Coming up: Emerge Gallery, Fine Art and Crafts Shows

Emerge Gallery & Art Space has been open for about 6 months in Saugerties, NY. It is a vibrant gallery owned and managed by Robert Langdon — former Director and Curator of Gallery U in Red Bank and Westfield, NJ.
Emerge focuses on highlighting the creative talents of emerging artists from the Hudson Valley region and beyond. There are monthly group art exhibitions, poetry readings and musical performances. This is also a terrific setting for private parties and gatherings and is available for rental. You can also rent it for just one week out of every month for solo and privately curated exhibitions.
red-paintbrushDecember 2 from 6-9pm is the opening of “Primar(il)y Red: A Group Exhibit of Art Celebrating the Color Red”, an exhibit of 40 artists selected from over 100 submissions. “In all of the works”, Robert said, “the viewers eye is immediately drawn to the red on the piece, whether the color is the central focus or a smaller element. I wanted to do something for the holidays without it being holiday themed and the idea of red on white walls around the gallery looks very festive. I’ve been curating “Primar(il)y Red” for the past four years in NJ and it’s always been a popular exhibit. I’m excited about doing it in Saugerties.” I’m looking forward to this and expect it will be an excellent show.
Robert’s next show is of work 16″ x 20″ and under and will open in January. After that, will be an exhibition of art and poetry called Ekphrasis. He will be inviting poets and artists to take part in what sounds like an interesting collaborative event. He will be inviting select artists to submit original art that will go to select poets. They will be asked to connect with a piece of art and write a new poem inspired by that work of art. He’s also asking those poets to submit original poetry that will be shared with an artist who will create a new piece of art inspired by the poem. The works will be exhibited side by side.
You can also find jewelry and wearable art, repurposed and recycled art and reproduction prints in a range of prices.
I was delighted when I checked out the bathroom, which has been turned into an interactive art project. Artist Carmen Bury has covered the walls and ceiling with denim jeans and has stuffed the pockets with small gifts. Guests are asked to participate in the “Denim Cave” by taking a gift from a pocket and leaving a gift for someone else from their own pockets.

2016-gift_of_art’Tis the season for Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts shows. The idea is that buying a work of art whether it is craft or fine art is a very personal gift and one that benefits the craftsperson/ artist, the organization sponsoring the sale and of course the recipients of the gift.

Art League of Long Island (ALLI) will hold their 53rd Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Fair at 107 East Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills, NY on Dec 3 & 4 from 10-5pm.
The ALLI, founded in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that offers classes and exhibition spaces. Along with the Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Fair they sponsor events including: Art in the Park, Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, LI Artists Exhibition, Student Exhibition. Craftspeople and artists can apply for participation in these events. A number of years ago I judged the member’s show and had a tour of the facilities which included well equipped rooms for classes (for adults, teens and children) in ceramics, computer graphics and design, fiber arts, drawing, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture, painting in all mediums, and fashion.

A Gift of Art at the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild (MAG) will run through December 24th and the opening reception is Saturday Dec. 3, from 4-6pm
MAG, located in the village of Larchmont, NY, was founded in 1953, and is one of the oldest artists’ co-operatives in Westchester County. Today, the Guild has over two hundred 2D & 3D member artists, many with national recognition.
Among MAGs’ members are painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, graphic artists, jewelry designers, ceramic, and fiber artists. Twice a year, in early spring and fall artists are juried into the Guild for membership.
Each artist has an opportunity for a solo show, to enter work for group or theme shows, and to leave work at the gallery on consignment.
There are programs for members and the community including visual presentations, demonstrations, critiques and lectures, family and children’s’ workshops for the public and our members with more programs to come.

National Art League (NAL) Holiday Celebration – Exhibit & Sale Dec 5 thru Jan 7 with a party on the 11th from 2-5pm. Located on Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston NY, the NAL offers several classes every day, workshops, a national competition- the 87th, and juried and non-juried exhibitions monthly.

nationalartleagueI like to repeat the story of the founding of the NAL: In the spring of 1930, Alice Chase Sullivan, daughter of William Merritt Chase and a painter in her own right, was chatting busily with her hairdresser when the topic turned to art. The hairdresser, it turned out, was an art enthusiast, and by the time Mrs. Chase Sullivan left his shop that day, he had offered to use his back room as a meeting place and a studio for local artists.  Before long her sister Helen Chase and about fifteen friends – some painters, some commercial artists – were meeting weekly in “the studio”.  They’d set up a study, paint for a few hours then critique each other’s work.  Thus was born the Douglaston Art League which later became the National Art League.

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