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Griselda Steiner’s compilation of poetry and writings “The Silent Power of Words” is now available for order on Amazon Books.

Griseld Steiner April 2017-1

Griselda Steiner is a playwright, poet, freelance and screenplay writer.

She has read her poetry at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Mexican Consulate, the 92nd St. Tribeca Cafe, St Johns and the Duplex, NYC.

This book is a compilation of Griselda’s poetry that over the years as celebrated the mystical Silent Power of Words as well as published articles that present pivotal ideas that inspired her work.

But it at Amazon.

PETER RUTA DONATION TO 911 MUSEUM

PETER RUTA painting acquired by 9/11 Memorial Museum

PETER RUTA DONATION TO 911 MUSEUM

October 2016, a month before he died, Westbeth painter Peter Ruta invited Jan Ramirez, curator at the 9/11 Memorial Museum to the studio, to offer a donation to their collection. Ramirez chose the work (o/c 44×56 in) painted from Westbeth roof in 1979 when the West Side Highway hadnt come down and Battery Park City had not yet gone up.

Ramirez praised the work as a painting in which “the Towers loom as both subject in the downtown cityscape, and foil for some dazzling color and afternoon light demonstrations. … It will prove a wonderful teaching piece as well as a visually engaging historical “document.”

One of a series Ruta painted in those years, and showed at Museum of the City of New York in 2004.

DAVID SECCOMBE ACADEMY HONOR AWARD

DAVID SECCOMBE honored with a
purchase award from the
American Academy of Art and Letters. Exhibit opening May 18, 2017

DAVID SECCOMBE ACADEMY HONOR AWARD

One of David Seccombe’s paintings which was in the American Academy of Art & Letters Invitational show was honored with a purchase award. It will be shown again in the “Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards”,

Show Dates: May 18 – June 11. Thursdays – Sundays from 1- 4 pm.
Where: The Academy Galleries are at Audubon Terrace, on Broadway between 155 and 156 Street.

STEPHEN HALL SHOW 2017 APRIL Wild and Balanced 2

STEPHEN HALL featured in
Wild and Balanced Exhibit
at Gallery 222 in Hurleyville, NY

STEPHEN HALL SHOW 2017 APRIL Wild and Balanced 2

There are two opening nights, April 22nd Earth Day from 4PM – 7PM and May 13th from 4PM – 7PM for the African Wildlife Foundation.

Further Info: Hurleyville Arts Center

Gallery 222
222 Main Street
Hurleyville, New York 12747

Stephen Hall, born in Scotland, is an artist who takes a traditional approach to a modern subject. Now living in New York, his work is indicative of a surging talent which has been refined over many years. Each of his paintings is a composition of numerous layers, executed without any modern trickery such as digital assistance or an airbrush and the resulting lush density of color and variation of light owns the viewer’s attention.

Through his work, Stephen explores the relationships we have with not just each other, but times, places and surroundings – couple this with a desire to portray the underlying order in our increasingly chaotic lives and you end up with vivid, yet somewhat intoxicating imagery, finished with a slick style and intense precision. Over the past several years has become more interest in the threat posed by man on our environment and the wildlife living in it.

Stephen has not only been exhibiting worldwide since the early 80’s, but his work also resides in corporate and private collections and has been featured in movies, music videos and magazines. On top of this he has also illustrated book covers for A.A. Milne, J.G. Ballard and Russell Greenan amongst others

CAROL HEBALD will be the featured poet at a poetry reading Church of Saint Paul the Apostle on Monday April 24th 7PM

Carol Hebald portrait

POETRY READING
Church of St Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street

Thursday April 24th, 7PM Free and Open to the Public

CAROL HEBALD
A former Teaching and Writing Fellow in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Carol Hebald received her MFA in 1971. Having taught creative writing at the university level for the next thirteen years, she resigned a tenured associate professorship in English at University of Kansas to write full time.

She has since published the novella collection, Three Blind Mice (Unicorn Press, 1989), the memoir, The Heart Too Long Suppressed (Northeastern University Press, 2001); and more recently four books of poetry: Delusion of Grandeur (2016), Colloquy (2015), Spinster by the Sea (2005), and Little Monologs (2004).

Co-winner with Christina Maile of the Miriam Chaikin Writing Award for her novel, A Warsaw Chronicle, forthcoming from Regal House Press on March 24th, she will be reading from it on Tuesday, March 28th at Cornelia Street Café at 6 p.m., and will share the podium with Christina at the Westbeth Community room on April 12th.

Carol is currently working on a play about Watergate heroine Martha Mitchell. Her website is: www.CarolHebald.com.

Karen Ludwig interviews Marin Ireland at New School for Drama on March 31, 12:45PM – 1:45PM Free

Marin Ireland - About The Work Poster

ABOUT THE WORK is a series of interviews with prominent actors, directors and writers,for the purpose of educating and inspiring students at The New School.
hosted by Karen Ludwig

Artists from Westbeth are welcome! The events take place on a Friday from12:45 – 1:45 in the
New School for Drama’s theater – 3rd floor. A free event.

SHOULDERS OF GIANTS FRONT OF CARD

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

SHOULDERS OF GIANTS FRONT OF CARD

Show Dates:
March 4‐ March 25, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday March 4 from 5pm – 8pm
Panel Discussion: Friday March 24 at 6pm
Closing Reception
Saturday March 25 from 5pm – 7pm

“On the Shoulders of Giants,” an exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture curated by Thaddeus Radell, celebrates the millennia‐old struggle to capture the human form. The 35 artists in the exhibition render the human figure in a wide variety of ways and mediums, but every work nevertheless shows a reverence for the formal language that animates all great art, from prehistoric times to the present. While the postmodern age has tended to emphasize ironic appropriation over earnest expression and compositional values, each of these artists seeks to animate the human figure through
an authenticity of form and structure.

The painters and sculptors fall roughly into two generations, many of the second, younger group having studied with members of the first. In these cases the teachers inspired an understanding of great traditional art and helped set a foundation from which new art might arise.

Every artist must be a part of his or her time, but every good artist also benefits in some way from the past. Learning from the art in museums, as well as from their teachers, the artists in this exhibition indeed find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants.

SIMON CARR in solo painting show “Scenes and Stories” at Bowery Gallery opening February 28

Snow, by the Hudson River  50 x 77 inches 2015

Snow, by the Hudson River 50 x 77 inches 2015

Simon Carr
Scenes and Stories: Recent Painting

February 28 – March 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday 5-8pm on March 2, 2017
Artist Talk: Thursday 6-8pm on March 11, 2017
In Conversation with Thadeus Radell

Bowery Gallery presents the recent work of Simon Carr Feb 28-March 25, with an opening reception Thursday March 2 from 5-8. There will also be a gallery talk Saturday March 11 at 4pm, “Simon Carr in Conversation withy Thaddeus Radell.” Carr and Radell will discuss the show offering insights into the methods and techniques of a contemporary figurative painter.

Simon Carr’s work over the last ten years has centered on human environments and situations. From street scenes to working on a farm, Carr begins with drawings. Drawings on the spot note figures, environments, details, he then assembles them into larger drawn compositions in the studio. The paintings are done from these drawings. The process itself allows for memory and experience to enter the paintings, worked on for long periods of time, rather than transcriptions of things seen in a particular moment.

The paintings are evocative of the light, colors and atmosphere of the different locales. The artist writes in the catalog that accompanies the show, “This show attempts to reveal the relationships and rhythms that unite groups of figures and bring them into harmony.”

The Bowery Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.com

See more work by Simon Carr HERE

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.

DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION FORM HERE
WestbethGallery Call Proposals 2018 text

CHRISTINA AND CAROL

CHRISTINA MAILE and
CAROL HEBALD are the co-winners of the first annual Miriam Chaikin Endowment Fund Writing Award
READING April 12, 2017 at 7PM
Westbeth Community Room

miriam-chaikin-photo-small-res
This award was established in memory of Miriam Chaikin, a longtime Westbeth resident and prolific writer. Born in Palestine, Chaikin grew up in Brooklyn, and her childhood memories and life in a close-knit Jewish community are all themes represented in her writing. She worked earlier in her career as an editor of literature for young people, and most of her books are intended for children and youth. Her works include lushly illustrated retellings of Old Testament lessons, humorous stories of the misadventures of “Molly and Yossi” (based on her childhood and that of her beloved younger brother Joseph), and collections of poetry. The last two books she completed were for adults – Jewish Wisdom for Daily Life, and Jerusalem: An Informal Autobiography of the City. For Miriam/Molly/Chickie as she was known, the written word and the book were essential to her life and wellbeing.

In her memory we honor a member of the writing community, especially those who live in Westbeth. The first annual Chaikin award will be presented on April 12, 2017 to two winners whose works resonated with the review panel – Carol Hebald and Christina Maile. Both writers captured our imaginations with very human stories, both with works set in exotic locales fraught with complex political and religious tensions.

Carol Hebald’s new book, A Warsaw Chronicle, is based on her experiences as a visiting academic in Warsaw at a time of great upheaval, as Poland experienced the imposition of martial law and threat of Soviet invasion due to the growing power of the Solidarity movement. In this politically-charged context, the American protagonist Karolina Heybald’s life becomes linked with her gifted student Marek, and complicated by her search for her long-lost Jewish relatives. The book will be published in March 2017.

Christina Maile submitted a series of short stories, half of which are in the manner of a memoire, while the others are set in Iran. Her characters are remarkably rich and developed for their presence on a few short pages, and her descriptions evoke all of the readers’ senses as she writes about a garden in an Iranian home, the texture of marshmallow fluff, the touch of scissors on hair during a haircut, or the sweetness of ripe fruit.
Carol and Christina will both read from their works at a celebration in the Westbeth Community Room on April 12th at 7 PM and all are invited to attend and share in their fine works.

CHRISTINA MAILE
With camera

Really I have gone from one thing to another. After studying Russian Medieval History in college, I co-founded the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective, one of the first feminist theater groups in New York City – Wikipedia article. I became a landscape architect because I fell in love with drafting tools. Some of my designs were published in Landscape Architecture Magazine, among others. My essays on the philosophy of landscape appeared in the Canadian journal, On-Site.

On a vacation 20 years ago, I joined the Friday Night Painters, taught by Dan Rice, a second-generation abstract expressionist painter, and one of the finest painters I have ever known. His class met on Fridays. We are exhibiting at the Guilford Art Center in Connecticut in July 2017

I became a printmaker because there was a communal printmaking studio in Westbeth. In 2013, I received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Studio Grant. My print work is in the Elizabeth Sackler Collection of Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Musuem, NYC, as well as in various living rooms all over the USA.

Intermittently I have taken Karen Ludwig’s weekly writing workshops. She and the other workshop members – Diane Spodarek, Dawn DÁrcy, Joyce Aaron, Nancy Gabor, Shami Chaikin – are the most encouraging people a writer could ever have. Also pretty inspiring, are my writer friends Deb Lucke and Anja Murmann whose graphic novels and screenplays I am lucky enough to read ahead of everyone else.

That such an itinerant life would lead to this writing award from the Endowment points to the lives of Miriam and her family who were always ready to take a chance, and in so doing gave a lot of people a chance to be themselves.

I am never any good at readings. Still I will be giving one with Carol Hebald on April 12, 2017. She is truly a wonderful reader of her work. So if you come on the evening when we read, come to hear her. I might even ask her to read mine.

CAROL HEBALD

Carol Hebald      photo John Turner

Carol Hebald photo John Turner

A former Teaching and Writing Fellow in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Carol Hebald received her MFA in 1971. Having taught creative writing at the university level for the next thirteen years, she resigned a tenured associate professorship in English at University of Kansas to write full time.

She has since published the novella collection, Three Blind Mice (Unicorn Press, 1989), the memoir, The Heart Too Long Suppressed (Northeastern University Press, 2001); and more recently four books of poetry: Delusion of Grandeur (2016), Colloquy (2015), Spinster by the Sea (2005), and Little Monologs (2004).

Co-winner with Christina Maile of the Miriam Chaikin Writing Award for her novel, A Warsaw Chronicle, forthcoming from Regal House Press on March 24th, she will be reading from it on Tuesday, March 28th at Cornelia Street Café at 6 p.m., and will share the podium with Christina at the Westbeth Community room on April 12th.

Carol is currently working on a play about Watergate heroine Martha Mitchell. Her website is: www.CarolHebald.com.