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Biaggi_image_layersOpening Reception:  Sunday 11/23/2014;  2-5PM.

RECENT COLLAGE AND SCULPTURE by Cristina Biaggi

Recently I’ve become involved with abstract collage, which I find liberating and satisfying. My method is the following: I create a series of works on paper in a purely expressionistic manner, not thinking about results but using my intuition and involvement with the movements of my hands and eyes. Then I tear or cut up these pieces and compose a completely new work, using interesting emotive sections of the old pieces to create a brand new composition. Sometimes I have a vision of the work I intend to create (the result seldom turns out like my initial vision); sometimes I don’t, which makes it exciting and challenging. The final work is never what I anticipated and that is in itself liberating.

My portraits are created from another place in my creative imagination. I attempt to establish a non-verbal communication with my subject to create not just a likeness but an inspired work.

 

AN ENCOUNTER WITH DEAD LEAVES By Gianni Biaggi de Blasys

Paintings are open-ended suggestions, I believe, not definitions: let the beholder enrich the work by his own interpretations, as stated by E.H. Gombrich. “The eye must not rest onto the painting right away, but float a bit, before settling on the whole picture.” Thus a form of ambiguity is to me a prerequisite, whether it be achieved through the illusion of informal art, by abstraction and reversible images, or by surrealism where objects are purposely out of context. Even figurative art is an illusion, according to Gombrich, since it can never literally duplicate reality.

I intend to express in a few of my paintings the contrast between live and dead vegetation, or more pointedly, the baroque beauty and power of dead leaves which I collect: twisted, shriveled and curled up things. As I was observing them a few years ago, they appeared riddled with holes opening up to the sky like bits of hope dotting an overcast and closed atmosphere. This idea inspired me and I yearned to portray something beyond ordinary existence – a liberating image. So, a majority of my works intend to show this aspect, often in a surrealistic vein; others go off the road, portraying a Corrida, a waterfall, even the portrait of a French model, a Tondo intended to contrast the other rectangular frames. My main subjects remain, however, landscapes and still life. I particularly care for the painting “a ficus strangler vine strangles a ficus tree”, for you can observe several images at the same time.

My paintings are mostly acrylic on canvas, sometimes mixed with gouache, or combining photo collages, or still originating directly from a photo, like the painting  “Ambiguity”. Up to now, general composition, shapes and colors have been my main concerns, more than painting techniques. I use mostly paintbrushes, but I see more and more the potential of using palette knives, since they are more capable of producing transparencies and gleaming colors. Finally, some of my paintings will be accompanied with poems evoking their subjects.

Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn-On the Hudson River, 1860.  Oil on canvas, 151.8 x 274.9 cm (59 3/4 x 108 1/4 in.).

“A Taste of the Lower Valley”

11/16/14 , from 10am-3pm

Bistros, Trattorias, Food Trucks, Catering Establishments, Delis & Pubs create Mediterranean, French, Italian, Caribbean & New American Dishes that complement Fresh Fruit & Veggies, Bagels, Mustards, Jams, Farm Roasted Coffee, Ice Cream & French Patisserie exhibited alongside Functional Pottery, Fine Art, Mugs, Trays, Bowls, Paintings Letterpress Notecards & 100 Clay Hearts  ALL to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Sample over 31 Regional Dishes From:

14 & Hudson  ♦  A & B American Style Pepper Sauce  ♦  Alain’s French Bistro  ♦  Anarchy in a Jar  ♦  Aunt Mia’s Sweets  ♦  Biddy’s O’Malleys  ♦  Bob’s Thin Crust Pizza  ♦  Cafe Portofino  ♦  Canzona’s market  ♦  Confetti  ♦  Dagwood Signature Sandwich Shop  ♦  D’Amicos Fruit & Flower Farm  ♦  Del’Arte  ♦  D’Vine Bar  ♦  Fleur D’Orange  ♦  Giostra♦  Il Fresco  ♦  Il Portico  ♦  Irving Farm Coffee Roasters  ♦  Isabella’s  ♦  La Talaye Catering  ♦  Little Scoops Ice Cream  ♦  Mimi’s Plate  ♦  NYC Bagel Cafe  ♦  O’lar  ♦  Pier 701  ♦  Piermont Pizza  ♦  Rockland Roots Food Truck  ♦  Roost♦  Sidewalk Bistro  ♦  Tequila Sal y Limon  ♦  The ’76 House  ♦  The Barn  ♦  The Market/Filling Station  ♦  & More…

Functional Pottery & Art From:

Beth Goobic  ♦  D’Alma  ♦  Denise Khader  ♦  Don Bradford  ♦  Dorothy Brady  ♦  Eleanor Grace Miller  ♦  Five Clays  ♦  Jamie Gaviola  ♦  Jane CoCo Cowles  ♦  Jennie Chien  ♦  John Bendzak  ♦  Jorge Posada  ♦  Kathy Sykes  ♦  Kim Waldhauer  ♦  Lauren Randolph  ♦  Leslie Green Guilbault  ♦  Marilyn Price Ceramics  ♦ Pottery Peace ♦  Paul Kostabi  ♦  Rosie Reilly  ♦  Sandie Lee Butler  ♦ Terry Straus ♦Lisa Wheeler

Get Special Menu Items & Certificates From:

Cafe Portofino  ♦   Hogan’s Family Diner  ♦   Jamie Surya Yoga Studio  ♦   Pamaya Red  ♦   Sidewalk Bistro

Additional Sponsors to the event:

AB Artisans  ♦   Abaigail, Rose & Lily Too  ♦   Abercorn Place  ♦   Baer & McIntosh  ♦   Beth Dubas:   Baer & McIntosh  ♦   Buttercup & Friends  ♦   By the Bottle  ♦   Carber Travel  ♦   Cornetta’s  ♦   Diane Smith  ♦   Elements Spa  ♦   Get Rx Help  ♦   Grape D’Vine  ♦   Happy Dog Gallery  ♦   Hoshitori  ♦    Naomi Vargas of Kennedy & Kennedy Real Estate  ♦   La  Fontanella  ♦   Lizzie’s  ♦   Madeleine’s Petit Paris  ♦   Ned Kelly & Co.  ♦   Orangetown Family Dentistry  ♦   Organica Natural Foods  ♦   Piermont Bicycle Connection  ♦   Piermont Community Market  ♦   Piermont Straus  ♦   Plaza Pet World  ♦   Presence of Piermont  ♦   Renaissance Fine Art Gallery  ♦   Sparkill Steakhouse  ♦   Stokes Farm  ♦   Tess Delia Studio  ♦   The Art Students League Residency at VYT  ♦   The Yoga House  ♦   Union Arts Center

Please Support JDRF and the sponsors to this event.  Websites are alphabetically listed below.

 

The OUTSIDE IN showcases a bounty of local dishes in “A Taste of the Lower Valley.”  Chefs, artisans & food purveyors bring signature dishes to the gallery throughout the day from bistros, trattorias, food trucks, catering establishments, delis & pubs in and around Piermont, Sparkill, Tappan, Orangeburg, North Bergen & NYC donated as examples of simple, wholesome, quality food choices to help raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to the benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Visitors can sample from a range of signature dishes and culinary styles including Mediterranean, French, Italian, & Caribbean alongside Hudson Valley roasted coffees, hand-made ice creams, small batch jams, artisan mustards, and a no sugar pepper sauce made from organic NYC rooftop peppers or authentic miniature French Patisseries.

The event will include a “BLUE” Exhibit of functional pottery and fine art that will be sold to benefit the cause.  The event occurs on Sunday; 11/16/14 from 10-3 at the OUTSIDE IN, street parking for this event is permitted. Donations Recommended. Follow us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER or periodically visit this page for details and most recent updates.

SPONSORS

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14 & Hudson  “New American” Bistro accented by locally sourced ingredients from the Hudson Valley and Central New Jersey farms.  457 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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A & B American Style   Artisan small batch chili sauce No Sugar Special NYC Rooftop organic.  Brooklyn NY

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AB Artisans  Fine & Estate Jewelry including Vintage Watches.  474 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Abaigail, Rose & Lily Too  Unique woman’s clothing store with an emphasis on natural fibers, featuring scarves, bags & jewelry with a special selection of children’s clothing.  500 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Abercorn Place  Art to wear, everyday fashion & easy-to-wear clothing.  494 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Alain’s French Bistro  French Bistro.  9 Ingalls Street, Nyack NY

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Anarchy in a Jar  Small Patch Preserves & Specialty Mustards From Brooklyn.  Brooklyn NY

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Aunt Mia’s Sweets  Gourmet Cookies & Catering.  36 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg NY

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Baer & McIntosh  Boutique real estate firm, with offices in Nyack, Piermont, Warwick, NY, and recent Bergen County expansion in.  Northvale, NJ.  510 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Beth Dubas:   Baer & McIntosh  Real Estate Agent with Baer & McIntosh.  Piermont   NY

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Biddy’s O’Malleys  Irish Bistro and Bar.  191 Paris Avenue, Northvale NJ

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Bob’s Thin Crust Pizza  Family style Gourmet quality.  83 Old Tappan Road, Tappan NY

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Beth Goobic  Contemporary Ceramic Art & Functional Pottery.  Pompton Lakes, NJ

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Buttercup & Friends  Classic Toys.  535 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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By the Bottle  Wine & Spirits.  25 RTE 303, Tappan NY

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Cafe Portofino  Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar.  587 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Canzona’s market.  Community Deli & Groceries.  254 Piermont Avenye, Piermont NY

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Carber Travel  Travel Consultant.  492 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Confetti  Ristorante & Vinoteca.  200 Ash Street, Piermont NY

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Cornetta’s  Seafood Restaurant & Marina.  641 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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D’Alma  Functional & Unique Ceramics.  West Nyack, NY

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D’Amicos Fruit & Flower Farm  Fruit & Flower Farm.  460 Demarst Avenue, Closter NJ

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D’Vine Bar  Tapas & Wine Bar.  4 Depot Square, Sparkill NY

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Dagwood Signature Sandwich Shop Chef-inspired Sandwiches & Sides Catering.  78 RTE 303, Tappan NY

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Del’ Arte  Italian & Catering.  20 Moutainview Avenue, Orangeburg NY

Denise Khader  Ceramics

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Diane Smith  Professional real estate agent with Better Home and Garden Real Estate & Rand Realty.  Piermont NY

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Don Bradford  Functional Pottery

 

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Dorothy Brady  Functional Wheel-thrown Stoneware Pottery.  Nyack, NY

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Eleanor Grace Miller  Paintings in oil on canvas and Panel.  Clarkstown, NY

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Elements Spa  Theraputic Massage & Skin Care.  49 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Five Clays  Unglazed Hand-built Functional Pottery & Sculptural Ceramic Textiles.  NYC



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Fleur D’Oranger  Authentic French Patisserie Celebrated in Miniature Sizes & Original Flavors.  Harlem NY

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Get Rx Help  Pharmacy & Nutrition.  173 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan NJ

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Giostra  Modern Italian Restaurant.  65 Old Tappan Road, Tappan NY

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Grape D’vine  Specialty Wine Shop.  6 Depot Square, Sparkill NY

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Happy Dog Gallery  Pop Art with Signature Style.  2 Roundhouse Road, Piermont NY

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Hogan’s Family Diner  Friendly Diner with Excellent Service.  17 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg NY



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Hoshitori  Japanese Restuarant & Sushi Bar.  216 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan NJ

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Il Fresco  Italian Trattoria.  15 Kings HGWY, Orangeburg NY

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Il Portico  Italian Restaurant & Bar.  89 Main Street, Tappan NY

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Irving Farm Coffee Roasters  Hudson Valley Farm Roasted Coffee.  NYC

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Isabella’s  Fine Food Deli & Catering.  239 Closter Dock Road, Closter NJ

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Jamie Gaviola  Paintings in Acrylic on Canvas.  Nyack, NY

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Jamie Surya Yoga Studio  Yoga Classes Private, Public & Parties Teacher Training Program.  642 Main Street, Sparkill NY

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Jane CoCo Cowles  Fine artist, writer and creative therapist.  Nyack, NY

Jennie Chien  Ceramic Vessels & Sculpture

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John Bendzak  Mixed Media Art

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Jorge Posada  Landscape Paintings in oil on Canvas.  Queens, NY

Kathy Sykes  Functional Pottery & Vases

Kim Waldhauer  Functional Pottery.  Tompkins Cove, NY

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Naomi Vargas of Kennedy & Kennedy Real Estate  Real Estate Agency serving Rockland and Orange County in New York.  540 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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La Fontanella  Italian Reastaurant & Catering.  52-54 RTE 303, Tappan NY

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La Talaye Catering  International Cuisine with a Carribean Twist Catering.  Pomona NY

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Lauren Amalia Redding  Fine Art Portraiture.  Queens NY

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Lauren Rudolph  Fine Art Portraiture.  Nyack, NY

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Leslie Green Guilbault  Functional Pottery & Vases, Miniatures

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Lisa Wheeler of Center Point Glassworks

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Little Scoops Ice Cream  Party & Event Place Play games, dance, eat and create ice cream sundaes in a 1950´s ice cream parlor Ice-cream parlor and parties.  500 RTE 303, Orangeburg NY

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Lizzie’s  Breakfast & Brunch.  486 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Madeleine’s Petit Paris  French Restaurant, Catering & Banquet Facility.  416 Tappan Road, Northvale NJ

Marilyn Price Ceramics  Functional Pottery & Mugs

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Mimi’s Plate  Fresh Prepared Food Counter & Catering.  33 Old Tappan Road, Tappan NY

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Ned Kelly & Co  Flowers Home Garden Events.  458 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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NYC Bagel Cafe  Hot Bagels & Burgers.  210 Livingston Street, Northvale NJ

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O’lar  Interpretive Spanish/Mediterranean Cuisine.  587 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Orangetown Family Dentistry  The highest quality dental services in a friendly and comfortable office setting.  60 Dutch Hill Road Suite #10, Orangetown NY

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Organica Natural Foods  Natural Market & Kitchen.  246 Livingston Street, Northvale NJ

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Pamaya Red  Boutique hair salon specializing in individually crafted haircuts and color.  535b Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Pier 701  Mediterranean Restaurant.  701 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Piermont Bicycle Connection  Bike Sales, Repairs & Rental.  215 Ash Street, Piermont NY

Piermont Community Market  Daily hot food and Groceries.  485 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Piermont Pizza  Craft Beer & Wine Bar.  453 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Piermont Straus  Gallery and book store celebrating Piermont and the Hudson River Valley.  10 Roundhouse Road, Piermont NY

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Plaza Pet World  Pet Products at Affordable Prices.  230 Livingston Street, Northvale NJ

Pottery Peace  Functional Pottery & Vases.  Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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Presence of Piermont  Gifts & Home Decor.  499 Piermont Avenut, Piermont NY

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Renaissance Fine Art Gallery  Contemporary Art Gallery & Consultation.  20B Mountainview Ave, Orangeburg NY

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Rockland Roots Food Truck  Gourmet, Farm to Table Food Truck

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Roost  New American.  623 Main Street, Sparkill NY

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Rosie Reilly  Letter-press Notecards & Fine Art

Sandie Lee Butler  Photos on Hand-made Beeswax Paper

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Sidewalk Bistro  French Bistro.  482 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Sparkill Steakhouse  Steakhouse, Italian Restaurant & Banquet.  500 RTE 340, Sparkill NY

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Stokes Farm  Plants, Flowers & Produce.  23 DeWolf Road, Old Tappan NJ

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Tequila Sal y Limon  Mexican Restaurant & Bar.  468 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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Terry Straus Paintings & Collage

Tess Delia Studio & Gallery  553 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY

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The ’76 House  Continential Restaurant with famous Sunday Brunch.  110 Main Street, Tappan NY

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The Art Students League Residency at VYT.  Building on the esteemed reputation of the Art Students League of New York, the League Residency at Vyt provides support to emerging, established, and teaching artists by bringing them together with masters and colleagues for intensive focus.  241 Kings HGWY, Sparkill NY

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The Barn  Burgers, Pies, Cakes & more.  570 Piermont Road, Closter NJ

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The Market/Filling Station  Gourmet and local fare.  243 RTE 9W, Palisades NY

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The Yoga House  Holistic Psychotherapy and Yoga.  222 Ash Street, Piermont NY

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Union Arts Center  Center for Community & Art.  2 Union Avenue, Sparkill NY

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Five Artists / Three Galleries / One Space

Sunday 10/05/14: 2 – 5pm

 

Sans titre-23 Green Room                                                                                Grace Knowlton and Sebastian Irigaray:

(Artist names are links to their websites)

The OUTSIDE IN closes Grace Knowlton’s recent exhibit of photographs on aluminum with a selection of works from the Corner Series accompanied by ART T-shirts designed and printed by artist Sebastian Irigaray. Irigaray will also be exhibiting his own graphic images silkscreened on linen and canvas.

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Main Gallery:
Ray Lagstein: Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Paintings:

Textured surfaces, rich with color and gestural lines are highlighted by strong accents and vigorous brush strokes, often with the use of rags and knives. Lagstein’s improvisational music has evolved into painting; a process of experimentation marked by intuitive perception. The compositions are not methodical or premeditated. Instead, they are approached with “no intent, no excitement or inspiration other than having never done it”.

Lagstein has studied with with Eleanor Grace Miller at RoCA for many years, as well as Gale Bennett in Giverney, France and Nigel Konstam at the Verrocchio Art Center In Tuscany. Recent exhibits have been at the Union Art Center in Sparkill, NY, the Amis Gallery in Nyack, NY, and various venues in connection with the Nyack Art Collective, of which he is one of the founding members. He currently performs in the jazz harmony group, High 5 Vocalworks.

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WHEELER.STALLING.10.05.14

Greenhouse Gallery:
Lisa Wheeler & Claudio Stalling: R/Evolve – Glass & Wood Sculpture

Lisa Wheeler develops innovative methods of combining glass with found and antique objects to create kinetic hanging sculptures full of light, movement and sound. Wheeler couples time worn metals and unique wood findings with brilliantly saturated pieces of colored glass, merging discarded fragments forward into vibrant new forms.

Claudio Stalling’s turned wood sculptures reflect a deep reverence for the natural world with a passion for discovering the elegance inherent within each tree. Stalling exalts the flaws and peculiarities time bestows upon natural objects, dangerously balancing and turning local wood on his lathe in Ulster County.

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Grace Knowlton


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Grace Knowlton:  Original never-before-exhibited photographic work from the architectural Corner Series printed on anodized aluminum.  Reception: Sunday, 06/15/14; 2-5PM.  Runs through August 2014.  The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY; Wednesday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5, or by appointment.

These architectural photographs from the Corner Series by Grace Knowlton are a unique and original collection of never-before-exhibited works printed on anodized aluminum.  The process of sub-surface printing on anodized aluminum infuses and seals dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, creating long-lasting, durable images that are virtually impervious to abrasion, chemicals, moisture and humidity. This process made its art world debut in 1986 with Rauschenberg’s Art Car, a BMW 635 CSi, the 6th in BMW’s collection of Art Cars and the first to have its bodywork decorated with photographic material.  Knowlton was invited by Northern Engraving, a Wisconsin Company specializing in faux interiors for automobiles, to experiment with this process using images from the Corner Series.

Grace Knowlton’s Corner Series were photographed at her home in Sneden’s Landing, NY, a converted barn on old farmland.  Knowlton began photographing during graduate study at Columbia University in the early eighties pointing a large format camera at white interior corners, “preferably with cracks and irregularities”, if not white they were painted.  The artist compares her photographic work to spare, abstract drawings; realism viewed abstractly.  These dynamic views of architectural space are intended to create a mood of quiet meditation.  They present the viewer with shifting realities and uncertain depths resulting in a transcendent visual experience from an often overlooked and ordinary reality.

Knowlton received her Master of Arts in Art Education at Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York after earning a Bachelor of Arts at Smith College in Massachusetts and has taught at the Art Students League among other teaching posts.   Internationally known, Ms. Knowlton has been widely exhibited, and is represented in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; Yale University Museum of Art, New Haven; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City.  Knowlton has been featured in Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Arts Magazine, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine and Vogue.

Artist webpage (here).