Twenty three years ago, Cristina Biaggi (Mooma, grandmother) & Savannah Green (granddaughter) had their first exhibition together at Ceres Gallery in NYC. Savannahwas 6 years old and Mooma was 58. The two, very close in sensibilities & affection; connected by family ties, come together again in this experimental exhibition connecting across the generations in a shared language of collage to explore ever-evolving aesthetics & creative expression.
Biaggi‘s universal language engages abstract collage and paintings of the Earth in space, of eclipses and black holes, to establish a conversation with Green’s collage, also in dialogue with the cosmos, but from an earthly perspective exploring the dream world & acquaintance with Spirit in its many forms. The intersection of the paired viewpoints is represented as a sculptural collage triptych portal for observers to peer into both worlds simultaneously.
Artist Note: As artists & activists, we believe our work is a way of giving back to the world that inspires it. We plan to donate 50% of the proceeds of this exhibition to the Border Children between the US and Mexico to help bring some kindness & comfort to the families in the crossfire of this chaos. May we all find ways to heal our hearts & restore our spirits.
Organic Abstractions: Ceramic Sculpture by Elaine Lorenz. An exhibit of work from several of the artist’s series; including new pieces and the full scale pattern used for the bronze casting of ‘Élan Vital’, that was commissioned for the Piermont Pier and donated to the village. Includes indoor, outdoor and wall pieces. Reception 10/06/2019; 2-5pm. The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY.
Artist Statement 9/14/2019
I have always referenced nature in my sculpture, whether it be landforms of the American Southwest, the interaction of creatures, or various abstractions of vegetation. Sometimes I focus on the backbone of the earth – bedrock and it’s erosion into cliffs and canyons. I tend to use formally based ideas: my sculptures balance mass and space, creating gradients of light, points of intersection or interior spaces. I have a fascination with utilizing two or more forms that conform to or resist each other. The tensions created between the separate forms often transform into animal, bird and human body language and sometimes reflect social interaction.
At other times I am interested with more intimate observations on nature. The tenaciousness of life amazes me. Trees growing out of crevices in rocks, mushroom pushing through asphalt paths and plants growing up through cinders of a volcano are some of my observations. I keep returning to the uplifting and generative aspect of nature. As a gardener I see sprouting vegetation as an optimistic sign and it is my metaphor for life and relationships. Yet I cannot ignore reality – personal health issues, fragility of life, human destruction of our natural world, and the loss of habitats and shelters for man and animals alike.
I explored the somber beauty of dried, opened and empty seedpods. Had they merely given up their seeds for the season, or were they the last of their kind? In my mind the empty pods became metaphors for many things; species extinction, barren nests, hunger – the natural world’s loss in general. Recently I expanded into more abstracted and less specific forms, keeping and enlarging the textures as well as the soberness of the dried shells. I am fascinated by the incredible and intricate details created in natural forms of all sorts. Making art is very necessary activity for me – it keeps me centered and enables the expression of emotions and relationships. Exploring the natural world and tending my garden are integral to my art and emotional state.
The OUTSIDE IN will be closed all weekend but join us at 95 Ferry Road near the pier on Sunday from 12pm-4pm for Rockland Arts Festival. There will also be a special unveiling ceremony of a new public sculpture on the pier at 2pm.
Walk In Our Shoes Art Exhibit has matched 25 talented artists with 25 Rockland PFLAG advocates to inspire and create original two-dimensional pieces of art with an important message. This art exhibit is intended to be a catalyst for conversation, raised awareness and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. All artwork will be available for viewing and purchase in benefit of Rockland PFLAG throughout September.
Exhibit of the Month, September 2019
Exhibit Reception – Sunday, September 15th
2pm-4pm @ The OUTSIDE IN Piermont
249 Ferdon Ave, Piermont NY
Please visit: www.rocklandpflag.org
Curator, Lisa D’Amico – Artist
Many Thanks to the Participating Artists: Kenneth Burns, MaryKate Cardona, Monica Chavarria, Jane CoCo Cowles, Michael Craft, Lisa D’Amico – Artist, Jean Doyle, Elaine Flamholtz Schloss, Dave Ganassi, Trine Giaever, Lydia Hassan, Max Krance, Joe LaMattina, Lynne Lancaster Cass, Daniel Lukens, Graceanne Malloy, Bonnie McGown Torres, Cass McVety, Melissa Weiland/ Erin Cardullo Nerdy Duo, Aviva Sakolsky, Susan Shapiro, Ken Sharp, Carlos Sierra, Debbie Silberberg, Erica Sobel, Jeff Spindel, Peter Tilgner, Chloe Tompkins, Shobha Vanchiswar, Colleen Greco-Vanderhoef, June VanDunk, Chris Yacopino
Forest Story explores our relationship & responsibility to the forest community. Reception 05/05/2019; 2-5pm.
In Forest Story, Mitchell’s luminous, romantic oil paintings of natural places create a distressed contemporary response to accelerating deterioration in natural systems worldwide and the fundamental human need for connection to the natural world.
Surfaces are often sanded, scraped and scored, paint is splattered and dripped, and an indication of distress underlies subsequent layers of glazes. This process creates a depth and a mysterious quality that invites contemplation. Words such as “meditative”, “hypnotic”, and “exquisite” have all been used in describing the work. One writer said that they “hum with premonition,” another referred to “jewel-like color” and a pull “between antiquity and Armageddon.”
This series was created during the current period of increasing threats to our environment, a time when Armageddon can seem ever closer and premonition is in the air everywhere.
Artist Statement for ‘Forest Story’
We are so lucky to be living here in this little valley of the Sparkill Creek. I’ve been painting the creek, marshes and mountains in this area for many years, and frequently take long walks in our forested areas. In this series of paintings I am hoping to spark a greater appreciation of the forests that surround us and contribute so much to our well-being, and with it some commitment to their preservation. Many of the paintings may seem dark and full of premonition, but they exist to celebrate the forest as the dynamic creature it is filled with vitality – and even perhaps a touch of the sacred that ancient peoples perceived in the great forests of the past.
Our relationship with trees has been inspiring artists since man’s first markings. In paleolithic rock art recently studied in Utah and estimated to have been carved approximately 10-14,000 years ago, and in various representations found in ancient Egyptian, Roman and Chinese art, artists have created their own symbolic images of trees. More recently, in both European and American art trees have been depicted in a plethora of styles from extremely realistic to very abstract.
Across history, trees have been worshiped and valued for their beauty as well as their utility and considered symbolic and sacred in many cultures. Their similarities to the human form have not been missed and recent science tells us that they form “communities”, communicate with one another, share nutrients, have an early warning system set up to resist pests and disease, and release compounds into the air well documented as therapeutic to human health and well-being. Shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’ has been a part of the national health program in Japan since 1982 when the forest ministry coined the term “taking in the forest atmosphere” and it is a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
Forests are often called the “lungs” of the earth since they produce the oxygen that we breathe while absorbing significant amounts of the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Nevertheless, we have been destroying our forests at an alarming rate, cutting them down for lumber and to expand agriculture, grazing, mining and real estate development, while climate change itself now poses perhaps the greatest threat to their existence. The increasing temperatures, drought, insect infestations and invasive species resulting from disrupted climate are all threatening the forests that remain. We must stop and ask ourselves what happens when the forests are gone.
These paintings are not intended as depictions of specific places. They’re more about a general sense of things. I urge everyone to go out for a walk in the woods on a regular basis and experience that sense. We have so much to enjoy here – and to protect.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” — Baba Dioum, Senegalese forestry engineer.
Gallery Notes for ‘Forest Story’
Pando Forest, estimated to be approx. 80,000 years old, is located in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest. It is presently the world’s largest known organism and researched to be on the verge of collapse because of human mismanagement, (study link).
Unsuccessful rescue efforts have led scientists to an unexpected deeper and critical interconnectedness within nature that is globally approaching a ‘point of no return’.
Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional time around trees–what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing–can promote health and happiness. In this beautiful book–featuring more than 100 color photographs from forests around the world, including the forest therapy trails that criss-cross Japan–Dr. Qing Li, the world’s foremost expert in forest medicine, shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer.
Small is the new BIG! One hundred artists with 100 unique styles.
Inside Small is curator, Lisa D’Amico’s annual small works exhibit that challenges artists to create works no larger than 12″ in any direction with no limitation on imagination. This year’s exhibition features one hundred talented artists from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The art show will be on exhibit through December 16, 2018 at The Outside In Gallery, 249 Ferdon Ave, Piermont NY.
This annual exhibit provides a rare platform to showcase these small jewels with a wide range of subject matter and artistic styles. From tightly rendered works to more interpretive approaches, the selection of artwork includes political subjects, nude figures, wildlife, landscapes, florals and abstracts. The smaller format offers a great opportunity for unique affordable holiday gifts, new buyers to begin their art collections and seasoned collectors to expand their acquisitions.
While the artists are connected by their commitment to tiny, the beauty of these small works allows for a notable presence of creativity and undeniable individuality. Their diminutive size demands each viewer’s close inspection and contemplation.
The Inside Small art show will also be online in tandem with the opening reception on November 25th, and the online gallery will be on view through the end of May 2019. View the online gallery at www.insidesmall.com.
Join us Sunday November 25th, 2pm-5pm, at The Outside In Gallery for the opening reception of this grand salon of petite works!
Participating Artists: Edwin Abreu, Adina Andrus, Elliot Appel, Meera Agarwal, Suzanne Altman, Sal ‘Sandro’ Barone, Cyn Bird, Ilsa Rose Bouyoucos, Linda Brooks Hirschman, Joyce Byrnes, Kenneth Burns, Erin Cardullo, John Carnright, Max Cartagena, Cristina Cerone, Shakira Chin, Bonnie Coe, Bern Cohen, Darron E. Copeland, Jane Coco Cowles, Michael Craft, B.A. D’Alessandro, Suzanne Darby, Karen Williams Edelmann, Kathy K. Eisler, Brielle Erazo, Maria Eskinazi, Donna Faranda, Pamela Fenwick, Susan Fidlon, Laurette Fischer, Barry Fredricks, Rene Fressola, Debra Friedkin, David Ganassi, Andrea Geller, Trine Giaever, Chrissanth Greene-Gross, Pam Grafstein, Lydia Hassan, Jill Hellman, Fran Hertzberg, Susan Hillary, Susan Hoeltzel, Henry Huber, Dara Kane, Eugene Lagana, Joe LaMattina, Lynne Lancaster Cass, Rob Kovacs, Susan Midlarsky, Rick Misrok, Mark Oberndorf, Harold Olejarz, Neil Lavey, John Laurenzi, Neil Lavey, Jonathan Lessuck, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Kathryn Luciana, Tammy Kuiper, Doris Mady, Bonnie McGown, Cass McVety, Wendy Naidich, Lilly Nin, Elaine Norman, Peggy Opalek, Laurie Peek, Taryn Pizza, Jaquelyn Puma, William Rauschenber, Laurence E. Sachs, Aviva Sakolsky, Salvador Sanchez, Elaine Schloss, Madge Scott, Ken Sharp, Susan Shaw, Dorit Shmuel, Jane Sklar, Klaus A. Schnitzer, Jana M. Sico, Debbie Silberberg, Ann Marie Silvani, Jeff Spindel, Miriam Stern, Pattiann Truocchio, Doris Shepherd Wiese, Zina Smirny, Mario Sostre, Rachele Unter, Shobha Vanchiswar, Colleen Vanderhoef, Les Von Losberg, Melissa Weiland, Katie Wiebicke, Candace Winter, Olivia Wischmeyer, David Woehr
“The SOUK” returns 9/23/2018 for its Harvest season at The OUTSIDE IN. A foodie event focused on local prepared, take away foods, provisions and artisan goods. Come visit favorite returning vendors and meet surprise guests every Sunday thru 11/18. There will be occasional workshops, classes & live music (please email us with requests). Please join “The SOUK” email list for giveaways, specials and weekly updates. Thanks to all our continued supporters and awesome vendors, lets make a great market.
Paintings: Tim Miller – September 9-24. Observations of mankind’s influence on the physical world. Some of the scenes can be from the point of view of looking through the windshield of a car, or a snap shot taken on a dirt path; quite ordinary, but upon closer inspection, and perhaps some introspection, the viewer may see something more; something beyond ordinary; maybe a sense of appreciation of the world right in front of us. Reception 09.09.18; 2-5PM thru
Miller received a BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, 2007.
The Steel Portraits Series: Sculpture by Daniel Lombardo – June 9-24. This series contains seven pieces inspired by the concept of portraits, masks and the potential limitations of the process of manipulating metal through forging, cutting and welding. Reception 06.09.18; 2-5PM thru 06.24.18
On “The Portraits Series”: After making several large scale sculptures I felt the need to work on a more intimate scale. However, the material I had was a 10’ length of 5” square steel pipe with 3/8” thick walls. I cut off a manageable piece approximately 24” long. I wanted to partially break the geometric integrity so I cut down the length of one corner to a few inches short of one end. This would give the piece a base or neck to stand on. I began to unfold the metal along that cut seam and then began to shape the features of the portrait. The thickness and weight of the material were quite challenging and after working it to a point that I felt it was finished I presented it for critique by my fellow sculptors. The critique left me feeling that the piece was not finished but I was not sure what additional manipulation was needed. Our mentor felt that I was onto an idea rich with possibilities and encouraged me to develop a series. So I set the first piece aside and began another sculpture based on drawings in which I deconstructed the pipe is various ways and maintaining the same scale as the first piece.
Artist Statement: My sculpture is inspired by the human figure generally a vertical presentation, focusing on the gestalt of interconnected shapes that are both linear and volumetric. Additional inspiration comes from the totem poles of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and other tribal cultures from around the world, with their stacked and interconnected elements that may represent key figures or concepts in their myths and legends, combined to “tell a tale” or be a reminder of basic cultural tenets. Though my sculptures do not represent any specific events, I imagine my pieces as abstracted tales of personal events or general themes of human experience. The pieces develop from gestural sketches based on this visual language of interconnected forms merging and diverging usually, but not exclusively, along a vertical axis. For the past 5 years I have focused on working in forged steel, which has fostered new gestural elements inspired by the material and this process.
This event explores the past and present operations of three venues, Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, The OUTSIDE IN, and Union Arts Center, with a day of art openings, workshops & closings taking place at each venue thru the day.
Volition Gallery at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts: “Denim”. Once home to Udelco, a meca for recycled denim, Bell-ans’ Volition Gallery hosts “Denim”, an exhibit by The Bluefield Artists who explore denim through painting, photography, metal and pottery. South Greenbush Road, Orangeburg, NY
Union Arts Center (UAC): “Channeled: Spiritual Energy Abstractions”. UAC pays homage to its past as home to the spiritual and artisinal group The Craftsmen with a reception with artist David Young (4 – 6) followed by an “Art Hang” with food and wine by Halo & Horns.
The OUTSIDE IN: “Origins”. Uncovering the building’s roots as a flower and garden shop with botanicals & plants through art, workshops and tastings. Oil paintings by Dale Payson, reception 12n-4pm. (FREE demos, workshops & tastings thru the day.)
“Origins”: Demos, Workshops & Tastings at The OUTSIDE IN, aka, “The Flower Pot”.
“Improving Your Soil – A Garden Is Only As Good As It’s Dirt”, 1pm. FREE
A 20-30 minute workshop about preparing a garden, with focus on improving/building nutrient rich soils. Frankie’s opinion is that organic gardening, while fussy and complicated at first, is by and far the best way to yield the most lush, vigorous and productive plants possible. The goal of this workshop is to learn from each other’s experiences in the garden and to look at some tips from expert gardeners about how composting and good organic growing practices will dramatically increase your gardens health, beauty and harvest.
Instructor: Francesco Caruana. Business: Frankie’s Peppers LLC – a small nursery for chile peppers
Francesco is a Sparkill native, born and raised, who began his obsession with gardening through cultivation of chile peppers. While purchasing a Mother’s Day gift several years ago, Frankie stumbled upon a simple habanero plant, which he bought and meticulously nurtured for the rest of that Summer, turning its fruits into sauces and fun pepper products. Frankie has been avidly growing peppers and other fruits/vegetables since then, each year expanding his arsenal and reading lots of material on soil and composting. Simple medicine: Herbal Infusions, teas and nourishing foods.
Nyack Seed Exchange “Seed Swap” Kiosk at The OUTSIDE IN. All Day. FREE
Nyack Seed Exchange is brought to us by Jennifer Hausler of Cottage Creek Gardens, a new small home-based nursery in Valley Cottage, NY, that is currently establishing and propagating plants for a sales launch this spring. The Nyack Seed Exchange is a place for gardeners to share seeds and experience. You can check out vegetable, flower & herb seeds or donate them to the seed library. The Exchange supports organic gardening, but accepts donations from all gardeners. Most of their commercial donors have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, and many of their seeds are organic. If you would like to donate your saved seeds to the exchange, please make sure seeds are dry and you can print and fill out ahead the Seed Label Template.
“Simple Medicine: Herbal Infusions, Teas & Nourishing Foods”, 2pm. FREE4
Learn to nourish yourself with easy, cost effective methods of preparing health sustaining foods, simple teas & nourishing foods. Plants are here to support us and when we use them as medicine and food we open up to the world in a new and life affirming away. Please bring a favorite mug or cup as there will be several delicious teas to taste. Drinks served in combo with tea & espresso bar.
Instructor: Scott Massarsky combines his three loves of art, music and the healing plants as a teaching artist to give fun, unique and informative workshops, lectures and performances. Scott graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation for both art and songwriting. He is currently a teaching artist with the Peace Garden Song and Mural project – where he brings murals, music and mindfulness into schools. He has been practicing herbalism for the past 15 years and has apprenticed with Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett.
NOVA: The Hidden Power of Plants 1987
“The Flower Pot”, a full day of ongoing plant workshops
Join our staff for a day of plants and planting prep in OUTSIDE IN care-free style. Come have fun mounting epiphytes, propagating & mixing succulents’ while lashing & trellising bamboo for the seeds you will sew in your gardens this spring.