BOBBI BECK: TIME PASSING
Bobbi Beck wakes up every morning trying to absorb and process the daily events from various sources of media that we all seem to be bombarded with constantly. Later in the day, at her drawing board, she sorts through this blizzard of information, and tries to mentally shovel her way out by creating a piece of art that helps her cope with the affect that all these events weigh upon us. It might be news about politics, current events, urban stresses, family dynamics, emotions, or whatever confronts us, that then might have an impact on our lives. Over several days or weeks, she adds, subtracts and composes these elements into her final artwork. After this time cycle is completed, she rewinds and begins this process all over again for her next artwork. VISITOR COMMENTS: "All of your work expresses different aspects of life." "I am a young artist and although art is my passion there are not many art pieces besides my own that I can relate to and identify with. Bobbi Beck's art is so inspiring to me. She is my favorite living artist." "Freud would have a field day with you my dear. Your work is amazing and couples with the ability to express it visually is a gift to us all." : I love your art and I love the Library."
Summer Painting Exhibition
As part of the Art for a Lifetime program, the Clason's Point Library is hosting an exhibition of the works of the artist in the spring 2017 eight week painting course. Under the instruction of artist Deborah Beck seven artist learned the fundamentals of painting and proudly display their final projects at the Clason's Point Library Gallery.
Winter Gardens and Seedheads
This month St. Agnes Library is featuring a photography exhibition by Upper West resident Mildred Alpern. The theme of the photography exhibition is Winter Gardens and Seedheads, one arc of the ongoing bud-flower-seed cycle. Each month St. Agnes features a different visual artist to display at our library. It is very popular with our patrons, especially when we display a new artist.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mildred is a a graduate of Girls’ Latin School, Boston University, and Columbia University Teachers College. She first arrived in New York in 1953 and has lived in the Upper West Side since 1996. A former teacher of modern European History, she has also worked as a consultant for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, publishing articles and student guides. Photography themes include natural and urban landscapes, primarily in New York City and upstate New York. A regular contributor to online blog Mirrorless Photo Tips, her photos have been selected for juried exhibitions at Photoplace Gallery and Dark Room Gallery in Vermont and the 1650 Gallery in California, as well as for the New York Times Metropolitan Diary. She has self-published several photo books.
All photos are macro images, aluminum metal prints, vivid in color, and all were taken during the winter months at the Riverside Park Community Garden at Riverside Drive and 91st St. They line the staircase between the first and second floors and remind us of inevitable seasonal change and the beauty of a plant when it is “over.” The selection pays homage to Piet Oudolf, the Danish landscape designer of the West Side’s High Line elevated park. He recognized the ways in which winter gardens add different forms, colors, and textures to the surroundings.
Mildred’s exhibit will be featured till the end of July. Stop by St. Agnes and see it for yourself!