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Celebrate Coney Island and other summer attractions through art

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The Carter Burden Gallery, formerly gallery 307 will open a new show running from July 31 to August 21 that features sculptural work inspired by Coney Island. With another month or so left of summer, what could be better than celebrating Coney Island in the heart of New York City. Examiner has learned that today was the closing of its latest show that culminated with a closing night party as well. Marilyn Sontag on the wall was accompanied by works by Flo Fox & Len Speier: Disco Ball, were all made possible in part with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, added a gallery spokesperson today.

What's more intriguing is the not-for-profit Carter Burden Gallery only features the art work of senior citizens, showing all of us that art does not only have to be for the young and up-and-coming, and art can be inspired at any age. The Carter Burden Gallery is located in Chelsea's art district at 548 W. 28th Street, #534. between 19th and 11th Avenues in New York.

"As the counterpoint to the Gallery’s Works on Walls group show from the beginning of the summer, What You See Is What You Get will explore representational or figurative art and its varied expressions and interpretations in a range of media. Departing from common notions of “representational” or “figurative” and the idea of the traditional portrait or fruit bowl still life, the works in What You See Is What You Get will challenge and delight the viewer with variety and scope," added Carter Burden Gallery to Examiner. "Reconceptualizing reality, the viewer peers into Sheila Schwid’s street scenes, bustling with glimpses of humanity, while Henriette Simon Picker’s Coney Island beckons to the whimsical days of summer. The sumptuous hyper reality of Edward Fausty’s nighttime photographs stand in contrast to the ethereal elegance of Larry Davis’s photographs, while Margo Mead’s painting The Coming of Pandora reprises the artist’s cautionary theme of ecological awareness. Whether painting, photography or sculpture, the pieces explore and push the boundaries of representation in its many forms." Gallery hours for the new exhibit runs Tuesday-Friday, 11.a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located in Chelsea, the Carter Burden Gallery is a program of the Carter Burden Center designed to give a voice to New York City’s re-emerging older professional artists. The Carter Burden Center is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman. The mission is to promote the well-being of older adults through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. For more information about the Carter Burden Center and its programs, visit http://www.carterburdencenter.org.

Featured artists

Olivia Beens immigrated to the United States as a child. She has lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1980 and began her artistic career exhibiting Installations and Performance works in many alternative spaces as ABC No Rio, Franklin Furnace, PS 122, Bronx River Gallery, Abrons Art Center, and 22 Wooster Gallery. These installations and performances engaged in questions of identity and the connections between the public and private realms. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY and maintains a studio at Abrons Art Center where she has been working primarily in clay for the last eight years focusing on a series titled “Column of Tears” inspired by a trip to Turkey in 2001. These large commemorative pieces need to be displayed in the public places. "The emotional content of these columns comes from both public and private concerns found in the media, and addresses universal personal concerns. She has access to firing a kiln on a regular basis and wishes to engage in community work and the collaborative process," added a statement by Carter Burden Gallery. For more about the artist visit http://www.oliviabeens.com.

Edward Burden

Edward Burden was raised in New York, and England and began his love affair with photography at the age of 10. Burden studied at SUNY Purchase and The New School. Although film was his background, he now shoots in digital formats, yet eschews cropping or manipulations common in digital media. Until recently, Burden was a very private artist, until his exploration of new style brought him “out of his shell.” The ability to control light and a refusal to conform to established norms, combined with his love of odd objects used to reference Consciousness define his work. He has recently shown his work in L.A., and is in private, and museum collections.

Website: edwardburden.com

David Cerulli was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and he received his BFA in Painting from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He is a sculptor, and has created a number of commissioned large-scale sculptures, and has been a finalist in several international sculpture competitions. His sculpture commissions include: a large-scale stainless steel and bronze sculpture for the international headquarters of Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.; a 22 foot tall painted aluminum sculpture for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; a bronze memorial sculpture in Easton Cemetery, Easton, Pennsylvania; two playground sculptures for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more on the artist visit http://www.cerullistudio.com.

Liz Curtin is always looking for new ways of seeing and exploring different media to produce work that translates her vision into a visual reality, added a statement in her biography. She works in a wide range of media, including painting, collage, art journaling, bookmaking, printmaking, papermaking, quilting, and found object sculpture. In addition to her active art practice, Ms. Curtin is a teaching artist who adores her students, and makes time to perform as a singer-songwriter. She has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, and her work is collected nationally and internationally, added her biography..

Larry Davis has been a member of Soho Photo Gallery, the oldest photography cooperative in New York City. Davis is a self-taught photographer whose small black and white Polaroid transfer prints were purchased by the Polaroid Collection. For more on the artisit cisit http://www.larry-davis-photography.com.

Edward Fausty is a photographer and printmaker specializing in collotype and digital pigment printing on fine papers. For more visit http://www.edwardfausty.com. John Folch was born in the Bronx and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He received his BA in 1977 and his MA in 1980, both from Lehman College where he studied with noted Greek artist Theo Stavropoulos. During the 1970s he participated in group shows at the Bronx Museum of Art. For more visit http://www.johnfolchi.com.

These are just a few featured artists in this upcoming Carter Burden Gallery event. For a closer look, Staten Island arts enthusiasts, you will just have to visit yourself. What's more, a visit to the gallery is free. This is one event worth a visit to Manhattan!

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