Seaside Red Hibiscus by Sonya Sklaroff
Sonya Sklaroff’s “Escape from NYC” – Exclusive Online Artsy Show
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to present Sonya Sklaroff ‘s “Escape from New York” series on Artsy. In June 2020, the artist and her family decided to temporarily leave New York City and seek refuge in different small towns in the Northeast United States as the COVID cases soared in the city. Sklaroff chronicled her family’s travels with an intimate portrait of life depicting the backyards, the gardens, the people, the architecture, and the landscape.
Sklaroff considers herself a “creative athlete” and she paints and draws constantly as a mental and physical exercise in order to keep her skills in prime form. Bernay Fine Art is delighted to display a selection of fourteen paintings from this series. From the stunning color contrasts in “Red Hibiscus,” to the reflection of light and deep shadows in “Beach Afternoon Blue Umbrella” the artist’s work transports us to a vibrant and memorable summer day.
Prior to the “Escape from New York” series, Sklaroff completed a pandemic series of paintings reflecting her daily life and inner thoughts and dreams during the New York City’s Covid19 quarantine. These paintings were recently selected to be showcased on 3,500 @linknycofficial digital kiosks throughout the five boroughs.
MOVE YOUR FEET by Karin Schaefer
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of our holiday group show entitled, “Something RED” on November 20th, 2020 at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception for the artists.
The gallery’s last exhibition of the year will be a holiday show that will promote the work of many of our talented permanent artists working in a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber art, painting and photography. The following gallery artists will have work in the show: Diane Ayott, Warner Friedman, Joan Griswold, Jessica Hess, Phil Knoll, Chenta Laury, Hideyo Okamura, Mark Olshansky, Dana Piazza, David Ricci, Janet Rickus, Nadine Robbins, Karin Schaefer, Sid Schatzky, Lynda Schlosberg, Dee Shapiro, Sonya Sklaroff, Barbara Takenaga, Amelia Toelke, David Vickery and Michael Zelehoski. Additional works by guest artists Sue Muskat, Shira Toren, Sabine von Falken and Lisa Vollmer will also be on display.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-4. Private appointments are also available. All COVID-19 guidelines are being strictly followed.
David Vickery “New Moon, January”
The New Realism
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new show entitled, “The New Realism” on October 9th, 2020 at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA.
The gallery’s new exhibition will promote contemporary artists working in the genre of realism. Works by 6 artists will be featured in the show. They are: Stephanie Anderson, Warner Friedman, Jessica Hess, Phil Knoll, David Ricci and David Vickery. Additional works by gallery artists Joan Griswold and Janet Rickus will also be on display. This award-winning group of artists have produced a wide range of beautiful work from the intimate drawings of Stephanie Anderson and Phil Knoll, to the precise landscapes of David Vickery and Warner Friedman, to the hyper-realism of Jessica Hess’ graffiti and the magnificent large scale photographs of David Ricci.
Michael Zelehoski “Obelisk”
Michael Zelehoski: Recent Work
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Michael Zelehoski. The show will run from Saturday August 22 – Monday September 21, 2020.
Zelehoski, who grew up in the Berkshires, is an internationally renowned mixed media artist. He has exhibited around the globe and his works are represented in major collections throughout the United States and abroad, most notably at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which acquired his monumental, 35 ft. piece Open House in the spring of 2015. Most recently, in January of 2020, the artist had a solo show at the Tang Contemporary Art gallery in Beijing, which travels to the Art Museum of Guangzhou in Guangdong, China this September.
Working to challenge visual and cognitive processes by deconstructing mundane objects and meticulously reassembling them in pictorial space, Zelehoski uses a unique wooden inlay technique to create his work. “I am trying to reconcile the dichotomy between pictorial and physical space, art and object, sculpture, and painting”. The artist’s intention is to challenge the viewer to see the physicality of the work in a different form. His pieces are powerful and dynamic and draw the viewer’s interest by forcing our eyes and minds to see things from different and sometimes contradictory perspectives.
Hideyo Okamura – “In Spite Of”
Lines and Colors
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new show entitled’ “Lines and Colors” on September 3rd, 2020 at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA . Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception for the artists. The “Lines and Colors” exhibition will be on display from September 3 – October 5, 2020.
The gallery’s new exhibition will promote contemporary artists from the United States and Europe in mediums of painting and drawing. Works by five abstract artists will be featured in the show. They are: Hideyo Okamura, Dana Piazza, Karin Schaefer, Lynda Schlosberg and Barbara Takenaga. Additional works by gallery artists Joe Neill, Charles Thomas O’Neil and Simona Prives will also be on display. This award-winning group of artists has been carefully curated to reflect a range of forms and dynamic styles.
Scott Prior “Pool and Towels”
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce its second annual “Summertime” show. The exhibit will run from July 30 to August 31, 2020.
This exhibit will feature the works of 6 artists. Brilliant water scenes from Linda Pochesci and Warner Friedman fill the gallery with beauty. Scott Prior showcases his use of light in his summer towel and bottle paintings. Mike Glier and Linda Stillman have unique pieces in the show. Glier with his fabulous “Field Notes” and Stillman with her leaf impressions and nature mosaics. Finally, Ellen Kaiden paints magnificent detailed watercolors.
Janet Rickus – “Pomegranates”
Janet Rickus: “Recent Paintings” presented by Bernay Fine Art & Gallery Henoch
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to present a summer exhibition of fourteen still life paintings by Berkshire artist Janet Rickus. The show will run from July 18th – August 15th at their Great Barrington, MA, gallery.
This exhibition of recent works is co-curated by Bernay Fine Art and Gallery Henoch of New York City. Rickus’ long career has included significant shows at both galleries, as well as two museum retrospectives. In 2006, she was honored with the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for painting. Her works are represented in major collections throughout the United States and abroad.
In her meticulous still lifes, Rickus combines vibrant arrangements contrasted against muted gray backgrounds. Although her subjects derive from the everyday, ceramic dishes and handpicked fruits and vegetables are elevated through Rickus’ emphasis on their color and form. Their purposeful orientations in her compositions are intended to subtly evoke impressions of human relationships.
Unfinished Business: A Women’s Show – June 27th – July 27th, 2020
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new show entitled “Unfinished Business: A Women’s Show”. This show is named to highlight the status of the ERA.
The “Unfinished Business” show includes the work of eight women artists. Stephanie Anderson displays her expert drawing skills in her new graphite on clayboard piece, “Clique”. Diane Ayott uses spatial relationships and vibrant colors in contemporary patterned paintings. Roselle Chartock contributes mixed media collages that showcase women’s figures. Chenta Laury, a textile artist from Hawaii, uses bark cloth, raw wool, silk and bamboo to create three magnificent unique pieces. Hyper-realistic painter Nadine Robbins contributes two striking portraits of women. Dee Shapiro and Sonya Sklaroff have both produced works inspired by Covid-19. Dee presents colorful mixed media pieces on panel while Sonya, working from her apartment in NYC, has painted several brilliant COVID-19 themed paintings. Amelia Toelke’s sculpture “Home Sweet Home” is now on display on the front lawn of Bernay Fine Art. The golden sculpture reminds us all of the time we have spent at home during COVID-19. In addition, Amelia has painted several gold-plated pieces for the show.
Contemporary Landscapes – April 4th, 2020 – June 26th, 2020
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new show entitled “Contemporary Landscapes”
Each of the seven artists brings their own interpretation and expression to what is a contemporary landscape. Jessica Hess’ hyperrealism style in the “Hide & Seek” series depict urban and rural decay landscape settings. Warner Friedman and David Vickery both paint realistic landscapes composed from rural settings. Friedman’s perspective scenes are from the Berkshires and are set within a man-made architectural structure. Vickery’s art merges nature and culture in an attempt to make sense of our place in the world. K.K. Kozik, Sandy Litchfield and Simona Prives contribute combinations of realism with imagination in their magnificent works. Kozik’s “Long Night” is a realistic painting with extra “exposure” to the stars as they streak the sky. Sandy Litchfield’s collage like landscapes are from the island “Ondacka”, an imaginary island with realistic characteristics. Simona Prives’ work examines our complex relationship between the organic and the man made. The artist disables then reconfigures geological and industrial maps and adds unique colored collage colored scenes. Chris Malcolmson uses watercolor in his landscapes. Bright yet soothing colors show the water, sun and land in a beautiful light.
Winter Exhibition – January 18th, 2020 – February 29th, 2020
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new show entitled “Winter Exhibition” on January 18, 2019 at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA. A reception for the artists will take place from 5-7 PM and is open to the public.
The gallery’s new exhibition will promote contemporary artists from the United States and Europe in mediums of painting and works on paper. New works by three artists will be featured in the show including Diane Ayott, Phil Knoll and Joe Neill.
This award-winning group of artists has been carefully curated to reflect a different range of forms and dynamic styles. Diane Ayott is a contemporary, modernist painter who uses paint and various collage materials to explore patterns and repetition which create serene, dream-like pieces. Phil Knoll is a figurative realistic painter who creates magnificent grids and large paintings of animals and other subjects using graphite and watercolor. Joe Neill is a contemporary artist who is fascinated by how things are put together; what materials and methods are used to keep these structures intact. Neill’s drawings have an internal geometric logic and are dense but open so the viewer can enter in while being forced to remain outside.
Bernay Fine Arts’ “Winter Exhibition” will be on display from January 18, through February 29, 2020.
The Interaction Of Color – November 23rd – January 11th, 2020
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new show entitled’ “The Interaction Of Color” on November 23rd, 2019 at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA . A reception for the artists will take place from 5-7 pm and is open to the public.
The gallery’s new exhibition will promote contemporary artists from the United States and Europe in mediums of painting and works on paper. Works by twelve artists will be featured in the show including Warner Friedman, Jean-Claude Goldberg, Phil Knoll, Edward Merritt, Joe Neill, Hideyo Okamura, Dana Piazza, Scott Prior, Janet Rickus, Nadine Robbins, Karin Schaefer and Sonya Sklaroff.
This award-winning group of artists has been carefully curated to reflect a range of forms and dynamic styles. For the majority of the artists, the use of color, light and perspective are integral themes of their work. Newcomers to the gallery, Edward Merritt and Sonya Sklaroff bring their unique styles to the show. Ed’s two dimensional work uses a variety of non-traditional techniques. His unique paintings are achieved by layering, pulling, and cutting handmade pieces of acrylic lamina. Sonya’s new work focuses on the relationship between abstraction and representation. She experiments with texture, color, and imagery to create joyous and bold explosions of pattern, light, and form.
Works On Paper – October 5th – November 16th, 2019
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce “Works on Paper” opening October 5th with a reception for the artists from 5-7 PM. The exhibit will showcase artists working on paper in three different mediums; paintings, prints and drawings.
The paintings in the show include works by abstract artists Barbara Takenaga, Dana Piazza and Lynda Schlosburg. Sandy Litchfield uses gouache to create collage like landscapes while Ellen Kaiden and Stephanie Anderson paint beautiful hyperrealist works with watercolors. Warner Friedman will contribute some very unique small works of wood grains.
James Sienna and Katia Santibanez collaborate on two reduction woodcut prints in 7 colors. Santibanez also contributes several magnificent prints and drawings of her own.
There are several impressive drawings in the exhibit, as well. Hideyo Okamura and Karin Schaefer have created highly detailed beautiful ink drawings, while JoAnne Carson and Geoff Young bring us surreal colored pencil drawings that are delightful to look at. Joe Neill’s white ink drawing on black paper is quite dramatic and is a great example of his open structural style.
Alternative Dimensions – August 17th – September 28th, 2019
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce our new show “Alternative Dimensions,” opening August 17 with a reception for the artists from 5-7. The gallery is located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA. and is open to the public.
“Alternative Dimensions” comes to life in the gallery as the work physically moves from hyper-realism to the abstract.
The show includes six new artists including Morgan Bulkeley, Hideyo Okamura and Lynda Schlosberg who are abstract artists. Ellen Kaiden is a still life watercolor artist, while Chenta Laury and Mark Olshansky are fabulous fiber artists.
Other artists in the show are; Warner Friedman, Joan Griswold, Jessica Hess, Joe Neill, Linda Pochesci, Janet Rickus, Nadine Robbins, and Karin Schaefer.
Summertime – June 29th – August 10th, 2019
Each of the artists participating in this exhibit have their own interpretation of summertime, and it is these diverse insights that make this show so unique. Janet Rickus, Joan Griswold and Huguette Martel bring us new romantic realism paintings of summer fruit, outdoor greenery, and animals. Katia Santibanez, Jean Claude Goldberg and Geoff Young bring vibrant summer colors to each of their individual individual styles. Santibanez with her magnificent prints, Goldberg with his larger than life tropical paintings and Young with his geometrical pencil drawings. Barbara Takenaga, Sarah Walker, and Karin Schaefer bring us an abstract view of the summer months with colors that are bold and exciting. Sandy Litchfield, Linda Pochesci, Marjorie Reid and Maggie Mailer bring contemporary summer landscapes and still lifes to the exhibit; Litchfield dazzles us with “Rose Tinted Summer”, Marjorie Reid and Maggie Mailer cover canvases with bursts of color. Lastly, Linda Pochesci paints beautiful seascapes. Warner Friedman and Michael Zelehoski show off their shaped works; Friedman’s painting, titled Summertime, brings us to a Wisconsin lake, while Zelehoski’s work uses water and is made from wood from hurricane Irene. Nadine Robbins’ Runnin on Dunkin is a portrait of a women enjoying a vice and we also have one of her unique oyster paintings, while David Ricci’s photographs bring us back to our childhood summers with an amusement park and water rides. And, of course, Sandra Byers’ porcelain pieces are delicate, simple, elegant, and unique. They remind us of seashells on the beaches of Sanibel island.
The “X” Factor: Works by XIV Women Artists – May 4th – June 22nd, 2019
The works cover a wide visual spectrum from the hyperrealist paintings of Jessica Hess and Nadine Robbins to the deeply personal non-objective visions of Barbara Takenaga and Katia Santibanez. Sandra Byers and Sally Curcio bring exquisite sensibilities to three dimensional pieces in porcelain and sculpture. Joan Griswold and Linda Pochesci’s paintings are preoccupied with light and its effects on the surfaces and planes of the architectural environments we live in. Janet Rickus showers love and affection on her still life paintings, while Carrie Crane and Sandy Litchfield offer us new conceptual ways of thinking about landscapes. Maggie Mailer produces landscapes that shift from the abstract to the narrative, and Majory Reid’s innovative abstract paintings show how color can dominate. Sandy Winters just back from a retrospective at the DeLand Museum, once again beguiles us with her expressive draftsmanship.
As magnificent as each artist’s work in the “X” Factor exhibit is, it is the combined effect of the different styles and mediums that makes this show unique.
The Inaugural Exhibition – March 9th – April 27th, 2019.
Bernay Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new location at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA . The inaugural exhibition will open on Saturday March 9, with a group show featuring all gallery artists. A reception for the artists will take place from 5-7 pm, and is open to the public.
Bernay Fine Art was founded in Chicago in 2008, and is thrilled to be expanding to the Berkshires this Spring. The gallery’s exhibition program will promote contemporary artists from the United States and Europe in mediums of painting, sculpture, ceramics, and works on paper. Works by eleven artists will be featured in the inaugural show including Sandra Byers, Francesco Clemente, Warner Friedman, Jean-Claude Goldberg, Jessica Hess, Robert Mangold, Joe Neill, Linda Pochesci, Marjory Reid, David Ricci, and Janet Rickus.
This award-winning group of artists has been carefully curated to reflect a range of forms and dynamic styles.