Saturday, January 23, 2010

Grand Opening of Muriel Guepin Gallery tonight!

If you're in Brooklyn, or anywhere near the NYC area tonight, Saturday, 1/23, then come to the grand opening of Muriel Guepin Gallery. Easy to get to by taking the F/G train to Bergen Street. You can also take the 2/3, 4, M or R trains to Court Street/Borough Hall and walk on Court to Bergen Street, about 6 blocks. 
Muriel Guepin Gallery
47 Bergen Street between Smith St and Court Street
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Tonight's opening features the work of Arpie Gennetian Najarian, Michiyo Ihara, and Paula Overbay. Arpie Gennetian Najarian creates delicate collages with paper and thread. She also has some "punched" drawings, which look as though she used needles to poke holes in paper, and some pieces made with ink. 

Michiyo Ihara is a master at fine detail and hand-drawn symmetries. She creates snowflakes with layers of small images that cohere into a large, drawn doily. Her work is meticulous, precise, and utterly awe-inspiring in its consistency and precision. 

Paula Overbay is a painter whose work has a quiet, celestial feeling. The many dots on a deeply colored ground cohere into abstract patterns that remind me of textile designs. She draws inspiration from her hikes on Mount Hood. Her work is meditative and reflective.

The new gallery space has an open, airy feeling, and retains the warmth of the former Shop Art Gallery space. Wooden floors give it a rustic feel, and full-length glass windows beckon you in from outside.

If you can't make it to tonight's opening, I recommend visiting during regular gallery hours: 
Wednesday-Saturday 11am-7pm 
Sunday 12-5pm
Muriel regularly includes in the gallery the work of the other artists she represents. There are myriad opportunities to discover the work of primarily Brooklyn-based artists, so come on by when you can!


  1. I enjoyed the journey through the different links. I bet it is going to be an amazing show. Wish I could come. Could almost hear the noises of the big city as you describe which stops to get off at and the nice 6 block walk to the gallery. I wonder if the blocks are long blocks or short blocks. In Philly they were shorter, than say in Chicago. I wonder if there are different parts of NYC that have different size blocks...say newer verses the older sections.

    Have fun and thanks for the eye candy.

  2. Thanks for your kind comments, as always.

    In New York, the length of the blocks does vary. Some are definitely longer than others. Blocks along an avenue are about three times as long as blocks between numbered streets. On average, about 22 blocks = 1 mile. I sometimes count when I run!!

    The opening, BTW, was a great success. I personally sold some artwork, as did some other artists. I am thrilled, grateful, and excited for Muriel. The gallery looks terrific.