Our Stories
Oct
22
to Dec 31

Our Stories

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Our Stories is an exhibition that brings together autobiographical paintings of self-taught artists who have been an integral part of ArTech, a non-profit art studio in the Bronx.  In this exhibition, 26 artists have expressed their life experiences, culture, and personal influences through a variety of mediums. A common thread that emerges is a raw, natural, and instinctive approach, very similar to traditional Folk art. Furthermore, one can sense the vivacity and assuredness of each artist to the theme of the exhibition Our Stories.

 

ArTech is a Bronx-based community arts center, operated by the nonprofit, AHRC New York City, located at the Howie Stone Adult Day Center.  ArTech offers professional, artist lead classes in drawing, painting, photography and cutting-edge technology such as digital art and virtual reality. Their mission is to not only provide a professional studio environment for self-taught artists, but also contribute to the rich arts and culture community of the Bronx. The ultimate goal of ArTech is for every member to have access to gallery representation and become recognized and respected artists of The Bronx.

 

“All of us have a story within us that adds to the

narrative of the community.”

– Dhanashree Gadiyar, Program Manager, ArTech

 

 

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Canvasing the Neighborhood: Exploring Community with the Young Artists of Foster Pride
Feb
5
to Apr 27

Canvasing the Neighborhood: Exploring Community with the Young Artists of Foster Pride

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CANVASING THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

Exploring Community with the young artists of Foster Pride

 What happens when Foster Pride (a non-profit which mentors children and teens in the foster care system) collaborates with former Amazing Race contestant London Kaye (who just happens to be a renown crochet artist)?  CANVASING THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Exploring Community with the Young Artists of Foster Pride, a new exhibition of paintings, pictures, photos and unique “yarn bomb” installations, created especially for The ARTViews Gallery of the Fine Art Program.

“Community has a special meaning for children in foster care who have been uprooted from their families, friends, schools, and familiar routines,” says Foster Pride Founder and Executive Director, Lynn Schnurnberger. “What’s so inspiring about the exhibition is how, through art, children and teens not only gain life skills and build self-esteem, but they garner a vehicle for expressing their stories.” Foster children are an extremely vulnerable population. Fifty percent of youth in foster care never graduate high school, and 7 out of 10 end up homeless. Foster Pride, which was named “One of NYC’s 4 Top Charities” by CBS.com, helps these children beat the odds. Foster Pride students go on to graduate two and four-year college programs; their art work has been exhibited in prestigious locations, such as the Lever House Gallery and Rockefeller Center; and, the young teenage women in Foster Pride’s HandMade program not only learn how to crochet, but they also run a small business selling their unique creations.

The youth in Foster Pride programs are particularly excited about this chance to show their work at Montefiore. “My dad was in the hospital here a little while ago,” said Javion, age 9. “I think he would have liked to see all this happy artwork. I hope all the families who are here now do too.”

ARTViews Curator Jodi Moise knows they will. “The ARTViews Gallery hosts exhibitions that recognize and celebrate the visual artists of the Bronx,” she says. “When I first learned about Foster Pride and how they use art as a vehicle to build their student’s confidence and independence I felt it was very important to share their work with the Medical Center’s audience. The students—all with Bronx connections—are so talented, the exhibition is captivating! I am very pleased to feature their work for all of our patients, caregivers, physicians, students and the community to enjoy.”

Sponsored by The Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein

 

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