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We receive donations from the artists at Westbeth and our community. The sale includes housewares, electronics, cameras, furniture, books, albums, men’s and women’s clothing, collectibles, fine fabrics and linens, sports, and more!

Our Affordable Art Department specializes in original artwork including paintings, sculpture, fine art prints, and drawings from abstract to representational.

Masks, Vaccination Card and Proof of ID required for entry.



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Tuesday Election Day November 2, 2021 10am – 7pm

Friday Nov 5 11am – 5pm
Saturday Nov 6, 11am – 5pm
Sunday Nov 7, 11am – 5pm




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.


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

Contact: Curator Samantha Hall (646) 309 7109

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

Louna Dekker Vargas
France & Japan
Works for Flute

Westbeth Community Room
October 28, 2021 at 7PM

This performance, in collaboration with trumpet player Adam O’Farrill and guitarist Tal Yahalom

The program is a meditation on wind – how it moves, feels on the skin, rises and falls, puffs and billows in a dances, glides through a sigh. The program will feature several classical masterworks for solo flute and two contemporary duos by Franco-Japanese composers (Fujikura and Takemitsu).

Debussy- ‘Syrinx’
Honegger- ‘Danse de la chèvre’
Marin Marais- ‘Les Folies d’Espagne’ -selected variations
Dai Fujikura- ‘Glacier’ arr. bass flute and flugelhorn (featuring Adam O’Farrill) Toru Takemitsu- ‘Towards the Sea’ (featuring Tal Yahalom)

French-American flutist Louna Dekker Vargas has been described as “promising young artist” (Citizen Jazz). She began to tour the U.S. as a founding member of several award-winning chamber groups before completing her Bachelor in Flute at Peabody Conservatory and subsequently earning the Grace Claggett Raney award for excellence in chamber music. She further developed her training in the French flute school by doing postgraduate studies under Vincent Lucas, principal flute of the Orchestre de Paris. Her curiosity and musicality have led her collaborations and investigations into free jazz, contemporary classical, Indian Hindustani, and improvised hip hop traditions. She is a founding member of Nick Dunston’s quintet Atlantic Extraction, has played numerous times as solo flute with the Wicked Broadway orchestra, and has performed as a guest artist in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Brooklyn-bred Adam O’Farrill, 26, has emerged as a “rising star as a player and composer” (PopMatters) and “a blazing young trumpet talent” (The New York Times). Beginning his career in his teenage years performing with his father, the pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, Adam has gone on to work with a wide range of artists such as Mary Halvorson, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mulatu Astatke, Brasstracks, Kambui Olujimi, Samora Pinderhughes, Sarah Kay, and Anna Webber. His most recent album, 2018’s El Maquech (Biophilia Records) received critical acclaim, including the Wall Street Journal, who wrote that “the band presents rambunctious music that is equally rustic and modern,” as well as receiving Best of the Year mentions from The Boston Globe and the NPR Jazz Critics Poll. In both 2019 and 2021, O’Farrill won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Trumpeter. Adam has been recognized and awarded for his composing as well, receiving commissions and grants from The Jazz Gallery, The Shifting Foundation, Metropolis Ensemble, and ASCAP.

Tal Yahalom is an Israeli guitarist, composer and bandleader based in Brooklyn, New York. In his music he seeks to create engaging storytelling, attentive interplay and distinct sonic environments, weaving together influences and elements of hard-bop, alternative-rock,
impressionistic classical music and improvised music. Tal has toured internationally and across the US with the collective-trio ‘KADAWA’ and various collaborative projects, while releasing 3 solo guitar records to date. Yahalom performed as a semifinalist at the 2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition, earned 1st prize at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival National Guitar Competition, 3rd prize at the 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, and is a recipient of the AICF scholarship award of excellence in 2014-2015.

The concert will last 1 hr and 10 minutes including a brief intermission. Admission is free contingent on reservation. The concert space will follow strict COVID 19 safety protocol and seating will be limited to 35 seats. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Guests must reserve in advance by emailing the following email address:


Westbeth Community Room
55 Bethune Street, New York NY 10014

This free performance has been made possible by the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.

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


West Village Community Blood Drive
Westbeth Gallery
57 Bethune Street

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:


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

Kate Walter
Buying Clothes in the Pandemic


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


Contact Eve Zanni
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

Jennifer Gibson

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

Westbeth Open House
Video tours by resident artists.



Link Here to Open House NY Video Tour of Westbeth

Experience newly filmed vignettes of Westbeth the largest artists community in the country.

Resident artists lead individual video journeys around this landmarked building.

History, architecture, the arts and artists of Westbeth , and visits to artists’ studios are all a part of this online series.

More info at Open House New York