Overcoming Injury and Embracing the Body: An Interview With Painter Lucy O’Donovan

Lucy O’Donovan’s work is known well among the Agora Gallery community, as she has been a represented artist since 2012. After suffering a fall that left her with a traumatic head injury in 2008, Lucy was forced to put her art on hold during her recovery. Still, Lucy has never given up on her lifelong passion. She has continued to take each viewer’s breath away with her thickly layered oil paintings and her attention to the details of the human body, which is supported by her training as a veterinarian and molecular biologist.

Visitor looking at Lucy O'Donovan's Paintings in her March exhibition, MĂ©lange of Milieu

Visitor looking at Lucy O’Donovan’s Paintings in her March exhibition, MĂ©lange of Milieu

 

PR Assistant Nikki Fraser had the opportunity to talk to Lucy O’Donovan about what it is like to work in both science and art, and about how her brain injury has influenced her life as an artist.


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Charity Event Recap: Children’s Charity Networking Event

Tonight, March 25th, 2015, Agora Gallery hosted the incredibly fun Young Professionals: A Joint Networking Event in order to raise money for the many humanitarian projects of World Childhood Foundation. Led by New York painter Fred Di Vito, a group of over one hundred young professionals in various fields got together to learn some color theory, paint mixing, and, ultimately, how to create their very own urban landscapes. The event perfectly combined Agora Gallery’s three most favorite things: art, New York, and charity.

We had wine, catered food, music, and great company.

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After everyone had a chance to mingle, graze, and enjoy the artwork of the Swedish artists on our first floor, one of the event organizers, Matthew Linder, introduced us to Lindsay DiMichael from Chances for Children. Chances for Children has been working with parents, infants, and toddlers in lower-income areas in order to increase the chances for these families to foster positive psychological health and successful lives.

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Putting Together The May Issue of ARTisSpectrum

We’ve got that printing deadline approaching, and it’s all go at Agora Gallery as we put together the May issue of ARTisSpectrum. We have a record-breaking number of artists profiles in this edition, and it is sure to be a comprehensive coverage of talent from across the mediums and schools of art.

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Social Media Coordinator, Chiara Mortaroli, who is the voice behind our many online accounts, with artist James LaVigne

Social Media Coordinator, Chiara Mortaroli, who is the voice behind our many online accounts, with artist James LaVigne

This issue of ARTisSpectrum will be all about media, media, media. Specifically, the role of social media for artists.

If you’ve been following our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any of our six other social media accounts, you’ll probably recognize the voice of the feature article, penned by our own Social Media Coordinator, Chiara Mortaroli.

In the same issue, we’ll be taking a look at some of the less conventional media in today’s art world, with special insights into the worlds of street art, video art, and installations in New York today.

Want to subscribe to get the next issue of ARTisSpectrum delivered to your door? Sign up for a two-year subscription for only $24, or simply read the magazine from cover-to-cover online!

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Agora Gallery’s March 12, 2015 Opening Reception

This past Thursday, March 12, Agora Gallery hosted an opening reception for the shows The Essence of Abstraction, MĂ©lange of Milieu, and Portals of Perception.

Guests browse the Agora Gallery opening reception

Guests browse the Agora Gallery opening reception

Before artists could be whisked away by gallery guests, Director Angela Di Bello introduced each of the three exhibitions and the talented artists participating in the current shows. The artists took this time to share their process, their inspirations, and their goals, which ranged from Varda Yoran’s focus on “human emotion and motion,” to Edward Bahoric’s inspiration drawn from “body movement” and his time as a professional figure skater.

“This is art. This is a beautiful thing for helping humans to survive,” – Loukas Tsvedos, whose bronze sculptures are being shown in MĂ©lange of Milieu.

Artist Loukas Tsevdos showing his bronze sculpture, Rebirth to guests at the Agora Gallery opening reception

Artist Loukas Tsevdos showing his bronze sculpture, Rebirth

Agora Gallery’s opening receptions offer the opportunity for interaction and discussion between incredible artists, staff, and art enthusiasts from around the world. On this beautiful Spring evening, I had the chance to speak with many of these individuals about their favorite part of going to an Agora Gallery opening reception in the unmatched art world of New York City.

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Angela Di Bello Interviewed for Japanese Travel TV

Agora Gallery has been selected to feature in a Japanese travel television series, which highlights just some of the top spots to visit in NYC. The show will be featuring top picks in local entertainment, food, art, and historical destinations in a number of cities, and we are honored to have made the list of “one of the most popular art galleries in New York.”

Angela Di Bello being interviewed on March 11th, 2015

Director Angela Di Bello being interviewed on March 11th, 2015

Angela Di Bello, Gallery Director of Agora Gallery, was interviewed for this segment, which will be aired on a popular television network in Japan. Of course, we’ll be posting the video once it’s ready!

On January 23rd, we also had an episode of Sinovision Journal, a show about Chinese culture in NYC, feature two of our artists in our gallery. Check out that episode →

In other news, the harsh winter weather now seems like a distant memory, as brisk winds give way to sunshine and the forecast climbs the double-digits – all the way up to 62°F! If you’re going to be in town, don’t forget to stop by for our opening reception tomorrow night, from 6-8 PM.

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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. 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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