Tag Archives: Bronx Art

Bronx Photographer Ron Terner Gets His Memorial Photos of City Islanders Accessible to All

2 Dec
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Ron Terner, long-time owner of Focal Point Gallery on City Island, at his first virtual outdoor exhibit of passed residents on a part of Ambrosini Field last year. Photo by Jordan Moss.

A little more than a year ago, photographer, artist and gallery owner Ron Terner on City Island, began creating an unusual, yet stunning and meaningful, memorial at Ambrosini Field, a city park. Using an acrylic mate medium paste he laid down photos he’s taken over the past 40 years on solid rock to honor City Islanders who have since passed away.

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Terner’s pooch posed behind two of his photos on what is essentially an inaccessible section of the park by the water. Photo by Jordan Moss.

He had to sneak through literally locked gates at that park which keep you away from what is essentially a little beach, but he got his work done anyway. Unfortunately, it is still inaccessible. Here’s what Terner had to say at that time:

The area is still behind a locked gate, but that hasn’t changed Terner’s self-assigned mission to honor many former residents he took photos of for many years. Just over the bridge from Pelham Bay Park (the largest in the city by the way) onto the island, to your right, there is a wooden fence around a vacant lot. Last spring, with the OK from its owner, Terner created this more accessible outdoor gallery for the same purpose. City Island is already worth visiting, exploring and dining at, but this informal, outdoor exhibit should draw you there on its own. (And go see Focal Point Gallery). Here are just a few of those Ron Terner photos at their new location. (Photos of these photos by me, Jordan Moss)

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School Space for Priced-Out Bronx Artists?

16 Nov

Adam Forman, a researcher at Center for an Urban Future, has an opinion piece in the Daily News today regarding the diminishing availability of art studios citywide thanks to the growing hike in real state prices all around the city.

He suggests that city schools be made available in the evenings and on weekends. “There are 1,285 visual arts rooms, 1,111 music rooms, 932 auditoriums, 408 dance studios and 200 film production and editing facilities in the Department of Education’s 1,200 buildings,” Forman states.

As he explains, making this public space available could be complicated — liability and security issues, insurance and until expenses, etc. — but he states, “…these challenges are hardly insurmountable.”

Check out the story and let Bronx Matters readers know what you think.

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Artist & Craftsman Opens on White Plains Road! Bronx Art MATTERS!

17 Jun
Artist & Craftsman Supply has opened in the Bronx on White Plains Road. Photo of  Cassie Brehmer (regional manager) and Shak (store assistant manager) in front of the new store.

Artist & Craftsman Supply just opened in the Bronx on White Plains Road. Photo of Cassie Brehmer (regional manager) and Shak (store assistant manager) in front of the new store.

I can’t think of better news than the following for Bronx artists and Bronx lovers in general. There are many types of businesses our borough of 1.4 million people lack. But even though my parents are artists, and I’ve been spending time lately with fellow Bronxite artists, it never occurred to me to hope for an art store in the borough. Maybe it’s because  — unlike deceased movie theaters and bookstores that continue to make me moan as I pass their former locations — I’ve only been in the Bronx since 1992 and never remember seeing an art store here, so I never expected those to show up again (they did exist, right?).

I rarely, if ever, reprint an entire letter to the public, but it’s worth it, as the following is detailed, helpful, and … exciting. And, how cool is it that Artist & Craftsman is an employee-owned company that makes sure artists are part of the team? OK, enough from me. Here’s the letter …

Dear Artists,

Hello! I’m Cassie, a Regional Manager for Artist & Craftsman Supply. I asked Danny Hauben to forward this message to all of you- thank you Danny!

I am excited to announce the opening of Artist & Craftsman Supply in the Bronx!  Yes- A real art store in the Bronx! We are big, and we carry a lot of supplies. Located at 3961 White Plains Road (off the 225th St. stop on the 2/5 trains), our upstairs is full of crafting supplies, yarn, kids art supplies, toys, games and books. Our (giant) basement holds Spray Paint, Hardware, Paper, Frames, Stone and Stone Carving Tools, Printmaking supplies, Etching supplies, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, all their mediums, Colored Pencils, Pastels, Drawing Supplies, Portfolios, Foam and Chip Board, Brushes, Markers, Pens, and much much more. We’re not kidding around.

We are really excited to be a part of the community, and we look forward to participating in any community events we can. We offer discounts to educators and students- 10% off our everyday pricing with a valid Student/Faculty I.D. card- and bulk discounts to everyone. And we’re hoping to open a classroom space in our basement some time soon. We have a lot to look forward to!

A little bit about us- Artist & Craftsman Supply is an employee owned company that originated in Portland, Maine in 1985. We were started by artists, and we continue the tradition by staffing artists. We currently have 5 stores in New York City- the Bronx,Williamsburg, Park Slope, Harlem, and Long Island City-  with a sixth location opening in Bushwick in a couple of months. We have come to the Bronx, because the Bronx needs an art store. We know many artists are here and  you deserve to have a store you can trust to provide access to the tools you need to do your craft, without having to travel to Manhattan.

I Invite you to check out our website, www.artistcraftsman.com – there’s much more in our brick and mortar stores than on that site, but it will hopefully give you a feel for who we are. And please stop by – we would love to meet you and show you what we have. If we don’t carry something- chances are very good that we can get it quickly.

If you have any questions/comments/concerns- you’re welcome to e-mail Leo and Shak (store managers) at the store- BWP@artistcraftsman.com- or give them a call- 718.231.0501

Additionally, if you’d like to be added to our e-mail list to be notified of sales and other happenings- please send us an e-mail to the address above with the subject ‘add to e-mail list’.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to meeting you!

Cassie Brehmer, Regional Manager

Great Links to Bronx Artists and Growing Art Scene

3 Jun

There are so many Bronx artists and an emerging art scene. BX 200 has done a great job on its website promoting and linking to both. Check out this list of artists and this list of art scenes (organizations, galleries, etc.).

Final Gathering at My Dad’s Bronx Sculpture Exhibit 12.9.14

7 Dec
Jay Moss at his exhibit. (Photo by Ron Terner)

                                                       Jay Moss at his exhibit. (Photo by Ron Terner)

To celebrate my dad’s sculpture exhibit at Manhattan College one more time before it closes, we’re having a party there this coming Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library, 1st floor, Room 100. Guards at the college entrance can send you in the right direction to park, walk, etc. Address is 4513 Manhattan College Parkway. Here’s a map. Easy to get to by 1-train (last stop, 242nd St./Van Cortlandt Park).

If you’re planning on coming, please e-mail me at jordanmoss.bx-at-gmail.com.

Here’s an article I wrote about his work in The Forward, and David Gonzalez’s wonderful column in The New York Times.

To see photos of his sculpture, go to jaymoss.weebly.com.

Jay Moss, Bronx Sculptor, Shows His Stuff

20 Oct

My dad, Jay Moss, is a 91-year-old World War II vet. A sculptor, in relatively good shape, he’s still at it in his Riverdale apartment.

An opening of his first exhibit in about 13 years — Sculpture and Social Consciousness — will be at Manhattan College in Riverdale, this Wednesday evening (10/22) from 4 to 7 p.m. (It’s in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library, 1st floor, Room 100. Guards at the college entrance can send you in the right direction to park, walk, etc. Address is 4513 Manhattan College Parkway. Here’s a map.)

My dad’s work is not all, or directly, focused on war, but most of the art you’ll see is simply not what it would be if he missed the war age-wise or otherwise.

I love his work more than ever.

Here’s just a few of the 40-plus sculptures in the big show:

Jay Moss, my dad, has commented that ideally he'd like this Oscar to be given to Cheney and Rumsfeld. (Photo by Adi Talwar)

Jay Moss, my dad, has commented that ideally he’d like this Oscar for Torturers to be given to Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. (Photo by Adi Talwar)

 

'Prisoner' and 'Demented Clown' before shipping to Manhattan College last Thursday. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

‘Prisoner’ and ‘Demented Clown’ before shipping to Manhattan College last Thursday. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

'Tenement Family' (Photo by Adi Talwar)

‘Tenement Family’ (Photo by Adi Talwar)

 

5.21.14 Bronx Matters

21 May

The Bronx housing group CASA continues to organize against landlords they say attach unwarranted fees to rent, reports the Daily News. Last September, I reported on a CASA demonstration regarding the same issue on City Limits’ Bronx Bureau site.

Speaking of housing issues (an ongoing borough crisis on several levels) a nonprofit’s effort to take over a troubled Melrose building on Jackson Avenue was quashed by HPD, according to a detailed article in the Mott Haven Herald.

“I feel like when the de Blasio Administration came in that would put a stop to the old administration ways.” – See more at: http://www.motthavenherald.com/2014/05/12/melrose-tenants-still-limbo/#sthash.odrsLJYI.dpuf

The Norwood News reports on a stunning effort to bring beauty to Bronx laundromats.

The Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx is back at it, reports the Daily News. That group, which took to the streets recently to protest Marble Hill’s assignment to Manhattan rather than the borough it has long physically occupied, now wants the Bronx to be referred to its official name, The Bronx, reports the Daily News. Speaking of which, only the Brooklyn page of the Daily News was in the issue delivered to our home in THE BRONX this morning. “Bronx News” was nowhere to be found except for online.