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!





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





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





Two Views: Father and Daughter – Paintings by Sheldon Snyder and Tova Snyder

26 01 2017

Our February show in the A.I. Friedman Gallery is going to be special. Instead of featuring just one artist, we are featuring paintings by a father and daughter! It will be an interesting study of art throughout a family and the generations.

Sheldon Snyder - Church in Port Chester

 

Sheldon Snyder is the father of Tova Snyder and he has studied art at the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum, and Syracuse University.  From the 1960’s through the 1980’s, Sheldon and his wife, Ruby, owned and operated Katan Toys in Provincetown and in Rye. During that time he designed and made original wood toys. Sheldon has exhibited his paintings, silk screens, and stencils through out Westchester County.

Tova Snyder - Harrison Fire House

It’s clear that her father’s creativity influenced Tova Snyder. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, she received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Yale University, and an MFA in painting  from Tyler School of Art. Tova focuses on public art and painting. Her most visible public art projects include the permanent MTA/ArtsForTransit installation, “Railways and Rooftops” at the Harrison Metro North station, and the “trompe l’oeil” painted windows on the “Waterfront” building complex on South Main Street in Port Chester. She is currently working on two large scale community murals sponsored by the City of New York’s NYC Mural Arts Program.

The show will be up for the entire month of February, and we will be having an Opening Reception Saturday February 11th from 1pm to 3pm. Don’t miss your chance to see some excellent work by local artists.

 





January 2016 #AIArtist Contest Winner

1 02 2016

Brave_HeartSharon Sumpolec is an autodidact visual artist and her painting “Brave Heart” (shown left) was the #AIArtist winner for January 2016.  She works out of her studio in New York and finds inspiration in love, life’s energy and nature’s elements.  Sharon creates her paintings with bright, energetic colors that elevate your mood.  She states that art has brought her out of the darkness and into the light and that her paintings are “visual therapy” for the observer.  Proficient in brush, palette knife and fluid art, Sharon primarily works using acrylic paints.  She loves the abundant selection of art supplies and great discounted prices at A.I. Friedman’s stores.  See more of Sharon’s artwork on instagram (@colouristastudios) or on her website at www.colouristastudios.com.  Congratulations on your winning entry Sharon and thanks for sharing your artist talents with us!





November 2015 #AIArtist Contest Winner

10 12 2015

The #AIArtist Contest winner for November is Rick Obsorn with his oil pastel “Autumn Drive” which is his farewell to the colorful fall foliage.Autumn Drive  Inspired by his Grandmother Kitty, Rick began painting in 2005.  He uses red backgrounds for his paintings and loves the way it has a harmonizing effect on his paintings.  Most of Rick’s paintings have a good bit of red in them.  He stated in his bio, “There’s just something about red that shakes you up and is powerful.”RickOsbornArtist  In creating his pieces of art, he uses lots of brushes (all sizes), lots of paints (mainly Golden and Liquitex for acrylics, Williamsburg  and Holbein for oils), panels and canvases.  Rick finds all the art supplies to exercise his creativity at A.I. Friedman at great prices and finds our website easy to maneuver.  To view more of his artwork, visit his website.  When he is not painting, Rick enjoys singing and is an Executive Wellness Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner.  Congratulations Rick with your beautiful tribute to fall!