In this issue:
Preparing for an Exhibition
Upcoming Solo Exhibitions
Gone to a New Home
Recent Work
Upcoming Event @ SCNY

Appreciated Resource
Class Schedule
Gift Certificates
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 Vernissage  -- literally, "varnishing" -- is the historical term for a preview of an exhibition, an opening for an invited inner circle. The idea was that artists would be varnishing and otherwise putting finishing touches on new work. 

I'm not scheduling such an event for my upcoming show at the Kings Highway branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Instead, all are invited to the opening of  Poetry and Prose: Flowers in Captivity  on Wednesday, October 3, from 6 to 8 pm. 

But, since I've just completed a round of literal varnishing, I though it might be interesting to take my readers behind the scenes to look into some aspects of preparing for a show. In this case, the works will be shown under a good deal of constant artificial light, so I've limited what's to be shown to acrylics and oils, which can tolerate that kind of light exposure.
Checking with a level
Applying varnish
Vinyl or nitrile gloves are essential, and an air purifier also helps at this stage, as even a good picture varnish like Gamblin's Gamvar is not my favorite substance to inhale. I've had varying luck with visible brush strokes in varnish. This time, I happened to be listening to tango music during one of my work sessions, and realized that a particular tango  vals  inspired circular movements of my arm. Nothing new, as I exploited these impulses for an entire exhibition in 2008 based on tango,  vals  and  milonga  music; I'd just never tried to support varnishing with music. Problem solved, as these floral still lifes contain so many curves.

On to framing. My framers are Frameworks, on Washington Street in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood ( ). They've made life easier for me this past week by first lending samples of frame-stock that I could bring home to try against canvases, and then picking up a batch of works to be framed. These will be delivered when finished.
Still to come: designing and ordering a postcard to publicize the exhibition; checking the frame job; transportation and installation of work at the library; making labels and creating a hand-list, once I see exactly where everything is hanging; organizing refreshments. Then enjoying your company at the opening reception on October 3 or on another day of your choosing.

1 October - 24 November, 2018
Poetry and Prose: Flowers in Captivity

Opening reception: 3 October 6-8pm

Kings Highway Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library,
2115 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229; 718-375-3037

For hours and travel directions: 

8-16 December, 2018
Beckoned by Paper: Watercolors, Monotypes, and Drawings
Salmagundi Patrons' Gallery

Opening reception: 9 December 2-5pm

Salmagundi Club of New York
47 Fifth Avenue @ 12th Street
New York, NY 10003


Odalisque in Fur , monotype, 5" x 7," 2012
Barrows and Belgian Block , oil on canvas, 12" x 24," 2018
Tuesday, 4 September, 6:30-9:30 pm, in the Lower Gallery
A wonderful opportunity to show off and share your monotype chops, or to learn a new skill-set.

This event is open to the public as well as to SCNY members. 

Check   for specifics of cost and what tools and supplies to bring.

81 Washington Street
Brooklyn, NY11201
(718) 237-1400 

Frameworks shop in DUMBO, Brooklyn neighborhood.
Outdoor Argentine tango events organized by Steve Beltzer on the waterfronts of New York City.
Steve Beltzer, organizer of Volvo Tango.
Die-hard tangueros in the rain. A frame from a Steve Beltzer video.
Steve likes to take a group photograph at the end of each Volvo Tango evening. This is a detail from August 2018
at Pier 45 on the Hudson River.

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