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





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.

 





10 Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram

16 11 2016

Instagram isn’t only a great platform for selfies and pictures of that delicious burger you ate last night, there are also tons of amazing artists posting new content everyday!  Following these artists will help turn your feed into a mini gallery show that updates all the time.

  1. Friends With You (@friendswithyou)

Friends With You

Friends With You is made up of two artists, Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III.  Their mission is to spread “Magic, Luck and Friendship.” Friends With You is known for their large, fun, colorful installations and following their Instagram account will definitely add some cuteness to your feed.

 

2. Subway Doodle (@subwaydoodle)

Subway Doodle

Subway Doodle lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  He adds whimsy and fun to the New York Subway by adding monsters into everyday situations.  He uses his iPad to make these drawings and is a cool example of an Instagram artist since social media is the main outlet he uses to show these works.

 

3. Derek Myers (@derek_the_deliman)

Derek Meyers

Derek Meyers is an illustrator from Ohio who posts amazingly tiny detailed doodles and illustrations. Most of them are inspired by nature and combine geometric framing with intricate linework.

 

4. Rika Harimulya (@mulyahari)

Riki Harimulya

Riki Harimulya is an Art Director but the reason to follow his account are the beautiful photos he posts of his fantastic hand lettering. We love typography and meticulous hand lettering is our favorite.

 

5. Becca Clason (@beccaclason)

Becca Clason

Becca Clason is another typography artist but she creates her lettering out of objects instead of drawing.  Her work is creative and so fun, we want to jump into her pictures.

 

6. Katie Marks (@anotherseattleartist)

Katie Marks

Handmade ceramics amaze us and there are tons of great ceramic artists out there on Instagram.  Katie Marks’ is a great account to follow because she shows all the parts of her process including sketches, mixing, throwing, sculpting and glazing.

 

7. Danielle Fisher (@danielleportraits)

Danielle Fisher

If realism is your thing then you are going to love Danielle Fisher’s Instagram.  She creates amazing animal portraits with colored pencil and pastels. She posts both works in progress and finished pieces.

 

8. Mark Lobo (@oakandink)

Oak and Ink Creative

Mark Lobo of Oak and Ink Creative has a really cool project going on his Instagram account. He is working his way through the Pantone swatch book in photos.  Each photo posted lists the Pantone color it is inspired by.

 

9. Danielle Clough (@fiance_knowles)

Danielle Clough

These embroidered portraits are so painterly, we can’t take our eyes off them.  Danielle Clough creates her beautiful embroidery work on mini hoops, tennis rackets, and shoes.

 

10. Zener Peled (@zemerpeled)

Zemer Peled

These awe-inspiring contemporary sculptures by Zemer Peled are made up of thousands of ceramic shards. She creates the ceramic pieces herself then fires them and breaks them before combining them into these sea anemone like sculptures.

 

We hope your Instagram feed will be infused with creativity by following these awesome artists.  If you need more great art content in your feed don’t forget that you can follow us on Instagram @aifriedman 





Five Art Blogs You Should Be Reading

18 10 2016

We love art and we love reading about new and inspiring art from all corners of the internet.  There are so many great art blogs out there but here are five our favorites that we don’t miss any posts from.

  1. Colossal 

Colossal art blog

Colossal has won several awards for internet journalism and if you aren’t reading it now, fix your mistake and add it to your list.  They focus on new and unique art from across all mediums, sculpture, painting, embroidery, installation, object design, and so much more. Every single of one of their posts is inspiring and fresh.

2. Brown Paper Bag

Brown Paper Bag art blog

Brown Paper Bag is a unique blog because it focuses on illustration, but not just traditional 2D illustration.  They will feature sculpture illustration, products with illustrations on them, digital and more.  We love their weekly post of 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions which will introduce you to more Etsy artists than you thought possible.

3. Design Milk

Design Milk art blog

As the name suggests, Design Milk is an online magazine that focus on well, design.  You’ll see new ideas from architects, object designers, interior designers, fashion, etc.  Because of the design focus you’ll get to learn about awesome upcoming technology innovations as well as visual design.

4. The Jealous Curator

The Jealous Curator art blog

The Jealous Curator is all about taking that feeling of “oh man I wish I had thought to do that!”and changing it to inspiration! Don’t be jealous of other artists works be inspired to do more yourself!

5. Bored Panda Art

Bored Panda Art

The main Bored Panda page has it’s uses (cute fuzzy animals, funny memes) but the art tab is where it’s at.  They have a bit more of a DIY focus than other blogs mentioned here but they have plenty of inspiring posts for your scrolling pleasure.

If you have an art blog that we didn’t mention here that you are dying to tell us about, let us know in the comments!  We are always looking for more awesome artwork!





Great Art Movies on Netflix Right Now!

5 10 2016

The Fall weather is officially settling in to stay and we are down to hang out by the fire, cozy under a blanket, maybe drink some tea and of course, binge watch some Netflix like you wouldn’t believe.  With the sheer amount of content on Netflix it can sometimes take up precious binge watching time just deciding what to watch.  We wanted to save you from this problem, and come up with some totally awesome art related options. They aren’t in any particular order but they are all streaming right now!

Frida (2002)

  1. Frida (2002)

One of the most fascinating painters of all time, Salma Hayek and an Academy Award winning score.  If you haven’t seen this Frida Kahlo biopic yet it is definitely worth a watch.

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy

2. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

The painting of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most legendary artistic undertakings of all time, so of course there is a movie about it!  Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II.  Though a lot of people have critiqued Heston’s over acting in the role, the sets and old school production value make this one stand up to the test of time.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

3. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Banksy’s Academy Award nominated documentary follows Thierry Guetta and his obsession with street art.  You can hear from notable street artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy (whose face and voice are obscured to protect his notorious anonymity) as well see some excellent works of street art.  Also the whole thing is a little ridiculous and once you start watching you won’t be able to stop.

 

The Rape of Europa

4. The Rape of Europa (2006)

Remember Monuments Men (directed by, written by and starring George Clooney), the movie about World War II soldiers saving art masterpieces from the Nazis?  Well, this is the documentary version of that story and it is way better. It provides more factual info as well as being generally more entertaining than the Clooney version.

 

Bob Ross Beauty is Everywhere

5. Bob Ross Beauty is Everywhere (1991)

You knew we couldn’t have a Netflix and art post without mentioning Bob Ross, right?  All 26 glorious episodes of happy trees, clouds and birds are waiting for your binge watching pleasure. Also bonus, rumor has it that Netflix is gauging interest with these episodes so maybe if enough people watch we’ll be treated to all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting eventually.

 

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

6. Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery (2014) 

A fascinating look at Wolfgang Beltracchi who was charged with forgery and corruption after selling 14 fake works of art that total to around $45 million dollars.  Hear from this international art scammer who claims to be able to paint anything.

 

Netflix is always rotating their catalog of movies and shows so if you want to watch any of these, put them on your Netflix plans soon!





April In-Store Demos – A.I. Friedman 18th Street

12 04 2016

ConteSketchingAfter the dormant winter, spring ushers in a new series of in-store demos at A.I. Friedman’s 18th St. store location.  Artist Jim Bergesen kicks things off Saturday, April 16th from 3pm-5pm.  He’ll be demonstrating drawing techniques using the likes of Conte pencils and crayons, Winsor & Newton water soluble sticks and markers, as well as their lightfast pigmented markers. Besides doling out his years of knowledge and experience, he’ll also have some samples for those in attendance. DropFrontBoxesThe following Saturday, April 23rd, has us offering the first of its kind demo on All Things Archival. Presented by the folks from Lineco, the leading authority on archival materials and methods, they will be discussing something all artists are concerned with, how to best preserve our work. From mounting photographs to storing rare Civil War memorabilia, from wrapping canvases to preserving your child’s drawings, these guys know how to make things last. Any and all questions will be answered in this informative session beginning at 2pm. These events are free but space is limited so please stop by the store to sign up or email David Trowbridge at davidt@aifriedman.com. See you soon.





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!