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Westbeth Gallery
Call for Exhibition Proposals 2018

Westbeth Gallery Call for Proposal 2018

Background
The Westbeth Gallery is a nonprofit fine arts gallery located within Westbeth Artist Housing in the West Village of Manhattan. The gallery is operated by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council which is a volunteer organization elected by the residents of Westbeth. Exhibitors are given latitude in the content and arrangement of their work. Exhibitors are expected to work independently to curate, promote and install their exhibition professionally.

The gallery is seeking diverse proposals from institutions, curators or individual artists for exhibitions in 2018. Each exhibition is approximately three weeks in length and must use all four rooms of our 2900 square foot gallery. Proposed exhibitions should be composed of artwork that is the product of professional artists and executed in the last five years.

Proposal Requirements
All proposals are due by May 15, 2017. Proposals submitted after May 15th will be ineligible for review. We only accept digital proposals. Email your proposal to westbethgallery@gmail.com

Submit:
• 200 word statement of your proposed exhibition including title see attached form below.
• A Resume in pdf form of the curator and/or featured artist(s).

Visual Support:
• 6 digital images from an individual artist or a selection of 1or 2 images from a group or institution.
Please format your images in the following:
File name: labeled with your last name and order number
EXAMPLE: Smith01.jpg, Smith02.jpg, Smith03.jpg
Dimensions: the largest size should be no more than 1,024 pixels, no wider than 10″.
Resolution: 72dpi (do not send Tiff files)
Image List: provide: title of piece, materials and dimensions, date the work was produced

The Review Committee will not look at websites of any kind.

Guidelines for the gallery and floor plans can be found at
About/Westbeth Gallery

Selection Process
All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Visual Arts Selection Sub-Committee. Proposals that are accepted will be notified by June 30th 2017.

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WestbethGallery Call Proposals 2018 text

WESTFEST BIGGER POSTER

WESTFEST DANCE 2017

WESTFEST BIGGER POSTER

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.

Westfest Postcard 2017 (BACK)

WESTFEST | TOP FLOOR
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 westfestdance.com 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.

WESTFEST 2017 TEASER
https://vimeo.com/195159735

ABOUT THE CURATORS / PRODUCTION TEAM

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. www.dancecollectiveny.com.

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. http://www.boinkdance.com

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. LMCC.net

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

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Film Screening TO KEEP THE LIGHT, created, directed and starring Erica Fae

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Inspired by true stories, a lighthouse keeper’s wife struggles with her work and her sanity as she cares for her sick husband in 19th century Maine. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and she confronts both her past and her future.

Erica Fae graduated from New York University/Tisch School. Erica creates and produces original work, often from historical research. Her recent play “Take What Is Yours” (in which she stars, and co-wrote) received a Critics’ Pick in The New York Times and Backstage (2012). She appears in Lisa Robinson’s ground breaking short “Hollow”, premiering at Tribeca Film Festival (2013). She has won awards for Best Actress and Best Short for her short films, and has performed at New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Walker Arts Center, American Repertory Theatre, The New Victory, A.C.T., and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and Dance Theater Workshop. Erica teaches physical acting at Yale School of Drama and The New School’s MFA programs. She lives at Westbeth.

More info at: To Keep The Light.com

REVIEW from SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN: “… a gripping portrait… wonderfully mysterious… Fae’s Abbie is an entrancing blend of delicacy and strength, and the cinematography is just stunning.”

REVIEW from NASHVILLE SCENE: “women dominate this year’s NEW DIRECTORS category… TO KEEP THE LIGHT, erica fae’s slow-burning period drama, follows salt-of-the-earth abbie, who is tasked with tending to a lighthouse on a remote maine island during her husband’s illness. fae, who also stars in the film, has garnered praise for her work in theater, and it shows: she reveals her character through exacting body language that makes her situation visceral. inspired by true stories of women lighthouse keepers in the 1800s, TO KEEP THE LIGHT is beautifully shot, building tension against the harsh landscape, and fae proves to be a true new talent.”

TO KEEP THE LIGHT wins BEST OF SHOW: “… a unique film with a fascinating heroine who is as sturdy and distinctive as the maine coastline where the story takes place…”

REVIEW from the ORLANDO WEEKLY:

“first-time writer-director erica fae’s TO KEEP THE LIGHT is a quietly mesmerizing look at the lonely life of a lighthouse keeper’s wife who is struggling with her daily duties – and her sanity – while caring for her sick husband in 19th-century maine. when a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, she is forced to confront both her past and her future. shot much like a haunted-house thriller, the film takes on an ingmar bergman feel in the second half… its beauty and confidently methodical pacing – not to mention a solid performance by fae herself – make it one of the better offerings in the narrative features competition… captures the feel of the period and… features an interesting feminist theme.”

REVIEW from cinema365:

“every shot here is literally a work of art; this movie is like strolling through a museum where one great painting after another hangs on the wall… while this is her first feature film- with work like this, I sincerely hope ms. fae continues her work in the cinematic arts… fae gives the character an inner core that is stronger than steel and grabs the viewer’s attention and admiration. she may be one of the most memorable female characters you’ll see in any movie this year and you certainly won’t be forgetting any time soon after the credits roll…. an early candidate for my top films of 2016.”

REVIEW from THE MANEATER: “…a work of art and surreal beauty, this film is a must-watch because it throws light on obscured aspects of our history and imparts a valuable lesson of taking a stand for what is ours.”

FROM THE COLUMBIA TRIBUNE: ”… weds stunning visuals to the compelling story of a lighthouse keeper’s wife trying to care for her husband, their hime and herself…”

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REVIEW from WILLAMETTE WEEK:

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“abbie is the wife of an ailing lighthouse keeper on an isolated island off the coast of 1867 maine. when a stranger washes up on her shore, she’s forced to confront her life and desires. based on the approximately 300 women who served as lighthouse attendants in the 1800s, this film offers a glimpse into the lives of often forgotten heroines…”

from WOMEN IN FILM & TV VANCOUVER:

“fae’s film displays a gift for both masterful composition and mesmerizing drama as she imparts this involving story of an embattled woman relegated to the fringes of society but determined to be respected.”

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WRITE NOW
A Participatory Installation
December 10 – 31, 2016

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Our world seems to be in upheaval. People are looking for some way to express their concerns and hope for the future. “WRITE NOW” will give them the opportunity to express those feelings in the Westbeth Gallery.

How the show works: Upon entry into the gallery, the participant is asked to donate a $1 or more to canisters representing 5 locally-based New York charities
Planned Parenthood NYAli Forney CenterGod’s Love We DeliverCabrini Immigrant ServicesThe Alliance for Greater NY

Visitors will use as many post- it notes as they want to express their thoughts about 2016 and their hopes for 2017.

You can draw, collage, paint, write, and sculpt.

Main Room : What Do You Want the World to Bring into 2017?

Rear Room: What Do You Want the World to Leave in 2016?


Side Room 1 : What Do You Want to Bring into 2017?

Small Side 2 Want to Leave in 2016?

We will have a “Westbeth Only Preview Night” on Dec 9th. All Westbeth residents will be invited to post their notes that evening. The Public Opening will occur on Dec 10th. The show will run through Dec 31st.

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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
westbethgallery@gmail.com
Contact: Howard Gladstone, 646-391-4821

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In this House of Sky

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In This House of Sky

A 12-person exhibition
featuring contemporary
artwork
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 Karen@FitzgeraldArt.com

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014

JUDY LAWNE JOHN TURN VERSION

Judy Lawne Photographs:
My 7 years at Westbeth

JUDY LAWNE JOHN TURN VERSION

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

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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

Judy lawne A BRIEF STORY OF
40 YEARS AS FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER.

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

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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.

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FELDENKRAIS Class
at Westbeth

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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 westbethperformance@gmail.com

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