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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.










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!

I recently stumbled upon a great local gallery in Tarrytown, NY: the Tappan Z Gallery on Main Street. Open for free Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 8pm, this gallery has wonderful contemporary artwork and currently on view are photographs by Vincent Serbin, an artist that has been perfecting his photo collages for the past thirty years. What’s really great about this gallery is that it’s open late, giving you plenty of time to come in after your normal business hours and not feel rushed.

If you’re in the Westchester County area, don’t hesitate to visit! There are so many pieces to enjoy at this wonderful gallery and it’s always free!

I’ve come back from touring with my husband’s band, These Animals, and life is in full swing. I’m especially excited to be painting again (yay!) and you can see updates about that here.

I’ll also be sticking to a very strict posting schedule: to two per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, which should give me a chance to talk about one weekday event and one weekend event.

Today’s post is about Apexart, an amazing gallery in Tribeca on Church Street that will be featuring a free mini-concert series at 3pm on Saturday afternoons in September and October. The next one is this Saturday, September 24th and it features Vadim Neselovskyi, a brilliant and talented pianist and composer. I love that they’re putting these right in the middle of a lazy Saturday. It will allow people the chance to wrap themselves up in a gem of a performance and carry it with them all day long. I think it’ll also give people a chance to do something a little geekier than they are allowed to do on a Saturday night, and not feel like they have to only like it insofar as they’re friends do. My friends would rather go to a hipster bar than watch me while I geek out to an innovative and mind-blowing jazz performance. So I say forget them and let this be a spa day for your lyrical senses. And guess what? It’s free, my friend. So enjoy!

"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.

Instead of just doing another ‘Free Tuesday’ post, I wanted to give you something more. So here is a look into this coming week, May 3-May 7, for what is free in the Arts. Not just events, but entire venues that are free. These are venues that typically charge admission, but offer a day of the week or month absolutely, 100% gratis. So here you are! Be sure to get out there and have some fun!

Tuesday, May 3:
Bruce Museum, Greewich, CT 10am-5pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT 12-5pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY 8am-6pm

Thursday, May 5:
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, NY 6-8pm

Friday, May 6:
Rubin Museum of Art, W. 17th St., NYC, NY 6-10pm
MoMA, NYC, NY 4:30-8:15pm

Saturday, May 7:
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY 12-5pm
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 11am-11pm

Today’s post is pretty close to my heart. My friend, James Hamme, presented his piece “Gather Around” at the FORCE QUIT New Media BA show in the Passage Gallery at SUNY Purchase. The show opened on April 21st and runs until April 30, and the reception was held on April 23rd.

“Gather Around” is a dinner table with a Scrabble game projected in the center that uses the letter tiles to create words describing the different stages of life, termed by Hamme as Childhood, Teenage Years and Today (Hamme is currently completing his Senior year in the School of Film and Media Studies as a New Media Major at SUNY Purchase). It was part nostalgic board game, part Star Trek hologram. Amidst the flashing colored lights, and leather straps latched to a giant bed with YouTube videos aflutter, this piece certainly brought to the forefront a quiet presence  with a message that spoke clearly through the visual noise. The use of language and family night to communicate the passing of time, a coming of age and the anxiety over the possibility of something lost when a person grows up, leaving behind youth, innocence and the family unit is perfectly executed. It captures that moment when we all look back and try to remember our childhood homes, amplifying the moments we had sitting around the dinner table and sharing meals as well as those quiet nights alone, when you remember turning the key in the lock and walking into the dimly lit entry of a home that you know is either asleep or empty, but either way, no one is there to greet you. James Hamme’s beautiful use of subtlety certainly stays with you well past the moment after you leave. Please, please visit the Passage Gallery at SUNY Purchase to see this show. It’s FREE!!

Christopher Brown, 'Arrival' 2009

When I write these posts I try to show my readers something that I think I would like to do, not whatever is just around and free. It has to be great, fun and exciting. That’s why, even though I haven’t been to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (YET!), I want to talk about it because a venue like this is exciting to me and I can’t wait to know more about it and visit it for myself.

The CCP is located in Norwalk, CT and is open to the public for free 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sundays. They have noted on their site that they have extended hours for their studios on Wednesdays, but that you have to call ahead to confirm. I like that they’re open earlier than most galleries and museums because I can make a visit before going into work or on a weekend.

Recently, the CCP has opened their current exhibit, “Printed by Master Printers”, with over 60 prints on displays and it features work from such greats like Chuck Close and Jasper Johns. But the really cool thing is that this exhibition is a collaboration of 35 different workshops that are located all across the U.S and nearly every one has leant at least two prints for this exhibit.

“It is rare to see such a comprehensive collection of contemporary prints by internationally known artists in one place,” said Anthony Kirk, artistic director and masterprinter at CCP. “It is a first for CCP, and perhaps for Connecticut” Mr. Kirk and Susan Rubin curated the exhibition.

This is an exhibition that I can get excited over and I hope you can, too. And of course, as always, it’s free!