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Art Lab's Open Show open

The Art Lab, an art school nestled on the beautiful grounds of Snug harbor Cultural & Botanical Center, has a little bit of art work to suit everyone's tastes. I was lucky enough to take part in this year's show, and feel lucky to have taken part in this year's event which runs through the end of the month. The Open Show, was the subject of a news feature that ran in today's issue of The Staten island Advance. For more visit

Art Lab trains artists on its lush grounds at Snug Harbor Cultural & Botanical Gardens through a series of engaging classes and programs.
Elena Hart-Cohen

"Every year around this time, the Art Lab, the school on the Snug Harbor campus, throws open its doors offering anyone who’s interested a patch of wall space to call their own," adds the article written by Advance columnist Michael Fressola today (January 19).

"The Open Show welcomes creative output at all levels, whether it is the work of complete novices or accomplished professionals. Exhibitors pay an entry fee. In return, they receive the standard wine-and-nibblies opening and a three or four-week run in a presentation in an authentic, white-walled, lit gallery setting," adds the report by Fressola.

“It is a crazy popular thing,” says Malissa Priebe, who runs the school to The Advance. “You get some of the same people every year, but new people show up too.”

"As group art shows go, this one is lively, noisy and unpredictable. The show’s also good for business at the Art Lab, a school that offers courses in all the visual art fundamentals. The Open always has work by Art Lab students. The school counts on the show as an advertisement for its services and as proof of the advantages of formal training," according to the story in The Advance.

The Art Takes Center Stage

"Many of the nearly 167 pieces in the show, fall into a few broad categories. People are popular subjects. Also greenery/flowers/landscapes, and destinations," added Fressola in The Advance article. "Among holiday cultural options, the “Open” showcities, after all, that dazzle people who like to look at art."

"Still lifes and flowers, landscapes and beach scapes are big favorites. Some of the exhibitors are graduates of the Art Lab’s plein-air class, a course that teaches students how to paint/draw outdoors. Some others have studied photography at the school," according to today's report.

The 2014 Open Show continues through the end of the month. Visit Staten Island art enthusiasts what are you waiting for. This show offers a plethora of options for art lovers everywhere. You can't beat the admission price. Admission is free!