Westbeth Icons is a project sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council from a grant provided by NYC Councilperson Corey Johnson.
The project seeks to celebrate Westbeth’s senior artists who continue to produce work and in so doing provide inspiration for us all.
The first Westbeth Icon is Jack Dowling, who in addition to his painting, and printmaking, and writing short stories for the Hamilton Stone Review, among others, served also as the Westbeth Gallery Director for over 12 years. In that capacity he helped numerous artists with hanging their shows, curating their work, and writing letters of support to grant-giving cultural organizations.
On November 19, 2017, was an evening of celebration. It consisted of a filmed interview by Terry Stoller, heart-felt speeches by Beverly Brodsky, Jayne Holsinger, William Kennon, Christina Maile, and Jack’s brother, Douglas. The evening ended with a presentation of a Tiffany pen from Westbeth Artists Residents Council President, Geo Cominskie.
A video of the evening was filmed by Ted Timreck and Christina Maile, and edited by Tim Timreck
The many different materials I use create complex and poetic works layered with meaning of open seas and land.
I play organic shapes against geometric patterns. Some forms are scraped and layered while others are fully present. I work spontaneously and intuitively.
Since I moved to New York City I have been fascinated by the scale of its buildings, reminiscent of mountains and deep valleys. The seemingly fragmented city merges into one cohesive unit, that needs the collective in order to continue to evolve, grow, and prosper. However, it is not until the many layers, textures, strokes and colors intertwine that the composition comes into focus and the true magnificence of New York City’s skyline and terrain is captured.
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.
HISTORY OF THE WORLD Part 1 Christina Maile
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
Apply for TOP FLOOR a series of fully produced dance concerts held in Westbeth’s studio currently the Martha Graham Dance Company. Or apply as creative choreographers interested in investigating dance in alternative spaces ALL OVER WESTBETH.Continue reading →
Excerpt from the T Magazine article by Rachel Corbet
Now, though, some of the most revelatory art on sexual themes is being made by women like Bernstein, Betty Tompkins, Juanita McNeely and Joan Semmel, best known for their paintings, and multidisciplinary artists like Schneemann and Valie Export, among others, all of whom have been producing their work for decades to little notice — if not outright persecution — from critics, curators and audiences.
l-r Geo Cominskie , Susan Binet, and Kate Walter. photo Christina Maile
Westbeth Artists Housing OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK weekend drew almost 2000 visitors. 26 tours led by Westbeth volunteers captured the fascinating history and current activities of the building which has generated the creative urge in both art and technology.
While there were nine actors in that original production, at Irondale there is just one: the extraordinary David Greenspan, whose performance is such a feat of daring that merely getting through it would have been an accomplishment.
Yet he is masterful. Watching him is like witnessing a recitation, a prayer, a madness, a modern ballet.
Directed by Jack Cummings III, this production is storytelling at its purest. At once faithful and irreverent, it’s an illuminating interpretation that is alert to the script’s inadvertent comedy and delighted to mine it.
85 S. Oxford St.
Category Off Broadway, Solo Performance, Play Runtime 6 hrs. Written by Eugene O’Neill
Performed by David Greenspan Developed with Kristina Corcoran Williams; Directed by Jack Cummings III Cast David Greenspan P
Review October 6, 2017
Opened October 21, 2017 Closing Date November 18, 2017 Upcoming Shows
Wednesday October 25 5:00 pm
Friday October 27 5:00 pm
Saturday October 28 5:00 pm
Wednesday November 1 5:00 pm
Thursday November 2 5:00 pm