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

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.

Color Craze with Jess Volinski

19 07 2016


We have fun events all the time at our stores, but we are especially excited about our Color Craze event this Saturday!  Artist Jess Volinski will be on hand to sign her books as well as give a hands on coloring demo.  Adult Coloring has taken over and if you haven’t gotten into it yet, this would be a great opportunity to try it out.  Or, if you are already an accomplished colorist, Jess can give you some pro tips!

Jess Volinski

Jess Volinski is the author of 12 coloring books including the popular Notebook Doodles: Super Cute.  Jess got her start as a freelance designer in the children’s book departments of Scholastic, Henry Holt, and Harper Collins.  Besides creating books, she currently licenses her art for the publishing, fashion, tableware, and stationery industries.  She is originally from Byram in Greenwich, CT and now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two kids.


Meeting Jess and coloring at the store will be a great way to beat the heat on Saturday!  Also don’t worry, it’s not just for adults, colorists of all ages are welcome! The event will be held at the Port Chester Store  on Saturday July 23rd from 11am to 2pm.  For more event details head to the Facebook Event Page. The event is free and we will have free coloring pages, stickers and art supplies on hand for the demo.  Jess’s books will be available for purchase on site.  Come and relax with some peaceful coloring time!

Relaxing Coloring Time


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!

Prix Canson 2016

22 06 2016
Mama, Mummy and Mamma, 2014 Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Mama, Mummy and Mamma, 2014, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, winner of the Prix Canson 2016

Yesterday evening we were lucky enough to be able to attend the Prix Canson 2016 Finalists’ Exhibition.  The Prix Canson is a highly prestigious award that honors artists who work with paper. Started in 2010 in Paris, it now alternates between Paris and a year on the international scene. This year it is being presented at The Drawing Center in SoHo.

Fear, 2015, Bethany Collins

Fear, 2015, Bethany Collins, finalist Prix Canson 2016

The nominees for the award are chosen by a jury of curators and influencers of the contemporary art world. They are lead for the second time by Tunga, the internationally-reknowned Brazilian artist.  The jury has nine members. Each of them nominate 3 artists under the age of 50 whose work shows a true love of paper. Then as a group, they pick 5 finalists. This year, 4 of the 5 finalists are women. Laurent Boudier, the Artistic Director of the Prix Canson, says he welcomes this because “the world of art has sometimes been perceived as a boys’ club!”

The winner this year is Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who was born in Nigeria but lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work blends African and Western images as well as mixing mediums with drawing, painting, and collage. Njideka Akunyili Crosby will receive a solo show exhibition, press publications, 10,000 euros of Canson paper, and one of of her works on paper will be purchased by the Fonds Canson pour l’Art et le Papier for its collection.

All of the finalists’ work is stunning. The Finalists’ Exhibition will be on view at The Drawing Center through July 1st 2016 and we highly recommend making your way over there to see it before it is gone! Also, if you head over to The Drawing Center website you can find information for two free discussions between jurors and artists, one this evening as well as next Wednesday June 29th.

Untitled, 2014, David Shrigley, finalist Prix Canson 2016

Untitled, 2014, David Shrigley, finalist Prix Canson 2016


2nd Annual Beard and Mustache Competition

21 06 2016

Over the weekend we helped out with our neighbor, Whole Foods Market Port Chester’s 2nd Annual Beard and Mustache Competition. The categories were: Biggest Beard, Best Mustache, Best Groomed, Best Goatee, and Most Creative. It was a very fun celebration of all things facial hair. Gentleman’s Barber Spa was there to offer free straight razor touchups and there were free hotdogs as well as craft beer tasting. We were on hand to offer a free children’s craft of, what else, macaroni beards and mustaches!

Pasta beards

These beards and mustaches are a super easy project that you could make at home! Cut out a beard shape of construction paper, glue a popsicle stick to the back, then go to to town with dry pasta and glue!  The kids had a great time making and then trying on their noodle creations.

We even had a fun time making our own project. Hallie, who works in our Fine Arts Department, made a very impressive spaghetti mustache. He entered it into the Best Mustache competition and brought home the 2nd place title! Way to go, Hallie, you have made us proud with your mustache crafting skills.

Pasta mustache

Hallie’s prize-winning creation

Our next event at Whole Foods Market is July 16th from 11am-2pm where we will be working with Decopatch paper collage. Stop by to join in on the fun!