David Nally, Purvis Young, Mark May, Jim Bloom, Sybil Roe Thompson featured at 5th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons Show

“The 5th Annual Outsider art in the Hamptons”Visionary, Art Singular & Self -Taught Artists Saturday May 29, 2010 through Monday September 6th, 2010
Galerie BelAge, 8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978Gallery Contact number: 631-288-5082 / http://www.galeriebelage.com/
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 – 5:00, Saturday + Sunday 12 – 6:00
Opening Night Reception: Saturday June 19th, 2009, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Featuring Live Outsider Music and Poetry Reading by Self taught artist, poet, and song writer; Phil Demise will be giving a rare musical solo performance and reading poems from his book PERIODS.
The NYC gothic blues duo Lone Vein will also be performing live.
A 2nd reception will be held Saturday July 24th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, with a NEW EXHIBIT This year’s “5th Annual Outsider Art in the Hampton’s” will be held as a two part Exhibition, with two opening parties.
The first portion will show May 29th thru July 23rd and the second part of the exhibition will present a fresh additions of artwork from July 24th thru September 7th. This year’s exhibition includes new artists never seen on Long Island and in some cases in the USA. Mediums include works in oils, acrylics, sculpture, photography, and video, with musical, dance & poetry performances on three separate occasions over the course of the exhibit. Additionally there will be a satellite exhibit for the month of August at the Greenport Brewery’s Gallery.
The “UnHamptons North Fork Edition” of the “5th Annual Outsider Art in theHampton’s, with a selection of art in coordination with the Westhampton’s Beach Exhibition. This year we are featuring 2 new local artists Long Island painter Garance, an amazing Art Singulier artist originally from Switzerland and residing in the small town on New Suffolk on the North fork of LI. Her Large scale acrylic paintings dazzle the eye of the viewer! Ronnie Wiener, from East Moriches is a new sculptor for this exhibition, This Sanctuary she has created is titled “A Room of Ones Own”. It is one in a series of outdoor environments dedicated to the creation of havens of creativity, meditation and inspiration drawn from the transformation of found objects, recycled and reinterpreted, and nature. The artist asks the viewer to use nature as an external stimulus and to experience the risk of entry into a simple and safe adventure within memory and the imagination. The objects are familiar coming from tranquil domestic references and the planted vegetables are self sustaining. The structure also references today’s White House and its vegetable garden and emphasis on recycling. The artist uses the stained glassin all her Sanctuaries referencing early use of stained glass as a medium for bible storytelling in places of worship and meditative thinking.
These exhibitions are a collaborative effort with Three Non Profit organizations; Fountain Gallery + Pure Vision Arts from New York City + Survivors Art Foundation. A combination of internationally recognized as well as emerging artists will be displaying amazing works in this exciting genre of art. Over 80 plus artists are exhibiting their work. The artists are from around the world including France, Russia, Netherlands, Austria, England, China and through out the United States and Long Island.
The show is a unique opportunity to experience the cutting edge in Self-Taught Visionary, Folk and Outsider Art. Pure Vision Arts Pure Vision Arts is New York City’s premier studio and exhibition space for artists with autism and other developmental challenges. An initiative of The Shield Institute, a non-profit organization, Pure Vision Arts provides studio space, art materials, and exhibition opportunities for beginning, emerging and established artists. It is also a resource center for curators, collectors, artists and people interested in promoting inclusion and accessibility in the arts for people with disabilities. http://www.purevisionarts.org/
Fountain Gallery is the premier venue in New York City representing artists with mental illness. The Gallery exhibits work by trained and self-taught artists and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators, and cultural institutions, providing a platform for exchange and public dialogue. http://www.fountaingallerynyc.com/
Survivors Art Foundation: Dedicated to encouraging healing through the arts, Survivors Art Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to empowering Trauma-Survivors with Effective Expressive Outlets via Internet Art Gallery, Outreach Programs, National Exhibitions, Publications http://www.survivorsartfoundation.org/
A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday June 19th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
A second reception will be held on Saturday July 24th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Both receptions will be attended by many of the artists. The entire exhibition will take place at Galerie BelAge located just off Main Street at Moniebogue Manor, 8 Moniebogue Lane inWesthampton Beach.
Over 80 International Artists featured in this Exhibit include:
Outsider Folk Art Gallery: Jim Bloom, Purvis Young, Edward Woltemate, Mark May, David “Big Dutch” Nally, Sybil Roe Thompson
LB: Fountain GalleryAb the Flagman: Galerie BelAgeOscar Azmitia: Pure Vision ArtsDonna Balma: Survivors Art FoundationGerrie van Baren: Galerie BelAgeDaniel Belardinelli:
Galerie BelAge William Britt: Pure Vision Arts Ross Brodar: Survivors Art Foundation Francois Burland: Galerie BelAgeCandyce Brokaw: Survivors Art FoundationSusan Brown: Pure Vision ArtsMarc de Bruijn: Galerie BelAgeRondi Casey: Galerie BelAgeMartin Cohen: Fountain GalleryBella Christ: Survivors Art FoundationVictor Cristescu: Pure Vision ArtsHoward Desnos: Galerie BelAgeEvan Gozali: Pure Vision ArtsCatherine DupireBonnie Fisher: Fountain GalleryGarance: Galerie BelAgeNelia Gibbs: Fountain GalleryLeonard Guidera: Fountain GalleryKurt Haas: Galerie BelAgeEmilie Henry: Galerie BelAgeGary Brent Hilsen: Fountain GalleryIaseden Hovorka: Fountain GalleryDanielle Jacqui: Survivors Art FoundationSimone Johnson: Pure Vision ArtsSasha Kandimir: Galerie BelAgeBarry Kahn: Pure Vision ArtsMerecedes Kelly : Fountain GalleryArthur Klein: Galerie BelAgeMichael Kanarek: Survivors Art FoundationJune Kosloff : Galerie BelAgeJaco Kranendonk : Galerie BelAgeOgden Jeremic (Ogi): Galerie BelAgeCharles Lassiter: Galerie BelAgeJustin Love: Galerie BelAgeDick Lubinsky: Fountain GalleryMarjorie Lutter: Galerie Sebastian Marbury: Galerie BelAgeMark May: Galerie BelAgeLeon McCutheon: Pure Vision ArtsWalter Mika: Pure Vision ArtsDaniel Monrose: Pure Vision ArtsDominic Montiglio: Survivors Art FoundationStephen Mulhauser: Pure Vision ArtsAnthony Newton: Fountain GalleryVladimir Nikolski: Fountain GalleryElose Ockert: Fountain GallerySophie Orlicki: Galerie BelAgeJohn Van Orsouw: Galerie BelAgeJessica Park: Pure Vision ArtsMarjan van Paassen: Galerie BelAgeKeith Pavia: Fountain GalleryJeroen Pomp: Galerie BelAgeSusan Robinson: Fountain Gallery Pamala Rogers: Pure Vision ArtsAngela Rogers : Pure Vision ArtsTineke Scholten: Galerie BelAgeCher Schaffer: Galerie BelAgeGabriel Scaffer: Galerie BelAgeGerard Sendrey: Galerie BelAgeMatt Sesow: Survivors art FoundationAlison Silva: Survivors art FoundationPierre Silvin: Galerie BelAgeAlba Somoza: Pure Vision ArtsGail Shamchenko: Fountain GalleryDeborah Standard: Fountain GalleryShmuel Taurog: Fountain Gallery
Sybil Roe Thompson: Galerie BelAgeCynthia Lund Torroll: Survivors Art FoundationJayson Valles : Pure VisionJacques Wakeford: Galerie BelAgeRonnie Wiener: Galerie BelAge

ART REVIEW: Harriet Wiseman’s subtle portraits suggest deeper meaning

ART REVIEW: Harriet Wiseman’s subtle portraits suggest deeper meaning
Originally Published in The Reading Eagle: 5/2/2010

By Ron Schira
Reading Eagle Correspondent

Wyomissing, PA -

Some people come to art by happenstance. They make art for years but don’t take it seriously until they are urged to do so by an outside source. It happens that an artist, a painter specifically, may raise a family and take up the brush later in life. They may not have intended to be a painter, or felt their skills weren’t up to it, so in the end didn’t pursue it.Self-trained Philadelphia painter Harriet Wiseman did just that. For 18 years she took care of two children and supported her family while her husband completed graduate school. Trained foremost as a medical technician, she originally took up painting on the suggestion of her therapist, and 17 years later still paints. Currently, at the Jewish Cultural Center of Reading, an exhibition of at least 40 of her artworks is on view through June 11. Filling the entire gallery space, the works spill out into the offices and offer a comprehensive look at the artist’s ample production of oils and acrylics, many of which are painted atop book covers.Eliciting comparisons to the graceful lines of Modigliani and the impasto surfaces of Soutine, she renders elegant portraits of people, mostly women, engaged in common activities. They sit in restaurants sipping wine, get dressed to go out or to attend an event. In each one a woman’s narrative is brought to the fore as the true topic of the painting.One can intuit her characters’ demeanor, their sense of personality. Some of her subjects, such as the reclining woman in “A Quiet Moment,” gaze pensively to the side but cut a languid pose. All of the women and girls in the paintings have similar facial features as the artist, too, drawing questions as to whether the paintings are self-referential, which they most likely are. The women in her “All Dressed Up” series appear to take personal stock as they check their hair, clothes and make-up. She places added attention as well to the colorful patterns of clothing they wear, their fabrics and surroundings.”Black Tie Affair” and “The Recital” place her ladies in public scenarios and show them as well-behaved and calm, the men just being there. In the former, a procession of elite guests strolls down a hallway with one woman adjusting her dress, while in the latter two women listen politely, and maybe a little patiently, to a third young woman play piano.Admittedly, a certain charm infuses all of these works, but one needs to read further into the work for deeper significance. For instance, in “After the Party” a woman sits sideways at her vanity, hands crossed on her lap, passively gazing at the viewer, the strap on her dress fallen loosely over her arm in an almost imperceptible, very subtle invitation.Of course, subtlety is the name of the game here, and her works, although appearing fairly naé?ve or even childish in their execution, quietly get their adult points across in tiny gestures and side glances, telling stories about and for women while proffering much more to the art of portraiture than a decorative likeness or a cute picture.
Contact Ron Schira: life@readingeagle.com.

Time Magazine 5/10/2010: Purvis Young


Purvis Young

For four decades, self-taught artist Purvis Young, who died April 20 at 67, celebrated American life in his paintings, drawings and mixed-media assemblages. His artistic iconography–horses, pregnant women, trucks, basketball games, Haitian boat people and funerals–honestly documents contemporary African-American urban life in all its vibrancy, energy and action.

After Young was released from prison in the 1960s, he started to merge the influences of old masters like Rembrandt, El Greco and van Gogh with the activities of contemporary art. Inspired by the Black Arts Movement’s Wall of Respect in Chicago, he had the idea of creating his own mural in Goodbread Alley in his Miami neighborhood of Overtown. The street art alerted people to Young’s artistic ambitions.

Young was at ease in his studio too, producing large-scale paintings and countless sketchbooks. He would use a manila folder, plywood, furniture–whatever was at hand–as a surface to depict the people of Overtown, the events of our time and the rituals that bookend life. There is an electric cacophony to his work, which exudes a singular energy. Young’s use of calligraphic line privileged spontaneity–whether he was working with a ball-point pen or house paint–and it was always confident, pulsing and lyrical.

“Rembrandt walked among the peoples, and that’s what I do,” Young told Florida’s Sun-Sentinel in 1993. And though Young walked mostly among the people in Overtown, his art hangs in museums across the country.

Anderson is the director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum.