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PROTEST!

November 3rd, 2011 Lauren Edmond 1 comment

Join the
PROTEST!

Group Art show @ Theater for the New City
November 4 – December 31, 2011
Opening Reception: November 9, 2011
@ Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave – Lobby
(bet 9th & 10th Sts)
New York, NY 10003

I have 3 paintings in the show to PROTEST the general lack of environmental awareness, and the imbalance between masculine and feminine values in our culture.


“Red Wall @ 6BC, fall 2010″ © 2011 Lauren Edmond


“Red Tree @ Tompkins Square DogRun, fall 2010″ © 2011 Lauren Edmond


“Red Maple @ 6BC, fall 2010″ © 2011 Lauren Edmond

PROTEST Artist Statement:

iPROTEST!

iPROTEST the imbalanced value judgment
of beautiful Mother Nature as lightweight
iPROTEST the immediate dismissal of flowers,
trees, parks, and gardens as “not meaningful art”
iPROTEST disenfranchised artists who do not
have the credentials to impress the power elite
clients of gallerists.
iPROTEST separative judgments based on
self-serving lies
iPROTEST the ongoing threat to NYC’s community
gardens from parasitic developers
iPROTEST by showing my 3 reddest paintings,
red being the color of life
and, i am PRO parks and gardens and art and artists!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, presents
“PROTEST!”
a visual arts exhibit curated by CAROLYN RATCLIFFE
featuring the works of Artists:
Amy Cohen Banker , David Barish, Elliot Berke, Lois Carlo , Kathy
Creutzburg, Peter Cramer, Carla Cubit, Dennis Edge, Lauren
Edmond, Haim Elisha, Galante, Alan Gastelum, Susann Ferris-Jones,
Randy Jones, Hieke Krebs, Charles Krezell, Kathleen McDermott,
Jerry Pagane, Carolyn Ratcliffe, Mike Rimbaud, Gene Reynolds,
Bonnie Rosenstock, Morena Saenz, Suki Weston, Suzanne Wilde,
Laura Zelasnic
The exhibit explores concepts and issues of Protest! in painting,
photography, sculpture, mixed media and text. Demonstrations have
spread across the globe as people demand changes – a refusal to
accept the status quo of dictatorships, corporate greed and laying
waste to the environment. Join us for our
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30-8pm
Dates: November 3-December 31, 2011
Gallery: M-S. 4-8 PM, Sun. 3-5pm (& is wheelchair accessible)
Address: 155 First Ave, New York, NY 10003
Public Transportation: Bus-M 8 &15; Subway: R, 6, F, & L
This program is made possible in part by public funds from The NYC Dept. of
Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the New York City Council-(Many thanks
to Rosie Mendez, NYC Councilperson)
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Festival of the Arts: May-June 2011

May 15th, 2011 Lauren Edmond 2 comments

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
May 25 – June 19, 2011
Opening Reception: May 25 from 5:30-8PM
Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave (9/10)
NYC

Click for Press Release and more info

Here are my 3 paintings for this show. They will be shown stretched on canvas.


Lena’s Red Rose at La Plaza Garden © 2010 by Lauren Edmond


Purple Iris at La Plaza Garden © 2010 by Lauren Edmond


Ruffled Iris at La Plaza Garden © 2010 by Lauren Edmond

Recent paintings: Fall 2010

April 16th, 2011 Lauren Edmond No comments

6BC orange bush & coffee © 2011 Lauren Edmond

Tompkins Square dogrun red tree © 2011 Lauren Edmond

6BC red maple, fall 2010 © 2011 Lauren Edmond

6BC red wall, fall 2010 © 2011 Lauren Edmond

Recent paintings: fall 2009/winter 2010

January 21st, 2011 Lauren Edmond No comments


Tompkins Square bluetime view of Empire State © 2010 by Lauren Edmond


Tompkins Square Christmas Tree in the snow © 2009 by Lauren Edmond


Goddess of Tompkins Square, fall sunset © 2010 by Lauren Edmond


3rd Street and the Full Moon © 2010 by Lauren Edmond


Yellow Bowery © 2009 by Lauren Edmond


Red barn on 82 © 2010 by Lauren Edmond

Tompkins Square: Here and Beyond

January 27th, 2010 Lauren Edmond 2 comments

“Here & Beyond” The Artistas de Loisaida show at the Tompkins Square Library Gallery

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Artistas de Loisaida presents: Tompkins Square: “Here & Beyond”
February 1 – 27, 2010 at the Tompkins Square Library Gallery

Here are my 4 paintings from Here and Beyond, February 2010
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“Park2B” © 2007 by Lauren Edmond

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“South at sunset” © 2007 by Lauren Edmond

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“Tompkins Square Library, spring” © 2009-2010 by Lauren Edmond
Since I painted and posted this painting, proposed NYC Library cuts are threatening to close to the doors on Tompkins Square Library. This is one of the largest Libraries in NYC and can host the largest groups; closing the Tompkins Sq Library also closes programs for children and learning and artistic facilities for the entire community.

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“Tompkins Square Goddess, Fall Sunset” © 2010 by Lauren Edmond

Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the show! Seeing them printed in person still rocks:-!!!

Veronica’s house

October 25th, 2009 Lauren Edmond No comments

Welcome to Veronica’s house, “Spring water”.

Actually, Spring Water is the home of Veonica and Andrey, and their dog Gracie.

It’s a log cabin they recently built in North Carolina. In building their deck, Veronica refused to remove a tree that was “in the way” and instead opted to build the deck around the tree, thereby honoring the tree and making her home even more unique. It was inspiring! So when she asked me if she could commission a painting of her home, the answer was YES!

Veronica and I met online about 10 years ago. And although we live in different parts of the country, we continue to stay in touch. Using the internet, I was able to send her sketches of her painting in progress, and we both thought it would be fun to share this on the blog. So here is the painting-in-progress, and there will be more posts as it progresses. Meanwhile, here are the first 3 versions of “Spring Water: Veronica’s house” ….

This is the initial sketch,
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The first version:
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How it looks today, Sunday, October 25, 2009:
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“Spring water” © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

Latest installment: Monday, November 16, 2009:
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“Spring water” © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

More to come…. !

Visit Lauren’s online gallery and see more paintings….

MENAGERIE menage

October 6th, 2009 Lauren Edmond No comments

There’s an interesting ‘salon’ style show hanging at the Tompkins Square Library called MENAGERIE: Creative ExPression of the Lower East Side 2009. It was curated by Shell Sheddy and will be hanging through October 30.

With 40 prolific artists participating, there is art everywhere! And– there are scheduled performance, poetry, and films every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Info will be on facebook.

Here are my 3 paintings in MENGERIE: Creative ExPressions of the Lower East Side 2009

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6th St Botanical Garden, in spring © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

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The WIllow at La Plaza, early spring © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

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“Peachtree at La Plaza” © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

And one more makes 4

September 3rd, 2009 Lauren Edmond No comments

Carolyn and the Artistas liked my 3 Howlin’ Trees and asked for one more. Now there are 4 hanging in the gallery at Theater for the New City. The show runs through September 30. The reception is September 9 from 5:30-8pm. It’s festive!

Here’s the 4th in the series of Howlin’ Trees.
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Fall twilight in Tompkins Square Park © 2006 by Lauren Edmond

Howlin’ Trees

August 9th, 2009 Lauren Edmond 11 comments

Here’s an invitation to the 2009 HOWL show

After much thought… and encouragement from Carolyn Ratcliffe, I decided to participate in the 2009 HOWL show with the Artistas. I’ve lost count of how many shows we’ve done over the past 5 years, so check my website! for the list.

I was asked for 3 paintings. After the show was hung, I was asked for a 4th painting, now hanging in the gallery!

Next decision — what to show? So I read Howl by Allen Ginsberg and decided on 3 paintings of the East Village that evoke the poetry and wild side that is still sometimes present, but mostly fading into the mists. Reading Ginsberg’s words from 1956, they are still as risque and cutting as they were back in the 50s. Perhaps we have come full circle, down into the maze of urban bohemian “angelheaded hipsters” “smoking in the supernatural darkness of coldwater flats” “contemplating jazz” and back to a society entrenched in it’s values, pretending nothing’s wrong. Business as usual. No global warming here! No threat of swine flu. We don’t even need health care. Let’s go shopping!

Thinking about Ginsberg’s words, I thought these paintings of Howlin’ Trees were the best choices from my work to describe the colors and shapes that HOWL evokes. (i changed the order so you can see them all!)

This one of the few remaining elder trees of the Tompkins Square. In the 5 years I’ve been painting the park, these few ancient trees have dwindled. Some have fallen due to disease, others to storms. This old tree stands on the corner of 7th Street and Avenue B, across from St Brigid. Here’s Howlin’ Treefall_from_b

“Howlin’ Tree” © 2006 by Lauren Edmond

St Brigid is an 1850s Irish famine church saved from destruction by the people of the East Village in 2007. Ochre yellow, it sits on the southeast corner of Tompkins Square. When it was scheduled to be torn down, the people took action. What finally saved the church was an anonymous donor. Renovation is supposed to begin, meanwhile it is still closed, and still standing!

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“Full Moon over St Brigid” © 2006 and 2009 by Lauren Edmond

The night had me enchanted! Walking through Tompkins Square can feel like walking through a forest, a journey that takes you through the maze of paths and howlin’ trees, and finally back out onto the city streets. But when you resurface, you have the distinct impression you’ve been someplace else.

This night scene is the view (southwest) from the dog run in Tompkins Square, with the Crescent Moon rising.
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“Crescent Moon over the dogrun” © 2006 and 2009 by Lauren Edmond

Fall night in Tompkins Square is magical. Changes happen you aren’t fully aware are happening! You walk into the park in one mood, and come out in another place. This is the middle of the park, those old tree limbs have seen a lot of history.
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“Fall twilight in the park” © 2006 by Lauren Edmond

Hope you can come to the show! There’s a magical transformation that happens when they’re printed in high resolution on beautiful cotton rag– and framed! And hanging in a gallery;-)

The show will be on view starting Saturday night, August 28. It continues through September 30.
You can email me and get an invitation or just pick one up here!

Squash growing

July 29th, 2009 Lauren Edmond No comments

We consume a considerable amount of squash. So it’s not really surprising that a squash is growing out of our compost in the backyard. Yet, it is a miracle! I had wanted to make a vegetable bed in the backyard, but just didn’t have the time or resources to make it happen. And, I was busy planting paintings in the East Village this spring. A friend even gave me a packet of squash seeds. Miraculously, the squash that is growing is the same variety as the packet of seeds she gave me, though I never planted them! Yet, they are growing. Here’s the first in a series of growing squash.
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Squash growing in the compost © 2009 by Lauren Edmond