Thursday, May 29, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou and Her Wisdom

And her final tweet:
"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."

We will miss you, Ms. Angelou - rest in peace.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Last Call: Hera Gallery Celebrates its 40th Birthday in Westerley, RI through May 31, 2014

Hera Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an outstanding exhibition that features artists' works past and present - an excellent opportunity to stroll down memory lane with one of the few all-women cooperatives that began during the dawn of the Feminist Movement - and is still in existence. 

Today Hera Gallery accepts male artists too, but the majority of the members are still women - very talented women.

Alexandra Broches, former president and one of the original members, curated this magnificent array of artworks: paintings, prints, collages, photographs, sculptures, installation, and quilts - as well as memorabilia. 
The founding members in the exhibition are: Frances Powers, Roberta Richman, Marlene Malik, Connie Greene, Merle Barnett, Elena Jahn, and Bernadette Hackett.  Their work and/or statements are included in the anniversary exhibition as well as work from so many other longstanding members, such as Alexandra Broches, Claudia Flynn, Jeannette Jacobs, Jill McLaughlin, Barbara Pagh, Troy West, etc. (48 in all). 

If you are not able to attend the gallery in person, please purchase the 2010 catalog in order to support this wonderful and historic part of art history. 

Hera Gallery is located in Wakefield, Rhode Island, but this celebration is taking place in the beautiful Westerley Public Library - and will end on Saturday.

Place: Hoxie Gallery, Westerley Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerley, RI
Dates: May 7 - 31, 2014
Days and Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9-8; Thursday - Friday, 9 - 6; Saturday, 9-4. 

Westerley is only 2 hours from Westchester; about 3 hours from Manhattan - take the train from Penn Station.

Photograph by Judy Gelles, 1982

Happy Birthday, Hera,
Beth New York

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

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day - Remembering Duchamp-Villon and Henri Doucet

Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918), Horse, 1914

The second of the Duchamp siblings - Jacques Villon (born Émile Méry Gaston Duchamp, 1875-1963), Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Suzanne Duchamp (1889-1963) -  Raymond Duchamp-Villon was born on November 5, 1876.  He is best known for his participation in the Cubist movement as one of its leading sculptors.  During World War I, he volunteered to serve as an auxiliary doctor (he had completed two years of medical school and dropped out after he fell ill from rheumatic fever).  In late 1916, he contracted typhoid fever and eventually succumbed on October 9, 1918. 

Henri Doucet, Blanche Albane, 1908

Born on December 16, 1883, Henri Doucet had a promising career as a member of the burgeoning Cubist movement that grew out of the abbaye de Créteil group (Georges Duhamel, Charles Vildrac, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, etc.). The actress Blanche Albane was married to Duhamel. Doucet was also friends with Amedeo Modiglilani and introduced the Italian artist to Dr. Paul Alexandre, his first patron. When the Great War broke out, Doucet enlisted with his friend Vildrac.  He was killed at Hooge, on March 4 or 5, 1915.

Best wishes for the Memorial Day Weekend,
Beth New York

New York Arts Exchange 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

La Fete du Muguet - Wishing You Good Fortune on May Day 2014

Happy May Day – 
Porter Bonheur (Good Luck)


Best Wishes on
International  Workers' Day

International Workers' Day commemorates
The Haymarket Riot, May 4, 1886 
published in Harper's Magazine, May 14, 1886

Wishing you good luck today and always,
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.