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Susan Berger Mixed Media artist

Hillhouse High School’s Song. Fiber mixed media 2020

2021 FAR & WIDE National
Juried by Nicelle Beauchene & Franklin Parrasch
June 4-July 18, 2021

The third annual FAR & WIDE National exhibition, on view in the Main Gallery, is organized around the concept of Art Brut, a French term translating to ‘raw art’, to describe works made outside the academic tradition of art making. The exhibition comprises work by twenty-five artists, selected through a national call and juried by Nicelle Beauchene and Franklin Parrasch, co-founders of Parts & Labor in Beacon, NY. For this exhibition, the jurors sought works that incorporate a unique use of materiality and modes of expression, as well as works outside the conventional dictates of the art world.

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
Woodstock, New York

Susan Berger
“I began as a painter and sculptor. I later delved into used mixed media working mostly in fiber/yarns. I use a variety of materials and combine different rug hooking, latch hooking and weave stitching into my works. The subject matter of each work determines the type of materials I will use and the fiber medium I will go forward executing in these works. My art pieces are well researched and painstakingly pursued in detailed and labor-intensive undertakings. I tend to do studies and my drawings are finished works of their own. I have been influenced by Native American design and by women who did samplers in early America and later in the industrial period where women worked in factories and left their homes in rural areas to the city.

This is a journey called: “1962: A Yearbook.” The pages are reconstructed of one’s own memory and you go from the beginning of the namesake of its dedication in the yearbook – a picture of the school building; and the boy’s on one side and the girl’s on the other side. It is neatly packaged representing the times in a cultural and political sense. My own entry has been rewritten and we learn who are the overachievers and like myself the underachievers. I look to celebrate the less popular because they had their own identity and recognized them now.
Again, it is interesting how we look at memory/remembrance and time does play tricks on us and the past always looks better. A memoir is the length of time over which one’s memory extends and each of the events enters our remembrance and we reminiscence.

More about Susan Berger here

Debra Jenks
Poetry

Debra Jenks poem, “P-Shooters”, appears in issue 15 of Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art

Maintenant is an annual journal that features the most significant contemporary dada writing and art from around the world. Inspired by the original Maintenant, an irreverent and risk-taking ‘zine published, edited and allegedly written by Arthur Cravan from 1913-1917, the Three Rooms Press editions aim to bring to light cutting-edge poetry and art that stems from this original spirit. Since 2005, Three Rooms Press’ Maintenant has developed an international reputation as a primary source for Dada work by well-known and emerging artists.

Debra Jenks is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator whose work includes, sculpture, photography, drawing, video, performance and ephemeral public projects that meld fictive and autobiographical narratives. Her art reviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Chelsea Now, The Villager and Downtown Express, and her poetry has appeared in Pierogi Press, CLWN WR, Live Mag! and Tiny Spoon Lit Mag.

More information: Debra Jenks

WESTBETH FLEA MARKET $5 BAG N BOX SALE

SATURDAY June 26, 2021 10AM – 4PM
SUNDAY June 27, 2021 10AM – 4PM

Westbeth Artists Housing
Westbeth Basement
55 Bethune Street
Between West St and Washington St
NY NY

BUY A $5 BAG – A large black plastic garbage bag – WHEN ENTERING .

You must make an appointment – Timed Entry per hour
PROOF of Vaccination required
Covid Restrictions in Place
Masks required Gloves provided Temp check

Email Ruby for appointment
rsornstein@gmail.com

Household, electronics, clothing, office, notions, books, records, decorative objects, small appliances, lamps, dishes, silverware, garden items.

Click here for more information about the Westbeth Beautification Committee and its legendary Flea Market which has been in existence for almost 38 years. Flea Market and the Westbeth Beautification Committee

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

West Village Community Blood Drive
Westbeth Gallery
57 Bethune Street
NY NY

Tuesday June 22, 2021
1PM – 7PM

Our Region’s blood supply has never been lower. COVID-19 has devastated our City’s blood supply over the past thirteen months, as many companies and non-profits have been unable to hold the large blood drives our blood centers often rely upon. When we put out a call for donations New Yorkers typically respond in remarkable ways. With thousands of New Yorkers getting vaccinated each day, everyone is hopeful the New York Metropolitan area is on the way to recovery from this catastrophic year. As New York bounces back in strides this Spring, we need everyone to make an appointment and donate blood to save lives. That’s why The Westbeth Artist Council is hosting another of their Community Blood Drives in support of New York Blood Center. We are encouraging all New Yorkers who are able to please donate blood. June 22nd is Primary Election Day. If you’re coming to Westbeth to vote, please come to the blood drive and donate lifesaving blood. This is an excellent opportunity to exemplify both civic duty and community good deed.

To schedule an appointment:

Click on link below:

https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/293577

or

Use your camera to hover on the QR Code and enter Sponsor number 71021

Please Bring:
Don’t forget to bring photo ID or NYBC donor card.
Face covering is required before entering the blood drive.
Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Do not donate if you have:

a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath,
or difficulty breathing)

had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of
having COVID-19 in the last 14 days

been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 14 days
after your illness has resolved

NOTE: close contact is defined by CDC as being within 6 feet of an
infected individual for a prolonged period of time

Westbeth Movie Night
Artists and Models

Thursday June 10, 2021 at 7PM

FREE

Artists and Models is a 1955 American musical comedy film in VistaVision and marked Dean Martin’s and Jerry Lewis’s fourteenth feature together as a team. The film co-stars Shirley MacLaine and Dorothy Malone, also featuring Eva Gabor and Anita Ekberg in brief roles.

Rick Todd (Dean Martin) is a struggling painter and smooth-talking ladies’ man. His goofy young roommate Eugene Fullstack (Jerry Lewis) is an aspiring children’s author who has a passion for comic books, especially those of the mysterious and sexy “Bat Lady.”

Covid Protocols

Limited capacity
Masks required for unvaccinated.
Masks recommended for vaccinated.

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Marya Zimmet
On the Road to Love

“I’m over-the-moon to report that my first CD, “On The Road To Love,” was released on June 10th and is now available on most streaming and downloading platforms.
Fresh, jazzy arrangements of folk/rock classics, jazz standards and lesser-know gems, with Tedd Firth on piano, Phil Palombi on bass, Mark McClean on drums, Nathan Childers on horns, and Pete Smith on guitar. Go to maryazimmet.hearnow.com for links to where you can hear it.”

Special for Westbeth residents.
Please contact me through my website (maryazimmet.com/contact) to learn about special pricing and white glove service (hand delivery!).

To preview a song and preorder, go to maryazimmet.com/audio.


I decided to make a CD (my first) at the beginning of 2020. The timing of this project turned out to be – in a way – fortuitous. I started developing the repertoire in January, and by March, the Covid-19 pandemic had shut everything down. That spring, I wandered the empty streets of Lower Manhattan, the air unusually fresh and clean, practicing my tunes.

Find out more about Marya Zimmet HERE

Veronica Ryan
ALONG A SPECTRUM

Image: Veronica Ryan, Along a Spectrum (2021) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol and supported by Freelands Foundation. Photograph by Max McClure. Copyright Veronica Ryan. Courtesy Spike Island, Bristol, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Spike Island

May 19 – September 5, 2021
Bristol, UK

Spike Island presents a major exhibition of new works by British artist Veronica Ryan (b. 1956, Montserrat). Supported by Freelands Foundation through the Freelands Award, this is Ryan’s largest and most ambitious exhibition in the UK to date.

Ryan is best known for her sculpture that is evocative of shapes, forms and objects from the natural world. Over the years, she has experimented with scale, material and technique while remaining focused on the interplay between conflicting opposites: revelation and concealment, container and contained, absence and presence. Her work sits at the intersection between materiality and idea, and enquires into the processes by which objects carry and construct meaning.

Made during an extended residency at Spike Island in Bristol, the works in Along a Spectrum examine environmental and socio-political concerns, personal narratives, history and displacement, as well as the wider psychological implications of the current pandemic. New works include cast forms in clay and bronze; sewn and tea-stained fabrics; and bright neon crocheted fishing line pouches filled with a variety of seeds, fruit stones and skins.

Fruits, seeds, plants and vegetables are recurring motifs in Ryan’s sculpture – they function metaphorically for the artist’s own sense of dislocation and, more widely, they allude to a history of trading across the globe. In Ryan’s work, personal experience is often conditioned by a sense of location. An important focus of her research is on the history of Montserrat and trying to identify its early culture prior to the arrival of the Europeans. As such, Along a Spectrum presents large groups of soursop skins and cocoa pods cast in clay and glazed with volcanic ash from Alliouagana, the name by which the native Caribs called the island of Montserrat.

– from Spike Island
Veronica Ryan at Spike Island

“I don’t know anyone who makes art for art’s sake.”

Read Veronica Ryan’s interview in The Art Newspaper