Saturday, December 14, 2013

Events for January

My name is  Laura Petrovich-Cheney and I am proud to say that I have been a member of the WCA Philadelphia Chapter since 2011.  This January, I am pleased to offer two community projects and cordially invite my WCA Philadelphia colleagues to join me in Brooklyn. 

As a woman artist, I was honored to been selected for as a 2013-14 fellow at the  A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn's DUMBO area. A.I.R. was the first all female cooperative  gallery in the United States. It was founded in 1972 with the objective of providing a professional and permanent exhibition space for women artists during a time in which the works shown at commercial galleries in New York City were almost exclusively by male artists. A.I.R. is a non-profit organization that aims to show the diversity and artistic talent of women, to teach, to challenge stereotypes of female artists, and to subvert the historically male-dominated commercial gallery scene, with the overall hope to serve as an example for other artists who wish to realize their own art cooperative endeavors. As a fellow, I am required to host a community project. 

The first project is  a Liquitex Artist Acrylic Demonstration featuring Tony Zatzick which will be on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3pm-5pm. Admission is free, but I encourage everyone interested in attending to email me to ensure that there are enough free samples for everyone.

photo courtesy of Liquitex

In this demonstration attendees will be introduced to the acrylic brand that has been on the forefront of innovation for over 50 years. As the #1 acrylic in the world Liquitex is the only brand to offer the most diverse range of professional products including four unique ranges of professional acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools to meet the needs of every artist. This demo is all about getting people excited about the endless possibilities of acrylic color and mediums so they can go right into the studio with tons of new ideas.  

The second community project will be a historical event talked about for months to come! 

A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today, a panel discussion centered on the exhibition curated by painter/writer Mira Schor as part of A.I.R. Gallery’s CURRENTS Series of innovative exhibitions that address contemporary issues warranting critical attention. This panel discussion will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2014, 4pm-6pm and the event is free and open to the public.

The original WomanhouseProject in Los Angeles in 1972 was one of the
most important and famous art projects in feminist art history. The panelists in A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today will address questions similar to those posited by the original exhibition, but through a contemporary lens: What is the space necessary for an artist to make art in and for whom? Rather than a “Womanhouse” ought we now to envision a Rooming House or a Roaming House? What are the implications of the gendering of space, who owns domestic space, and is creativity more a private pursuit or a public one?    Panel participants: MaureenConnor, Vanalyne Green, Kara Rooney, and collaborative artists SaraJimenez and Kaitlynn Rendell

A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228, in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gallery hours: Wed. – Sun., 11am to 6pm. For directions please visit For additional information please contact the Interim Director, JoAnne McFarland, at 212-255-6651 or 

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