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Studio Spaces: Behind the Scenes with Sarah Elyse Granetz

One of the things we love most about our artists is that no two are exactly the same. Whether in style, technique, or medium, Agora artists all have their own unique characteristics that make their art their own. One such artist is Sarah Elyse Granetz, whose show at Agora Gallery just closed in early July. Sarah received her B.A. in Fine Arts from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During this time, she spent a semester in Paris, France. What began as a “self-portrait” assignment has transformed into a meditative series on the female form through literal impressions of the artist’s actual body.

Sarah Elyse Granetz in her studio

Sarah Elyse Granetz applies paint to her body like a paintbrush, using her limbs to create unique pieces of art.

“Through this series, I have been able to explore the controversial and complicated theme of one’s body and one’s gaze upon it while respecting the ‘truth’ of my own. Through these works, I have found peace.”

We talked more with Sarah about her unique painting style. Read on to learn more about her techniques, artistic choices, and how she works through her process!

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Exploring the Social Persona: The Figurative Portraiture of Fanny Horowitz

Fanny Horowitz‘s figurative paintings focus on the social persona that women take on in their every day lives. Using technical skills and a love of color, Fanny creates intimate and mysterious worlds in which the viewer can take part.

Leaving the context for her subjects vague, Fanny invites us all to interpret each piece in our own way. While one person might see a woman checking herself out in a mirror, another person may see someone with insecurities, making sure that her makeup or clothes are perfectly in place. “For me, painting is setting out on an adventure. I choose to paint simple and unassuming motifs from the world around me,” says the artist.

Fanny Horowitz in her studio

Fanny Horowitz in her studio

Fanny draws inspiration from the Impressionist movement and the intense colors of Fauvism. Her works are drenched with color, with subtle but firm depictions of light and shadow. She uses vivid oil colors and mixes endless shades and sub-shades for each piece. These methods generate a sense of mystery, prompting the viewer’s imagination to form a unique, individual experience.

Those moments of grace that she creates are an escape from a noisy, outside world to a place that is tranquil, allowing the viewer to dive into the depths until they lose their sense of external time and place, entering and observing inner emotional worlds and landscapes, and searching for a lock that opens a door to spiritual sustenance.

We had the chance to sit down with Fanny and discuss her work and process, and we were far from disappointed. Read on to learn more about this fascinating artist!

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The Language of Color: Art Through the Eyes of Chris Brandell

Using her personal experiences and a social perspective, artist Chris Brandell seeks to “interpret the complexity of the human dynamic” while also expressing her passion for color. Hue, intensity, texture, and composition are all crucial to her artistic practice that she uses to invoke emotion in her audience. From a young age, Chris experienced color differently from those around her. “It’s safe to say that my color awareness is similar to my other senses – it’s tangible. I feel I can literally communicate an experience through color in a way that I cannot through words.” Her technique involves a lot of movement and little use of brushes, favoring the affects of large knives and trowels instead.

Chris Brandell

Chris Brandell in her studio

Chris has been working in the business world for many years and is also a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is housed in several private collections. After climbing the corporate ladder in a male-dominated industry and becoming a partner in her own company, Chris is ready to take on the art world and pursue art as a career.

We had the chance to talk with Chris about her art, her practice, and how her artistic self is affected by the other aspects of her life. Read on to learn more!

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Traditional Art in the Modern World: Natia Malazonia Talks Cloisonné Enamel

Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, Natia Malazonia has always been influenced by the traditional art practices of her native country. Though she initially specialized in textile design at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, Natia found inspiration in an iconic masterpiece of Georgian art, the Khakhuli triptych, a partially preserved medieval Georgian icon of the Virgin Mary. The triptych incorporates over 100 pieces of Georgian and Byzantine enamel and is of huge importance to the history and culture of Georgia. Natia vowed to master the technique and eventually developed her own unique style, combining traditional enamel methods with pigment painting.

Natia works mainly as an independent artist, but has collaborated with various galleries, including Agora Gallery and the studio of Eduard Egikian, where artists perfect the enamel technique. She has also donated several enamel pieces to the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, one of her most exciting moments as an artist.

We had the opportunity to speak with Natia and learn more about how she’s managed to bring an ancient art into the modern age.

Natia Malazonia at her Agora Gallery opening reception

Natia Malazonia at her Agora Gallery opening reception

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Agora Donates to the NYC Materials for the Arts

As an arts organization, Agora Gallery is always concerned about the state of arts education around the world. We want to do our part to make sure that schools and the students who attend them have the materials they need to learn and create and produce the next generation of artists. That’s why we donate to NYC’s Materials for the Arts.

MFTA occupies 35,000 square feet on the third floor on the third floor of a warehouse in Long Island City.

MFTA occupies 35,000 square feet on the third floor on the third floor of a warehouse in Long Island City.

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Agora Gallery’s December 3rd Opening Reception

Two floors of gallery space, two stunning shows of contemporary art. This Thursday, December 3rd, Agora Gallery held our final opening reception of the year, welcoming in the exhibitions Manifestation of Milieu and Persistence of Form. It’s been an amazing year with so many unforgettable exhibitions in which we’ve been introduced to some extraordinary new artists, and saw the welcome return of old friends.

Artist L.A. Cline at the December 3rd reception at Agora Gallery

Artist L.A. Cline at the December 3rd reception at Agora Gallery

But, opening receptions aren’t about looking back at what has already happened, but rather about looking forward at what’s to come. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the exciting artists who will be looking forward to a provocative and engaging December exhibition!

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Fashionista Night at Agora Gallery!

Holiday season is just starting out, and we are feeling so festive! With Thanksgiving approaching and Christmas a handful of weeks away, we are getting ready to celebrate. Come join us at our upcoming reception on December 3rd, 2015, put on your best outfit, and express your inner fashionista!

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Take a cue from some of Agora Gallery’s guests and artists, who never fail to impress.
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Agora Gallery’s November 5th Opening Reception

The three exhibitions on view at Agora Gallery had only been open for two days when we celebrated their reception on Thursday, November 5th, 2015. Thirty-four artists were in attendance, and our guests were more than happy to meet and greet with them all, discussing the creative process and learning the exciting stories behind the works on display. 


In Modalities of Expression, fifteen artists explore form, figure, and place in a range of techniques and media. The Influence of Color shows how every detail, from the shades of blues to the placement of lines, can completely transform any scene. And, in our biannual exhibition Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography, digital and analog photographers present the world in candid portraits, sweeping natural scenes, and even more abstract compositions.

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Agora Gallery’s October 15th Opening Reception

October 15th was a night to remember at Agora Gallery, with our two floors filled to the brim with art lovers, artists, and collectors all here to celebrate the exhibitions Beyond Borders: an Exhibition of Fine Art from Canada, Divergent Realities, and The Verve of Abstraction. There were two introductory segments (one for each floor) in which artists spoke of their backgrounds, inspirations, and processes. Though their stories all ranged, it was clear to see in every artist their excitement, passion, and dedication to the arts. As always, it is fascinating to hear artists’ unique perspectives, and having 28 of them present in one night provided endless fodder for intriguing conversation.

Agora Gallery October 15th Opening Reception Gallery II

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Agora Gallery’s August 27th Opening Reception

Chelsea was abuzz with opening receptions on August 27th, and the three exhibitions, Fragmented Reality, Emerging Transformation, and the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition, represented Agora Gallery with a truly astonishing collection of talented artists from across the globe.

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Featuring photographers, painters, and mixed media specialists, the shows Fragmented Reality and Emerging Transformation fill our second-floor gallery space wall-to-wall with exemplary contemporary art. The subjects of these shows may vary, but they remain consistent in their ability to move viewers to new, unexpected emotional heights.

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