Reflections on Reality

to Sep 30

Selfies and Self Portraits Show

I participated in the Selfie show at Viridian Artists, and I stretched myself to use materials that I had never used before.


The title of this piece was I, the Seven Eyed. The paintings that hang in the head are paintings of eyes and eyes are the windows to the "Self". 

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to Sep 17

Stories through Photography @ the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

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I am so thrilled for one of my photographs to be accepted into this Juried Exhibition at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts.  Check out their press release HERE

Exhibition: July 22 thru September 17, 2017
Opening Reception: July 22, 2017 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Closing Tea: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

This is the photograph that was accepted in:

 Title: There is a human inside each one of us. (The print is for sale)

Title: There is a human inside each one of us. (The print is for sale)

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Bikini Block Party - Holy Apostles Church in Chelsea

I showed four paintings at a charity event that was organized by SetNYC. This event combined a fashion show, an art show and a barbecue all in one night, and the venue was gorgeous.



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to Nov 5

Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality Group Show

Reception: Thursday Oct 20, 6 - 8 pm



“Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality”

Photographic & Mixed Media Invitational
Curated by Vernita Nemec
October 18 – November 5, 2016
Reception Thursday October 20, 6-8pm
Poetry Reading & closing event Saturday Nov 5, 4-6pm

Alan Gaynor * Franz Fox * May DeViney * John Nieman * Kathleen King * Jan Davis * Bruce Rosen * Kathleen Shanahan * Sarah Riley * Joshua Greenberg * Katherine Ellinger Smith * Dave Dorsey * Srividya Kannan Ramachandran * Ed Herman * Larry Zdeb * Naum Medovoy * Claudia Corò * Angela Lamonte * Erik Miller * Bernice Sokoll Kramer * Jackie Lima * Marcia Bernstein * D’Ann de Simone * Patricia Owsiany *Elizabeth Bisbing * Victoria Webb * Bryan Smith * Jenny Belin * Marjie Zelman * William Patrick Armstrong * David Yendes * Robert Cenedella * Irene Christensen * Fred Gutzeit * Craig Cheply * Richard Brachman*Len Rosenfeld * Michael Wolf * N’Cognita * Michael Reck *Philip Gerstein * Kyoyoung Keum * Marcia Lloyd * Ursula Clark *

Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present “Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality”, a Photographic & Mixed Media Invitational curated by Vernita Nemec. The exhibition continues from October 18th – November 5th, 2016 with an opening reception Thursday, October 20th, 6-8pm & a closing party & poetry reading on Saturday Nov 5th, 4-6pm.

The impetus for this invitational exhibit arose out of the trying times of this moment of reality that is so filled with madness. The upcoming election with possibly our first female president vying for the office with a political neophyte, racial anger, immigration, gun & police issues, environmental catastrophes throughout the world are tensions and stress that perhaps only can be safely addressed through art.

More than 40 artists are addressing their concerns and thoughts both directly and indirectly about today’s world with their art. Ed Herman’s photo of Lincoln dissolved by water dripping from AC, Angela LaMonte’s collage accompanied by a quote from Frantz Fanon about the magic finally being in the hands of the people; Marcia Bernstein’s abstract construction “Hatred’s Rising”; Michaels Wolf’s lead flag, Larry Zdeb’s assemblage of things from daily life that continues despite our fears; Elizabeth Bisbing’s “Obama of Mercy” collage with crowd shots of rallies mixed with fragments of Poussin paintings, Alan Gaynor’s multiplied face of Trump with lips pursed; Len Rosenfeld’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”; Craig Cheply’s “Maddog” man in a suit; Franz Fox’s “Danseur” symbolizing the chaos he feels in our country; Sryvidya K Ramachandran’s “Proudhon, not Marx” abstraction about gradualism. Kyoyoung Keum explores the disparity between “reality” and what is “true”. Racism, labor, the environment, law, hope and oh yes, politics are all explored through art and images.

These artworks all carry a message filled with worries about tomorrow. Sometimes the message is made clear by the title, sometimes by the image and sometimes the meaning is not at all clear, but then, that is the nature of these times. This is not the first time that Viridian has presented an exhibit focused on politics or social concerns because art speaks beyond words. Nevertheless, the artists have also been invited to present a poem or two to close the exhibition- for words and image both help to clarify our communication. We hope you will join us and see the power of art to express what is on the minds of artists in today’s tumultuous world

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM          

For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or or view the gallery


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to Jan 9

“IN THE SPIRIT” Viridian Artists' 46th Annual Holiday Invitational

Viridian Artists’ 46th Annual Holiday Invitational
December 15 – January 9, 2016
Reception Thursday, December 17, 6-8

Chelsea: In celebration of Viridian Artists' 46th annual holiday invitational, the gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “In the Spirit”. Opening December 15th with a reception Thursday, December 17, 6-8PM the exhibition continues through January 9, 2016.

As we near the close of 2015, many of us do so with a sense of trepidation and apprehension. Today's world has filled most of its population with angst of all sorts - political, religious, environmental, to name just a few. The planet is in dire straits as is humanity, for our differences in belief seem to outweigh our similarities. Some have too much & some have too little and we seem unableto agree on how to improve existence despite all the advances we have made scientifically- the solution we are told for living better lives. 

Earlier times knew better for in the past, many cultures realized that the artist was the shaman who possessed the powers to make us well, to create wealth and power. It was art, not science that soothed the spirit, that saved us. Much of the art in this show carries reminders of the negativity of our times within the spirit of today's artistic shaman. We see Dragons (Kat King), Venus Fly traps (Deborah Sudran), "Muerte" (Carolina Poggi), "Stargazer" (Sarah Riley) & a Noir Madonna (May DeViney).

With the power of the creative spirit in mind, Viridian has invited over 80 artists to present their art to aid in the healing of your spirit. In addition, to aid visitors in finding gifts for those who matter in their lives, the gallery has created its annual Ye Olde Arte Shoppe, filled with artist-made gifts of prints, photography, jewelry, cards, etc all priced under $100. 


 Seeing the wind, $300, Metal Print.

Seeing the wind, $300, Metal Print.

Angelique Anderson, Todd Anderson, Jenny Belin, Marcia Bernstein, Doug Billings, Annaliese Bischoff, Layne Bourgoyne, Renee Borkow, Taisha Brehaut, Carol Brookes, James Campbell, Fiona M. Cashell, Irene Christensen, Henry Coupe, May DeViney, Du Lin, Arthur Dworin, Bernice Faegenburg, Claudia Fainguersch, Phyllis Featherstone,Flashlight, Tazuko Fuji, Alan Gaynor, Moira Geoffrion, Celia Gilbert, Wally Gilbert, Joshua Greenberg, Mary Hendricks, Ed Herman, Lucy Hodgson, Kathleen King, Melisca Klisanin, Bernice Kramer, Namiyo Kubo, Angela LaMonte, Elvira Lantenhammer, Kathy Levine, Marcia Lloyd, John Lloyd, Rosemary Lyons, Susanna Stefanachi Macomb, Kaitlin Martin, Donna Marxer, Robert Marvin, Matakia,  Lynne Mayocole, Naum Medovoy, Jeffrey Melzack, Matthias Merdan, Michael Miller, Eileen Mullan, Vernita N'Cognita, Stacey Clarfield Newman, Nancy Nicol, Patricia Owsiany. Carol Quint, Carolina Poggi, Filippo Prandi, Srividya Kannan Ramachandran, Bill Rabinovitch, Sarah Riley, Bruce Rosen, Leonard Rosenfeld, Oi Sawa,  Barbara K Schwartz,  Kathleen Shanahan, Bullet Shih, Susan Sills, Derrick Smit, Virgina Smit, Angela Smith, Katherine Ellinger Smith, Robert Smith, Sheila Smith, Helaine Soller, Judy Somerville, Toto Takamori, Jane Talcott, Channing Taylor, Bob Tomlinson, Courtney Lee Weida, Sam Wiener, Alex Woodhouse, Sharon Wybrants &

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM           

For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or

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to Dec 19

A FRESH LOOK: New Self Portraits


Everything an artist makes is in a way, a self portrait. That being said, there is a great tradition in the arts for artists to make "Self Portraits". Each participating artist in this exhibition was asked to do a NEW self portrait. This show will again demonstrate the uniqueness and diversity of approaches, perspectives, materials by the artists. Some are looking at the physical self, others are portrayed more conceptually or symbolically in a collage or abstraction. This interesting exhibition will encourage the viewer to look at themselves through a different lens.


Montserrat Fine Arts Gallery at 547 W 27th St, #516

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to Jan 16

The Journey Inward: Solo Show

I am doing a solo show in Sabay Thai, in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY.

This series of photographs is representative of my inner journey. The photographs traverse the wide spectrums of curiosity, hope, desperation, movement, compassion, wonder, joy, ecstasy, freedom, peace and wisdom. Our journeys, whether we recognize it yet, or not, are directed towards finding our inner peace. My intention when curating this series was to nudge you, the viewer, to understand the nature of the object you seek. 


1. Behind Locked Doors 1.  2015.  $300.  Print 1/5.
2. Behind Locked Doors 2.  2015.  $300.  Print 1/5.
3. Have Been Boxed.  2014.  $300.  Print 1/5.
4. So You Think The Path Is Up.  2013.  $300. Print 1/5.
5. But Then, Fall Apart.  2015.  $300.  Print 1/5.
6. Reach Out.  2012.  $800.  Print 3/5.
7. The Dancer’s Step.  2013.  $300.  Print 1/5.
8. The Feet of Vishnu.  2013.  $500.  Print 3/5.
9. On The Shoulder Of Giants.  2014.  $300.  Print 1/5.
10. The First Step.  2015.  $300.  Print 1/5.
11. Seeing the Wind.  2014.  $300.  Print 1/5.
12. Finding Nemo.  2015.  $500.  Print 3/5.
13. Memories Languidly Linger.  2014.  $300.  Print 1/5.
14. Viridian Visions.  2015.  $300.  Print 1/5.'
15. His Eyes Are Closed, Yet He Sees.  2012.  $400.  Print 2/5.

Come enjoy wonderful Thai food and an ambience of meditation created by the art around you!

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to Aug 18

“The Heat Is On” A Group Show of Viridian Affiliate Work


July 21- August 18, 2015

Reception Thursday July 23rd, 6-8pm 

 Angelique Anderson * Phyllis Featherstone * Ron Moore * Vernita N'Cognita * Lauren Purje *  Srividya Kannan Ramachandran * Toto Takamori

Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present an exhibition of outstanding art by seven artists who are part of Viridian Artists' Affiliate program. The show extends from July 21st to August 18th with a reception to meet the artists Thursday July 23rd, 6-8pm. "The Heat Is On" alludes to the often pressing circumstances of life, our drive to move forward, the need to do it now and hot topics. Art offers not only these artists solutions and ways of dealing with "the heat" of daily life, but the art itself gives us, the viewers, methods and means to cope with life's surprises & pitfalls.    

For Angelique Anderson Art is Zen. The artist states "since my early years, I have always escaped into my world of imagination where I make the rules. I find peace there...

Inspiration comes from the world around me: environments, political issues, current events, travelling, movies, fantasy and science fiction.  A significant influence has come from the computer. It has evolved the way I process and apply myself to making art. I experiment with photography, collaging, manipulating and distorting images digitally to portray illusion and surrealism. Combining 2D drawings and shapes with 3D models, I create layers and dimension. That technique is used in my portrait series, morphing realism with fantasy. The color palettes and vistas of the renaissance period mix well with my science fiction-type themes for backgrounds."

 Phyllis Featherstone sees oil painting and printmaking to be among her favorite experiences, though she also does photography as well. She loves working with the luster and vivid colors that oil paint offers.  Her printmaking incorporates oil based inks and a lithographic process in which ink only sticks to the image and the rest is washed away by water, and then transferred to paper using a printing press. For her, photography is different in its immediacy, "a rewarding experience of the moment." The artist goes on to say that "My subjects are usually narrative art in which I tell a story with a picture.  The finale to my statement is that I love every aspect of what I do and that is why I do it."

Ron Moore is a sculptor who was recently a part of viridian's 45th anniversary show in which the gallery invited past & present viridian artists to celebrate the gallery's longevity. In that exhibition, he showed life size figures in steel that resembled line drawings. He continues to work with steel in a variety of sculptural formats. The artist says, "This artwork is mainly about joyful escape's. And inner yearning's that hope for the 'gift' of discovery."

Vernita N'Cognita's “Dick Drawings” (or “All About Power”)  "are a response to years of trying to understand where personal power comes from in our world. At almost every level of reality, the male reigns—politics, finance, business, military and even, in the art world. So what, I ask myself, gives men this power that women don’t have? Finally, I realize it must be the possession of a penis and the ability to produce testosterone. The penis is one of the unmentioned culprits behind the wrongs of our world. Along with the power of male reign, come violence, war, double-dealing and other far-ranging criminal activities. Men still have most of the power and so I’ve come to the conclusion that the secret source of that power must be in their dicks and I want to demystify the male power figure."

Lauren Purje is an artist who loves to draw. Between her cartoons in Hyperallergic, an artworld publication on the web and her paintings with Turner inspired backgrounds, her art covers a lot of mental & emotional ground. In Hyperallergic, she humorously confesses her doubts & fears while simultaneously making insightful comments about being an artist in today's world. Recently, birds- especially pigeons - have captured her attention, and the delicate drawings she makes of them give an elevated statue to a lowly creature urbanites often take for granted.

Srividya Kannan Ramachandran

"These two photographs represent an abstract reflection on meditative experiences. In the photo titled "Greed" - the viewer is invited to introspect on which portion of the photo constitutes the background, and which one the foreground. The death-like passivity of the black stands juxtaposed against the volcanic agitation of the red offering a difficult choice to the viewer. "Finding Nemo" depicts the opening of the metaphorical third-eye that offers a human being a direct intuitive insight into the brighter world beyond."

Toto Takamori is a Japanese artist who approaches the media of paint with excessiveness. In this case excessiveness is a good thing for his tiny 4x6 inch paintings have a thick impasto surface akin to the frosting on a delicious layer cake with sprinkles of sparkles. He says he has 3 factors that he considers in his artmaking - classification, contrast & most importantly perhaps his technique of painting called "wet on wet".

Viridian's Affiliate Program is an important aspect of the gallery's mission to expand exhibition opportunities for outstanding contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known.

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM          

For further information please contact the gallery at 212 414 4040 or

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to Jan 10



December 9 – January 10, 2015
Reception Thursday, December 11, 6-8  

Chelsea: Viridian Artists Inc. is pleased to present the exhibition Holiday MadnessThe show opens December 9th  and continues through January 10, 2015. In celebration, there will be a reception Thursday, December 11, 6-8PM. Dress festively!

“Holiday Madness” is in the air! One could feel it even before Thanksgiving and the leaves had fallen! Flu shots, snowstorms, end of the year cries for contributions, gift-buying decisions, long trips home to relatives, delayed flights, and all the thought-provoking frustrations associated with the holiday season will be upon us in no time.

But, we can help you with one of these dilemmas by suggesting that instead of heading to department stores or going on the web in search of the perfect gift - buy ART for everyone!

Nothing in this exhibit of more than forty artists is priced too high nor bigger than 24 inches across (well, maybe a few will be...) so wrapping will be no problem. Just a ribbon is all you will need and we'll even have that here for you!

And if you have a really long list or are on a budget, Viridian is again featuring a section we like to call YE OLDE ARTE SHOPPE where everything costs $99 or less. All kinds of artist-made cards, books, jewelry, prints, tree ornaments, etc for you to choose from that will thrill and surprise your receivers.

Make an artist and yourself happy by doing one-stop shopping with champagne and cookies to help you celebrate! Looking forward to seeing you December 11th (or any other day) with glitter in your hair!

Deborah Beck, Renee Borkow, Benjamin Briggs, James Campbell, George Cannata, Robert Cenedella, Henry Coupe, May DeViney, Arthur Dworin, Bernice Faegenburg, Claudia Fainsguersch, Phyllis Featherstone, Arlene Finger, Tazuko Fujii, Alan Gaynor, Celia Gilbert, Wally Gilbert, Elizabeth Ginsberg, Joshua Greenberg, Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff, Mary Frances Judge, Renee Kahn, Kathleen King, Namiyo Kubo, Bobbie Lichter, Flash Light, Marcia Lloyd, John Lloyd, Rosemary Lyons, Robert Marvin, Matakia, Naum Medovey, Jeffrey Melzack, Matthias Merdan, David Miller, Michael Miller, Vernita N'Cognita, Stacey Clarfield Newman, Patricia Owsiany, Carolina Poggi, Lauren Purje, Srividya Kannan Ramachandran, Sarah Riley, Leonard Rosenfeld, Oi Sawa, Barbara K Schwartz, Susan Sills, Virginia Evans Smit, Angela Smith, Robert Smith, Sheila Smith, Deborah Sudran, Jane Talcott, Bob Tomlinson, Meredeth Turshen, and OTHERS

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM          

For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or

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to Sep 27

"Director's Choice: From Virtual To Actual 3"

Viridian Artists is pleased to present " Director's Choice: From Virtual To Actual",  curated by Vernita Nemec, the gallery director, featuring a selection of artists who entered our 24th International Juried Competition in 2013. The gallery is located at 548 West 28th Street, also accessible from 547 W 27th Street. The exhibit extends from September 9th to 27th, 2014 with an opening reception Thursday, September 11, 6-8PM.

Each of the 13 artists in this diverse exhibition has her or his own personal obsession that serves as the starting point of their search to transform their inner investigations into reality. The results of transforming these realities into art, remains open to each viewer's interpretation and becomes another translation of the virtual into the actual.

The art in this exhibit takes many unique forms from the knitted “Knots” of Joanne Kidd's artist book and the mixed media wall sculpture “Batter Up” of Aimee Hertog to a wide variety of photographic approaches. Joshua Greenberg explores abstraction,Marla Hoffman reflections, Srividya Kannan Ramachandran poetry, Christopher Ruane religion and Marcia Lloydautobiography.

The dress appears in a variety of meanings & executions: Robin Becker's dress with photo transfers, Leslie Sheryl's gown of plastic bags & netting, Mark Kolessar's “Second Skin” ofcanvas, acrylic, plastic, wood & metal.

Many of the worksare not what they seem to be. Daniela Izaguirre's watercolor and graphite image on vellum looks like real objects, Emma Buck's digital photograph intentionally resembles a painting while Kristin Enck's painting “Slosh”presses the “pause” button, suspending both time and motion to freeze the image as a photo might. 

Although these artists were not “winners” of Viridian's 24th International Juried Competition,   their art is uniquely interesting. Viridian's Director's Choice Exhibitions arise from one of Viridian's primary missions: to provide meaningful exposure to under-known artists of all ages whose art merits wider attention.

 Invitation Card

Invitation Card

 Because I couldn't make it to opening night, my dear husband showed up to support me. He is the best!

Because I couldn't make it to opening night, my dear husband showed up to support me. He is the best!

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