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Literary Quest
Westbeth Edition

PEN Literary Quest Poster 2017 USE THIS ONE

The PEN World Voices
Festival 2017:
Gender & Power

Empower yourself with
literature and ideas across borders.

Founded in the aftermath of 9/11 by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts, the United States’ only international literature festival aims to broaden international dialogue and combat isolationism. We invite you to join more than 150 authors and artists from all over the world in this moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth—and of emboldened mobilization and resistance—and examine bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia and to bolster the movement to counter them. Exploring the theme Gender and Power, these events will celebrate the transcendent power of art to enable people to see beyond their differences.

Thursday May 4, 2017 at 6:30PM

Westbeth artists open their homes for readings by PEN authors and a party in their legendary Westbeth Gallery. With Moustafa Bayoumi, Rita Mae Brown (US), Farah Jasmine Griffin (US), Abeer Hoque (Nigeria/Bangladesh/American), Thomas Meinecke (Germany/US), Haroon Moghul, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Idra Novey, Igor Stiks (UK), Han Yujoo (Korea), Filip Springer (Poland), Gabby Rivera (US) and Emanuel Xavier (US).

Read about Westbeth and its history HERE




WESTFEST is an annual dance festival presented in the historic Westbeth Artists’ Residence building. The festival aims to open the Westbeth building to dance artists and audiences and engage the resident artist population with a broader community of artistic stewards of Westbeth and its legacy.

The festival has two distinct programs. WestFest Top Floor, at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, presents visionary artists in a traditional theater setting. All Over Westbeth is the site-specific program showing a variety of unconventional and unique approaches to dance and space.

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April 27-30, 8PM (Thursday-Sunday)
Four shared evenings of dance in the Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune,
11th floor. $20 admission.

The starlit Martha Graham Studio at Westbeth offers two performance programs over four nights. All artists will present up to 10 minutes of original dance, in a shared evening format. Estimate run time: 1hr / no intermission

On Thursday April 27 and Saturday April 29, WestFest Top Floor will feature works by Amos Pinhasi, Madison Hicks, B.U.M.P. (Button Universal Movement Project), MMDC/Mari Meade Dance Collective, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, NSquared Dance Company, Carol Nolte/Dance Collective and Amanda Hameline Dance

On Friday April 28, and Sunday April 30, WestFest Top Floor will feature works by Jeff Sykes, Dance Traveler by Young Hoon Oh, Donnell Oakley Makes Dances, Jerica Niehoff, Alethea Pace and Trezon Dancy.

The Friday and Sunday performances will also include Guest Artist David Parker/The Bang Group.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be purchased via credit/debit card online at or with cash at the door.

The Box Office will open at
7:30PM each evening.

WESTFEST | ALL OVER WESTBETH April 29 and 30 at 2 pm.
Two days of site-specific performances.

Guided Tours Every 15 Minutes. All tours start in Westbeth Courtyard, 155 Bank
Street. Last Tour departs at 3:30PM. FREE EVENT

This walking tour, led by Westbeth residents, will share a series of short, site-specific live performances in spaces located all over the iconic artists’ residence—courtyard, basement, rooftop, studios and stairwells.

Dance makers showing site-specific work in All Over Westbeth are BOINK! Dance & Film, Ambika Raina & Michael Parmelee, Erica Saucedo/vis-a-vis, Ashley McQueen/Smashworks Dance Collective, Quinn Dixon & Bree Nasby/Private Parts, Deborah Lohse/ TruDee, Emily Craver/The Little Streams, Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross/ Urban Humans, Molly Mingey/ MollyMingey Projects.

All Over Westbeth Guest choreographers are Virginie Mécène and Jelon Vieira/ Dance/Brazil.



CAROL NOLTE/DANCE COLLECTIVE (Artistic Director) founded WestFest 7 years ago as a response to the financial strain of the Recession, offering choreographers free performance opportunities at the Westbeth Artisits’ Residence, her home for the last 26 years. She has also created over 50 dances for her award-winning company Dance Collective.

AMANDA HAMELINE (Production Manager / Top Floor Curator) Amanda Hameline is a choreographer, producer and arts administrator. Her choreography works with movement and text to create comical, dark, strongly narrative experiences, and has premiered at Pace Gallery, Triskelion Arts, the Hotel Chelsea, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, CPR and more. Amanda is also a founding director of the non-profit production company, Amanda + James.

LAUREN HAFNER ADDISON & DYLAN BAKER/BOINK! DANCE & FILM (All Over Coordinators) BOINK! is a modern dance company that explores the infinite possibilities in the world of film and live performance. Founded in 2013, artistic directors Dylan Baker, Lauren Hafner Addison, Kate Bishop and Cassandra Motta have been creating together for the past ten years. From the company’s inception, video editor Christopher Huth continues to be an essential part of our aim to combine dance and film.

Lighting Designer: Nick Hung

Producer: Westbeth Artists Residents’ Council (WARC). George Cominskie, President

WestFest is made possilbe in part with public funds from Creative Engagement/ Creative Learning, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legistlature and administerd by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

WestFest is made possible by a generous grant from NYC Councilmember Corey

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The Portrait Project:
Artists portraying Artists

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The Portrait Project: Artists Portraying Artists
A group exhibition of 17 painters and sculptors. Each artist will include in their exhibited body of work, at least one portrait of another artist in the show.

Exhibition Dates:
May 6 – May 20, 2017

Opening Reception:
Saturday May 6, 5 – 8 PM

Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays – Sundays,
1PM – 6PM

Westbeth Gallery presents the Portrait Project, an association of artists using direct observation, who exchange modeling time with one another. The modeling exchange provides a creative stimulus and exposes each artist to divergent points of view about portraiture and different working practices, avoiding many compromises associated with commissions. The show will highlight a body of work from each of the members. At least one of the pieces from each artist will be a portrait of a fellow Portrait Project member. Media include painting, drawing and sculpture.

Participating artists:
Alix Bailey, Robert Bunkin, Susanna Coffey, ColleenFranca, Leonid Gervits, Valerie Gillett, Howard Gladstone, Yuka Imata, Karen Kaapcke, Eric March,Frances Middendorf,J. William Middendorf, Sharon Moreau,Dena Schutzer, Orly Shiv,Donna Skebo, and Clarissa Payne Uvegi.

Special Evvents:
Drawing Room: An on-going feature of the exhibition will be the Drawing Room, which will display member’s drawings, as well as provide an opportunity for visitors to draw themselves or another visitor, in a space furnished with pencil and paper, chairs and a mirror. Visitor drawings can be displayed in the room until the conclusion of the exhibition, and retrieved on the closing day (May 20 no later than 6PM).

Panel discussion: “Artists Portraying Artists” on Saturday, May 13, 4 – 5:30 PM
Panel includes David Cohen, Mel Leipzig, Gail Levin, and Jennifer Samet.

“Roundtable” conversation on Saturday, May 20 (closing day), 3 – 5 PM. Attendees are invited to participate in an open discussion about issues in contemporary portraiture with Portrait Project members.

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune Street, Atrium
New York, NY 10014
Contact: Howard Gladstone, 646-391-4821


Ken Wade
Songs and Stories


Thurs May 18 at 7PM
Westbeth Community Room

Songs and stories of a young man making his way cross country in 1963, a night in a Texas jail for singing a song, finally ending up in Austraila where he spends a year painting in the Tasmanian bush.
Genius is part two of
a trilogy. Part three is coming soon.

Ken Wade has been singing songs and telling stories for many years.

Featured on Austrailian national televesion and WBAI radio, he has performed in London, LA, and Belfast.

In New York City, he sang songs and told stories at Dixon Place, EAT-NWS Festival, NYC Farmer’s Markers (& Upstate), Make Music NYC, the (old) Brecht Forum, Westbeth Music Festival, and the New York Public LIbrary.

In 2014, he performed a two-act one-man show at the spectacular Barns Performance Space in N. Virgina.

Ken is an active story teller at The Moth as well as Word, and other story telling venues in New York City, and has been a regularly invited performer at The Stage Left Theater, NYC.

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In this House of Sky

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In This House of Sky

A 12-person exhibition
featuring contemporary
reflecting on
our celestial sphere

Show Dates:
May 25 – June 18, 2017

Opening Reception
Thursday May 25, from 6PM – 8PM

Gallery Hours:
Wed – Sunday 1PM – 6PM

Westbeth Gallery presents the artwork of 12 contemporary artists with a wide range of media and styles that explore the intangible space/time continuum conjured by the sky.

Participating Artists:
Yan Cynthia Chen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Reet Das, Karen Fitzgerald, Julie Gross, Ellen Grossman, Susan Knight, Paula Overbay, Jim Pignetti, Florina Sbircea, Mary Vengrofski, and Alice Zinnes.

The work of Ellen Grossman, Paula Overbay, and Karen Fitzgerald suggests gently modulating fabrics of space, each with distinctive energy signatures unspooling across fields.

Susan Knight, Susan Spencer Crowe, Mary Vengrofski and Yan Cynthia Chen work along a 3-d abstract continuum, each using materials in unexpected combinations such as clay with paper, water and string, wax with cardbaord. Their work strikes a balance between the world of dreams and imaginative presence.

Though in singular, distinctive ways, the work of Reet Daas, Julie Gross, Jim Pignetti, Florina Sbircea and Alice Zinnes all use rhythmic color and form to suggest the pushing and pulling present in space and time, and the roiling dance of sky particles.

The exhibition has been curated by Karen Fitzgerald. A curatorial statement is available on request.

The exhibition opens on May 25, and runs through June 18th, 2017. Regular gallery hours are from Wednesday through Sunday, from 1pm – 6pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Special Event
A panel discussion will convene on Saturday, June 3, from 6-8:30pm, exploring the role of imagination in contemporary art.
For inquiries and additional information, please contact Karen Fitzgerald
646.369.7184 or

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014


Judy Lawne Photographs:
My 7 years at Westbeth


Westbeth and the West Village is a photographer’s paradise. These photos are a summary of my life here and includes photos of festivals, ordinary life, portraits of the staff and views from my apartment window.

I wish living here happened earlier in my photo life 40 years , but I am very lucky to live here

Westbeth Balcony and Cloud

Westbeth Balcony and Cloud

Blue Red Empire State Building

Blue Red Empire State Building

Daytime Window

Daytime Window

Bobby Harden and Val Ghent at Westbeth Music Festival

Bobby Harden and Val Ghent at Westbeth Music Festival

Hallway Shadows

Hallway Shadows

Victor and Rcke

Victor and Rcke


I’m a native New Yorker. From the time I started in photography which was the mid 70s I worked and also lived both New York and S. California. I’m now permanently based in New York and also have had shows of my work in both New York & S. California.

In the mid 70’s I was in California and I started by assisting Albert Watson.
Shared O.Winston Links studio and he taught me black and white printing. I started being a bi-coastal photographer.

AT FIRST MY WORK was a Contributing photographer for Ladies Home Journal & Good Housekeeping. Fashion for L’OFFICIAL U.S.A. Then annual reports, and portraiture. Authors Portraits For their novels and in California Portraits of celebrities and talent in NY and California for William Morris AGENCY

Photographed the only ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN for Rockefeller Center. Mid 90s my client at Louis Vuitton asked me to document their Centennial at the Mercer Hotel in NY … that was my first event documentation and opened a new world of event photography, both NY & Calif. From LINCOLN CENTER NY, MUSEUMS, FRAGRANCE AWARDS and other MAJOR NY EVENTS to the MUSIC CENTER IN L.A. THE SHRINE, ACADEMY AWARDS & SAG AWARDS

In NY 9/11/01 and the Salvation Army asked if I photo day 2 -5 they would leave credentials for me to go to GROUND ZERO. can only pray it’ll never happen again.

MY PERSONAL WORK is nature from the beaches along the Calif. Coast TREES, OCEAN, MOUNTAINS, to Martha’s Vineyard and along the West Side of New York.

Modern Dance companies BALLET HISPANICO N.Y & LULU WASHINGTON L.A. is my photo passion too. Do miss my darkroom but now shooting digital and my computer is the new darkroom. Teaching photography on and off for years to young people after school and mentally challenged people also at risk people young & old.

It’s very rewarding and it feels that I learn more from them than I give.

Photography is a way of life and a great passion … The photograph “SHOWS A MOMENT OF TIME NO OTHER MEDIUM CAN CAPTURE”.

Yes, I’m very fortunate to have followed my passion and dreams regardless of the roller coaster ride the freelance world can produce. It’s worth it.

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Robert Bunkin
The Sculpture Series

Mbembe Head

Membe Head II, Flashe on canvas, 26 x 30 inches, 2015

Robert Bunkin is a figurative painter who has shown in galleries and museums in New York, nationally, and Italy.

He earned his BS in Art from the CUNY BA/BS Program, during which he studied with Philip Pearlstein and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University where he studied with Leon Golub and Joan Semmel among others. In 2000 he attended Leonetto Tintori’s Laboratory for Buon Fresco in Vainella Italy.

He has taught art history at Parsons School of Design, and both studio and art history at Wagner College and Borough of Manhattan Community College. He was a member of The Painting Center, NYC.

He has worked as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions on contemporary fresco painting, portraiture and self-portraiture and other topics. As the Art Curator at the Staten Island Museum, since 2011, he organized the inaugural exhibitions at the Museum’s new building at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2015.

The Sculpture Series is an on-going exploration of figurative sculptures that I select for the life they embody. As a painter engaged with portraiture as my primary subject, I find these sculptures as compelling as working for the life. Works come from diverse cultures and eras, and are made from marble, clay, wood and metal.


at Westbeth


Thursday at 4pm – 5pm,
Taught by Doron Tadmore Guild-certified Feldenkrais teacher

Westbeth Community Room 155 Bank St (enter through courtyard) between Washington and West Streets. Take A C L or E Train to 14th St and 8th Avenue and walk south to Bank St. Turn left.

$5.00 per class

Contact: Sandra Kingsbury

Sponsored by Westbeth Beautfication Committee

Awareness Through Movement 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.

In 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.

Awareness Through Movement 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 Awareness Through Movement 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