Installation view

Diana Greenberg
Nashville Skyline, 2016
Oil and mixed media on canvas
40 x 60 inches

Max Ryan

Sunbeams Shining Through, 2017

Mixed media and resin on panel

48 x 48 inches

Installation view

Tom Nussbaum
Spark, 2016
Acrylic on welded steel and paper
26 x 26 x 1 inches

Muffin Bernstein
Eggplant Mandala, 2013
Dye infused aluminum, Edition 1/7
48 x 36 inches

Shirine Gill
Untitled, 2017
Archival pigment print
37 x 26 inches
Edition 1 of 3

Shirine Gill
Untitled, 2017
Archival pigment print
37 x 26 inches
Edition 1 of 3

Shirine Gill
Untitled, 2017
Archival pigment print
37 x 26 inches
Edition 1 of 3

Diana Greenberg
Untitled, 2016
Oil and mixed media on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Sara Carter
Grid 9, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60 inches

Grant Wiggins
Resistance 3 (Study), 2017
Acrylic on panel-mounted canvas
10 x 10 inches

Grant Wiggins
Resistance 2 (Study), 2017
Acrylic on panel-mounted canvas
10 x 10 inches

Grant Wiggins
Confluent 3 (Study), 2015
Acrylic on panel-mounted canvas
10 x 10 inches

Grant Wiggins
Confluent 3 (Study), 2015
Acrylic on panel-mounted canvas
10 x 10 inches

Installation view

Betsey Gravatt
North Elm Street, 2016
Gouache, ink, graphite, and collage on oak
24 x 24 inches

Betsey Gravatt
Rabbit Den Road, 2016
Gouache, graphite, and collage on oak
24 x 24 inches

Muffin Bernstein
Star Wanderer Medallion, 2016
Dye infused aluminum disc, Edition 1/7
40 inches

Installation view

Sam Schonzeit

Untitled, 2016

Watercolor on paper

34 x 44 inches

Marina Dunbar
Wild Fruit, 2017
Watercolor on paper
40 x 28 inches

Marina Dunbar
Somber and Romantic Seasons, 2017
Watercolor on paper
40 x 28 inches

Tom Nussbaum
Tondo, 2014
Acrylic on paper, wire, and glue
18 x 18 x 1/2 inches

Installation view

Max Ryan

Friendship, 2016

Mixed media on resin on panel

48 x 48 inches

Muffin Bernstein
Lucky Star Medallion, 2016
Dye infused aluminum disc, Edition 1/7
40 inches

Sam Schonzeit

Untitled, 2017

Acrylic, enamel, and spray texture on board

 

Sara Carter
Grounded 60 13, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
 

Sara Carter
Grounded 60 12, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches

Ken Nahan
Grand Voyage #5, 2014
Ink and acrylic on digital print
54 x 34 inches

Installation view

Ken Nahan
Distant Worlds (triptych), 2010
Ink on handmade paper
12 x 9 inches per sheet

Installation view

Sara Carter
Grid 23, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 16 inches

Marina Dunbar
Spirit of the Sea, 2016-17
Pigmented resin on panel
48 x 36 inches

Installation view

Sam Schonzeit
Untitled, 2016
Acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches

Sam Schonzeit
Untitled, 2016
Acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches

Sam Schonzeit
Untitled, 2016
Acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches

Celebration

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans

February 4 – 25, 2017

Opening Reception: February 4, 6 - 8 pm

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Celebration, featuring artworks by eleven national artists including: Muffin Bernstein, Sara Carter, Marina Dunbar, Shirine Gill, Diana Greenberg, Betsey Gravatt, Ken Nahan, Tom Nussbaum, Max Ryan, Sam Schonzeitz, and Grant Wiggins.

Celebration is an exhibition that reflects the joie de vivre during the Mardi Gras season, concentrating on the celebration of life through art. Within this exhibition, each invited artist has worked with us to thoughtfully contribute artworks to healthcare facilities throughout New York and New Jersey. Octavia Art Gallery curates artworks from these artists and artists around the world to provide soothing and healing environments for patients and administrators. Our approach is to provide artworks that have an inspirational effect on the well being of others. Research concludes that art can change an individual’s physiology and have a calming and therapeutic influence. Through a careful selection of artworks and commissioned pieces, the gallery focuses on works that transcend the viewer.

The eleven artists exhibited in Celebration have diverse backgrounds and are at various points within their artistic careers. What ties these artists together through Celebration is that they all have donated time, tender, and talent to uplift the spirits of others in order to celebrate life through art.

Betsey Gravatt, Ken Nahan, and Tom Nussbaum are known for their abstract works, which explore the interaction of form and color. Establishing their own stylized vernacular through which they investigate varying concepts, their works are exploratory rather than didactic. These artists often utilize non-traditional media such as foam, string, plastic, wire, and vintage maps with traditional drawing and painting.

Muffin Bernstein, Max Ryan, Sam Schonzeitz, and Grant Wiggins share an interest in dynamic compositions, clean lines, and repetition of form. While working in varying media, their painting, photography, and mixed media works incorporate the energy of contemporary graphic culture while utilizing architectural elements and themes from nature.

Artists Sara Carter, Marina Dunbar, Shirine Gill, and Diana Greenberg create lyrical abstractions with depth, energy and an ethereal nature. Through both photography and painting, patterns from nature are morphed into abstracted color field studies, creating works that are independent from the original visual references.

This Mardi Gras season, we present Celebration to inspire, uplift, and rejuvenate our senses and our souls though the beauty and power of art.