Season's Greetings from Angela Di Bello, Gallery Director
It is my hope that
this holiday season finds you with loved ones. It is also my wish that the magic
and merriment that surrounds you now inspires you the whole year through. Always
remember that artists who came before left their footprints and a light for you
to see your way through doubts and fears. They also left their knowledge so that
you will see that what you are capable of will one day truly astound you.
Warm wishes for a happy, healthy, creative and prosperous New Year.
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December at Agora Gallery
On December 2nd,
2010, Agora Gallery's reception was abuzz with onlookers and collectors
from all over the world, eager to celebrate the success of the artists. The onset
of winter in New York is such a special time of year, when everyone is reminded
of what they are truly thankful for - their family and friends. A great example
of this was Paul
Pierson, an artist featured in the collective exhibition who was surprised
by over 50 of his family and close friends on the night of the reception. All of
them proudly wore a pin on their chest to show their loving support for the artist
and his achievements.
us of childhoods past with his second solo exhibition at Agora Gallery, RED: The
LEGO� Brick Sculpture of
Nathan Sawaya, Nathan created large scale introspective sculptures
that leave the viewer guessing what is just around the corner. In his most recent
work, Nathan explores the complex relationship between surrealism and the human
experience. He explains his intentions himself: "In my current work, which is the
focus of my new exhibition, I confound many of the expectations people may have
when they consider my medium, exploring a sense of being trapped, haunted by the
human spirit in my art yet constantly faced with the commercialism of the medium
I have chosen to work in. The idea is to present something that makes people take
a step back, perhaps even something that is quite scary, yet to do so in a way that
captivates and intrigues." In RED, Nathan Sawaya has included an interactive piece,
Please Do Touch, which promotes the viewers' participation. By adding 25 cents,
which is donated to the Children Art Foundation, to the gumball machine, the viewer
can add LEGO� bricks to the sculpture. Nathan Sawaya has been featured on Stephen
Colbert, Mythbusters and was even his own Jeopardy Category.
of onlookers weathered the chill of a New York winter to attend the December
16th reception held at Agora Gallery. Many were warmed by The Odyssey Within,
an exhibition of
fine art by Greek and Italian artists, highlighting the unity and artwork
of many talented Mediterranean artists. Greek native Occhi Pinti is enjoying the
delight of her second exhibition with Agora Gallery, spotlighting her appreciation
for a more vibrant reality. Redefining artistic mediums, eco-conscious Italian artist
showcased his intricate sculptures, many of which are created entirely of repurposed
computer parts, including one of New York's very own Central Park. Franco's cityscapes
have grabbed the attention of tech-savvy collectors the world over. In the Collective
Exhibition, viewers had the opportunity to meet artist
Ken Lake, whose "Architecture of the Sky" compositions have placed him in
the forefront of Michigan landscape art. Recording the banks of Lake Michigan, Ken
creates a visual dialogue, capturing the everyday beauty found right outside your
window. Drawing from several techniques, the artist
Chritch wowed the audience with her ability to combine symbolism, cubism
and abstraction in her signature figurative mixed media works on paper.
Some folks choose to sit on the sidelines of life, but V�roniKaH is definitely not
one of them.
V�roniKaH's energy fills the room the moment she walks into it. This breath
of life is incorporated into each and every piece of her artwork. After several
years of successful representation, V�roniKaH celebrated her first solo exhibition
with Agora Gallery, entitled Metamorphosis. V�roniKaH chose this exhibit
to show some of her larger pieces, drawing us in with her richness of style and
color, which reflects the artist's use of unconventional textures to express fleeting
emotions. "Most of the time I let my intuition decide what to do without really
thinking about it. My technique is a continuous search for new visual effects never
seen before. My collection includes Abstracts, flowers, nudes and collages that
are a reflection of my daily life; the good and the bad, the excitements and the
deceptions. I connect with people through my art, which for me is therapeutic, an
essential part of my continued existence. Through my work, I remind people to search
for the hidden beauty in the world, and to value their own perceptions and perspective."
View more reception photos and the reception video
Agora Gallery's upcoming
collective exhibition will open on January 11, 2011 and the opening reception
will be held on January 13, 2011, from 6 PM to 8PM.
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Greeting Card Contest
to all the artists who submitted an entry to our Greeting Card Contest. It was open
to all of our represented artists, and we received so many wonderful images that
choosing just one to use was a very difficult decision! We managed to narrow it
down in the end - congratulations to Adka ('Andrea Jones') whose
'Sprout New York!', which you can see here, was the final choice.
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Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
The clock is
ticking away the time to the opening of the 26th Chelsea International Fine Art
Competition. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of this prestigious annual
art contest, which will start accepting submissions on February 2, 2011
and remain open until March 14, 2011. The Art Competition is open to visual artists
18 years of age and older, from anywhere in the world and at all stages in their
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Fashionistas (fashion meets fine art)
It appears that Agora Gallery is attracting art loving fashionistas at receptions.
The "untitled" couple in this photo made a big splash at our December 16th opening.
From pill box hat, off the shoulder black silk dress, black high heel boots and
black gloves, this young lady had it all together and dressed to match some of the
artwork. Likewise, the young man who accompanied her wore grey pin-striped trousers,
grey vest over grey stripped high collar shirt, an untied bow tie, and a tartan
plaid wool coat. These two well-dressed art enthusiasts captured the imagination
of other fashion conscious attendees who are now becoming more and more visible
at our receptions.
Rania is a regular attendee and loves to pose with the artwork. She is a painter
whose work is about performance and so it is not at all a surprise to us that she
enjoys posing with the art whenever possible. Rania is also a couture fashion designer
who designs and/or restructures garments with a flair for drama such as the fur
capped vest sweater that she is wearing in this photo.
December 2010 Newsletter
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