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.

 





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