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





Holiday Fun – Employee Ugly Sweater Contest

22 12 2016

We had some holiday fun at both stores this week with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!  It really helped to get the holiday spirit flowing!

At Port Chester we saw lots of great sweaters, but we had to shout out to Kat who made her own abstract art piece out of her sweater! Also Gary won the official title of “Ugliest Ugly Sweater” for this little beauty of Christmas festiveness:

Handmade ugly sweater and official Ugliest Ugly Sweater

Heather won the “Funniest Ugly Sweater” award with her awesome fireplace ensemble! Complete with her phone playing a crackling fire video. Also, bonus points for including a frame!

Crackling fireplace ugly Christmas ensemble

Carla, Dottie and Sarah are rocking these classic ugly sweaters. We especially love the pompom snowmen decorating the tree!

Carla, Dottie and Sarah in classic ugly Christmas sweaters

This lovely tinsel masterpiece won Holly the award for “Most Creative” also it’s very appropriate to feature a wreath as Holly is Port Chester’s Floral Department Manager!

Surprise tinsel wreath!

Luis won the big award for Best Ugly Sweater! Also we think John’s Festivus sweater deserves an honorable mention.

Best Ugly Sweater Winner at Port Chester

Great job Port Chester! Thank you for helping make the store get into the Christmas spirit. You all look super merry and bright!

Port Chester Store's Ugly Sweater Participants!

Our NYC store couldn’t be left out of all of the ugly sweater fun! Anthony’s full out elf outfit is on a whole new level of festiveness.

Anthony's elf outfit for the ugly sweater contest!

Cynthia did a great job customizing her own sweater with all sorts of fun doodads!

Cynthia's custom ugly Christmas sweater!

Anna gets bonus points for having a light up sweater! What a fun way to spread holiday cheer.

Anna's awesome light up penguin sweater

Reindeer antlers always get you extra credit in an ugly sweater contest. Also how cute is the pug on Rhoda’s sweater?

Rhoda's cute Pug sweater!

Brian is representing Hanukkah with his ugly sweater choice, it’s Hanukkat!

Happy Hanukkat from Brian.

And last, but definitely not least, the big winner is… Andrew! No one could complete with this entire suit of Christmas wonder. Congratulations Andrew, you earned it.

Andrew's amazing Christmas Suit

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest at our 18th Street Store! You all look fantastic and we hope you had fun!

All of the ugly Christmas Sweaters at 18th Street

Remember that both stores will be closed on Christmas Day and have special hours on Christmas Eve. You can check the hours on our Store Page. We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

 





Holiday Crafts at Westchester Children’s Museum

5 12 2016

Stocking craft at the Westchester Children's Museum

Every month on the first Saturday  we host a free craft workshop at the Westchester Children’s Museum. We love working with WCM and it’s one of our favorite events every single month. This past weekend was our December workshop and we did a special festive project to get in the holiday spirit!

Our workshop helpers worked with the kids to make paper stocking ornaments! We brought lots of fun red, green and white papers to decorate the little Christmas stockings! Other materials we used were; scissors, fun shapes, string and glitter glue galore.

 

We thought it would be fun to check out some of the stockings the kids made here on the blog.  One of our favorite parts of doing these workshops at the Westchester Children’s Museum is getting to see all of the different creative ideas the kids have about their projects! We saw everything from super clean traditional stockings:

Kid's paper stocking Christmas craft

To a little more free and loose “messy is fun”stocking:

Messy is fun stocking craft!

We love how the paper patterns were matched on this one!

Patterned paper stocking craft for kids

Thank you to all of our workshop helpers who work to make our craft projects a huge success! Don’t miss out on our future workshops, keep up with them on our Events Page. We hope this helped you get into a festive Christmas crafting mood!

Kid's stocking paper ornament craft project

 





Paintings by Peter Jerry

23 08 2016

 

Bahamas Boat Painting by Peter JerryThis September we are excited to be welcoming local artist, Peter Jerry, into the A.I. Friedman Gallery! Peter Jerry grew up in NYC and attended the High School of Music and Art as well as Pratt Institute.  He earned his Masters of Art Education from NYU.

Peter is obsessed with the rapidly disappearing machinery of the early industrial age, particularly the age of steam.  The subjects of his oil paintings draw inspiration form the 17th through 20th centuries.  He enjoys exploring the coasts of the United States, painting harbors and the commercial shipping process.  His paintings focus on industrial and maritime culture.

The photorealism and attention to detail really draw us into his work.  You can see a love of the subject matter with every delicately painted rigging line.

Tugs at Portsmouth by Peter Jerry

The paintings will be up in the gallery for the entire month of September but we will have an Opening Reception on September 10th from 1-3pm!  You can see this incredibly detailed work in person and you can meet the artist. Check out more of our upcoming events on the Event Calendar.





Westchester Children’s Museum at A.I. Friedman Gallery

11 08 2016

The Westchester Children's Museum

This August we are combining two of our favorite monthly events into one extra fun event!  We will be showing off work from our First Saturday Art Workshops at the Westchester Children’s Museum in the A.I. Friedman Gallery this month!

The exhibit will feature photographs from our events as well as creations by the young artists!  We love working with the kids to make unique works of art each month and are so excited to share them with visitors to the store.

Fun glitter project!

There will be an opening reception for the gallery exhibit on Saturday August 13th from 1pm to 3pm. Museum staff members will be on hand to help you plan your next visit to the museum.  You can see some great works of child creativity and learn about a fantastic new community museum all at once.





100 Suns at Westchester Children’s Museum

2 08 2016

 

Westchester Children's Museum

We love working with our friends over at the Westchester Children’s Museum. We present a craft project over there on the first Saturday of every month, but this Saturday’s craft activity is extra special because we are celebrating the first 100 days of the museum being open!

Keva Planks Construction Zone

Keva Planks Construction Zone

We are going to make 100 suns using stencil collage to celebrate this milestone. The craft is included in the price of admission to the museum, so your kids can see the whole museum and make a fun project.

If you haven’t been to the museum yet, it is really a great time!  We love the Build Your Own Rollercoaster exhibit and Keva Planks Construction Zone (we liked the Keva Planks so much that we even carry them in the store now)!

We will be at the museum with our sun craft from 11am to 3pm, this Saturday August 6th.  Also, later in the month A.I. Friedman Gallery will be showing work made by children during our art workshops!  Keep your eye on our event calendar for more future events with the Westchester Children’s Museum.

100 Suns with A.I. Friedman