Friday, May 30, 2008

On May 30 & 31, artHARLEM artist LuLu LoLo is performing with a group of artists
in a series of short performances in:

two multidisciplinary evenings of performance

How do you define uptown or downtown work? Is the idea grounded in geography? Community? Aesthetics? Are there uptown and downtown audiences? For eight weeks this spring we brought together a group of artists, five from 'uptown,' five from 'downtown,' to explore these questions while developing short works for performance.

Friday, May 30, 7:30pm
The Gatehouse at Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)

Saturday, May 31, 7:30pm
Dance New Amsterdam (DNA)
280 Boadway (entrance on Chambers Street)
Tickets $10 at the box office, night of performance
Performances will be followed by a discussion with the artists

For information about the artists, visit:

Uptown/Downtown is presented by The Field, Harlem Arts Alliance, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. For more information please visit

Friday, May 23, 2008

artHARLEM artist Suejin Jo is the First Winner
of the New York Artists Equity Association (NYAEA)
2008 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Solo Exhibition Award

Suejin Jo: Paintings, a solo exhibition of her work, will be on view June 10 - 22.

Opening reception: June 12th, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday Noon - 6pm

Broome Street Gallery
498 Broome Street @ West Broadway
For more information, call 212-941-0130

Announcing new book releases from artHarlem artists
Misha McGlown & Janice Taylor

Misha McGlown's Manifesting Things


Janice Taylor's All Is Forgiven, Move On


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Comfortable Paintings: Works on Silk

Artist PJ Cobbs presents:
“Comfortable Paintings”, Works on Silk

May 3-May 31, 2008

Gallery Space
New York Public Library, Countee Cullen Branch
104 West 136th Street, Harlem, New York

Opening reception and silk-painting demo:
Saturday, May 3, 2008
2-4 p.m.

About the artist:
PJ Cobbs, is a former fashion columnist (New York Post) who gave up the Prada for a paintbrush.

The British-born Cobbs creates paintings on silk considering both form and function, whether it's a graphic scarf that can be mounted as a wall-hanging or pillow (as featured in the August 16, 2007 New York Times Home & Garden section), or her “Comfortable Paintings” series.

For this group of paintings, Cobbs explores the idea of comfort and function, integrating the tactility of the medium (silk has a reputation as being delicate, but is actually a strong fiber) with its usability. For instance, in “Tourists”, the napping visitors can either relax on a wall, or be strewn across couch. A self-portrait of Cobbs vacationing in St-Tropez makes the scene comfortable by being executed on a curtain. Her latest works include portraits-of people and the spaces they occupy. Her focus is on New York City, where buildings claim as much personality as the citizens they're built for.

PJ has exhibited worldwide, notably at the American Gallery in New York and was included in the Liverpool Biennial in 2006. She teaches silk painting at the JCC Manhattan and the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries, and has taught in Hawaii at the Art School at Kapalua and the famed Hui No'eau in Maui. Her event companies, PJ's Painting Party and ART+BEAUTY bring silk painting to corporate and private parties. Most recently, she was an invited guest speaker (along with Ted Danson and Ed Begley, Jr.) at the recent Global Green 2008 Expo in April, 2008.

Cobbs has also created art-to-wear, spotted on Queen Latifah, Heidi Klum, Daisy Fuentes, and best-selling author Harriette Cole. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Essence, Continental Airlines, Uptown, New York Post, New York Daily News, Cigar Aficionado, House & Garden, Black Enterprise, Look, Fashion Wire Daily and Fiberarts.

“For me, painting on silk for fashion and function is a passion. In a time of fleeting, throwaway art, it transcends trends and it provides beauty to both the observer in its perfect, colorful form.”

Note: Use of library space by PJ Cobbs for this exhibit does not indicate endorsement by The New York Public Library. Groups by appointment.

PJ Cobbs/Patricia Jacobs