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In a time when the youth of the nation are “Occupying Wall Street,” it should come as no surprise to see a great piece of street art, but this one is found in a place where one might least expect it.

Recently I’ve been spending quite of bit of time on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, CT and I route usually takes me past a gallery that features contemporary art and every time I walk by I can’t help but stop in front of the window to gaze at this original piece by Blek Le Rat:

"Riot Police", Blek Le Rat

 

Standing seven feet tall, this piece is hard to miss, although it may be a bit unassuming. One might marvel to think that it’s value is in the five-digit range, but when you look closer, you find a bit of history. Blek Le Rat is the godfather of street art, and has influenced the likes of Banksy, who has grown to be one of the most well-known street artists in the world. When asked about Le Rat, Banksy said that, “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier.”

It is pretty amazing to walk past such an politically-charged piece of artwork on such a quiet street: Greenwich, CT is a town where a lot of the wealthy Manhattan-ites come to raise their families and allow their dogs to roam free in a bigger backyard. One would think that they would be in pursuit of filling their walls with quaint floral impressionist landscapes, but even if you take the New Yorker out of the City, you can’t take the City out of a New Yorker and the owner of this gallery had the brilliant idea of bringing the urban art to this rural setting. The Samuel Owen Gallery is open Monday through saturday from 10:30am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm. It is open to the public for free and I encourage you to come in and explore these rare and influential modern-day art pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the very first time I saw Calder’s mobiles filling the lobby of the SFMoMA, I was enraptured by sculpture: it takes up space and makes you move around it; it has a presence that is often undeniable. The ceramic sculptures featured in ArtsWestchester’s eARTh Event are no exception. This exhibit, curated by Clay Art Center’s Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Ceramicists use their medium to explore sustainability and the relationship between humans and the environment. I’m especially excited to see the Westchester County Cups Coming Together exhibit, which uses dozens of cups from an open and inclusive call for entries, as a visual metaphor for a community coming together under a single idea.

 

This is a kid-friendly exhibit, as well, so bring the whole family along for this amazing and completely free art event!

 

 

 

 

This Thursday offers a unique and completely free event that offers a music lover the chance to meet New York City Opera baritone Raymond Diaz, violinist Nicole Sharlow Diaz, and pianist Mory Ortman after what is sure to be a stunning performance supported by Downtown Music at Grace program Music from Quisisana, which celebrates a summer residency at the Quisisana Resort on Lake Kezar in Maine.

  

Raymond Diaz is a Long Island native and graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, whose performances have earned him many accolades, including winner of the Heinz Rehfuss Competition, the Mario Lanza Competition, and the Anna Maria Saritelli Di-Panni Belcanto Competition, among others.

Nicole Sharlow Diaz is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with honors and earned her masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music in violin performance. Mrs. Diaz is a celebrated concert violinist who has been spending her summers at the Quisisana Resort in Maine since 2001, performing chamber music. She is currently principal second violin of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Harrisburg, PA and she has been concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany and principal second violin of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra.

Mory Ortman received his masters from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Arizona State University. Ortman directs the classical and musical theater summer programs at the Quisiana resort in Main and is also involved in Career Bridges, a non-profit which helps to promote young opera singers in the greater New York City Area.

This performance is sure to be a delight! The event starts at 6:00pm this Thursday, and as always, it’s free!

 

Jess HartleyEvery now and then, when I’m thinking about my own artwork and recalling certain lessons I learned in painting class, I think about the other students and wonder if they’re still at it. I got an answer from one of them through a Facebook invitation to a solo exhibition by Jess Hartley, a fellow student at Houghton College, my alma mater. While she didn’t finish her studies there (she graduated from Gordon College in Boston) her work is enough to make me proud to have studied with her. Her current show, titled “Confluence”, features abstract paintings that capture a movement reminiscent of oil in water. The layers of vibrant color seem to float on top of one another, gliding across the canvas and inciting the imagination.

This Friday starting at 8pm, the Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, New York will feature works from “Confluence” as well as live performances and DJ. This is a great way to get to know the talented young artists in the New York City area and best of all, it’s completely free.

Next Wednesday, October 12, is the fourth installment in a five-part mini series featuring various contemporary artists from the Love: In The Eye Of The Beholder exhibit, prompted by Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Artists will share their artwork and insights, followed by a Q&A session, during the lunch hour at the Westchester Arts Center. This is an amazing opportunity to talk to the likes of Donald Leeds, Guido Garaycochea, Jane Swergold, Bronislava Slagle and Anne Lester.

Bronislava Slagle, Shattered Ideas

Guido Garaycochea

 

On October 26th, you can spend your lunch hour with Carmela Kaufman, Virginia Zimmermann, Betty Ball, Michele Gage and Chris Craymer.

Chris Craymer

Michele Gage, Untitled (Road Not Taken 2), 2009

 

Please do not miss this completely free event!

This post is about a venue that you might not think about when talking about galleries. Gifted Hands is a boutique on the border of Byram and Greenwich in Connecticut which features local artwork. All of the pieces are for sale and they usually aren’t as expensive as buying a piece from a gallery or museum. Plus, to me a piece created by someone local gives it such a personal feel because you know the artist is homegrown and usually you get a little bit more information about the process they used to make it.

Gifted Hands is located on Mill Street in Greenwich, CT and is open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Take time to visit this wonderful boutique to pick up something special and locally made. While you’re there, be sure to talk to the staff because they usually know the artists and their work first hand, that way you get an inside look into your purchase. So feel free to stop in and peruse all of the local art!

"Wonders of the Invisible World", George Nama 2005

Free Tuesdays is back! This week we will be noting 4 galleries that will all be open for free this Tuesday.

The Bruce Museum: Tried and true and always open for free on Tuesdays from 10am-5pm. Right now, they are exhibiting Picasso’s Vollard Suite: The Sculptor’s Studio until October 16th and Saddle Up! Horsing Around at the Bruce Museum until September 25th Don’t forget to check out the Seaside Center!

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Another great favorite open for free only on Tuesdays from 12pm-5pm. With quite a few indoor and outdoor installations, including Chelpa Ferro: Visual Sound and MTAA: All the Holidays at Once, as well as the beauty of the architecture itself, this place will keep you enchanted for hours!

 

 

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is always open for free and is open Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. This is a great place to go if you really want to talk to the artists and staff about the art on display and right now it’s the 8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition.

The Bendheim Gallery is a wonderful hidden gem on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut, that will not only peak your artistic interest, it also gives you a refreshing break from all of the shopping in nearby boutiques! Right now you can take a peak at the 2011 Open Juried Show giving way to all types of 2-dimensional art, juried by renowned artist and sculptor George Nama.

Tomorrow is Tuesday so enjoy the free art!

 

Christo and Jean-Claude

This weekend there are lots of things to do! Sunday, July 10th from 4pm-6pm: the opening of the Marine & Coastal Art Exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center. This exhibit also gives you a taste of the sandy shores and not only lets you peruse fabulous local art, you may even be able to afford to take it home with you.

Another exciting free spot is the Westport Arts Center (WAC) which is open to the public seven days a week and right now they are exhibiting plans for two works in progress by the internationally acclaimed Christo and Jean-Claude. The exhibit will give a close look at Over the River, in which the Arkansas River in Colorado will become covered with silvery cloth. Christo will be funding this installation himself by selling his works to private collectors and galleries. His concurrent project, The Mastaba, will be 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels secured to an inner structure in the United Arab Emirates, 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of the city of Abu Dhabi, near the oasis of Liwa.

This is a beautiful and unique experience that these local institutions have given Connecticut and I hope you all are able to get out there and enjoy it.

Free Art Events made a field trip to the neighboring state of New Jersey to check out the fourth annual Art All Night at Artworks, a 24-hour event from 3pm Saturday to 3pm Sunday on the third weekend in June.

This event was not for the faint of heart, featuring welders, woodworkers with chainsaws and more! But the highlight of the evening was a talk given by world renowned photographer, Jon Naar, who has taken the portraits of  Andy Warhol and the British Prime Minister, among others with works featured in the New York Times, Vogue Magazine and more. It was such an honor to meet with him to learn about his process and the history of his work. I was amazed to find out that he was the first to document graffiti artists. The most resent edition of his book, The Faith of Graffiti, features a forward from Norman Mailer and larger versions of his graffiti photographs than ever.

It was such a treat to meet with all of the featured artists in this event during my visit and I hope to see more of their work in the very near future.

The grounds at the Pepsico Offices in Purchase, NY could easily rival the Guggenheim with the amount of architectural planning and meticulous detail that is easily seen while exploring the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens. It gives the feel of a mystical place; a fairy ring in the forest at midnight where you actual witness them dancing. Victor Salmones’s “The Search” requires a visit to the Stream Garden and for anyone who has wished for a one of these, you can simply visit from 7am-7pm everyday from April to October and 7am-5pm from November to March.

Visitors come from all over to view the sculptures themselves, stroll through the grounds and even take a jog with a friend. Even driving the loop offers a unique peak at all of the architectural landscaping that was required in the presentation of these beautiful and often astounding pieces of artwork. There is no excuse not to visit, it’s free all the time and open year round. During my next visit I plan to explore the paths “less traveled”, visit the courtyard and bring lunch to share and eat at the Picnic Grove!

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