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Michelle Weinberg "Dining Table Democracy"  2017

Michelle Weinberg’s work is featured in SURFACE 5, at ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology, now to February 2018

Michelle Weinberg "Dining Table Democracy"  2017

Michelle Weinberg “Dining Table Democracy” 2017

Surface 5: featuring the work of Josiane Dias, Jill Galarneau, Borinquen Gallo, Lucy Mink and Michelle Weinberg
Where: ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology – 440 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn

Show Dates: Now to February 2018

Surface 5: is the fifth in a series of exhibitions curated by Renée Riccardo at a contemporary art gallery within a dermatology space, ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology. Riccardo is continuing the mission of presenting new work by emerging artists that she had developed in her previous gallery, ARENA.

While drawing and painting are the point of origin for all her projects, Michelle Weinberg produces art for interiors, architecture and public spaces. The stage-set spaces she invents are fictitious architectures populated with stylized forms, eccentric perspectives, flickering patterns and saturated pastel and hothouse hues. Responding to the sublime geometry underlying natural forms, Weinberg also incorporates familiar details from the observable world. Her objective is to create vivid backdrops for human activity, conforming to her own playful physics. Weinberg’s output includes paintings on paper, hand-marbleizing, hand-bound books, the design of tiles, textiles, installations of papier maché objects, indoor and outdoor murals, mosaics, terrazzo floors and more. Her more than 64 hand bound drawing books form a library of notes/working drawings inspired by everything from digital game space to early camouflage, to arabic calligraphy, window display, fashion design, curio cabinets, Warner Bros. cartoons and more. Weinberg’s creative practice is very flexible, and she has participated in multi-disciplinary projects with dance, theater and film artists. A recipient of numerous awards and residencies, Weinberg has exhibited in galleries, museums and community arts spaces. She is an experienced independent curator, arts educator and curriculum consultant to museums and non-profits. Her activities working with young people, seniors and families is a vital aspect of her career, fully integrated and inseparable from her artistic practice.

Weinberg received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies including a Creative Learning Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Wavemaker Grant from Cannonball Miami, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, residencies at Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Exhibitions of her work include: FIU Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian Museum, design sublime and Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Curatorial + Co in Sydney, The Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College and Open Source in NYC, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Islip Art Museum, NY. Commissions include murals for Young at Art Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU and Facebook offices in Miami, public art projects for Miami-Dade County, City of Tampa, City of Pembroke Pines, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, and City of Hollywood, all in FL. Weinberg is Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale, and a consultant to museums and non-profits, developing exhibitions, education programming and more.

Brooklyn Dermatology was started in 2005 by Dr. Sourab Choudhury. It is dedicated to world class dermatology in a modern friendly environment. The practice now consists of multiple dermatologists and physician assistants who handle all facets of dermatology including adult, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. Brooklyn Dermatology has recently moved to a brand new facility to accommodate the growth of the practice to this location. The new office, located on the ground floor and lower level of 440 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn was designed by Paul Bennett Architects.

Renée Riccardo is an independent curator. She was an adjunct curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York from 1987 to 1988 and independently organized shows of postmodernist photography from 1985 through 1990, including the traveling exhibition Acceptable Entertainment for Independent Curators Inc. In 1991 she opened ARENA, a gallery dedicated to emerging artists working in all media, and in 1996 and 1997 she co-organized with John Good The Art Exchange Show, an New York art fair that focused on new art, music and performance that took place in two abandoned Wall Street office buildings. Riccardo continued her gallery, ARENA through 2004, having it sited in Soho, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, and Chelsea at various times launching many artists very early in their careers such as Joanne Greenbaum, Rachel Harrison, Kim Beom, Fabian Marcaccio, Jason Middlebrook, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley among dozens of other now well known artists. In 2004 she established ARENA Projects, a roving curatorial and consulting entity. She has since curated dozens of exhibitions including a series entitled, Wrap Around at ARENA@Suite 806, a gallery within her therapist, Lee Shapiro, Psy.D.’s office at 89 Fifth Avenue, NYC. In June 2017, Riccardo and Paul Laster curated the exhibition, Maker, Maker at the CMA (Children’s Museum of the Arts), NYC.

For further information regarding Surface 5 please contact Renée Riccardo at or call 646 734 2261.

Directions: Take the G, A, or C to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Nevins St., B, D, Q or R to Atlantic Ave. – Barclays Center.

J Taylor Basker Oct 24 Endangered.WestbethCR1jpg

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
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Valerie Ghent releases her newest video, New York City Streets, featuring rock solid music performances in dozens of locations throughout the city.


NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent celebrates her newest video, New York City Streets, with a worldwide release today on and a call for response videos made by anyone who loves New York City.

Valerie Ghent NYC Streets

A love letter to her native city, the New York City Streets video was shot in all five boroughs of The Big Apple, in dozens of locations, many of personal significance to the enthusiastic and rockin’ NY singer/musician/composer. “New York is a beloved and iconic city for people around the globe”, Valerie says, “Whenever I travel people tell me how much they love NYC! So I’m inviting anyone who loves New York City to make your own video with the song, showcase your favorite parts of New York, and post it on YouTube. Show us your “New York City Streets!”

Voted #2 Best Song of 2016 by LA West Coast Music Radio, New York City Streets features rock solid performances by veteran New York musicians who have played on countless hits by world-class artists including Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, Chic, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and many more. A free mp3 of the song is available from Valerie’s website,, for anyone who wants to make their own version of a New York City Streets video.

Critics rave: “New York City Streets”, right out of the 70s/80s Luther meets Ashford & Simpson period with a driving piano lead and Alfa Anderson and Dennis Collins (together with Keith Fluitt) bringing back those inimitable Chic and Luther Vandross moments in the super-slick hook, supported by a cool horn section. A real gem!” – Gina Loves Jazz

WHAT: Valerie Ghent New York City Streets video release & invitation
WHEN: Friday September 15, 2017
WHO: NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent
WHERE: filmed in all five boroughs of New York City, video on
WHY: We Love New York!


“Ghent sings from the guts. Her contralto rises with the smooth momentum of something out of NASA.”
– Woman About Town
“Ghent, herself, is a vocal phenomenon…she has the glistening, effervescent energy of a top pop/rock star.”
– NY Cabaret Today
“Valerie Ghent – a “kick butt” artist. That kind of quality never really goes out of style.” – Soul Tracks
“Valerie Ghent, la Dame de New York – Il est rare de trouver une voix aussi singulière et une maîtrise du rythme aussi pertinente. – La Marseillaise (France)


Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

Christina Maile’s litho print, History of the World Part 2, will be featured in the Spring 2018 print edition of the San Francisco Peace and Hope Journal

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

San Francscio Peace and Hope is a literary journal devoted to poetry and visual art.

The current political climate is one of the most unsettling in the history of our country. Politicians throw words around carelessly and dangerously – and this year Trumpism has brought forth a sad new model.

The fact is, words matter. Images matter. If anyone understands this, it is the poet and the artist. We need words and images that pave the way for evolution; words and images that can be part of history, that one hundred, two hundred, one thousand years into the future, people will look back on and be inspired.

At SF Peace and Hope we believe that the most important moment is now. How shall we use this moment in time? We need to choose carefully. Every word, every image, every action makes an impact for ourselves and the world. With a creative act there is always a new beginning, always a fresh hope when a poem or painting is created.
– Editor, Elizabeth Hack

Griselda Steiner Shakespeare on the Rocks 2017

Griselda Steiner riffs on Shakespeare’s The Tempest is online at SCENE4

Griselda Steiner Shakespeare on the Rocks 2017

Shakespeare On The Rocks
A Two-Character Play

Griselda Steiner

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan and surged the Hudson River to flood the streets of the West Village. The basement of my building, Westbeth, which flanks the river was inundated with 8 feet of water turning washing machines into floating debris and destroying artists’ work that had been stored in studios. We were without electricity and running water for over a week.

In my play SHAKESPEARE ON THE ROCKS my character, aging Shakespearian actor Alex DonBaron, escapes his flooded Washington Street brownstone by going to his London flat where he searches for his lost scrapbook. From the photos and reviews in his album he reminisces about his life and career using original and raunchy interpretations of Shakespeare’s dialogue. Although he has been sober for 5 years and hopes to resurrect his career on stage, he flirts with the bottle of Teachers scotch he brought with him.

Read an excerpt here:

Griselda Steiner is a poet, dramatist and a freelance writer and Senior Writer for Scene4. Her compilation of poetry and writings “The Silent Power of Words” is now available for order on Amazon Books.

For more of her poetry and articles, check HERE

ARTSY. NET article 12 artists in Group Shows who Deserve Solo Shows featured Tommy Kha who exhibited in this summer’s in DISCURSIVE SELVES in Westbeth Gallery

Tommy Kha

Conventional wisdom holds that the bonanza of New York summer shows is little more than a sleepy pause before the fall season kicks into gear. But it’s also a terrific time to scout group exhibitions for the lesser-known talent on the cusp of wider recognition—artists who will, with any justice, soon be given their own solo-show spotlight in the city.
But don’t despair if you’ve been hiding out at the beach for the past two months: we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, we take a look at 12 discoveries—including a painter of video game aesthetics, a photographer of Elvis impersonators, and a sculptor inspired by seaweed—that the art world will be buzzing about before long.

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Tommy Kha

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ARTNET names Westside Exposure : Whitney Summer Show at the Westbeth Gallery as one of the 30 hottest shows seen this summer.

photograph by Alexandra Bono

photograph by Alexandra Bono

The show which closed recently featured innovative dynamic work by Whitney Museum staff. Westbeth Gallery is honored to have presented the exhibit.

Congratulations to the Whitney staff of artists, and to curators, Michelle Donnelly and Melinda Lang


ONE PLANET ONE FUTURE Gallery has opened at Westbeth.
The Gallery features the work of Anne de Carbuccia documenting human caused threats to the environment


One Planet One Future is artist Anne de Carbuccias ongoing project using photography, videos, and conferences to create images of cultural and spiritual relevance that powerfully depict what we have and what we may lose. Climate change is decimating the habitats of Earth’s most beautiful and majestic creatures. The time to act is now. One Planet One Future aims to document the Earth’s beauty and frailty, and inspire sustainable behaviors and habitats.

one planet with anne

Anne de Carbuccia’s photographs are taken on location and are both an homage to their subjects—water, disappearing environments, endangered species and cultures—and a hard examination of the often ruinous effects of pollution and war. They record what is fast disappearing for future generations while serving as a plea to reimagine a new world.


Further Information:
Halina Warren, Gallery Office Manager
James Addison Gallery Manager at

One Planet One Future’s permanent exhibition in the West Village of Manhattan is open to the public for free guided visits Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm.

ONE Art Space
461 West Street
between Bank and Bethune Sts
NY, NY 10014

or enter at Westbeth Courtyard at 155 Bank Street between Washington and West Streets.