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.
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.
Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello (left), and artist Karen Greville-Smith (right) at Agora Gallery 6/24/2015
Today at Agora Gallery, we were all pleasantly surprised by a visit from Karen Greville-Smith, who had exhibited with us in October 2014. Unfortunately, Karen hadn’t been able to visit the gallery during her exhibition, so this was a wonderful opportunity for us all to both meet for the first time and to catch up!
Karen was in New York City celebrating her thirtieth anniversary with her husband. In addition to a special trip to Tiffany’s, the two of them had been taking in a number of the sights when they popped into Agora Gallery, having just spent some of their afternoon on the High Line. She was on a specific mission to take in plenty of artwork to get inspiration – not only for herself, but for the children and teens she works with.
Along with her work as a talented artist, Karen Greville-Smith uses her artistic skills to give back to the community. When she arrives back home to the UK, she will be taking on her tenth year as the Artist in Residence at a mental health facility. In this role, she works closely with young people from 12-18 years of age, providing them with short workshops in which they can express themselves artistically, learn to work together, and nurture their ideas and talent.