NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Original Exhibit Dates: March 13 to April 7, 2012
“New York, New York” is was an exciting exhibit of work from 9 New York artists. It was inspired by master painter/teacher Nicolas Carone was dedicated to his memory.
After the wonderful opening for Nick’s solo exhibit in 2010, he suggested/commanded that Watson MacRae bring a group of New York artists to Sanibel. It was his only visit to Sanibel, but he loved it and the people he met at the opening. “Get 2-3 pieces from really good New York artists,” Nick said. “These people will appreciate good pictures,” as he always called paintings. Two years later, we did. Thanks, Nick.
We called upon David Fratkin, painter and New York art-scene citizen to co-curate this exhibition. David presented us with many talented artists whose work he admired. Together we selected the New York 9 for this exhibit – six painters, a ceramist, a sculptor and a printmaker. Like New York the work is diverse, interesting and intense. The creators are mid-career artists who have dedicated their lives to making art that adds beauty, interest and wonder to our world…
Poogy Bjerklie’s still-life paintings play intense flowers against subtle backgrounds.
Claude Carone’s abstract paintings move us into other worlds.
Devin Dougherty’s ceramic pots are thought provoking pieces of other times.
David Fratkin creates mesmerizing patterns of texture and color with paint.
Michael Goodwin paints intimate, atmospheric landscapes of Maine.
The Everglades are the subject of Owen Gray’s teaming with life paintings.
Paula Heisen paints surrealistic still-lifes of creatures in fabric landscapes.
Massive public work sculptor, Deborah Masters creates smaller-than-life ceramic heads.
Susan Mastrangelo catches women in motion with her mixed-media prints.
“New York, New York” is a sophisticated and eclectic exhibit that presents Sanibel with a slice of the current New York art scene – talented artists working at what they love.