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.

 





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.





Favorite Places by Adrienne Mierzwa

5 07 2016

June completely flew by, which means it’s time for a new artist to be featured in the A.I. Friedman Gallery! For all of July we will be showing Favorite Places by Adrienne Mierzwa.

Adrienne was born and raised in Manhattan and moved to Rye, NY in 1996. She has been drawing and painting since a young age, due to her mother (an illustrator and painter herself) encouraging her artistic development. At Parson’s School of Design she studied painting and illustration and has taken courses at the School of Visual Arts, The National Academy of Design and Instituto Allende, located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Working in a variety of media, she typically paints landscapes, still lifes, and figures. Most of her landscapes are of the Sound Shore area. She also has painted Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Hawai’i. Adrienne says, “My goal in painting is to distill my feelings about a particular subject into a picture that will convey them to the painting’s viewer, and hopefully evoke those same feelings, while exploring the use of color and composition.”

Beach Family by Adrienne Mierzwa

Beach Family by Adrienne Mierzwa

In Hawaiian music, many songs are written honoring places and locations, beloved for their beauty or cultural meaning.  Favorite Places is a collection of paintings of the places that Adrienne loves the best, her love songs to them.

The Gallery Reception will take place at the Port Chester store on July 9th from 1pm-3pm, you can come meet Adrienne and see her lovely paintings in person. Also as a bonus, earlier that day we will be having a Duct Tape Painting Demo from 11am-1pm.  You could learn how to paint with duct tape and attend the reception right in a row!  If you are interested head to the Event Calendar for all of our events this month!





Urban Archaeology, Photography by Christopher S. Brace

3 06 2016

ChristopherSBrace_3Once a month, the A.I. Friedman Gallery welcomes a new local artist to show their work in our Port Chester store. This June, we are welcoming the talented Christopher S. Brace to show his photography all month long.
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Christopher was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Connecticut. He says of his work, “The mission of my photography is to capture the nostalgia of advertising from an era gone by.” The Post No Bill photo above is a great example of this, Christopher photographed it after a building fire which melted away the layers of overpaint to reveal this signage.

His photos preserve time capsules that might be lost otherwise.  Christopher says he is driven by the fact that theses works are disappearing forever.

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We will be having a Reception for the show on Saturday June 11th from 1:00-3:00pm at our Port Chester store.  All of the art shown will be available for purchase and Christopher will be there to meet and greet.

If you can’t make it to the show in person, check out more of Christopher’s work on Instagram @Vintage_ImageNY.