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September 12, 2013

Art House Gallery Archives: Some Urban in my Suburban Please


Second Installment of Art House Gallery Archives. 

Here is a show I curated in February 2012 titled

Some Urban in my
Suburban
Please

This was our first major show at the gallery and the most fun I had the whole time I was there. Four New York based artists were selected including painters Carmen Einfinger and Meghann Snow, graffiti artist Cram Concepts, and me. The concept was simply to bring some urban into a very suburban area, and I went about it by asking each artist to create their piece on site at the gallery over the course of a long winter weekend. There's nothing like creating artwork alongside other artists creating artwork!

Carmen was the first to arrive. We spent an excellent day together talking and working. There were measurements taken, trips to the hardware store, people coming in and out of the gallery, and me making sure everyone was fed and happy. She worked on her piece while I worked on mine. It was a long day that ended at my house with glasses of wine and good feelings all around.

me concentrating on spray foam

Carmen concentrating on measurements

Carmen Einfinger


Carmen Einfinger


Cram Concepts
Cram Concepts met us bright and early the next day to work on his graffiti mural which would eventually cover three large gallery walls in the next room. Everything was going smoothly. Carmen only had a few hours left of work, Cram was just getting going and I was midway through my piece. What we didn't anticipate was the smell from the spray paint! My attempts to stave off the stench with fans and plastic tarps was to no avail, and the 19th century nailed and painted shut windows weren't helping. We ended up working in our winter coats, 30 degree gusts coming from every open door and crevice we could manage. Cram took an extremely long cigarette break while Carmen finished her piece, and I spent the rest of the evening holed up in the upstairs office.


the beginning of a masterpiece!

Cram Concepts

the ventilator that could've come in handy for the rest of us
my daughter with the fumes
Carmen working in her winter coat

Carmen's finished piece "Fill in the Blanks"

Carmen Einfinger

Cram's finished mural "Purple People Dominator"


work in progress "Eat Me"
Finishing touches for the show were made all the following week including procuring a vintage gumball dispenser to go next to our gum wall, making sure all invitations and press went out on time, preparing for the opening, and, oh yes, finishing my artwork for the show. 


my "Grillz" (Golden Nuggets) in the making
 
Gum Balls

Meghann Snow

Meghann Snow was the last artist to participate as her performance piece would take place at the opening reception. Everyone who's put a show together knows that there are a ton of last minute things to do no matter how prepared you are. To put a snag in the process, Meghann called from the bus stop saying she missed the bus and needed to be picked up a half hour away from the gallery. Once she arrived she discovered a malfunction in the painting suit she had just had made specifically for her piece. When it came time for the performance Meghann walked out in an improvised bubble wrap and masking tape get-up that was both funny and clever! Her hip-hop body painting of a purple and yellow abstract city scape was a hit.
Meghann Snow during her performance
 



Overall Some Urban in my Suburban Please was a big success. We had a ton of people at the opening, a good write-up in the press, visitors who continued to interact with the artwork throughout the show, and an amazing artistic and personal experience for me. I'm thrilled that I got to do this work. Carmen especially taught me a valuable lesson about learning to go with the flow in my artwork and not be so stuck in my own head. Thanks Carmen! And thanks to everyone who participated in this event.


Installation view of Carmen's "Fill in the Blanks" and the brick wall



A visitor making his mark



Meghann's finished piece, Dance Painting #4 with her masking tape booties hanging on the wall

partial view of "Grillz" and Cram's "Ice Cream Clouds" with hall & stairway in background


Some Urban in my Suburban please 
A multi-media site-specific group exhibition with NY artists: 
Cram Concepts, Carmen Einfinger, Samantha Palmeri & Meghann Snow

Press Release
Manahawkin's newest arts space, The Art House Gallery, is pleased to present "Some Urban in my Suburban please", a site-specific group exhibition featuring four artists working in a variety of mixed media. The exhibit fills two main gallery spaces and includes graffiti art, sculpture, interactive painting, and performance art. With most of the work having been created on site at the gallery, collectively the space radiates with raw creative energy similar to the gritty push of a city street.
New York artist Carmen Einfinger, known for her paintings and public works of lively organic patterns, brings her particular harmony of color and playfulness to an interactive installation. Reversing the roles of the traditional artist with the street artist, she's painted her piece directly on the gallery wall, while the visitors of the gallery are left to "graffiti" the unfinished canvas that partially covers it.
New York multi media artist Meghann Snow, who uses dance to create visual art, will be performing a painting piece at the opening reception in which she'll use her body like a paintbrush. Dipping into gallons  of latex paint, neatness will definitely not be a factor here.
Co-owner of the gallery and curator of the show, Samantha Palmeri, contributes two pieces. A debris of colorful paint and mixed  media fills the space of what once was a window pane in the gallery, while a real brick wall is partially built between two rooms. Typical of the urban landscape, here the unfinished rubble brings vitality to the space.
New York graffiti artist Cram Concepts has masterfully spray painted two large murals on the gallery walls. 
A gum wall which visitors can add to on their way in or out completes the show, making "Some Urban in my Suburban please" an eventful and transformative artwork, alleviating most of the white box.

View more videos from Some Urban in my Suburban please here!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZLXEESF2iydiJ1_Gnn86pw




 

December 29, 2012

2012 Recap

2012

What a year it's been at The Art House Gallery. Looking back, since opening our doors in November 2011, a lot has happened! It seems like we've been here forever (in a good way of course)!

Between the three main gallery spaces we've managed to show a total of ten exhibitions.

  • Untitled @ the Art House started the year off with works by local gallery owners Matt Burton of the M.T Burton Gallery, and Joanne Dozer of Firefly, and NJ photographer Hena Tayeb.

  • Local photographer Steven Shattuck had his first solo exhibition, Memory, in Gallery II.

  • In February we witnessed live performances during the opening of Some Urban in my Suburban please, an interactive installation which included a wall full of gorgeous graffiti and framed gum art by New York artists Carmen Einfinger, Cram Concepts, Meghann Snow & Samantha Palmeri.

  • Another interactive installation in Gallery III, Building Nests, Climbing Ladders proved to be an appropriate title as collaborator of the artwork, also the Art House business partner, escaped us forever through her own imaginary cardboard ladder. More room for us to explore and create!

  • Gallery I was then transformed into the real owner of the gallery, Samantha Palmeri's, temporary art studio. Work ensued on paintings for the current exhibition, New Paintings. Showing these engaging large scale oil paintings of organic abstract forms brings the Art House's mission to life, proving that innovative contemporary art does exist on the Jersey shore!

  • Other successful exhibits included Works on Paper in the spring. Works by Sandra Milner, Andrea Sauchelli, Artem Mirolevich and Frank Consoli took up Gallery II while Remixed was installed in Gallery III.

  • Remixed: a collaborative entanglement of used electronics was a project inspired by a random Facebook remark by Victoria Lassonde of The Sandpaper newspaper.

  • Following Remixed was our Summer group exhibition which included over 50 works of art by 20 local and national artists.  [Cram Concepts, Kimberly DiNatale, David Hoffman, Suzi Hoffman, Just Joszie, Ralph Katz, Sandra Milner, Artem Mirolevich, Samantha Palmeri, Suzanne Pasqualicchio, Lucy Reitzfeld, Robert Reitzfeld, Jack Reynolds, RJ Russo, Andrea Sauchelli, Steven Shattuck, Jon Slackman, Hena Tayeb, Karen Wallo, & Robert Zaleski] We also managed that summer to host an exhibit by the local  Girl Scouts. The summer ended with two fun filled weeks of Summer art camp for the kids and a much deserved two week vacation!

  • In September we re-opened with Monster Myths & Legends, a show of intricately carved and printed woodcuts by Kentucky artist Derrick Riley.

  • We produced a Paper-making How-to video for the internet with the help of J & S Video Services, and just in time before the hurricane hit we hosted an outdoor Pumpkin carving event.

  • Other eventful moments included a Laundry Meat art performance and dinner in April, Card-making and Paper Snowflake Workshops, a full year of First Friday's Art in the Parlor Open Mics, Intersection Artist meetings, Yoga classes, two birthday parties, and a weekly knitting circle. We've hosted music jams, church bands, opening artist receptions, holiday parties and poetry readings. We also completed our first full semester of after school children's art classes which ended with a student exhibition in Gallery III.

  • The Lounge has seen its share of changes as well. What started out as a comfy hang-out area with couch and coffee table is now more productively maintained as the expanded gift shop. Very very important meetings take place at the candy striped cafe tables in the back corner, where various local artists like oil painter Suzanne Pasqualicchio also hang their artwork!

  • The ever-evolving Gift shop is now also the place to find unique and affordable work by some of the area's favorite local artists and artisans. 
So, with all that, what will be ahead in 2013 for The Art House Gallery? We began this adventure with the slogan "if we build it they will come". The new adjusted slogan "Building an arts community one artist at a time" properly puts that plan into action. We are so excited for the new projects, new art, new classes, new exhibits, new events and especially the new people that will make the list for this upcoming year! To all our generous supporters and patrons, thank you for appreciating what we do. Please keep up your much needed support. Our community deserves ART!!