Archive for December, 2009

Felted Art by Naomi Tarantal, Steinhardt Staff Member, on Display

Naomi Tarantal, an administrative secretary in Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is among 18 artists whose work

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Photo: ‘What the Arusticated Bear Done Wear,’ by Naomi Tarantal; felted wool and found metal. Credit: D. James Dee

is featured in ‘Collective,’ a multimedia art exhibit sponsored by the Union of Clerical, Administration & Technical Staff (UCATS) and NYU.

Tarantal is a textile artist who works in the ancient medium of felting, combining wool, silk, and fabric along with found metal to create innovative art pieces, as well as hats, shawls, and jewelry, which appear under the label, ‘Sveltefelt.’

In keeping with the art’s nomadic roots, Tarantal has traversed the ‘Felt Road,’ traveling to Kyrgyzstan to attend the First International Felt Symposium, and most recently to Petäjävesi, Finland, where she studied and exhibited a shawl at an invitational exhibit.

Her piece, ‘Licorice on the Lam,’ was part of ‘Fiber for the Future,’ an exhibit at the A.I.R. Gallery in Chelsea, New York, juried by Matilda McQuaid of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

A graduate of Steinhardt’s studio art program (BS, ’95), Tarantal is a member of the Textile Study Group of New York. ‘Collective,’ a collaboration between UCATS and NYU, is aimed at showcasing the talents of NYU union members and employees.

Tarantal’s work can be seen in the first-floor windows of the Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South. Art is also exhibited in the Kimmel Center’s Commuter Lounge Gallery on the 2nd floor and Stovall Family Gallery on the 8th floor.

.K. Velis Turan Accepted into NYS MARK Program

MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts'(NYFA) new statewide six-month program for visual artists who want a unique opportunity for individualized focus on the professional side of their creative practice. MARK is designed to address the concerns of artists living outside of New York City while providing them with a new network statewide. Participating artists can expect MARK to spark goals and help to define concrete steps while providing individual and group feedback on how to better present yourself.

  • What will the MARK Program include?
  • – Focus on strategies for expanding your visibility as an artist.
  • – Curriculum emphasizes goal setting and includes using the internet effectively, strengthening grant or project applications, improving writing and speaking about your work and identifying exhibition opportunities.
  • – Between seminars, artists will be assigned projects related to their specific goals.
  • – Individual feedback given to all participants.

(Ed. note: We hope we will get additional reports from K. Velis about this worthwhile program as it unfolds).

Arle Sklar Weinstein

Arle Sklar-Weinstein

Arle has an upcoming exhibition/installation at Silvermine Guild Arts Center called “IN RELATION TO: An Art Adventure between Jody Silver and Arle-Sklar Weinstein”.

Dates: January 10 – February 19, 2010. Opening Reception January 10, 2-4 PM.

In addition, Sklar-Weinstein, in her role as the BLUE DOOR GALLERY Director, is issuing a call to women artists for an upcoming exhibition called “Women About Woman: A BROAD Introspective Retrospective,” scheduled to open on May 20, 2010. Go to the BLUE DOOR GALLERY website for the Prospectus and more information.  


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conversation Berenice Pliskin

Conversations by Berenice Pliskin

Berenice Pliskin will be showing her silk painting “Conversation” in the exhibit "Interiors", a group show of area artists.

Dates: December 10 – January 31, 2010

Location: Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY (914-739-2333)

Introducing SDA Member Linda Van Alstyne

Pietroglyphs by Linda Van Alstyne

Linda, who has been an SDA member for four years, has been exploring the “endless possibilities of handmade felt” since 1994. Working with felt allows her to sculpt wearable masks and other artful objects. Prior to that she worked with on and off loom weaving, including basket weaving, natural dyeing and spinning.

The Pietroglyph series developed in response to a theme, “What’s out is IN” for the NEFG ‘08 exhibit season. Layered immersion dyeing using reverse stenciling creates the various images, which are then hand stitched together. Shibori dye techniques as well as surface stitching develop further textural contrast and interest.

Linda is the president of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild (NEFG). Linda exhibits her work with NEFG and by invitation to galleries throughout the United States. She also teaches in her home studio and upon request. She will be teaching the FUNdamentals of Feltmaking at Augusta Heritage Center at David Elkins College in the summer, 2010.

Linda is also a doctor of physical therapy who provides specialized treatment for individuals experiencing pelvic pain and dysfunction.

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