This morning, I am thrilled to be preparing for an afternoon of art and music. In collaboration with Sasha Meyerowitz (photographer) and Vivian Bower (painter) we have installed a show of our new work as well as some works from years back. We will be joined by Anton Meyerowitz on piano, Victoria Graves, mezzo-soprano and J. David Williams, also on piano. We call ourselves the Bloomingdale Art Collective (after the neighborhood where we live) and the show is an offering to our neighbors and friends near and far.
Over the 30 some year of my painting life I have had many exhibitions so I had to ask myself why am I so excited about this one? What I realized is that this exhibit is purely an offering of the heart, with no gallery rules to adhere to or publicity interviews to conduct. We live in era of self promotion, so I am even weary to write anything that smacks of that. Yet, as an artist, I feel that art is an extension of our compassion for others, our heartfelt wish to connect. Our western, capitalist society puts great value on individuality and we as artists might naturally fall into that trap. Individuality seems to me often a mere excuse for selfishness and materialism. All six of us are offering our art in a simple way, to be enjoyed for an afternoon, to possibly carry away the warmth of a memory, of time spent with others, concerned with others.
As artists we have the luxury of slowing down the experience of the moment and sharing it. What a gift I feel this is! We will post videos from the event this afternoon but in the meantime you can enjoy the work on exhibit virtually through the gallery or if you happen to be in the city join us!