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Permeated By Paint Opening ReceptionSeptember 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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September 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


September 8, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Riverdale Y Gallery 18
5625 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, 10471
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Permeated By Paint Opening Reception

Gallery 18 takes pride in announcing our September exhibit “Permeated by Paint: Art Works on Silk” by Irma Kramer. A memorial exhibition, it consists of both paintings and scarves, which will be on view from September 4 to October 4, 2019, with an Opening Reception on September 8 from 12-2pm. All are welcome.

Irma Kramer was a longtime Bronx resident and member of the Riverdale Art Association, enjoying the creative community that is provided and treasuring the friendships she made there. She exhibited in group shows with them and her solo show at Gallery 18.

Animated by a love of creating art that began in early childhood and lasted the length of her days, she created works of sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, crafts, and other modalities. She also taught art: multi-media, painting, and arts and crafts to students of all ages, including at the Riverdale Y, the United Federation of Teachers, and in summer programs.

As the Director of the Senior Citizen Program at the Bronx YM-YWHA for 25 years, Irma was an innovator.  She created travel programs and socializing lunch programs that were ahead of their time and often copied. She introduced, developed, and supervised new art programs, such as cooperative mural painting, and classes in different media. Near the end of her career, she brought a teacher of silk painting to the Y to give a demonstration to her senior citizens.

She was enthralled by painting on silk from the moment she was exposed to it. It became the focal point of her art for the duration of her “retirement,” over 25 years. She found it exhilarating to be challenged by the delicate fabric and how the colors moved so quickly through it. Her finished works included paintings on silk, scarves, clothing, pillows, and wall hangings.

Also, Irma loved painting with more traditional media and on a variety of subject matters, those of women being among her favorites. Her Jewish-themed paintings seem to speak to what lay at the heart of Judaism to her: the joy, the togetherness, the soul, the love.

Irma lived her life with the joy and color and vibrancy that permeated her paintings. Beauty to Irma was in everything around her, not just captured in a work of art. On the setting sun, she would remark: “God really knows how to paint a masterpiece!”

Set in a lively, well-trafficked yet warmly intimate space at the Riverdale Y, Gallery 18 showcases the work of local artists representing a variety of media:  oils, acrylics, pastels, photography, sculpture, pottery. A different artist is featured each month, and all art is for sale with 20% of all proceeds going towards enhancing the gallery’s exhibits and programs. An Artist’s Reception, hosted by the  Riverdale Y, offers the public a chance to meet the artist and socialize with fellow gallery crawlers over light refreshments and treats.

Artist Gallery Talks for visiting groups such as schools and senior centers can be arranged for most solo exhibits, and inquiries are most welcome. For more information, please contact Maria Neuda, Curator, Gallery 18 at or 347 332 4647.