Monthly Archives: September 2011

Studio Visit: Ursula O’Farrell

If you are up for a creative adventure in art, please come join me during this year’s Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour. I’d love to see you. My painting studio is at 800 Estates Drive in Aptos, CA 95003 and will be open from 11am to 5 pm on:

October 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday)

October 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday)

At my studio, I’ll have signed copies of my new book available. It’s a 100-page color catalogue ($25 plus $2 tax) that includes an in-depth interview by Dr. Peter Selz, along with essays by art critics Mark Van Proyen and Maureen Davidson.
PS  Also, feel free to join me at two other upcoming art events:
(1) “Emotion in Motion: New Paintings by Ursula O’Farrell,” runs October 1 – 31 at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, California.  Public art reception at the gallery: Friday, October 7 from 6 to 8 pm.  Bryant Street Gallery is located at 532 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650)321-8155
(2) In March 2012, come see my soon-to-be newest works at Patricia Rovzar Gallery  in Seattle, Washington.

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 Bartley + Company Art

FREE FORM          


4 – 29 October 2011

You are warmly invited to the opening preview on Tuesday 4 October, 5.30 – 7.30pm

This exhibition brings together three artists whose work explores our interaction with the built environment and with architecture. All foray into the fantastical to suggest ideas about the psychology of architectural space and its impact on human experience. Here imagination triumphs over function to create spaces for contemplation rather than machines for living.


Simon Esling’s exquisitely rendered drawings present the body as integral to the making of architectural building. The grafting of bones with houses suggests an uneasy tension between nature and the manmade world. Auckland based, Simon has a Master of Fine Arts from University of Auckland and is included in the Warwick Brown Book, Seen this century: 100 contemporary New Zealand artists where his work is described as “always fresh and surprising”.












Kerry Ann Lee, 2011, Rock and Roll, digital lambda print, 400 x 500 mm 

Kerry Ann Lee generates a pop sensibility in her digital montage prints which explore place-based identity through fantastic and re-imagined urban forms. The new works in this exhibition based on New Zealand buildings and landscape, build on her earlier well-received deconstructions of landmark works of contemporary Chinese architecture. Lee, who has a Masters in Design from Massey University, has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, China and the United States.

Tim Thatcher’s gouache paintings capture some of the haunted ambience of the cityscapes of the Surealist painter De Chirico. They explore the architecture of the artistic mind, in which forms and narratives come into being through a process of imagination, self doubt and self criticality. Tim Thatcher, who has a Master of Fine Arts with First Class Honours from Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, lives and works in Wellington. He is also included in the book Seen this century: 100 contemporary New Zealand artists.

Brett Graham paintings

We are pleased to report that Brett Graham’s new paintings have been extremely warmly recieved with most selling in just one week. We have two paintings only still available but we do also have two bigger works on paper. We also have a small bronze maquette of his tank that was shown at the 2010 Biennale currently in the gallery.

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INdiVISIBLE: The Art and Activism of Cynthia Tom, Shari Arai DeBoer and Nancy Hom

October 5th to December 9th, Multicultural Center, University of California, Santa Barbara.

For Asian American artists Cynthia Tom, Shari Arai DeBoer and Nancy Hom, art and activism are indivisible. They couple their singular artistic vision with a strong connection to roots and community activism. When Asian American arts are neglected by the mainstream, they create opportunities—educating and inspiring others through exhibitions, lectures and publications. Curated by Shizue Seigel.
Multicultural Center, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Phone Number: (805) 893-8411, Mon-fri-8am-10pm, Fri 8am-5pm

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October 1 – October 31, 2011 

Opening Reception:  Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6-9PM



Benjamen Chinn,  Gare d’Austerlitz, 1951,

Archival pigment print, 30 x 30 inches.

Smith Andersen North is pleased to present Benjamen Chinn’s Paris, 1950-51.


Born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown,  Benjamen Chinn (1921-2009) found inspiration in the everyday, often photographing from his front door stoop the shopkeepers, schoolchildren and passersby that populate his compositions. Like his fellow graduates from the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s and 50s, a period at the school known as The Golden Decade, Chinn honed his sensibility with the best instructors of the day, including Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston.

After graduation, he headed to Paris and produced a lively and poignant body of work – a testament to his unique gift for finding the idiosyncrasies in everyday urban street life, and an enduring record of post-war Paris.


We hope you will join us at Smith Andersen North for the opening reception on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 6-9pm.


Benjamen Chinn’s Paris, 1950-51  will be on view from October 1 through October 31, 2011.


For additional information, please contact:

Stefan Kirkeby or gallery manager Jennifer O’Keeffe



Benjamen Chinn, Boulangerie Girl, 1950/51,

Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches.



20 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – 6PM, Saturday: 12 – 5PM,

and by appointment.

T: 415 455 9733


From Highway 101 take the Central San Rafael Exit. Go West on Third Street. Third Street turns into Fourth Street and then Red Hill Avenue. Make a U-Turn at the Hub by Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and immediately veer right onto GREENFIELD AVENUE. 20 GREENFIELD is the first building on the right. Off street parking in the lot along the east side of the building.

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Exhibition Starts:
September 19 – December 9, 2011
Jorgensen Gallery, Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts,
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct. 

Panel Discussion: November 29th, 3:30 pm
Reception: November 29th, 6:00 pm

Featured Artist 2011: Natvar Bhavsar

Curated by Vijay Kumar

IAAC Director of Exhibitions: Tanu Jindal

Erasing Borders is a richly provocative exhibition by artists of the Indian diaspora who confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. With great technical mastery and diversity of theme and style, these works combine traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements, and speak to the powerful experience of personal and cultural dislocation in the global village. In its eighth year, Erasing Borders is curated by Vijay Kumar and produced by the Indo-American Arts Council. Free and open to the public.
Participating Artists: (Click on the artists name for details): Fasihu AhsanMohammed BariSamanta Batra MehtaFareen ButtAmita ChatterjeeSonia ChaudharyNandini Chirimar, Neil ChowdhuryUday K Dhar,Reet DasDelna DasturAnjali DeshmukhAnujan EzhikodeAaliyah GuptaMansoora HassanMumtaz HussainTehniyet HussainSamina IqbalNidhi JalanSunita Jariwala-Gajjar, Reeta Gidwani – Karmarkar,Kulvinder Kaur DhewAamir Khan Tarin , Srinivas KrishnaShaurya KumarShobha MenonRahul Mitra,Indrani Nayar-GallKuzana OggAvani PatelMinna PhilipsAntonio PuriTalha RathoreRasika Reddy,Sangeeta ReddyPinku Roy-BariTara SabharwalSatyakam SahaPallavi SharmaSara SulemanRoshani Thakore ,MD TokonPrince Varughese Thomas

September 19 – December 9, 2011
Venue: Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3104


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“Open/Close” SAWCC’s 14th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery, NYC

SAWCC’s 14th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition

September 17–October 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 5–7 pm
Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex Street, Essex Street Market, New York, NY 10002 (South End of the Market, nearest Delancey Street).

Curated by
Maymanah Farhat

Jaishri Abichandani <> , Nida Abidi <> , Fariba Alam <> , Vaidehi Kinkhabwala <> , Priya Nadkarni <> , Sadia Salim, Amruta Shah <> , Tuba Zaki, Hayat Gul <>  and Vandana Jain <> .

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) in collaboration with Cuchifritos <>  Gallery New York are pleased to present SAWCC’s Annual Visual Arts Exhibition Open/Close curated by Maymanah Farhat <> .

As Open/Close will be on display in Cuchifritos, a nonprofit art space that is located in the Essex Street Market, this forthcoming exhibition seeks to engage, highlight and explore the complex undercurrents that define the social terrain of a popular New York City shopping district. With a layout that is reminiscent of an old world bazaar, the Essex Street Market ismeant to create a small commercial hub for a diverse community of longtime residents, immigrants, and recent urban transplants. Organized with a strict set of guidelines that outlines the need for each vendor to present an aesthetically pleasing display, the Essex Street Market is in many ways like a gallery, or even an art fair, in which curators are expected to arrange their designated spaces as they vie for the interest of viewers. Essentially, the act of curating is visible throughout the market, as the fostering of visual culture results from meticulous displays of products.

At the center of the show’s curatorial premise are the connections that can be made between the selected works and the daily happenings of the market. A special emphasis has been placed on the layout, objects and overall experience of such an environment—from the visuals of household supplies that are displayed in an orderly fashion to the iconography of religious imagery that adorn a Catholic gift shop, and everything in between. Issues of identity, gender, class, race, globalization andconsumerism are crucial to the exhibition and are addressed through the many creative, theoretical and sociopolitical investigations of its artists. By encountering, examining and considering Open/Close, viewers are encouraged to establish links between the exhibited works and their surroundings so that they might reexamine how art and visual culture often overlap.

This event is made possible with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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“Mary Ting Installations and Drawings” at Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery, N.C. & the “Keyed” exhibition at the Lower East Side Printshop, NYC


MARY TING  Installations and Drawings
Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

August 29-October 4, 2011

brochure with essay by Jonathan Goodman:


Curated by Glen Baldridge
Sept 14 – November 9, 2011

Lower Eastside Printshop
306 West 37 Street, 6th floor
New York, NY

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Upcoming exhibitions with artist Cui Fei

Solo Exhibition:

Re-interpreting Nature: Recent work by Cui Fei
September 21 – October 26, 2011
Rosenberg Gallery
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

Group Exhibitions:

Secret Message
September 14 – November 13, 2011
Opening reception: Sunday, September 25, 2-4pm
Islip Art Museum
East Islip, NY

Sticks and Stones
September 6, 2011 – January 6, 2012
Opening reception: Monday, September 26, 6-8pm
Lehman College Art Gallery
Bronx, NY

THE BOOK: A Contemporary View
September 9 – November 5, 2011
Center for the Arts Gallery
Towson University
Towson, MD 

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