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

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!

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.