Friday, December 10, 2010

Saturday Art Walk - December 11th, 2010‏

International Women Artists’ Salon announces a self-guided art walk for December 11th, 2010.

We invite you along to see...

oil and pencils on wood
32in x 35in


Closing December 11th
547 West 27th St Suite 201 New York, NY 10001 

Saturday 12-6

"Founded in 1983, as a program of the New York Feminist Art Institute, Ceres is a not-for-profit artist run organization dedicated to the promotion of contemporary women in the arts. The gallery exhibits a broad spectrum of high quality work each year within a community of women artists that includes national and international members."




On exhibit through end of December

674 9th Ave 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 977-8877

Monday - Friday 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Sunday 10 am – 4 pm



Through December 19th

177 MacDougal Street

New York, NY 10011

(bet. 8th St & Waverly Pl.)

Reservations: 866-811-4111

Business: 212-260-4698

manhattantheatresource is open
Sun - Tue, Noon to 10pm, Wed - Sat, 3pm - 10pm*
*or when the show is over.

Heidi Russell:
untitled, NYC


Through December 17th

239 West 14th Street (btwn 7/8th Aves)

Gallery Hours: Sat/Sun 1-4pm, Mon/Tues/Wed 6-8:30 pm, Thurs/Fri by appt. 212.380.3626 or email

Prinny Alaví at 30 East 35th Street

Artist’s Reception:

Saturday, Dec. 11th, 4 - 6pm

30 East 35th Street

Between Park and Madison Ave.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Member Spotlight: Edie Nadelhaft, visual artist presenting at MIA MI | CIELO Art Expo and SCOPE MIAMI‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce that Salon member Edie Nadelhaft is participating in two exhibitions during Art Basel Miami Beach, MIA MI | CIELO Art Expo and SCOPE MIAMI through Decemeber 5th.

Art Expo will be presented on the 4th floor of the Cielo On The Bay luxury condominiums. Showcasing 40 artists from New York and the Miami area MIA | MI CIELO will transform the Cielo into a destination for contemporary art, performances and events. This exhibition will feature 8 boutique style solo installations in which artists will have a bedroom and bathroom to bedeck and bedazzle, Ms. Nadelhaft included.

Ms. Nadelhaft will be featured in a digital display at Scope Art Fair by MyArtSpace in booth#A32.

Edie Nadelhaft is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.  She studied painting and art history at S.U.N.Y. at Purchase and received her BFA, with honors, from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1995.  Since 1997, she has lived and worked on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Her paintings and sculpture have been widely exhibited throughout the United States with solo shows at Kumukumu Gallery and Dance New Amsterdam in NYC, and the Affordable Art Fair NYC in September 2010. In 2008, Ms. Nadelhaft was awarded the Platte Clove Artist in Residence Grant by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle and bad cop shows.

EDIE NADELHAFT   195 Chrystie Street, NYC 10002 | |

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Member Spotlight: Rica Takashima, public art artist and author - Aliens from New York in Japan exhibition recap‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is honored to report on a cross-cultural exhibition and workshop by Salon member Rica Takashima that took place in Japan November 6-20.  Please see the recap of this engaging outreach-through-art experience.   

I am from Brazil

Title of art show:
Aliens from New York
Nov. 6-20, 2010
12 stations and platforms of Tsugaru Railway in Aomori, northern Japan

Title of workshop:
The Sweets Train —Transformed with Candy!
Nov. 13            Special chartered train from Tugaru to Naksato
Nov. 16            Bishamon elementary school  

Visual artist Rica Takashima has created an interactive and cross-cultural exhibit along the route of the Tsugaru Railroad in Aomori, Japan. Appropriate for children and adults, the exhibit brings iconic New York experiences to the countryside of northern Japan. Rica’s plan was simple: create cardboard cutouts of the kinds of things New Yorkers see everywhere: the blue Greek coffee cups, the buildings, a hot dog vendor. But one of the things that makes New York City so amazing is the people. She therefore created human-size cardboard New Yorkers in all our diversity, and cut out a hole for the face, like old-timey tourist postcards, so that people visiting the railway exhibit could see their country from a slightly different perspective. A special workshop helped children draw their own New Yorkers who hailed from all over the world. Lastly, while a special train travelled a route between two stations so that everyone could see the length of the exhibit, Rica distributed exotic candies that she had gathered in New York, which had been imported from other countries. In the end, participants saw, created, and tasted little pieces of other cultures as they rode their Tsugaru railroad.

Rica invites you to explore this cultural exchange exhibition through pictures and stories on her website at
I am from Taiwan
Rica Takashima
Contemporary artist and manga graphic novelist Rica Takashima’s vivid and socially challenging work has appeared in a number of exhibits including Instant Gender, part of the 2009 New York City Pride March; A Second Chance through manga art, part of the 2009 ComicArt event in New Jersey, and Who Are You?, a showcase of artists-in-residence presented at the Tachikawa International Art Festival 2006, in Tokyo.   Rica ‘tte Kanji, a graphic novel illustrated and written by Rica Takashima, debuted from ALC Publishing, in 2003, and she was Guest of Honor at the international manga conventions MangaNext, Yuricon and Yurisai.  Takashima’s award-winning short film, Talking About Amy, screened on Young Director’s Night at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art’s Muse festival, as well as festivals in Canada, Turkey, Japan and elsewhere. Her photographic series, Photos of Aozora Art, was part of the 2000 Japanese Seasons1 exhibit sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Commission of Photographic Art and Heritage, in Moscow.  Director of the Artists Support Council and full member of the Art Resources Development Association, both in Japan, Takashima earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Arts from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She currently lives in New York.   Rica can be reached at

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Member Spotlight: Amanda Serrano, visual artist participates in Art Basel Miami Beach at CANDO Arts through January 10th, 2011‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce that Salon member Amanda Serrano is participating in Art Basel Miami Beach, with her piece Wave featured in a group exhibition at CANDO Arts in Miami Beach, December 1st - 5th.  Her work will stay on exhibit through January 10th, 2011 at CANDO Arts.

A message from Amanda:

"Art Basel is an entire season here in Miami.  Artists gear up and art fairs pop up all over the city like so many mushrooms.  As we local artists scramble to be seen (in case this is 'our year' to be discovered) and find an exhibition opportunity, it's easy to forget about The Reason for the Season:  Art Basel itself and all the galleries and artists of acclaim (mostly from otherwhere than here)!  If for no other reason, though, no local will forget...because of the traffic and flood of people from all over who descend on our Magic City; Culture Vultures, of the very best kind, we hope, who will explore not only The Fair, but also some of the numerous satellite fairs and local galleries!

It's an exciting time to be an artist in Miami, during Art Basel.  A season that in my opinion seems to dwarf Christmas in these parts!"

Wave, 2010, natural sea glass, stainless steel, wire, 62x48x6 inches

Artist Statement for Wave, by Amanda Serrano

Using unlikely material—sea glass and jump rings—I create intricate and ambitious sculptures and installations. Weaving thousands of stainless steel jump rings into lacy chain maille and sea glass designs which are then suspended from the ceiling, giving it a floating, fluid, luminous quality suited for large spaces and a profusion of light.

The obsessive, additive process of weaving jump rings into chain maille is appealing to me as the most direct way to build a connective tissue that best complements the glowing, translucent quality of natural sea glass.

Incorporating chain maille, a technique associated with medieval armor and battle, suggests battle for the environment against littering, pollution, dumping garbage in the ocean, and ultimately global warming. My work is intended to draw attention to the gravity of these issues, but my overall message is one of hope. The environment is capable of healing and cleansing itself of contamination that results from human activity. I am engaged in creating art that raises awareness about nature and it’s processes and the environmental problems we
face, focusing on the potential for rejuvenation of the ocean and Earth.

Nature’s formulation of sea glass from something discarded to something beautiful, speaks to the possibility of growth and transformation within each of us. Incorporating sea glass in sculpture presents an opportunity to evaluate my cultural perspective of disposable items, creating objects of beauty and celebration about hope and redemption, a reminder that the ocean is resilient and there is still time to save it.

Wave, detail

Amanda Serrano is a visual artist and sculptor.  Born in the United States, she has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, as well as the U.S. She earned a bachelor of arts and a master's degree, and has studied at Academy of Art in San Francisco.  Inspired by the ocean's ability to transform discarded glass into perfectly and uniquely formed sandblasted gems, she turned her attention to developing eco-friendly contemporary sculpture that celebrates transformation, redemption, and beauty in everyday objects that are commonly
thrown away.

Amanda's studio is in the Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL.

CANDO Arts Co-op is an artist run gallery in Miami Beach
(about a block away from the Bass Art Museum)

Reception for WET:  December 1, 7-11 PM
Group Exhibition runs through January 10, 2011
Juried and curated by Diane Camber

Address:  309 23rd St., Miami Beach, FL  33139
Hours:  Thursday & Friday, 4-7 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 PM; 
First Saturday of each month, 6-10 PM

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Member Spotlight: Dana Monagan, actor and producer‏

International Women Artists’ Salon congratulates Salon member Dana Monagan and her theater production company, BOO-Arts, on their grant and subsequent workshop production presentation of A Daughter of Israel, showcased November 11-21, 2010 in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program.

Personal Message from Dana:
“I worked with a young woman named Adi Kurtchik in 2008 and she told me about this play based on her life in Israel. I read it and we did an initial play reading in 2008 for BOO. What struck me about the play was that it dealt with the fact that in Israel women are drafted into the military. I did not know this before, and I believe the idea that you will join the army is an idea that is foreign to most American women. I loved the play. I thought that it was a point of view worth exploring. As a rule I like to work with plays that have a point of view that is new to me, or that will provoke conversation among viewers.”


A Daughter of Israel 
A Play by David Stallings
based on the true story of co-creator Adi Kurtchik
Directed by Kathleen O'Neill

Featured (in order of appearance) - Daniella Chai, Melanie Brook, Shira Kobren, Melissa Dougherty, Adi Kurtchik

Production Team - Blair Mielnik, Ryan Metzler, Sarah Bertolozzi, Dana Monagan, London Griffith, Sivan Adari, Lindsay Moore

Bootcamp Trainer - Kenny Wong


Engulfed within the backdrop of the never ending "situation" that affects the Middle East, four Israeli girls are forced to become instant women when drafted into a special unit that only their MP believes is viable and forces them to excel. Set in a boot camp in Israel, the story unfolds through the words and eyes of the four teenage girls. Laughter, tears, pride, song, sex and love weave their many colors to reveal a rich tapestry of life from these young voices tempered by the MP. A Daughter of Israel is based on the true stories of co-creator Adi Kurtchik.

DANA MONAGAN is an actor/director and producer, originally from Gordonsville, Virginia. Ms. Monagan moved to New York in 1992.

Ms. Monagan’s producer credits include last year's Midtown International Theater Festival favorite Penang, Sketch Comedy Group Controlled Chaos, and this year’s Ingenious festival at Manhattan Theatre Source and Mrs. Warren's Profession.

Ms. Monagan is a founding member of BOO-Arts, established with her producing partner Kathleen O'Neill, founded in 2007. She is the producer of BOO-Arts Multicultural Reading Series whose works so far have included Alice Childresse's The Wedding Band and David Hare's Fanshen and new works by David Stallings and Vickie Ramirez.

Ms. Monagan has also assisted directed on Manhattan Theatre Source's House of Bernarda Alba in 2007 and 12 Angry Women in 2008.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Member Spotlight: Kera MacKenzie presents Subluxation, a video and sound collaborative work, featured in Brooklyn's BETA Spaces, Nov. 14th‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member Kera MacKenzie showcases her collaborative work with partner Eric Miller in Subluxation during Arts in Bushwick's BETA Spaces 2010.    

Kera is currently in Berlin for an artist residency, but invites you to attend this showcase of artists in Buswick.  She would love to hear your feedback.  
Contact her at

Sunday, November 14, 201012-7pm, Free 41 White StreetBrooklyn, NY

I FALL, I FLOW, I MELT is a video art show featuring work that explores the idea of escape by means of psychological transportation or transformation. Some ideas that might be considered: to be immersed in a moment of hypnosis, magnificent visions, and dreams; flux and impermanence; to diminish, deteriorate, or disappear. Selected works by nine artists all capture the ephemerality of escape through visual representations, appropriations, anomalies, or abstractions using single or multi-channel, time-based media.
Participating artists: Karen Y ChanYoon ChoElaine DespinsBat-Sheva GuezJeremiah JonesMartyna StarostaSubluxation (Kera MacKenzie & Eric Miller)Jayoung YoonFrank Zadlo
Curated by: Karen Y Chan

Link to the map of all the shows in the area:‬

Subluxation was formed in 2008 as a collaborative project between sound artist Eric Miller and video artist Kera MacKenzie. They are focused on developing a dialogue between imagery and sound which denies a hierarchical structure, instead opting for an asynchronous or ambiguous relation between the two media. In previous works, they have employed iterative feedback, ((de)composition) paraconsistency, (Dislocation/Dislocation/Relocation) and substrate neutrality (Fragments). Their interest lies in instilling apophenia in their audience and pointing out the mutability of what constitutes the real.

This three piece compilation, created by Subluxation from 2008-09, is an experiment with the effect of media anteriority. The first piece, Dislocation of Malpositioned Static Images, began as a sound composition with video added subsequently. The second piece, Dislocation of Annular Systemic Formations, followed a reciprocal process (video first, then sound). In the third piece, Relocation of Significant Structural Damage, the anteriority of the video or audio at any given point was blurred using real-time and offline processes in which sonic elements controlled visual elements and vice verse. This piece was assembled from the source material for the first two pieces which consisted of analog film, microscopic images, digitally synthesized imagery/sounds and modified acoustic instrument samples. Relocation of Significant Structural Damage has remained an open work that has been reconfigured on numerous occasions emphasizing the importance of context over content.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Member Spotlight: Nuria Rabanillo de la Fuente, Solo exhibition of paintings Nov. 11th - December 12th, reception Thursday, Nov. 11th, 6-8pm‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member Nuria Rabanillo de la Fuente’s solo exhibition at Manhattan Theatre Source.
Acrylic on Canvas
90 X 36 In

 Solo exhibition of paintings by

 Nuria Rabanillo de la Fuente

Manhattan Theatre Source
November 11th – December 12th

Opening reception is Thursday, November 11th, 6-8pm

Manhattan Theatre Source177 MacDougal StreetNew York, NY 10011
Located on MacDougal Street between West 8th and Waverly (Washington Sq. Park North), on the West side of the street. Directions below.
Play Reservations: 866-811-4111
Business: 212-260-4698

manhattantheatresource is openSun - Tue, Noon to 10pm, Wed - Sat, 3pm - 10pm**or when the play is over.

For general manhattantheatresource questions email:
For exhibition questions email Heidi Russell, Curator:

Acrylic on Canvas
54 x 36 in.
Nuria Rabanillo de la Fuente was born in Zamor, Spain.  She received her degree in Applied Arts and Crafts from C / Marqués de Cubas in Madrid, Spain in 1991. 
Ms. Rabanillo de la Fuente received a grant from the Ministry of Industry of the Board of Castile Mancha (Toledo Project) to study in Milan, Italy with the Istituto Europeo di Design (Centro
Ricerche), where she received her Master of Design degree in 1994.   Her works have been exhibited in Spain and New York. 
Ms. Rabanillo de la Fuente currently lives and works in New York City.  
More of her work can be viewed on her website at:

Oil & Acrylic on Canvas  
56 x 38 In

Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or V to the West 4th St. station. From 6th Avenue, walk one block east on West 8th and turn right onto MacDougal Street. The theatre is immediately on your right.
From 6th Avenue, turn right onto West 8th. At the next corner, turn right onto MacDougal Street. The theatre is immediately on your right.On-street parking and local garages are readily available. Be sure to check signs and observe all parking regulations.
2 5th Avenue GarageFrom 6th Ave/Avenue of the Americas, turn right onto W 8th St., turn right onto 5th Ave.

2 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011(212) 254-7786MUNY free parking on weekends

Member Spotlight: Caren Jo Shapiro, painter, participates in group exhibition "Body Image" at virtual and physical Pen and Brush Galleries through Dec. 11th‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member Caren Jo Shapiro is exhibiting three paintings in Pen and Brush’s  exhibition Body Images, on view in their physical gallery as well as in their online virtual gallery.


Body Image - Physical Exhibition
November 11th – December 5th
Artist Opening Reception: Thursday, November 11th, 4 - 7pm

Pen and Brush
Gallery Hours: Thurs/Fri 4-7pm, Sat/Sun 1-5pm, Closed on Thurs. Nov. 25th in observance of holiday

Body Image Virtual Exhibition
November 11th – December 5th
Thurs., Nov. 11th 4-7pm

Women on Red”

Body Image presents a diverse exploration of female and male forms as reflected in our minds, imagination, media, and culture.
Body Image is a two-part all media event, comprising an online gallery accessible through and a physical gallery in our Manhattan building.  Each gallery will exhibit distinct work.

Pen and Brush
16 East 10th StreetNew York, NY 10003between 5th Ave. and University Place Subways: L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 (Union Square)Buses: M1, M3, M6


Devilish Queen”
 Grappling with issues of abuse, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality my paintings confront the overly consumed, idealized and oppressive values inherent in society.  Through psychological, expressionist portrayals of ‘real’ human beings, my work exposes the impact of, and adaptations to a society which frequently denies the oppression and abuse inherent within it.
Defined by expressive, broad strokes of unapologetic color, the subjects of my work demand that the covert truths behind their existence be laid bare. Grappling with emotional and physical survival, conveyed through scale, color, brushstroke and occasionally text, are flawed yet remarkable individuals.
In addition to painting I am a licensed psychotherapist, who provides counseling services on the Lower East Side primarily to women and members of the LGBT community. or at (Caren Shapiro) / / (917-439-9103) 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Member Spotlight: Crystal Gregory - public art commission, Foot Traffic in Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park, Brooklyn - On View for One Year!! - Artist Talk/Opening Nov. 4th‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce the opening of a commissioned public work by Salon member Crystal Gregory, Foot Traffic in Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  Please join her tonight for her artist talk on location.  Follow along her installation process and life of this public work via the LinRoFORMA blog at

Her invitation and details below…

Dear Friends,

I am so excited to invite you to an artist talk and the opening reception of Foot Traffic, a public art work in Lefferts Gardens. I was asked by the Lincoln Road Block Association and given a grant from the New York City Department of Transportation to install a public art piece on the foot bridge on Lincoln Road in Lefferts Gardens. I hope you can join me tomorrow night for a short artist talk and reception at the project.


Foot Traffic

Artist Talk on the bridge
6:00 pm
Lincoln Road Foot Bridge (between Ocean Ave and Flatbush)
At the B Q Prospect Park Metro Stop

Please join us after the talk for a reception at K Dog and Dunebuggy Cafe, 43 Lincoln Road

Foot Traffic
By Crystal Irene Gregory

For years, a “chandelier” of shoes flung by neighborhood youth dangled from wires over the Lincoln Road bridge. The Foot Traffic installation was inspired by this urban image and the shoelace material. The overall piece combines ideas of movement, comfort and reclaiming community.

The installation was sponsored by LinRoFORMA (Lincoln Road b/w Flatbush and Ocean Residents and Merchants Association) and funded by a pARTtners grant from the NYC Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program.

For more information:

Crystal Gregory is a multi media artist creating works that focus on urban landscape, home, and handwork. Her materials are domestic, architectural, and organic. The art operates as both sculpture and site specific installation. Lace and cloth and their collective relationships to psychogeographies, domesticity, privacy and personal space are the tools she uses to communicate within her work. Her installations and component sculptures are hybridized spaces, fragile and distressed. Her practice is divided into community outreach projects, studio practice and public art.

Currently living and working in New York her work has been written about in ArtSlant and Kipton Art. PS 122 Gallery hosted Crystal for in a six week performative installation, On the Fence. Other shows include Art in Odd Places, Fair Folk & a Goat, as well as Giacobetti Paul Gallery Dumbo. She is currently working with an architectural firm (SL Designs) on permanent installations and is a recent recipient of a public art grant from the Department of Transit NYC. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon with a focus in Fiber Arts.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Member Spotlight: Cornelia Jensen, fine artist, featured in studios: a retrospective‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member Cornelia Jensen is a feature artist in studios : a retrospective exhibition.

Close-up of Microstructures
Styrofoam packing material,
plastic grass, LED and flourescent lights
(5' x 12' x 5') 


Come Join Culture fix and studios for studios : a retrospective on Wednesday October 27th, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm

WHAT: studios: a retrospective
WHEN: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Culture Fix
9 Clinton Street (between Houston and Stanton Streets)
(646) 863-7171

Aaron Thompson:
Lia Woertendyke :

Five Years of Keeping the Artistic Flame Alive: studios: a retrospective

Since opening in 2005, studios has been a progressive artistic force on the Lower East Side underground scene. From contemporary art installations to after-school student projects, promoting events combining performance, art, fashion, and design. has striven to be a shining beacon representing the eternal independent artistic spirit of this neighborhood.

Now, after a five-year span featuring over 30 extravagant, large-sale multimedia  shows, we are bidding farewell to our homestead at 202 Rivington Street due to the gentrification and uncontrollable homogenization of our beloved neighborhood of the Lower East Side. In partnership with Culture Fix on Clinton Street, we have decided to produce a retrospective and documentary showing of the most captivating work presented by resident artists and contributors through the first five years of studios'  existence.  

The show focus on the main icons of, including the Xanadu Moons Tree (created by founding artist Aaron Thompson for the HOWL Festival 2005), The World Famous Jamaican Lounge Tiki Bar (built in 2006), Twist her (created in 2006) and the festive  brilliance of Candy Cane Lane (created in 2006). The retrospective will also present works by featured artists: Dianne Bowen and Heins Kim (Wire Tap, September 2008), Andrea Greco (Mothra from The Oragami that Ate NYC, August 2009),  Dimtry Gubin and Sen One (collaborative painting from Mind-f-Art , August 2008), Pond Scum and John Czop (collaborative painting from Hallowseen I, October 2007) and Cornelia Jensen (Microstructures, June 2009). Plus a selection of short films including performances by Jessica Delfino, Jigsaw Soul, Michelle Leona, GLOB, Trachtenburg Family Slide Show Players, Actualities, Dethrace and many more Lower Manhattan performers.

Alongside its contribution to the Lower East Side underground arts scene, studios has also offered art educational services to many New York after-school programs by producing and hosting many different kids' art projects. Through the studios' community partnerships with Beacon Highroad Center (Grand Street Settlement), LEAP Rave after school program in the Bronx, and East Village Home School group, studios gave the children the freedom to express themselves to their fullest extent by offering them large sized canvases (9 feet by 12 feet) in an urban outdoor setting nestled in the heart of the Lower East Side.

This retrospective will discuss and explain how the ever-changing continual pace of the Lower East Side affects the community, its art and its culture. The goal: to create a living time capsule of what once was. A lasting footprint that has been transformed by history and time. The Future will be illuminated.

About Us:
Established in 2005, studios is a project sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of studios may be made payable to Fractured Atlas, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  studios serve as an urban artist space, dedicated to education and the promotion of contemporary urban art. Our mission is to build an educational bridge between New York contemporary artists and the children of the Lower East Side. Our 2009 projects have been made possible by funding from the Puffin Foundation.

About Us:

Established in 2005, studios is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of studios may be made payable to Fractured Atlas, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fractured Atlas is 501(c)(3) public charity.  studios serve as an urban artist space  dedicated to education and the promotion of contemporary urban art. Our mission is to build an educational bridge between New York contemporary artists and the children of the Lower East Side.  Funding for  our 2009 projects have been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.


I have come to understand our ‘Culture’ as an expression of unconscious needs manifested in the objects we create.

Microstructures is an installation that depicts a cityscape made from discarded packing material, plastic grass and light. The form and scale of the materials draws a connection between the macrocosm that is the grand environment of the city and the microcosms in our personal daily environment.

My work ranges from figure-ground painting to stylized found-object assemblage often in a reliquary format. These ‘shrines’ compare the relationship of the ‘thing-in-itself’ to its surrounding world with the relationship between human beings and their environment. I integrate natural and recycled objects such as tin cans, circuit boards, ladybugs and milkweed. These juxtapositions extrapolate the objects’ formal qualities, severing the connection to their bygone purpose. This allows a new hierarchy of meaning to be determined between the objects, and leaves us to draw a connection between man-made environment and the human unconscious.

Inspired by light artist James Turrell, I decided to incorporate light as a medium into my sculptural pieces. These light-infused works can function as individual objects or can be conformed into larger installations. The element of illumination in combination with mundane materials transforms our conception of what is a normal avenue to the sublime.

Cornelia Jensen completed her MFA in 2009 from California College of the Arts. She received a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College in 1987 and attended the Syracuse Studio Art Program in Florence, Italy in 1986. She graduated with honors in Art from The Masters School in 1983 and received the Merriam Hewitt Art Award. Jensen’s work has been featured in ten solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibitions mostly in New York and San Francisco, as well as in Europe and Asia. She has curated and installed over twenty different exhibitions in galleries and museums including The Cooper-Hewitt Museum. In San Francisco Jensen participated in an artist residency while helping create the Lola Gallery. She also co-created the art and film venue called The Werepad, where she produced multi-media events, and independent films. Jensen grew up outside of New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn.

For those who didn't make it to the vernissage of the 
"202 Rivington
Five Year Retrospective"...
Here's a Halloween party option at
the same venue!

Come join us at CULTUREfix

in collaboration with studios 
Saturday, October 30th, 2010

from 7 p.m. till 
The Witching Hour

!!!Halloween CarnEvil!!!

Welcome to the hellL.E.S. !!

Renowned for their Hellish Haunted Halloween spectaculars, studios

has joined  forces with CULTUREfix for Season 2010 
to create

!!!Halloween CarnEvil!!!.

Hellcome to a carnival of spookily wicked delights. 

This event opens at 7 p.m.,

with madcap performances 

from 9 p.m. till 11 p.m. 

The CarnEvil!!! of Freaks
include Jessica Delfino, Balls and Bloat, Michelle Leona and

The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band. 

We will also host
a crazy costume contest that starts at 10 p.m.

with a most unusual group of
judges who will hand out a variety of Lower East Side prizes. 

So put your

"worst" face on and scare

up a Grand Prize!


9 Clinton Street 

between Stanton and Houston

Streets, LES, NYC 10002

When: October 30th, 2010 8 p.m. 'till the Witching Hour

Admission is free

We will also be serving
The Sweet Delicious Nectar of the Lower East Side

Grog-n-Scrod Sangria

Come celebrate the Pagan High Holiday with your hosts the

Pirates of the L.E.S. and CULTUREfix, for the final event

of this blockbuster 2010 season.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Member Spotlight: AC Haley - musician, 'unplugged' at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn‏

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member AC Haley has a new regular appearance at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

An invite from AC…
Please join me at Goodbye Blue Monday, a coffee house / bar with a ‘really funky vibe’ where I will be playing 'unplugged' on Sundays from 1:30 till about 3:30 until further notice.

Goodbye Blue Monday is located at 1087 Broadway, take the J or M train to Myrtle and walk a few blocks under the elevated train line.

The place is great anytime too, they have bands every night!   I'll actually be playing an 11pm set on Tuesday Nov. 23rd.

Hope to see you there sometime!


AC Haley is a singer who accompanies herself on electric bass. After a  career as a  ballet dancer Ms. Haley turned her talents to music and is now performing in her self-styled cabaret , "Effervescent Hour".  The show is an eclectic mix of standards, classic rock, Broadway and choral offerings as well as Haley's own compositions.  She has performed at numerous venues in NYC including: The Wyndham Garden Hotel Sky Lounge, The Reprise Room at Dillons, The Park Central Hotel, Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, The Algonquin  Salon;  and in Brooklyn at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus, Goodbye Blue Monday and The Cocoa Lounge.  Ms. Haley also sings in the  Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale under the direction of Nelly Vuksic with whom she continues to study voice privately. AC also studies bass with Ralph Hamperian. More can be seen and heard at:  and at  search AC Haley.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Finding Your Life Purpose Event a Success! More to Come!

A career coach, a Buddhist, and a clairvoyant walked into a room...

And the result was our first (of many) Downtown Dharma workshops.

We called it Finding Your Life Purpose.

Three speakers, one of whom is our salonista Erin Koch (, volunteered their time and expertise to get a room full of people unstuck and moving forward.

We heard from Kristina Leonardi ( about the importance of embracing the things you do that seem effortless as well as the things you consider flaws. Accept them and make them work for you. Tori Quisling ( conducted individual readings on people and was judged astoundingly accurate and insightful. She said some things about me (we've never met) that were specific and dead-on. Erin walked us through a beautiful meditation and guided us in a drawing exercise that was challenging and freeing in ways that have actually made a difference in how I am approaching the things in my life that need changing.

The next day I asked for feedback from our participants, and they wrote that they loved the workshop and want more. So I am telling you all this not only as a review of the workshop, but to let you all know it will happen again and again. The topics will vary, but in general we'll be discussing holistic and practicable ways to be your best self.

We will be looking for speakers, too, so if you believe you've got things to share, send me an email.

Hope your autumn is beautiful and I will see you at a future Salon event. As Woody Allen once said, "There are four beautiful days in New York City--and they're all in October."



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Member Spotlight: Erin Koch and Morgan Avery Sispoidis - Creative Collaborators for "Finding Your Purpose" (workshop)‏


Pencil on paper
by Erin Koch

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce a collaborative event sponsored by Salon member Morgan Avery Sispoidis (artist and writer) that includes Salon member Erin Koch (artist and life coach) on the speaker panel.

Find your life purpose—an evening with Downtown Dharma

If you love the idea of being your best self, finding your life purpose, and living an authentic life, but aren't sure what that means or how to do it, join Downtown Dharma for an evening of inspiration and conversation on Tuesday, October 12 from 6 to 9 pm at the TRS Inc Professional Suite, 44 East 32nd Street (at Park Avenue South); #11.

Over the span of 3 hours, you will hear from experts in their field--a life coach, a healer, and a career coach--on how to take gratifying and actionable steps that connect you to who and what you are meant to be. This evening is about you--space is intentionally limited so that everyone has a chance to get clear about what their ideal life looks like and how to actually make it happen.

Our speakers: 

Erin Koch is a life coach who integrates her experience as an artist and Buddhist into her sessions with clients. She incorporates mindfulness and creativity as tools for helping clients recognize resonant life choices that lead to inspired action.

Kristina Leonardi is the founder and director of The Women’s Mosaic, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in the world.


Tori Quisling has been a reader, healer and teacher for more than 20 years. Her extraordinary readings and training programs will teach, guide and empower you on your spiritual path.


Downtown Dharma was launched to help people to find fulfilling careers, learn new skills, explore their creativity, and live their best life. Offering classes and lectures in a welcoming and supportive environment, Downtown Dharma focuses on holistic and practicable approaches to achieving these goals.

Downtown Dharma, a lifestyle web site and blog, was founded by Ilana Arazie, a Manhattan-based writer, blogger, and videographer. Her work has been syndicated in the Chicago-Sun Times and the Associated Press, and has appeared in numerous other media outlets.

Morgan Avery Sispoidis, co-organizer, is a poet, illustrator, and editor who's worked in advertising, nonprofit, and children's book publishing. She has also designed, organized, and/or curated large-scale public events, such as New Haven, Connecticut's first artist Open Studios, and numerous Manhattan-based theatre, music, and dance performances, networking functions, and private parties.

For more information or to sign up, go to or and scroll down to “Archives” and click on “Events.”


Downtown Dharma
Contact: Ilana Arazie
646-709-4308 (days)

Contact: Morgan Avery Sispoidis
646-884-4640 (evenings)