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J Taylor Basker presents Endangered Land, People Heritage, featuring paintings and a discussion. Oct 24, 2017 at 7PM Westbeth Community Room

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Date: Tuesday Oct 24, 2017
Time: 7PM
Where: Westbeth Community Room

Dr. Jacqueline Casale Taylor Basker
Visiting Adjunct Professor
German-Jordan University, Amman, Jordan (Summer ’14,’15, ’16) Islamic Architecture, Heritage & Conservation)
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York
President, ArtsPR-International
Former Chair, Fine Arts/Computer Graphics Dept.
New York Institute of Technology, Amman, Jordan

jtaylorbasker@gmail.com
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http://www.artjtaylorbasker.net; http:www.jtaylorcasale.com

PowerPoint Presentation

THE FIBER MATRIX
Quilters of Color Network New York
and special guests

PowerPoint Presentation

Show Dates: October 7 to October 28, 2017

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Friday October 17, 2017 at 7PM
A Little Tension: Art and Activism

Participating artists in The Fiber Matrix discuss the power of textile art and the decision to showcase traditional textile art and quilts juxtaposed with works that reference contemporary societal issues in a way that alters the nature and perception of quilting; transforming its use from one of comfort to one that provokes, incites and creates tension.

Panelists
Will Daniels curator/moderator
Sylvia Hernandez- QCNNY President
Jackquelynn Jones – QCNNY member
Marilyn Hamilton – QCNNY member
Frank Sabatte – Guest Exhibitor

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday
1pm – 6pm

The Fiber Matrix is a
collection of works that represent the versatility of textiles and the myriad of ways they can be used to create objects of utility, works of art and pedagogical instruments and facilitate thought provoking dialogue about a variety of contemporary
and historical topics.

The exhibit illustrates an awareness of how our socio-political landscape can be interpreted in the context of a textile installation, in the same way these themes are expressed in traditional fine art.

Curator: William Daniels

Artists:

Aleeda Crawley
Anjean Carter
Antonia Manuela
Barbara Fridie
Barbara Mims
Betty Robertson
Brenda Harris
Cassandra Knight
Delores Frazier
Diane Collier
Diane Pryor-Holland
Edward Bostick
Eleanor Williams
Frieda Hoyett
Jackquelynn Jones
Jacqueline Johnson
Karen Haynes
Kenny Johnson
Kim Hall
Margaret Simmons
Marilyn Hamilton
Minnie Curry
Sandi Howell
Sandra Samaniego
Shelia Bligen
Thadine Wormly-Herndon
Wendy Higginbotham

Guest Exhibitors:
Frank Sabatte
Philistine Lawson
Robert L. Herndon

MORE STORIES AROUND TABLE

MORE STORIES AROUND THE TABLE

MORE STORIES AROUND TABLE

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 7:00PM

Where:
Westbeth Community Room

FREE

Seven Women Reveal All
Brand-new stories about life-changing or almost life changing experiences.

With: Karen Ludwig, Shami Chaikin, Nancy Gabor, Joyce Aaron, Diane Spodarek, Dawn D’Arcy, and Christina Maile.


Dawn D’Arcy

Dawn is an actor, writer, bass player and thrilled to be a new grandma to Etta. She is in love with each of the women in this group and plans to marry them all in the very near future.

Diane Spodarek
Diane Spodarek is a Canadian-American artist and writer with a background in the visual and performing arts. She is the recipient of artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Creative New Zealand, and the Michigan Council for the Arts.

Joyce Aaron
Oboe winner for Acting in a play Acrobatics co written by Luna Tarlo. Original member of The Open Theater, directed by Joseph Chaikin. Premiered America Hurrah by Jean Claude Van Itallie in New York and at The Royal Court Theater in London. Lived and worked with Sam Shepard on many of his early plays.

Christina Maile
An artist and writer whose work reflects her West Indian and Dayak heritage, she has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Studio Grant, a Miriam Chaikin Foundation Writing Award as well as shows in various galleries and museums, including the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Center for Print, NYC. She is also the co-founder playwright of the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective.

Karen Ludwig
KAREN LUDWIG performs, directs and teaches in New York and L.A.
Her B’way credits include PRELUDE TO A KISS with Steve Guttenberg and John Randolph, BROADWAY BOUND with Joan Rivers, THE DEVILS with Anne Bancroft, THE BACCHAE with Irene Pappas and many plays at the Public Theater. She was a member of Andre Gregory’s Manhattan Project for two years and performed THE SEAGULL and Wallace Shawn’s OUR LATE NIGHT with the Company throughout the United States and Europe.
Her first film was Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, (Meryl Streep’s lover) and her most recent is THAT AWKWARD MOMENT with Zach Efron. She teaches at The New School for Drama and the HB Studio in NYC.

Shami Chaikin
Obie-award winning actress, Shami Chaikin was a member of the legendary Open Theater under the direction of Joe Chaikin. She appeared in their seminal productions of The Serpent, Terminal, Mutation Show, and more. Her theatrical appearances also include working with with Andre Serban, and Elizabeth Swados and Meredith Monk at the New York Shakespeare Festival, among other venues. In film, she has acted under the direction of Michaelangelo Antonioni, James Ivory and Alan Parker, and has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Law and Order.

Nancy Gabor
Theater Director, Acting Teacher:
Open Theater, Director – ‘The War In Heaven,’ w/Joseph Chaikin,
Master Teacher – Princeton University, and the Amsterdam Theater School, Holland.
Director – On-site production ‘Lost and Found,’ by Paul Binnerts at Westbeth.
Offering FREE acting sessions for seniors at Westbeth
beginning January 2018.

FLEA MARKET SIGN NOV 2017

Westbeth Flea Market
$5 Bag and Box Sale
Saturday Nov 18
12 – 2PM

FLEA MARKET SIGN NOV 2017

The Legendary Westbeth Flea Market is Back.
In a new space!

Now in its 38th year!

As our thousands of customers have remarked, whatever you find at the Westbeth Flea Market – clothes, original artwork, household goods, furniture, records, books, toys, electronics, sports equipment, linens, collectibles, and much much more – will not only make you supremely happy, it will be supremely affordable!

New Space: Elevator or stairs to basement, turn left, and there you are!

Dates: Election Day, November 7 Tuesday 10AM – 7PM
Weekend: Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 10, 11, and 12 from 11AM to 5PM.

Saturday Nov 18, 5$ BAG AND BOX SALE . NOON – 2PM. Everything available EXCEPT JEWELRY AND ART.

More info on Flea Market and Beautification Committee

Photos from last year’s Flea Market:

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THINKING BIG
Artists of Blue Mountain Gallery

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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

PENNY JONES PUPPETS NOV

Mother Goose Tales
Penny Jones and Co Puppets
Early Childhood Puppet Theater

PENNY JONES PUPPETS NOV

Sunday, November 19
at 11 AM & 2:30 PM
Mother Goose Tales

Classic Tales and Fables. Lots of fun for the very young. The Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and more. This is an excellent introduction to the theatre for children. With lots of participation, fun, and games, and Mother Goose Rhymes. A hit for generations. With Jack, the Pied Piper and Mother Goose’s silly dog Toby.

Tickets on sale at pennypuppets.org and Eventbrite
or CASH ONLY at the door starting 20 minutes before the show

Tickets are $10 for all ages
Show Times: 11 AM & 2:30 PM
All Ages – Great for 2 to 8
Stroller Parking
Shows Run about 45 Minutes
Information: (212) 924-0525

http://www.pennypuppets.org

BUS AND SUBWAY: M14A, M11, M20, (2 blocks)
A, C, E, L, 1, 2, 3 (5 or 6 blocks)

A Child’s first experience with theater is important and forming. Quality counts.” – Penny Jones

PENNY JONES & CO. PUPPETS has been a mainstay of children’s theater in New York since the 1970’s. The company specializes in informal puppet shows for children aged three to eight, and puppet ballets with live music for audiences of adults, children or both. The company performs in collaboration with chamber ensembles and orchestras. The repertory includes adaptations of classical works as well as original stories and scores. In schools, the company has performed hundreds of times, and Penny has a wide variety of programs from puppet pageants with a cast and crew of 30 to 90 school children, to workshops for small classes, and Penny’s “One on One” – interweaving puppetry, storytelling, movement and arts.

The company has appeared on television, in the Henson International Puppet Festival at the Public Theatre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at BAM with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, at City Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and in museums including The Museum of the City of New York, The Children’s Museum of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, at Emelin, Wave Hill, the Washington Square Music Festival, at venues from Macy’s to Barnes & Noble, and with orchestras at Bargemusic, Casa de España, Greenwich House Music School, with the New Jersey Symphony, and many, many, more…

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STRANGE FLOWERS

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Artists
Cecile Chong, Elisabeth Condon, Nancy Friedemann, Brece Honeycutt, Amy Lincoln, Judith Linhares, Rebecca Saylor Sack, Chrysanne Stathacos, Jessica Weiss, Jimmy Wright

Organized by Elisabeth Condon
elisabethcondon@gmail.com
917.449.4483

Exhibition Poster: Jessica Weiss GENIE 2014 (detail) Silkscreen, acrylic and collage on canvas 70 x 68 inches

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune St. at Washington St., New York, NY 10014
westbethgallery@gmail.com

Exhibition Dates: September 9 – September 30, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1 – 6 PM

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 6 PM to 8 PM
Gallery Walk-Through with Selected Artists 4:30 – 5:30 PM
(Chong, Honeycutt, Lincoln, Linhares , Sack and Weiss)

Exhibition Statement

In the art and fashion worlds this season, flowers bloom in gallery and museum exhibitions and flourish in upscale window displays, pop-up shop exteriors and a myriad of high-end products from handbags to vases.

Yet beneath their decorative veneer flowers possess a strange morbidity. The desire to encapsulate their beautiful forms is to contain that which cannot be controlled. Michel Houellebecq jokes in The Map and The Territory ( 2010. p17-18) that “the flower’s will to live manifests itself in the dazzling spots of color which break the greenish banalty of the urban landscap, as well as the generally transparent banality of the urban landscape–or at least in municipalities in bloom.” A long-standing custom of sending flowers in the event of illness and death persists. Sadie Stein observes of Childe Hassam’s painting “The Room of Flowers,” 1894, that documents poet Celia Thaxter’s room the year of her demise, that the flowers depicted symbolically replace Thaxter’s body after her death.[1]

Strange Flowers considers what flowers symbolize to artists working with flowers today and who have worked with them a while. What compels artists to utilize flowers? How do flowers function as image, form or structure for each artist, and in a larger context help navigate life? How can frail flowers combat global instability, terror, falsity? Do flowers’ reminder of life’s fleeting beauty inspire artists, or in fact do they perceive flowers as beautiful at all?

[1] Stein, Sadie. On the Island of The Shoals with Celia Thaxter. Paris Review, February 4, 2016.

Nancy Friedemann CORNUCOPIA 2016 India Ink on Tyvek  225 x 108 inches

Nancy Friedemann CORNUCOPIA 2016 India Ink on Tyvek 225 x 108 inches

Artist Links:

Cecile Chong, NY, NY
http://cecilechong.com

Elisabeth Condon, NY, NY
http://elisabethcondon.com

Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez, Brooklyn, NY – Nebraska
http://www.nancyfriedemann.com/chapter-2/1

Brece Honeycutt, Sheffield, MA
http://brecehoneycutt.com

Amy Lincoln, Brooklyn, NY
http://amylincoln.com/paintings/1

Judith Linhares, Brooklyn, NY
http://www.judithlinhares.com/Gouache_BlueVase.html

Rebecca Saylor Sack, Philadelphia, PA
http://rebeccasaylorsack.net

Chrysanne Stathacos, Toronto, Athens
http://chrysannestathacos.com

Jessica Weiss, Brooklyn, NY
http://jessicaweiss.net

Jimmy Wright, NY, NY
http://www.jimmywrightartist.com/works/

Bruce Honeycutt FLASHCARDS:WILDFLOWERS 2016 ecoprint on paper, child's slate, vintage flash cards  73 x 24 x 8 inches

Bruce Honeycutt FLASHCARDS:WILDFLOWERS 2016 ecoprint on paper, child’s slate, vintage flash cards 73 x 24 x 8 inches

Cecile Chong DETAIL: WORK IN PROGRESS FOR STRANGE FLOWERS 2017 Flowers, foam paint. Dimensions variable

Cecile Chong WORK IN PROGRESS FOR STRANGE FLOWERS 2017 (detail) Flowers, foam paint. Dimensions variable