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 Market Art + Design 2019

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Gallery Owner Tamar Erdberg of Adamar Fine Art Gallery at Market Art + Design.


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Alex Lerner from RJD Gallery at Market Art + Design



TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Sculptor Kevin Barrett at Market Art + Design

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Sculptor Kevin Barrett, C-Fine Art Gallery Owner Cheryl Sokolow and Adamar Gallery Owner Tamar Erdberg

Market Art + Design - the Hamptons' premier art and design fair - opened July 5th with a Preview from 1:00-6:00pm and a VIP Party featuring live music by NYC's Live Footage and complimentary drinks by Aperol Spritz from 6:00-10:00pm. The Preview and VIP Party are open to VIP Pass and Preview Pass holders, and the fair opened to the public on Saturday, July 6, and ran through Sunday, July 7.

Market Art + Design's 50,000 square foot pavilion is conveniently located at The Bridgehampton Museum on Montauk Highway (2368 Rt. 27). To learn more about Market Art + Design visit artmarkethamptons.com

MARKET ART + DESIGN EXHIBITOR LIST

1 Dutch Projects New York

917 Fine Arts Miami

AB Gallery NY East Hampton

ACED Gallery Asbury Park

Adamar Fine Arts Miami

Alpha 137 Gallery New York

Analog Contemporary Philadelphia

​ARDT Gallery Southampton

Artblend Pompano Beach, FL

Art Angels Los Angeles | Miami

Art Unified Venice

Arte Collective Miami

Axiom Contemporary Santa Monica

Bahr Gallery Oyster Bay

Blue Gallery Delray Beach

Bruce Lurie Gallery Los Angeles

C Fine Art Bridgehamtpon

Chase Edwards Contemporary Bridgehampton

Clark Gallery Lincoln, MA

Contempop New York / Tel Aviv

Contessa Gallery Cleveland / Palm Beach

Cube Gallery London

David Benrimon Fine Art New York

DMD Contemporary New York

Duane Reed Gallery St. Louis

Eko System | D'Arte Mart New York

Emmanuelle G. Contemporary Art Greenwich

Envie d'Art Paris | London

Eternity Gallery Miami

Evan Lurie Gallery Carmel, IN

F.L. Braswell Fine Art Chicago

Folioeast East Hampton

Fremin Gallery New York

Galeria MPA Madrid

Galerie Fledermaus Chicago

Galerie L'Atelier Paris | New YorkGaleria MPA Madrid

Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart Paris

Galleria Ca' d'Oro New York

+GALLERyLABs Buenos Aires | New Haven

Gallery BOM Boston

GALLERY M Denver

Gallery Orange New Orleans

GARALA ART West Palm Beach

George Billis Gallery New York / Los Angeles

Gilles Clement Gallery Greenwich

Gugsa Black Arts Collective New York

HAAS CONTEMPORARY New York

Haven Gallery Northport, NY

Ilaria Quadrani Fine Arts New York

Jan Kath Design New York

Janet Lehr Fine Arts East Hampton

Jean Albano Gallery Chicago

JSF Contemporary Philadelphia

Julie M. Gallery Toronto

Lilac Gallery New York

Lincoln Michael Galleries Washington D.C.

Lynn Savarese Photography New York

M Fine Arts Galerie Boston | Palm Beach

Margo Gallery New York

Marloe Gallery Brooklyn

Michele Mariaud Gallery New York

MM Fine Art Southampton

ModArt Gallery Miami

Mookji Art Shanghai

Monika Olko Gallery Sag Harbor

Muriel Guépin Gallery New York

Outing Art Gallery Miami

Perseus Gallery New York

Quantum Contemporary Art London

Quogue Gallery Quogue

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery London

Red Truck Gallery New Orleans

Richard Levy Gallery Albuquerque

RJD Gallery Bridgehampton

Roig Collection Hoboken

Roman Fine Art East Hampton

RT Gallery: The Estate of Richard Bernstein Westport

Salomon Contemporary New York

Sim Smith Gallery London

Sturgis Art Gallery New York

SUDDEN PROJECTS Ft. Collins, CO

Sugarlift New York

The Directed Art Modern Miami

The White Room Gallery Bridgehampton

Timothy Yarger Fine Art Los Angeles, CA

UNIX Gallery New York

Vellum Projects Brooklyn

Vertu Fine Art Boca Raton

VSOP Projects Greenport, NY

Zabel Gallery Quebe

It was a pleasure interview three galleries that I was particulary fond of.  Sculptor Kevin Barrett displayed his sculpture at the C Fine Art Bridgehampton Booth.

Kevin Barrett has been surrounded by abstract sculpture and painting his entire life. He comes from a family of artists, including his father, Bill Barrett, who is also a sculptor. His grandfather, Stan Barrett, was a world renowned abstract painter who studied with Fernand Léger, and who founded the Art Department at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. The works of his father and grandfather have had a lasting influence on the work Barrett creates, as he successfully blends the disciplines of sculpture and painting in his own art.

Kevin Barrett was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1962. Several years later, his family relocated to Westchester, New York, where he spent his formative years. At the age of 14, Barrett’s father taught him how to weld, and he began creating his own sculptures. From these early sculptures, he won a Golden Key Award in the arts.

Barrett received his first commission at the age of 18, in which he created an 8-foot aluminum sculpture that would be displayed in front of Hastings High School in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. The sculpture, entitled “Upright” (1980), still stands there today.

Barrett studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon completing his studies, he was employed by the Shidoni Foundry in Santa Fe, NM, where he worked in fabrication and bronze casting.

Barrett set up his first studio in Miami, FL, where he worked restoring sculptures by Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Willem De Kooning, and Pablo Picasso for a private collector. During this time, he was also creating his own work and showing extensively in the area, in galleries such as the Joy Moos Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. After eight years in Miami, Barrett returned to New York City, where he maintained a studio in Brooklyn for over twenty years. In 2012, he relocated to Duxbury, MA, where he currently works and resides with his wife and three daughters.

Barrett’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, and can be found in the collections of the Vero Beach Museum, FL, the Interlocken Center for the Arts, MI, the Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College in Holland, MI,as well as the cities of Coral Springs, FL, and Stamford, CT. His work has also been commissioned by both corporate and private collectors. Considered an expert in his medium, he has independently consulted with and built sculptures for a number of well-known artists in, including Herbert Ferber, Tom Wesselmann, Marjorie Strider, and Allan Houser. His advice and consultation in the creation of metal sculptures continues to be sought after.

C Fine Art represents and exhibits the work of established, international artists with a focus on formal abstraction in contemporary, dimensional art.

Our appreciation for excellence in craftsmanship and insistence on originality leads us to artists who masterfully fabricate their work, reaching far beyond the boundaries of their chosen materials.

We excel in the integration of larger-scale outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural wall pieces in residential, commercial, and public environments, and welcome site-specific projects and commissions.

C Fine Art provides estimate reports for existing collections and offers consulting and advisory services.

Owner, Cheryl Sokolow is the founder and curator of the exhibition series, UNCOMMON GROUND I, II & III. The season long, outdoor sculpture exhibitions in Bridgehampton, NY have become an integral part of the Hampton’s cultural programming while making large-scale sculpture accessible to the community.

Cheryl Sokolow has over 20 years of artworld experience with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Art History.

FOR APPOINTMENT OR INQUIRY PLEASE CONTACT:

Cheryl Sokolow, Principal

(646) 594-7583

[email protected]

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Alex Lerner who is new to the team at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.

"We exhibit international, representational artists with a concentration on narrative realism, photorealistic portraiture, surrealism and figurative art. Exhibiting drawing, painting and sculpture, our emerging artists and American Master Painters from our RJD Private Collection, present a contemporary vision of our world."

For more information please visit http://rjdgallery.com

Another booth that stimulated my attention was the Adamar Fine Arts Booth. This gallery is a well known established art gallery in Miami owned by Tamar Erdberg.

http://www.adamargallery.com

For more information about Market Art + Design please visit https://artmarkethamptons.com

For the very best in Art in the Hamptons please visit Cognac's Corner Magazine.

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Cognac Wellerlane




The Wednesday Group Opening Reception at Water Mill Museum

Saturday, June 15, 2019

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Anna Franklin from the Wednesday Group at the Water Mill Museum


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist and Founder Gene Samuelsom from the Wednesday Group at the Water Mill Museum

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Lisa Rose from the Wednesday Group at the Water Mill Museum 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Barbara Jomes from the Wednesday Group at the Water Mill Museum



TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist Deb Palmer from the Wednesday Group at the Water Mill Museum

I was happu to meet The Wednesday Group artists for their Opening Reception at the Water Mill Museum on

Saturday, June 15, 5-7pm. It was an excellent opportunity to talk to the plein air painters and view their

artwork. This Special Exhibit will  run through June 30. Museum is open Thursday through Monday 11am-5pm. Closed

Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 631-726-4625. www.watermillmuseum.org.

More about the Artists below:

Anna Franklin

Anna Di Turi Franklin carries with her the love of art and of artistic expression of her native country: Italy. Her academic education concentrated in languages and literature, along with a Renaissance- like interest in many areas. Besides many degrees from NY city colleges, mainly in education, she has diplomas from the Universities of Madrid, Nice and Bologna.

Her busy life as a teacher of Romance Languages kept her away from executing her love for fine arts. However, once retired out here in East Hampton, she dedicated her time taking art courses at the various art institutions of the East End and in private studios of well known artists. She has a constant curiosity for exploring new mediums and art forms and, as such, her work is never stagnant.

Her inspiration comes from the beauty that surrounds her out here in the East End of Long Island where she resides with her husband. She belongs to a “plein air” group of artists called “The Wednesday Group”, now sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, with whom she usually exhibits at Ashawagh Hall in the Springs, East Hampton.

She is passionate about her painting and what moves her may take many forms. She is equally at home with representational painting as well as abstract and because of her innate love for diversity, she will not limit herself to one form of expression or one medium. She is, therefore, a very eclectic painter. The physical beauty of nature moves her to paint in order to create visual images as an outlet to her emotional reaction to beauty.

She has been selected in many juried shows at the East End Arts, in Riverhead; at Southampton Cultural Center; at the Naples Art Association in Florida. She was honored to be part of the Springs Invitational in 2012. She has been written about in various local papers and on line. Recently, Sept. 2016, she won the Southampton Artists Association poster contest for their Labor Day show and was featured in the Independent Art Section, Oct. 5th,2016.

She has been and is very active in the East Hampton artistic community. She belongs to many art affiliations and museums. She has been part of the board of the AAEH for many years; she has served as President of the Friends of Guild Hall for 3 seasons for which institution she has organized, successfully, for over 8 years, private studio tours showcasing the best artists and art sites in our area.

She was part of the former Studio East Gallery and Artists Gallery in Greenport, the former Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett and the White Room in Bridgehampton. She is currently part of Artblend, a notable Fort Lauderdale gallery.

She has exhibited all across Long Island, from Brooklyn to Montauk, and, on the North Fork, in Peconic’s Gallery Crossing. In the latter, Sept. 2014, she showed 25 paintings selected from 2 successful series shown, as one of the featured artists, in the former Crazy Monkey Gallery. One called “Incandescence”, dedicated to her love of flowers instilled by her mom and the other “Under the Sea” which explored both the real and imaginary world under the seas. Both series can be viewed at www.hamptonsarthub.com.

Contact Anna at [email protected] for additional information or phone (631)907-4321. Her work can also be seen at : www.aaeh.org ; www.southamptonartists.org; www.hamptonsarthub.com; www.eastendarts.org; artblend.com; Blink


Gene Samuelson

Amagansett, NY resident Gene's carefully observed renderings of beaches, cityscapes, homes and gardens capture the essence of his subjects and makes them special to artists and viewers alike. He creates plein air landscapes as well as portraits of homes and gardens in watercolor, ink and pencil.

His work varies from delicate and subdued to lush and vivacious.

In addition to making art for his own pleasure and exhibition, Gene creates home and garden portraits by commission under the name 'HomeScapes", preserving locations that are meaningful to clients. Gene also donates his talent to organizations, including

The Peconic Land Trust, Group for the East End, East End Hospice, RSVP and LVIS.

He currently serves on the board of The Artists Alliance of East Hampton (AAEH).

In 2010 he co-founded The Wednesday Group (TWG), Plein Air Painters of The East End. In 2015 TWG began a relationship with The Nature Conservancy which permits TWG to paint at its protected sites. Since 2010, the group has had more than 15 shows.

Now retired, Gene has been an art director, director, executive producer and creative director at ad agencies and production companies. He is an alumnus of

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Pam feels privileged to have lived and painted on Long Island for so many years. The lighting, subject matter, and connection with other artists is inspirational. She has studied pastels with master pastelists, oil still life with Robert Armetta, and currently paints with a landscape group guided by Howard Rose. Pam is affiliated with numerous Long Island art organizations, such as the Artist Alliance, Southampton Artists Association, Springs Improvement Society, and Guild Hall. She is also a member of the plein air group known as "The Wednesday Group."

For more information please visit http://www.genesamuelsonart.com/


Pamela Vossen

Over the years, Pam has received numerous awards of excellence. In March of 2014, one of her still lifes was featured on the cover of Dan's Papers. Many of her paintings have found homes in private collections. Pam's style is realistic, emphasizing drawing, color, and design. Her subject matter varies, and includes wild animals, still life, landscapes, beach scenes, and people. Continuous artistic growth and exploration with other artists is essential to her achieving to create pleasing and meaningful work.

Pam is currently exhibiting in the July 2015 ArtHamptons art fair. She is represented by Artblend gallery, in Florida.

For more informatiom please visit http://www.artbypamvossen.com


Deb Palmer

Deborah Fritts Palmer is a former graphic artist and commercial illustrator who now divides her year between Sag Harbor and Charleston, SC, devoting full time to plein air painting.

She studied drawing and painting at Skidmore College where she earned her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts in 1970 with Departmental and College Honors. Upon graduation, she spent the next 20 years as an Art Director in several New York advertising agencies using her skill in drawing primarily in comprehensive layout work for print campaigns and TV commercials. During this period she had many of her illustrations published.

In the 1980's, she was affiliated with the Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY for which she designed and illustrated their Spring Benefit promotional pieces and participated in their exhibitions.

In 1992, she established her own graphic design studio, but she never gave up her love of drawing. In her spare time, she continued to work in pastels and paint in oils, concentrating on still lifes.

Upon retirement in 2000, and a move to the Charleston area, Deborah returned to her art to pursue landscapes. She paints with the Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild and The Wednesday Group on Long Island, NY and continues to study with prominent artists in Charleston and New York to refine her skills and define her personal style.

Deborah is an exhibiting member of the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant Artist Guilds, has won numerous awards and accepts regular commissions from patrons both in Charleston and the New York area. Her work has also been exhibited at Skidmore's Galleries, at Guild Hall in Easthampton, NY, the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan's Island, the North Charleston City Gallery, and in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. She is currently represented by Lowcountry Artists Gallery in Charleston, SC.

For more informatiom please visit http://deborahpalmerfineart.com


Lisa Rose

After studying Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, she enjoyed a career of over 30 years as a residential Interior Designer and owner of Aubergine Interiors LLC. based in New York City, the Hamptons and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. There she gained national attention with features in prestigious publications including House Beautiful, House Beautiful Home Decorating, Florida Design, Interior Design, Maison Francaise, and Cosmopolitan.

Recently introduced to pastels and acrylics as art mediums, and becoming inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape, has led to the creation of her first pieces with a delicate blend of representational art with a bit of abstraction.

In 2017 Lisa joined a Plein air group headed by renowned pastelist Teresa Sais traveling with the group to Italy at Cinque Terre and Tuscany for an artist workshop. She also attended another workshop in the South of France this spring by Jeanne Rossier Smith to study and hilltop towns.​ Then back to Umbria Italy in October 2018.

Currently a member of the Vero Beach Art Club, the Pastel Society of America, Artist Alliance of East Hampton, The Wednesday Group Painters of the East End, and is the Vice President of the Vero Beach Branch of the National League of Pen Women.

She won national attention with her piece “Hampton Shores” in December 2017 with her selection as Art of the Week for the Nation League of Pen Women.

Her works can be found in private collections around the country, and she has exhibited at local art shows, galleries and fairs.

For more information please visit https://www.lisaroseart.com


Barbara Newell Jones

My painting is done from nature because I enjoy being outside in every season and feel that the colors and values of my subjects and the essence of a place can best be captured on location and with direct observation. The excitement and the immediacy of painting “on the spot” are my inspiration . I love to paint both the landscape and the sea but it is the patterns and the colors of these subjects that truly inspire me.

I have studied with Robert Cormier, David Curtis, Don Stone, Maris Platais, Susan Kelley, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Mary Minifie, and others. My work is in private and corporate collections in New England, New York ,California and Bermuda.

For more information please visit https://barbaranewelljones.com


For more information about the Water Mill Museum please visit http://www.watermillmuseum.org


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Cognac Wellerlane




ART NEW YORK RETURNS To Pier 94 (Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5, 2019)

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews World Renowned Artist and photographer Markus Klinko

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Markus Klinko is an award-winning international fashion/celebrity photographer and director,who has worked with many of today's most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

Klinko has photographed the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, David Bowie which premiered at Art New York on May 2, 2019,Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness and Iman. His editorial clients include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Interview magazine. Brands such as Lancôme, L'Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin have hired Klinko to create advertising campaigns. His campaign for Keep A Child Alive raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just a few days.


I  had the pleasure of interviewing Gallery Owner Freddy Hadorn  of Licht Feld Gallery who decided to premier the never before series of 4 photos by Marcus Klinko.


LICHT FELD’s beginning dates back to 2001 when the first exhibition, of what became an annual event, took place on the Gundeldinger Feld in Basel, Switzerland. Word spread, and after 12 consecutive years, the event garnered international recognition. In 2007 LICHT FELD received the first invitation to participate in the SCOPE international art fair in Miami. This event was followed by many additional fairs in New York, Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach, Istanbul and Basel. In 2010 we opened a permanent Gallery in Basel. After 8 years on July 2018 we opened our new exhibition space at Blumenrain 20 in Basel. Wonderful location, in the heart of Basel, on two floors, with a view of the river Rhine and a large window front. 

Artist Sydney Cash’s work is in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, and le Muse des Arts Decoritifs in Paris.

His work has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Museum of Modern Art, the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, and many other private, public and corporate agencies.

Cash’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including: OK Harris Gallery-NYC, Heller Gallery-NYC, Carpe Dium Gallery-Paris, Orlando Museum of Art, Retretti Art Museum-Punkaharju, Finland, Detroit Institute of Art.

He has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Fellissimo Award, as well as fellowships from The National Endowment for The Arts and from the New York Foundation for The Arts.


Born in Spokane, WA (1986), Tamalin Baumgarten paints quiet landscape scenes with a tonal, melancholic realism. She received her MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2015 and her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010. She has been the recipient of several awards, including two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Awards, the Portrait Scholarship Award from the New York Academy of Art, the Dahesh Museum of Art Award, and the Vermont Studio Center grant award. She is also the Co-founder and Director of the Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency, located on Massachusetts’ Cuttyhunk Island, the inspiration for many of her paintings.

Elyx Mobile Bar and Lounge in Art New York.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Elyx Mobile Bar and Lounge in Art New York at Pier 94 May 2nd at the VIP Reception

  Elyx Mobile Bar and Lounge in Art New York. Inspired by the success of other immersive brand experiences like the Elyx House LA, Absolut Elyx has created a mobile bar to bring the Elyx Experience to Art New York. The Elyx Mobile Bar enables the brand to educate consumers on this luxury vodka while utilizing the Elyx copper serving rituals. The Elyx Mobile Bar lounge will showcase the brand’s unique aesthetic while creating a memorable experience. Elyx will host a lounge during Art New York for an oasis away from the rest of the fair. Guests can enjoy a cocktail and relax while enjoying all that Art New York has to offer.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist SunHe Hong.

They are  posing in front of one of Artist work Paul Jenkins, at Vallarino Fine Art New York! #artnewyork #contemporaryart #nyc #art #artist #gallery #artblog #pier94nyc #vallarinofineart #salomonartsgallery

ART NEW YORK RETURNS WITH A SPECIAL SELECTION OF IMPORTANT MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, SOLO ARTIST PRESENTATIONS, CUTTING-EDGE AND EMERGING TALENT AT FIFTH EDITION

(Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5, 2019)

(New York, NY – May 1, 2019) – The fifth edition of Art New York returned to Pier 94 from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5, with an invitation-only VIP Preview on Thursday, May 2 at 2pm before opening to the public at 5pm.

Art New York provided multiple platforms for discovering high-quality works by more than 300 artists from 70 international galleries from 18 countries, including CONTEXT, a destination for new and established contemporary galleries to present emerging, mid-career and cutting-edge talent. The fair showcases robust and dynamic presentations of work from influential artists from the contemporary, modern, post-war and pop eras, reinforced by curated programs of special projects and non-profit partnerships, during one of the most significant weeks in New York's art calendar.

Exhibitor Highlights

· The New York Academy of Art is Art New York’s philanthropic partner. They  presented an exhibition curated by Academy President David Kratz and Academy supporter Helena Christensen who hosted a private VIP Reception on Thursday May 2, between 6pm to 8pm. The drawings, paintings and sculpture have all been created by alumni of the Academy’s MFA program including James Adelman, Tamalin Baumgarten, Joao Brandao, Dina Brodsky, Diana Corvelle, Shiqing Deng, Christian Fagerlund, Brett Harvey, Jacob Hicks, Alexis Hilliard, Sara Issakharian, Yun Jang, Lani Kennefick, Will Kurtz, Dan Pelonis, Laura Peturson, James Razko, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Stephen Shaeen, Susan Siegel, Kathy Stecko, Zeynep Tekiner, Jiannan Wu and Zane York. The New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees include Eileen Guggenheim, Ph.D., Brooke Shields, and Naomi Watts.

· Rosenfeld Gallery has dedicated its booth to the importance of black and white. They have made it a point to showcase works in a variety of artistic mediums. The booth included works on paper by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jean Dubuffet, a large painting on black velvet by Mel Bochner, a 51 inch by 51 inch black and white infinity net canvas by artist Yayoi Kusama, and a mixed media work featuring black and white printed mulberry paper by Kwang Young Chun.

· Art of the World Gallery presented works by Fernando Botero, Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, Mr. Brainwash, Javier Marin Gustavo Velez, Cristóbal Toral, Rafael Barrios, Julio Larraz, and Silvia Papas. Highlights included Jim Dine’s vibrant work, Random Sewing, oil on canvas, 2009, Fernando Botero’s cultural masterpiece, Arena, oil on canvas, 2004, and two stunning sculptures by the late Robert Indiana: Love, high-polished bronze, 1966/1998 and Amor, painted aluminum (red & blue). They will have famed Colombian sculptor, Gustavo Velez, in attendance during the VIP reception, and Javier Marin made an appearance on May 4.

· Bogena Galerie presented an original mixed media piece by Manolo Valdès from 2006 that has never been seen in New York titled Lillie IX. The gallery asks the question, ‘Is today’s art a legacy of past works?’ and addresses how contemporary artists communicate with artists of the past including Manolo Valdès with Henri Matisse, Monique Frydman with Pierre Bonnard, or Jeff Bertoncino with Stephen De Staebler. A highlight will be Triptyque Austral, 1986 by Monique Frydman.

· Waterhouse & Dodd have organized a solo show of the Hyperphotos of the renowned French artist Jean-François Rauzier. Hyperphotos are large-scale digitally created photos of cities, museums and libraries. Each work has up to 3,000 separate images stitched together. Rauzier has his most recent work, based on London’s National Gallery, in a major exhibition at Scotland’s National Gallery this summer. Subjects in this presentation include works based on The Museum of Modern Art, The Hamptons, Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, and a tree made with the sculpture of Auguste Rodin.

· Eternity Gallery  highlighted George Morton-Clark, a British artist from the world of animation. The hyperrealist artist Michael Moebius was present at the gallery’s booth.

· Masterworks Fine Art Gallery  showcased Paramount TP (Unique Trial Proof) from Andy Warhol’s 1985 Ads Series, as well as the artist’s 1967 work, Marilyn. They  also presented Danseuse Créole (Creole Dancer), 1978 by Joan Miró, Untitled, 1995 by Frank Stella, and Imperfect, 1988 by Roy Lichtenstein.

· Chase Contemporary showcased rare paintings by Andy Warhol, including Knives, 1981 and two graphite drawings. The gallery’s artists, Chuck Hoberman, Steve Hash, Liu Shuishi and Ole Aakjær were present at the gallery’s booth. Aakjær,  presented new watercolor compositions, a book signing at the gallery’s booth was on Saturday, May 4. Hoberman, who presented never-before-seen kinetic sculptures that took part in a meet and greet on Thursday, May 2 and Saturday, May 4. The gallery  also presented Hash’s 2018 sculpture, Ghost, in the VIP Lounge.

· LICHT FELD GALLERY  revealed four never-before-seen prints of David Bowie by artist and photographer Markus Klinko. This will be marked by a cocktail reception on Thursday, 2 May at 3:30pm. Klinko is an award-winning, international fashion/celebrity photographer and director who has worked with many of today’s most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

· Vallarino Fine Art exhibited American artists from the 1940s through the 1960s including Robert Motherwell, Gene Davis, Edward Dugmore, Hans Hofmann, John McLaughlin, Friedel Dzubas, Mary Abbott, Anne Ryan, Norman Bluhm, Ray Parker, Paul Jenkins, Vivian Springford and Ilya Bolotowsky. These artists’ works originate from American Abstract Artists, Abstract Expressionism and Washington Color School. The juxtaposition of these movements reveals one’s effect on the other.

· Avant Gallery presented emerging artists including Will Kurtz and emerging New York City-based street artist Sr. LaSso, who paints colorful pop culture-centric murals.

· Adelson Cavalier Galleries presented I Love You, 2019, a new life-size sculpture by Federico Uribe created from bullet shells.

· The Cynthia Corbett Gallery presented winners of the Young Masters Art Prize with a focus on emerging female artists including Azita Moradkhani, Eleanor Watson, Zemer Peled, and Isabelle van Zeijl. The gallery  also showcased new work from Andy Burgess, in addition to work by Nicolas Saint Grégoire, whose art is currently the centerpiece for Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris’s presentation of Yves Saint Laurent’s historic collection based on the iconic Mondrian dress. Dutch photographer Isabelle Van Zeijl was at the gallery’s booth on Friday, May 3 at 5pm to sign her mini-catalogs and discuss her new work.

· Winn Slavin Fine Art has themed its booth ‘Metamorphose,’ and presented three original pen and ink drawings by Salvador Dali, valued between $500,000 - $700,000.

· N2 Galería  presented an extremely rare Keith Haring titled Frisbee from 1989. The work is an illustrated frisbee featuring the inscription, “A real Keith Haring drawing on a fake Keith Haring frisbee.”

· Winterowd Fine Art  made its fair debut and featured never-before-seen works, including a large painting by Tom Kirby titled Serenity 11 from 2019.

· JoAnne Artman Gallery  featured artists Audra Weaser and John “CRASH” Matos at their booth where the gallery which presented their works including Less than Zero 1 and Less than Zero 2 by Matos and Sea Gems Series (6 Panels) by Weaser.

· Lucia Mendoza presented several works including Presente Pluscuamperfecto (Luz), 2018 by Salustiano.

· Simons Gallery had themed its booth, ‘Women and Power,’ and presented two pieces that have never been shown before: Trophy Wives, 2019, by Leonor Anthony, who is represented by the Museo de Arte Valencia, and a Roberto Polillo photograph titled, Nina Simone.

· Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery  showcased two new pieces by Carla Kranendonk. The Dutch-born artist’s works are informed by her travels to West Africa, her love of the 20th century artistic tradition, and her childhood as the daughter of a dress-maker. The large format pieces combine vivid brushwork with hand-embroidered paper collage, textiles and beading.

· The Selects Gallery presented exclusive work from high caliber fashion photographers who have never before been exhibited in a fair in the United States. Artists include Chris Von Wangenheim, one of the most groundbreaking fashion photographers of the 20th century. Until his death in 1981, he ranked alongside Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin in his masterful encapsulation of the 1970’s zeitgeist. Giovanni Gastel, who is one of the most prominent fashion photographers in Italy, Richard Phibbs, whose fine art photography is in the private collections of Bill Clinton, Ralph Lauren, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Eisner among others, and Kenneth Willardt, one of the most enduring and sharpest beauty photographers, who  signed his book, ‘The Beauty Book’ on Friday, May 3 at 3pm.

· Boccara Art  presented the work of contemporary French artist Laurence Jenkell, who is well known for her iconic plexiglass Candy Nations, a series of oversized candies with the flags of different countries. They also displayed the unique works of glass artist Kim KototamaLune, who creates ethereal sculptures that resemble abstracted organic shapes and faces, as well as the works of Francois Calvat and Wang Keping.

· Elyx Mobile Bar and Lounge in Art New York. Inspired by the success of other immersive brand experiences like the Elyx House LA, Absolut Elyx has created a mobile bar to bring the Elyx Experience to Art New York. The Elyx Mobile Bar enables the brand to educate consumers on this luxury vodka while utilizing the Elyx copper serving rituals. The Elyx Mobile Bar lounge will showcase the brand’s unique aesthetic while creating a memorable experience. Elyx  hosted a lounge during Art New York for an oasis away from the rest of the fair. Guests can enjoy a cocktail and relax while enjoying all that Art New York has to offer.

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The New York Academy of Art is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. Through major exhibitions, a robust lecture series, and an ambitious curriculum, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.nyaa.org


SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Art New York’s Exclusive Vodka Sponsor is Absolut Elyx. Art New York’s Exclusive Gin Sponsor is Monkey 47. Cultural Partners include: New York Academy of Art, Artika, ArtTable, Children’s Museum of the Arts, The Bass Museum, Bronx Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Bruce Museum, Public Art Fund, Neue Galerie NYC, Dwight School, Perez Art Museum, The Cultivist, Christie’s Education in NY, German Consulate General New York, Consul General of Sweden, Consulate General of Australia, Consulate General of Austria, Consul General of Brazil, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Nightingale-Bamford School, Pierpont Morgan Library, Parrish Art Museum, Junior Associates of MoMA, Whitney Museum, Whitney Young Collectors, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Hyphen Hub, Sotheby’s Preferred, Sotheby's Institute of Art, The National Arts Club, Big Screen Plaza, The Noguchi Museum, The Watermill Center, Performa Arts, IVY, and Norwood Club. Media partners include: (t)here Magazine, Art 21, Art News, Art Nexus, Art+ Magazine, Artnet, ARTSY, Avenue, Create! Magazine, Culture Shock Media, Dow Jones, Manhattan Magazine, NY Social Diary, Observer, Private Air Magazine, Quest Magazine, TAX Collection, Venü, Wall Street Journal and Whitewall.


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 Spring Fling at RJD Gallery! 

"We Believe"

opens

April 13, 6-8pm

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Kimberly J. Nichols, Director of Development 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Lee Alban at The "We Believe" Exhibit at RJD Gallery


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Mago Gallery Curator at RJD Gallery  at The "We Believe" Exhibit at RJD Gallery

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Art Collector and Expert Richard J Demato at RJD Gallery in Briidgehampton, NY

Art Enthusiasts and guests gathered at RJD Gallery for the opening of "We Believe" Their annual juried exhibition to benefit The Retreat, an important east end organization providing services for victims of domestic violence.

RJD Gallery is excited to share works with you by a remarkable group of artists:

Barbara Abeltina Jessica Alazarki

Lee Alban Andrea Alvin

Paige Bradley Miguel Del Ray

James Feehan Marianna Foster

Nathaniel Galka Jackie Gordon

Dana Hawk Claudia Kaak

Mike McLaughlin Leah Morgan

Richard Mothes Gail Postal

Larry Reinhart Alan Richards

Blair Seagram


The submission-based exhibit donates 100% of the fees collected to The Retreat.


Art lovers met the artists and enjoyed the music from the Bridgehampton School Marimba Band, back by popular demand! Cocktails and refreshments rounded out this fun evening. We believe in new beginnings and second chances, we believe that art changes lives, and we believe everyone has something to offer. Celebrate the importance of believing with us - we look forward to seeing you on April 13!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be donated to The Retreat All Against The abuse.

The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence.

In pursuit of that mission, The Retreat provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, their families and the Eastern Long Island community through a 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education, and emergency shelter. Violence prevention education and other supportive programs are available in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The agency values and is committed to providing compassionate, empathetic and culturally aware services to all clients/members. Interactions are approached with these values in mind, and it is expected that clients/members will be treated with compassion, respect and sensitivity during the provision of holistic, inclusive and welcoming services.

The Retreat does not discriminate with respect to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or military or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


 Because of you, the Retreat continues to serve survivors of domestic violence, and provide them a with a loving, nurturing, and safe place to rebuild their lives, and their children's lives, with dignity and grace. Domestic violence occurs in our neighborhoods and in our families. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, or economic status. With your help we have provided 4,911 safe nights in our emergency shelter in 2018, with greater than 50% being children under the age of 12. With your continued support the Retreat will continue to fight for and support all victims of domestic violence.

For more information on how you can support, contribute and participate please visit

http://www.allagainstabuse.org/ and for for more information on exhibits and spectacular art please visit http://rjdgallery.com

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15th Annual Love & Passion OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, March 9, 2019

Dell Cullum  Filmmaker/Artist/Photographer

Jackie Fuchs Artist


Jody Gambino Artist/Photographer

Erin Simmons Artist/Photographer


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Art Dealer Karyn Mannix at 15th Annual Love & Passion OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, March 9, 2019 Photo by Lisa Tamburini

karyn mannix contemporary

presented

15th Annual Love & Passion Show

Decadence Of Distortion

We exist in a falsified reproduction of what truly is.

In a time where real is fake and fake is real, our moral and cultural

instability is characterized by an excessive onslaught of tweets,

half-truths, alternative facts and altered-images.

Where is the Love & Passion from yesteryear and where will it be

tomorrow…

Theme: Modern Love.

Opening March 9, 2019 from 5-8pm

On View Saturday 11-8, Sunday 12-5

Kathryn Markel Gallery

2428 Montauk Hwy

Bridgehampton New York


karyn mannix contemporary’s vision focuses on a multitude of levels, from finding and representing emerging and mid-career artists, to contemporaries that are in major museum permanent collections. kmc specializes in cutting edge minimalism to color-field and pop art, with a recent focus on urban street art .

Bringing together over 20 years of combined curatorial, advisory and collecting experience, kmc offers a range of art advisory services with a focus on contemporary art and the secondary market, to help organize your collection and build the right collection for both personal and corporate needs.

Whether finding consultation and/or assistance on your recent art collection or looking to start new or add-on to a collection, karyn mannix contemporary has consulted and curated multiple

A-list private clients, art auctions, trade shows, corporate installations and gallery presentations.


For more information please visit https://www.karynmannixcontemporary.com


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Art ‘n Pool Party  At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker Lyndon Brown at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Jaime Zevallos at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Cee Love at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Marcus GlitteriS at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Ben Moon at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Sunhe Hong at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Asia Lee at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

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 Paintings By Artist Ben Moon

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Painting by Artist Cee Love

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Painting by Artist Melosa Basquiat

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at with Filmmaker Lyndon Brown, Jodie Bisasor and Artist Cee Love at Art ‘n Pool Party At The Oreya in Southampton, New York

With a Billion and one things to do in this summer in the hamptons, Exquisite Events NY Presented a sexy Pool party. Guests were promised a night filled with live entertainment and music which was absolutely delivered.

The Exquisite team pulled out all the stops for a fashion forward event.

Exquisite Events NY, Beautique, alongside Jaime Zevallos, and INN-A-CIRCLE productions, hosted one of the hottest pool parties in the Hampton’s. ,” the event showcased local artists in New York. The festivities was held at Oreya 281 County Road 39A, Southampton, NY 11968 . Sounds BY DJ Marcus GlitteriS. The live art exhibition Presented By Melosa Basquiat, Ben Moon, Cee Love, Justin 32, Jaime Zevallos, Eddy Bogaert, Sunhe Hong and Marcus Glitteris,

Sponsored by Marcel Fine Wines

Below is some info about each Artist:

Asia Lee

As a respected artist, entrepreneur, and marketing professional, Asia Lee dedicates her creative, communication and people skills to providing outstanding work and commitment of the highest level to the communities, organizations and individuals she serves. She focuses much of her efforts in support of a wide array of local, regional and national charitable projects. Regularly scheduled exhibitions of her photographic artwork, along with the many non-profit and corporate promotions she is heavily involved with, raise substantial funds and much needed attention for worthy causes. Her artwork is owned and displayed by collectors, museums and galleries nationally and internationally. Asia Lee has photographed a wide range of celebrities from Madonna to Michael Jackson, Joe Torre, and President George Bush. Although her resume includes many renowned high profile clients and partners, Asia, as an artist, is best known for her unique ability to capture rare beautiful moments of nature and everyday life at their best. Her work made history when she became the first female sports photographer for the USTA, and she continues to break traditional molds through her unique artistic style. Her true passion, however, is capturing the extraordinary beauty of ordinary life, and her large scale fine art nature photographs have a powerful emotional impact that have been quickly embraced by serious collectors throughout the world.

For more info please visit https://www.asialeefineart.com

Marcus GlitteriS

Born 1975 . MarcusGlitteriS is a native New Yorker from the Lower East Side of ”Alphabet City“. He is a self taught Artist who started painting at the age of 28. Art class started for me on the floors of New York City Night Clubs. Creativity Started for me through my dancing and ”Club Kid” outfits. I would see and experience the energy of The New York City ”Club Kids“, DragQueens, and Creatures of the Night. Every Character was a moving Painting. It inspired me to be a Moving Painting that danced and played in an Abstract Gallery. Fluorescent Painting was born in ”The Cosmic Cavern” Kenny Scharf Installation @ The Tunnel N.Y.C.

For more info please visit https://www.marcusglitteris.com

Melosa Basquiat

Daughter of The Most High King. On my smart girls save the world. Warrior for Christ. Queen with a crown down for my King, Bam. Lulu & EJ's Mom. My journey

Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/pg/MindOfMelosa


Cee Love

C. Love, Curt Cunningham, was intimately introduced to songwriting and creating

loving music at a very early age. Born into a family where music accompanied

every family occasion, it became an essential ingredient to happy living. His

father, Clyne Cunningham Sr., a songwriter and musician, did not hesitate to

nurture the natural musical talent he saw in his own children. He formed a

recording band with C. Love and his two siblings while they were still very young

and impressionable. At the precious ages of four, six, and two, C. Love and his

two siblings recorded their first song in the studio. C. Love sang background and

played light percussion. Clyne Sr. wrote the music and played the piano and

bass. Over time, they recorded numerous songs and as a result music became a

part of C. Love’s eternal existence. Inspired by his father’s love, passion and

appreciation for all music, C. Love has grown into a musical genius who

embodies all that music has to offer the world. His songs tell stories through the

eyes of truth using a simple yet profound fusion of honesty, observation,

reflection and love.

Visit him at: cloveartistry.com


Ben Moon

As an avid musician and “fine arts” major at Tulane university, Ben Moon immersed himself in the diverse artistic culture of New Orleans participating in numerous art shows and performing regularly around town. Even at this early stage he became fascinated by the ways in which his love of creating both sonic and visual elements could be combined to create a heightened emotional effect. After graduating and returning to New York, Moon’s work has been featured in a string of successful exhibitions throughout the world, including New York, London, New Orleans, Bejing, as well as several appearances at Miami’s prestigious “ART BASEL.”

For more info please visit http://www.worldofbenmoon.com


Sun He Hong

SunHe is a Korean - American artist based in New York City. After moving to U.S. she earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Youngstown State University in Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York City, worked as a fashion designer for five years and received an AAS degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology. She further studied art at the Art Student's League in New York City.

In her art, SunHe expresses the human spirit. It displays the raw and authentic relationships of this world, focusing on our more intimate emotional needs. Her works delve into our deeper soulful dilemmas that are born from our desire to love. They express our longings, our fantasies and dreams that allow us to escape our reality and join a poetic existence.


Please visit Sun He at https://www.sunhehong.com


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RJD Gallery with co-hosts

Cristina Cuomo and Purist Magazine

invites you to the opening of

"Kiss and Tell"


RJD GALLERY - ANDREA KOWCH

Andrea Kowch has been described as “a powerful voice emerging, demonstrating a highly sensitive consciousness that informs a culturally-laced symbolism.” Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1986, she attended the College for Creative Studies on scholarship, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in 2009. Her paintings and works on paper are rich in mood, allegory, and precision of medium, reflecting a wealth of influences from Northern Renaissance and American art to the rural landscapes and vernacular architecture of her native Michigan.

The recipient of many honors early on in her career, commencing in 2003, at age 17, with seven regional Gold Key awards and two national Gold Medal awards from the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, her acceptance into these juried national exhibitions earned her representation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 2003 and at the Diane von Furstenberg Gallery in New York in 2004. By 2005, she was granted a National ARTS in the Visual Arts Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now the National Young Arts Foundation), an honor that ranks recipients in the top 2% of American talent. The winning entries were exhibited at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami. In 2008, Kowch received the Best of Show Purchase Award from the Northbrook Library’s annual juried international exhibition, and in the same year received an Illustration Faculty Award from the College for Creative Studies.

Kowch has since gone on to garner multiple Best of Show awards in various juried exhibitions of regional, national, and international caliber, and has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries, including the Muskegon Museum of Art, where her solo retrospective Dream Fields debuted in 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, ArtPrize, Art Basel Miami, the Los Angeles Art Show, ArtHamptons, and SCOPE NYC, who, in 2012, named Kowch one of the top 100 emerging artists in the world. She has also been featured in and graced the front covers of several national and international publications, including AmericanArt Collector, The Artist’s Magazine, Artension (FRA), Direct Art, Spectrum, Revue, Womankind (AUS), Cent Magazine (UK), Hestitika (ITA), Hi-Fructose, and Southwest Art’s annual “30 Under 30” competition whose winners take center stage in their Artist Spotlight issue. Kowch’s work can be found in public and museum permanent collections, among them the Muskegon Museum of Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Northbrook Library, Northbrook, Illinois, and the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York; and in significant private collections worldwide.

Kowch resides and works in Michigan where she paints full-time and enjoys giving back to the creative community by serving as an adjunct professor at the College for Creative Studies, and juror of various art exhibitions. She is represented exclusively by RJD Gallery in New York.

RJD GALLERY - Mary Jane Ansell

Mary Jane Ansell is a previous finalist in the prestigious BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and has been selected several times for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and The Threadneedle Prize. Based in the UK she shows internationally with recent group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, Singapore and LA.

Her works feature in private and public collections world wide including commissions for the permanent collections of National Portrait Gallery UK, Brighton and Hove Museums and the Joe Lewis Collection.

Ansell's was named as one of the “Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now” by Buzz Feed in 2017 and her work has featured on the covers of numerous magazines including American Art Collector and a number of recent novels, including New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Baker’s Gilly Salt Sisters and on Adam Ant’s recently released album: Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter.

With a love of intriguing narratives and in catching a contained but dramatic moment Ansell's work draws influences from a multitude of inspirations, her sitters become characters imbued with a narrative that Ansell says develops collaboratively as she works with them, at times autobiographical , drawing memories from childhood or her response to the current complexities of politics and issues of gender, drawing too from the language of classical portraiture to the world of haute couture and with an appreciation for a refined technique that evokes the past but with a resolutely modern viewpoint.

After 25 years living near to the sea in Brighton UK she and her partner of 29 years, Richard, a musician have recently moved to the dramatic scenery and isolation of the Welsh borders, near Snowdonia. An area rich in ancient legend and inspiration.

RJD GALLERY - Kris Lewis

Lewis is a contemporary portrait painter.    He often refers to his close family ties and Latvian heritage as an inspirations to his works. His work often depicts strong women. He is influenced by Hans Holbein, Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch and Gustav Klimt.

Kris Lewis work has been published in Juxtapoz and Modern Painters. He has been featured in Art Nouveau Magazine, American Art Collector, Symposium Magazine, Books: Two Faced: The Changing Face of Portraiture, and Suggetivism. His painting was featured on the cover of the May 2011 issue of American Art Collector. He was featured in an interview and showcase in the July 2011 issue of Hi-Fructose Magazine. His work has been shown in galleries, including Jonathan LeVine Gallery, David B. Smith Gallery, Corey Helford Gallery and others. His work has been shown all over the world, including across United States: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Denver, Miami, London, Rome, as well as in Hong Kong, Rome, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Berlin.

Lucky Brand Jeans selected him for their "Lucky Few" campaign which exposed young and upcoming talents in various fields. He was featured in a print campaign that featured ads in several major magazines, such as Details, Vogue and GQ, and on billboards across the America.

Kris Lewis has co-curated Grammy art exhibitions such as "Worlds on Fire" on February 2, 2009, with singer/producer will.i.am, held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. He has created album cover art for will.i.am.

His work is sometimes also associated with the pop surrealism movement.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Publisher Cristina Cuomo of Purist Magazine RJD Gallery with co-hosts

Cristina Cuomo and Purist Magazine

invites you to the opening of

"Kiss and Tell"

Saturday, August 18

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Andrea Kowch at RJD Gallery at the "Kiss and Tell" Exhibit

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Mary Jane Ansell at RJD Gallery  at the "Kiss and Tell" Exhibit

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RJD Gallery with co-hosts

Cristina Cuomo and Purist Magazine

invites you to the opening of

"Kiss and Tell"

Saturday, August 18

6-8pm


Summer is still sizzling and so is the art in RJD Gallery's newest show "Kiss and Tell" which opened on Saturday, August 18th from 6-8pm

The event featured the works of Mary Jane Ansell and Kris Lewis.

American Magic Realist Andrea Kowch also attended.

RJD invited all to meet the three artists and their co-hosts, Cristina Cuomo and Purist Magazine to celebrate our 8 years of fine art in the Hamptons.

Art collectors enjoyed delicious bites, signature spirits and music to thank you, RJD friends, collectors and associates for your support.

A portion of the evening's sales will be donated to The Retreat, the East End's haven for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Everyone enjoyed cocktails, conversation and the finest art!

Cristina is the founder and editorial director of the East End of Long Island’s Hamptons Purist magazine as well as the wife of American television journalist and attorney Chris Cuomo. She is well-known for her website “The Purist” through which she teaches people about healthy living being a wellness expert herself.

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"Beyond" at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY

"Beyond" Phil Russo White Room Gallery

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"Beyond" Alicia Gitlitz White Room Gallery

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 "Beyond" CHO Yea Jae White Room Gallery

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artists Phil Marco, CHO Yea Jae and Alicia Gitlitz at the Beyond Exhibit at the the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY

This past weekend I had the pleasure of interviewing three fabulous artists at the "Beyond" Exhibit at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY.

Four diverse artists are now showing abstract paintings and photographs exhibiting elements that border other worldly and surreal. Art outside the physical limits or range that let the mind travel beyond imagination ...maybe even to the unknown. Featuring artists CHO Yea Jae, Nicholas Down, Phil Marco and Alicia Gitlitz from August 1st to August 19th.

Below is a bio of each Artist:


Phil Marco

Mr. Marco is well known for his filmmaking and extraordinary photograpy winning many Clio Awards in Advertising.

A New York Times photography critic called Marco "a minimalist, whose images are sensual, whimsical, often surreal, always strong and deceptively simple".

His work is represented in The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of the Moving Image and The George Eastman Museum of Photography.

Martin Scorsese revealed, "I've had the pleasure of working with Phil Marco on a number of my films. Phil is a man of extraordinary talents. It seems his passion is to take an everyday object or event and show it in an entirely new and exciting way."



CHO Yea Jae

CHO Yea Jae was born in South Korea in 1971. Resolutely modern with various interests in philosophy, society and the environment, she is an artist of contrast and attracts opposites. Her works are based on the continuous observation of the world around her. Whenever Yea Jae finds the time she travels to other parts of the world experiencing different cultures and meeting various people.

Throughout the years all these encounters with multi-cultural backgrounds not only helped her develop a strong empathy but also inspired her with the beauty of the difference and a deep understanding of humanity.

While Korean, Yea Jae considers herself a citizen of the world.

Through her works she expresses the simple conclusions drawn after the tortuous journeys of the mind and soul. To bring out the best on canvas she constantly keeps researching and developing new techniques. Therefore, different meanings emerge from the same painting, this artist offers free interpretation to the people who watch and feel her minimalist art works.

Humanity is strong and beautiful. This is what she ultimately believes in and with this in mind her “Ready to open” series was born to deliver a message of HOPE. Who denies we need it the most to change for the better?

With "Transcendence", she presents a conceptual minimalist series based on an eastern Asian philosophical approach.

At any given moment of our life we look at our past, feel our present and think of the future. It is most important yet difficult to find the perfect balance and harmony between these 3 elements.

The big contrast between the rough “imperfect" texture and the smoothness of the perfect paint brush strokes for the grey and the black parts creates a visual shock to emphasize the dramatic contrast of life.

Her first exhibition was staged in Hong Kong in 2000, since then she has participated to various exhibitions, art fairs, and special events.

Recently she was featured in 3 solo exhibitions around the world (Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris). Currently she works between Korea and France



Alicia Gitlitz

Alicia is a versatile painter working in a variety of styles including impressionism, traditional and abstract. Her paintings are inspired by her love and passion for travel and seeing the aesthetic beauty of nature throughout the world. Along with the media of paint, photography has been in the forefront of her work as well. Her love of nature shines through in both her painting and photography capturing the essence of the moment in place and time. She has an excellent command of color and utilizes colors in sync with her mood - generally happy, bright and cheery pigments. With a unique ability to find new and exciting subject matter in her day to day surroundings, Alicia approaches every day as an opportunity to create something special.

She has been represented at group exhibitions in Manhattan, Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Festival, East Hampton Artist Alliance, Ashawagh Hall, The Art Guild at Elderfields Preserve, Barnes Gallery and Guild Hall in East Hampton. Alicia’s art was selected by a jury for the 58th Annual Long Island Artists Exhibition as well as the Long Island Art League for the 2017 art show. Alicia left her corporate career in finance for her love of art and continued her art studies at the Art Students League, School of Visual Arts, The New School, The China Institute and has often worked with select art teachers along the way.

Artist Statement

My artwork is a tribute to how awe inspiring nature can be with it’s endless opportunities to express emotion. The world is a blank canvas waiting to be painted and I can see all of the possibilities in my mind’s eye.

The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted one of the best galleries in The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in Fine Art Magazine, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub and Hamptons.com among others.

We work with collectors who appreciate an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes ranging from the abstract and graphic to the surreal and magical. But we would be remiss if we did not also feature the beauty of the east end captured in a myriad of mediums. We represent both well-known and emerging artists, domestically and internationally. We curate exhibits every three to five weeks. This year’s exhibits included live graffiti, iconic rock n roll and a designer showcase as well as three juried shows titled Flow, What the Hell? and Postive Space. To submit an inquiry or to purchase a piece of art just double click on the image. Follow us on instagram @whiteroomgallerybh and on facebook at TheWhiteRoomContemporaryGallery.

For more information please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/

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2018 Market Art + Design

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery - Stamford Booth at Market Art + Design

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Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery - Stamford Market Art + Design

Market Art + Design, the East End's premier modern and contemporary art fair, returns to the town of Bridgehampton this July 5 - 8 for the fair's eighth edition. From its coveted location in the heart of the Hamptons - just off Highway 27 at the Bridgehampton Museum - Market Art + Design will showcase presentations by 65 top galleries enhanced by a striking and tightly curated design component pulling from dealers and designers from around the world.

This year I was honored to interview a few well known gallery owners and artists.

I sat down with gallery Owner Fernando Luis Alvarez about his well established gallery in Stamford, Ct.

The gallery has been growing emerging and important contemporary artists' careers since opening in 2009. Together with their artists, the Gallery uses the power of the Arts to build programs and initiatives that enlighten and enliven the communities they operate in. They are not focused in finding the stars of tomorrow, but rather artists that help them build-up their community.

Their mission is To build artists' careers from the doors in and to build community from the doors out.

The Gallery also puts great emphasis internally on responsibly representing and positioning collectors' and artists' estates. We take pride in building our own private collection, which currently includes works by Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Longo, Louise Fishman, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine, Sean Scully, Jacqueline Humphries, Jake Berthot, and others.

For more information please visit http://www.alvarezgallery.com

Market Art + Design

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Margo Gallery

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Art/Photographer Michael Ezra at 

Margo Gallery 

Michael Ezra was born and grew up in Tbilisi, the capital of then Soviet republic Georgia – the land known for its beauty, hospitality, and inspiration it brought to the greatest literary minds. It was not until 1999 that he began his path as a photographer. By 2003 his fine art nude series became widely known among online photographic communities.

Michael Ezra has distinctive and easily recognizable style in sculptural nudes. His work is focused on creation of unique laconic images of sculptural forms by using the medium of fine art photography. It is dedicated to discovery of novel concepts of sculptural form of human body and study of dualism via harmonious conjunction of contrasting elements.

Ezra’s work with a human form, original and unconventional, inspired a wide following; but it is his clean and precise manner of execution of each piece that became a special hallmark of the artist. Equally found in his sculptural nudes and landscape works, it renders a unique sense of clarity and completeness to each of the master’s pieces.


For more information please visit https://michaelezra.com

 C Fine Art Gallery Market Art + Design

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C Fine Art Gallery Market Art + Design

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C Fine Art specializes in the acquisition and placement of large-scale, outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural works.

We represent and exhibit the work of established, International artists with a focus on formal abstraction in sculpture, sculptural works and painting.

We excel in facilitating both residential and commercial, site-specific commissions and curating compelling, exhibitions of larger scale.

C Fine Art is the founder and creator of the exhibition series UNCOMMON GROUND I, II & III -- a season long, outdoor sculpture exhibition in Bridgehampton, NY -- which has become an integral part of the Hamptons' cultural programming while making large, outdoor sculpture accessible to the community.

C Fine Art provides estimate reports for existing collections and offers consulting and advisory services to both individual and corporate clients.

Owner Cheryl Sokolow has over 15 years experience in the art business. She has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art History.


For more information please visit www.c-fineart.com


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Art Market Productions

Art Market Productions is a partnership between Jeffrey Wainhause, Max Fishko and the dealers they work with. Since 2011 Art Market Productions has produced a different type of art fair that focuses on creating the highest quality fair experience by connecting collectors with dealers in the most optimal settings and contexts. Art Market Productions is dedicated to improving the art world by creating platforms and expanding networks of connection.

Art Market Productions currently produces six art fairs: Art on Paper NY, Art Market San Francisco, Art Market Hamptons, Seattle Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Project.


Kick-off Market Art + Design 2018  Opening Night Preview premiered on July 5, 2018 in support of The Parrish Art Museum.

The exclusive evening featured music, fantastic food and drink, and the First Look at Market Art + Design's 80 top galleries.


For a list of galleries exhibiting please visit http://artmarkethamptons.com/galleries/


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SECRETS OF THE TWISTED AND ENTWINED ART EXHIBIT AT RJD GALLERY IN BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Alain Vaes at RJD Gallery Secrets of The Twisted and Entwined Art Show in Bridgehampton, NY

Art collectors gathered at RJD Gallery for the  Secrets of the Twisted and Entwined Exhibition.

RJD Gallery invites viewers to enter into their labyrinth of contemporary painters from around the world who will offer mesmerizing and intriguing works. Italian artist Salvatore Alessi and his new series “Dynamic Transformations” that offer portraits from a new perspective and with a twist. Other featured artists include British artist Mary Jane Ansell, Australian figurative artist Matt R. Martin and Escher-inspired French painter Alain Vaes. Secrets of the Twisted & Entwined features works that are intricate and often maze-like, created for the amusement of those viewers who search for a way out only to find themselves enveloped in the beauty of these masterful arrangements.

Secrets of the Twisted & Entwined will be on view from June 16 through July 15.

I was thrilled to sit down with French Artist Alain Vais and discuss his latest accomplishments.


Born in the South of France, Alain Vaes studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Nice. A painter as well as an international volleyball player, he had gallery exhibits in Paris and Honfleur. His work is in the collection of the French Government.

Since moving to the United States in 1981, he has worked as an artist, a set and costume designer, and as an author and illustrator of children’s books.

He has published with Little, Brown and Company:The Porcelain Pepper Pot, The Wild Hamster, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Princess and the Pea, and Puss in Boots, which was in collaboration with Lincoln Kirstein. Reynard the Fox and 29 Bump Street were published by Turner Publishing.

He has designed sets and costumes for twenty-five productions including: Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, La Sonnambula, Songs of the Auvergne, Don Quixote and Cinderella, mainly for the New York City Ballet, but also for the Boston Ballet, the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, the National Ballet of Flanders, the Charlotte Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Kansas City Ballet, the Royal Danish Theater, and the Sacramento Ballet.

His work has been shown at the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Fort Worth Art Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the George Adams gallery and the RJD gallery in New York.

For more information about RJD Gallery please visit rjdgallery.com

For more information about Artist Alain Vaes please visit https://www.alainvaes.com

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Our Town - Sag Harbor in Focus

A Photography Exhibition and Competition

May 12 - May 20

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:00 AM

Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:00 PM

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  poses for a photo-op with Performance Artist  Danny Ximo, Art Student Sophia Borzilleri and Teacher Peter Solow for - Opening Reception And Awards Ceremony For Sag Harbor In Focus Competition Saturday, May 12, 2018 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

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Our Town - Sag Harbor in Focus

A Photography Exhibition and Competition

May 12 - May 20

Members and residents of the Sag Harbor and Hamptons community gathered on May 12, 2018 to view Our Town-Sag Harbor in Focus third annual celebration of both the village of Sag Harbor and a reflection on living on the East End of Long Island as experienced by their community’s young people. guests enjoyed a reception and awards ceremy for the students from Pierson High School. It was indeed a celebration of their students’ creativity and achievement as witnessed in their photography.

Sponsored by the Sag Harbor Partnership, Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Cygnet Foundation, Theo Gray, and the Reutershan Educational Trust, the exhibition included photographs in ten separate categories including portraiture, landscape, architecture, and photojournalism. The photograph determined to be the most effective in each category receives a $100 prize. An additional prize of $25 will be given to an honorable mention in each category. In addition, there was a $1000 prize for the photograph chosen to be the outstanding image in the exhibition.

Award-winning photographer Michael Heller and Theo Gray, who teaches filmmaking at the Ross School were this year’s judges.

Pierson Students Grade 8-12 are eligible to enter, and art teachers Peter Solow and Elizabeth Marchisella are organizing contestants.

The show runs from May 12-May 20 at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.

The show will close with a panel titled ADVERSITY, DIVERSITY AND CHANGE will take place at the Museum SATURDAY, MAY 19th, at 4pm. All are invited.

for more information on this exhibit please visit www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org and for more information on Pierson High School please visit https://hs.sagharborschools.org

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 "Element Of Surprise" At The White Room Gallery and "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in 

Bridgehampton, New York

Owner Kat O’Neill and Artist Jackie Fuchs pose for a photo-op with supporters at the "Element Of Surprise" Exhibit at the White Room Gallery in

 Bridgehampton, New York 

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Jackie Fuchs - "Element Of Surprise"

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Jackie Fuchs

Jackie Fuchs was born in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career as salon owner, colorist and stylist. In the 90’s she went back to school and earned a BFA in Art Education, Film and Psychology, from UMass, Amherst and went on for a Master's degree in Education from Smith College. She has taught Art and TV Production in NYC and has been part of the artist community in Provincetown and the Hamptons for over 30 years. In addition to being a prolific sculptor, Jackie recenlty began to explore paints and collage. Her work is colorful and whimsical with each piece presenting like a freeze-frame in a movie or book.

Artist Process:

I create the space (or environment if you will) first. With two architectural classes under my belt, I proceed to paint one and two point perspectives. I then collage the room with mid-century furniture, wall art, and sometimes a pet. It comes together like a puzzle for me. I never premeditate the work. Before I glue anything down I arrange and create a scene. The heads are my personal depiction of the Modigliani paintings. Visiting the Barnes Foundation back in November triggered my childhood memories and passion for the long necks. My work evolves organically. It is as if I am channeling a story that I don’t remember consciously though I am always cutting magazines in preparation for the next work of art. I feel very close to the people in my collages. 

The stories are mine, and yet the appeal is universal.  

Nikki Codis


Nikki Codis

"Color resonates in forms and spaces. Pouring paint knowingly and consciously in layered lines and puddles, slabbed, thin and thick, gloss, sticky and fluid in various compositions. The aspiration for volume has manifested coherently in my body of work. My connection to the work is the use of color and form; vibrant neon colors on acrylic creates a play with transparency, which allows light to transform the color through a contrasting lens.

I wanted to develop forms with an interest in organization and authority of chaos, as well as ideas that dealt with attraction and repulsion. The contrast between organization and chaos reflects on personal anxiety; the distress of the mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.

The work is very influenced by the process; constantly exploring new materials and how they react to one another. My initial attraction to the work is through the vibrant use of color and form; the use of color as material. There is something satisfying about organization and chaos through color and space. Art is the pleasure of seeing; the attraction to seeing something that is unfamiliar."

Nikki Codis was born and raised in Southampton, New York and is currently based between the Hamptons and New York City. She is a self-taught artist from a young age and completed her professional training at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists John Fasano 

and Nikki Codis at the "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

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John Fasano Artist

American painter a Decorative Artist by trade., Artist John Fasano creates  work based on surreal & abstract ideas. Using paint as my medium  he  conveys  a surreal lucid dream inspired message to  his  viewers. 


His surrealism work tends to create a physical doorway between reality and our spiritual world. While his  acrylic abstract work is more spontaneous.    "I paint to channel a wide variety of natural human emotions," 

reveals John Fasano.



Artist John Fasano posing for a photo-op showcasing his art at "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

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Jodiann Fasano, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Artist John Fasano pose for a photo-op   at "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Artist John Fasano pose for a photo-op at at "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted Best Gallery In The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in Fine Art Magazine, Woven Tale Fine Arts, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub, Hamptons.com and Hamptons Daze. Among others.

We exhibit an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes that are abstract, graphic, surreal and magical featuring both well-known and emerging artists. Domestically and internationally. This past year we presented numerous exhibits including live graffiti, iconic rock n roll, a designer showcase as well as juried shows themed America on Fire and Love and Passion. 


To learn more about these wonderful artist and to collect this fabulous art please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/


 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

Bridgehampton, New York

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

Bridgehampton, New York

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Art Collector and Philanthropist Richard Demato and Mago, Assistant Director at "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

Bridgehampton, New York

After my visit to the White Room Gallery for their "Element of Surprise" Exhibit I was happy to stop by and take in "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.

World renowned art collector and Philanthropist Richard J. Demato talked to me about his latest art Show, 

"Surreal Alternative."

On April 14th, RJD Gallery – specialists in the genre of realism, presented their premier exhibition dedicated to contemporary Surrealist painters. "Surrealism allows us to see art in its purest form because it stems from imagination rather than rational thought and it often features elements of surprise with random objects and unpredictable juxtapositions. The world today draws parallels, with post World War I, when Surrealism was born, when artists, such as Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte, & intellectuals, like Andre Breton, were looking for an escape against the harshness of reality. Today, within news and global politics we are challenged by the excessive exposure to fear & lately, “Alternate facts“ – so that surrealists again, are essential to present a provocative view, to open and challenge the human mind and offer respite."

This exhibition will feature numerous paintings from each of the following international representational painters: Turkish artist Fatih Gurbuz, celebrated Swedish artist Alexander Klingspor, award-winning Angolan-Portuguese painter Jorge Santos, and Margo Selski, will be on display. While at first appearing to be classical in composition, palette and technique, viewers will be intrigued by and eventually challenged by the enigmatic, provocative narratives. The canvases become artistic roadmaps to liberate perception and invite us to contemplate the human experience beyond the confines of rationalism. These artworks summon us to escape and liberate our thinking, explore our imaginations and discover beauty beyond the boundaries of our perception.

Richard was educated at The University of California at Irvine, wherein he achieved a B.S. in Biology, teaching credentials, and ultimately entered their PhD program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

An exciting business opportunity arrived in 1975, and he found himself in the textile industry, where he would spend the next 30 years.

In 1979, Richard moved to NYC, opened and operated, what became a global textile and manufacturing business. He travelled extensively throughout the world, and acquired a vast collection of art and priceless experiences

on his journeys. His firm was extremely active with a myriad of charities; including The Fashion Institute, AIDS LA and NYC, Fountain House/NYC, Joel Finkelstein Cancer research, UJA; and funded research in breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.

In 2002, he left business, and moved to Sag Harbor, NY, in early 2003. His commitment to charitable endeavors persisted.

In 2004 he began with the Retreat and subsequently opened the Gallery end 2009 to raise awareness and develop donors for The Retreat.

For 14 years, he has been a part of the board of The Retreat, an organization dedicated to ending family violence, and caring for the children and women they serve.

He is also an honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and has been involved with Fountain House, NYC, for many years.

Other charity involvements have included The Animal Rescue Fund, East End Theater and Radio, breast cancer research, and local art and artists via The Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall membership.

The support and awareness of our collectors has allowed RJD gallery to endow a portion of our proceeds to non-profit causes, including, but not limited to, The Retreat, The Southampton Animal Shelter, amFAR and Fountain House NYC.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.

For more information please visit http://rjdgallery.com

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Hamptons Art - Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017 and Art and Desire with Artists Eddy Bogaert and Marcus Glitteris







Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Cynthia Neuendorf of Artist Study Gallery in Southampton


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist  Megan Euell at The Artist Study Gallery for Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This past weekend I had a chance to attend some pretty marvelous art shows in Southampton, New York. The first was at the Artist Study and the other was a unique art show at the Oreya Hampton in the Capri Hotel for an exhibit entitled Art of Desire.



The Artist Study was pleased to present Pitture della Vita ~ 'paintings of life'

by Megan Euell. Art collectors gathered for an Opening Reception from 6pm-8pm, Saturday August 12th.

The Artist Study is an Art Gallery & Studio. Their mission is to educate, inspire, and foster an art community through professional programs of study and art exhibitions that promote the creative process as an important role in growth and progress. The Artist Study holds to the preservation of the techniques and traditions of classical painting and drawing, connecting the impact that a creative life of study has on an individual and the well-being of future generations.



Art and the creative process is vital to one’s life force as well as an important tool for training specific, visual, and perceptual ways of thinking. The Artist Study believes that skills learned through the arts can be conveyed to academic subjects and problem solving, creating a unique study of life and it’s many forms. Their ethos holds to artists who exhibit a deep enduring respect for humanity.



The Artist Study serves the community, local and at large, by providing art education programs for all ages, open studio space to both emerging and professional artists; exhibiting the work of local, national, and international artists; and by providing paid teaching positions and ongoing professional development opportunities through events that engage the public. They create strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives in the arts.


Megan is a classically trained painter from Southampton,, New York.

She Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Megan lived and studied in Florence, Italy from 2012-2015 and graduated from the Florence Academy of Art Advanced Painting Program in June 2015. Megan is a member of The Salmagundi Club and the Portrait Society of America.

Megan is proud to be represented by The Artist Study Gallery & Studio in Southampton, NY., where she exhibits her work, as well as teaches Drawing and Painting. for more information: www.theartiststudy.com

ART OF DESIRE WITH MARCUS GLITTERIS AND  EDDY BOGAERT



TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ARTIST EDDY BOGAERT AT THE ART OF DESIRE SHOW AT OREYA HAMPTONS IN SOUTHAMPTON, NY


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ARTIST MARCUS GLITTERIS AT THE ART OF DESIRE SHOW AT OREYA HAMPTONS IN SOUTHAMPTON, NY

At the Art of Desire Show I enjoyed talking to both Artists Eddy Bogaert and Marcus Glitteris.

Having grown up around the world and been raised truely as a global citizen, Eddy Bogaert tends to embed within his artwork a variety of different influences and, oftentimes, contrasting aesthetics.


Described by some critics as a “Jackson Pollock on steroids” his art morphs into the one-medium methods of creation by encompassing alternative – and somewhat opposing – materials: acrylic, glue, pen, collage – and UV light. In a previous interview Eddy reveals, “While I was at Rikers Island hanging out with some hardcore criminals, I did three things: workout, play chess and draw. I had all this animosity and sadness inside so I decided to use it in a positive way by painting.”


Eddy has travelled the world showing his amazing art to enthusiastic art collectors.

For more information about Eddy take a look at his instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/eddybogaert007

Born 1975 . Marcus Glitteris is a native New Yorker from the Lower East Side of ” Alphabet City “. He is a self taught Artist who started painting at the age of 28. Art class started for me on the floors of New York City Night Clubs. Creativity Started for me through my dancing and ” Club Kid ” outfits. I would see and experience the energy of The New York City ” Club Kids “, DragQueens, and Creatures of the Night. Every Character was a moving Painting. It inspired me to be a Moving Painting that danced and played in an Abstract Gallery. Fluorescent Painting was born in ” The Cosmic Cavern ” Kenny Scharf Installation @ The Tunnel N.Y.C.


For more information on Marcus please visit http://www.marcusglitteris.com/


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Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception: Sat, July 29, 2 - 5pm

Ends: Sunday, August 27

Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist Reisha Perlmutter at her Opening Reception at The Roman Fine Art Gallery

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition from New York-based artist, Reisha Perlmutter. Titled Immerse , the show includes over 15 new paintings from her water series, exploring the body, its relationship to water and the science of color. The exhibit will be open Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 27 , 2017 with the opening reception for the artist Saturday, July 29, 2-5pm that I attended.


For just over a year, Perlmutter has been working on a series of oil paintings depicting women in water, in many of these she is also the subject. She aims to place emphasis on the biological connection between body and water, while finding correlations between her painting philosophy and understanding of color. Color and light move across the skin through the water, in energetic brushwork, blurring the edges between the figure and it’s surrounding environment. Through this connection, we sense that the body and the water are one.


Perlmutter’s imagery allows the viewer to relive and experience this universal and very humanizing connection to water, where one becomes hyper-aware of the body, where it begins and ends, how it moves in nature. Her weightless figures seem to be at complete ease and calm, the dappled light melting into the larger image, inviting our senses to participate in the painting.


Perlmutter draws parallels between the physical relationship with nature and Albers color theory, where color exists purely in its relationship to its surroundings. She explains this relationship as almost linear, “the flesh ends and the water begins, the flesh feels and looks like flesh because of the water,” just as one color will project that which it is relative to. She also aims to depict bodies that are not overly posed or sexualized. Her work often evokes comparisons to Photo-realism, however the artist associates photography as data and documentation, which is not part of her objective in practice.


Emphasis is directed away from individualized anatomy, and onto the body as a whole. The artist finds poetry within the recurring shapes, naturally occurring throughout individual bodies. Capturing natural patterns, she considers DNA, physiology and biology; and particularly in relationship to women and their bodies. Her recent work aims to empower women to appreciate their differences, find a comfortability with their sizes, shapes, and colors.

Roman Fine Art is committed to bringing the most provocative, relevant and exciting artworks from the 20th and 21st century to their clientele.


Their mission is to create and foster new environments dedicated to recognizing and supporting Contemporary Art by showcasing the cutting edge talent increasingly pervading mainstream culture. Their goal is to further advance the dialogue of New Contemporary Art movements from around the world.


Among the talented and internationally renowned artists to have exhibited in their exhibitions are Ray Caesar, Colin Christian, Tim Conlon, AJ Fosik, Gentleman’s Game, Mark Jenkins, Elektra KB, Steven Kline, Jessica Lichtenstein, Francesco Lo Castro, Nathan Sawaya, Swoon and Dean West.


Roman Fine Art does not represent any of the artists featured on this website. All Contemporary Artists included have participated in various projects conceived, curated and/or produced by Damien A. Roman Fine Art. All artwork exhibited here has been included in various exhibitions, art fairs and projects affiliated with Damien A. Roman. Availability of artwork changes frequently, to learn more information please visit http://romanfineart.com

to learn more about the artist please visit http://www.reishaperlmutter.com/


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Out Of Bounds

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists Kevin Barrett, Cheryl Sokolow and Norman Mooney

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Owner and Artist Andrea McCafferty and poses for a photo-op with Exotic Car Collector Marc Haskell

Michael Wellbrock poses for photo-op with Marc Haskell

This past weekend I took a break from the charity galas in the Hamptons and enjoyed an art show at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.


OUT OF BOUNDS is an exhibition of 8 contemporary artists featuring photography, painting, mixed media and sculptures with each artist pushing the boundaries in their own unique way.

Tombstones are brought to life through archival inks and layers, metals twist and thrust into provocative images, marble and glass take on appealing shapes, images bleed together and the sky becomes a voyeur. Art is exhibited inside the gallery and outside in the garden.


Art lovers enjoyed Food and Wine while enjoying the paintings, photographs and sculptures.


Showing works by:

ANN BRANDEIS

KAT O’NEILL

LAUREN ROBINSON

CFineArt presents:

KEVIN BARRETT

JOAN GIORDANO

ELIZABETH GREGORY-GRUEN

NORMAN MOONEY

ISOBEL FOLB SOKOLOW


The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted Best Gallery In The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in countless publications and websites including Fine Art Magazine, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub and Hamptons Daze.


We exhibit an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes that are abstract, graphic, surreal and magical featuring both well-known and emerging artists. This past year we presented numerous exhibits including live graffiti, iconic rock n roll, a designer showcase as well as juried shows themed America on Fire and Love and Passion. To submit an inquiry or to purchase a piece of art just double click on the image.

To learn more about the White Room Gallery please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/

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"Awakenings" Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery

Hersh Fine Art is pleased to present "Awakenings," a solo exhibition of paintings by Long Island artist Marjorie van de Stouwe. "Awakenings" will be on view from May 13 until June 17, 2017. The artist presented an opening reception on Saturday, May 13, from 6 to 8pm.


Dr. Marjorie van de Stouwe is woman devoted to nurturing and preserving life. Both a successful physician and a highly skilled artist, her artistic work naturally comes from a deep love and respect of life in its depiction of living flower arrangements and their accoutrements. “I would like my work to soften the edges on our minds,” Dr. van de Stouwe explains, “to create a sense of peace, and at times, possibly humor.” Her subject matter is primarily still life with an emphasis on nature, frequently featuring flowers picked straight from her garden.


Each season offers a new opportunity to create a fresh body of work as the landscape changes with the weather. Awakenings celebrates transition, spring, and new birth. Tying together lyrical composition with an almost scientific investigation into the surface quality that communicates the difference between a dandelion and a daffodil, Dr. van de Stouwe’s work transcends mere academic pursuit. It celebrates the fleeting yet enduring qualities of beauty and impermanence. For a moment, the petals are intact and the leaves are suspended the in the air by their own strength, but the moment passes, and the flowers cannot endure long. Awakenings explores all stages of life and brings dignity to each one.


Antique Spray Roses subtlely pinpoints the moment of transition from the peak of life to its end. No petals have fallen, yet in an otherwise spry bouquet, several of the roses have begun to soften and sink, signaling the inevitable decline. Dandelions in a Crystal Vase pushes even further, immortalizing a common weed in all of its life cycles and giving it a place of honor in elegant crystal. It is a reminder that the apparent end of life is another beginning; the seeds will be taken up by the wind, dispersed, and new flowers will bloom.


Dr. van de Stouwe began formal classical training in earnest in 2002, studying at the Stevenson Academy and then the Long Island Academy of Fine Art in Glen Cove, but her journey began when she purchased her first oil painting set in the 8th grade. Her strengths in science and math took her on a different career path, however, and she graduated medical school with a specialty in Rheumatology. Dr. van de Stouwe has continued a serious pursuit of painting while maintaining a thriving rheumatology practice and raising three daughters, taking workshops and classes on a regular basis in addition to private lessons with Michael Klein and others. In 2014 she brought her years of private training to the public eye and began exhibiting and winning awards in numerous juried shows across the United States, including exhibitions for Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. "Awakenings" is her first solo exhibition. Dr. Van de Stouwe currently lives and paints in her home studio in Upper Brookville, Long Island.


"Awakenings" will run from May 13-June 17, 2017, with a gallery reception on May 13 from 6-8pm. For details please refer to www.hershfineart.com or contact Rebecca Forster at 516-590-4324 or [email protected]


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