After being called, "A Must See Exhibit" by Huffington Post in 2015, the five artists of the group exhibition “Breaking Surface” are setting their sites north.
“Breaking Surface” consists of photographs and moving image artworks which explore the border between water and air. The show’s website breakingsurface.net states, “Each work offers the viewer a stillness through which to search the complex curves and reflections of water’s surface, to weigh the tension between asymmetrical elements against the overall balance these elements yield within the frame. Within this context, images range from the fanciful to the abstract.”
As “Breaking Surface” exhibited in Galleria ‘Ca d’Oro in Chelsea, NYC last year, demand for fine art photographer Aldara Ortega’s work increased substantially. Prices have more than doubled since the show opened. Ortega draws a circle around a map of the region on her computer screen. “A lot of people who live more than thirty-miles outside of Manhattan never go to Manhattan. They may love art, they could potentially love my work but if we can’t reach them where they live, they will never know about us.”
On Thursday, June 30 from 6-9 PM, “Breaking Surface” opens at Gallery @ The Flatz in downtown Peekskill. For owner Erik Contzius, it is not a moment too soon. “We want to promote area artists. There is so much talent in Upper Westchester and the Hudson Valley. And now, we are starting to see some artists from New York City notice the thriving art community up here—how much we both love and buy art."
(cont.) In a 2012 article, The Examiner News reported the impact of the arts in Westchester County at $156-million, according to Janet Langsam, CEO of Arts Westchester, the official arts organization for the county. Art is getting seen and sold in Westchester.
There is increasing evidence established artists are looking to exhibit in Westchester. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is a museum a few hundred yards up the road from Gallery @ The Flatz. The museum’s current exhibit, “Word”, features work by Ann Hamilton, whose late 2012 show at the Park Avenue Armory, “in the event of a thread” was one of the most popular art shows in recent memory.