The Firefly Artists announced the first juried exhibition in their *NEW* Darcy Center for the Arts on the second floor of their Northport gallery: “Out of Isolation.”
The Show Statement:
“In a world seemingly turned upside down, we have sheltered in our homes and expressed our feelings with creativity. “Out of Isolation” shares artwork created during the Covid-19 pandemic and the stories behind those expressions. As 2020 comes to a close, we are coming together to honor our experience and salute our resilience; celebrating the creative spirit and how we, as artists, adapt and respond to turbulent circumstances.”
The exhibition will run through February 14, 2021. The Darcy Center is located on the second floor of
The Members of The Firefly Artists Gallery of Northport have been invited to exhibit their artwork at the Harborfields Library Exhibition Space.
The Firefly Artists will be celebrating 9 years on Main Street in Northport Village this year. the group was established in 2011 to create a gallery setting for local artists. The goal was to provide a supportive space where artists could collaborate, learn, and develop. Artists can exhibit and sell their work in a professional gallery setting. The Firefly Artists seek to promote visual arts in our community by contributing to local educational efforts and supporting regional artists.
The Firefly Artists Exhibition
Now Through January 29, 2021
Greenlawn NY 11740
NAWA ARTISTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED
AT HIGHLAND PARK’S BEAMESDERFER GALLERY
From September 5 through October 31, 2019, the B. Beamesderfer Gallery in Highland Park, New Jersey, will present NAWA at Beamesderfer 4: Real/Unreal, its fourth in an ongoing series of exhibitions of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) members. Founded in 1889, NAWA’s mission is to encourage, exhibit, and foster public awareness of visual art created by women in the United States.
Real/Unreal presents works by 21 NAWA member artists, This exhibition will present two opposite sides of the artistic spectrum: precise representational imagery and totally nonobjective compositions. With this visual dichotomy, viewers of the exhibition will not only see the great range of imagery possible in art, but can also appreciate the fundamental qualities that all artistic creation: color, composition, technical proficiency and personal expression. A wide variety of art media is shown, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and printmaking.
The B. Beamesderfer Gallery is located about 10 minutes away from the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, the home of the historical art collection and archives of NAWA. Evan Brownstein, the owner of the B. Beamesderfer Gallery, is a highly respected preparator and framer of art with clients in New York and New Jersey. His gallery has shown high quality work by local and regional artists for many years, and this collaboration should benefit both the Gallery and NAWA in widening their outreach.
The exhibition is curated by Jeffrey Wechsler, a member of the NAWA advisory board who was actively involved with the creation and presentation of NAWA collection during his long tenure as Senior Curator of the Zimmerli Art Museum.
The artists in the exhibition are: Mary Ahern, Francesca M. Azzara, Mary JoCarew, Judi Gilden, Rita Herzfeld, Carolyn Latanision, Heather Lynn, GayleMadeira, Mary Marley, Nicole Maye Luga, Carol A. O’Neill, Meredith Rosier, Nadine Saitlin, Debbie Shirley, MaryLou Siefker, Mara Szalajda, LeslieTejada, Meredeth Turshen, Barbara Kitty Williams, Pat Zalisko and Abby R.
Closing Reception and Symposium Saturday August 24th 1-4pm
A journey of discovery with no foreknown destination was set into motion and this exhibition is the momentary culmination. This exhibit includes artists who have collaborated beyond their medium of expression, artists both experienced and new at collaborating, parents with their adult offspring, varied processes that combine music, video, garden, humanity. This will excite you and get your creative juices bubbling…but you won’t over-heat. The Islip Art Museum is air-conditioned.
Mary Ahern is a painter and Mary Schlotter is a floral designer.
We are both Marys and we are also both passionate gardeners. We have joined forces in a number of art shows using our own respective mediums. In these collaborations we select a theme which, for both of us, always includes plant material. We discuss issues of color, size, proportion and duration before the work begins. Usually the two dimensional artwork comes first since it takes longer to create. Then the magic of interpreting those works into three dimensions including the issues of time and sustenance are explored. In our collaborations we offer each other tremendous freedom yet within creative boundaries. Our temperaments and our awe of the natural world surrounding us is the fulcrum of all of our work whether we are collaborating together or working alone.
As a passionate gardener, my art is as intricately entwined as the gardens surrounding my studio. Cultivating and tending these gardens is the first stage of creating the art that grows in my studio.
Flowers represent to me a microcosm of the universe in their cycles of living and loving, families and relationships as well as their quest for survival and eventual senescence and rebirth.
With a duality of external and internal vision, I invite the viewer to see, larger than life, the beauty and intricacy of flowers and in their boldness I suggest a contemplation of their relevance and ours in the social order of our universe.
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change” – Buddha
My grandmother Maria was from Bari, Italy. As a child she would walk with me through the gardens at our home while pointing out various flowers and fruits. Our house was built on an old fruit orchard. One day she took her thumb and pushed it into the soil. In her apron pocket she pulled out a peach pit. She said it had been so delicious. She had me plant it and covered it with a clean mayonnaise jar, and so it grew.
These walks inspire me in my designs. Every time I step into my garden or see a beautiful flower, a plant or a perfect peach I think of her. I create my arrangements as if they had just been gathered in our arms from the garden.
They are composed in a manner that will not hurt the earth by using toxic design mechanics such as floral foam. Clean water and compostable armatures are my base. When ever possible I grow our flowers and use locally sourced material. I want the recipient or the viewer of my design to feel as if they are catching a glimpse of a garden and give them a sense of peace.
“Adopt the sense of nature, her secret is patience” – Ralph Waldo Emerson