“Solo/Duo—Culture and Stance Jo-Ann Brody and Liz Ndoye Ceres Gallery NYC
Reception: Saturday, February 26, 3-5 pm
Ceres Gallery presents Jo-Ann Brody, sculptor, and Liz Ndoye, mixed media/fiber artist, in SOLO / Duo – Culture and Stance, a blended show.Brody and Ndoye have shown together before but this is their first blended show. Their work and styles compliment each other. Both are figurative artists but their approaches are unique to their individual concepts. Brody is focused on the form and stance of her figures while Ndoye is trying to capture the fictional cultural milieu of her dolls. Brody started with clay sculpture; she moved to cement to create larger, life sized women. Both materials are from the earth and retained their earth tones; currently she is working in papier mache—still figurative but now with color and collaged image from her photography and from magazines and books. The forms are familiar but the addition of image and color adds a new dimension. There are references to her surroundings encountered on daily walks. Stance remains paramount to her work. Liz Ndoye continues her love affair with her doll “creatures” – soft, fabric, humanoid figures that she makes and installs in tandem with her large canvases and drawings in order to depict aspects of their doll culture and existence. In this, her latest show at Ceres, she will attempt to convey and share her passion for and joyous communion with her doll creations. She makes dolls, paints and draws them, and creates installations that celebrate their healing, happy qualities. Mara Mills, Studio of Theater in Exile, Donna Barkman, and Jo-Ann Brodywill read Perfect Mind. a poem written by a woman 600 AD, which Mills adapted to fit the exhibit. The reading is offered on screen at the exhibition, and online on Ceres, Studio Theater in Exile, and Hudson Valley MOCA’s websites.
The artists will be in the gallery by appointment.
This May Highland Falls opened its outdoor Sculpture Art Walk. The Art Walk, featuring sculptures, gives a quiet respite from Covid and a moment of peaceful inspiration and reflection. On a lone bench a life-size concrete woman sits, watching passersby in their necessary activities, and waits for a conversation. She’ll sit and listen without interrupting you. Figure Sitting on a Bench, in Ladycliff Park, is the creation of Jo-Ann Brody. Not far away in the park a colorful mosaic Yoga bird, created by Barbara Galazzo and Carol Flaitz, with arms outstretched reminds us to socially distance and looks ahead to the day we can all hug again.
The Art Walk is a half-mile-long stretch of 18 large-scale sculptures gracefully lining the Orange County town’s Main Street. Originally the brain child of Nicole Shea of the Eisenhower Leadership Center at West Point in 2015, the project is now run by the Chamber of Commerce with the help of a jury committee. The jury committee has worked with Collaborative Concepts, a nonprofit art organization, based in Putnam County, to support and exhibit professional sculpture since it’s inception.
The Art Walk was originally conceived as an attraction to stimulate interest in Main Street and from those visiting West Point. Minutes from the Bear Mountain Bridge and close to Storm King this Art Walk is easily accessible to all in the Hudson Valley. After a hiatus, the Art Walk happily returns this year.
The Art gives those visiting West Point an opportunity to take pause, get a cup of coffee and spend time strolling in the town of Highland Falls and be inspired by the art. Given the turmoil and fear of the last year, those travelling to enjoy the Village and art will find it a quiet moment of respite in the sea of unpredictability.
Highland Falls Art Walk is brought to you by the Town of Highland Chamber of Commerce and Orange County. “This project is made possible with funds from the Orange County Executive Arts, Heritage & Tourism Grant program.” Highland Falls gratefully acknowledges support for its program from Otocast.com.
NBOSS 2021 June 19th thru November 7th 2021
NBOSS at the Museum Bennington Museum, Bennington VT
Now in its 24th year, the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS) is the longest running outdoor sculpture exhibition in Southern Vermont. From June 19th to November 7th, large-scale outdoor works will be featured throughout the historic village of North Bennington, at the Hiland Hall Gardens, and on the 10-acre campus of Bennington Museum in Old Bennington. This exhibition is a must-see addition to the regional art trail that connects Southern Vermont cultural destinations such as Bennington Museum, Bennington College, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center with MassMoca, The Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, Art Omi, Chesterwood, and The Mount. For the 9th year in a row, local artist Joe Chirchirillo will curate this premier cultural event, and for the 2nd consecutive year, he will be joined by Jamie Franklin at Bennington Museum. For the summer and fall of 2021, the team has brought together over 50 internationally recognized and emerging artists from the surrounding area with their works split between the two locations: 45 pieces in North Bennington (including 4 pieces at the Hiland Hall Gardens), and 29 pieces at Bennington Museum. These creations can be enjoyed at no cost and at the viewer’s convenience. Sculptures are available for purchase from the artists, and maps are available on-site.
“Between the village of North Bennington and the museum’s grounds there will be nearly 75 outdoor sculptures by some of the best artists working in Vermont and the larger northeast region. That’s a density of high quality public artwork, accessible free to the public all summer and through the fall from dawn to dusk, that is hard to beat! Building on our pandemic inspired partnership begun last year, I am excited to see museum guests continue to explore the museum’s 10-acre property – from our Courtyard, with live music and food every Friday night, and the George Aiken Wildflower Trails, with its native planting, to our upper meadow with beautiful expansive views, and the intimate Jennings Brook trail, with its classic forest setting with a lovely babbling brook – simultaneously discovering the beauty and power of our region’s landscape and artistic community.” – Jamie Franklin, Curator at The Bennington Museum
Collaborative Concepts @ Tilly Foster Farm September 1 to October 30, 2021
Brody’s this year was cancelled due to an accident. Below is the maquette of what was proposed.