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Pamela Boily LAKESIDE

THINKING BIG
Artists of Blue Mountain Gallery

Pamela Boily LAKESIDE

Pamela Boily LAKESIDE

Dates: November 2 – 25, 2017

Hours Open: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 PM

Opening Reception: Sunday November 5, 3 – 5 PM with music by The First Street Quintet

Walk Around with Artists: Saturday November 11, 2 – 4 PM

Closing Reception: Saturday November 25, 4 – 6 PM

Thinking Big addresses the significance of both the physical and psychological impact of an artwork’s size in relation to its thematic concerns. Forty one gallery artists are included in this dynamic exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture.

The accompanying online catalogue, available in late October, includes each artist’s thoughtful statements on the theme of bigness and an introductory essay by the critic Xico Greenwald.

This show serves as a reminder of the important role played by artist-run cooperatives over the past half century and builds on the recent interest in these galleries generated by the widely acclaimed exhibit “Inventing Downtown” at NYU’s Grey Gallery. Blue Mountain Gallery opened in 1980 as Soho was emerging as an art epicenter. Now located in the heart of Chelsea, its history and continuity form an important contribution to New York’s art world.

Participants:
Download pdf here about artists and their statements: THINKING BIG artists-statements-sept-13

Mary Lou Alberetti
Robert Alberetti
Gulgun Aliriza
Doug Anderson
Theresa Bartol
Nancy Beal
Pamela Berkeley
Leslie K. Brill
Richard Castellana
Michael Chelminski
Marcia Clark
Anne Diggory
Ken Ecker
Judith Evans

Sharyn Finnegan
Owen Grey
Margaret Grimes
Carol Heft
Marilyn Honigman
Sam Jungkurth
Charles Kalman
Joan Marie Kelly
Marjorie Kramer
John Leavey
Margaret Leveson
Helene Manzo
Richard Kirk Mills
Alakananda Mulkerji
Janie Paul
Erica Prud’homme
Janie Paul
Nancy Prusinowski
Tim Ross
Victoria Salzman
Gina Sawin
Janet Sawyer
Linda Smith
Sam Thurston
Jennifer Toth
Marie Van Elder
Rose Weinstock
Jeanie Wing

Curatorial Committee:

Marcia Clark, Anne Diggory, Sharyn Finnegan, Margaret Grimes, Margaret Leveson, Helene Manzo, Alakananda Mukerji

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Valerie Ghent releases her newest video, New York City Streets, featuring rock solid music performances in dozens of locations throughout the city.

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NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent celebrates her newest video, New York City Streets, with a worldwide release today on youtube.com/valerieghent and a call for response videos made by anyone who loves New York City.

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A love letter to her native city, the New York City Streets video was shot in all five boroughs of The Big Apple, in dozens of locations, many of personal significance to the enthusiastic and rockin’ NY singer/musician/composer. “New York is a beloved and iconic city for people around the globe”, Valerie says, “Whenever I travel people tell me how much they love NYC! So I’m inviting anyone who loves New York City to make your own video with the song, showcase your favorite parts of New York, and post it on YouTube. Show us your “New York City Streets!”

Voted #2 Best Song of 2016 by LA West Coast Music Radio, New York City Streets features rock solid performances by veteran New York musicians who have played on countless hits by world-class artists including Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, Chic, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and many more. A free mp3 of the song is available from Valerie’s website, valerieghent.com, for anyone who wants to make their own version of a New York City Streets video.

Critics rave: “New York City Streets”, right out of the 70s/80s Luther meets Ashford & Simpson period with a driving piano lead and Alfa Anderson and Dennis Collins (together with Keith Fluitt) bringing back those inimitable Chic and Luther Vandross moments in the super-slick hook, supported by a cool horn section. A real gem!” – Gina Loves Jazz

WHAT: Valerie Ghent New York City Streets video release & invitation
WHEN: Friday September 15, 2017
WHO: NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent
WHERE: filmed in all five boroughs of New York City, video on youtube.com/valerieghent
WHY: We Love New York!

WEBSITE: valerieghent.com
YOUTUBE: youtube.com/valerieghent
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/valerieghentmusic
TWITTER: twitter.com/valerieghent
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/valerieghent

“Ghent sings from the guts. Her contralto rises with the smooth momentum of something out of NASA.”
– Woman About Town
“Ghent, herself, is a vocal phenomenon…she has the glistening, effervescent energy of a top pop/rock star.”
– NY Cabaret Today
“Valerie Ghent – a “kick butt” artist. That kind of quality never really goes out of style.” – Soul Tracks
“Valerie Ghent, la Dame de New York – Il est rare de trouver une voix aussi singulière et une maîtrise du rythme aussi pertinente. – La Marseillaise (France)

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim Eigo jim@jazzpromoservices.com

GWEN FABRICANT

GWEN FABRICANT featured in Voices of Contemporary Art, Thursday September 14, 2017 6PM at Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU.

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Gwen Fabricant,
in conversation with Jennifer Hickey

Fales Library,
Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10012

As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation’s ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA), please join us on Thursday, September 14, when artist Gwen Fabricant will sit down with VoCA Program Committee Member Jennifer Hickey to discuss her life, work, and artistic legacy.

Gwen has been supported by the Foundation in a number of ways, as a grant recipient, an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, and as a Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Artist. The CALL/VoCA programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.

“CALL enabled me to cross the divide into the digital age. This opened new ways for me to communicate with people and institutions. In order to create this archive, we had to bring all the past work out into the open… and that, surprisingly, changed the way I see the whole course of my work.”

– Gwen Fabricant

About Joan Mitchell Foundation
The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell’s desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. We work to amplify the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live. To learn more, visit our website.

About VoCA
Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is a non-profit organization run out of NYC that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming around the stewardship and preservation of contemporary art. VoCA’s network consists of artists, conservators, curators, collectors, registrars, arts administrators, and educators, and aims to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops. To learn more, please visit their website.

Happy Hour Sept 10th

West Village Happy Hour from
Westbeth Artists Residents Council
and Grove Pharmacy

Happy Hour Sept 10th

West Village Happy Hour is a social event for the West Village Neighborhood.
Held in the Westbeth Community room, sponsored by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council and Grove Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy on 8th Avenue, this event is for people of all ages. It includes live music, refreshments and a short presentation on a timely subject – Not to Worry.

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

Christina Maile’s litho print, History of the World Part 2, will be featured in the Spring 2018 print edition of the San Francisco Peace and Hope Journal

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

San Francscio Peace and Hope is a literary journal devoted to poetry and visual art.

The current political climate is one of the most unsettling in the history of our country. Politicians throw words around carelessly and dangerously – and this year Trumpism has brought forth a sad new model.

The fact is, words matter. Images matter. If anyone understands this, it is the poet and the artist. We need words and images that pave the way for evolution; words and images that can be part of history, that one hundred, two hundred, one thousand years into the future, people will look back on and be inspired.

At SF Peace and Hope we believe that the most important moment is now. How shall we use this moment in time? We need to choose carefully. Every word, every image, every action makes an impact for ourselves and the world. With a creative act there is always a new beginning, always a fresh hope when a poem or painting is created.
– Editor, Elizabeth Hack

Griselda Steiner Shakespeare on the Rocks 2017

Griselda Steiner riffs on Shakespeare’s The Tempest is online at SCENE4

Griselda Steiner Shakespeare on the Rocks 2017

Shakespeare On The Rocks
A Two-Character Play

Griselda Steiner

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan and surged the Hudson River to flood the streets of the West Village. The basement of my building, Westbeth, which flanks the river was inundated with 8 feet of water turning washing machines into floating debris and destroying artists’ work that had been stored in studios. We were without electricity and running water for over a week.

In my play SHAKESPEARE ON THE ROCKS my character, aging Shakespearian actor Alex DonBaron, escapes his flooded Washington Street brownstone by going to his London flat where he searches for his lost scrapbook. From the photos and reviews in his album he reminisces about his life and career using original and raunchy interpretations of Shakespeare’s dialogue. Although he has been sober for 5 years and hopes to resurrect his career on stage, he flirts with the bottle of Teachers scotch he brought with him.

Read an excerpt here: http://www.scene4.com/0917/griseldasteiner0917.html

Griselda Steiner is a poet, dramatist and a freelance writer and Senior Writer for Scene4. Her compilation of poetry and writings “The Silent Power of Words” is now available for order on Amazon Books.

For more of her poetry and articles, check HERE

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NEW ROOFTOP FURNITURE AT WESTBETH built by Richard Sanca, Westbeth filmmaker and carpenter, and designed by Carl Stein, Westbeth in-house architect.

Designed by Westbeth in house architect, Carl Stein (of Elemental Architecture NYC), using recycled IPE wood decking salvaged by Westbeth Management and built by Westbeth filmmaker and carpenter, Richard Sanca.

The project was funded by Westbeth Beautification Committee, Westbeth Board of Directors, and Martha Graham Dance Company.

The project exemplifies Westbeth’s dedication to “adaptive re-use.”

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ARTSY. NET article 12 artists in Group Shows who Deserve Solo Shows featured Tommy Kha who exhibited in this summer’s in DISCURSIVE SELVES in Westbeth Gallery

Tommy Kha

Conventional wisdom holds that the bonanza of New York summer shows is little more than a sleepy pause before the fall season kicks into gear. But it’s also a terrific time to scout group exhibitions for the lesser-known talent on the cusp of wider recognition—artists who will, with any justice, soon be given their own solo-show spotlight in the city.
But don’t despair if you’ve been hiding out at the beach for the past two months: we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, we take a look at 12 discoveries—including a painter of video game aesthetics, a photographer of Elvis impersonators, and a sculptor inspired by seaweed—that the art world will be buzzing about before long.

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Tommy Kha
B. 1988, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE; LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK AND MEMPHIS.
SEEN AT: “DISCURSIVE SELVES” AT WESTBETH GALLERY, 55 BETHUNE STREET, NEW YORK, JUL. 21–AUG. 11, 2017.

Read the article here:
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-12-artists-summer-group-deserve-solo

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Huguette Martel’s Adventures of a Would-Be Filmmaker just published on Narrative website.

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Huguette Martel was born in Paris, France. At the age of nineteen she moved to New York City, where she has lived ever since. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and the author of several books in which she incorporates paintings and text, often about her childhood in France and World War II, which she spent in hiding with a peasant family. Other works include Summer, In Vermont, Brief Encounter, and A True Fable. Her solo show of paintings, “Lost and Found,” was curated by Ben Katchor.

Read it here:

http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/narrative-backstage/graphic-stories/adventures-would-be-filmmaker-huguette-martel