Jacob Javits Center
November 18 – 20, 2011
Last week, fashion designer/artist Susan Obrant inform me to visit her fashion booth at the Second Annual Contemporary Art Fair NYC and American Craft Show NYC. I gladly obliged, and was very to happy to see beautiful works of art from her, and many other artists. I even got a chance to draw a live model at The Great Nude drawing demonstrations over the weekend. Some of the stand out artists from the three-day expo were Susan Obrant, Sherry Camhy, Jeffrey Wiener, Angela Lynn China, Woodrow Nash, Adam Paul Heller, and Katy Karnes among others.
Susan Obrant showed some of her Signature Crotchet fashion pieces. Her crotchet pieces are colorful, funky, and versatile. Outfits can be worn on the skin for a very sexy look, or over clothes to add pizzazz for a more conservative person.
I had the wonderful opportunity to sit, talk, and learn from the artist Sherry Camhy. Some of her breath taking nude drawings were displayed at The Great Nude booth and drawing area. One of Ms. Camhy’s nudes that left me in awe was a huge drawing of a woman who had just come from being sent to life in Siberia with her family. The woman, a Russian poet, poses as though she is being crucified on a cross, revealing the toll of dehydration that her body has suffered.
Jeffrey Wiener is a Miami born artist. He currently lives in New York and is the publisher of Thegreatnude.tv, which is a paid subscription based web/video magazine, for artists and fans to showcase, teach, learn and deal with uncensored nude art in a mature manner. During the live drawing session, Mr. Wiener sketche the very talented model, Cassandra on his iPad using the Brushes app. Brushes recorded each brush stroke, and Mr. Wiener experimented with the software, to show the audience a movie of his drawing coming to life from start to finish.
Angela Lynn China is a Soho based an award-winning painter. Her work “Stuck on the Yellowbrick Road” won first place at the MyArtContest.com competition. Ms. China skillfully painted a number paintings of Marilyn Monroe, exhibiting Monroe’s raw sex appeal, beauty, and sensuality. The artist said many of her paintings are self-portraits.
Woodrow Nash had the most amazing pieces in the entire show, in my humble opinion. Mr. Nash’s ceramic sculptures presented a marriage of 15th Century Benin and 18th Century French Nouveau, creating what he has coined “African Nouveau”. His sculptures depicted poise, calm, vitality, splendor, and appreciation for Africa. Each time I looked at his life like sculptures, I swore they was going to move.
I caught Adam Paul Heller chiseling away a block of slate, to create his “Greenman” stone carving. The work in progress was already intricate, detailed, and so good I had to keep shaking my head. The skills involved in what Mr. Heller is making is simply mind-blowing. Mr. Heller also creates garden pieces, architectural inscriptions, and lettering, among other designs.
Another artist I caught in the act of creating was Canada based Katy Karnes. Ms. Karnes loves painting sunflowers and water. Her paintings with bursts of bright orange and red, cool greys, and blacks; were relaxing, upbeat, and made me smile. Her warm engaging personality had the same effect.
To my delight, on the last day of the event, Sherry Camhy gave me a Silver Point pen as a surprise gift. She asked me to experiment with it and I did. Here are some of my nude sketches from The Great Nude demonstrations that weekend. The last one is with the Silver Point pen. Thanks again Sherry! It was a joy meeting the artists mentioned, and so many others that I couldn’t fit into one article.