Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Last Call: "Simmer Down," a virtual art exhibition curated by Niara Jordan with the support of ArtsWestchester, through October 30th


Simmer Down, a virtual exhibition curated by Niara Jordan

Dear friends,

It's raining and the air is tense with anticipation.  We all eagerly await the results of the U.S. Presidential Election, which has dominated the news cycles almost as much as the Covid-19 virus. We need relief and we need it now.

Niara Jordan, Juan, 2020

How about visiting an art exhibition?  No need to leave your home. No need to get up from the computer or put down your phone. It's here. Click and you'll arrive in a virtual art gallery, where the talented, emerging artist Niara Jordan curated a show entitled Simmer Down, a perfect response to our sizzling current events--personally, politically, socially, and weather-wise. We need to chill, and Ms. Jordan has selected several uplifting artworks that offer inspiration. Here is her exhibition's address:

Christina Thomas, Walking In His Light, 2018

But first, a big "thank you" to Christina Thomas, one of the artists in this show and one of the artists in two of my own exhibitions: Bosom Bodies: An Exhibition in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and Art Above the Sofa., for sending me the link to Simmer Down, and introducing me to Niara Jordan. I am blown away by the design of this virtual space and its versatility. Please check out the whole website, while you are in the "neighborhood." It's a treat, not a trick, for our holiday spirit.  I look forward to learning more about such ventures. The possibilities for exhibiting in this fashion seem limitless. Moreover, Ms. Jordan's select of works is outstanding, as well as her choice of platform, music and virtual installation of the works. The whole experience is quite satisfying.

Simmer Downsupported by a grant from ArtsWestchester, features the works of Westchester artists Niara Jordan, Donna Faranda, Banana Lady, Edward Walsh, Lisa Medoff, Isaiah Cuadra, Diamond’s Mystical Vanity, Sandra Wong Geroux, Patricia Stuart, Tali Margolin, Leslie Hardie, Zayia Winslow, Donna Castelluccio, Corinne Lapin-Cohen, and Christina Thomas. To find out more about each artist, click here for a page entitled "Exhibiting Artists."  Then, scroll down and click on the artworks that interest you. Presto! You land on the artist's page, where you can read the artist's statement, peruse the artist's resume, and contact the artist personally.  I love this immediate gratification.


Simmer Down closes on October 30th - so hurry up, click on the live link and let us know what you think of the show and this virtual experience: 

And don't forget to VOTE!

Warm regards on this soggy fall day in NY -


Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange


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