This past Sunday, April 22, I took myself to the
NYC Art Expo at Pier 94, on the East River.
Someone in my local guild had given me a free ticket, so I jumped in my car, rode up to Weehawken, and took the ferry across. I couldn't have asked for a better day. The temps were perfect and sun shone so brightly and the sky was just oh so blue!
It was 15 minute walk from the ferry terminal to Pier 94 and I brought one of my walking sticks with me. I passed right by the Intrepid Museum Ship, with all the military planes perched on the deck. And after that was the Circle Line Cruise Boat and a couple on HUGE ships taking on passengers for a cruise to who knows where.
When I got to the Expo was given a swag bag with a magazine, map and some apple crisps and a granola bar.
There were hundreds of artists there. Some represented themselves
and others were represented by their galleries.
I went specifically because I want to educate myself in the aesthetic of abstract art. It's something I've always had trouble relating to. But I guess if I'm going to have abstract artists showing in my gallery I'd better get a grasp on it.
But the first artist I happened upon was a fiber artist who makes her own felt and then creates wonderful art for the walls. Lali Kharebava, lalisart.com Each piece is three dimensional, although each sits in a frame and is intended to hang on the wall.
The next artist that grabbed my attention was a traditional icon painter. Jodi Simmons. jodisimmons.com All of her work is done in the traditional style of illumination. She uses gold leaf and egg tempera paint. Each image is a contemporary take on a religious theme.
So, two artists down. Not doing very well on the abstract education.
But the next three artists I visited each had a distinct style.
Christian Jan Bakker cjbakker.com is an Ecuadorian abstract artist. He has paintings of different sizes and his large pieces are quite extraordinary. He was kind enough to take my picture in front of the one I liked best.
Emilija Pasagic's work is reminiscent of flowers and green growing things. It can be viewed at progressivefineart.com
Francine Kohn, francinekohnart.com swirls her colors madly and you always have a sense that her painting is watching you.
Paul Heller, paulhellerart.com does magic with stained glass! His pieces are
so rich and bold and alive with light! Someday I'll have one of his pieces.
The day was full and rich. I have a saying:
My eyes were filled with looking.
So true at this event.
Judy Goddard creates beautiful walking sticks.