her work is included in significant collections such as the Allan Chasanoff Bookwork Collection at Yale University Art Gallery and the Library of Congress National Print Archives. Her prints and sculptural books have been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Europe and Peru. In 2017 she was awarded an Artist in Residency at the New York Academy of Medicine Library, New York, NY. Her works have been published in Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction & Fine Art magazine, published by Crown Paper Press, NY NY and Graphics Impressions, SGC International, Fall Issue 2017.
In addition to Rostow’s active career as an artist, she creates art materials. Rostow has made a major contribution to the practice of safer printmaking by creating Akua soy-based inks, developing new printmaking methods and by teaching numerous workshops.
Artist Walter Brown enjoys working with plastic bags & recyclable trash-irrationally optimistic in these troubled times that sanity may yet prevail.
Walter Brown is a physician (pathologist) turned artist, creating installations with conventional and unconventional media. At its core, his work is an attempt to obtain security and achieve individuality in an unsafe crowded world, to distinguish fact from fantasy, and to deal with current environmental/political realities. He likes to find beauty in unexpected places, but also enjoys the seamier side of the human condition.
His compulsion is to put varying amounts and combinations of acrylic paint inside small plastic bags of the type often seen in the produce section of the supermarket. Each bag is uniquely manipulated into whatever shape, color design, or texture is needed. Depending on the amount and variety of colors added, method of dispersal of the paint within the bag, and other factors, tangible and intangible, the result is never the same, and often worthy of notice.
A single bag can be an individual artwork, or groups of bags can be combined to make a composite large image. Colors combine in unexpected ways. Textures are variable and surprises are common. Sometimes bubbles form; other times, the paint flows in small rivulets along the crevices of the plastic. Wire mesh and aluminum are ancillary materials, which when used in conjunction with the plastic bags, allow additional creative avenues.
The individual plastic bags are best viewed with backlit light, and are therefore placed between plexiglass and mounted onto light boxes to be displayed.
When used to create artworks, the unexpected resurrection of the plastic bags achieves a kind of justice. Instead of trash marring the landscape, the bags become worth looking at, completing a transformational circle.
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The Gallery at Sip This Presents Artist Melissa Maiello
for the Featured Artist of the Month
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Photographer Melissa Maiello as the featured Artist for the Month at The Gallery at Sip This Coffee Shop in Valley Stream NY
Melissa Maiello is an artist and art educator living and working in Long Island, New York. Maiello received a B.A. in Art Education from Adelphi University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Maiello studied art and art history internationally at S.A.C.I Florence in Italy. She also acquired an M.S. in Special Education from Dowling College and her MFA at Long Island University. Maiello’s primary medium is charcoal, however she is also an active photographer, exploring different environments in an effort to document her surroundings. She has shown her work in local galleries, libraries and art fairs throughout New York.
For more information please visit her at https://www.melissamaiello.com/
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Art Crawl in New York Art Scene November 21, 2019
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane imterviews Gallery Owner Kim Foster in her gallery in Chelsea, NY
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Gallery Owner Loretta Howard at her gallery in Chelsea, NY
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Gallery Owner Thomas Erben at his gallery in Chelsea, NY
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Search Results Web results Ira Pearlstein at the Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea, NY
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti at the Thomas Erben Art Gallery
in Chelsea, NY
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Carter Burden Art Gallery in Chelsea, NY
I recently attended an art crawl in Manhattan at major art galleries in Chelsea, New York. Take a look at the interesting galleries and wonderful artist and gallery owners that I interviewed.
Kim Foster opened her contemporary art gallery in 1994 on Crosby Street in Soho. She was among the first to migrate to the Chelsea art district. We have occupied the ground floor space in the 529 West 20th Arts Building since 1998.
Exhibitions have been reviewed in various publications including The New York Times, International Harold Tribune, Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, Sculpture (cover story). Gallery artists received prestigious fellowships including Fulbright, Guggenheim, NYFA, NEA. Museum acquisitions include Carnegie Museum of Art, Museum of the City of NY, New York Historical Society, LA County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Honolulu Museum of Art. Artists have had solo exhibitions at Carnegie Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Italian American Museum, Hudson River Museum, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Aldrich Museum, Mattress Factory. Site specific installations include the Children’s Hospital of Stony Brook and Fort Totten in Washington DC.
Kim Foster Gallery has a reputation for exhibiting thoughtful works that are intellectually challenging while maintaining a raw visual appeal. Although there is a great variety in the work of our artists, there also is an elegance to our exhibitions that exemplifies the gallery’s aesthetic. That elegance permeates our affinity for obsessive and eccentric painting, sculpture and drawing built from an assemblage of often minutely constructed parts.
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Loretta Howard Gallery specializes in classic Post War American art with an emphasis on artists who came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s. Gallery artists are associated with major movements of the period including Abstract Expressionism, Op Art, Minimalism and Color Field. In addition, the gallery represents a select group of mid-career artists. The gallery presents exhibitions and advises private and corporate collections. Loretta Howard Gallery has been established in Chelsea since 2010.
Loretta Howard, formerly of Jacobson Howard Gallery and Ameringer/Howard/Yohe Gallery was also a longtime director of the Andre Emmerich Gallery. She has established a strong reputation as a dealer representing artists and estates as well as being a secondary market specialist. Loretta Howard Gallery is well known for presenting historical exhibitions and publishing scholarly catalogues.
Loretta completed her MA degree and continued on in the PhD program in Art History at New York University’s Institute of Fine Art. She graduated from Amherst College in 1983. In the 1980's she was a founding member of New York Cares and remained a member of the board until 1989. She now currently serves on the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.
November 21- December 20, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, November 21, 6-8:30pm
Thomas Erben Gallery is excited to present Caput Mortuum, an exhibition of new paintings and photo-works by artist Elaine Stocki. By working within and across the two mediums, Stocki’s practice critically explores the nuance of difference. A richly colorful term, Caput Mortuum draws color, alchemy, art and death into the exhibition’s circle of interests. With literal translations of worthless remains and death’s head in Latin, Caput Mortuum has broadly lent its name throughout history to various colors, the leftover remains of alchemist’s experiments and mummys’ head (an original source of pigment for artists). Here Stocki employs the term both for its linguistic multiplicity and posits it on the relationship between materiality and death; the act and making of painting and the irrevocable record of life/death captured by the photographic process.
Joining the general sense of unease that she developed with Hoar Frost, Stocki’s previous exhibition with the gallery, a conjoined urgency and formal peculiarity inhabit Caput Mortuum. Frustrating our sense of who and what is true, what is tangible, and most importantly that those things are not easily digestible, but complex and fluid, the exhibition is at home in this moment of difference.
The exhibit mounts Stocki’s unusually round-edged, diamond- and pill-shaped paintings and photographs throughout the gallery’s walls, lending their curving edges a subtle prominence. Across all the works there is an emphasis on materiality. Stained with watercolors, the paintings’ raw canvases exhibit a palpable tactility, one mirrored by the silver gelatin printing and hand tinting of the photographs. Building gradations and intensity of color and, ultimately, form, Stocki articulates her painterly concerns through a repetitive process, applying bands of watercolor in varying layers of widths and dilutions. Quiet, intimate portraits, the photographs’ staged appearances nevertheless evoke a psychological atmosphere of pensive interiority. Viewed together, the two mutually charge one another. Stocki’s paintings take on an otherworldly quality on top of their evocative use of abstraction. The photographs, by contrast, grow in their presence, entering more fully into the space.
Form is political, and Caput Mortuum situates roundedness as thus; nuance in thought and form, the curvature of the earth, the arc of time. This curved, sinuous motif echoes through the exhibited paintings and photos: their aqueous expanses of watercolor; the shimmering quality of silver gelatin prints; a continuous juxtaposition of positive and negative spaces—inviting reflection upon the object-hood of the works. At the same time these photographs and paintings engender a meditative mood beyond their materiality.
Stocki has long investigated the interdependency of painting and photography, but with Caput Mortuum the artist has now succeeded in uniting the two, mining their physical, mysterious, mystical, and political potentialities.
Elaine Stocki (b. 1979, Winnipeg, Canada) holds an MFA from Yale University (2009) and has been the recipient of many arts awards, including the Tierney Fellowship, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Portfolio Competition, and numerous grants and prizes from the Canada Arts Council. Her work has been nominated for the Grange Prize (2011) – now the AIMIA Photography Prize – and the Sobey Award (2012), and is held in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Most recently her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Canadian Cultural
Centre in Paris, curated by Catherine Bedard. A monograph published by SKIRA accompanied the exhibition. Stocki’s work has been published by LACMA, The New Yorker, Semiotexte, TBW Books, Objektiv Journal, Centrefold Magazine, Border Crossings, Night Papers, and MATTE. She has been a visiting artist and critic at Princeton, Yale, Bard College of the Arts, Parsons and Otis College of Art and Design. In April 2020, her work will appear in Delusionarium 5 (Adaptation), a group exhibition at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, were Stocki currently lives and works.
The goal of the Carter Burden Gallery is to create a dialogue with the arts community supporting our belief that older, lesser-known artists must not be overlooked due to age or decreased marketability in the current art scene. We demonstrate the transformative nature of art; the work we exhibit is vibrant, cutting-edge and important regardless of the artist's age.
Carter Burden Gallery targets NYC artists over the age of 60, fostering a supportive and culturally-diverse community of re- emerging artists. We celebrate this community's unique ability to share lifetimes participating as vital members of New York's arts culture, and work to create opportunities for networking and responding to each other's work, thereby invigorating the creative process. In recognizing this community, we confirm their continued value and contribution to the arts.
Established in 1971, the Carter Burden Network (CBN), formerly the Carter Burden Center for the Aging, promotes the well-being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy, arts and culture, health and wellness and volunteer programs, all oriented to individual, family and community needs. We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity. For more information view the CBN brochure here.
In furtherance of the CBN's goals, and in recognizing the unique cultural wealth possessed by older professional artists, the Carter Burden Gallery was born. While giving older artists an opportunity to show