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Show Dates:
March 3 – March 17, 2018

Opening Reception:
Saturday March 3 from 5PM -8 PM

Special Exhibition Events:
Panel Discussion Saturday March 10, 4PM – 6PM
Live Jazz Night Saturday March 10, 7PM – 9PM

Rooms with a View is an exhilarating demonstration of the capacity for seven different artists to elevate and transform their materials into poignant art. By nature of the unusual presentation of their work, each artist having their own space or ‘room’ in which to exhibit, a rare window opens into the creative process of the artist.

Participating Artists:

Rita Baragona
Simon Carr
Karina Cavat
Jock Ireland
Lynn Kotula
Mark La Riviere
Nicole Santiago

Karina Cavat REAP casein on paper 66 x 84 inches

Karina Cavat REAP casein on paper 66 x 84 inches

Mark La Riviere THE BLIND KING bronze cast 32 inches height

Mark La Riviere THE BLIND KING bronze cast 32 inches height

Simon Carr BEES WITH VEGETABLES acrylic on canvas 36 x 54 inches

Simon Carr BESS WITH VEGETABLES acrylic on canvas 36 x 54 inches


Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors


Dates: February 3 through February 24, 2018

Opening Reception February 3rd, 6-8 pm

Music in the Afternoon February 11th 4-6pm
Special guest: Andrew Bolotowsky, flutist with other fine musicians

Closing festivities on Saturday February 24, 4 – 6pm will include a performance by critically acclaimed singer and actor Molly Pope at 4pm
(see musical event description below)

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1-6pm

For more information contact Deborah Day: 212 754-6767

The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors presents Sound and Image, an exhibition at the Westbeth Gallery on the theme of image and music.


John Servetas, Tuning Up, 34’ x 30”, oil on canvas

In his On the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky wrote: “Colour is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many strings.” Ever since Kandinsky likened paint to music, modernists have been thinking hard about the influential ways that visual art and music come together.


Regina Perlin, Winter Snow Carroll Gardens, 22” x 28”, oil on canvas

This exhibition explores the sounds of paint, ink and other media through the works of a group that has been an ensemble for 78 years and whose artists have been and still are fascinated by the coming together of two art forms. Founding member Mark Rothko’s son Christopher writes about his father: “Music was central to my father’s world—to his own aesthetic sensibilities, certainly, but also to the structure and expressive modes he found as a painter. I think it’s fair to say he was a painter who aspired to be a musician.”

Interactive links to music are incorporated into the exhibition, as well as music events including an afternoon featuring Andrew Bolotowsky, flutist and son of Federation founder Ilya Bolotowsky, on February 11, 2018, 4-6pm in the gallery.


Anneli Arms
Sharon Ascher
Violet Baxter
Natalie Becker
Elizabeth Bisbing
Lynda Caspe
Nicholas Christopher
Marcia Clark
Tad Day
Edward Eichel
Robert Feinland
Geoffrey Gneuhs
Martin Goldblum
Kenneth Gore
Jerilyn Jurinek
Albert Kresch
Patricia Melvin
Valerie Mendelson
Otto Neals
Regina Perlin
Vincent Pinto
Jon Rettich
Larry Rushing
Elinore Schnurr
John Servetas
Jacqueline Sferra Rada
Jean François Rocheman
Philip Sherrod
Richard Sloat
Phillip Southern
MELVIN Gowanus

Patricia Melvin, View from the Third Street Bridge, Gowanus Canal, 9″x12″, oil on linen

Two afternoons of music will be presented in conjunction with “Sound and Image”, an interactive visual art and music exhibition by the historic art organization the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, at the Westbeth Gallery.

“Music in the Afternoon”, Sunday, February 11, 4 – 6 pm will begin with Andrew Bolotowsky, a well-known and frequently recorded flautist who grew up in the New York City art world. Andrew Bolotowsky studied with Elaine Schaffer, William Kincaid, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has performed over 3,000 solo recitals and participated in countless chamber music and orchestral concerts. His father, leading early 20th-century abstract painter Ilya Bolotowsky, was a founding member of FOMPS, and has served as its president.
The afternoon will continue with local musicians Peter May and Dan Merrill, who will perform songs relating to the exhibition.

Closing festivities on Saturday February 24, 4 – 6pm will include a performance by critically acclaimed singer and actor Molly Pope at 4pm.
Hailed as “One of downtown cabaret’s most adventurous performers” by the New York Times,
Ms Pope’s shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Cafe Carlyle and many other venues in the USA and Australia. She has been named a Time Out New York “Top Ten Cabaret Act of 2008” and 2012 and a Village Voice Best of NYC 2011 for “Best Singer to Turn Life Into A Cabaret.” Most recently she recorded her first album, “An Audience with Molly Pope”, live at Joe’s Pub. Her stage credits most recently include “Bulldozer” (Theater at St. Clement’s).

KATE WALTER Re-Finds Her Voice in
The Villager article about SingTime Sessions


“It was the Friday after the terrorist attack on the Hudson River bike path and I was shaken up. When I got back from work, I felt exhausted and debated whether to attend the “Sing Time Sessions,” a weekly vocal workshop I’d recently joined at Westbeth. It’s a lot of fun, so I pushed myself to go downstairs to the community room.

We’re working with a fantastic voice teacher, Eve Zanni — a neighbor in my artists’ complex — and a great piano player named Isaac Raz.

After singing and doing vocal exercises for an hour, I felt rejuvenated. That Friday, Eve suggested we stand for the closing number, dedicated to the eight victims of the Oct. 31 attack. We all rose and burst into “We Shall Overcome.” I got choked up.

I had forgotten how much I like singing and how good it makes me feel. No wonder Eve calls the group the Bliss Singers. We’re learning standards like “Blue Skies” by Berlin and Gershwin and pop classics like Carole King’s “Up on the Roof.” About 15 to 20 people show up every Friday to get our bliss on and start the weekend on a high note. When I leave the room, I feel elevated and recharged and ready to resist.”

Read entire article by Kate Walter in The Villager HERE


“Sing Time Sessions” with voice teacher, Eve Zanni, Fridays 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. Funded by a grant from Councilmember Corey Johnson’s Office and the Westbeth Artists Residents Council, the workshop is free and open to the public. No experience necessary.


Westbeth Icon: Edward Field poet


Westbeth Icons is a project that celebrates the work and life of senior Westbeth artists who continue to passionately work in their artistic field. It is funded by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council with a grant from NYC Council Speaker, Corey Johnson.

Terry Stoller spoke with Edward Field previously about his decision to become a poet, his first “teacher,” the effects of New Criticism on poetic language and subject matter, his pursuing his own direction with his writing, the challenges of being a gay poet in the early days, and the blessings of his later years.

see more about Edward Field HERE


Treatment Action Group
TAG Limited Art Editions Sale
1999 – 2017



TAG Limited Art Editions 1999 – 2017

March 21 – Saturday March 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 21, 6 – 8 pm

Treatment Action Group is pleased to present the exhibition, TAG Limited Art Editions 1999 – 2017. Running from Wednesday March 21 through Saturday March 24, 2018 at Westbeth Gallery (, located at 55
Bethune Street in New York City. Gallery hours are: Wednesday thru Saturday from 1 pm to 8 pm.

This is the first time that all of these important works are being exhibited together. Please consider supporting TAG’s life-saving work and adding to your art collection.

The TAG art collection was started in 1999 with the generous donation of over 30 silver gelatin prints by the photojournalist Ben Thornberry. Thornberry’s images document ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) AIDS activists in action during the height of the AIDS crisis, from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.

Since 2005, TAG’s art collection has continued to grow through the TAG Limited Art Editions. Overseeing the editions is board member, artist, and long-time AIDS activist Joy Episalla. Episalla has helped gather a stellar group of artists who have donated editions to TAG, to support the organization’s important and life-saving work for the last 11 years. TAG wants to thank each of these artists for their generosity.

Included in the exhibition are Erica Baum (2017), Rosalind Fox Solomon (2016), Joy Episalla (2015), Kate Shepherd (2014), Nan Goldin (2013), Robert Gober (2012), Bill Jacobson (2011), fierce pussy (2010), Donald Moffett (2009), Tony Feher (2008), Carrie Yamaoka (2007), David Armstrong (2006), Richard Renaldi (2005), and Ben Thornberry (1999).

A series of three panel discussions, hosted in conjunction with Visual AIDS, will take place during the exhibition at Westbeth Gallery, provisionally scheduled as follows:

Thursday March 22 from 6 to 8 pm – The Legacy of Artists: David Armstrong, Tony Feher and David Wojnarowicz

Friday March 23 from 6 to 8 pm – Art & Activism: panelists to include artists from the TAG Limited Art Editions

Saturday March 24 from 2 to 4 pm – Activism & AIDS Today: with panelists from
TAG, Housing Works, & allies

Full details about the panels will be posted on

A full-color catalog
accompanies the exhibition with essays by Mark Harrington and Joy Episalla. It will be available for purchase in the gallery and after the exhibition at:

Treatment Action Group (TAG)
is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV, tuberculosis, and the hepatitis C virus. TAG works to ensure that all people with HIV, TB, or HCV receive lifesaving treatment, care, and information. We’re science-based treatment activists working to expand and accelerate vital research and effective community engagement with research and policy institutions. TAG catalyzes open collective action by all affected communities, scientists, and policy makers to end HIV, TB, and HCV.

CONTACT: Joe McConnell, Treatment Action Group
PHONE: 212-253-7922


Jack Dowling

Jack Dowling – painter, printmaker , and writer was named the
first Westbeth Icon. See video of the celebratory evening on Nov 19, 2017.

Jack Dowling

Jack Dowling

Westbeth Icons is a project sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council from a grant provided by NYC Councilperson Corey Johnson.

The project seeks to celebrate Westbeth’s senior artists who continue to produce work and in so doing provide inspiration for us all.

The first Westbeth Icon is Jack Dowling, who in addition to his painting, and printmaking, and writing short stories for the Hamilton Stone Review, among others, served also as the Westbeth Gallery Director for over 12 years. In that capacity he helped numerous artists with hanging their shows, curating their work, and writing letters of support to grant-giving cultural organizations.

On November 19, 2017, was an evening of celebration. It consisted of a filmed interview by Terry Stoller, heart-felt speeches by Beverly Brodsky, Jayne Holsinger, William Kennon, Christina Maile, and Jack’s brother, Douglas. The evening ended with a presentation of a Tiffany pen from Westbeth Artists Residents Council President, Geo Cominskie.

A video of the evening was filmed by Ted Timreck and Christina Maile, and edited by Tim Timreck


KARIN BATTEN at June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, NYC, “Celebrating 30 Years”, Gallery Artists, Drawings and Photography, from December 21, 2017 to January 30th, 2018.

THE GIFT Karin Batten

THE GIFT Karin Batten

The many different materials I use create complex and poetic works layered with meaning of open seas and land.
I play organic shapes against geometric patterns. Some forms are scraped and layered while others are fully present. I work spontaneously and intuitively.
Since I moved to New York City I have been fascinated by the scale of its buildings, reminiscent of mountains and deep valleys. The seemingly fragmented city merges into one cohesive unit, that needs the collective in order to continue to evolve, grow, and prosper. However, it is not until the many layers, textures, strokes and colors intertwine that the composition comes into focus and the true magnificence of New York City’s skyline and terrain is captured.

More info on Karin Batten HERE</strong>

Arizona Memories Ray Ciarrocchi

Ray Ciarrocchi
Arizona Memories:
Paintings of the
Sonoran Desert

Arizona Memories Ray Ciarrocchi

Discovering the desert was for me an extraordinary, visual experience. I found what seemed to be an endless space of golden mornings and more than vivid sunsets. A beautiful place, but also a land of dangerous, cruel heat. What would seem to be a colorless expanse of sand and rock was upon close and extensive study, rich in contrasting color tonalities. A landscape which does not reveal its visual qualities easily but when it does the rewards for painting are infinite.

Ray Ciarrocchi is a New York based figurative painter. Ciarrocchi has presented numerous solo exhibitions in New York, additional US cities and Italy as well as dozens of group exhibitions in varied locations and venues. His paintings, watercolors, drawings and monotypes are in many museum and private collections both nationally and abroad. He is married to painter Sandra Caplan. Their daughter Maya Ciarrocchi is a video artist.