Creative Arts Therapy Show at Pratt!

I wanted to share that I will be taking part in a show of art and performance
that will include first and second year creative arts therapy student work.

We wanted to open up our studio and learning space to the public and share some
of the experiential and personal work that we have been doing as
artists, dancers, and therapists in training.
It should be a fun and very interesting event! Hope to see you there...

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The exhibition, "Transitions," features artworks by students in Pratt's
Department of Creative Arts Therapy and will include painting, drawing,
sculpture, installation, photo, and dance performance. The show will be
located on the third floor of the East Building on Pratt's Brooklyn Campus.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 7 PM.
Regular viewing hours are 12 to 3 PM.

For more information, email adt@pratt.edu or call 718-636-3428.

Yes, It’s Been A While…


Since I last posted that is! Life has been one big adventure – especially lately! To give a little update, Adam and I just got married on September 21st in Gloucester, MA. It was an amazing weekend that still seems surreal to us. The weather was gorgeous and we were married outside by the ocean, surrounded by loved ones. The entire weekend was one wonderful chain of get-togethers, and a chance to spend time with everyone, take walks along the beach, and get our fill of New England seafood:) We are just getting back “into the swing of things” now – here in NYC.

A few weeks before our wedding I started grad school! I am pursuing a Masters in Art Therapy at Pratt Institute and am already about 7 weeks into the program…I cannot believe how quickly the time has been flying already. It is amazing to finally be completely immersed in my chosen field. I could not be surrounded by better classmates, teachers, and supervisors. It has been interesting getting back into school work after being out of undergraduate school for about 6 years! However I am intrigued by what we are learning and am devouring books (almost whole:) I felt that my writing was a bit rusty for the first few weeks of school, but I am starting to find my rhythm again.

My school art therapy internship is at Housing Works here in NYC. Again, I could not be happier with my internship and feel so fortunate to be there. Housing Works is a wonderful organization that provides many services to people living with HIV and AIDS. If you have a moment, please visit their website: www.housingworks.org
I have been running art therapy groups, learning the paperwork ropes, and will soon be starting some individual art therapy sessions with clients there as well. There is never a dull moment there and I am simply absorbing as much as possible every day that I am there.

I am looking forward to posting some thoughts on Art Therapy and my experiences at school and in my internship. It’s a fascinating field and I cannot even begin to share half of what I’m experiencing and absorbing, but I can always start somewhere:)

The Magazine Issue it Out


Just a quick follow-up note on my painting in Ins & Outs Magazine….the issue with my painting titled “Traces of White” is now out and about – and can be found throughout Long Island City & Astoria Queens as well as in Manhattan at selected restaurants and galleries. The focus of this particular issue (it’s a quarterly magazine) is on the local art scene…pretty fitting! Keep your eyes open for it 🙂

Ins&Outs Magazine


Just wanted to share some neat news…I am going to be a featured artist in Ins&Outs magazine in their next issue! It will be a full color page, showcasing one of my paintings with my basic info underneath. Since Ins&Outs has a website as well, I will post the link with the feature when it comes out! The editor there has been such a pleasure to work with and I’ve been a big fan of the magazine for a while now, so it’s really wonderful to be included in it.

Ins&Outs is a local magazine that covers arts, entertainment, restaurants, and events in and around Astoria & Long Island City.

Bistro 33 Wins!

I was just at Bistro 33 this afternoon to show some buddies my mural there and say hello to Chef Gary and his wife Deni and I found out that Bistro 33 had won the title of “Best New Queens Restaurant” through Time Out NY!

Thank you for all who voted!

www.bistro33nyc.com

Art-O-Mat

Paintings, photos, & wood burned boxes… now at Art-O-Mat!

While walking along Vernon Blvd in Long Island City last weekend, Adam and I wandered into a neat looking gallery and artisan shop called Art-O-Mat. We were immediately intrigued by the unique combination of paintings, prints, sculpture, cards, and various other handmade objects. There were also books written by local authors and a diverse collection of music from local musicians.

After looking around for a while Adam and I made our way over to the desk area, where a group of people were sitting around engaged in a lively conversation. The idea of an artist’s salon came to mind for both of us. This was clearly a space where different creative folks from the community were able to meet up, share thoughts, and share their latest work. Art-O-Mat is a donated space and all of the people who work there are volunteers. In addition to selling local artist’s work, the space also puts on individual and group artist’s shows.

We met Diane Hendry, who is one of the creative forces behind Art-O-Mat. Her passion for the community and its artists was apparent immediately and her enthusiasm was contagious. Adam and I were both interested in possibly bringing some work over for her to look at as a possible addition to the gallery and gave her the information for our websites. Yesterday we came back with some pieces for Art-O-Mat and had a wonderful time looking over our work with Diane. I now have 2 paintings hanging there, some new wood burned boxes that I’ve started making again, and Adam has a framed photo up as well as numerous matted photos for the art bin.

Adam and I will also be there on some Saturdays volunteering next month and hopefully in the months to come. It’s such a warm and inspiring place to spend some time…stop by if you’re in the area!

Art-O-Mat
46-46 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City

www.licweb.com/artomat/

Paintings at Valverde!


I’m very excited to be displaying some of my newest paintings at Valverde Cucina Italiana restaurant here in Astoria, Queens.

A few weeks ago, Adam and I spent a Sunday with the owners Johann Valverde & Ivon Leon & Chef Jose Hernandez…hanging my work there and then having a wonderful brunch (the owner’s treat!)

My art will be on display there through Spring and so if you’re in the area, let’s go grab brunch or dinner there:)
Their food is wonderfully fresh and delicious!

We are thinking about having an art opening at the restaurant…most likely on a Tuesday evening since that is the only day they are closed. We’re thinking about sometime in March…
I’ll keep you updated!

They are located at:
36-02 Steinway St.
(at 36th Avenue)
Astoria NY
718.786.2070