I read an article in the Wall Street Journal today that reported on the lack luster fall that is happening in New York City. The trees have been slow to turn and the colors are not as bright as those of us who live in the Hudson Valley are accustomed to. Now, I know I'm not crazy! I've been remarking to friends and family about how I missed the bright yellow maple leaves in my yard this fall. They were burnt by the late September heat wave. Subsequently, the leaves shriveled and fell to the ground without fanfare. The fall foliage photographs that I've been capturing, tell the story of a very dry fall, where the leaves that were left behind blaze and flame out as jazz quartets, as opposed to tabernacle choirs. Still, I am blown away by the arresting beauty and silence...And if it's possible to fall in love with a camera lens, I am in love with an old piece of glass...
In April, I will begin hospice volunteer training at the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties Inc., I will write about my experience. My artwork and life's work are merging. Gratitude.
Honored and excited to have my CERAMIC MIXED MEDIA sculpture Offering III selected FOR THIS distinguished exhibition.
The 47th annual Juried Members Exhibition
JUROR: SARAH FRITCHEY
new britain museum of american art
April 29, 2017-May 28, 2017
Stitzer Family Gallery
Thank you Sylvia and Denton Taylor for capturing my mother, Ruth Birchett's, Diva Fashionistas style. It was a pleasure meeting you at the documentary screening of Fabulous Fashionistas hosted by Sue Kreitzman at Senior Planet Exploration Center in NYC.
My mother is a retired special education teacher and middle school administrator of 36 years. After retirement, Ruth became a concierge at an assisted living facility where she is a living testament and inspiration for staying strong, life-long-learning, aging-gracefully, living-out-loud, living-the-dream, living-life, aging-creatively, living-your- bliss, advanced style and
DANCING WHILE NO ONE IS WATCHING!
Thank you for celebrating women of a certain age and for capturing a mother daughter moment that we cherish.
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The 40 + Style blog not only captured my mother, Ruth Birchett's, fabulous style, it also captured a part of our momentous mother/daughter whirlwind weekend in NYC. I was excited for my mother to finally meet the prolific outsider artist and curator, Sue Kreitzman. It worked out perfectly, that Sue was hosting a screening of the Fabulous Fashionistas documentary, while my mother was visiting from Philadelphia. My mother, Ruth, was bowled-over by meeting so many amazingly vivacious and stylish women all in one place. And lunch with Sue afterwards was truly special. Thank you, Sylvia and Denton Taylor for the FABULOUS photos that my mother and I will cherish. Gratitude.
BARRETT ART CENTER:
"Shelita Birchett Benash, your work was one of nine from Hudson Valley artists selected for New Directions ’15, Barrett Art Center’s 31st Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition. Juror Janet Bishop selected your work from upwards of 600 entries from across the country. In her Juror’s Statement, Bishop recognizes your work and the other selections as “works that reflect a strength of conviction—art that seem[s] to hit a high note in fresh, interesting ways no matter what the subject, style, or medium.” Congratulations!"
Thank you, Juror Janet Bishop and Barrett Art Center. I am tremendously honored and elated to have my sculptural work chosen as part of the distinct group of artworks for the New Directions 2015 Contemporary Art Exhibition.
NEW DIRECTIONS 2015 NATIONAL JURIED CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
SEPTEMBER 26 THRU OCTOBER 31, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 26, SATURDAY, 4PM-7PM
INSIDE THE ARTISTS' STUDIO: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 4PM-6PM
BARRETT ART CENTER/DCAA
55 NOX STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601
ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER: New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres. The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830's Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.
ABOUT OUR JUROR:
Janet Bishop currently serves as the Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Over the course of her tenure at SFMOMA, Janet has organized dozens of special exhibitions and presentations of the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art, and published and lectured widely. She was one of the lead curators for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde — an award-winning exhibition that premiered at SFMOMA before traveling to the Grand Palais in Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Other exhibitions of special note include 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective.
While SFMOMA is undergoing expansion construction, Janet is overseeing its off-site exhibition program—“SFMOMA on the Go”—which presents exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Janet is currently at work on two special exhibitions slated for SFMOMA’s newly expanded facility: Matisse/Diebenkorn, an exhibition co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art that will explore the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, and a retrospective of the work of David Park.
Janet was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University in 1985 and her M.A. in art history from Columbia University in 1988. Her first museum job was at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. She currently serves on the Johnson’s Advisory Council.
Excited to have three of my mixed media sculptures chosen for this wonderfully compelling and inclusive exhibition for the visually impaired.
Dropped off my dinosaur in Stamford just in time for the brochure photoshoot. So much amazing talent and creativity on display. I am excited and honored to be a featured artist in the exhibition.
OPENING JUNE 10 THRU OCTOBER CHARITY AUCTION, 2015.
Back hosting AFTV at the MNN studios after almost a decade away. Thank you, Amos White V! Second acts are the best! Life is truly all about the long game. Had a wonderful time interviewing Deirdra Mcdowell, a talented actress, who wrote, produced and starred in "Love Always Eartha." The independent short film was directed by her friend and acting coach, Marishka Phillips. What a tremendous accomplishment. These two entreprenurial women artists are truly inspirational. Congratulations!
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Took a walk in the back woods. The ice was a foot deep in places; it creaked but did not give way. Frozen. The snow came later. Spring 2015 made her entrance in a snow white ball gown. Glistening icicles swung from her ears.
OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION INTERVIEW WITH ARTISTS:
ANTHONY E. BOONE & NOEL DONALDSON
Excited to be working with Amos White V and AFTV again! I had the wonderful opportunity to host AFTV's Episode: 51: Out of Bounds at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network studios. Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson are two deeply creative visionary artists. The interview was insightful and engaging for artists in all stages of professional development. Thank you, Amos and the MNN crew for a wonderful taping!
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