Visiting Novado Gallery for the first time was like entering a magical place akin to Oz for Dorothy or the Wonka factory for Charlie in that I had been privy to the adventure of it long before the opening in December 2016. Anne Novado relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey from Syracuse, New York a year ago with a plan to open the gallery at 110 Morgan Street in the Modera Loft building within three months. That plan took additional time due to paperwork and construction. I had visited Anne twice before in that time; the last time I could only peer in the window to see this vast space (3,000 square feet) and imagine what it might look like filled with art.
And…so, on Sunday evening, I got to experience the full fruition of a dream. A beautifully artful space organized by Anne’s keen eye and aesthetic to deliver the Jersey citizens and surrounding area cool people (including NYC, only a hop, skip and train ride away) with many wonderful options of artwork to buy, enjoy and collect. It is a magnificent space filled with a lot to love!
She and business partner Steve Pearlman plan to have monthly exhibitions, as well as a stable of artists’ and artisans’ work displayed throughout. The current show is called Identity and features work by Lacey McKinney, Carrie Will, David Samuel Stern, Brandy Kraft and Alyssa McClenaghan.
The original opening was snowed out due to a bizarrely timed blizzard. It has been rescheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include food, drink, entertainment and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Fulop in attendance!
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork will be donated to Women Rising, Inc. of Jersey City. Identity runs through March 9, 2017. The next exhibit, tentatively titled The Power Show, will feature Jim Ridlon, Dusty Herbig, Brian Gustafson, Rainer Maria Wehner and Maurizio Zuluaga.
Anne is also a working artist. If she is not drawing or painting, she spends her off-time away from the gallery doing studio visits. If you are a local artist looking for gallery representation or interested in more information about the gallery, you can contact her at (201) 744-6713.
Current gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday 11:00am-6:30pm, Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm, Saturday noon-5:00pm and Sunday noon-6:00pm and by appointment. The gallery specializes in industrial and live-edge furniture and contemporary functional and decorative ceramics, as well as mixed-media fine art. For more about the gallery visit www.novadogallery.com <3
Anne Novado will be opening a new gallery in Jersey City, NJ. The building is currently under construction/being renovated.
She is looking for artists to feature – here is something the gallery just posted on Facebook-
ARTISTS IN JERSEY CITY, BAYONNE, NEWARK, HOBOKEN, WEEHAWKEN, BROOKLYN & MANHATTAN: We are beginning to look at work for our new gallery at 110 Morgan Street. We are interested in working with emerging and established artists whose work shows a maturity of vision, a fresh approach and can include a creative use of materials-traditional or otherwise. We like humor, mystery, surprise, energy, beauty and seriousness. We anticipate our walls will be at minimum 10′ high and ceiling 12′. Email links of your website or PDF’s to our interim Gmail account: NovadoGallery@gmail.com (“artist submission” in subject line) For more clues if your work might be a good fit, a few of the more known artists we like include: Tony Ourlser, Tara Donovan, Wim Delvoye, Jim Campbell, Vija Celmins, Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Dine, Wolf Kahn, Beth Cavener, Mary Shaffer, Richard Wright, William Wegman, Fred Tomaselli, Mary Borgman, Lori Nix, Jill Greenberg, Romare Bearden, Bansky, Mark Wagner, Anselm Kiefer, Pat Steir, Bernar Vene
A spring 2016 opening is in the works. Of course, today is the first day of spring, but Easter is next week and Orthodox Easter isn’t until May 1st, so that is all relative. I think she and business partner Steve Pearlman are targeting a May opening. It will be called the Novado Gallery.
See the New York Times article about the building here.
I loved walking around that area, which is what we did last weekend. I think I have only been to New Jersey once before and that was for something at the Meadowlands. Oh, and all the times I landed in New Jersey and took the bus into the city. I mean by plane. Despite what my students may or may not think about me, I am not actually a witch or an entity who can literally take flight using other-worldy powers, lol.
It is near the waterfront. Loved seeing the New York skyline from across the river. So close you could practically reach out and touch it and yet, you could get around effortlessly by car in Jersey City. That was really cool. Not at all what I expected.
Anne took me to this big warehouse thing-a-ma-gig called Mana Contemporary (888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306). It houses art studios and galleries, and is open to the public – free admission on Saturdays. They have studio tours and open houses. The artists take turns opening their doors, like every other week or something. www.manacontemporary.com
Last Saturday, architect and artist Richard Meier exhibited a collection of mixed media silk-screen works on the second floor. Gary Lichtenstein did a demonstration of silk screening techniques – with giant-sized silk screens (like six feet square)! And in the first floor gallery, there was an exhibition of artwork by the late Anthony Quinn!
I had no idea he was an artist. This was an incredible show. According to the information provided by the venue, “The T’ang Horse: Anthony Quinn, is an exhibition of Anthony Quinn’s own art, accompanied by a selection of pieces from his vast personal collection that he acquired throughout his life and travels.” The show is curated by Ysabel Pinyol.
Included in this exhibit is a Paul Gauguin, a self-portrait with his Yellow Christ in the background. This was such a thrill for me to see because Yellow Christ is one of my favorite paintings and it almost looks like a selfie, as if it is saying, look at me with my painting! OMG!
Quinn played Gauguin in the film Lust for Life (starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh).
There were some Henry Moore sculptures and then Quinn’s own sculptures that looked very similar. So much to see in this exhibit! He sculpted, painted and even created a hooked rug. A man of versatility.
What a spectacular gallery space!
Quinn was born in 1915. According to the literature, he was born in Mexico, mentored as a child by Frank Lloyd Wright, and never wanted to be an actor. He thought he would be an architect or a painter. He broke his foot during the making of the movie Zorba the Greek and so he performed the dance slowly, which has since become a legit part of the dance, as though he invented it.
As an actor, his accolades include two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He starred in almost two hundred films!
The man had quite the zest for life. He is considered a creative genius. In 2011, the Anthony Quinn Foundation began awarding scholarships to students and has since helped over sixty young artists.
If you wish to donate to this amazing organization, contact the Anthony Quinn Foundation at P.O. Box 539, Bristol, RI 02809. It is a donor funded 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and the donations are 100% tax deductible. www.aqfoundation.org
Mana Contemporary is open for tours Monday through Friday 11:00 am-3:00 pm and Saturdays noon-3:00 pm. The next quarterly open house is on May 1, 2016. This promises to be a big event where you can see it all – all studios open and all exhibits too! They are on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, if you wish to further connect.
You’d think that Syracusans would have no trouble driving around in a blizzard yesterday, but the hazardous conditions resulted in many car accidents around town. I stayed home in my little bungalow in my pajamas all day, a fire in my wood-stove and a cat on my lap. Spent much of the day dreaming. Thinking about future art and writing projects and reflecting on the last six to twelve months of my life.
I met Jan Brett once and asked her if she stays in her pajamas all day since she creates her children’s books from her home office. She laughed and said she gets dressed every morning and makes it like a nine-to-five job.
So, today I got up with the intention of bracing the storm to go to work. I had breakfast and used the snow-blower on my driveway only to find out once I came in that school was changed from two-hour delay to closed. (I am about to go out again to do it all over again. It is seriously snowing like cray-cray!)
I am in yoga pants and a cashmere sweater and my Ugg boots that I wear as slippers. Plus a cashmere beanie because it is still a little cold in here – apparently, I have the worst insulation in the neighborhood, as National Grid likes to remind me every month with those you-use-way-more-energy-than-anyone-else letters.
I compromised a little – not quite the Tashionista I would have been if I had gone to work, but I am “decent”, lol.
Okay, now that all of that is out of the way, welcome to my first blog post of 2016. Part of my contemplation has been deciding what my goals will be for this blog for this year and beyond, for my art and for my life in general. As I still sit here pondering, I am also looking back to see how far – if at all – I have come on this artistic journey. Last year at this time, I noted a few things. Like I had two students win awards in Scholastics. This year I had six honorable mentions out of fourteen entries, which is pretty great!
Last year at this time, I had 3,700 followers on Twitter. Now I have 6,504. I also doubled my connections on both Facebook and Linkedin. By promoting these blog posts, I have received a lot of support from so many people all over the world, and tons of endorsements from friends, acquaintances and strangers on Linkedin.
My friend Anne Novado recently closed Gallery 4040 here in Syracuse and moved to Jersey City, NJ to start a new gallery, which will open in the spring. I miss her already, but it is such an exciting time for her. She is embarking on a new chapter in her life, a new adventure. A Syracuse artist/businesswoman branching out into another city and state.
I love the idea of reinventing myself, of finding my purpose, and a part of me wishes I had some giant life-altering event to focus on like Anne has. At Christmas, my sister said something I thought was profound – she said, “I chose to move back to Syracuse (from Boston) I chose to live my life here. I don’t want to find a job elsewhere.”
I did that once, when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale over twenty years ago. My life feels like it is supposed to be here now. I mean, I think so. I want to say I have the same conviction that she has, but I am not quite sure that I do. I do think of myself as a Syracuse artist though, as I have lived the majority of my life here.
On Sunday, Penny Santy and I visited the Onondaga Historical Association. It is a museum encompassing a history of Syracuse, New York. It is such a beautiful thing to have historians who keep track of what once was and are the guardians of both past and future here in Syracuse. Like The Giver, lol.
There are two art exhibitions currently, as well as permanent collection memorabilia. One of the shows is called Snowy Splendor – Winter Scenes of Onondaga County. It’s on the 2nd floor. My friend Joan Applebaum has a painting in this show.
There are paintings and photographs depicting Syracuse scenes and landmarks. They’ve filled the room with flocked pine trees and old sleds too. And of course, that giant statue that used to be on the roof of a brewery on the North side. I remember seeing it a lot growing up. We used to wait in the car while Mom ran into a bakery around there, I think.
It’s weird seeing it as part of Syracuse’s history because I don’t feel like I am that old and it is a part of my life’s narrative. That’s what this museum is like for me. A lot of what I saw in there looks like it came from our old house on Ashworth Place or things many of us can still find in basements or attics complete with that familiar musty mildew smell. There is a collection of World War I medals like the one in my jewelry box that belonged to my great grandfather. There are plates from the defunct Syracuse China factory – the ones my parents have with the bird in the center. Someone has made broken pieces of these plates into jewelry that is for sale in the gift shop. You can purchase silk scarves with that same bird. It’s just all so familiar, like a home away from home or a dream….
The other art exhibition is called A Life in Art – A Highlight of Women Artists in OHA’s collections. Its location is adjacent to the gift shop. This show is up until June 5, 2016 so there is plenty of time to see it. My friend Arlene Abend is represented in the exhibit. In the ’70s, she created these little metal sculptures for the Syracuse Symphony’s fundraiser. Arlene has been such a force in the Syracuse art scene. I am so glad to see that she was recognized here.
You know, every generation thinks they invented the arts in a way. You know what I mean – kids think they are way cooler than their parents or their teachers…. What I love about this show is how these women from the earlier days were able to create art at all and get recognized – in a time when they were expected to be wives and mothers first and foremost. They were true creative trailblazers! Like the woman whose husband was a firefighter and she sometimes accompanied him to a fire resulting in paintings. Or the woman who painted the Syracuse Savings Bank for her relative who worked there.
There’s a marble sculpture and block prints, watercolors, oils and charcoal portraits. Mostly portraits and landscapes. Betty Munro was a landscape artist. A watercolor of hers is part of this show and there are more originals for sale in the gift shop. It is really incredible to see these beautiful pieces for sale (only $425-$575 unframed). They are images depicting downtown Syracuse landmarks, which would be perfect for the walls of any businesses still located in the vicinity!
I loved viewing this show and imagining one of my abstract pieces alongside the rest of these talented artists’ work. Someday…. Am I worthy? Maybe that is part of my dream. To be recognized internationally just so that my hometown can someday acknowledge me as one of Syracuse’s best. Now that is something I truly would love to manifest.
The OHA is located at 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. They are open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday and Sundays 11am-3:30pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Call (315) 428-1864 for more information. Find their website here. You can donate or become a member, or even volunteer as a docent. It is such an amazing place! They do a lot of student field trips and have an archive you can search. I am very interested in locating an old picture of my house, which was built in 1900. That would be very cool.
There’s really nothing I like better than a solo exhibition. It’s a chance to see an artist’s body of work and learn their point of view. It’s an opportunity to understand the visual and maybe connect with it and the artist in an emotional way.
Susan Roth is exhibiting abstract work in three of the four main galleries at the Everson Museum of Art. She works with Golden Artist acrylics and has a personal relationship with the company. She’s suggested products based on her needs, as written in one of the artist statements on the walls of the show.
I think these blurbs help the average Joe non-artist/non-patron understand how important her work is. That she spent a lifetime experimenting with materials to the point that she designed some as well. It’s just beyond cool.
There are paintings and sculptures and combinations of these. Unusually shaped canvases that make you want to reach out and touch them.
Are they hard and crumbly like pumice stone or smushy plastic a la Silly Putty? They really draw you into Roth’s universe and the more you look, the more you want to remain transfixed. Each piece dedicates itself to the next and you witness a visual life. Not sure if I would get the same response if I only viewed one of her pieces, but they are just incredible all together in this space.
I was at the member’s art reception on Friday night. The show, sponsored by Pathfinder Bank is titled Handmade: The Art of Susan Roth, and runs through August 30, 2015. The Everson Museum of Art is located at 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY. Go to http://www.everson.org for more information.
On Saturday, I attended an art reception at Wine 105 – Art & Wine Pairing: the Not So Still Lifes. I was there before for the Diana Godfrey show. This time Mark Raush is exhibiting his large scale flower still-lifes.
They are also acrylic paintings, filled with gestural lines of vibrant color and texture! I think Raush’s work is the kind people want in their homes – a statement piece the average Joe can understand.
They are artsy-familiar, if that makes sense. I wish I could do a trade with him. art for art, but these pieces command thousands. They are in the $7,000-$8,000 range (they take Visa and Mastercard), while I am currently selling paintings at around $200-ish.
Anne Novado curated the exhibit. She also coordinates shows for Gallery 4040 (4040 New Court Ave, Syracuse, NY), which has another opening this Friday night. Mark Raush has more to show us there, as well as Arlene Abend, Katya Bratslavsky, and Walter Melnikow. Wine 105 is at the corner of Hawley and Green Street (and Catherine Street) in Syracuse.
Yesterday was one of those perfect days where I did everything I set out to do. It was kind of a thinking week and I finally executed decisions from the think tank.
I was thinking about the Academy Awards. In the past (read: up until yesterday), I scoffed at those who thanked their families for an award they received at work. It seemed to me that the SHORT speech should reflect the specific aspects of the work and thanking co-workers was the way to go. But then I had the flu and the subsequent bout with a debilitating sinus infection and the truth is that I could have never gotten through the week without help from Mom and Dad. Mom for running to the grocery store to get me oranges, bananas, Jello, and meds, and sitting with me without any fear of getting sick herself, and Dad for helping me shovel/snowblow my driveway at least three times so that when I was ready to go out, I actually could fall back into civilization. No matter what other successes I may have had otherwise, I owe so much of it to them for being there for me always, including supporting me and my decision to be an artist. I am grateful they decided to get married when they were basically kids and are still going strong after fifty-three years of marriage. So thank you, Mom and Dad.
I don’t care if you call me a cat lady (at least you think I’m a lady) but I would also like to thank my two little indoor gin-gins for their companionship. I tend to think they loved having me around this week. My life was much like theirs. Eat a little, dream a lot. Go up and down the stairs and wonder what the hell I was doing up there once I got there, etc. So thank you, Georges and Pablo. Georgie is named after Georges Braque and Pablo for Picasso. I’m kind of hoping they will want to help me make abstract watercolors this summer – I would love to see their polydactyl footsies stomping on Arches paper.
They are not my first multi-toed nutters. I found a picture of Meet-zee and me recently. He was our first cat. We got him on Halloween when I was about nine from a house on Erregger Terrace. I was telling the story to some students the other day and it did seem a little weird, like not something that would happen today unless scripted into an episode of Criminal Minds or something.
My sister, Kathy, and Anita Suritis and I were invited into the trick-or-treat house, went into the downstairs rec room and saw the orange and white kittens along with their mother in a comfortable cardboard box. Their eyes had just opened making them about six weeks old, I guess. We called Mom from the house and she came over in her bathrobe (not uncommon) and we got Meet-zee. He only lived a year, hence no artwork. Thought he ran away but only a few years ago Mom and Dad revealed that he was buried in the yard. He’d been hit by a car over by where Kathy lives now. Yeah, we used to let him go out at night and he would go hunting at Barry Park.
So, back to yesterday, I re-joined Gold’s Gym, went grocery shopping, came home, gung-hoed on doing pilates, and went to an art show! Thank god for people like curator Anne Novado of Cappuccilli Fine Art, LLC! She’d posted the event on Facebook, called Fine Art pairing at Wine 105 (105 Green Street, Syracuse, NY), and I had checked that I would be going. Then the weather got all snowstorm again and I could have easily reverted to my specialty, staying home in jammies with a Duraflame log in the woodstove, but I did it. I said I would and I did. I ventured out (and I’m really glad I did)!
I had a great conversation with the eternally youthful sculptor Arlene Abend and saw and chatted with Cheryl Chappell, Marna Bell, Sherry and Peter Allen, Linda Bigness, Anne Novado, and many others.
I really love a captive audience so here it was – an art show at a wine store. And I really, really love it when it isn’t a group show, when it is a one artist thing showcasing the depth and breath of one person you can truly fall in love with. That person is Diana Godfrey.
Now, I’m not an art critic and I find that it isn’t really a job I want to have being that I am a colleague, a fellow artist. With that said, I am completely head-over-heels for Diana’s work. She is a texture goddess. There were straight paintings, and paper collages – paintings on paper then torn and arranged in magnificent compositions on display, all framed by Cheryl Chappell from Edgewood Galleries.
I met Diana for the first time last night and she had such a regal elegance. I was born in Syracuse, lived two years in Florida – end of story. I mean family is what brought and kept me here. But Diana recieved her Master’s in Iowa and came here because her spouse had gotten a job at the university – not sure how long ago. She spoke to me about the business of art and I loved that she could bridge both worlds – to be that talented and business savvy. She makes a living selling art and well she should.
I just love her sense of color and the texture in her work and the holy trinity of putting those together with the ease of rhythmic expertise. There is so much to see in her world. It’s what I’ve always wanted in mine – a sense that once you are drawn in, you never want to look away. You never want to leave. Her prices are reasonable so you may want to head down there and pick up a few. While you’re there you can throw in a few bottles of wine to enjoy while watching the female Superbowl tonight. You’re welcome.