An installation of “The Doves” which celebrates the collaboration of artistic volunteers at Westbeth Artists Housing in NYC, and creative volunteers at Petronas Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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.
Download pdf here about artists and their statements: THINKING BIG artists-statements-sept-13
Mary Lou Alberetti
Leslie K. Brill
Joan Marie Kelly
Richard Kirk Mills
Marie Van Elder
Marcia Clark, Anne Diggory, Sharyn Finnegan, Margaret Grimes, Margaret Leveson, Helene Manzo, Alakananda Mukerji
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.
$5.00 per class
Sponsored by Westbeth Beautfication Committee
Doron Tadmor is a Feldenkrais Guild certified teacher
Class lasts 1 hour
The Feldenkrais Method consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. A lesson generally lasts from thirty to sixty minutes. Each lesson is usually organized around a particular function.
Feldenkrais’Awareness Through Movement lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity.
Feldenkrais’ lessons attempt to make one aware of his/her habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and to expand options for new ways of moving while increasing sensitivity and improving efficiency. There are hundreds of Awareness Through Movement lessons contained in the Feldenkrais Method that vary, for all levels of movement ability, from simple in structure and physical demand, to more difficult lessons.
A major goal of the Feldenkrais Method is to learn how one’s most basic functions are organized and improve. By experiencing the details of how one performs any action, the student has the opportunity to learn how to:
attend to his/her whole self
eliminate unnecessary energy expenditure
mobilize his/her intentions into actions
learn and improve
Sing Time Sessions with live piano accompaniment, vocal warm-ups, rhythmic body movement, ear training and improvisation. No Experience Necessary!
Eve Zanni, jazz artist and Somatic Voice teacher, has taught voice for over 2 decades, directed choirs for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and teaches Circle improvisation.
Lessons are sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council
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
Shakespeare On The Rocks
A Two-Character Play
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
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 exemplifies Westbeth’s dedication to “adaptive re-use.”
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.
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.
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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.
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