Saturday, February 23, 2013

New York Art Gallery Elisa Contemporary Art presents Icebergs and Glaciers

New York Art Gallery, Elisa Contemporary Art presents Icebergs and Glaciers. As our climate continues to change, we pay tribute to these stunning natural formations.

The exhibit  will run through April 28, 2013. 

In the wake of 2012's extreme weather and new record lows set by the Arctic sea ice, we pay tribute to these stunning natural formations. These earthly beauties are captured in three distinct creative styles – mixed media, oil on canvas, and photography.

 Icebergs and Glaciers will include the Alaskan Journey series by mixed media pioneer, Rosalind Schneider. Rosalind uses imagery shot from a small plane, a boat and while hiking on the surface of glacier located in Prince William Sound and Wrangel St. Elias, Alaska. The series began in late 2010 and will debut several new works.

It will also feature a contemporary view of nature by internationally acclaimed artist, Elaine Galen. According to Elaine, "In a world of eroding values and environmental concerns, my effort is to affirm beauty’s morale order in nature. I am deeply moved by the presence of and the power of nature to penetrate deep into the soul — through painting I seek to preserve nature – the heavens, seas, skies, mountains, and our past”.  The exhibit features a new 2013 painting, Glacial Meltdown.

We will also feature the photography of John Conn, who spent 45 days in 2010 in Antarctica and Patagonia. travelling and hiking to capture the land and seascapes. He spent over 20 days journeying over 3,200 nautical miles in Antarctica before heading to Patagonia for the second part of his expedition. 

Throughout his journey, he referenced the stories of Antarctic explorers, Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott. Like them, he saw his surroundings to be dangerous, inhospitable and forbidding. According to John, "There's menace here and the feel of it stays with you…it towers over you. And when you've left the continent, it's still in your memory."

What: Icebergs and Glaciers
Artists: Photographer John Conn, Painter Elaine Galen, Mixed Media artist, Rosalind Schneider
When: February 1 through April 28, 2012

Special Events:
  •  Join us on Saturday, April 13 for an artist reception from 4-7pm
Where: Elisa Contemporary Art, 5622 Mosholu Avenue (near 256th Street), Riverdale NY 10471.
Hours: Friday/Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and by Appointment

As the exhibit continues we'll be sharing more detailed information about our artists and their journeys.  See more at

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Because Valentine's Day is about being Smitten!

What I love about Valentine's Day is it's a day dedicated to showing our loved ones, how much we care (and this should happen every day!).  For me, it's about taking action and thinking about what is most important to my loved ones.

Several years ago, I was given a beautiful photography by my husband for Valentine's Day and today it's still one of my treasured pieces.  Now as a gallery owner, I have the opportunity to help others do the same.  I just opened up a new exhibit about Icebergs and a client came in and told me the images reminded him of an Alaskan cruise he took with his wife 10 years ago.  He is looking to add one of these photographs to his collection because it connected with him in such a special and intimate way.

This Valentine's Day we curated an exhibit all about rapture, love, flirtatiousness...and romance.  It's called "Smitten". 

Here's a look at what we think falls under this:

A sensual black and white photograph by Jesse Kalisher.  Reminiscent of the quality of Georgia O'Keefe

"The Gift" by Connecticut artist, Daryl Zang.  This painting is Oil on Canvas, 42 x 48.

The Pulsating work of Canadian artist, Franco DeFrancesca.  It moves and vibrants like a beating heart.  This artwork is 18 x 18, a pigment print with poured resin on a handcrafted layered wood frame.

The Roy Lichtenstein inspired Pop-Art paintings by Houston artist, Mitch McGee are created through layers of cut and stained birch.  They are flirty and fun... and they are also featured in the February 2013 issue of Dwell Magazine!.

This painting, "Teal Eyes" is 36 x 36.

 "Brown Eyes" is now sold and in a loving home in Oklahoma!

Mitch has also created a limited edition woodcut print of voluptuous lips.  This work on paper is 22 x 28 and says a thousand words...without every speaking a word.

To me, there is nothing like the gift of art to communicate an emotion, a sentiment and an action of caring.  To see these works and more, visit our website at: