Small Works Exhibition and Sale


November 2 – December 3, 2016

Reception: Saturday, November 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

The Rye Arts Center presents a Small Works Exhibition and Sale, November 2 – December 3, 2016. This group exhibition features 93 original artworks by 52 artists. The unifying element of the exhibition is size: each piece is no larger than 12 x 12 inches. However: style, medium, and subject matter vary greatly. Visitors will see watercolor and acrylic paintings along with ceramics and paper sculptures. Pop Art, Expressionism, Impressionism, and more all have their place in this exhibition. It is a celebration of the limitless range of creativity and expression in visual art.

The Small Works Exhibition and Sale also presents a great opportunity for collectors. Each piece is affordably priced at $300.

A reception will be held on Saturday, November 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Many of the participating artists will be present. At 3:00 pm (directly preceding the reception) all are invited to attend an artist talk with Suprina, the creator of DNA Totem, a 10’ sculpture currently on the lawn of The Rye Arts Center that makes a strong environmental statement.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Mondays: 9:00 am -3:00 pm; Tuesdays – Fridays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Closed on Sundays.

Featured Artists:

David Alge, Adina Andrus, Greg Beise, Kathleen Benton, Vicky Blank, Noemia Boccato, Lynn Burkett, Marianne Campolongo, Marna Chester, Jacqueline Davis, Elizabeth Derderian, Leila Dorne, Jessica Dubin, Katharine Dufault, Amanda Epstein, June Farnham, Norma Foege, Hope Friedland, Harriet Goldberg, Chrissanth Greene-Gross, Marissa Grimaldi Kam, Rukhshan Haque, Satish Joshi, Daniel Kabakoff, Dara Kane, Simone Kestelman, Carolyn J. Lancaster, Tina Link, Brigitte Loritz, Valery Makarov, Caitlin McMenamin, Lori McQueeney, Mary Pargas, Jill Parry, Meredith Passabet, Marina Payne, Ariadne C. Pilarines, Dominic Quintana, Alan M. Richards, Kat Sayegh, Emily Schmidt, Danielle Siegelbaum, Hayley Skurowski, Fred Spinowitz, Jaclyn Spitzer, Christy Elizabeth Thiaucourt, Sally Tobin, Sierra Torres, and Nicole Zahour

 Introducing the Art-o-mat

Embracing the idea of “small works” and “affordable art” the exhibition will also feature the newest fixture to The Rye Arts Center: the Art-o-mat! Collecting art has never been so easy or fun. Created by artist Clark Whittington in 1997, the Art-o-mat is a vintage cigarette vending machine that has been refurbished and filled with art for sale. Just drop a $5 token in and receive a unique piece of art.

Each artwork is the size of a cigarette carton or smaller. It may be a painting, a photograph, a piece of jewelry. The options are limited only by size.

Approximately 400 artists from 10 different countries provide the art for more than 100 active machines across the country, each with a unique aesthetic. There is currently only one other Art-o-mat in the NY Metro Area (at a bar in Brooklyn). Other locations include museums such as The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as universities and libraries. There are also quite a few unexpected places like grocery stores and taco joints. Meg Rodriguez, Executive Director of The Rye Arts Center, is excited to share the Art-o-mat with Rye, “It’s a clear and strong statement that art is for everyone, and is a healthy alternative to what these machines used to sell.”

The Art-o-mat will be a part of the Small Works Exhibition and Sale but will remain at The Rye Arts Center as a long-term installation. As the miniature masterpieces sell they will be replaced with new $5 treasures. Rodriguez adds, “This exhibition and especially the Art-o-mat remind us that art isn’t simply for museums. You can buy it, enjoy it, gift it, and make it a part of your daily life.”