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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: http://www.scene4.com/0917/griseldasteiner0917.html

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

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NEW ROOFTOP FURNITURE AT WESTBETH built by Richard Sanca, Westbeth filmmaker and carpenter, and designed by Carl Stein, Westbeth in-house architect.

Designed by Westbeth in house architect, Carl Stein (of Elemental Architecture NYC), using recycled IPE wood decking salvaged by Westbeth Management and built by Westbeth filmmaker and carpenter, Richard Sanca.

The project was funded by Westbeth Beautification Committee, Westbeth Board of Directors, and Martha Graham Dance Company.

The project exemplifies Westbeth’s dedication to “adaptive re-use.”

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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
B. 1988, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE; LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK AND MEMPHIS.
SEEN AT: “DISCURSIVE SELVES” AT WESTBETH GALLERY, 55 BETHUNE STREET, NEW YORK, JUL. 21–AUG. 11, 2017.

Read the article here:
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-12-artists-summer-group-deserve-solo

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Huguette Martel’s Adventures of a Would-Be Filmmaker just published on Narrative website.

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Huguette Martel was born in Paris, France. At the age of nineteen she moved to New York City, where she has lived ever since. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and the author of several books in which she incorporates paintings and text, often about her childhood in France and World War II, which she spent in hiding with a peasant family. Other works include Summer, In Vermont, Brief Encounter, and A True Fable. Her solo show of paintings, “Lost and Found,” was curated by Ben Katchor.

Read it here:

http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/narrative-backstage/graphic-stories/adventures-would-be-filmmaker-huguette-martel

Penny Jones Puppets Oct 1

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Early Childhood Theater

Penny Jones Puppets Oct 1

The new season of Penny Jones & Puppets Early Childhood Theater begins!

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11 AM & 2:30 PM

Peppi and the Pop-Up Dragon
A puppet show inside a giant 12-foot pop-up book with the audience creating the sounds and songs.
The sun rises and sets over a happy fishing village with bells that ring, babies who are rocked and boats that go out to sea. But the town is threatened by the pop-up dragon from the Blue Mountain. How will Peppi save the day?

With a special Dragon making mini-workshop after the show

Preview

Reviews
“ The townspeople were alarmed. How would they survive? (talk about problem solving and cooperation!) They solved the problem, but you’d have to see this remarkable show to find out how. What a pleasurable experience. All I heard after this performance was “How charming!”
-Puppet Master, Puppetry Guild of Greater New York

“It succinctly reminded me of what a wealth of resources we have in children’s theatre….charming”
-Puppeteers of America Puppetry Journal

“Very simple, and perfect as an introduction to theatre.”
-New York Magazine

“Charming.”
-The New York Times

Performed at the Henson International Festival at the Public Theater

Tickets on sale at pennypuppets.org and Eventbrite
or CASH ONLY at the door starting 20 minutes before the show
Tickets are $10 for all ages
Show Times: 11 AM & 2:30 PM
All Ages – Great for 3 to 8

Address: Westbeth Community Room
155 Bank Street between Washington and West Streets
Enter through courtyard
Stroller Parking
Shows Run about 45 Minutes
Information: (212) 924-0525

http://www.pennypuppets.org

BUS AND SUBWAY: M14A, M11, M20, (2 blocks)
A, C, E, L, 1, 2, 3 (5 or 6 blocks)

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

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-summer-group-shows-2-1002044

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DISCURSIVE SELVES

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July 21 – August 11, 2017
Wednesday – Sunday
12pm – 7pm

Discursive Selves explores the contested meaning of the Self Portrait. This collection of photography and film by eleven contemporary artists reveals nuanced definitions of selfhood that acknowledge the influence of one’s social environment on one’s inner sense of identity. These artists use the camera to navigate between both fluid and fixed perceptions of the Self, and are thus able to present who they are on their own terms.

The Self Portrait plays an essential role in the development and establishment of one’s identity— it informs and is informed, creates and is created, is both concrete and ephemeral. For some, it manifests as an artifact, a material body, or a form of testimony; for others, it is a projection, a speculation, or a performance. Working in a new genre of critical photography, these artists play with the paradox of “public intimacy” to explore the relationship between private life and public persona. Portrayals of the Self range from fictitious characters and imagined scenarios to biological self-studies or familial ties.

Discursive Selves dissects the myriad practices of formulating oneself as both an intimate ritual and a method of responding to one’s outer world. In a rapidly expanding global information society, this exhibition invites a moment of pause for contemplation in contemporary life.

Artists
Farah Al Qasimi
Aneta Bartos
Nicolas Bloise
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
Nona Faustine
Rindon Johnson
Tommy Kha
Pixy Liao
Matthew Morrocco
Bryson Rand
Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Curated by Eric Lawton & Daphne Takahashi

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune St
New York, NY 10014

This exhibition is made possible through the support of Art + Commerce

CAVE GATHERERS Fiber Mixed Media 48 x 96 inches

SUSAN BERGER’s work featured in a new show at the Albany Institute of History of Art, Artists of the Mohawk and Hudson Region

Three large works of Susan Berger have been included in a regional art exhibition,
Artists of the Mohawk and Hudson Region.

At: Albany Institute of History of Art at 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Open from Wednesday – Sunday (10AM – 5PM)

Exhibition Dates: June 17 – September 3, 2017

Website: www.albanyinstitute.org

Judged by jack Shear

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CAVE GATHERERS Fiber Mixed Media 48 x 96 inches

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LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW OF SUPERIOR INK AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY Fiber Mixed Media 40 x 60 inches

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Abandone Roller Coaster photo Tom Duncan

TOM DUNCAN Lost Coney Island

Abandone Roller Coaster photo Tom Duncan

Abandone Roller Coaster photo Tom Duncan

While Tom Duncan’s photographs of Cony Island offer a visual document of Coney Island today, the boardwalk snack stands or abandoned amusement rides, they also evoke the photographer’s personal memories of Cony Island of the past and the dramatic changes he has witnessed there over the years.

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Tom Duncan Photo by Karen Santry

Tom Duncan was born in Scotland in 1939. He attended the Art Students League and the National Academy School of Fine Art. He lives and works in Westbeth and is one of the original tenants. His is basically a sculptor. He has been documenting Cony Island since the 1970’s. His photography is completely self – taught.

Check Andrew Edlin Gallery website for further information on his sculpture:
www. edlingallery.com

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Paul Muranyi WEATHER EVENTS 3

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Painter Paul Muranyi is a Manhattan based artist who grew up in Westbeth Artists Housing. Both parents were artists his father a Jazz Musician and mother a fine arts painter/teacher. It was a common event in his house hold for him to play catch with Louis Armstrong and borrow his mother’s paints to create artwork and displayed proudly in the apt.
D06E2141-7480-42CC-B238-F23703DB4FF1 Paul’s interest in his current series reflects his long- time curiosity of dramatic events. Paul’s earlier career as a heavy metal guitar player performing predominantly in the East Village and eventually transitioned to a quest for a more stable life as he joined Westbeth Artist painter Karen Santry in her company the High -Tech Design Loft.
2EC3E3DE-33A0-42CE-AF08-5D083A8D5711Paul began experimenting with the computer parts and bright phone wires and plastic shapes working on 3-D collages. He began his studies at the School of Visual Arts resulting in his BFA in painting and had his first how with colleague Karen Young in the Westbeth Gallery. He has shown in over 28 galleries in group exhibitions throughout Manhattan and Florida.
B150EE99-B5B7-49D2-A5F5-D58D12BC458APaul’s current show in the Westbeth Hallway Gallery celebrates his third production of small and large oil painting series: Weather Events 3. His choice of only the most dramatic events in weather depict arresting combinations of moody lighting featuring lightening, tornadoes, icebergs, starlight evenings with coincidental sightings of shooting stars, comets or aurora borealis. Paul Muranyi evokes a sense of charged mystery and beauty through his combinations which manipulate an adroitly intuitive balance between realism and abstraction- taking the viewer through the familiar and the unknown.