“Alone” selected for “Visual Narratives,” a Tri-State Juried Exhibition — conniefreidblog

I was very pleased that my painting of a young refugee was accepted into the Loft Artists Association’s exhibit. Juried by Katerina Lanfranco, Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn NY and founder of Rhombus Space, it was one of 70 pieces selected from 310 submissions. The show started on August 26 and ends on […]

via “Alone” selected for “Visual Narratives,” a Tri-State Juried Exhibition — conniefreidblog

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Still painting after the fire

Survivor

This is my most recent painting, “Survivor.”  In mid-March, a massive fire destroyed the building where I had my art studio.  Unfortunately, almost all of my paintings were destroyed as well as countless supplies, books, photos and equipment.  I’m adapting to my temporary space and excited to be creating new work.

“Borders, Bodies, Home” features my art

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“Alone” from my refugee series

 

I am very pleased to share some good news about my refugee series of paintings.  “Alone” and another piece showing refugee children were selected for the current (Spring 2017) issue of Rejoinder, an online journal published by the Institute for Research for Women at Rutgers in partnership with the Feminist Art Project.  The issue explores how borders and bodies shape our understandings of selfhood, exile and home. The issue is available at http://irw.rutgers.edu/rejoinder.

My art in NY Art Week 2017

I was very excited that two of my paintings were selected for Art Takes Manhattan’s exhibit at the Caelum Gallery, 508 West 26th Street in the Chelsea district of New York.  Only 20 artists were chosen from among many national and international entries.  The show ran from February 28 to March 6.

“After the Storm,” is a 24″ x 48″ acrylic painting, inspired by my response to the tsunami that struck Asia a few years ago.  I had snapped the photo of the young girl on a trip to Southeast Asia and felt she had the emotion I wanted to capture – vulnerable, yet able to find strength in the aftermath of a terrible event.  This painting was previously juried into  “Art Connections 11” at the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, the Hammond Museum in North Salem NY, and won Honorable Mention at the Art Society of Old Greenwich show.

“Waiting,” a 36″ x 36″ acrylic painting of a little girl sitting on the edge of a bed, is based on one of Matisse’s earliest photos.  To me, it represents both anxiety and hope.  The painting won the Francis K. Brooks award for Best in Show at a Greenwich Art Society show, Honorable Mention at “In the Mood for Color”, Best Painting at the Rye Arts Center, and has been selected by several prominent jurors for other exhibitions.

After the StormHammond renee phillipsWaiting

“Shelter” presented by Harlem School of the Arts & the National Association of Women Artists in cooperation with Violence Transformed – December 1, 2016-January 3, 2017

little-boy-refugee
“Alone” from my refugee series

 

I am pleased that my painting, “Alone”, has been selected for this exhibit.

“One of the basic needs, with food and love, SHELTER is a major concern for all living beings, especially when it comes to refugees, immigrants, those struggling to pay the rent, and victims of domestic violence.  Artwork centered on SHELTER, open to the artists’ interpretation, aims to bring light to the struggles in the search for this essential ingredient for happiness and security.” (Harlem School of the Arts, the Herb Alpert Center)

“Alone” featured as part of “Shelter” exhibit

little-boy-refugee
“Alone” from my refugee series

I am pleased that my painting of this refugee child has been selected by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. for their exhibit. “Shelter.” The exhibit takes place at the Harlem School of the Arts and runs from December 1 through January 3.  A portion of sales proceeds goes to Violence Transformed.