The Art School at Old Church, Mikhail Zakin Gallery
561 Piermont Rd, Demarest, NJ 07627, Phone: (201) 767-7160
Friday, February 16 — Thursday, March 15, 2018
Opening reception Thurs., February 22, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Snow date: Fri., February 23, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
The New York Society of Women Artists is a group of professional painters and sculptors. NYSWA artists, whose work ranges from the representational to abstract, join together to create exciting theme exhibitions. The organization, founded in 1925 provides support, comradery and exhibition opportunities for women professionals in a field long dominated by men.
In thinking about the concept of our show’s theme, “Sanctuary”, we might consider, first of all, that art is a sanctuary for the artist herself. In her paintings, drawings, sculpture, performances and/or happenings, she can inscribe her real self and preserve her true feelings and perceptions. Her ambivalent or conflicted thoughts can find a dynamic expression. In her art, she can express herself without restrictions.
The concept of political sanctuary for refugees is also relevant, as the artist journeys literally and figuratively across all sorts of borders. She too, needs a world that welcomes and protects her wildest imaginings. At a period when civilization itself often seems threatened by war and corrupt leadership, this exhibition is itself a sign of the possibility of surviving intact by allowing art to flourish. The thought of art as sanctuary exhibited in a sanctuary is reassuring indeed. Our theme, “Art as Sanctuary”, was inspired by the venue itself, Saint Peter’s Church.
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM & 7:00-10:00 PM.
On Sat, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM. – Gallery is closed on Sundays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT DIANA FREEDMAN-SHEA, PHONE: 212-799-9113