Westbeth Holiday Show II / by VH McKenzie

We trundled across to the West Village to take in the Westbeth Holiday Art show this past Saturday night. As the first snow storm of the season began to wrap NYC in a blanket of white, we sipped wine and took in the view...........



Westbeth Gallery, 57 Bethune Street, NY NY

A brief introduction to Westbeth Artists' Community, quoting from their website:
Located in the far West Village of New York City, Westbeth provides affordable living and working spaces for artists and their families. Opened in 1970 through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the J.M. Kaplan Foundation, Westbeth continues to offer affordable artists’ housing and an array of cultural activities.

The Westbeth Gallery and the Westbeth Community Room regularly offer works by our resident artists, invited guest artists, as well as other arts organizations. Westbeth is also home to the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, The New School for Drama, Brecht Forum and others.


My long-time friend, mentor and teacher, Beverly Brodsky, is a resident of Westbeth and included one of her most recent paintings in the show. Here's Beverly in front of Red Earth:



Red Earth 72"x78", Oil on Canvas, $30000.00

I'm afraid the iphone photo doesn't do it justice. It is remarkably complex and layered and a departure from the paintings I've come to know in Beverly's studio over the past decade. Here are some close ups....





The breadth of styles and media was a bit boggling. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and sculpture, with prices from $200 up to several in the $30,000 range. Here are a few other pieces from the show:



Rocks and Trees Gerald Marcus, Watercolor on paper




Autumn Path Gerald Marcus, Watercolor on paper


A series of 3 delicate oil paintings on gessoed paper by Karen Santry.

Shelley Dinhofer's Hats




Marble sculpture by Isabel Borgatta -

Dona Luisa


Finally, a beautiful monoprint by Claire Rosenfeld -

Blue MountainEncaustic monotype and watercolor



The show is up until January 3, 2010 and Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 1- 6 pm. Check the gallery's website for more info here.