Riverdale YM-YWHA

Gallery 18




John Folchi and Sarah Katz

January 1, 2016 - February 28, 2016

Artist Reception: January 10, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM



John Folchi was born in the Bronx and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He received his BA in 1977 and his MA in 1980, both from Lehman College where he studied with noted Greek artist Theo Stavropoulos. During the 1970s he participated in group shows at the Bronx Museum of Art. 


In 2000, he received a solo exhibition at the Sears Peyton Gallery in Manhattan. In 2013, he received a solo show “In the Park” at the Images Briarcliff Gallery in Briarcliff Manor, NY and also participated in group shows at the Brian Morris Gallery in the Lower East Side, the CCCP Gallery North Light, the Friday Studio Gallery, and Loft 594 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the e Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and the Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, New York.   He also received a solo show at the White Plains Public Library. 


He is represented by Kevin Barry Fine Art in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and Fresh Paint Art Advisors in Culver City, California.


In 2013, there were two solo exhibitions of his Hudson River Valley landscapes at the Warner Library in Tarrytown and the Gallery on Cedar in Dobbs Ferry. His work was also included in a two artist show at the Just Art Gallery in Providence, RI.  In the summer of 2014, the Project Space of the Brian Morris Gallery presented a solo show titled “Reflections of Perceptions on the Periphery.”


In 2015, his work was the subject of the solo show “Abstract Utility” at the Kimmel Galleries in NYU on Washington Square, and was included in the invitational exhibition “Artists to Watch” at the Elder  Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Currently his recent work is on exhibit at the Gilbert Pavilion of the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, in a joint show with his father’s works.


John Folci Artist Statement

The subjects of the landscapes in the exhibit are taken from the local area in upstate New York.  They do not represent a particular place as that was not my goal.  My aim was to render the elements of nature, trees, foliage, clouds, water, and sky impressionistically a without a lot of detail.  Soft edges and subdued color characterize these paintings.  Some work in the exhibit focus on details of nature such as clouds and blossoms.  The capturing of a certain quality of outdoor light is a feature of all my work concerning this subject.  All the work is oil on paper or canvas.

I have included a few still life paintings to offer variety of subject.  A similar concern with light and the composition of table top objects characterize these works.


SARAH KATZ - Ceramics

A graduate of the well-respected ceramics program at The School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she completed her Associates degree, Sarah Katz went on to attend the California Institute for the Arts in Oakland, where she obtained her BFA in Sculpture. In addition, she spent a year at Philadelphia College of Art (now called University of the Arts) as an exchange student studying in the sculpture program.


Since 1994 Ms. Katz has shown extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area. A member of the National Sculpture Society and the International Sculpture Society, Ms. Katz has taught pottery and figurative sculpture at the Jewish Community Center program in Tenafly, NJ and a popular class called "The Figure in Clay" at the Craft's Students League in New York.




3 Sisters Art Show

Featuring Dorothy Feldman, Ruth Licht and Carolyn Graybow

November 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Artist Reception: December 13th 12:30 PM-2:30 PM



The three Resnick sisters, Carolyn, Ruth and Dorothy, all retired professionals, have been passionate about the arts their entire lives. This exhibition will be a first for all three of them! They all live in Riverdale, so it came naturally for them to exhibit in their community. It is rare that all three siblings share such a strong passion for the arts - that all three of them have developed since their childhood.


Lynn Savarese - Selections from Two Series: My Still Life Aviary and Water Paints


Lynn Savarese is a photographer whose work focuses on intimate observation. Originally from a small town in Texas, Savarese resided and traveled throughout the world before making New York City her home in the early ‘80s following her graduation from Harvard Law School. After careers in corporate law and investment banking and a lengthy sabbatical to raise her family and pursue volunteer work for various human rights organizations, Savarese finally found her passion—photography.


Savarese was first introduced to taxidermy as a volunteer photographer for the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Although enthralled by the enigmatic beauty and character of mounted aviary specimens which are the subjects of her Still Life Aviary series, Savarese never lost sight of man’s hubris in turning these animals into replicas of themselves and the inherent irony in striving to achieve a kind of immortality for them by killing them. Doubly ironic, however, is that she never felt more deeply the wonder and beauty of our animal kin than in her close-up encounters with these mounted birds. More about her photography: here.


Figurative and Geometric Abstract: An exhibit by Matthew Turov



While there is often a distinction between abstract painting and figure painting, the two merge in Riverdale-based artist Matthew Turov’s work. Spatial and color relationships fascinate him, along with what he describes as, “I'm in love with color and the timeless truth of form giving rise to beauty.”

The painter, who works primarily with acrylic on canvas and occasionally with temp paint, delved into art when he was 19. He was born in Oceanside, Long Island. In the 1970s, he attended the Art students League of New York at West 57th Street. After that, he went on to Hunger College, where he focused on color theory. From a young age Matthew Turov was fascinated by both stylized Egyptian art and the aesthetics of the Italian futurists, who focused on technology and the zeitgeist of the 20th century. That movement is captured in his paintings, some of which measure as large as 6 by 6 feet, though he has scaled back on larger works in favor of the smaller figurative works that characterize his work since 2006.

 More about his work.




1000 Faces of Riverdale - Children's Edition: A photo exhibit by Arnold Adler



Riverdale resident Arnie Adler is proud to exhibit thirty portraits taken for the 1000 Faces of Riverdale project.  One Thousand Faces documents and celebrates the diversity of one of Bronx’s most dynamic neighborhoods. These children’s photos were taken from 2011-2013.


Adler’s goal is to have a positive impact on the town of Riverdale, by connecting individuals and sometimes isolated neighbors through photography.  “Riverdale often feels segmented,” he observes.  He points to divisions along financial, cultural, religious, and ideological lines.  “I hope the 1,000 Faces of Riverdale project helps show how diverse groups can come together to create a community.”


Arnie has been a successful professional photographer since 1984.  His client roster is filled with distinguished corporate, editorial and private clients, as well as Riverdalians who have called on him to capture happy moments at weddings and bar mitzvahs. 



Amoree Beeckman, Joyce Dutka & Jane Messner


Jean Messner studied at the School of Art and Design and received a National Scholastic Art Award for drawing. She spent a decade working in the fashion industry in New York as a fashion illustrator. Still pursuing her love of fine art she studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League for twenty years and is a voting member since 2007. At the League she received an Honorable Mention for figurative painting. Wanting to expand her experience in art, Jean attended Hunter College in 2012 to pursue an interest in graphic design and digital art. She has started exploring and now creates paintings on the iPad as a new medium. Messner has participated in numerous group shows in New York City galleries. She also lectures to art groups on painting techniques and how to paint digitally.


Joyce Dutka after many years of painting in watercolor, sculpting in stone, and recently clay, has lately been devoting time to exploring acrylic painting.  This Riverdalian paints still life, landscapes, and birds.  This show will be the latest work completed during four years.  Her mentor is Danny Hauben.  She is the volunteer curator of gallery 18 and loves discovering new artists and exhibiting their work.   A member of The Riverdale Art Association which she started sixteen years ago and is currently Program Chair.


Amoree Beeckman has been a member of the Riverdale Art Association since its inception in l999.  She has exhibited throughout Westchester and Riverdale and won many blue ribbon awards.  The most recent was at the Vintage Art Show where she was given an award for pastel.



If you are interested in learning more about shows at Gallery 18,
please email our Gallery Coordinator, Joyce Dutka with GALLERY 18 in the subject line.

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