Shirley Venit Anger
"Liberty George" Dukov
Leon Nicholas Kalas
Sung Soo Kim
Arthur P. Kirmss
John Marc Peckham
Milena Nena Popov
M. Tasneem Shahzad
Liaqat Ali Sheraifi
The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center has an art club called the "The Williamsburg Salon" which has existed for five years, since the Center opened in November 1996. They have had an annual exhibit at the end or beginning of each year. The artists consist of nearly five dozen highly talented and worthy fine artists from all major disciplines, such as painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, installation, video, etc. The styles of their art is also varied from representational to conceptual to abstract. They come in all ages, from 20 up into their seventies, both men & women. The result is a rich and colorful exhibition which finds new and interesting ideas at every turn.
The shows are not thematic in nature. The consistency lies in the overall quality of the art which gives the show its cohesive character. The reason for the consistency is that artists are not automatically selected as members but must initially submit work to be judged by a committee. If accepted, they the are allowed to participate in the Salon.
In the first floor small gallery this year we feature the works of Mary Westring. Brooklyn-based artist Mary Westring is intruiged with the strange and surprising play of light in New York City, the startling shafts of unexpected sun rays, the spotlighted brilliance at the end of a dark alley, the cast light from a relecting window and the glow of neon in the fog.
Mary received her training at the University of Wisconsin and the Ruth Leaf Workshop. She was a founding member of the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, NY, and has taught printmaking for the L.I. Arts Council at Freeport that awarded her with the "Arty" for excellence in the visual arts. She has had one woman exhibitions at (among others) the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Recent Works Gallery in Lancaster Pa, The Princeton art Association, Silvermine Guild of Artists, and most recently, an exhibit entitled "Hiroshima: Questions" in Sapporo, Japan where she lived and painted for one year. She has exhibited widely in the United States and her work is in many private and corporate collections.
This season we are also showing the "Outsider"
art of Rene Moreno.
Rene was born & raised in the Hispanic Community of
Williamsburg Brooklyn. We still do not know too much about
him, except that he has fine character and a great sense
of humor. He appeared one day at the Center a couple of
years ago and asked if Terrance Lindall, could teach him
to paint. Since we had a lot of extra art materials around
we said yes. And over the past couple of years visitors
could see Renee at his work at a table in the corner. He
also used our computer, which we gave to him, to document
each color and type of paint he used on each piece. Not
only that, he wrote stories about many of the pieces which
enriches the entire presentation. Some of the stories are:
"This story is about the tale of a dream
stalking demon named Hazelkupal, who'll always make sure
you never like woman again. The way he does it, is by being
a pimp. Who has nothing but prostitute demonesses to make
you think differently about woman altogether. That's his
job as a demon."
"This story is about the flower of knowledge. that guides people with great knowledge when needed. This flower came from an angel itself."
Also in the first floor reception hall and on the third floor is the work of Palestinian artist Hasan Hourani. On January 18th Hasan Hourani will conduct a happening: "One Day for One Night" collaborative drawing on the third floor. The results will be on display to the public January 19th.
Hasan teaches "Drawing through Yoga." He says, "Freedom emits from the body and mind alike. Creative art depends on this. While the body is means of physical production, the mind is what gives it creative direction. In the organic relationship between the two, the artist is freed from traditional ways of drawing and can soar to higher levels of drawing technique. This can be reached through meditation, concentration and the physical training of the eye, hand and body. In other words, meditation or Yoga clears the path for a sharper perception of shapes and allows us to harness the depth of our energy, freeing the hand and body to create as one."