Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to announce our Winter Exhibit featuring the work of three long-time favorites of the gallery: Arthur Hammer, Leslie Bender, and Jenny Nelson.The styles of these artists exemplify the variety of genres that the gallery is known for, in this case, cityscapes, portraiture, figurative romanticism, and abstraction.The work will be on view from January 27-March 6, 2011.There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, January 29th from .All are welcome.
Although a painter for over 40 years, Arthur Hammer’s first career was in the theater, which actually included performing on Broadway. In the late 1980s he decided to relinquish his acting career and devote himself entirely to painting. He opened his own gallery in New York featuring American Painting of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s — works from the W.P.A. in particular.Hammer’s own paintings closely resemble the style, palette, and spirit of these decades. He is a true New York Realist. On exhibit will be a selection of un-glamorized paintings of everyday life that portray an urban vitality including industrial landscapes and portraiture. Arthur Hammer studied at AntiochCollege in Ohio and at the Art Student’s League in New York.
Leslie Bender, who moved from New York City to the Catskills in the mid-1980's, is a painter, printmaker, muralist and teacher. She uses a rich palette and a grand sense of line and perspective.The figurative paintings represent the themes that Bender has developed for years: the “supercharged life energy” of beach scenes, social interactions, the symphony orchestra, the symbolic power and grace of horses, and the many implications of allegory, dream and myth. Leslie Bender grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1975.In 2009 she received an MFA in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz.
Jenny Nelson has been living and working in Woodstock, New York, for 18 years.Nelson depicts her surroundings in abstract forms. To evoke an intuitive sensory memory, she applies many layers of paint, using gesture and an internal sense of color. Traces of previous layers remain visible, the colors interact with one another, and the composition is arrived at through a series of decisions that are both conscious and unconscious. With great sensitivity to these evolving colors and forms, a very personal abstract language emerges. Jenny Nelson attended Maine College of Art in PortlandMaine, and graduated with a BFA from BardCollege, where she received a scholarship to the LacosteSchool of the Arts in France. Currently, she is an instructor at the Woodstock School of Art.
Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Gallery hours are daily , closed Wednesday.You can call the gallery at (518) 828 1915 for directions or more information, or see the show online at carriehaddadgallery.com