Varda Yoran: An Artist’s History

Our doors are closed today and tomorrow, March 4th and 5th, as we install our latest exhibitions, Portals of Perception, The Essence of Abstraction, and Mélance of Milieu. One of the artists showing in The Essence of Abstraction is returning Agora artist, Varda Yoran, whose compelling story has informed her equally compelling sculptures.

Varda Yoran was born in China in 1929 to Jewish parents who had emigrated from Russia. Immediately, she was exposed to various cultures through her family, her schooling, and the constant political struggle for power in the East. Varda was a first-hand witness to World War II, the Japanese occupation of China, the communist takeover, and the declaration of Israel’s independence.

Varda Yoran with Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello, at her 2014 exhibition.

Varda Yoran with Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello, at her 2014 exhibition.

Making her home in Israel in 1949, she served in the Israeli Air Force and married her husband, Shalom. Shalom has his own extraordinary story, having survived the Holocaust after fighting against Nazis in the forests of Eastern Europe. Almost 50 years later, Varda helped him translate his memoir into English, which was published under the title “The Defiant” in 1996. (You may have seen the 2008 film adaptation, Defiance, starring Daniel Craig). And during all of these major events, she has continued her work as an artist and used art as an outlet for her emotions, her stories, and her voice.

We had the opportunity to speak with Varda about how these countless experiences have been carried into her work as an artist.

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Charity Event for World Childhood Foundation at Agora Gallery

In conjunction with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Agora Gallery will be hosting Young Professionals: A Joint Networking Event with World Childhood Foundation. In this charity event, young professionals will combine art with business in order to benefit the worthy Childhood: World Childhood Foundation, an organization founded by Queen Silvia of Sweden, which works to reach out to children at risk around the globe.

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Agora Gallery’s Artists in the News: February

This month, Agora Gallery’s artists have been receiving all sorts of media coverage. Below are just five of the many examples of Agora’s artists in the news this month!

Castro ART is interviewed by FOX News about his upcoming exhibition and charity event.

Castro ART is interviewed by FOX News about his upcoming exhibition and charity event.

Castro ART was featured on Fox News in Las Vegas on Friday, February 27th. Castro grew up in the Bronx and was inspired by the graffiti that surrounded him as a child. In the interview on FOX5, Castro explained his journey from being a local Vegas artist to showing in NYC.

“I hustled hard; it wasn’t easy to get here. I did farmer’s markets, I went door to door to galleries, asking them to put my art up.”

In the interview, he shared that he would be doing a live painting and silent auction in an upcoming event, Heart n’ Sole, to benefit the charity Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, which provides shoes and socks to children in need. Humanitarian and extraordinary visual artist, Castro ART will be exhibiting at Agora Gallery this upcoming October.

View his artwork for sale →

 

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Happy Birthday, Chiara Mortaroli!

A very happy birthday to our lovely Registrar and Social Media Coordinator, Chiara Mortaroli!

Happy Birthday, Chiara!

Happy Birthday, Chiara!

And many happy returns!

Whether you know her from her work as the gallery’s Registrar or as the voice behind our many social media accounts, Chiara’s always there with a smile and a big heart. She is passionate about art and its history, cooking, and karaoke!

Chiara’s been with Agora Gallery since 2009, and it’s her initiative, creative spirit, and passion that has contributed to so much of our gallery’s growth.

Have you met Chiara? Check out the blog interview she did in 2013!

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Below Zero Temperatures Won’t Stop Art-Goers

Cold NYersYou may have heard that much of the Northeast is having a pretty cold past few days/weeks. New York City may not be as bad off as Boston, but it hasn’t exactly been Palm Beach, either. With kids getting frostbite and intense NYC wind ripping at your face, weather officials are recommending lots of layers. However, these sub-zero temperatures have nothing on Agora Gallery. It will take a lot more than the cold to keep us from bringing great art to NYC!

Guests enjoying Ghass Rouzkhosh's solo exhibition, Project 13

Guests enjoying Ghass Rouzkhosh’s solo exhibition, Project 13

 

 

All day, we’ve had a steady stream of visitors coming in and out of the gallery to enjoy the exhibitions Degrees of Abstraction, Elemental Realms, Figuratively Speaking, and Project 13: Ghass Rouzkhosh / a Solo Exhibition. It doesn’t seem like New Yorkers can be hampered by any weather.

 

 

 

Hot ChocolateIn celebration – or, well, recognition – of the freezing temperature, the gallery gals welcomed the day with some hot cocoa and cookies. After a few minutes indoors, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a winter vortex outside. We’ve got our heat on, our warmest sweaters and jackets, and bountiful tea to keep us all in good spirits.

Snowing tomorrow? Bring it on!

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February 12, 2015 Reception

This past Thursday, February 12, Agora Gallery hosted an opening reception for the shows Degrees of Abstraction, Elemental Realms, Figuratively Speaking, and Project 13: Ghass Rouzkhosh, a solo exhibition.

Prior to the reception, Director Angela Di Bello introduced the four exhibitions, which include Ghass Rouzkhosh’s show on the gallery’s street-level space. Originally from Iran, Ghass has an incredible story, which you can read here. Ghass’s exhibition, which Angela describes as “a wonderful expression of color and texture,” will be open through March 3, 2015, as will the three collective shows.

Visitors ponder Mayan Calendar by Ghass Rouzkhosh

Visitors ponder Mayan Calendar by Ghass Rouzkhosh

During Angela’s opening remarks, she commended the artists for their “beautiful work” and for the courageous act of “putting their art out there in world” by exhibiting in New York City.

“It’s a dream for all of us to be here,” said the artist GalĂ˝, whose work is part of Elemental Realms.

Throughout the reception I had the pleasure of speaking to four artists, all of whom gave me insight into their artistic processes and what it means for them to exhibit in New York. Read on for highlights about our conversations and their work.

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Valentine’s Day at Agora Gallery

Valentine's Day at Agora Gallery

Edit 2/17/2015 – We had a great Valentine’s Day at Agora Gallery. Check out some of the lovely couples who took part in #AgoraArtLovers on our instagram here: http://instagram.com/agoragallery

 

Come by for Valentine’s Day at Agora Gallery to take part in the festivities. With sangria, Valentine’s Day decorations, and a special photo ‘event’ it’s going to be a fun Saturday for all of you art lovers out there. Tag #AgoraArtLovers to share the love!

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Don’t forget to tag #AgoraArtLovers to get your post shared by Agora Gallery!

Mmmm... Chocolates

Gallery Director Angela Di Bello was kind enough to bring the A-Team a delicious assortment of chocolate treats!

 

Take a photo in front of your favorite artwork and tag #AgoraArtLovers, and Agora Gallery will share with our 44k+ followers!

And don’t forget to stop by from 2-5 PM for some delicious FREE pink sangria!

Valentine's Day at Agora Gallery
PR Assistant Nikki sets up balloons for a very special Valentine’s Day at Agora Gallery!
Valentine's Day at Agora Gallery
Someone at Agora Gallery has a not-so-secret admirer.

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A Valentine’s Day Story: Evelyn and Robert Paul Saphier

Robert Paul Saphier Emergence

Evelyn Saphier has almost every work that her husband, Robert Paul Saphier, has created since childhood. Although Robert Paul passed away on June 5, 2014 after his 40-year battle with M.S., Evelyn continues to share his artwork and his story.

The two met in a meditation center and were friends for 9 years before their relationship became romantic. It was a marriage that was happy and based on friendship and mutual support. When asked about Robert Paul, Evelyn continually refers to their relationship as a gift, a blessing. And today, we’d like to share their gift with you.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Art for Lovers

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the art lover in your life? Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day with an original piece of fine art. All of these pieces are originals by Agora Gallery’s represented artists, and are all available for purchase on ARTmine.com.

See a piece you like? Click the title or image for more information, or to purchase!

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Lina Faroussi – Touch of a Woman 2, 2014

 

 

 

Touch of a Woman 2, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
30″ x 30″
USD 1,320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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