Here we are with only two days left in summer and heading into a glorious Fall! Let's take a quick trip to Chelsea to view what's up and unfurling as autumn unveils her glorious colors! Speaking of colors, take a quick trip to the Gallery building at 529 W. 20th Street. Denise Bibro, Andre Zarre, Kim Foster and the other galleries in this building are awash in painterliness and color! What a great way to open the season! Take a quick jaunt down to Lori Bookstein's gallery on 10th and 19th for a fabulous collage show! Also, Pavel Zoubok has a major collage artist exhibiting that is sure to wow and visually delight with works created from maps and collaged to create portraits and more! Also in Chelsea, stroll over to the Center for the Book Arts and check out the exhibit curated by Maria Pisano entitled: "The Book as Witness: An Artist's Response". This is a lovely exhibit with several artists I know and will be closing on the 22nd of this month! Check out the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology for 2 other great exhibits: "Fashion and Technology" and "Fashion from A-Z". Both exhibits are exciting with wonderful examples of designers that we all wish we owned. That's a full day and if you have time check out the High Line and stroll awhile or go to Chelsea Market and grab a bite to eat! It's a lovely way to spend the waning days in the city and greet Autumn!
Summer's here and the temperatures are hot, hot, hot! Staying cool is an arduous task even for me! All studio work is done early, early, early and all other chores as well before that sun starts beating down! So, while in the city to celebrate the Fourth, here's some things that are hot, hot, hot... Catch The Chinese Warriors at the Times Discovery Center in New York City. This is a great exhibit with real artifacts from the underground tomb of the First Emperor of China. Actual 6 foot tall ceramic soldiers, officers and their stallions grace the exhibit as well as other artifacts taken from the tomb of China's First Emperor. Up until August this is a crowd pleaser for children and adults. Also, catch Tracy Bennett as Judy Garland at the Belasco Theater on 44th Street in "The End of the Rainbow". A fabulous show that can be done after seeing the great antiquities mentioned above in the Times Discovery Center on 44th Street! It's a great way to spend a hot, hot day in a hot, hot city. Be sure to cool down and hydrate and enjoy Carmine's for a bite in between or after the shows! Tickets for both events can be purchased through Ticketmaster or on their respective sites.
Another great way to spend a hot, hot day in the big apple is to check out the new gallery exhibits at Pavel Zoubok Gallery and Denise Bibro Gallery in Chelsea. "I'll Take You There" opens at Pavel Zoubok and Denise Bibro has a great summer exhibit of favorite gallery artists such as David Barnet and Dusty Boynton. Stroll around and stop for a quick coffee or water at some of the great cafes and restaurants in Chelsea.
Another great hot, hot spot will be in Asheville come August. The Miniature Book Society is having their annual enclave at the Asheville Bookworks and in celebration of all things great and small, the Bookworks is having an exhibit of miniature pop-ups entitled "Mini-Pops". This writer has a work in the exhibit and the Bookworks always has great exhibits and classes. To coincide with the enclave, Shawn Sheehy will be teaching a two-day workshop on pop-ups for miniature books. Check out their website for information but as of this date, the workshop is full! To all things great and small!
So stay cool and if you're in need of a hot, hot spot, check out some of the above or email me with some of your favorite escapes, books, or anything
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!