Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

David Bates, Thanksgiving, 1982
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Greetings for Thanksgiving with the greatest gratitude of all for you, who are reading this blog and have been so wonderful all these years as the New York Arts Exchange celebrates its 13th birthday. This year we shifted away from weekly art tours to offering more lectures and exhibitions in NY and CT venues. Please join us as we learn more about art together. 

The New York Arts Exchange is about conversation - we want to share our love of art and artists with you.  Please send suggestions on how we might do this better.  Which approach to art suits your tastes and lifestyle best? Write to me at  Or leave a comment at the end of this blog post.

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, 1914
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

The blog post today highlights three different versions of the holiday feast: anecdotally, historically and nostalgically.  Which one do you like best? Notice that Norman Rockwell's iconic Freedom from Want, 1943, is not among these paintings.  I know David Bate's work, but Jennie Augusta Brownscombe and Doris Lee are artists I had never heard of before I decided to do some research for this blog.  I am grateful to learn about their lives and their work from the bounty that the internet gives us everyday.  Thank you, Google, for the convenience of quick and informative searches.

Doris Lee, Thanksgiving, 1935
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

As you turn your thoughts to holiday shopping, please consider purchasing Ruby Silvious' lavious book 363 Days of Tea.  Her paintings will be on display for only 3 days at Riverrun Books and Manuscripts, 12 Washington Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson,  Come savor Ruby Silvious' beautifully rendered paintings on delicate teabag paper.  Each is a marvel to behold.  All these stunning paintings are reproduced in Ruby Silvious: 363 Days of Tea.  Ruby will sign her books on Friday, December 2nd (reception 6- 8 pm - during the Hastings Night Crawl) and Saturday, December 3rd (along with her artist's talk, 3 - 5 pm).  

On Sunday, December 4th - Tom Lecky, the owner of Riverrun Books and former Head of Books at Christie's, will share his secrets on "How to Think Like a Collector" - pearls of wisdom from a pro.

Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving - and looking forward to seeing you in Hastings next week - 
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

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