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Gifted. A tribute to our artists and the season.

Elisa Contemporary Art presents our new gallery show, Gifted. On exhibit now through Jan. 14 2012. While our title acknowledges the season of giving, it is a celebration of the talent, creative choices, and visionary perspectives of our artists.

 
 
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PRLog - Nov. 17, 2011 - Elisa Contemporary Art is pleased to present our new Riverdale gallery show, Gifted.  On exhibit now through January 14, 2012.

While our title acknowledges the season of giving, it is a celebration of the talent, creative mediums, and visionary perspectives of our artists.

The exhibit will debut newly created paintings by:
* Los Angeles Expressionist, Kimber Berry
* Austin Pop-stractionist, Allison Gregory
* Figurative artist, Daryl Zang

And recent series from:
* California Flow Artist, Suzan Woodruff
* Turkish artist, Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
* Chicago Artist, Priscilla Humay
* Reclaimed wood sculptor, Jon DePreter

The exhibit explores the diverse use of mediums and styles to create contemporary Art today.    Glass, resin and enamel paintings by Allison Gregory.   Reclaimed wood sculptures of upstate NY artist Jon DePreter.  Billowing colored pencil  landscapes from Chicago artist, Priscilla Humay.  Luminous, moving paintings by Flow Artist, Suzan Woodruff.  And the latest series of vibrant cityscapes by Yasmin Kackar-Demirel.

We also have a series of special events and resources for the holiday:
* Sunday, November 20th from 2-5pm. We'll have a special musical performance by classical guitarist, Steve Oates at 3pm
* Saturday, November 26th 10-6pm. We're joining with American Express on Small Business Saturday. Stop in for special offers and surprises
* A specially created Holiday Gift Guide with original artwork priced under $350

What: Gifted
When: November 11 - January 14
Special Events:
* Sunday, November 20th from 2-5pm. We'll have a special musical performance at 3pm
* Saturday, November 26th 10-6pm. We're joining with American Express on Small Business Saturday. Stop in for special offers and a chance to win a coffee table book on Art Collecting
Where: Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery, 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY
Gallery Hours: Friday/Saturday 10 am - 6pm, Sunday, November 20th 2-5pm, and by Appointment (Days/Evenings/Sunday). (Gallery will be closed 12/2 and 12/23-24, 12/30-31)

A portion of all gallery sales is donated to charities helping underserved children heal through art.  We support Free Arts NYC, Arts to Grow and Creative Arts Workshop for Kids.

Meet some of our artists:
Kimber Berry
Kimber is  Los Angeles artist, who is part of the "Flow Movement."  Her artwork is vibrant and dynamic mixed media combining acrylics, resins and digitally altered photographs of her paint-strokes.  As a native of LA, Kimber loves to blur the line between what is real and what is illusion.  

She has received a lot of positive attention from art critics and curators on the West Coast and has been featured in solo and group shows with the Lowe Gallery in LA and Atlanta.  She has been part of recent exhibits at the Riverside Museum and the Huntington Beach Art Center in California.

Allison Gregory
Allison is a dynamic artist who grew up in San Antonio and is currently based in Austin Texas. From the age of 10, she knew she wanted to be an artist.

According to Allison,
“My work is orchestrated by the spatial arrangements of color, line, texture, shape and pattern. I employ a variety of materials to cover my canvases, such as poured acrylic, polymer resin, dripped enamels, and all three mixed together at times.. My palette is always bright and alive, with every color combination possible. My pieces are meant to be energetic and stimulating, thus maximizing the overall impact on the viewer. My ultimate desire is to hypnotically engage the observing eye.”

Allison calls her latest series of works “Pop-stracts” combining influences from pop culture with Abstract art.  Her work has included several public arts projects including the 2010 Austin Cow Parade (she was the first artist to create four sculptures) and 2006 Austin Guitar Town project.

Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Yasemin is one of our new emerging artists. She was born in Istanbul, received her MFA in DeKalb (IL), and currently lives in New York. Her work is a fragmented and reconstructed journey through the places she has lived and traveled, both real and imagined.

According to Yasemin, her latest series:
“Explores the rise and fall of places through physical and emotional conducts.  I like to work with random juxtapositions of places in nature and the urban environment and re-present them in puzzling and surprising contexts. Shifting between abstraction and representation, I explore and experiment with the push-pull effects between the concepts of longing vs. apathy, insecurity vs. comfort, order vs. chaos, unfamiliarity vs. belonging and stability vs. ephemerality. I am intrigued by the idea of fragmenting and connecting which reinvestigates a place by reconstructing or renovating while destroying it.  Here, I am employing the possibilities of a new location, a new order devoid of any preconceived identity whereby I find myself in total conformity.”.”

Yasemin has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Turkey. Her work is also in the Ipek-Ahmet Merey Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey.

Suzan Woodruff
Suzan Woodruff is a co-founder of the Los Angeles "Flow Movement," whose expressionist paintings are inspired by the forces of nature and physics.  Her medium is acrylic on wood panel - allowing thinned acrylic pigments to flow across the canvas forming rills, deltas, waves and eddies and appearing as voluptuous, sensual landscapes, seascapes, and natural spaces.

According to Suzan, to paint is to embrace chaos.  “It’s the one thing I can count on,” she says.  To make a pact with chaos, she explains, means maintaining an intuitive balance between concentration and recognition of the forces of natural occurrence, understanding the rigor required in allowing for the unanticipated in her art.

Suzan's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the US, Canada , Europe and Asia. She most recently was featured in an exhibit of solo shows in Santa Monica (CA), Amsterdam, Miami(Fl)  and Budapest.  Her work has been collected in museums, corporate and private collections including the House of Saud (the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia), actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and businessman/entrepreneur Todd Wagner.


About Elisa Contemporary Art
Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of both emerging and established contemporary artists, many of whom have work in the permanent collections of major museums and corporations.

Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. A portion of every sale is donated to philanthropic organizations that help children and families within underserved communities heal and grow through their experience with art.  Free Arts NYC, Arts to Grow and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids are currently supported.

For more information, visit the website at www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com or contact: Lisa@ElisaArt.com or 212.729.4974.  

The Riverdale Gallery is located at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY 10471.  Gallery Hours: Friday/Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday Nov. 20 2-5pm,  and by Appointment (Days, Evenings, Sunday).  (Gallery will be closed 12/2 and 12/23-24, 12/30-31)

Owner Lisa Cooper is a guest lecturer at School of Visual Arts,  member of the Art & Architecture Review Committee at Saint Peter’s (NYC), is a co-founder of the Riverdale Festival of the Arts, and has been selected to curate an online exhibit for the 2011 Curate NYC.   She also provides  Corporate and Residential Art Consulting Services..

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Elisa Contemporary Art is a New York contemporary art gallery with a philanthropic element. We represent a portfolio of emerging to well-established contemporary artists, many of whom are in the permanent collections of major museums and corporations.

Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. A portion of every sale is donated to philanthropic organizations that help children and families within underserved communities heal and grow through their experience with art. Free Arts NYC, Arts to Grow and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids are currently supported.

For more information, visit the website at www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com or contact: Lisa@ElisaArt.com or 212.729.4974.

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