Category: Exhibition

One lonely painting on the wall

I just delivered 29 of my paintings to Matted LIC for an upcoming solo exhibition…hence the empty wall in my studio. See all the nails without art hanging from them? This poor little painting didn’t make the cut!

Opening night this Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-8pm at Matted LIC, 46-36 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City. I would love to see you there (free wine and food, plus my eternal gratitude!).

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See my artwork and get it framed while you are there

I will be exhibiting my artwork at Matted LIC from Sept. 19 – October 13.  Matted LIC is a gallery, frame and gift shop founded in 2009 on Vernon Blvd in Long Island City, Queens.

Donna Drimer, Matted LIC's owner, in her funky store standing in front of a former art exhibition.  My artwork will be hanging here from Sept. 15 - October 13, 2016.
Donna Drimer, Matted LIC’s owner, in her funky store standing in front of a former art exhibition. My artwork will be hanging here from Sept. 15 – October 13, 2016.

It’s a fun and funky shop with artfully items to decorate your home.  They offer conservation custom framing with a certified professional framer on staff and conservation ready-made frames, as well as a wide selection of eclectic jewelry, artisan items, and giftware for men, women, and children.  You never know what you’ll find!

 
Matted LIC
46-36 Vernon Blvd 
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 786-8660
Hours – MON: Closed / TUE & WED: 10am–6pm / THU & FRI: 10am–7pm / SAT: 10am–6pm / SUN: 12pm–5pm

Making a mural to celebrate 10 years of joy, fun, & friendships

For the last ten years, I have been deeply involved with an amazing organization called the Roundup River Ranch, located in the mountains of Colorado.   One of Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network camps, Roundup River Ranch enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families by offering free, medically-supported camp programs that provide unforgettable opportunities to discover joy, friendships, and confidence.

RRR Sun Tile

Roundup River Ranch celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is commemorating the event with a huge mural to be displayed at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The mural is an assembly of tiles painted by those individual that the camp has touched in some way (campers and their families, camp counselors and staff, volunteers, donors, and many more individuals). As a board member, I was given the opportunity to contribute a tile to the mural as well.

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Roundup River Ranch is a place where sky, earth, water, and fire intersect into a special microcosm of Colorado’s natural beauty. I was assigned “Sky” as my element and the task of illustrating “what camp means to me”. What I love about camp is the joy that fills everyone who is involved in its mission. Camp is a place of friendship, acceptance, discovery, and joy. So for me…“Roundup River Ranch fills my heart”. I depicted a happy sun in a blue Colorado sky filled with love.

RRR Tile setup

If you would like to learn more about the Roundup River Ranch and how you can become involved, check out their website here.

I’m walking on water

I traveled to Italy this week with my husband and some friends to see Christo’s newest work, “Floating Piers” on the beautiful Lake Iseo.  I have always loved Christo’s work and have been fortunate to see his “The Umbrellas” in California in 1993, and “The Gates” in New York City in 2005.

 

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Our group decided we wanted to view this work in every way we could.  We started the tour by helicoptering from the north end of the lake, flying over the steep mountains that border this lake before swooping down to circle around the various piers and island surrounds created by Jeanne-Claude Christo.  After setting down, we walked the short distance to town to join the thousands of other tourists and walk the 5.5 km of golden fabric covered “floating” piers and walkways that are part of the exhibit.

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The walkway is assembled from 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes that form its 53 foot wide walkways. Its surface is covered with a waterproof bright saffron-colored fabric that contrasts beautifully against the deep blue of the lake. I could see the movement of the water under the pier and feel the rocking of the waves under my feet. One of my favorite moments was just sitting on the edge of the pier and feeling the movement made by the water under me and the walkers around me.

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We finished off the tour with a ride on a stunning 1971 Aqua Riva power boat that carried around the piers and wrapped islands in high style before speeding down to the south end of the lake to finish off our tour.

It was a special day with special friends and I feel lucky to have had them with me to share it with.   Now I have my fingers crossed to see Jeanne-Claude’s next planned installation in Colorado…”Over the River” hopefully installed in the next few years. Except this time, I’ll experience the art on a white water raft!

Museums in my backyard

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I am a member of an artist group in Long Island City (where my studio is located) that meets monthly to support each other, discuss art and our artwork. Recently, our fearless leader (thank you, Phoebe) organized a field trip to two museums in Long Island City.  We started at the SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street.  “SculptureCenter’s space was built as a trolley repair shop for the subway system in 1907, but never used as such. In the 1940’s, the building was used for the manufacture, assembly, and repair of derricks, hoist, and cranes, which the facade reflects with the original signage from that era”(1).  Most of the sculptures displayed were a little too avant-garde for my taste, but I loved the building space with its exposed original brick and steel construction.

Our second stop was at MoMA PS1, “an exhibition space that devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art”.(2)  I found the artwork at MoMA PS1 to be more polished and the conceptions behind them better expressed, but still very experimental.  My favorite work, a brightly colored web by Escobedo Soliz Studio, was strung in the entrance courtyard.  “This woven canopy encourages visitors to slow down, potentially reframing how they interact not only with each other but also with the landscape and sky”. (3)  I relaxed outside with my art group at the museum’s cafe to enjoy this canopy, a cold beer, and some great conversation.

What museums, galleries, parks, and other sites are in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored?

(1) www.sculpture-center.org, (2) www.momaps1.org, (3) the information plaque in the courtyard.

 

 

CONTEXT New York, a glimpse

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The inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York took place May 3 – 8, 2016 in Manhattan. The fair was held at Pier 94 in Manhattan.  CONTEXT New York is a leading alternative fair of contemporary art. I got an opportunity to see CONTEXT Art Miami during Art Basel this past December and it was fun to see lots of new art and some old favorites at the New York version.  The fair focused on mid-career and emergent artists shown by sixty participating galleries displaying some wonderful examples of contemporary art. I got to walk the show with my husband, daughter, son, and his girlfriend.  I always love seeing what pieces attract their attention and comments.  These were some of our favorites.

 

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IMG_4925Alireza Varzandeh

 

IMG_4933Moto Waganari

 

IMG_4929Mel Smothers

 

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