Seven New Exhibits for the
December 7 - 29, 2002
Saturday December 7th, 4-6 P.M.
JUST A COUPLE OF
The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center will be hosting
a special exhibition of Brooklyn Quilters and Fiber Artists
in December. The show will include works by Sandy Benjamin-Hannibal,
Debbie Breckenridge, Margaret Cusack, Dori Dietz, Kirsten
Fisher, Boniya Wetmore Frank, Myrah Brown Green, Gurusurya
Kaur Khalsa, Janet Lee, Ruth Marchese, Helena Neeseman,
Diana Goulston Robinson, Mary Louise Smith and Judy Speezak.
Organized by Waterfront Quilters Kirsten Fisher and Bonnie
Frank. The organizers view this as an opportunity to highlight
both the evolution of this traditional American handcraft
and the influence of the contemporary art scene.
The venue could not be more appropriate. The
not-for-profit WAH Center was founded by artist Yuko Nii.
The building is a landmark structure in one of Brooklyn's
historic districts dating back to 1867. The WAH Center serves
the general public, as well as an ever-expanding community
of artists in North Brooklyn and beyond by presenting art
exhibitions, performances and cultural events of special
Four unique artists, Jonathan Berger, Eric Edelman, Jane
Freeman, and Susan Leopold, present their work at the
Center in a show that seems especially appropriate for the
holiday season. Minature rooms and dollhouses have always
held an appeal for persons of every age, sex and ethnicity.
The creations in this show are not only rooms, but also
undersized structures and assemblies requiring an oversized
imagination, and they reach beyond ordinary conceptions
normally seen in shows of miniature rooms. This show is
for anyone interested in, as Calder said of making miniatures,
engaging in a little private celebration. The
varied points of view in this show are fascinating little
adventures. The miniatures in this show give us a sense
of childlike wonder, which is what the holiday season is
Maureen Cummins will show work-in-progress from an upcoming
edition of artists books entitled Far Rockaway.
The project was inspired by the discovery of one side of
a romantic correspondence between two men, which took place
at the beginning of the twentieth century. The little book
refers to the seaside where the two lovers enjoyed clandestine
Roswitha Steinkopf has been treading the by-ways of
Williamsburg and other artists enclaves in search
of answers to that perplexing question, What is Art.
Providing 8 X 8 inches white boards with the word ART
stamped at the top, she provides a magic marker for the
respondent to continue with their answer: ...is, etc.
The results have been as varied as one can imagine and
they will be on display for the first time at the WAH Center.
Anyone who attends the show will be encouraged to write
their response and be included in a growing show which will
travel to other venues.
Twenty one local artists were asked to submit works not
exceeding 21 inches framed in any direction. This is another
fascinating look at art produced in what Lets Go
Travel Magazine called in October 2002 the Williamsburg
Artists Mecca at its Epicenter (the WAH Center)
Artists included are Gerard Barbot, Noa Bornstein, Brenda
Bradley, Irene Christensen, Michael Cuomo, Cindy Gatto,
Jan Hoogenboom, P.M. Laura, Laurie Lea, Nancy Lunsford,
Bix Lye, Seren Morey, Bill Nogosek, Farah Salehi, Gail Shamchenko,
Carrie Skoczek, Toshiko Tochihara, Marsha Trattner, Jenny
Walty, Paul Wirhun, Takeshi Yamada.
FROM THE MUDPIT
Williamsburg has perhaps the greatest variety of art activities
in any community in the world. One of its interesting operations
is the Mudpit. Here
is a chance to get a look at the unique artistry of Cindy
Gatto and Mark Petrin in the context of the broader
Williamsburg artists exhibition.
Art for the Season
Brooklyn artists featured at Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn
(dates of show and reception to be announced later)
All shows made possible in part by grants
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
The Independence Community Foundation , Brooklyn Borough
President Marty Markowitz, The Brooklyn Arts Council, Con
Edison, Signature Bank, and Verizon