Category Archives: Past Events

Christina Maile and Tamara Wyndham in Women Celebrate Women exhibit

Women Celebrate Women

August !2 – August 31, 2021

El Barrio’s Art Space
PO 109
215 East 99th Street
New York, NY

Yvonne Lamarr-Rogers in collaboration with El Barrio’s Art Space PS 109 presents the SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN CELEBRATE WOMEN

A multi-media group exhibition celebrating women as reflected in the creative work of New York women artists.

Exhibition curator and New York-based mixed media artist, teaching artist and jewelry design- er, Yvonne Lamar-Rogers says the mission of this year’s Women Celebrate Women exhibition is to celebrate and honor women of all backgrounds. In the words of playwright Ntozake Shange, “Where there is a woman, there is magic.”

Originally planned for Women’s History Month in March 2020, the annual exhibition will instead be held this year in August due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers look forward to hold- ing future Women Celebrate Women exhibitions in March.

The public is welcome to view the amazing collection of multi-media creative works in the heart of an East Harlem artistic community at the beautiful El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, a previously abandoned public school building that was transformed into a community housing complex for artists. The circa-1899 landmark building offers beautiful space for the arts as well as important cultural programming in the East Harlem community.

Links: Christina Maile website

Arnold Hinton featured in New Yorker article

Arnold Hinton

Arnold Hinton is the subject of the Public Images Dept article by Sarah Larsen in the August 2, 2021 issue of the New Yorker.

“A lot of my photographs are done from waist high,” Hinton said. “I don’t look in the camera. Lisette would always ask me, ‘How did you do that?’ A lot of it dealt with being in environments where it was physically harmful, or in a country where I was the only one that looked like I looked.” Hinton is Black. “I have had guns put to my head, film taken, been locked up for being a photographer,” he said.

Read the entire article : A Thousand Words, a Million Times Over

Vera Cruz Gril by Arnold Hinton. Collection of Christina Maile and Parviz Mohassel

I Called Him Morgan screening
The murder of jazz trumpeter, Lee Morgan, by his wife.

Westbeth Community Room
July 16, 2021 at 7PM
FREE

I Called Him Morgan is a 2016 Swedish produced documentary film written and directed by Kasper Collin which gives an account of the life of and relation between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan, later responsible for his murder in February 1972.

In Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan noted: “Artistic, obsessive and intoxicating, “I Called Him Morgan” is a documentary with a creative soul, and that makes all the difference. Using a dazzling blend of cinematic tools, aural as well as visual, Collin recreates both individual lives and an entire world. As a slice of recovered and illuminated time, “I Called Him Morgan” has few peers. /…/ The film’s centerpiece interview is an arresting one-of-a-kind narrative that Helen Morgan herself recorded on a cassette-tape recorder a month before she died. Speaking with writer and teacher Larry Reni Thomas, she details her difficult life, her relationship with Morgan and how and why she came to shoot him at a Manhattan jazz club named Slugs in the midst of a blizzard so terrible that it delayed ambulances, contributing to her husband’s death. What makes “Morgan” such an exceptional film is that Collin, with a combination of good fortune and great skill, has built on this excellent verbal foundation with transfixing visuals that set a powerful mood. Regardless of whether you care deeply about jazz, the poetry of Collin’s filmmaking and the poignancy of the couple’s story will win you over. As a piece of history and a personal journey, “I Called Him Morgan” is cinema to cherish.

Edward Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 – February 19, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter and composer
One of the key hard bop musicians of the 1960s, Morgan came to prominence in his late teens, recording on John Coltrane’s Blue Train (1957) and with the band of drummer Art Blakey before launching a solo career. Morgan stayed with Blakey until 1961 and started to record as leader in the late ’50s. His song “The Sidewinder”, on the album of the same name, became a surprise crossover hit on the pop and R&B charts in 1964, while Morgan’s recordings found him touching on other styles of music as his artistry matured. Soon after The Sidewinder was released, Morgan rejoined Blakey for a short period. After leaving Blakey for the final time, Morgan continued to work prolifically as both a leader and a sideman with the likes of Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter, becoming a cornerstone of the Blue Note label.

Michael Moss
Roots to Shoots in performance

Monday July 5, 2021
3:00PM – 4:30PM
AT THE PLAYGROUND
LITTLE ISLAND (located at 14th St and the Hudson River)

*Performance is FREE but you need timed entry tickets for this event.
LINK for timed entry tickets.*https://littleisland.org/timed-entry-reservations/

SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE MY NEW BAND, ROOTS TO SHOOTS

Michael Moss (tenor and soprano saxes, flute), Alexis Marcelo (keys),
Adam Lane (bass), Michael Wimberly (djembe, African percussion),
Ismael Baiz (congos, bongos, South American percussion)

FYI: We also have been invited to perform again at Little Island on Wednesday, September 8th at
6 pm in the Glade — letting you know way in advance!

Su Zen
FogSeries
Photography

Chase Bank 302 W 12 St NY, NY
Opening Reception, Thursday, July 1, 2021, 3:00-5:00PM

July 1 – 31, 2021 •:
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm; Sat – 10am-3pm

Celebrating her 50th anniversary living in Greenwich Village’s historical Westbeth Artist Housing photographer, SuZen, will be exhibiting her evocative, dream-like color landscapes, taken along the Hudson River and other places, capture ethereal atmospheric realms to enter. Fog, usually associated with the unknown, is much like our living in the pandemic. Its veils of Reality and Illusion have been SuZen’s constant artistic exploration. The FOGseries is a culmination of her ongoing theme of Light & Spirit.

The trajectory of her art from the darkroom and galleries and museums exhibitions to gracing Times Square with her 40’ x 25’ painted mural, Flowing Light, transformed her artistic energy into NYC’s public arena. In 1982, she founded, Art for the People – bringing artists together creating numerous inter-arts events with installations and performances in such NYC iconic venues as the World Trade Center, JFK Airport, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Central Park, with grants from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her artwork is exhibited and collected internationally. Most recently, during lockdown in Portugal, she wrote a book, “Things I Learned Along the Way”, which is available on Amazon (bit.ly/Things_Learned).

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 and Art

UP AGAINST A WALL
Curated by Susan Breitsch
Awbury Arboretum Cope House
Germantown, PA
July 6 – August 26, 2021
aubury.org

Deb Jenks’ print “Coffee Shop” is included in the show.

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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