by Debbie Wells
Ellen Hallie Schiff in her art studio in Glen Cove, Long Island
The Artist’s World
Upon entering the charming home of Ellen Hallie Schiff in Glen Cove, Long Island, you immediately know you are in an environment designed by an artist. There, she displays her own work, as well as paintings by fellow local artists and mentors, such as Christian White and Steve Lampasona. Also on view are framed pictures by artists she has met on her travels, including a printmaker in Cuba.
Behind her home is a converted garage filled with wonderful light and bright white walls. Her canvases are neatly piled everywhere in process of being organized for her next showing. Bits of materials, paints and supplies are stored throughout the space. Pinned on the walls are scraps of motivational articles and pictures. She has reference material and artist books on the ready for inspiration. Continue reading ARTIST SPOTLIGHT ON ELLEN HALLIE SCHIFF
by Debbie Wells
Meeting the Artist
The Long Island Rail Road is my choice mode of transportation when Manhattan is the destination of our Artful Circle gallery visits. My own personal travel experience begins at the popular Hicksville train station. Always bustling, it certainly would never be considered a place with particular visual appeal. However, there is one notable exception – a set of large mosaic murals flanking the seating area of the station’s lobby.
Whenever walking by, I make a point to gaze at the colorful tiles of the mosaic art. Although an abstract composition, its horizontal design alludes to a landscape. There are two murals, each with a different color scheme. Not knowing anything about them, I felt compelled to step close and imagine how they were created and the meaning behind the swirls of color and texture. It wasn’t until much later that I spotted the plaques identifying the artist and title of the works.
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By Franklin Hill Perrell
From the moment you arrive at the new Whitney Museum of American Art, you can tell that this is unlike any museum you’ve previously visited. The new building looks like a gigantic twisted ship- container ship or ocean liner variously, berthed in the Meat Packing District. The nautical theme is no accident:
Renzo Piano was commenting not only the site itself and its splendid river exposure and views, but also the old sail makers lofts that dominated the area in the days when Herman Melville earned his living as a scrivener in the customs house.
Outstanding Architecture and NYC Locale
The location is serendipitous: the area- at the edge of the historic row houses of the west village and centered in its own milieu of dramatically re-purposed nineteenth century warehouses and wholesale butchers, which exudes unexpected charm, with cobble stone streets, the Standard Hotel (like a leisure-themed version of Le Corbusier’s UN) and its outdoor dining under the Pergola, and the Highline itself, whose very base is the Whitney’s plaza. Serendipitous as well, the proximity to Chelsea doubles the potential action.
When you arrive at the Whitney, you see a plaza occupying almost half the block and an open expanse westward toward the Hudson River. The first floor is see-through, and Renzo Piano’s concept is that this space would be like an Italian city square enabling potential engagement for all. Continue reading Experience the New Whitney Museum