With Spring arriving next week and this weekend celebrating St. Patrick!, we want to offer up some things that will put some spring in your step. One of the things that always puts a spring in my step is looking forward to the new Summer offerings at the Center for Book Arts and they do have some goodies. This blog's writer has already signed up for Shawn Sheehy's Popups for Miniatures which Shawn taught at the Asheville Bookworks last year for The Miniature Book Conclave. They have some other great workshops offered in the bindery as well as their letterpress workshops with Barbara Henry! Check them out at www.centerforbookarts.org! Also premiering are some great shows in Chelsea with Faith Ringgold at ACA Galleries and another great exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing the work of the Impressionists with selections from their Costume Institute that looks to be a promising, fresh and colorful! Check out their exhibits at www.metmuseum.org! If you have never caught the views from their rooftop sculpture gardent at the Met, take a half hour and amble on up to catch some great views of Central Park from this spectacular viewing point. On Friday nights, they are open late and you can watch the sun set over the Manhattan skyline while enjoying a great cocktail and some nibbles. One of my favorite ways to start the evening before hitting a show or club in the big apple. Another great Broadway classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Broadway. "The Phantom of the Opera" is starring Sierra Boggess in a limited engagement who played Christine Daee in the 25th anniversary show in London that premiered on PBS. Get tickets if you can as this soprano can woo any phantom! That's it for now! See you in the Springtime!
Happy Easter! Spring is here and the trees are blooming and daffodils greet me! It's lovely weather and the perfect month to get away for a weekend in New York City! So tie on those sneakers and get moving! Chelsea has some wonderful exhibits up for April. Check out Beverly Pepper at the Marlborough; Adolf Gottlieb at the Pace Gallery and other great exhibits throughout Chelsea too numerous to mention! Check out Denise Bibro Gallery, Kim Foster Gallery and BitForms all on 20th street in one building. Also in the same building is ACA Galleries who represent Faith Ringgold...eleven floors of great spaces showcasing some fabulous art. And, if you want to donate to the HighLine, their offices are located here! Get up and above Chelsea by trekking on the HighLine. It's been refurbished as an elevated urban garden and is lovely to view the downtown and enjoy a brief respite from gallery hopping.
Uptown check out the hot show right now at MOMA of Cindy Sherman. Although we didn't get there, it's up until June and is always crowded. Get there early as soon as MOMA opens or late in the day for the best viewing. Check out the other galleries as well as they always have great photo and drawing exhibits in these respective galleries.
For a night out, also check out two shows! The End of the Rainbow at the Belasco Theater is on and is getting rave reviews...and Frued's Last Session on 40th Street. Tickets for both can be had for under $50. and are both great shows for a night out!
Enjoy the blooms and catch some downtime by sitting in Central Park or along Fifth Avenue above 60th Street! Vendors offer soft drinks and bottled water and it's great to see the city in Spring!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!