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
PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
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.