New Exhibit: Art Students League Revisited

Ever wondered what do renowned artists; O’Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Nevelson and Ai Weiwei have in common? You will be surprised to find out that apart from being famous and successful, they were all trained and taught at the Arts Students League of New York. The league, which was founded in 1875 by a group of artists, has ever since been a critical instrument in shaping America’s fine arts and continues to remain a legendary community of artists.

On Thursday, May 3, the Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library will launch an opening reception for “Arts Students League Revisited.” The exhibition includes diverse works of eight artists at the League and will feature sculpture, prints and paintings. Complementing a similar popular exhibit ten years ago, this exhibit seeks to highlight several current League artists and their varied and interesting work. The artists are award winners at the Art Students League. The eight artists of different genres working in different materials, have thoughtfully and successfully been selected by curators Linda Butler and York Baker.
The result is an assemblage of artworks that are diverse, but also complementary to each other.

One of the artists in the exhibition, Henry Finklestein who teaches at the League, compares his colorfully beautiful landscapes to musical pieces. He states that his source of inspiration is rooted in his inner emotion and the vibrancy of his artwork is testimony to this fact.

Another artist in the show is Sonomi Kobayashi who is born and raised in Japan and is now a New York based painter and printmaker. She is interested in science, physics, stars, nature, and spirituality and her work is symbolic and abstract. Her recent oil paintings are based on images that she saw during her meditation.

The stone sculptures of Elisabeth Page Purcell, another artist in the show, are soft and sensual forms which reveal and enhance the innate qualities and integrity of the stone itself.

The five other artists, Kathleen Geffell (Landscape), Thalia Chantziara (Charcoal), Rodolpho Edwards (Mixed Media) and Will McDonough (Still Life), each try to recapture and interpret the world around them in their own unique way.

The ensemble of the pieces created by these eight artists are a harmonious and meaningful representation of the artistic process that brings enchantment to the viewer and makes the experience wonderfully rich.

This is Flinn Gallery’s finale exhibit for the 2017-18 season.

The show will be on view until Thursday, June 14.
EVENTS:
Thursday, May 3, 6 – 8 pm – Opening Reception
Friday, May 4, 6:00 – 7:45 – Art Lounge:  Extended Gallery Hours prior to Friends Friday Film, Art Bastard
Friday, May 4, 8 pm – Friends Friday Film Art Bastard in the Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library
Thursday, May 10, 10:30 am –  Artist Talk:  Henry Finkelstein
Sunday, May 20, 2:00 pm – Artist Talk:  Group discussion and TAX-FREE SALES DAY.

Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich CT. The gallery is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library and is open daily Monday to Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday until 8:00pm, and Sunday 1:00-5:00pm. All works are for sale.

Flinn Gallery is a not-for-profit and volunteer-run gallery featuring 6 art exhibits annually in all mediums from a wide range of periods, visions and techniques. Artwork is for sale and commissions from sales support the programs of the Friends of Greenwich Library.

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