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)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Member Spotlight: Wen Wen Lin and Marietta Fica - Visual Artists @

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon members Marietta Fica and Wen Wen Lin are participating in Work Space Harlem's group exhibition as part of the Striver's Arts Circuit self-guided walking studio tour.

WorkspaceHarlem Presents "Perspectives"
as Part of Striver's Arts Circuit

Opening Reception: Friday, October 8, 6 - 9pm

Location: 2340 Fifth Avenue (Between 141st and 142nd Street) 
New York, NY 10037

SAC studio tour viewings: Saturday, October 9, from 9am to 6:00pm 
Sunday, October 10 from  9am to 6:00pm

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 12pm - 6pm. Viewings are by appointment only.

"Perspectives" is a group exhibition showcasing an exciting and diverse range of mediums that include drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, collage as well as installation. In addition, the work addresses expressive content from commentary on social issues, to the use of deeply personal symbolism whether figurative or abstract, to the reconsideration of the mundane and whimsical. It is co-curated by Jill Austen and Dionis Ortiz.

The Strivers Arts Circuit event will also include an art market, where vendors from WorkspaceHarlem will be selling original wearable art, jade art, prints and apparel.

"Perspectives" will remain on view through Wednesday, October 20, 2010 and will feature the works of Gloria Adams, Gabriel Antoine, Jill Austen, Jasmine Balmat, Ard Berge, Sanford Biggers, Kristin Bressert, Jack Cesareo, Mila Dau, Raquel Fica, Corbin Frame, Emily Gibson,  Wilhemina Obatola Grant, Constance Gruen, June Kosloff, Bill Liebeskind, Wen Wen Lin, Ray Llanos, Alexis Neider, Dionis Ortiz, Risa Schneider, Jonathan Villoch,  Booker T. Williams, and Jing Yu.

The Strivers Art Circuit, SAC, now in it's 3rd year, is a self-guided walking tour of Harlem Art Venues and Artist Studios that surround the Strivers Row Historic District. Downtown there's SoHo...Uptown there's the SAC.

WorkSpaceHarlem is a new and exciting nexus for artistic production in New York City.  Located on Fifth Avenue at 141st Street, WorkSpaceHarlem has 50,000 sq feet of studio space. WorkSpaceHarlem is proud to offer New York City's art community affordable studio and gallery space. Over 50 artists from around the world now call WorkSpaceHarlem home.

Please contact Dionis Ortiz, General Manager

P: 646-274-1144 / 917.331.2913  


Wen Wen Lin
Bio: Born in Taiwan and came to the States after earning her BA in Chinese literature, Wen Wen Lin proceeded to get her MA in Comparative Literature before studying under abstract expressionist painter Larry Poon in Art Students’ League, in the heart of New York art world.  However, her final passion still remains on film and video production which combined all the element of the art in one---

Artist statement:for video installation:
Writing ON Light: Using Camera Lens, chance operation:
This is an experiment of Chance Operation-- of writing ON light using camera lens as pen, and motion as brush, & light as ink, from number one to number 49, each frame co-respondents to a number. How the photos turn out, the translation process from one form to the other, is completely left to chance. When writing different number, the light responds to the way camera as the pen is moving, thus creating an hauntingly beautiful abstraction and stream of light captured in motion and movement, curved and turn all according to the way the number is shaped.

Chance operation is according to John Cage, who is deeply indebted to Zen Buddhism in Japan at his time-- thus in this video, I implement John Cage's Music (Dream, 1948) for interpretation and enhancing the dream-like quality of life through the ephemeral light stream.

7 is number of cycles prevalently found in many ancient culture all over human civilization, and according to Tibetan Buddhism-- Tibetan Book of the Dead-- when the soul leaves the body, it goes on its ordeal for 49 days, confronted with toughest of the tests liken to what Buddha went through under the Bo Tree, as a cycle for it to find another pair of parents for rebirth, if it did not get devoured by fears & got astrayed. Thus number 7 (7 x 7), & 49 are 2 numbers that i am captivated in exploring deeper into in my study of chance operation, and the relationship of the creator and the created, the artist and the art work---
Photography and film editing by Wen Wen Lin

Marietta (Raquel) Fica
Bio: Ms. Fica started her career in Chile in 1994, working mainly in ceramics.  In 1997 she moved to New York and in 2002 she focused exclusively in painting and takes lessons at the Art Student League.  
In 2006 she studied with Chilean teacher and textile designer Jorge Fredes who introduced her to fiber arts.

Artist Statement:
My work often enphasizes color and texture through painting and fiber in an abstract way.  I take my subjects from things that touch with nature and daily life whichever it comes from...trips, people, relationships.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Member Spotlight: Cornelia Jensen - visual artist- October group exhibition‏

2007 (20" x 14") latex on wood

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member Cornelia Jensen is participating in studios and L Salon d' Art for SALON D' HORROR art exhibition.

Le Salon d' Art and studios
proudly present
a collaborative show of HORROR PORTRAITS

Vernissage (Opening Reception)
Wednesday October 6th 2010
7pm to 10pm
At Le Salon d' Art
90 Stanton Street
(btwn Ludlow and Orchard Streets)

Featuring Art from
El Celso
John Czopp
Daniella Day
Aaron Thompson
Scott Simon
Andrea Greco
Cornelia Jensen
Sha Nay Nay
Francisco Osirio
Cole Wenner
Tony Santana
Olimpia Dior
Selwyn Garraway
India Menuez
Tristan Reginato


This will be a salon style show of Horrific Delight
Works range in size from 6' x 12" to 20' x 24"

We will also be serving
The Sweet Delicious Nectar of the Lower East Side
Grog-n-Scrod Sangria

Closing Party @ Culture Fix
9 Clinton Street
(btwn Stanton & Houston Sts.)

Halloween CarnEvil
Saturday October 30th 2010
7pm to the witching hour
With performances from 9pm till 11pm
Costume Contest with a variety of Lower East Side prizes

Happy Halloween!!!

About studios:

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.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Member Spotlight: Prinny Alaví, visual artist - film screening‏

Salon member Prinny Alaví invites you to the film screening of the award-winning funny documentary film, "On a Wing and a Prayer".
Sunday October 3rd, 2010


Judson Memorial Church

239 Thompson St., between 3rd Street Washington Square South in the Assemble hall

Join us as we screen this award-winning funny documentary film, "On a Wing and a Prayer" about a modern-day American Muslim learning to fly a plane in a post 9/11 world. Following the film we will discuss the film and look at issues of rising anti-Muslim sentiments, and increasing prejudice towards American Muslims.

Meet Iman Salam who also stars in the film.

Event is free
Please RSVP

Prinny Alaví
Art Director
Computer Graphics
& Activist

Member Spotlight: Marye Lobb, singer/songwriter, October performances

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to introduce Salon member singer/songwriter, Marye Lobb, and her upcoming October performances.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 2nd
Marye Lobb: solo acoustic set
Greenwich Village Bistro
13 Carmine St (btwn 6th Ave and Bleecker St)
no cover, no drink minimum, just a little tip jar
A,C,D,E,F trains to W 4th
1 train to Christopher St
6 train to Bleecker St

Monday, October 25th
with Likwuid and The Last International
Ella Lounge
9 Avenue A (between First and Second Street)

Wednesday, October 27th
with singer/songwriter Evan Lidestri
Greenwich Village Bistro
13 Carmine St (btwn 6th Ave and Bleecker St)
no cover, no drink minimum, just a little tip jar
A,C,D,E,F trains to W 4th
1 train to Christopher St
6 train to Bleecker St

Marye Lobb has traveled and lived throughout the world and her music is a reflection of these experiences. This bright rising artist writes her own songs inspired by Latin grooves from her days in South America, Celtic melodies from her Irish roots, and Mediterranean rhythms from her studies in Athens, Greece. Her rich, beautiful voice tells powerful stories about the complexities of love in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Playing her Brazilian acoustic guitar she transports you to far and away places to reflect on the vibrancy of life. Marye has incredible range and the strength of her voice carries you through a wide variety of emotions while "Finding Home.”

Marye has performed in Co. Kerry, Ireland, Athens, Greece, Santiago, Chile and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the United States, she has played in Boston and Los Angeles and regularly performs in New York City. She grew up Rochester and currently resides in Manhattan. Marye is committed to social justice; 10% of the profits of the album will go to charity.

Marye is always seen performing with outstanding musicians, such as:  Mauricio de Souza (drums, Brazil), Marcelo Woloski (percussion, Argentina), Gabriel Riesco (guitar, Spain) Nir Namaan (tenor sax, Israel), Kazuyo Kuriya (flute, Japan), Manami Murika (piano, Japan) and Claire Finely (bass, USA). Lobb graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008.

Marye Lobb     
585 732 5622