Elemental – Paintings by Siofra Kilroy

17 07 2017

Elemental - Paintings by Siofra Kilroy

This year is just flying by, but the one good thing about that is we keep having new artists to talk about every month in the A.I. Friedman Gallery! For the month of July we are welcoming Siofra Kilroy.

Siofra Kilroy exhibited in galleries around Ireland from 1998-2007. She moved to New York in 2008 where she spent some years working in the auction house industry before returning to art. Siofra works in watercolor but utilizes it in a way that is more similar to how acrylic artists work. She strives to change how watercolor is used and perceived in the art community. Siofra particularly chooses subjects that redefine watercolor; black and white portraits and scenes drenched in color.

Her newest works have been a collection of large diptych pieces clayboard. They tackle the simplicity of movement. She limits herself to just five colors in order to minimize distraction for the viewer.

Stop by the A.I. Friedman Gallery anytime during the month of July in order to check out Siofra Kilroy’s unique watercolor paintings.  And if you get inspired by Siofra and want to try out some watercolor for yourself, check out our upcoming event with Mike Teator!





8 Craft Projects to Keep The Kids Busy This Summer!

21 06 2017

Today is the longest day of the year, and that means that summer has officially arrived! It also means that school is out and kids need something to keep them entertained. We mined our Summer Fun Pinterest Board to bring you some of the best DIY projects to keep those kiddos busy.

 

  1. Make You Own Fidget Spinner

Make Your Own Fidget Spinner

You probably know that fidget spinners are taking over the internet, but did you know that you can make your own out of popsicle sticks and a skate bearing? Bonus: the kids will continue to play with the fidget spinner after the craft project so you get extra time with them entertained.

 

2. Squirt Gun Painting For Kids

Squirt gun painting for kids

All of the best summer fun happens outside, and squirt gun painting is no exception! The kids will love creating their own unique works of art via Super Soaker.

 

3. Foam Ball Octopus Craft

Foam Ball Octopus Craft

This would be a good one to pair with a viewing of Finding Dory. You could also sub out the foam balls for pom poms if you don’t want to have to mess around with paint!

 

4. Shoebox Table Foosball

Shoebox Table Football

This is another one that provides lots of entertainment even after the project is finished! Set up a tournament bracket for the whole family.

 

5. Bored Jar

Bored jar and activity ideas

This is an easy one! Whenever one of the kids says they are bored, make them take a slip from the “I’m Bored” jar and then they have to do the activity on the slip!

 

6. DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets

DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets

This is one of our own DIY With A.I. Friedman projects and it’s perfect for summer fun. Boil popsicle sticks, let them dry in cups, then let the kids paint and decorate them!

 

7. DIY Lawn Dominoes

DIY Lawn Dominoes

Make these giant lawn dominoes for backyard board game fun!  Extra Difficult Mode: Turn the sprinklers on.

 

8. Tie Dye

20 Summer Tie Dye Techniques

A classic summer activity, tie dye! Make your own rainbow of t-shirts, tote bags, hats, flags… basically tie dye all the things!

What are your favorite craft projects for summer fun?

 





A Conversation With Nature – Mixed Media Paintings by Vivian Bergenthal

14 06 2017

Vivian Bergenthal

One of our favorite things to do is infuse art into our Port Chester community. That’s why we enjoy our partnership with USAlliance Financial so much! We work with local artists to provide original art for USAlliance Financial’s lobby. It brings more art into the community and gives the artists more eyes on their work!

For the month of June you can come see Vivian Bergenthal’s mixed media paintings in the bank lobby. Vivian is enamored with landscapes as subject matter. It is always her goal to be an open conduit for inspiration. She sees being involved in the arts as a blessing and she has spent more than 20 years teaching art in the New York City school system. She says that teaching art to her students has given her the opportunity to learn from them as they learn from her.

If you’re shopping with us during the month of June, walk across the parking lot to check out Vivian’s inspiring work!

Landscape by Vivian Bergenthal





Our New Website!

25 04 2017

It’s here! A.I. Friedman is proud to announce the launch of our new website!

The new aifriedman.com

On Monday, April 24th 2017, A.I. Friedman’s new website became officially open for business! Our URL has not changed and you can still find us at www.aifriedman.com

Our new platform is designed just for you, offering many new and exciting features! We began working on our new site over a year ago, working with specialists and designers to create a site that would be state of the art, and function fully for both our B2C (Business to Consumer Customer) as well as our B2B (Business to Business Customer). Each portal is designed to create a shopping experience that is easy, efficient and full of the special features you’ve grown accustom to from some of the larger mass market sites.

A.I. Friedman Wall Frames Section

As you can see from the screenshot of our new Wall Frames section above, you can narrow your results by brand, type, color, image size, material and price. Also you can shop quickly with our “Add to Cart” button! Also you can click on an individual item to give you all the details you need to know.

A.I. Friedman new customer registrationIf you were a customer on our previous website, you will need to register as a new customer on the new website! This new site won’t remember your account from the old site. Just click on Register at the top of the new site and fill out your information.

Thank you for your business and support. We look forward to serving you on our new website!

 





Paint, Paper, Scissors by Holly Meeker Rom

6 04 2017

Holly Meeker Rom

Our A.I. Friedman Gallery artist for the month of April is, Holly Meeker Rom. She is an award winning watercolorist and collage artist. Her paintings are in the private collection of Hillary Clinton, as well as in Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY and other institutions. Holly has an MFA in painting from American University in Washington, D.C. We are so excited to share her amazing work with you!

Holly Meeker Rom would like to explain that her work has changed throughout her years as an artist. She started off doing Batik paintings on fabric, then in 1980 her interest in watercolor began. She was living in Park City, Utah and watched skillful watercolorists demonstrate plein air painting. She was hooked. She moved to Rye, NY in 1989 and continued to paint the local environment in watercolor. Her house portraits and landscapes of local scenes have become favorites.

In the past decade she has found her medium of watercolor shifting to include collage. Holly says there is something about the juxtaposition of torn bits of paper in the service of a design that she finds surprising and magical. She uses images from many sources, including text from Moby Dick, or topical climate change related photos of a polar bear on melting ice. The above piece was based on a photo she took and then created a collage from in her studio.

This Saturday, April 8th, from 1pm-3-pm Holly will be in our Port Chester Store for an Opening Reception. Come see Holly’s beautiful collage works in person and don’t miss a chance to meet such an accomplished artist!





Black, White and Green by Heather Sandifer

8 03 2017

It’s the beginning of March, which means we Heather Sandiferneed to tell you all about our new show in the A.I. Friedman Gallery. Black, White and Green by Heather Sandifer is unlike any show we have hosted so far.

Heather Sandifer creates “nature monotypes” a unique one-off printing technique that she developed after becoming frustrated with the fragility of preserved plants. Heather’s love of nature started from a young age when she would accompany her mother into the woods to collect plants for pressing and sketching. Later when she was an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden she discovered the herbarium, a preserved plant blank. She began using the classical plant preservation method and was artistically inspired by the results.

Maple Reverse View Cat 69 by Heather Sandifer
She is a hunter/gatherer with exclusive permission to collect plants from some of the finest gardens on the East Coast. It takes Heather approximately 30 different steps to complete even her most simple pieces. She has been awarded a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and has shown her work all around the area.

You can view Black, White and Green for the entire month of March. We will be having an Opening Reception at the gallery on Saturday, March 11th from 1pm to 3pm where you can meet the artist and see the beautiful works in person.

Mooswood Branch Cat 110 by Heather Sandifer





Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box

8 02 2017

Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box DIY With A.I. Friedman

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, it’s time to break out the hearts. We have an easy project for you that takes less than an hour but is a great way to add a handmade touch to a Valentine.

The only things you need are:Materials needed to make Cross Stitch Heart Box

  • A paper box (ours is a 3″ square)
  • Red embroidery floss
  • An Xacto knife (or pushpin)
  • Sewing needle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

 

 

The heart design we are using is 7 squares wide so you need to divide your box into 7 equal sections. If you have a 3″ square box like us, then you can just use centimeters! Make lines across the box (we are making a grid). Remember to use a pencil, we are going to be erasing these lines later!

Marking seven equal sections on your box

Then turn your box 90 degrees and make lines perpendicular to the ones you just made. You will now have a grid set up on your box.

Grid set up on box

 

We are going to use this simple heart design as our cross stitch pattern. The next step is to take your pencil and mark off where the heart is going on your grid. This way we won’t make holes across our entire grid, just where we need them for the heart.

Cross Stitch Heart PatternMarking where the heart will go on our grid

The box we’re using is pretty sturdy cardboard so I had to use an Xacto to cut the holes. If your box is a little flimsier than ours you can use a pushpin to make holes really easily.

Poke holes in your box so we can cross stitch along the top

Once you have all your holes poked, make sure you look at the back of the lid to make sure they got all the way through, it’s better do that now than have to do it while you are cross stitching.

Holes poked in the lid of the box

Now you can erase all of our pencil grid lines and where you marked off the outline of the heart.

Erase all pencil lines off the box

Thread your needle and get stitching! If you have never cross stitched before, the important thing to remember is to always start your stitches the same way. So come up with the needle from the bottom right corner then go down through the top left corner.

Starting to cross stitch on the box

Then to form the “X” come up from the bottom left corner and go back down through the top right.

The first cross stitch on the box!

Continue doing this in the same way until you have completed your heart pattern. It’s good to not have to deal with too long of a thread, 18″ is a good starting point. You will run out of thread but that’s okay just rethread your needle and keep stitching.

Creating the heart out of cross stitch

Once you finish, trim any long ends hanging off the back of the lid and then sit back and admire your work.

Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box

You can put a small gift like jewelry or chocolate in your cute new box. It’s also a great way to deliver a love note. And if you couldn’t think of anything to get your Valentine aside from a gift card, one of those will totally fit in as well. Plus, no one can call you lazy or thoughtless if you took the time to make a custom handmade box.

DIY Cross Stitch Valentine Box

Be sure to tag any projects you make with #DIYwithAIF and happy stitching!