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VALERIE GHENT at Joe’s Pub October 29 at 7:30pm for CD release concert

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New York artist Valerie Ghent returns to the R&B flavor of her 2012, iHeart Radio hit, “Love Enough For A Lifetime [Day To Day Dream],” in her newest release, Velours. She and her international band host a CD release concert 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 back at a favorite haunt, New York City’s Joe’s Pub.

Her band features musicians from France and New York: drummer Bernard Davis, percussionist Gary Fritz, bassist Damon Banks, guitarist Jérôme Buigues, keyboardist/harmonica player Pierre Sibille, backup vocalists Alfa Anderson and Dennis Collins, along with some special guests. Admission is $20/$25 at the door.

Read more about Valerie Ghent here: http://www.axs.com/valerie-ghent-releases-french-inspired-velours-at-joe-s-pub-106998

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Ken Wade performs at TADA! Theater Friday Oct 21 at 7PM

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Ken Wade has been singing songs and telling stories for a long time.

Featured on Australian national television & WBAI radio, he has performed in Melbourne, London, L.A., and Belfast.

In New York City he’s sung and told stories at Dixon Place, NWS Festival, NYC Farmer’s Markets (& upstate), Make Music NYC, the (old) Brecht Forum, the Westbeth Music Festival, Rikers Island, and the New York Public Library.

In 2014 he performed a two act one man show at the spectacular Barn Space in N Virginia. He appears at The Moth, as well as Word and other story telling venues in New York City. 2013 – 2014, He was regularly invited performer at The Stage Left Theater, NYC.

I greatly enjoyed the range of Ken’s music. Those he wrote, those that are well-known, but so uniquely interpreted, and those he picked up in his worldwide travels which might never be heard but for rare individuals as he. His stories are full of insight, warmth and wit.

– Marsha Spyros, Adult Programming, The New York Public Library

My pleasure is not only listening to his tremendous muical skills, but also observing the hundreds of others who enjoy his playing.

– James Barry, NY Farmer Union Square Market, NYC

Ken Wade took us on a rare journey that was simply wonderful. With our toes tapping, he connected each story with a song that was nothing short of mesmerizing

– Mikki Jordan, Director, Lenox Hill House

The quality and joy he brings to his music and stories is contagious and made his performances and workshops a joy for all to share.

– Easter Ross, Program Direftor, Song and Dance Society of America and NY Pinewoods Folk Club

An absolute delight, deeply funny with an incredible spirit.

– Deb Mongolian, Playwright, Artist, Founding Member of the Split Birches Theater Co.

Kate Walter has an essay in the new anthology, How Does That Make You Feel: True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

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Readers of HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? will never again have to wonder, “What does my therapist really think of me?”

This anthology is the first ever to feature essays about this profound connection from the perspective of both the ‘shrink’ and the ‘shrunk’. Of course your therapist has thoughts about you that on occasion practically leap off his or her tongue into your ears. But at the last minute the impulse is reigned in and the therapist mask prevails.

How Does That Make You Feel:
True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch (Seal Press,
Sept 2016) edited by Sherry Amatenstein.

Read more at: http://howdoesthatmakeyoufeelbook.com/

Beth Griffith in GHOST CARD at Socrates Park on Sept 17, 2016

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 | 2 – 4 PM Socrates Sculpture Park

Ghost Card is an interactive card-game-turned-performance that will reveal storlines and movements based on the crowd-sourced personal narratives of Socrates visitors. Throughout the afternoon, a troupe of hungry ghosts will transform these tales through a platform of contemporary dance and a host of irreverent storytelling tactics. Combining movement, voice, and media to engage participants in collective meaning-making and constantly shifting perspective, Ghost Card echoes diverse and shared narratives while wrestling with the absurdity of our universal but often isolated human experience. Join artists Megan Weaver and Hassan Christopher and their team of performers for this haunting maze of surreal delights!

Performers: Alex Bianchi, Yuki Fukui, Beth Griffith, Naomi King, Katrina Leung, Skye van Rensselaer, Enzo Sariñana

More info at: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/ghost-card-performance/

Elisabeth Condon at Lesley Heller Workspace Sept 7 – October 16, 2016

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Elisabeth Condon BIRD AND FLOWER solo painting show
September 7 – October 16, 2016

Lesley Heller Workspace 54 Orchard St New York, NY

Hours: Wed – Sat 11 am – 6 pm: Sun 12pm – 6 pm

Info on show: at lesleyheller.com

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Elisabeth Condon: Bird and Flower
September 7 – October 16, 2016

Lesley Heller Workspace presents Bird and Flower, an exhibition of new paintings by Elisabeth Condon. This is the artist’s first solo show in New York in five years and her second with Lesley Heller Workspace.

Condon initiates each canvas with poured color to generate contingent and unexpected compositions. Her recent paintings interlace these pours, which are inspired by watercolor and Chinese splashed ink technique, with birds, flowers and plant forms culled from upholstery fabrics, wallpaper patterns and traditional Chinese scroll painting.

Bird and Flower refers to the classical Chinese painting technique of the same name, defined as much by its subject matter as by its reliance on the contour line achieved through a process of copying, tracing and refining. The bird-and-flower technique provides a departure point from which Condon explores her own process and imagery. Condon traces fabric and wallpaper samples, projecting and altering them; combining mechanical or objective modes of representation with more subjective gestures resulting in a merger of spontaneous and stylized methods. The fabric and wallpaper patterns evoke the harmony and beauty of Chinese bird-and-flower painting, while the pours and imagery beneath suggest alternative realms. The paintings’ compositional rhythms mimic Condon’s practice of Chinese idioms, as if amplified in color; their Tree of Life patterns show time’s passage with flowers and birds at various moments of bloom, perch and flight.

Gathering influences that range from Yuan Dynasty landscape, ancient textiles, Van Luit wallpapers, Marimekko sheets and her mother’s decorating samples, Condon continually mines multiple paint applications within a synthetic landscape, creating imagery that feels—much like life today—equally artificial and real. Her riotous, yet joyful paintings balance a sense of control with abandon through the intersection of nature, culture and transcendence.

Elisabeth Condon (born Los Angeles, CA) has developed an extensive body of work that exploits the spill of poured paint as a central landmark in her compositions. Condon has been working with Chinese imagery for over a decade, making numerous trips to China to study traditional painting techniques; most recently a six month intensive in 2014. Her paintings combine references to Chinese scrolls, American postwar abstraction, landscape, and wallpaper patterns, infusing them with a glam rock aesthetic.

Condon is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Hanban Confucius Institute’s Understanding China Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Florida Individual Artist Grant, 2015, New York Studio School Alumni Association’s Mercedes Matter Award and the 2015 New York Pulse Prize and various university research grants.

Exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China; Tampa Museum of Art, FL; Ft. Lauderdale Museum, FL; 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY; Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA and the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT. Public collections include the US Embassy Beijing, Swatch Art Peace Hotel Traces
Collection Shanghai, The Sweeney Print Collection at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL, Girls
Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and the JP Morgan/ Chase Collection NY.

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For more information or to request images, please email info@lesleyheller.com or call 212-410-6120.

Info on Elisabeth Condon: at http://westbeth.org/wordpress/artist/elisabeth-condon-painter/

Jayne Holsinger in Forbes Magazine July 2016

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In an article entitled 7 Intriguing Artistic Eyes at the New York Studio School Alumni Exhibition, art reviewer, Adam Lehrer features Jayne Holsinger, as well as 6 other artists in his column.

…the New York Studio School Alumni exhibition doesn’t feel like a traditional “art school exhibition.” Partly that is because this isn’t a student exhibition, but an alumni one. Some of the artists featured have been well-established in their practices. By exhibiting alumni that have been working professionally for decades alongside recent alumni that are seeking gallery representation facilitates a reciprocal relationship between the past and present. The younger artists benefit from having their work exhibited with work by established artists, and established artists get a fresh critical lens applied to their work. The program apparently does an excellent job at phasing out its students’ bad ideas and aesthetic missteps. Lesley Heller of Lesley Heller Workspace, Andrew Arnot of Tibor de Nagy, Miles Manning of Elizabeth Harris Gallery, and Larry Greenberg of Studio 10 selected 60 pieces from 157 NYSS alumni. Some of those pieces were indeed interesting, others less so. Nevertheless, it was an intriguing exhibition in its connecting well-established and emerging artists around the shared experience of an education.

Read the full Forbes article here

History of World part 1

Karin Batten and Christina Maile’s work now online in the San Francisco Journal of Peace and Hope, Fall 2016 Issue

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Above: Christina Maile, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 , Polyester Plate Lithograph 2015.

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Above: Karin Batten THE GIFT oil on canvas

See complete chapter here. Chapter 7

This is the second time the Journal has featured Karin Batten’s and Christina Maile’s work. Information about the print edition of last year’s Fall 2015 journal which features poetry, essays and art is available at San Francisco Peace and Hope

Edward Field appears in Die Flakhelfer a World War 2 documentary in which he remembers his 27 bombing missions and being shot down in Berlin.

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Edward Fields appears in a German documentary about WWII called Die Flakhelfer.

Die Flkhelfer were teenagers drafted by Hitler to work the anti-aircraft guns to try and shoot down some of the thousands of American planes raining bombs on German cities.

Edward Field was a navigator in one of those heavy bombers and flew 27 bombing missions over Germany. In the film, Field speaks about what it was like to fly through the sea of flak the ‘flakhelfer‘ were sending up, and being shot down over Berlin.

The film can be seen at:
http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/Reportage-Dokumentation/Geschichte-im-Ersten-Die-Flakhelfer/Das-Erste/Video?bcastId=799280&documentId=36362724

More info about Edward Field here