Friday, August 19, 2011

Jewish Folk Craft Guild Exhibits at New York’s ASA College

Birch, by Marina Falkov

New York readers would be interested in stopping by the ASA College offices at 1293 Broadway (One Herald Center) for the International Arts Exhibit, presented in cooperation with the Jewish Folk Craft Guild.  The exhibit is open until September 15, with hours from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is free.
The  Jewish Folk Crafts Guild Inc. is a multi-disciplinary arts non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving quality visual and media arts programs reflective of artists from Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and, of course, the United States.  The ASA, founded in 1985, currently has more than 3000 students, 20 programs of study, and focuses on computer studies, healthcare, business and criminal justice.
Show visitors will see a number of fascinating works in a variety of media, reflecting a rich cultural heritage and a considerable degree of technical skill.  The exhibition features professional, semi-professional and amateur artists, and is a wonderful bell weather of New York’s continuing cultural vibrancy.  Watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings and oils adorn the rather spare walls of ASA, allowing visitors the opportunity of looking at the works in depth.
Several artists show yeoman work, including Lyudmila Shamis, Zinalda Kelebeyeve, and Marina Falkov.  Falkov, who has exhibited elsewhere in New York and Long Island, has works spread throughout the exhibition, including a dramatic piece in acrylics, called Moonlight, and another in the same medium, Birch.  Birch is a stark landscape, devastated by the dogs of war, fit only for blasted trees and carrion birds.
New Yorkers interested in a continuing Eastern European tradition, or simply in participating in a community art event, are urged to go.  Recommended.

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