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SIGN OF THE TIMES
ART EXHIBIT

Opening Reception
Thurs, October 14, 6-9pm S

Show dates Oct 14 – Nov 13, 2021
Hours: Wed-Sun 1-6pm

Westbeth Home of the Arts is back with a bang after a long hiatus due to Covid and what better way to do this? by bringing together 8 amazing and uniquely different artists who’s take on the phrase:

Sign Of The Times
“Something judged to exemplify or indicate the nature or quality of a particular period”

Each artist has their own point of view whether its personal, political or time specific. The show features paintings, photography, a combination of both, sculpture, free hand paper cutting, dioramas and installation. These works will provoke us to question what is going on in the world right now and what kind of world are we leaving to future generations.

Artists

Illtyd Barrett, Christina Duarte, Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen, Stephen Hall, Steve Joester, Martin Mahoney, Rob Plater, Robert Ross

Illtyd Barrett
Barrett will explore the phenomena of the rise of populism and consumerism which has led to a climate of anti intellectualism and religious fundamentalism. Using hand made pigments and substrates, Barrett proposes to exhibit both sculpture and 2D elements reflecting the above concerns.

Christina Duarte
Now is the time to recognize that society requires women to behave in a particular way that often hides their true selves. My pieces are a diptych dialogue about women showing two sides of their personalities as a narration of rising against prejudice, sexism and the stigma of personal struggle.

Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen
Cut Work, is a free hand paper cutting process that charts the contours of our ever- changing emotional experience through the movement of form, line, color, and light and shadow. Evolving over the course of ten years, Cut Work traveled through Gregory- Gruen’s diverse vocabulary of mediums from paper and metal, to leather and 12-gauge gunshot blasts to understand the play between visceral emotional responses and meditative rest.

Stephen Hall
I continue to make paintings that draw attention to our planet in crisis.
Whether it is plastic pollution or the fossil fuel industry and climate change, it is most certainly greed at the heart of it. I draw attention to these things by rendering scenes that show the beauty of our natural world juxtaposed with symbols of the aforementioned.

Steve Joester
Capturing the cultural explosion propelled by Rock n Roll from the Rolling Stones to the Sex Pistols. Loud, brash, colorful and fueled by youth rebellion!

Martin Mahoney
Always had a keen interest in photography which has intensified recently due to the alarming acceleration in the gentrification of his beloved East Village, attempting to capture what’s left of the old neighborhood and its denizens, which are being replaced by glass boxes, banks and bubble tea joints.…

Rob Plater
The re-appropriation of styles and traditions within Robert’s work serves to bridge the gap between his favorite genres within the extensive history of image making.

Robert Ross
STOP, DANGER, HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, KEEP TO THE RIGHT, TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED, CAUTION, DEAD END AHEAD

Contact: Curator Samantha Hall (646) 309 7109
samanthahall666@gmail.com

Westbeth Gallery: 57 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014

Veronica Ryan
Unveils New Permanent Work

Image courtesy of the artist and Pangolin Editions

Net, Orange Peels, Black Thread
by Veronica Ryan
Unveiling 2 October 2021
Hackney Town Hall
Hackney, England

Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan have been commissioned by Hackney Council to create two new individual public artworks celebrating and honouring Hackney’s Windrush Generation, the first permanent public sculptures to do so in the UK.

The artworks will be unveiled on 2 October 2021 (Veronica Ryan) and 22 June 2022 (Thomas J Price), and will be installed in two different locations at the heart of civic and community life in the borough, including outside Hackney Town Hall. The works will serve as a permanent expression of solidarity with the Windrush Generation, a recognition of the hugely significant contribution they have made to life in Hackney and the UK, and will symbolise the ongoing commitment from the borough to provide refuge and welcome to worldwide migrants.

Net, Orange Peels, Black Thread. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery New York. Photo: Max McClure

Veronica Ryan will create a series of large marble and bronze sculptures representing Caribbean fruit and vegetables. Speaking of her inspiration, Veronica Ryan said: “I have memories of going to Ridley Road Market with my mother as a child to buy fruit and vegetables, fabrics, and sewing materials. Little did I know, those early experiences would become essential material for my practice as an artist. I remember as a toddler during the 1950s the difficulties my young hopeful parents from Montserrat dealt with, navigating a new country and often inhospitable circumstances.”

History of the Hackney Windrush Commission

In August 2018, Hackney became the first local authority in the UK to pass a comprehensive motion regarding the Windrush Generation, pledging to oppose the criminalisation of Windrush families, calling for an end to the ‘hostile environment’ policies and for support for those who have been affected by them. This announcement follows the Council’s decision to review the role of statues and the naming of landmarks, street names, parks and other public spaces to ensure they best reflect Hackney’s diversity and history of fighting racism.

The announcement was made on Windrush Day 2020, and follows an extensive consultation process that began in 2018. Following an initial shortlisting process, the final decision to commission Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan was made by a panel including Hackney residents, Windrush campaigners, artists, architects and local councillors including Cllr Carole Williams – Hackney’s Windrush lead. The panel was chaired by Mark Sealy, Director of Hackney-based gallery Autograph ABP, with approval from Mayor Phillip Glanville.

The project, produced in partnership with Create, is part of the Council’s wider Windrush Engagement Programme which started in 2018. Working directly with over 3,000 Windrush elders and their descendants on intergenerational activities in areas of arts, heritage, sport, health and education, the programme has given African Caribbean elders a voice and reconnected younger generations with their heritage.

More information: Hackney Windrush Commission

Kate Walter
Buying Clothes in the Pandemic

Uniqlo

The Pandemic Changed Me: I Learned to Like Clothes Shopping

Kate Walter
The Village Sun
January 20, 2021

….But there is no way I missed clothes shopping. My dislike dates back to my childhood when I was a girl and my mother dragged me with her from store to store on Main Street in downtown Paterson, New Jersey. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, before the suburban malls, my home city had a lively commercial area with department stores and specialty shops.

I felt trapped. I wanted to be playing basketball or roller skating, but I was forced to help my mother decide on patterns and material for dresses she would sew. (Not the least bit appealing to a tomboy.) I was bored after half an hour but my mother wanted to shop much longer. I couldn’t wait to get home. The only thing that kept me going was the reward.

When we finished, we went to the soda fountain at Woolworth’s and I ordered a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream and sprinkles. I plopped down on the spinning stools, trying to restrain myself from twirling while waiting. I was an energetic baby dyke in training.

Read the entire article HERE

Sing Time Sessions
with Eve Zanni Begins Sept 10, 2021

Fridays at 4:30 – 5:30pm

via ZOOM and Live in the Westbeth Community Room

FREE

Contact Eve Zanni
westbethmusicworks@gmail.com
212 228 1141

Sing Time Sessions with voice teacher, Eve Zanni and live piano accompaniment, vocal warm-ups, rhythmic body movement, ear training and improvisation. No Experience Necessary!

Eve Zanni, jazz artist and Somatic Voice teacher, has taught voice for over 2 decades, directed choirs for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and teaches Circle improvisation.

Lessons are sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council and a grant from NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Balance and Strength
with Jennifer Gibson

Mondays at 2:00 – 3:00pm
Extended to June 2021
Now on Zoom

Contact
Jennifer Gibson
jenjiyoga@gmail.com

Jennifer Gibson is certified through the reputable Integral Yoga Institute of New York City, which served the West Village community and surrounding areas for over 50 years.

Jennifer has been a Yoga Instructor since 2005, specializing in yoga for seniors since 2011.
She is thrilled to share the tools of yoga with seniors for balance and building strength. In Jennifer’s current work with seniors, what began as one class quickly grew into three different classes per week, each packed with 20-30 students. Participants range between the ages of early 60s to early 90s and have a wide variety of ability.

Jennifer is passionate about making the practice of yoga accessible to everyone. She loves how appreciative seniors are to learn yoga and how much they look forward to every class, and she is excited to bring the benefits of yoga to the Westbeth community.

Sponsored by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council and a grant from NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson

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.

Tom Duncan  Photo by Karen Santry

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