‘Reclaiming Space’ Art Show Supports GreenEdgeNYC
Gallery House Grassroots Eco-Themes a Clinton Hill Delight
“Style of Nature” artist Jonathan Levy's latest artwork at current “Reclaiming Space” exhibition at the Gallery House on Clinton Hill.
CLINTON HILL — Since it opened a year ago, there is a strong green edge to the Gallery House, highlighted by its latest art exhibition of nature-related work, tied to supporting environmental organizations that are making a difference for a sustainable city.
The current, delightful “Reclaiming Space” fine art group exhibition, showing through August 31, has been holding a series of auction/raffle receptions in support of GreenEdgeNYC, a vibrant social eco-network composed of groups focused on various aspects of environmental activism.
is our third exhibition. Each one
has given support to environmental cause groups as well as bringing
“Reclaiming Space is about this space in this wonderful house we are restoring and how we reclaim space in our lives and the world,” said Levy, a curator of the exhibition, about the two-room, first floor space.
showcases the multitude of
languages in which
The GreenEdgeNYC collaborative was founded over three years ago by Carolyn Gilles to create and expand a community for a sustainable future through social networking and the formation of associated focus groups. Executive Director Judy Harper coordinates the activities.
These include groups for foraging, green buildings, sustainable farming, trash and recycling, filmmaking, sustainable design, a neighborhood supper club and the Brooklyn Green Team.
Among activities of the groups are the Solar Power Film Festival, Solstice Soiree, Green Crafting and the Annual Birthday Bash for GreenEdge, recently having its third. GreenEdgeNYC is financially sponsored by the Open Space Initiative, part of the Citizens Action Program.
Art Inspired By the Natural World
is an intriguing “color shift” in
Levy’s art, entering “a digital stage” with somewhat
slightly subdued hues but
still vibrantly full of life’s motions. It is a joy to view,
along with his
“Primordial Soup.” His inspiration in the natural world
came from the time he
To observe his creative outpouring at work, the paintings in his current series include a floor spot with a video screen and wonderful videos of Levy in the act of creating his artwork in swipes, swirls and swoops across and around the canvas. “The work comes from within as I go along,” Levy said.
all the wonderful and diverse
artworks by 11 artists on exhibit are the back lit
“Dendrites” on paper by
Another of the intriguing artworks by mixed media artist Adrian Roman is his “Cage De La Memoria Viva” box painting, with its four sides floating above space in the rear gallery featuring a fascinating face that invites the viewer inside the workings of its head.
Placing one’s head inside the box floating above the viewer is truly entering the mind of the artist, with the inner four-sided surface filled with a collage of old family and friends’ photographs, written items and reminders of long-gone times, a memory treasure trove.
One of the show’s artworks that incorporated an American flag, “Evolve” by Clark Stoechley, caused a little public controversy ended by a decision to withdraw the piece from the exhibition shortly after it opened, the only hitch in the popular summertime exhibit.
The “Reclaiming Space” show once again, as in the two previous exhibits, inspires the spirit, sparks a creative stream of consciousness and brings artists together to share their ideas, igniting new ways to look at life through art.
‘eARTh’ Exhibit Helps MillionTreesNYC Project
“Divination” by artist Aaron Maurer
Clinton Hill Show Aims To Raise Eco-Consciousness
By Harold Egeln
CLINTON HILL – Trees are the life and breath of Planet Earth, keeping the carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange cycle around the globe in balance. Bringing that fact and concerns about threats to that life-giving cycle is an art show called “eARTh” at a gallery in a 19th Century house opened last summer in Clinton Hill.
With the immense
loss of tree-rich rainforests
worldwide and other threats to the environment’s stability, an
exhibit at the
Gallery House (www.galleryhouse.org),
“This has been an environmentally themed group exhibition, in both form and function, that is meant to celebrate and highlight the challenges our planet is currently facing,” said the Gallery House group of artists and supporters in the exhibit’s press release. The show opened in February and will run through Friday, March 12.
“It is critical for our survival that we learn to put a priority on the environmental needs,” the Gallery House statement said. “Many of us have become so immersed with day-to-day responsibilities and possessions that we have begun to neglect the stage that our lives play out on. And ‘eARTh’ refocuses the viewers' attention to nurture through the medium of art.”
The current show, Gallery House’s second after its grand opening “Style of Nature” exhibit by artist Jonathan Levy and other artists last summer, has Levy as ‘eARTh’ exhibit curator. It is dedicated to helping the city’s MillionTreesNYC project (www.milliontreesnyc.org) to plant one million new trees citywide by 2017, with 400,000 already planted.
project, recently the focus of
special presentations at community boards throughout
The city is committed to plant 60 percent of the trees in all its parklands and playgrounds, while New York Restoration operates 40 percent of the plantings, a project launched by Mayor Bloomberg a few years ago with the goal of one million new trees planted by 2017.
Three receptions, the first two hobbled by snowstorms, have served as occasions to raffle off exhibit paintings to raise funds for the MillionTreesNYC project, noted Levy. He voiced support for the project, with the goals to “plant, protect, preserve and participate.”
There are 17 artists and photographers in the exhibit, with a total of 40 artworks and photos. Among them are some Brooklyn artists, such as Erik Maniscalco with the riveting “Gates of Change,” Amanda Gentile with her awesome “Sky,” Jenna Bonistalli, and Aaron Mauder with “Divination.”
Mauder’s almost surreal work, explained Levy, shows the future-tech world of the human mind divorced from a connection with nature. Levy, as curator, smartly juxtaposed “Divination” between two beautiful tree paintings.
Levy’s “Uncut Flowers” painting series on display creates an experience of the life of flowers untouched by human intervention as the flowers’ colors swirl around. “If someone views the cutting of flowers as being even a little bit wrong, how will that affect the cutting of trees?” Levy wonders.
His experience of nature was inspired while living in Hawaii where his “Style of Nature” artwork took off, and also by his work earlier in a state forest in Rockland County and being fascinated by the variety and beauty of trees, Levy said.
Among the outstanding artworks are “The Blue Path” and “The Enchanted Forest” by Brittney MacKensie, a New York-area artist whose paintings can make viewers feel like they are in the woods and enjoying the experience of trees.
‘Green’ Art Show Highlights New ‘Gallery House’ in Clinton Hill
Nature” artist Jonathan Levy next to
one of his
Exhibit Helps Council on Environment
By Harold Egeln
CLINTON HILL – An impressive 19th century brownstone that developing into a new arts venue here is housing an exhibit that benefits both the idea of the human spirit reconnecting with nature and the Council on the Environment of NYC.
The show in question is the “Style of Nature” solo art exhibit by Jonathan Levy (www.styleofnature.com). It is in the first-floor space of a five-story 1877 brownstone called “Gallery House” at 272 Clinton Ave., an exciting new venue that celebrates the arts in all forms.
Gallery House and the inspirational show opened on July 24 with a reception followed by a second reception over this past weekend. At other times the exhibit can be viewed by appointment only by contacting Gallery House.
The venue is a gift of joy to its restorers and artistic community, said Levy, a Pratt Institute fine arts graduate. “The silent investors want to use this space as a way of giving back to the community. We’re grateful for their commitment,” he explained.
“This is a fantastic place to work and be in,” said architect Patrick Malloy, another Pratt Institute graduate who is part of the working group restoring Gallery House. “We’re fortunate to be in a great neighborhood with a wonderful cross-section of people who bring their energy and involvement into the area.”
Gallery House, its mission statement says, “is a Clinton Hill-based organization dedicated to the sharing of ideas pressing our world today. Through our hosted receptions, we aim to gather and communicate ideas through art, music and other types of artistic expressions.”
The centerpiece of Gallery House’s first show is Levy’s Style of Nature solo show celebrating the patterns, movements and colors of the natural world that surrounds us but which is not usually noticed in people’s daily activities, noted Levy.
“Soon after I graduated Pratt I went to live on Maui in Hawaii in search of inspiration,” said Levy, who was on Maui from 2003 to 2008. “It was there that my eyes opened with a new perspective with my creative drive inspired by the flowers, ocean and land of that wondrous and beautiful island. There I developed my artistic style of nature as I observed the random movements and patterns in nature’s forms.”
In 2005 he first got his first show at the 27th Annual Juried Exhibit on Maui with his acrylic on canvas paintings. In the last two years he has been in several exhibits across the nation and at the International Art Expo-New York at the Javits Center in 2008 and 2009.
Levy’s paintings are a wonder to view and experience. His Humming River, Walk Under the Shadow of the Tree and Setting Sun series of paintings, and individual paintings such as Lake Nowhere, Cross the Pond and Violet make one linger near their colorful swirls. The show helps people focus on nature and gets them away from a focus of everyday activities.
Fifty percent of the sales of Levy paintings sold from this exhibit will be donated to the Council on the Environment of New York City. Levy and Malloy are excited about the opportunity to promote the appreciation and study of the urban environs through the three-decades-old council and its multifaceted work.
“Our partnership with Jonathan Levy and Gallery House for Style of Nature reflects a shared vision of preserving the natural beauty of the city,” said Council Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. CENYC is responsible for programs such as Greenmarkets, Open Space Greening, Environmental Education, Office of Recycling, and Learn It, Grow It and Eat It.