Michael Mendel was born in Berlin Germany in 1934. He and his parents escaped the Nazi Regime of Adolf Hitler in the Fall of 1938. Circumstances forced them to reside in Havana Cuba for almost two years, before being allowed to LEGALLY enter the United States.
Mendel graduated from the City College of New York in 1956 with a BA in Art, then was commissioned as an officer in the US Infantry.
With several entry level art jobs behind him he began a career as a graphic designer in the world of recorded music, a career that spanned almost forty years. Opening his own art studio, he designed record album covers for many of America's great musical personalities. Tony Bennett; Gladys Knight; Johnny Mathis; Donovan; NY Philharmonic; Eydie Gorme; Beach boys and hundreds more.
Having dabbled in primitive oils through the years, he began to take painting seriously about 2009. With three small sets of watercolors and four brushes, he taught himself to paint in this new medium. EVERY DAY, NIGHT AND DAY, TO THIS DAY......333 paintings completed!!
He has had a love affair with the Catskills since 1948. From his 100 year-old farmhouse located in the quaint village of Fleischmanns NY, he meanders over hills and dales to capture the essence of the area in brilliant "representational" watercolors.
Artist reception: Sunday January 15, 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
"A Bronx native and a resident of Riverdale for 38 years. My childhood years reflect time spent in Puerto Rico and the Bronx. A journey between two languages and two cultures. I'm an Art and Design High School graduate with a degree in Studio Art and Elementary Education from Fordham University. I have Master’s Degrees from Fordham University and Bank Street College. My career trajectory includes Bilingual educator, Elementary Art educator and I served as an Art Administrator for the NYC Public Schools. My experiences allowed me to work closely with art organizations and artists.
"My passion for art started very early in life. I was the sidewalk scribbler and did artwork for my friends. Materials, color and the beauty of nature have influenced me to work in oil, watercolors, pencil, and print. I find that these materials allow me to represent the vibrancy of color and form in nature.
"Earlier in my career I exhibited with a group of women artists in the exhibition "Comadres" at the Museo Del Barrio in 1980. That year, I also exhibited my work at the Roosevelt Hotel as part of the National Council of Puerto Rican Women’s Conference in NYC.
"I’ve also exhibited at Gallery 79, NYC (1979). As a current member of the Riverdale Arts Association I’ve taken part in group shows at the Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers; Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture; and Gallery 18, Riverdale YM-YWHA.
"My art studies continued at the Arts Student’s League with Isaac Soyer, Parsons School of Design, and the New York Botanical Gardens in the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program. Laura Vogel, Botanical Illustrator and Wennie Huang, Watercolorist, have been great mentors to me in my work. In recent years, the study of nature has become a focal point in my artistic work. "It is said that " nature touches the spirit of man". It certainly has touched my soul.
Gabrielle Robinson’s Photography
Delve into a world of pure imagination and creative exploration. Every photo Gabrielle takes has an eerie vibe and provocative composition that causes the viewer to question the scene even though it is pristine and untouched. Born and raised in NYC, Gabrielle has had prints all over the country in galleries in Los Angeles, CA, Essex, VT and Portland, OR. Some have hung in NYC hedge fund offices, in the Tweed Courthouse, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And this November, some will hang in Gallery 18 at The Riverdale Y.
October 1- 31, 2016
Stan Lowell, who only explored his artistic talent at the age of 80, was a World War II Signalman on a Submarine Chaser. He remembers receiving the message "Congratulations on the successful conclusion to the world conflict, this date. The War is over" from a British aircraft carrier. With a lifetime of experience behind him Stan has found new life in painting and sketching. Some of his very remarkable pieces are presented in Gallery 18 for the month of October, we hope you pause for a while to enjoy them.
Laurie Hornik: Mixed Media Artist
August 1- 31, 2016
Laurie Hornik majored in Medieval History and Literature at Harvard. Her collages reflect her fascination with tapestries, fairy tales, and fantasy, borrowing subject matter, color palette - and even the act of weaving. She creates mixed media pieces by layering found and hand-painted papers over backgrounds of acrylic paint on canvas-treated board. They will be on display in August at Gallery 18. An artist reception will be held on Sunday August 7, 1pm to 3pm.
Laurie Hornik’s Bio:
I create my mixed media pieces by layering found and hand-painted papers over backgrounds of acrylic paint on canvas-treated board. Combining bits of paper from different places to create something new feels like a metaphor for what we do all the time -- assembling our different thoughts and feelings and experiences into the life we create each day.
My undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where I majored in Medieval History and Literature, mostly because I was obsessed with the Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters. While my major has ended up being exactly as useful as I had expected, my collages have given me a new outlet to explore medieval tapestry. Many of my collages borrow subject matter, color palette -- and even the act of weaving -- from these tapestries.
When I’m not making collages, I’m a full-time teacher at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School: middle school English, at the moment, and just about every grade K-8 at some point in the past 25 years. My fascination with fairy tales, the mysterious passage of time, and the juxtaposition of reality and fantasy often find their way into my work.
Dr. Helmy Mahdy
July 5-July 31, 2016
Dr. Helmy Mahdy is a renowned neurosurgeon whose career has spanned over 40 years. He worked for an international organization both lecturing on health issues and practicing in hospitals around the world. Although painting since the ago of 8, he never received any formal art instruction. He acquired his artistic skills through memory of the scenes which he saw during his assignments. Dr. Mahdy paints highly sophisticated landscapes and figurative art. He uses mixed medium including acrylic, oils and pastels. He sketches are in charcoal. Dr. Mahdy presently resides at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale.
Information coming soon.
June 2-June 30, 2016
Dmitriy Moshkovich earned his equivalent of USA Masters degree in Painting and Graphics and took a course of B/W photography from the Moldova State University (former Soviet Union). He began his career as an art instructor at the Chisinau Art School for Gifted Children. He later worked as a freelance illustrator of children’s books with various publishing houses. Dmitriy also participated in numerous exhibitions organized by the Artistic Association of the Soviet Union.
After moving to the United States in 1991, Dmitriy worked as a decorative painter, muralist, and freelance illustrator with Real Estate News, Ballet Lover’s Guide, and Harper Collins Publishers. Dmitriy’s works have been shown at the Masterpiece Gallery in Harrison, NY, and he also had a one-man show at the Dag Hammarskjold Building in Manhattan and at Riverdale Art Association.
Dmitri’s artworks are in private collections in the United States and Europe.
Currently Dmitriy is an art instructor with JASA, digital photography instructor with Moshalu teen center and art teacher with Riverdale Senior Services, INC.. His awards include: 1st Place in Watercolor at the Bover Awards Show, Cansos Award for the Best Watercolor in the Fort Lee Spring Outdoor Art Festival, and Best in Show at the Mamaroneck Artist’s Guild.
May 2-May 31st, 2016
Born in New York City, my family moved to France when I was in first grade. I’ve lived in a number of places while growing up, including Swarthmore PA, Tenafly, NJ, and Hartford, Conn. I am represented at NOHO/M55 Gallery in New York City. My oils and watercolor paintings have been shown in group and solo shows including The Brooklyn Museum; The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; The Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, Washington; and numerous other galleries and publications.My work is in private and public collections including corporate collections such as Schering – Plough Pharmaceuticals.
I received a B.F.A from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where my painting teacher was Jacob Lawrence.
Visions of a Haitian-American Artist by Yolène Legrand
(Meet Legrand at Gallery 18 on Monday April 11, 6 - 8 pm. RSVP 212 253 6803)
Yolène Legrand is an NYU Stern School and Arts Student League alumna. Living and working in New York and a native of Haiti, her artistic nature was nourished from an early age by the vivid colors and richness of her environment and culture. For the last 20 years she has painted gracefully with pastels and oils and more recently watercolors. Her serene style extends to her work in printmaking with etchings and linocuts; each work representing a labor of artistic process inspired by travels to France to her home in Haiti and other national and international locals of beauty and intrigue. The exhibition will showcase selections from her entire body of work.
Legrand's paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums in the U.S.A., Europe and Haiti, and are included in many corporate and private collections worldwide including the Brooklyn Museum in NYC. She maintains a studio in the Union Square section of Manhattan but travels often to other locations and countries to paint.
Legrand developed her artistic talents at the Art Students League of New York where she studied anatomy and figure drawing with the late Kate Hazelip and portrait painting with David Leffel. Her unique coloring technique is drawn from training with noted colorists, Peter Homitzky and Leatrice Rose. Previously an international banker, Legrand holds an MBA in Finance. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Audubon Artists, Inc., and has taught art classes to young people and adults for many years in New York, Georgia and New Jersey.
For more on Yolène Legrand please visit: www.yolenelegrand.com
Go Green Group Show
The Riverdale Y is present “Go Green” a group show of Riverdale Art Association in March. The Riverdale Art Association consists of artists who share their work and their love of art with each other and the community. Open to a range of skill levels, the Riverdale Art Association provides an opportunity for aspiring and professional artists to exhibit their work together, creating a sense of community where new avenues of creativity can be explored and expressed. A number of group exhibits are sponsored each year; members have opportunities to mount solo exhibits. Both peer review & professional critique are available. Monthly meetings include professional guest speakers, hands-on workshops and member-led demonstrations and discussions.
Exhibiting artists include:
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. 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.
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.